Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Staff Picks

I discovered Canadian science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer when ABC aired a television series based on his novel Flash Forward in 2009.   Whether or not you watched the show, the premise is intriguing -- a science experiment gone awry causes everyone on earth to fall into an unconscious state while they foresee themselves twenty years in the future.   The phenomenon lasts only two minutes and causes operating room tragedies, multi-car crashes and runway accidents worldwide but the most fascinating consequences are due to the revelations themselves.

What caused the flash forward and what are the effects on individuals and societies? What does it mean for people like researcher Theo Procopides who had no vision at all or for the presidential candidate assured of defeat?  Are the visions absolute?   I love the way Sawyer humanizes this intriguing scenario and (unlike the television show) explains the phenomena and offers a satisfying conclusion. 

Fans of thought-provoking science fiction will enjoy this memorable novel.   

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist