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Rollback Dr Sarah Halifax Decoded The First Ever Radio Transmission Received From Aliens Thirty Eight Years Later, A Second Message Is Received And Sarah, Now , May Hold The Key To Deciphering This One, Too If She Lives Long EnoughA 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 EightiesWhile 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 BOOKS ✫ Fisica 1 - Principios y Problemas Author Paul W. Zitzewitz – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk A Second Message Is Received And Sarah !!> BOOKS ✸ The Beautiful Disruption ✮ Author G.G. 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Nolan – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk The Rollback Fails For Sarah [Epub] Born to Ride (Sons of Chaos MC, By Eva Grace – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Leaving Her In Her EightiesWhile Don Tries To Deal With His Newfound Youth And The Suddenly Vast Age Gap Between Him And His Wife ➽ Evangelical Hermeneutics And The New Testament Use Of The Old Testament Download ➺ Author Rynold D Dean – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Sarah Struggles To Do Again What She D Done Once Before Figure Out What A Signal From The Stars Contains An interesting tale about an 87 year old man who receives the gift of rejuvenation The biggest problem was that it really wasn t intended for him The year is 2048 Thirty eight years earlier, Earth had received the first ever radio transmission from another world Many folks puzzled over the message, trying to figure it out, but it was Dr Sarah Halifax who made the breakthrough and allowed Earth to understand the message and respond Now the second message has arrived and the main financier An interesting tale about an 87 year old man who receives the gift of rejuvenation The biggest problem was that it really wasn t intended for him The year is 2048 Thirty eight years earlier, Earth had received the first ever radio transmission from another world Many folks puzzled over the message, trying to figure it out, but it was Dr Sarah Halifax who made the breakthrough and allowed Earth to understand the message and respond Now the second message has arrived and the main financier of the SETI project is certain that Dr Halifax, who is also 87, is the person not only to decode the latest transmission, but also to maintain a dialogue with the aliens He s so certain of this that he s willing to fund Dr Halifax s rejuvenation an obscenely expensive procedure called a rollback She agrees to do it on the condition that her husband, Don, receive the procedure, too Mr Moneybags agrees and the rollbacks are begun The problem is, while Don regresses to a physical age of 25, the procedure doesn t work on Sarah What follows is the tale of a man facing a second chance at life in a world where he no longer fits in with his rapidly disappearing peer group Intertwined with all this is the story of the alien messages It s wonderfully written, as one expects from Mr Sawyer I think I especially clicked with the tale because I m roughly the same age as the lead characters that is, I was born in the same era and I could relate to a lot of their reminiscing But no matter what age you may be, this book s well worth checking out this is an extremely character driven book, to the degree that i wished for a little less dialogue and certainly less posturing or lecturing, because boy is this book full of discussions where people preach the merits of this position or that the fact that i shared some of his characters beliefs maybe that made it worse, i don t know but it seemed heavy handed there are some cool ideas, but the particular way he blended pop culture references in was somehow annoying rather than charming e this is an extremely character driven book, to the degree that i wished for a little less dialogue and certainly less posturing or lecturing, because boy is this book full of discussions where people preach the merits of this position or that the fact that i shared some of his characters beliefs maybe that made it worse, i don t know but it seemed heavy handed there are some cool ideas, but the particular way he blended pop culture references in was somehow annoying rather than charming even as a star trek fan, the references to trek felt pretentious also, references to a slightly related movie contact just made this book feel like a partial ripoff that said, as someone who is approaching her 40s , i appreciated the exploration of age and the perspective that comes with the different periods of one s life not that this is enough to actually recommend sawyer s book Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.com I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted here illegally Regular readers know that July has been somewhat of a special month for me, in that I was accidentally able to get ahold of eight out of the twelve science fiction novels nominated this year for either the Hugo or Philip K Dick award, and have been reviewing all of them here throughout the month toda Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter.com I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted here illegally Regular readers know that July has been somewhat of a special month for me, in that I was accidentally able to get ahold of eight out of the twelve science fiction novels nominated this year for either the Hugo or Philip K Dick award, and have been reviewing all of them here throughout the month today s review is the seventh in that series, in fact, with only Adam Roberts Gradisil still to go which is phenomenal, by the way, and right now is tied in my head with Ian McDonald s Brasyl as my favorite of the eight buton that in a few days Today I m