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Book Title: Flashforward|
The author of the book: Robert J. Sawyer
ISBN 13: 9781433252983
Edition: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date of issue: January 7th 2008
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 7.7
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There are so many ways I could pay tribute to this book (audiobook), which was an awful piece of writing, but an entertaining way to spend ten hours in a car.
Perhaps a drinking game (NOT in the car):
RULE: Drink every time a character is identified by his or her hair color.*
RULE:Drink every time someone uses the word "indeed" in an internal monologue.
RULE: Drink every time someone answers their own question within an internal monologue a la "Yes? Yes!" or "No? No!"
RULE: Drink every time a character ruminates extensively to himself in between the numbers of a countdown.
No? No. Maybe this would be better suited to a different list:
Tips On Good Writing, the Robert J. Sawyer Way:
1. Anything worth writing about is worth writing about in excrutiating detail. This includes bodily functions, routine tasks, and subway stations.
2. The onomatopeia is your friend. Don't be afraid to let a bullet go "KABLAM!"
3. Any hackneyed action phrase worth using once is worth using once or twice more in the chapter.
4. Get creative! Why have a character simply smile when instead you can have someone "feel his features stretch into a grin"? After all, you don't just smile with your mouth.
5. Everything has a sound, so make sure to get those details in there. Hair rustles if you shake your head while lying on a pillow (maybe I need a new conditioner?). Shoes slap against stairs (at least mine do; I got them at Bozo's Clown Warehouse).
6. Character development is crucial, and again detail is key. That's why you can't just have a character remember that he once ran a marathon. He should remember that he once ran from Marathon to Athens, a trip of precisely 26.2 miles, in a recreation of the famous historical run which gave marathon running its name.
7. Don't be sexist! Women can be smart, too. They can be engineers and physicists. They are also scared of all male strangers, and keep their eye on the exits when talking to one.
8. The future will be very different from now. It's fun to speculate on the differences both in passing comments, like mentioning how blue jeans will be out of style, or in expositional paragraphs. Preferably lots of them.
9. If you get bored identifying characters by hair color, you can identify them by eye color instead. Get it in there as soon as possible, even if it means having one character see another's grey eyes in a darkened tunnel from a distance of 50 metres.
10. Every character should be from a different country. This is called diversity, and helps when you're trying to come up with hair colors and names.
Does the audiobook format make me more critical of an author's style, or do I always choose laughably terrible audiobooks? In either case, I was curious to read the book that inspired ABC's mediocre Lost-wannabe Flash Forward series, and figured it would help pass the time on a couple of roadtrips. It was a GREAT way to pass the time, since my sister and I spent the entire 10ish hours mocking it MST3K-style.
*Bonus excerpt from the first chapter: "Lloyd Simcoe, a Canadian-born researcher, sat at the injection console. He was forty-five, tall, and clean-shaven. His eyes were blue and his crewcut hair so dark brown that one could get away with calling it black - except at the temples, where about half of it had turned gray."
Two paragraphs later:
"Seated on his right, in front of the detector console, was the master of the makeover herself, his fiancee, enginer Michiko Komura. Ten years Lloyd's junior at thirty five, Michiko had a small upturned nose and lustrous black hair that she had styled in the currently popular page boy cut."
"Theo had curly, thick, dark hair, gray eyes, and a prominent, jutting jaw."
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Read information about the authorRobert J. Sawyer is one of Canada's best known and most successful science fiction writers. He is the only Canadian (and one of only 7 writers in the world) to have won all three of the top international awards for science fiction: the 1995 Nebula Award for The Terminal Experiment, the 2003 Hugo Award for Hominids, and the 2006 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Mindscan.
Robert Sawyer grew up in Toronto, the son of two university professors. He credits two of his favourite shows from the late 1960s and early 1970s, Search and Star Trek, with teaching him some of the fundamentals of the science-fiction craft. Sawyer was obsessed with outer space from a young age, and he vividly remembers watching the televised Apollo missions. He claims to have watched the 1968 classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey 25 times. He began writing science fiction in a high school club, which he co-founded, NASFA (Northview Academy Association of Science Fiction Addicts). Sawyer graduated in 1982 from the Radio and Television Arts Program at Ryerson University, where he later worked as an instructor.
Sawyer's first published book, Golden Fleece (1989), is an adaptation of short stories that had previously appeared in the science-fiction magazine Amazing Stories. This book won the Aurora Award for the best Canadian science-fiction novel in English. In the early 1990s Sawyer went on to publish his inventive Quintaglio Ascension trilogy, about a world of intelligent dinosaurs. His 1995 award winning The Terminal Experiment confirmed his place as a major international science-fiction writer.
A prolific writer, Sawyer has published more than 10 novels, plus two trilogies. Reviewers praise Sawyer for his concise prose, which has been compared to that of the science-fiction master Isaac Asimov. Like many science fiction-writers, Sawyer welcomes the opportunities his chosen genre provides for exploring ideas. The first book of his Neanderthal Parallax trilogy, Hominids (2002), is set in a near-future society, in which a quantum computing experiment brings a Neanderthal scientist from a parallel Earth to ours. His 2006 Mindscan explores the possibility of transferring human consciousness into a mechanical body, and the ensuing ethical, legal, and societal ramifications.
A passionate advocate for science fiction, Sawyer teaches creative writing and appears frequently in the media to discuss his genre. He prefers the label "philosophical fiction," and in no way sees himself as a predictor of the future. His mission statement for his writing is "To combine the intimately human with the grandly cosmic."
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