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  • Title: Flashforward
  • Author: Robert J. Sawyer
  • ISBN: 9780312867126
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sawyer now brings us Flashforward, the story of a world shattering discovery at the CERN research facility in Switzerland The research team of Lloyd Simcoe and Theo Procopides is using the particle accelerator at CERN, in pursuit of the elusive Higgs Boson, a theoretical subatomic particle But their experiment goes incredibly awry, and, for a few moments, the consciousneSawyer now brings us Flashforward, the story of a world shattering discovery at the CERN research facility in Switzerland The research team of Lloyd Simcoe and Theo Procopides is using the particle accelerator at CERN, in pursuit of the elusive Higgs Boson, a theoretical subatomic particle But their experiment goes incredibly awry, and, for a few moments, the consciousness of the entire human race is thrown ahead by about twenty years.While humanity must deal immediately with the destructive aftermath of the experiment thousands were injured and killed as every single person s body was left unconscious in the here and now38212 the greater implications take longer to surface People who had no vision of the future seek to learn ho wthey will die, while others seek out future lovers Lloyd must deal with the guilt of accidentally causing the death of his fiance s child, while Theo gets caught up in the search for his own murdere As the implications truly hit home, the pressure to repeat the experiment builds Everyone wants a glimpse of the future, a chance to flashforward and see their successes or learn how to avoid their failures.
    Flashforward Sawyer now brings us Flashforward the story of a world shattering discovery at the CERN research facility in Switzerland The research team of Lloyd Simcoe and Theo Procopides is using the particle ac

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    1. There are so many ways I could pay tribute to this book audiobook , which was an awful piece of writing, but an entertaining way to spend ten hours in a car.Perhaps a drinking game NOT in the car RULE Drink every time a character is identified by his or her hair color RULE Drink every time someone uses the word indeed in an internal monologueLE Drink every time someone answers their own question within an internal monologue a la Yes Yes or No No RULE Drink every time a character ruminates extens [...]

    2. The only thing this shares with the TV series of the same name is the concept of everyone in the world simultaneously blacking out for two minutes, during which they have a flashforward of their future In the TV series that is 6 months hence in the book it is than 20 years hence, so the implications are very different It s a fantastic concept and it s explored in a variety of interesting ways, but it is really badly written how has Sawyer won literary prizes Although it is primarily sci fi set [...]

    3. There were, of course, cries of outrage in the press editorials about scientists messing with things humans were not meant to know about Ah Where would we be if scientists don t mess about, but who is to say what are the things humans were not meant to know Mary Shelly sFrankenstein implies that Victor Frankenstein messed with things humans were not meant to know about, and broken necks ensue Flashforward takes the opposing view that scientists need to experiment mess about for the sake of progr [...]

    4. Two minutes and seventeen seconds A small amount of time for most of us, but within the confines of Robert Sawyer s fantastic science fiction novel FLASHFORWARD, 2 17 becomes than a number it becomes the insight to what the future holds You see, 2 17 is the amount of time humnaity checked out All seven billion As you can guess, choas ensued if you were one of the unlucky ones awake at the time Planes crashed Cars drove themselves I can only guess what that unlucky skydiver experienced Joking as [...]

    5. For me, Robert J Sawyer novels are either hit or miss They re either incredibly brilliant and I can t turn the pages fast enough Rollback or I can t wait for the final page to turn just to be done with the novel Homonids And I ll admit I picked up this one because ABC has put it on the fast track for development for a potential TV series One that could air after Lost and is being sold as a companion piece for one of my favorite TV shows.Being a book snob, I knew I had to try the original novel b [...]

    6. Wow, what to say.As much as I hate to say it, this book was written really poorly Sawyer managed to claw defeat from the jaws of victory of a plot that could practically write itself an examination of just what would happen if humanity, collectively, got a glimpse of their future.His copious asides were completely distracting, sharing with the reader such salient things as all VCRs across Europe say REW for their rewind function, despite their national language a tedious conversation about the m [...]

    7. ntotdeauna m au fascinat paradoxurile c l toriei n timp, iar Flashforward contureaz destul de bine dilemele filosofice ale acesteia exist oare liber arbitru sau fiecare ac iune este inevitabil , fiind imuabil nscris n timp i spa iu iar faptul c i cuno ti viitorul te condamn s l concretizezi Poate fiecare alegere, fiecare g nd d na tere unei infinit i de realit i paralele Dar dac realitatea exist doar c nd o observi i ntreaga lume dispare n lipsa con tiin ei Ca de obicei, m pierd n variante poate [...]

