Sometimes it becomes really obvious just how early we are still in the information technology revolution. Information might be out there, but it is still really hard to find what you really want.
How else could you explain the fact that I didn’t know who Robert J. Sawyer was until a few weeks ago? I mean, this guy is just amazing, one of my new favorites. A probable contender for the favorite author spot. No kidding!
First I read “Calculating God”. Now, how many books that talk about God, the origins of our universe, religion, death and eternal life can be truly entertaining, insightful and at the same time ideologically balanced and funny? That was definitely a first to me. Add a good bit of “pop science”, light romance and a surprising ending and you have one of the best books I’ve read in recent memory.
I then moved quickly to “Flash Forward”. Really, this book totally consumed 2 weeks of my free time (which now a days is extremely little). Here Sawyer basically talks about free will, but in such a imaginative and centered way that it makes you much more open to considering opposing point of views. The end is a bit exoteric but overall this is again a incredibly entertaining and rich book.
I just started “Hominids”, the 2003 Hugo Award winner and the first volume of his Neanderthal Parallax trilogy. Here he begins with parallel universes, neutrino labs and Neanderthals who have quantum computers. It is again a totally different book from the other two, and so far it looks very promising.
Waste no time and start reading this guy.