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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 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

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

10 thoughts on “Rollback

  1. says:

    I've enjoyed a number of Robert Sawyer's books my favorites of his being the trilogy beginning with Hominids He is a concept guy which I appreciate as I like the ideas he presents This book Rollback was one I read for a science fiction book discussion group It certainly gave us a lot to talk about The story

  2. says:

    About halfway through Rollback by Robert J Sawyer I had a scathing review all ready to go I hated the first half There were way too many brand names used There were way too many Star Trek references There was this horribly long exposition about the movie Contact starring Jodie Foster The couple around whom the sto

  3. says:

    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 thoughThe year is 2048 Sarah Halifax a SETI researcher who cracked the first alien transmission to earth in 2009 and who helped craft th

  4. says:

    It's been over a week since I finished this book which is definitely going to slightly change how this review will come out If I'd written it as soon as I had finished this would likely be a lot ranty and I am still annoyed but the anger has lost its heat It's too bad because I was pretty worked up about this book and in parti

  5. says:

    This is a hard science first contact novel with a very interesting look at communication and aging and finding the time to achieve life long goals with some dandy pop culture references for Trekkers Sawyer always provides challenging and thought provoking plots and this time he integrates enjoyable and engaging characters as well I en

  6. says:

    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 s

  7. says:

    Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am the original author of this essay as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegallyRegular 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 ficti

  8. says:

    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 mad

  9. says:

    First contact is made with an alien race on a star far away Scientist who made the discovery is given an age rollback to make her younger so she won't die before second contact is made The treatment doesn't work Things get sticky after that It was OK Lots of cuddly human interest wrapped into what could have been a harder SciFi treatment

  10. says:

    Storyline 15Characters 25Writing Style 25World 25I think that Sawyer can best be appreciated by a very particular audience Canadians that watch a lot of television and who do not have much science fiction reading experience Take the Canadian thing first It is obvious that Sawyer thinks Canada is great and wants everyone to know it It is not a bad book strategy that app

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