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Dr. Sarah Halifax decoded the first-ever radio transmission received from aliens. Thirty-eight years later, a second message is received and Sarah, now eighty-seven, 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 another triumph for Hugo and Nebula Award - winner Robert J. Sawyer.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 22.86mm | 322.05g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 076533240X
  • 9780765332400
  • 2,207,956

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Praise for "Rollback": "A novel to be savored by science-fiction and mainstream readers alike." -"Toronto"" Globe & Mail" "This is what SF is supposed to be about: Discovery as carried out by real people. A joy to read; a superb novel." -- Jack McDevitt, author of "Odyssey"" ""Likeable characters facing big ethical dilemmas . . . [a] smoothly readable near-future SF novel." -"Publishers Weekly", starred review "Sawyer's near-future speculative fiction reveals many advances in medicine and robotics. But it's the humanness of the closeness (and the distance) between Sarah and Don that makes "Rollback" an early candidate for sci-fi book of the year." -"Kansas City Star" Praise for "Rollback" "A novel to be savored by science-fiction and mainstream readers alike." --"Toronto"" Globe & Mail" "This is what SF is supposed to be about: Discovery as carried out by real people. A joy to read; a superb novel." -- Jack McDevitt, author of "Odyssey"" ""Likeable characters facing big ethical dilemmas . . . [a] smoothly readable near-future SF novel." -"Publishers Weekly", starred review "Sawyer's near-future speculative fiction reveals many advances in medicine and robotics. But it's the humanness of the closeness (and the distance) between Sarah and Don that makes "Rollback" an early candidate for sci-fi book of the year." -"Kansas City Star" "This is what SF is supposed to be about: Discovery as carried out by real people. A joy to read; a superb novel." --Jack McDevitt, author of Odyssey"Likeable characters facing big ethical dilemmas...[a] smoothly readable near-future SF novel." --Publisher's Weekly, starred review"Sawyer's near-future speculative fiction reveals many advances in medicine and robotics. But it's the humanness of the closeness (and the distance) between Sarah and Don that makes Rollback an early candidate for sci-fi book of the year." --The Kansas City Star This is what SF is supposed to be about: Discovery as carried out by real people. A joy to read; a superb novel. "Jack McDevitt, author of Odyssey" Likeable characters facing big ethical dilemmas [a] smoothly readable near-future SF novel. "Publisher's Weekly, starred review" Sawyer's near-future speculative fiction reveals many advances in medicine and robotics. But it's the humanness of the closeness (and the distance) between Sarah and Don that makes "Rollback" an early candidate for sci-fi book of the year. "The Kansas City Star"" "This is what SF is supposed to be about: Discovery as carried out by real people. A joy to read; a superb novel." --Jack McDevitt, author of "Odyssey" "Likeable characters facing big ethical dilemmas...[a] smoothly readable near-future SF novel." --"Publisher's Weekly," starred review "Sawyer's near-future speculative fiction reveals many advances in medicine and robotics. But it's the humanness of the closeness (and the distance) between Sarah and Don that makes "Rollback" an early candidate for sci-fi book of the year." --"The Kansas City Star" Praise for "Rollback" "This is what SF is supposed to be about: Discovery as carried out by real people. A joy to read; a superb novel." --Jack McDevitt, author of "Odyssey" "Likeable characters facing big ethical dilemmas...[a] smoothly readable near-future SF novel." --"Publisher's Weekly," starred review "Sawyer's near-future speculative fiction reveals many advances in medicine and robotics. But it's the humanness of the closeness (and the distance) between Sarah and Don that makes "Rollback" an early candidate for sci-fi book of the year." --"The Kansas City Star" Praise for "Rollback" "This is what SF is supposed to be about: Discovery as carried out by real people. A joy to read; a superb novel." --Jack McDevitt, author of "Odyssey""Likeable characters facing big ethical dilemmas...[a] smoothly readable near-future SF novel." --"Publisher's Weekly", starred review"Sawyer's near-future speculative fiction reveals many advances in medicine and robotics. But it's the humanness of the closeness (and the distance) between Sarah and Don that makes "Rollback" an early candidate for sci-fi book of the year." --"The Kansas City Star" Praise for "Rollback": "A novel to be savored by science-fiction and mainstream readers alike." --"Toronto"" Globe & Mail" "This is what SF is supposed to be about: Discovery as carried out by real people. A joy to read; a superb novel." -- Jack McDevitt, author of "Odyssey"" ""Likeable characters facing big ethical dilemmas . . . [a] smoothly readable near-future SF novel." -"Publishers Weekly," starred review "Sawyer's near-future speculative fiction reveals many advances in medicine and robotics. But it's the humanness of the closeness (and the distance) between Sarah and Don that makes "Rollback" an early candidate for sci-fi book of the year." -"Kansas City Star" Praise for "Rollback" "A novel to be savored by science-fiction and mainstream readers alike." --"Toronto"" Globe & Mail" "This is what SF is supposed to be about: Discovery as carried out by real people. A joy to read; a superb novel." -- Jack McDevitt, author of "Odyssey"" ""Likeable characters facing big ethical dilemmas . . . [a] smoothly readable near-future SF novel." -"Publishers Weekly," starred review "Sawyer's near-future speculative fiction reveals many advances in medicine and robotics. But it's the humanness of the closeness (and the distance) between Sarah and Don that makes "Rollback" an early candidate for sci-fi book of the year." -"Kansas City Star" Praise for "Rollback" "A novel to be savored by science-fiction and mainstream readers alike." --"Toronto"" Globe & Mail" "This is what SF is supposed to be about: Discovery as carried out by real people. A joy to read; a superb novel." -- Jack McDevitt, author of "Odyssey"" ""Likeable characters facing big ethical dilemmas . . . [a] smoothly readable near-future SF novel." -"Publishers Weekly", starred review "Sawyer's near-future speculative fiction reveals many advances in medicine and robotics. But it's the humanness of the closeness (and the distance) between Sarah and Don that makes "Rollback" an early candidate for sci-fi book of the year." -"Kansas City Star" "Sawyer has quietly become one of our most important science-fiction writers, examining different philosophical and ethical problems that come with advancing technology. In "Mindscan . . . "he focuses on the legal and moral ramifications involved in various definitions of humanity in an intriguing and stylistically fine story. Grade: A." -- "Denver"" Rocky Mountain News""" "A tale involving courtroom drama, powerful human emotion and challenging SF mystery. And Sawyer juggles it all with intelligence and far-reaching vision worthy of Isaac Asimov." --"Starlog" on "Mindscan""" " Sawyer lucidly explores fascinating philosophical conundrums." - "Entertainment Weekly" on "Mindscan"show more

About Robert J. Sawyer

ROBERT J. SAWYER lives in Ontario, Canada. He has won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel.show more

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