BONUS AUDIO: Author Robert J. Sawyer explains how the creationism vs. evolution debate informed the writing of Calculating God.
©2000 by Robert J. Sawyer; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
"Is Sawyer Canada's answer to Michael Crichton? Very possibly yes." (Montreal Gazette)
"Jonathan Davis...is one of our very best narrators and this is a fine performance. I was rapt the entire time, and even near tears at one moment in the book." (sffaudio.com; named an SFFaudio Essential)
"Jonathan Davis portrays a thoughtful and quietly introspective Jericho....As the conversation with Hollus continues, Davis keeps a steady pace and reflects the intellectual engagement of both characters. He presents the alien's speech as lightly studied, a fitting style for a non-English speaker who coordinates his speech between two mouths." (AudioFile)
I was looking forward to a good discussion about science vs god. but the alien character starts presenting mythical information (at least at this point to humanity.... ie. the grand unified theory of everything) to support his argument that god exists, thereby rendering the argument itself mythical and unreal. Didn't even bother to finish it.
Good book for a science nerd like myself. I enjoyed the story, aliens arrive in Canada to study earth evolution. I recommend to atheists, believers of any faith (and interested in science) and agnostics. Also of course because it's a good and unusual sci-fi book.
Very compelling story. I cannot judge the sciece, but the author is very convincing. I have faith it is true.
I enjoy spy, military, psychological, technical and fiction based in reality and science. I really value intimate, thorough writing.
Didnt partake in the print. The narrator added alot of personality to the main character. I really appreciated his spin on the character.
I havent read anything like it lately.
No i have not.
Just the amazement and wonder i had learning and mentally debating with points in the book.
Amazing book. I really enjoyed the mystery/problem in the book. I also really enjoyed analyzing God from a scientific standpoint. I highly recommend this if you are agnostic or atheist because it makes the book more relatable and more meaningful to follow. Some parts of the narrative were a little mushy and dramatic for me BUT i understood why they were there. Just for me personally i wanted more science and debate. Very thought provoking and interesting stuff.
Really interesting book. The story was very unusual and made you think. Must read for those who like great story lines
Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.
This story seems to generate a lot of controversy, due to the topic. That's to be expected. Those who have strong views on the theist-atheist and creation-evolution issues might want to avoid this one.
Contrary to what I have read in some reviews, the author makes no attempt to answer these questions, or even to sway the audience in one direction or the other. This is fiction, and darned good fiction at that! He explores the questions from an unexpected angle. No spoiler here. Read the publisher's description. In this story, an advanced alien believes in the scientifically undeniable existence of a Creator, while an earth scientist denies it. The book explores the type of discussions that they might have set against the background of the first alien visit to Earth. Sawyers uses blatantly fictional "scientific evidence" along with arguments that you might actually hear a scientific creationist use to support the theist alien's position. That seems to upset some reviewers, but again, it's fiction.
All of the controversy aside, I really enjoyed this book. If you can take it for what it is intended to be, it's well worth a listen/read. I will definitely check out more Robert Sawyer. Also, Jonathan Davis did a very competent job on the narration. I only give five stars for wow-level work, hence the four stars for both story and reading. Well done, guys.
I couldn't finish listening to this. It was just to frustrating. I kept wanting to explain the poor logic. I would expect a book that presents itself as an exploration into a deep subject that has been debated for centuries to at least do the background work and present the best arguments on both sides. This book doesn't even come close.
this book was what i was expecting, the author's remarks at the beginning set expectations very well. I am atheist and don't belive in religion; but i could buy Sawyer's version of God
This is really the first book that I've heard that does exactly everything I wanted. There were questions I never thought of, that made me question myself. There was drama, not the cheesy stuff, there was love and finally no cliff hanger. Everything was wrapped up beautifully in a nice neat little package. Very awesome!
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