    8. As with quite a few people my first introduction to this book came through the show based on it Very loosely based on it I liked the show but being TV it had to take a exciting angle on it Turn the flashforward into some big conspiracy, with heroes and villains and a much shorter time frame.The book though is much peaceful There s no conspiracy It was an accident And the vision was over 20 years later rather than 6 months There is a lot of heavy science in this book but, for me, it didn t slow [...]

    9. tinyurl yl7nlstForget the book, watch the series.Sawyer is not that good a writer, but his ideas are phenomenal There s a lot of stumbling around in the book mostly via descriptions of the physics that take pages, and descriptions of the characters that don t advance the plot or make us care for the characters any longer or any than we do.I was particularly confused by the ending I ll admit that the physics has to be explained, and that Sawyer does not do a bad job of making it clear what the i [...]

    10. This is a very hard book to rate The TV show was SO much better I was drawn to read this because I loved the TV show Flashforward of a couple of years ago, the one that didn t make it past two seasons I thought it was such a fascinating premise Everyone on earth blacks out for two minutes and sees a vision of his or her own future They get to observe exactly what they ll be doing six months hence, leading afterward to much contemplation by characters and viewers about whether the future is fixed [...]

    11. I ve had Flashback sitting in my to read pile for a long time now, but I kept moving books in front of it It was a surprisingly fast and easy read, but it missed some of the depth it could have achieved considering its themes The largest theme is freewill vs determinism That s a pretty meaty topic for such a short book Religion has been debating this issue for millennia and hasn t come to a full conclusion This book tries to take a scientific approach, but it s nothing that can really be determi [...]

    12. Well this was an interesting read for curiosity than because it was an amazing book Cast your memory back to a short lived TV series of the same name where an unidentified event causes every living persons consciousness to be transported forward in time for just over 2 minutes and then returned.The TV series deals with the events both here and now and the implications of what people saw in the future.Now the book this too follows similar lines but suddenly not only are you dealing with differen [...]

    13. FlashForward, the inspiration for the hit ABC television series, is nothing than that inspiration It is hardly anything like the series, and thank goodness for that, because Sawyer is such a poor writer that one can only explain his numerous awards as being given for clever concepts, not execution His book is full of hackneyed situations, paper thin characters, a bumpy and unsatisfying storyline, and a climax that is not climactic but ultimately depressing and pointless Given his views about th [...]

    14. Cross posted to Android Dreamer, my science fiction blog Flashforward is the kind of novel that gradually gets better as it goes on Despite the cool concept, I felt like early on I couldn t get into it, until I all of a sudden realized that it had suddenly become interesting on me It isn t as outstanding as his Hugo Award winning novel Hominids but it is a strong story, a cool premise, and is made very good by particular awesome moments.The concept is that for 2 minutes and 17 seconds, the whole [...]

    15. I picked up this book because I was completely in love with the ABC series Well, just so you know, it s COMPLETELY different Except for the Flashforward and Mosaic, not even the characters are the same Lloyd Simcoe is in the series, but as a secondary characterThat being said, the book was okay It s not something I would have picked to read had I not seen the TV series.Lloyd Simcoe, for some reason, reminds me a lot of Robert Langdon But Seeing as Flashforward was published in 1999 and the first [...]

    16. One of those very rare cases where the tv show is better than the book IMO I ve discovered don t like Robert Sawyer s books.I had previously read his attempt at intelligent design SciFi book called Calculating God which I LOATHED.However, the concept of this book was so interesting, I was intrigued I enjoyed the TV show adaptation but wanted answers, so I read the book.I had to force my way through it I don t know why but I just don t like his writing style I don t think it s just because there [...]

    17. Ok Not offically a Lost Lit book, but it really should be It s a pretty cool concept Scientists try to rebuild the same situations that took place to create the Big Bang, and when they push the button to start the experiment, everyone in the world loses consciousness and jumps into their future selves for almost two minutes The visions, or lack of, that they experience shape their actions and thoughts for the next twenty years Two complaints The author uses the word doubtless an amazingly annoyi [...]

    18. I actually read this book as part of a selection for my book club I want to read the book because I think the concept is interest and can stir a lot of discussion about science and the ability to have a glimpse of your future.I found the book too heavy on the technical and scientific description I think the author could have use the time to better develop his characters Getting past all the physics theories and extended descriptions, the idea behind the story is interesting See how people cope w [...]