reviewing the latest by Robert J Sawyer, an industry veteran who is one of the few proud holders of the SF award trifecta the Hugo, Nebula, and Campbell awards, that is, considered by most fans to be the three most important awards in the industry it is my first book by him, frankly, the Hugo nominated Rollback from 2007, and I have to admit right away that I found it kind of a mess, unfortunately turning by halfway through into an unreadable mess, now making me wonder if his entire career is maybe a bit overinflated, or if he just happened to turn in a subpar book here in particular.See, it s about this old couple, right And nearly half a century ago, the wife of this couple happened to be the first person on the planet to figure out the meaning behind the very first message ever received from extraterrestrial intelligent life, and the person who led the team who put together a response to send back to these aliens via radio wave And yes, right in the manuscript itself, Sawyer addresses the fanboys who are tempted to shout, Dude, that s the same storyline as Carl Sagan s Contact Which of course is part of the problem if your project is so similar in storyline to afamous one that you actually have to address it in your own book, that s a sign that you should rethink your premise to begin with They ve been waiting 25 years for the response to even get to this foreign planet, and then another 25 years for whatever response the aliens might have of their own and sure enough a new response has just been received at the opening of the novel, but with the couple now too old and frail to be working on a response team again full time.In steps this eccentric trillionaire entrepreneur, then, who simply must have the brilliant woman on the team trying to figure out why the aliens have responded the way they have so much so, in fact, that he is willing to pay the billions of dollars needed to have the woman s entire physical body rolled back to a state of youth, through an ingenious combination of surgery, therapy, genetic manipulation and other near future medical subjects actually being worked on by doctors of today Oh, and her husband gets rolled back too, because she insists on it Which is where the big problem comes because apparently the experimental nature of all this was never fully emphasized to the couple, with the husband s rollback procedure taking but hers failing, leaving her as the same 80 year old as before but him now a strapping lad of 25 with bulging muscles and a perpetual erection And thus do conflicts arise between the two and thus does the husband suddenly encounter unexpected instances of ageism in society, ala Black Like Me and thus does the woman keep working on figuring out why these space aliens have sent back as their response what seems to be a round of the party game Scruples, a bunch of ambiguous questions about human ethics for which the team doesn t quite know how to respond.It s not too bad a premise, I suppose, although treads heavily on the same We Can Make A New You ground already made famous by such so called Web 2.0 writers as Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross the biggest problem, though, is that Sawyer just never manages to pull the entire thing together into a cohesive, entertaining story, but instead presents us a bunch of parts pulled from all over the place, that reflect the fact that they were pulled from all over the place Like, Sawyer has a bad habit here of falling into that trap so many near future authors fall into, of overexplaining the real technology behind their near future speculations, of citing actual authors and articles within the text and turning the whole thinginto a Wikipedia entry than a gripping novel At the same time, though, Sawyer makes beginning writing mistakes when addressing the subject of this husband actually rolling back to an earlier physical state throughout the manuscript, Sawyer seems to argue that even the man s mindset would revert back to that of a horny, immature 16 year old, simply by reverting his body to such a state.That really bothered me about this book, to tell you the truth, that instead of Sawyer exploring the fascinating issue of putting all the wisdom and experience of a 80 year old into a 25 year old s body, he instead relies too much on this reverted teenage mental state to provide all the drama inherent in the plotline In fact, the moment I stopped reading was the moment this rejuvenated male decided to have an affair with a college student, knowing full well how devastated his 80 year old wife was over this entire situation in the first place, but not caring because of currently having the righteous boner of a sex starved undergraduate It really bothered me that such a character would so carelessly throw away half a century of marriage with a woman currently on the brink of mental collapse as it is, merely because he wants some quick sex with some anonymous 20 year old That s not only inconsistent with what had already been established about these characters and their relationship, it s insulting to the natural intelligence of the reader and Rollback is unfortunately full of such moments, dozens of them that will make the smart reader pause and say, Now wait just a freaking minute here, Robert J Freaking Sawyer You know that part in the early 80s Disney movie Tron, where Jeff Bridges discovers that he can hold one of the otherworldly ships together just through his mind alone But he gets in a busted ship that keeps threatening to fall apart on him And he keeps throwing his hands out in the air and wiggling them, as if to say, Hold together, damn you, HOLD TOGETHER Yeah, that s how I felt when reading Rollback, a collection of interesting ideas that unfortunately never does