By Robert J. Sawyer
Within the close to destiny, a sign is detected coming from the Alpha Centauri procedure. Mysterious, unintelligible facts streams in for ten years. Heather Davis, a professor within the college of Toronto psychology division, has committed her profession to decoding the message. Her estranged husband, Kyle, is operating at the improvement of synthetic intelligence platforms and new computing device know-how using quantum results to supply a near-infinite variety of calculations simultaneously.
When Heather achieves a leap forward, the message unearths a startling new know-how that rips the boundaries of house and time, preserving the promise of a brand new degree of human evolution. In live performance with Kyle's discoveries of the character of attention, the most important to unlimited exploration---or the top of the human race---appears shut at hand.
Sawyer has created a gripping mystery, a pulse-pounding travel of the farthest reaches of technology. Factoring Humanity is a 1999 Hugo Award Nominee for most sensible Novel.
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Anyway she was bulimic—but she hasn’t had to purge since then. ” “But I don’t think I was abused. ” “At first, yes. It was only later that it all came out. It’ll come out for you, too. ” “I don’t know. I don’t think this happened. And—and—I mean, come on. Incest—sexual abuse. That’s the stuff of tabloids, no? ” “You’re so wrong, it’s staggering,” said Gurdjieff sharply “And it’s not just you—it’s society in general. You know, in the nineteen-eighties, when we really started talking about sexual abuse and incest, the topic did get a great deal of exposure.
It had come as a complete shock. They’d been living together for about a year, sharing an apartment in St. Jamestown with a few hundred cockroaches. Kyle was in the second year of his master’s in computer science; Heather was just starting her master’s in psychology. They were in love—no doubt—and had talked about building a life together. But Kyle and Heather both knew they should each go somewhere other than U of T for their doctorates. Not that U of T wasn’t a fine place for grad school; indeed, if it really did have any claim to that “Harvard of the North” label, it was because of its graduate studies.
But how often did she mention them? A passing reference here, a brief aside there—and then moving on quickly before it got too unpleasant, to Maslow’s drive for self-actualization, to Adler’s introverts and extroverts, to Skinner’s operant conditioning. “Perhaps,” she said. “Maybe you’re right,” said Gurdjieff, apparently willing to concede a little if Heather was also willing to do so. ” Heather felt it hitting home again. “Of course. ” “It’s natural that you don’t remember it,” said Gurdjieff.