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Publisher Description

Connie Willis has won more Hugo and Nebula awards than any other science fiction author. Now, with her trademark wit and inventiveness, she explores the intimate relationship between science, pop culture, and the arcane secrets of the heart.

Sandra Foster studies fads—from Barbie dolls to the grunge look—how they start and what they mean. Bennett O'Reilly is a chaos theorist studying monkey group behavior. They both work for the HiTek corporation, strangers until a misdelivered package brings them together. It's a moment of synchronicity—if not serendipity—which leads them into a chaotic system of their own, complete with a million-dollar research grant, caffé latte, tattoos, and a series of unlucky coincidences that leaves Bennett monkeyless, fundless, and nearly jobless. Sandra intercedes with a flock of sheep and an idea for a joint project. (After all, what better animal to study both chaos theory and the herd mentality that so often characterizes human behavior?) But scientific discovery is rarely straightforward and never simple, and Sandra and Bennett have to endure a series of setbacks, heartbreaks, dead ends, and disasters before they find their ultimate answer. . . . 

Praise for Bellwether

“One of science fiction's best writers.”The Denver Post

“Connie Willis deploys the apparatus of science fiction to illuminate character and relationships, and her writing is fresh, subtle, and deeply moving.”The New York Times Book Review

“Keen social satire touched with genuine humanity . . . Connie Willis's fiction is one of the most intelligent delights of our genre.”Locus

“A sheer pleasure to read . . . Sprightly, intelligent fun.”Publishers Weekly

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
March 1
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Alex BBF ,

Bellwether = Charming

Connie Willis's Bellwether, nominated for the 1997 Nebula Award, is a sci-fi novel without much sci-fi and with a lot of heart and humor. Connie Willis is known for how easy she is to read, pulling you into the world she creates and letting you live there for the length of the story. Bellwether follows Sandra Foster, a scientist in the midst of studying where fads come from for a large corporation, with a a completely inept assistant named Flip. Flip is the Puck of the story, creating chaos wherever she goes that leads Sandra into the office of Bennett O'Reilly, another scientist working for HiTek Corp. A romantic comedy of errors with office hijinks that anyone who's ever worked at a desk will find humor in. This book is a great way to spend an afternoon, and will leave your heart warmed to the core.

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Ok story

Not as good as the other books, but was ok, teaches a great lesson about thinking for one's self

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