Durante un esperimento di calcolo quantistico Ponter Boddit, uno scienziato Neandertal, supera accidentalmente le barriere che separano il suo mondo da quello della specie umana e si ritrova in un universo parallelo, che gli appare carico di contraddizioni e di ambiguità. Messo in isolamento, l'alieno diviene un oggetto di studio per un gruppo di ricercatori ed esperti, e un'attrazione irresistibile per i media e per i politici delle varie nazioni, che ne reclamano l'ideale proprietà. Nello stesso tempo, nella dimensione dei Neandertal, il compagno di Ponter, Adikor Huld, viene accusato del suo omicidio. Riuscirà a provare la propria innocenza, pur non potendo neppure immaginare quanto gli è accaduto?
The Hugo Award Winner–2003
Hominids examines two unique species of people. We are one of those species; the other is the Neanderthals of a parallel world where they became the dominant intelligence. The Neanderthal civilization has reached heights of culture and science comparable to our own, but with radically different history, society and philosophy.
Ponter Boddit, a Neanderthal physicist, accidentally pierces the barrier between worlds and is transferred to our universe. Almost immediately recognized as a Neanderthal, but only much later as a scientist, he is quarantined and studied, alone and bewildered, a stranger in a strange land. But Ponter is also befriended—by a doctor and a physicist who share his questing intelligence, and especially by Canadian geneticist Mary Vaughan, a woman with whom he develops a special rapport.
Ponter’s partner, Adikor Huld, finds himself with a messy lab, a missing body, suspicious people all around and an explosive murder trial. How can he possibly prove his innocence when he has no idea what actually happened to Ponter?
L'espace de quelques minutes, l'humanité a perdu conscience. Durant ce laps de temps, chacun a eu un aperçu fugitif de son avenir vingt ans plus tard. Quand le monde s'éveille de nouveau, plus rien n'est comme avant : le black-out a causé des milliers de morts et de blessés. Plus encore: ces visions ont bouleversé les esprits à jamais. Et vous, qu'avez-vous vu?
Dr. Sarah Halifax decoded the first-ever radio transmission received from aliens. Thirty-eight years later, a second message is received and Sarah, now 87, may hold the key to deciphering this one, too . . . if she lives long enough.
A wealthy industrialist offers to pay for Sarah to have a rollback—a hugely expensive experimental rejuvenation procedure. She accepts on condition that Don, her husband of sixty years, gets a rollback, too. The process works for Don, making him physically twenty-five again. But in a tragic twist, the rollback fails for Sarah, leaving her in her eighties.
While Don tries to deal with his newfound youth and the suddenly vast age gap between him and his wife, Sarah struggles to do again what she’d done once before: figure out what a signal from the stars contains. Exploring morals and ethics on both human and cosmic scales, *Rollback *is the big new SF novel for 2007 by Hugo and Nebula Award-winner Robert J. Sawyer.
"One of the foremost science fiction writers of our generation"("SF Site") comes to Ace with a trilogy of the Web's awakening. Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math-and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes. While exploring this amazing realm, she discovers something-some "other"-lurking in the background. And it's getting more and more intelligent with each passing day.
'Watch is a dynamic, moving and thought provoking novel that manages to convey the book's myriad messages effortlessly and rewardingly, recommended.' SF Book
Award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer continues his "wildly though- provoking" science fiction saga of a sentient World Wide Web.
Webmind is an emerging consciousness that has befriended Caitlin Decter and grown eager to learn about her world. But Webmind has also come to the attention of WATCH-the secret government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the United States-and they're fully aware of Caitlin's involvement in its awakening.
WATCH is convinced that Webmind represents a risk to national security and wants it purged from cyberspace. But Caitlin believes in Webmind's capacity for compassion-and she will do anything and everything necessary to protect her friend.