Sawyer recognizes the improbability of such an event, because he doesn't even try to justify it. The president mumbles something about the federal government not being able to interfere with the case because the state has jurisdic ...more
This novel is clearly sci-fi : first contact with aliens, can you get something more obviously sci-fi? And yet, it is more an exploration (and a critique) of the US justice system. The outsider points of view helps, because the lawyer has to explain everything to his alien client, Hask. It shows the unfair aspects of the justice system, even if, in the end, Sawyer's message is not entirely pessimistic : we finally learn the truth about Clete's death. I really liked this aspect of th ...more
The author seems to think that characterization consists solely of giving a precise physical description of a character, then giving said character the same standardized dialogue as the rest. Indeed, the physical descriptions are often comically out of place:
Wills stood five-eight and weighed maybe a hundred and fifty-five pounds. Frank noticed he w
This book was shades of Orson Scott Card, just sans the thinly veiled preachy undertone. So the better parts of OSC's work.
This was primarily mystery/legal drama with SciFi flavour. As seems to be common thus far, Sawyer is an incurable idealist. Though since I was raised with one of my parents being a Trekkie, there's definitely an appeal here.
I enjoyed reading this book, but found it a little dissatisfying. As with some other books by Sawyer, he relied a bit too much on having some rule or law of physics, or somethin ...more
Alla fine ho optato per tre, poichè questo romanzo è gradevole, ma presenta i soliti difetti di tutti gli altri di Sawyer: personaggi che sembrano principali che spariscono nel nulla, colpi di scena forzati, finale assurdo.
Il primo difetto trova esempio nel personaggio di Montgomery Ajax: pagine sprecate a descrivere lui e le sue ambizioni, e poi PUF! sparito nel nulla.
Per il secondo difetto occorre leggere il romanzo.
L'ultimo difetto lo avevo già r ...more
I wouldn't give it two stars as this reviewer did but I pretty much agree.
The main thing I remember about this book is that Sawyer introduces truly alien aliens then as he usually does makes them pretty much human. Good concept: the aliens believe that because their god is Omniscient and omnipotent , anything they do must be OK because otherwise wouldn't god have stopped them? I like the reasoning but as a matter of practicality how can a soc ...more
Still, his writing style is engaging, his material (scientific, as well as legal) seems as well researched as with any of his books, and his storyline creates a positive direction that gives you some nice variety from the post-apocalypses, cyberpunks, and other cliches of the genre. While it's difficult to believe anyone would attempt to prosecute a v ...more
Quando un'astronave entra nell'atmosfera terrestre alla paura iniziale si sostituisce subito la meraviglia. Con il primo contatto fra terrestri e alieni, sette membri della razza dei Tosok, di incredibile intelligenza, vengono accolti a braccia aperte dal mondo intero. Ma un noto scienziato umano in contatto con il gruppo viene improvvisamente trovato morto, mutilato da un'arma misteriosa, e tutte le prove sembrano condannare uno di loro. Cercando di evitare un incidente planetario, gli Stati Un...more
Yet again Sawyer hits ANOTHER home run!
What a great story! I just loved it – glued to the developments and did not want to put it down.
I expected nothing less from this author; terrific!
This book was originally published in the '90s, and it shows, with MANY references to the O.J. Simpson trial. And some of the emphasis on racial issues seemed a bit out of place. But the book was entertaining, and the aliens well-developed. A light, quick read, a ...more
Una nave aliena, con buona parte dell'equipaggio in ibernazione, giunge in orbita terrestre oggi. Gli alieni sono ben descritti, appaiono amichevoli, poi, per caso, si scopre che uno di loro, il più amichevole, ha commesso un omicidio. Ha ucciso un uomo, e lo ha sezionato. Il perché lo ha fatto è la vera sorpresa.
Robert Sawyer grew up in ...more