Robert J. Sawyer is the Aurora Award-winning author of FlashForward, basis for the ABC TV series, the Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids, and the. Flashforward [Robert J. Sawyer] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Robert J. Sawyer’s award-winning science fiction has garnered both. David G. Hartwell at Tor Books commissioned Robert J. Sawyer to write the novel utlimately published as FlashForward based on this 2,word outline.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Fashforward Page. Preview — Flashforward by Robert J. Flashforward by Robert J. Millions die as planes fall from the sky, people tumble down staircases, and cars plow into each other. During the blackout, everyone experienced a glimpse of what his or her future holds—and the interlocking mosaic of these visions threatens to unravel the present.

Paperbackpages. Published April 15th by Tor Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Flashforwardplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Nov 23, Sarah rated it it was ok Shelves: There are so many ways I could pay tribute to this book audiobookwhich was an awful piece of writing, but an entertaining way to spend ten hours in a car.

Perhaps a drinking game NOT in the car: Drink every time a character is identified by his or her hair color. Drink every time someone uses the word “indeed” in flashforwardd internal monologue.

Drink every time someone answers their own question within an internal monologue a la “Yes? Drink every time a charact There are so many ways I could pay tribute to this book audiobookwhich was an awful piece of writing, but an entertaining way to spend ten hours in flashfowrard car.

Drink every time a character ruminates extensively to himself in between the numbers of a flashdorward. Maybe flashforqard would be better suited to a different list: Anything worth writing about is worth j.saeyer about in excrutiating detail.

This includes bodily functions, routine tasks, and subway stations. The onomatopeia is your friend. Any hackneyed action phrase worth using once is worth using once or twice more in the chapter.

Why have a character simply smile when instead you can have someone “feel his features stretch into a grin”?

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After all, you don’t just smile with your mouth. Everything has a sound, so make sure to get those details in there. Hair rustles if you shake your head while lying on a pillow maybe I need a new conditioner?

Shoes slap against stairs at least mine do; I got them at Bozo’s Clown Warehouse.

Character development is crucial, and again detail is key. That’s why you can’t just have a character flasyforward that he once j.sawher a marathon.

He should remember that he once ran from Marathon to Athens, a trip of precisely Women can be smart, too. They can be engineers and physicists. They are also scared of all male strangers, and keep their eye on the exits when talking to one.

The future will be very different from now. It’s fun to speculate on the differences both in passing comments, like mentioning how blue jeans will be out of style, or in expositional paragraphs. Preferably lots of them. If you get bored identifying characters by hair color, you can identify them by robdrt color instead.


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Get it in there as soon as possible, even if it means having one character see another’s grey eyes in a darkened tunnel from a distance of 50 metres. Every character should be from a different country. This is called diversity, and helps when you’re trying to come up with hair colors and names.

In either case, I was curious to read the book that inspired ABC’s mediocre Lost-wannabe Flash Forward series, and figured it would help pass the time on a couple of roadtrips. He was forty-five, tall, and clean-shaven. His eyes were blue and his crewcut hair so dark brown that one could get away with calling it black – except at the temples, where about half of it had turned gray.

Ten years Lloyd’s junior at thirty five, Michiko had a small upturned nose and lustrous black hair that she had styled in the currently popular page boy cut. View all 59 comments. Apr 13, Cecily rated it liked it Shelves: In the TV series that is 6 months hence; in the book it is more than 20 years hence, so the implications are very different.

Although it is primarily sci fi set at CERNthere is a murder investigation to widen its appeal, and a poor pastiche of Arthur C Clarke’s After the flashforward, people pool their sightings on a website to see if they match e. Some find their visions reaffirming and others want to fight against their apparent destiny – echoes of Oedipus and Scrooge.

Meanwhile, investigation is under way as to what caused it, amidst recriminations regarding those who died, e. Would you want a flashforward? What are the political implications for governments; insurance implications; would patent offices be swamped; would it weaken or strengthen religious belief; how would small children cope with what they see as an adult 20 years hence; could you marry someone if you knew that you would be with someone else in 20 years time?

And of course the big one: One oddity is that most of it is set last yearwhich was the near future when it was written inso there is unintended entertainment from the things he got wrong, though I do live in hope of newspapers voluntarily dropping horoscopes because “printing such nonsense was at odds with their fundamental purpose of disseminating truth”.

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Despite the high ideas, this book has weaknesses common to poor sci fi: And there is plenty of other plodding prose, “As headquarters of numerous international organisations, Geneva attracted people from all over the world. There are also odd holes in the plot; for instance we are meant to believe that CERN has no emergency procedures, even of the kind that an ordinary office has? So, read it for the concept, try to let the poor writing wash over you, and pay attention when Sanduleak is first explained.

View all 18 comments. Feb 03, Apatt rated it really liked it Shelves: Flashforward takes the opposing view that scientists need to experiment mess about for the sake of progress. An experiment in particle acceleration and collision causes the entire human race to blackout and experience a two minutes vision of their lives twenty years in the future from 2: Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 23,to be precise.


Unfortunately millions of people also die from fatal accidents caused by the blackout as they were driving, sitting in planes, crossing roads, going down stairs, trimming their nasal hair etc.

Theo Procopides, the other scientist in charge, does not have any vision, and subsequent investigation, with collaborating account from others, shows that he will be murdered one day prior to October 23, This sets Theo off on a mission to find out who will murder him and why. However, not long after the event, the same experiment is repeated with approval from the UN and other countries because many people want to know whether the vision they had is of a fixed future or is there some wiggle room.

The best thing about Flash Forward is the aforementioned high concept. Sawyer explores some very interesting issues about fate and predestination; together with some fascinating, and even educational, science expositions not that I actually understand all of it. While the book is very readable, though the prose and dialogue are rather workmanlike, I don’t think Sawyer has used the premise to its full potential.

I wish Sawyer has explored other, less mundane avenues of the basic premise instead. There is an instant paradox in the basic premise that is not adequately explored. If you consider that the flashforward event in is probably the most monumental occurrence in history, it follows that the people in would already be aware that on October 23 at a specific time whatever they are seeing is going to be shared with their past selves, yet they seem to be completely unaware of this.

It could be argued that they are in a different timeline from their past selves of and that in their version the event did not happen. However, that sounds rather illogical, and besides, Lloyd is adamant that the future is immutable. This issue is brought up in the narrative but not much is made of it.

A Space Odyssey which is interesting but does not seem to fit in comfortably with the rest of the book. On the whole, though I quite enjoyed Flashforwardit could have been better but it is good enough as it is to be recommended.

This is my first Robert J. Sawyer and I will certainly read more from him. View all 13 comments. Oct 06, TK rated it really liked it Shelves: Two minutes and seventeen seconds.

As you can guess, choas ensued if you were one of the unlucky ones awake at the time. I can only guess what that unlucky skydiver experienc Two minutes and seventeen seconds. I can only guess what that unlucky skydiver experienced. Sawyer did something really interesting with 2: It is not only the amount of time a person was blacked out, but, as I said, it was also the amount of time a person glimpsed into flashfogward future 21 years in the future.

Some of these futures were bright; some not. The real question is: What would you do with this knowledge?