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Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer

Flashforward (original 1999; edition 2009)

by Robert J. Sawyer

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Authors:Robert J. Sawyer
Info:Tor Science Fiction (2009), Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
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Tags:Canadian Literature, Sci-Fi, Private Collection, Tor Books, Fiction

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Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer (1999)

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I liked the TV show but this is definitely better! I also got resolution. ;-) ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 2, 2016 |
Better than the TV Series, well a least it had an ending :-) ( )
  Superenigmatix | Jan 16, 2016 |
I hate to say this.... because I know I'll catch a lot of flak for it, but.... this is one case where the TV series really is better than the book.

This is not to say that the book is bad. It's sorta average, a quick read with a lot of physics made very easily understandable by the layman, which is a feat in and of itself. (Although, I'll admit that I read some of the more interesting bits of physics to my physics-obsessed boyfriend and was rewarded with a rant of epic proportions about how it was all fuzzed. And honestly, a lot of it was.)

The climax itself was the biggest anti-climax I've ever read. Well, maybe not the biggest, but the book just took every bit of suspense available and just flattened it.

So, in summation, if you're curious where the series came from, go ahead and read it. It's fast. Just ...get it from the library or something. ( )
  lyrrael | Oct 17, 2015 |
Theo and Lloyd are two scientists working on the high energy, acclerated particle experiment at CERN. In the midst of the experiment something completely unexpected happens and everyone is given a glimpse into their own future, precisely two minutes 20 years into their future. When everyone comes back to the present the world is understandably in complete turmoil. Theo’s future is bleak indeed and he begins a journey to tempt the fates and change his own future while Lloyd begins to question the concept of free will.

I picked up this book for two reasons; it is the basis of the television program, which I have admittedly not seen and I was curious as to what I was missing and, I have been following the CERN experiments to some degree, have read a couple of the other books dealing with the topic and wanted to see what Mr. Sawyer would do with it. I do not read much sci-fi and this book is definitely heavy into the science but still a worthwhile read for anyone interested in time travel, physics, philosophy or the CERN experiment.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
Opinião: Se pudesses ter um vislumbre do teu futuro, estarias pronto para essa experiência? Quais seriam as repercussões que esse vislumbre teria no teu presente? É o futuro tão imutável como o passado? Estas são algumas das questões com que os personagens deste livro se debatem após o Flashforward. Com o doseamento certo de acção, introspeção, explicações científicas e algum romance, Flashforward foi um livro que me manteve constantemente interessada. O enredo começa com o acidente no CERN e todas as suas consequências imediatas e vai desenvolvendo, de uma forma clara e sem atropelos para os dramas pessoais de cada um dos personagens. Como estes são quase todos cientistas do CERN, permite a introdução natural das atuais teorias da física quântica que se debruçam sobre o funcionamento do universo e das viagens no tempo. Assim, qualquer leitor leigo sobre o tema pode aprender o que é o “Gato de Schrödinger”, o “Cubo de Minkowski”, o “Bosão de Higgs” entre outras teorias. Interessante foi encontrar que o próprio CERN tem uma página dedicada ao livro onde indica a ciência por detrás do livro e alguma informação sobre o trabalho que está a ser desenvolvido no complexo. Aconselho o vídeo que está nessa página.

Leia o resto no meu blog ( )
  tchetcha | Jan 15, 2015 |
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Although uneven, the book was a more rewarding experience for me than the television series. If you enjoyed FlashForward on television, you should probably read the book as it delves far more deeply into many of the issues raised by its core concept.
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"He who foresees calamities suffers them twice over." --Beilby Porteus

""Free will is an illusion. It is synonymous with incomplete perception." --Walter Kubilius

"Lost time is never found again." --John H. Aughey
For Richard M. Gotlib

Richard and I first met in high school in 1975. Back then, we each envisioned very different futures for ourselves. But one thing seemed absolutely clear: no matter how many years would pass, we'd always be friends. It's now a quarter-century later, and I'm delighted that at least that part turned out exactly as planned.
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Suddenly everyone in the world loses consciousness for two minutes. Planes fall from the sky, there are millions of car crashes, millions die. And when everyone comes round they have had a glimpse of their life in the future. When it awakes the world must live with the knowledge of what is to come. Some saw themselves in new relationships, some saw exciting new technologies, some saw the stuff of nightmares. Some, young and old alike, saw nothing at all . A desperate search to find out what has happened begins. Does the mosaic of visions offer a clue? What did you see?
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What would you do if you got a glimpse of your own personal future and it looked bleak? Try to change things, or accept that the future is unchangeable and make the best of it? In Flashforward, Nobel-hungry physicists conducting an unimaginably high-energy experiment accidentally induce a global consciousness shift. In an instant, everyone on Earth is "flashed forward" 21 years, experiencing several minutes of the future. But while everyone is, literally, out of their minds, their bodies drop unconscious; when the world reawakens, car wrecks, botched surgeries, falls, and other mishaps add up to massive death and destruction.

Slowly, as recovery efforts continue, people realize that during the Flashforward (as it comes to be called) they experienced a vision of the future. The range of visions is astounding--those who would be asleep in the future saw psychedelic dream landscapes, while others saw nothing at all (presumably they'd be dead). But those who saw everyday life 20 years hence have to come to grips with evidence of dreams forsaken (or realized). Soon, the physicists who caused the Flashforward are struggling to help the world decide whether the future is changeable--and whether the experiment is worth repeating. Robert J. Sawyer has captured a truly compelling idea with Flashforward, and he fully explores what such an event might mean to humanity. Fans will find this to be his best work to date, although the ending seems rushed after a detailed buildup. --Therese Littleton

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A science experiment goes wrong, giving everyone a glimpse of the future. One man learns a rival will steal his wife, another that he will win a lottery, a third that he will be murdered and has 20 years to find the killer. A look at the repercussions of knowing the future.… (more)

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