In this tale, a psychologist at the University of Toronto has been working for ten years on near daily transmissions of messages from an alien civilization beamed from Alpha Centauri. Only a few of the thousands of transmissions have been decoded. When the transmissions end, she accelerate ...more
Factoring Humanity focuses on the lives of Heather and Kyle Davis, a separated couple with 2 daughters. Heather is a psychology professor trying to decipher radio messages from Alpha Centauri and Kyle is a Computer Professor trying to perfect AI and Quantum Computing ...more
The first few chapters leave the impression one is reading a book simply about a married couple living apart who are confronted by a grown daughter who accuses the father of molesting her as a child. That may not be a promising start for someone looking for idea SF.
The story makes no claims about spirituality, but a ce ...more
In the near future, a signal is detected coming from the Alpha Centauri system. Mysterious, unintelligible data streams in for ten years. Heather Davis, a professor in the University of Toronto psychology department, has devoted her career to deciphering the message. Her estranged husband, Kyle, is working on the development of artificial intelligence systems and new computer technology utilizing quantum effects to produce a near-infinite number of calculations simultaneously. ...more
Y lo hace manteniendo un buen ritmo y el interés constante por la evolución de sus problemas, que van parejos a los descubrimientos científicos ya mencionados.
Todo esto lo hace con un lenguaje sencillo, multi ...more
I say, if you like Sawyer's books and a bit of more a ...more
I'm starting to think that Sawyer writes sci-fi soap opera. Each of the three books of his that I've read revolves around a family facing a major crisis. Here it is the adult daughter of two scientists accusing the father of sexually abusing her as a child.
How this ties into alien messages from Alpha Centauri, Jungian Psychology and Quantum computing...well you'll just have to read the book to find out. But Sawyer weaves a brilliant tale that, despite the h ...more
SUMMARY: 02 In the near future, a signal is detected coming from the Alpha Centauri system. Mysterious, unintelligible data streams in for ten years. Heather Davis, a professor in the University of Toronto psychology department, has devoted her career to deciphering the message. Her estranged husband, Kyle, is working on the development of artificial intelligence systems and new computer technology utilizing quantum effects to produce a near-infinite number of calculations simultaneously.When He...more
I actually don't want to talk about the plot, because it was wonderful watching events unfold. It won't spoil anything to say that mankind knows it is not alone. For 10 years Alpha Centauri has been sendi ...more
I found the first half of ...more
At its core, this is a story about humanity, and what it means to be human. It's told through a husband and wife duo narrative that felt natural.
I did overall like the book and found the story intriguing, but its definitely the type of story you describe as "interesting" and not "entertaining".
Where he lets the reader down is often in letting major plotlines simp ...more
Both books use that puzzle to carry along other human problems, giving Sawyer ample time to develop characters that we like.
"Factoring Humanity" was a very quick read, and I liked the depth his characters here had. The science was extremely mystical, however, and that cop-out has never made me happy when I've found it. If the real world winds up with all ...more
Robert Sawyer grew up in ...more