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Publisher Description

Calculating God is the new near-future SF thriller from the popular and award-winning Robert J. Sawyer.

An alien shuttle craft lands outside the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. A six-legged, two-armed alien emerges, who says, in perfect English, "Take me to a paleontologist."

It seems that Earth, and the alien's home planet, and the home planet of another alien species traveling on the alien mother ship, all experienced the same five cataclysmic events at about the same time (one example of these "cataclysmic events" would be the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs). Both alien races believe this proves the existence of God: i.e. he's obviously been playing with the evolution of life on each of these planets.

From this provocative launch point, Sawyer tells a fast-paced, and morally and intellectually challenging, SF story that just grows larger and larger in scope. The evidence of God's universal existence is not universally well received on Earth, nor even immediately believed. And it reveals nothing of God's nature. In fact. it poses more questions than it answers.

When a supernova explodes out in the galaxy but close enough to wipe out life on all three home-worlds, the big question is, Will God intervene or is this the sixth cataclysm:?

Calculating God is SF on the grand scale.

Calculating God is a 2001 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
March 3
Tom Doherty Associates

Customer Reviews

waikikiTed ,

The best Science fiction book I have ever read

This book has changed the way I read science fiction. As a matter of fact, it has changed what I look for in science fiction. I find it to be a thought provoking and emotional journey thru one's own mortality and coming to grips what happens next when we are faced with our own last chapter.

I can and will continue to read this book over and over thru the years. It turned me on to the amazing Robert Sawyer.

Donald Anderson II ,

Reminded me of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Great SF story with well thought out arguments for both religious minded and intellectual minded people. If you like 2001: A Space Odyssey, read this book!

altoidsjedi ,

A very recommended read!

Great sci-fi! Proposes vastly different ideas regarding God, religion, science, etc.

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