coalesce into an enjoyable reading experience I m certainly willing to give Sawyer the benefit of a doubt here, since this was my first book of his, and to assume for now that this is merely one clunker out of an otherwise outstanding career unfortunately, though, it s a clunker nonetheless, one I m surprised got nominated for the Hugo in the first place Out of 10 Story 4.5Characters 5.6Style 7.6Overall 6.1 This book has a fascinating premise An astronomer decodes a message from an alien race who live on a planet 18 light years away She sends a reply and 36 years in the future another message is received However, she is now in her 80s A rich supporter of scientific efforts to contact alien species offers to fund a rollback give the astronomer her youth again so she can continue to communicate with the alien species at one point, someone says she is their penpal She will only have the roll This book has a fascinating premise An astronomer decodes a message from an alien race who live on a planet 18 light years away She sends a reply and 36 years in the future another message is received However, she is now in her 80s A rich supporter of scientific efforts to contact alien species offers to fund a rollback give the astronomer her youth again so she can continue to communicate with the alien species at one point, someone says she is their penpal She will only have the rollback procedure if her husband gets it also Unfortunately, it works for him but not for her He is 25 again, while she is still in her 80s Lots of existential mishmash is discussed, sexuality is explored, alien messages are decoded, and so on But much of it is so banal and sloppy that I found I didn t care I became tired of all the references to 1970s and 1980s pop culture that few people remembered in the 2040s and 2050s when the novel takes place There was some interesting science, but not enough to save the book from the author s stodgy prose I m surprised that this book was nominated for a Hugo award perhaps because it is because of the great premise Unfortunately, it didn t deliver for me For brevity s sake, I ve cut and pasted a synopis from the.com site from Publisher s Weekly Astronomer Sarah Halifax, who translated the first message from aliens and helped prepare humanity s response, is 87 when the second, encrypted message arrives 38 years later To aid the decoding, a tycoon buys rejuvenation treatment for Sarah and Don, her husband of 60 years however, only Don becomes young again While coping with the physical indignities of old age, Sarah tries to figure out th For brevity s sake, I ve cut and pasted a synopis from the.com site from Publisher s Weekly Astronomer Sarah Halifax, who translated the first message from aliens and helped prepare humanity s response, is 87 when the second, encrypted message arrives 38 years later To aid the decoding, a tycoon buys rejuvenation treatment for Sarah and Don, her husband of 60 years however, only Don becomes young again While coping with the physical indignities of old age, Sarah tries to figure out the puzzle of the second message The bond between Don and Sarah continues, even while Don is joyfully and guiltily discovering the pleasures of living in a young body again They want to do what s right for each other and the rest of humanity for the aliens, too if they can figure out what right could be By its nature, a story about moral choices tends to get talky, but the talk is intelligent and performed by sympathetic and believable people.I detested this book I read about 1 3 then skimmed the rest to the end Yes, there were moral choices, but the situation in which they were portrayed was completely unbelieveable I could not find any plausibilty in the character of Don, whose sub plot seemed to actually dominate the book The author broke up the chapters by alternating between the modern time line and the past time line a technique that I usually don t mind, but given how short each one was this time, was really annoying This is the third Sawyer book that I have read, and the last Hm Not as good as Flashforward or Mindscan imo But then, maybe I m saying them because I read them all so close together I dunno, but in this one I wantedscience, andof other characters points of view This was almost entirely about Don, and he s still not quite real to me I m informed he s likable, even lovable, but I didn t much care for him I really like Gunter and Sarah, though.Anyway, it s not a bad book, and if you read SF for the What If ideas, you ll probably like it Hm Not as good as Flashforward or Mindscan imo But then, maybe I m saying them because I read them all so close together I dunno, but in this one I wantedscience, andof other characters points of view This was almost entirely about Don, and he s still not quite real to me I m informed he s likable, even lovable, but I didn t much care for him I really like Gunter and Sarah, though.Anyway, it s not a bad book, and if you read SF for the What If ideas, you ll probably like it If you ve not read Sawyer before, though, you probably don t want to start here Otoh, I ll continue reading all I can find by him I was intrigued enough by the premise on the back of this book to buy it, but sadly it wasn t worth the money It takes way too long for all the events described on the back of the book to actually happen and it s boring to wait for them to happen since you already know from the back of the book that they will happen The book is set in 2048, was published in 2007, and yet the pop culture references within Seinfeld, the movie Contact already feel dated Once the Rollback occurs, I found the I was intrigued enough by the premise on the back of this book to buy it, but sadly it wasn t worth the money It takes way too long for all the