I feel like a complete Philistine
: I had Robert J Sawyer's book "Triggers"
on my bookshelf for ages and finally slowed down long enough to read it. It contains an idea so huge
, I am still reeling from it.
. The blurb suggests just another espionage/scifi thriller. It is so much more.
About Sawyer:https://www.singularitywe...h-and-wonder-book-review/"Robert J. Sawyer ó called ďthe dean of Canadian science fictionĒ by The Ottawa Citizen and ďjust about the best science-fiction writer out there these daysĒ by The Denver Rocky Mountain News ó is one of only eight writers in history (and the only Canadian) to win all three of the science-fiction fieldís top honors for best novel of the year."
In the author's own words:https://www.patreon.com/robertjsawyer"Hi there! My name's Rob, and Iím a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning science-fiction writer. Iíve had a great run in this field: 23 novels published in twenty languages, plus the ABC TV series FlashForward was based on my novel of the same name, and I got to write the scripts for the two-part series finale of the popular web series Star Trek Continues. But a while ago, I started saying in interviews that I was throwing in the towel and giving up writing novels.
Iíve been truly moved and my heart has been warmed by all the people who have asked me not to do that. So, here I am, back at work on novel #24, with the working title of Tube Alloys, a big, meaty book that Iím very excited about......
But I havenít sought a publishing contract for this new novel. Why? Well, although the big-five New York publishers are all reporting record profits, itís just about the worst itís ever been economically for traditionally published authors like me. Unable to squeeze more money out of Amazon, publishers are squeezing their authors instead."
The waste of international resources by Jeff drawing the UN into a hacking scandal over his "lust-life" while Amazon squeezes authors has moved me to become a patron, in my tiny way, of transformative ideas that shape human consciousness, through Sawyer.