Rollback

Robert J. Sawyer

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Dr. Sarah Halifax decoded the first-ever radio transmission received from aliens. Thirty-eight years later, a second message is received and Sarah, now 87, may hold the key to deciphering this one, too . . . if she lives long enough.
      A 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 eighties.
      While 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. Exploring morals and ethics on both human and cosmic scales, Rollback is the big new SF novel for 2007 by Hugo and Nebula Award-winner Robert J. Sawyer.

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Chapter One

Sunday, February 2, 2048

It had been a good life.

Donald Halifax looked around the living room of the modest house that he and his wife Sarah had shared for sixty years now, and that thought kept coming back to him. Oh, there had been ups and downs, and the downs had seemed excursions into the flames of hell at the time—the lingering death of his mother, Sarah’s battle with breast cancer, the rough periods their marriage had gone through—but, on balance, when all was said and done, it had been a good life.

When all was said and done.

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"Sawyer has quietly become one of our most important science-fiction writers, examining different philosophical and ethical problems that come with advancing technology. In Mindscan . . . he focuses on the legal and moral ramifications involved in various definitions of humanity in an intriguing and stylistically fine story. Grade: A." —Denver Rocky Mountain News
 
"A tale involving courtroom drama, powerful human emotion and challenging SF mystery. And Sawyer juggles it all with intelligence and far-reaching vision worthy of Isaac Asimov.”--Starlog on Mindscan
 
“Sawyer lucidly explores fascinating philosophical conundrums.”
Entertainment Weekly on Mindscan

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Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer was born in Ottawa and lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. He has won both the Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel.

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429952132
ISBN10: 142995213X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$6.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Science Fiction
February 2008
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765349743
ISBN10: 0765349744
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 320 pages
$6.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
May 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765332400
ISBN10: 076533240X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
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