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Rollback

by (author) Robert J. Sawyer

Publisher
Tor/Forge
Initial publish date
Apr 2007
Category
General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780765349743
    Publish Date
    Feb 2008
    List Price
    $8.99
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780765311085
    Publish Date
    Apr 2007
    List Price
    $27.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780765332400
    Publish Date
    May 2012
    List Price
    $32.5

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Description

Dr. Sarah Halifax decoded the first-ever radio transmission received from aliens. Thirty-eight years later, a second message is received and Sarah, now 87, may hold the key to deciphering this one, too . . . if she lives long enough.
      A wealthy industrialist offers to pay for Sarah to have a rollback--a hugely expensive experimental rejuvenation procedure. She accepts on condition that Don, her husband of sixty years, gets a rollback, too. The process works for Don, making him physically twenty-five again. But in a tragic twist, the rollback fails for Sarah, leaving her in her eighties.
      While Don tries to deal with his newfound youth and the suddenly vast age gap between him and his wife, Sarah struggles to do again what she'd done once before: figure out what a signal from the stars contains. Exploring morals and ethics on both human and cosmic scales,Rollbackis the big new SF novel for 2007 by Hugo and Nebula Award-winner Robert J. Sawyer.

About the author

Robert J. Sawyer,
a Member of the Order of Canada and a Globe and Mail and Maclean's bestseller, is the author of 23 previous novels, including FlashForward, the basis for the ABC TV series. His most recent novel, Quantum Night, was long-listed for CBC's Canada Reads

Praise for Robert J. Sawyer

"A new Robert J. Sawyer book is always cause for celebration."
Analog Science Fiction and Fact

"Robert J. Sawyer is a writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation."
The New York Times

"Sawyer not only has an irresistibly engaging narrative voice but also a gift for confronting thorny philosophical conundrums. At every opportunity, he forces his readers to think while holding their attention with ingenious premises and superlative craftsmanship."
Booklist

"Robert J. Sawyer is by any measure one of the world's leading (and most interesting) science-fiction writers. His fiction is a fascinating blend of intellectually compelling big ideas and humane, enduring characters."
The Globe and Mail

"Sawyer, an articulate fountain of ideas, is the genre's northern star—in fact, one of the hottest SF writers anywhere. By any reckoning Sawyer is among the most successful Canadian authors ever."
Maclean's: Canada's Weekly News Magazine

"A polished, exciting writer. Sawyer writes with the scientific panache and grandeur of Arthur C. Clarke and the human touch of Isaac Asimov."
Quill & Quire

Robert J. Sawyer's profile page

Awards

  • Unknown, Hugo Award - Nominee

Editorial Reviews

"Sawyer has quietly become one of our most important science-fiction writers, examining different philosophical and ethical problems that come with advancing technology. InMindscan . . .he focuses on the legal and moral ramifications involved in various definitions of humanity in an intriguing and stylistically fine story. Grade: A." --Denver Rocky Mountain News "A tale involving courtroom drama, powerful human emotion and challenging SF mystery. And Sawyer juggles it all with intelligence and far-reaching vision worthy of Isaac Asimov."--Starlog onMindscan "Sawyer lucidly explores fascinating philosophical conundrums."
-Entertainment Weekly onMindscan

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