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Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer
Edited by David G. Hartwell
Review by Andrew Brooks
Tor Books Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765322890
Date: 03 March 2009 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer, is about what happens when a man who doesn't believe in God or any sort of intelligent design meets an alien with irrefutable proof that he's wrong. Tom Jerico, a palentologist who works at the Royal Ontario Museum who's dying of cancer, serves as the protagonist of this scientific and philosophical little jaunt. His counterpart, an alien named Hollus, and he basically serve as point and counterpoint in what is essentially debate presented as story. As interesting as this idea is, the book's arguments for and against seemed contrived at points.

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Product Description:

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

In the distant past, Earth, the alien's home planet, and the home planet of another alien species, all experienced the same five cataclysmic events at the same time (one example: 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, morally and intellectually challenging story of ambitious scope and touching humanity. Calculating God is SF on a grand scale.

(Source: Tor Books)

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