This book definitely rivals 2001 by A.C. Clark, with a great story line and a bit science intermingled with the story ...
Hollis - "This side up" .. Ha.
The description of the supernova.
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Maybe my expectations were unrealistic - I was looking forward to reading this book, but it's a redundant academic tome that gave me nothing.
This might be the second most important book one will ever hear. It isn't the best story - it is a great story, but not "the best ever"; it's value is in making important points about the scarcity of life. I was immediately captivated by it and went out and bought the hardcopy to give to my kids.
This would be like updating, then blending, Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy with C.S. Lewis's Out of the Silent Planet. Sawyer uses very lighthearted tones to illustrate deep ideas.
Jonathan Davis nailed the attitude of Hollus.
I did more yardwork because I kept listening to this. I also intend to listen to it again in a few months.
There were some laugh-out-loud scenes early in this book. That is all I can say about them. My physicist and computer-engineering friends will probably love it, too.
Maybe. The charm of this book is in its humorous twists that would not have the same effect a second time around, so once is enough.
Our introduction to the alien as he saunters into the museum and asks to see an expert was absolutely delightful and totally believable. This moment set the tone so that I was laughing and chortling through the whole book.
I was very intrigued by the notion of using science to prove God and of Alien races far more faithful than ourselves but this story fell a little short for me. Much like religion itself, it takes a mighty leap of faith to prove God's existence. That said, I am glad to see a story like this out there and I think it is definitely worth a listen, just not a favorite.
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Imagining the otherness of extraterrestrials along with the similarities
The explanation of how our sense of mathematics is related in part to our anatomy. Maybe not so much a great scene but a curious insight
God is real and not what you think
I applaud the effort. It is hard enough to try to make science fiction seems plausible. Trying to add god into the mix would seem wholly unworkable. I think this is well done in that regard.
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I love Robert Sawyer! His books are always out of the ordinary, propose fascinating themes, and give me interesting things to ponder.
Science and God: Are they mutually exclusive? Do they exists in parallel? Are they dependant on one another? It’s a hot topic for some people and a no brainer for others…. Makes for great reading!
I'm 66. I've read Audiobooks now for 6 years. After an assault, I had minor brain damage and couldn't read. Audible got me back to books
This book was so incredible I read it 4 times in the last month! It's the best audiobook I've listened to ever!
At the first page, Calculating God grabs each moment with compelling drive. From the first spoken word to the last, the characters capture your attention and never gives it back.
Calculating God is the first book I've listened to by Robert J. Sawyer and Jonathan Davis! It has sent me to find Robert's other books, and to write Jonathan a letter, of thanks for his talent in making the book live.
Many of the conversations between the alien and the scientist brings them to a close relationship which moved me to care deeply for these characters. I never met an alien with a sense of humor.
As an author, myself, I admire Robert's daring with character, plot, and intelligence. This book almost convinced me it was real. I found myself arguing the science. Amazing Book.
Calculating God was a bit of a roller coaster for me intellectually but ultimately I enjoyed it. It is a science fiction story where the conceit is the proof of intelligent design and a creator of the universe. The majority of the book I was annoyed with Robert J. Sawyer because his alien scientists did not submit actual evidence; describing an experiment or finding which revealed the existence of a god. Relying on circumstantial evidence undermined the weight of the alien credibility and lessened the sociological and cosmological impact. I am an unapologetic non-theist but welcomed the conjecture within this framework but was left mostly incredulous. I think it is important to note that late in this book there is potential direct evidence integrated into the narrative which grounds the discussion and salvages the purpose of this book. There is a good amount of solid science incorporated including detailed exobiology which always fun to think about, but ultimately the structure of the book and quality of the dialog and writing kept this from being a favorite. It is however a worthwhile read and a unique specimen in the genre of science fiction.
The theme of this book is very unique and interesting - aliens who arrive to Earth believe in God, and try to convince us that God exists (with scientific evidence). I enjoyed the characters in the book (at least the human ones) and how they interacted with the aliens. The ended was particularly strong and really developed the protagonist's character.
However I found the writing distracting. The author refers extensively to Toronto and Canadian politics, which (as someone who grew up in Toronto) distracted at times and felt unnecessary. In addition, I found the book got preachy at times, and descended into long diatribes about religion and god. This took me out of the story (which is fundamentally fiction, but with a strong argument).