events described on the back of the book to actually happen and it s boring to wait for them to happen since you already know from the back of the book that they will happen The book is set in 2048, was published in 2007, and yet the pop culture references within Seinfeld, the movie Contact already feel dated Once the Rollback occurs, I found the main character to be insufferable Although he s supposed to be dealing with lots of big philosophical questions about the change he s undergone most of these are just mentioned and then glossed over In the worst cases the main character whines about them for a chapter and then moves on to whining about the next woe is me problem This book is up for the Best Novel Hugo this year and it deserves it, although I ll reserve final judgment on that until I ve read the other four in the category It is a STRONG contender, though.The year is 2048 Sarah Halifax, a SETI researcher, who cracked the first alien transmission to earth in 2009 and who helped craft the reply, is 87 and living in quiet retirement On her 60th wedding anniversary, the aliens have responded with an encrypted message A wealthy industrialist, convinced she This book is up for the Best Novel Hugo this year and it deserves it, although I ll reserve final judgment on that until I ve read the other four in the category It is a STRONG contender, though.The year is 2048 Sarah Halifax, a SETI researcher, who cracked the first alien transmission to earth in 2009 and who helped craft the reply, is 87 and living in quiet retirement On her 60th wedding anniversary, the aliens have responded with an encrypted message A wealthy industrialist, convinced she is involved with a single alien pen pal, offers to give her a rollback so that she will have the time to decrypted the message and keep the conversation going She agrees only if her husband Don gets the rollback too While it would seem that the big idea in this book is confirmation of intelligent life in the universe other than our own, that is really just a vehicle to deal with questions of being given the fountain of youth and the consequences of being young again How would you deal with being given your physical youth back at the age of 87 What do you do when your wife, whom you love and adore, is given the same treatment but it fails because of experimental cancer treatments she had 40 years previously How do you deal with your adult children when you know you ll outlive them and most likely live to see your grandchildren grow old and give you great grandchildren Robert Sawyer answers these questions in realistic and bittersweet ways First, what I liked The book had an interesting premise it s about both first contact and aging or the lack thereof almost like time travel Some of the concepts the explored about extra terrestials were quite novel, blowing away some of the widely held beliefs that were put in place by the likes of Carl Sagan.However there was a lot that I didn t care for in the book The first was the author s idea of what things might be like 30 40 years from now I m not talking about futuristic th First, what I liked The book had an interesting premise it s about both first contact and aging or the lack thereof almost like time travel Some of the concepts the explored about extra terrestials were quite novel, blowing away some of the widely held beliefs that were put in place by the likes of Carl Sagan.However there was a lot that I didn t care for in the book The first was the author s idea of what things might be like 30 40 years from now I m not talking about futuristic things, like flying cars or robots I m talking about ideas from our present that would continue through the decades from debatable items like global warming to outright fads like Atkins, which has already been replaced by the South Beach Diet, which in turn is likely to be replaced as the diet du jour , the things the author believes to be enduring trends, I found to be rather unbelieveable.The second and I might be due to the author being Canadian, and thereforesocially liberal than Americans coupled with my own religious conservatism is that there were many liberal ideas that were presented, not just as one belief or philosophy among many, but as superior to them all One of the major plot points seems to revolve around the controverserial topic of abortion There are entire chapters devoted to the topic of abortion this is surprising and the conclusions, quite frankly, frustrating in a book that is supposed to be about aliens and aging But it is not just the way the abortion issue is presented while giving barely a nod to opposing viewpoints, nor is it the fact that other social issues are presented in the same way e.g., religion as a superstition that we ll eventually grow out of as a species that is not my only or primary objection to the book It is the way these ideas and their debate are presented that I find most heavy handed and offensive these views and the token counterpoints are done by the protagonists who essentially agree with each other and whose views are later supported even validated by others There s a definite lack of a sincere attempt to present the issues with full disclosure, and therefore without a fully comprehensive answer or conclusion.For example, every child has a right to be wanted is presented as the ideal viewpoint in the abortion issue, without acknowledging that a right to life might be superior not to mention foundational to merely being wanted.As I said before, what I perceive as shortcomings of this book may be due to my personal conservatism vs the author s liberalism, but this is my review after all, and this was my reaction to the ideas presented in this book


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