    19. I had trouble sleeping last night, partly because I found this book so engaging I m about 2 3 done already, and I m pretty sure I ll want to recommend this to others and to read by the author.I particularly liked that he didn t start out the way so many of these stories that have a large cast of characters do, by introducing us to each backstory before getting to the meat of the adventure We got to know and people as we went along.I also am enjoying the predictions This was written almost two [...]

    20. The TV adaptation of Flash Forward became something of a phenomenon a few years ago Clever marketing campaigns hyped it up beyond belief at least in the UK , and all my friends were talking about it I never watched a single episode, but a friend did tell me about it in great detail everyone in the world blacks out for two minutes During this time, almost everybody gets a detailed view of their lives twenty or so years into the future If they ll be alive in the future, that isFor the human popula [...]

    21. Robert Sawyer always finds great stories to write about His ideas always draw me in and I think I m in for a fantastic tale Then I reach the end and I feel like it could have been .Flashforward had a great pull See your own life 20 years into the future for 2 minutes and try to work out how to get there.It was a brilliant start and a real page turner I loved reading about everyone s flashforward, I was riveted by all the connotations that flashforward threw up Even the loss and devastation cause [...]

    22. I liked the book quite a lot It was a very easy read, quick to get into, fast to finish The premise is interesting, and fit nicely into place with the many books I ve been reading lately about fate vs free will I also always enjoy when sci fi books can teach me some interesting science lessons while still making it fun I enjoyed the way Theo s arc read like a mystery novel within context of the greater story What I thought worked best was the way that the book told the overall story of a global [...]

    23. I did enjoy this book, but I went into the book thinking it would be like the TV show and hoped I would give me some closure With this mentality it took me a while to get into this book The book is nothing like the TV show While the TV show was a fast paced, exciting show the book was a philosophical look at what life would be like if we knew our future mixed heavily with the scientific theories behind time travel If you are going to read this book, you need to remember that it is nothing like [...]

    24. It is 2009, and a team of international physicists working at CERN near Geneva in Switzerland by the French border , are about to run an experiment that they hope will give them the Higg s boson, resulting in a breakthrough in generating energy Everything s ready to go, and the computer will run the actual experiment all they have to do is count down and hope.At exactly 5 p.m local time, it begins The result is unexpected, to say the least world wide catastrophe.Across the globe, every human bei [...]

    25. My grief, this was fantastic Seriously I ve never read a time travel book before that didn t have time travel in it Here is a completely original idea, done with superb craftsmanship The basic premise is that an experiment at CERN using the large halon collider produces a quirk, in which the entire human race is shown a flash from the future The whole world simultaneously sees a two minute glimpse of the world twenty one years in the future Now what do we do with that knowledge Excellent premise [...]

    26. This is a great premise for a book The entire human race gets a two minute glimpse at what they re doing twenty one years into the future Some people like what they see and some hate their futures Unfortunately, by concentrating solely on a couple of storylines regarding scientists who accidently caused the flash forward, the book doesn t quite deliver on the world of possibilities it could have Some of my favorite parts were the the footnotes about what some people had seen For example, there s [...]

    27. I was a huge fan of the TV series, so I thought I would try the book I had heard that the plot was very different, and I wanted to see what those differences were I had read Sawyer before and had enjoyed him, so picking this up was a no brainer Unfortunately, so was reading it I found the characters, plot, and writing style to be so boring that I couldn t even finish it I stopped reading it about halfway through, which was generous on my part I had already started to get bored in the first chapt [...]

    28. This is a fun science fiction novel It explores themes such as destiny vs free will, quantum mechanics and the Higgs boson, and knowledge of one s future It s not about time travel, per se it s about the consequences when humanity simultaneously gets a brief glimpse of their lives, 21 years in the future.The best part of the book is the interesting sidelines into physics But I see a few inconsistencies in the plot When a main character, Lloyd, views his future, he is unable to control his action [...]

    29. Interesting concept but frustrating to get taken out of the story for thinly veiled science lectures that didn t make sense for the characters having those conversations An interesting application of quantum theory though, and I was intrigued by the immortality concept that gets mentioned in passing Also, I d be fine never reading the phrase time immutable ever again He must use it 50 times.

    30. There was a little too much science in the fiction for my tastes, but this was a pretty cool read.The ending of this novel was both pleasant and anticlimactic at the same time That s also a good way to describe the overall feel and pacing of this book No real highs, nor any real lows, just an even ride with a few bumps in the road and sites to see along the journey.

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