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    The Terminal Experiment A Substandard Crichton style thrillerOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureRobert J Sawyer is a very popular Canadian SF author with many novels under his belt and several major awards including th

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    Just okay 4 of 10 stars

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    The Terminal Experiment is perhaps my favorite Sawyer novel Published in 1995 it's a near future 2011 story of artificial intelligence and immortality and murder and life after death wrapped up in a mystery with thought provoking and challengin

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    Always with that contrived ripped from the headlines plugged into a thriller feel and the distracting sense that Sawyer's characters are just cameos of folks he met while researching his book but you would think

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    40 to 45 stars Excellent read Well thought out premise that was very well executed Highly engaging original story RecommendedWinner Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1996Nominee Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1996Nominee Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1996

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    Who else writes like Sawyer nowadays? This is thoughtful and engaging sometimes even thrilling as I've come to expect from him I love all the different ideas sprinkled through the predictions of possible near future politics culture and technology I love the 'exoticism' to me of the Canadian setting and the view from there of the US

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    This Nebula and Aurora winner is one of Canadian sf writer Robert J Sawyer's first novels originally published in installments in Analog magazine It's a near future story of a very likable biomedical engineer who discovers scientific evidence of an afterlife who with his best friend cook up some artificial intelligence variations on himself that take on a life of their own It also becomes a thrillermurder mystery as s

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    I loved Flashforward by Sawyer This book was good but not uite up to the same uality as that one Still I enjoyed it a lotThe Terminal Experiment took a little while to set up the story The beginning wasn't uninteresting just not specifically about what it proposed to be about It did weed its way into that about halfway through and I ended up being satisfiedThis book begins with a scientist in Canada who devel

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    As Robert J Sawyer seems to be able to do so effortlessly; taking a series of very human circumstances complex philosophical

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    returnreturnThis is not uite as bad a book as I had been led to believe The prose is often leaden in particular the cringe worthy opening passage which I think should be used as a model of how not to write in classes for impressionable young writers and the numerous info dumps idicating that the characters have read all the avail

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Piteris Hobsonas – netolimos ateities mokslininkas Būtent jam pasirodė įtartina kodėl išimant transplantacijai donor. The Terminal Experiment A Substandard Crichton style thrillerOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureRobert J Sawyer is a very popular Canadian SF author with many novels under his belt and several major awards including the 1995 Nebula Award for The Terminal Experiment 2003 Hugo Award for Hominids and 2006 John W Campbell Award for Mindscan I hadn t read anything of his so I decided to give The Terminal Experiment a try It s about an engineer who creates three artificial copies of his consciousness and one of them becomes a killer It is narrated by the very competent Paul Hecht and is an easy listen But how well does it hold up as an award winner I ll freely admit I am not a big fan of techno thrillers in SF Generally I find this a flimsy plot device to move a mediocre story forward uickly Usually a shadowy and sinister organization or super villain is up to no good and the intrepid hero and his clever sidekick andor love interest race against time to defeat the badguys and prevent a terrible calamity The heroes are usually are scientists engineers detectives private investigators or scholars Sometimes they produce massive runaway best sellers that explore the secret history of Christianity and became Hollywood blockbusters starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tatou flitting from one gorgeous European location to the next usually with a trail of dead bodies left behindWell The Terminal Experiment isn t uite that bad but it hardly breaks any new ground or provide insight into the nature of AIs and human consciousness I recently read Greg Egan s Permutation City and that book dives into those ideas in such depth and complexity it was almost overwhelming In contrast The Terminal Experiment goes down way too easily following a by the numbers thriller plot Dr Peter Hobson is the biomedical engineer who invents a machine that can detect brain patterns as they leave the body after death which many interpret as proof of a human soul After creating much hoopla in the media and religious circles he decides with the help of his friend Sardar Muhammed an AI programming expert very convenient don t you think to create three AI simulations of Peter s consciousness in order to test some theories about the afterlife and soulSo three simulations are created 1 Spirit a version of Peter in which all physical desires and urges are removed allowing for a pure intellect unburdened by worldly concerns 2 Ambrotos who has all fears of aging and death removed to simulate the conditions of an immortal being and 3 a control version of Peter with no special modifications Initially all three simulations take to their existence positively exploring the Internet of 1995 with enthusiasm and curiosity The book really betrays its age with some very dated descriptions of cutting edge technology of the nascent web and there are numerous laughable details about information technology etc Over time the simulations get frustrated with their limited virtual environs and break out into the larger global IT network They also start to develop some aggressive behavior seemingly triggered by Peter s subconscious feelingsWhat ensures is a thoroughly unexciting thriller as they try to outsmart the simulations and prevent them from getting out of control This idea has been done to death many times before I found it hard to care about either the characters plot or even the philosophical uestions the book raised not because they uestions themselves are not important they are but due to the amateur way in which they are presented to the reader The writing is pedestrian but unthreatening exactly what you would expect from a mainstream thriller What this book illustrates is the problem with near future techno thrillers winning major awards like the Nebula or Hugo While they may seem fairly innovative or cutting edge at the time it only takes 5 10 years to make them hopelessly outdated or wrong in their predictions Books about the far future alternate histories or fantasies are less likely to age badly In 1995 it beat John Barnes Mother of Storms Nancy Kress Beggars and Choosers Paul Park s Celestis Walter Jon Williams Metropolitan and Gene Wolfe s Calde of the Long Sun and while I haven t read those books I find it very hard to believe this was the best SF book of that year In the end you can never please everyone when choosing the best SF or fantasy novel since taste plays such a major role but voters should consider how well a given book is likely to stand the test of time so when someone picks up an award winner from a previous decade they can be confident it s at least well written and thought provoking

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O organus lavonui reikia suleisti didelę nuskausminančiųjų dozę Pritrenktas savo pastebėjimo Piteris atlieka eksperim. Always with that contrived ripped from the headlines plugged into a thriller feel and the distracting sense that Sawyer s characters are just cameos of folks he met while researching his book but you would think that after 50 years of SF exploring the ramifications of AI and afterlife Sawyer would come up with something perceptive than just murderous AIs and a completely imaginary proof of soul life Another example of hailed Hard sci fi that relies on arbitrary fantasy tools and measurements that are just as fuzzy as any magic spell As a nineties novel it can be valued for its projections of the current form of the digital age though most interesting is the happy ending arc for his highly flawed protagonist Given Sawyer s commercial success and formulaic approach it s hard not to wonder if he and his readers have overlooked the fact of the protagonist s abominable behavior But surely

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About the Author: Robert J. Sawyer

Robert 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 MindscanRobert Sawyer grew up in