starwolvie approved Irinel F’s request to combine 4 books, including Factoring Humanity, Wednesday, June 26, 2013.
Irinel F edited the first edition of Factoring Humanity Thursday, May 16, 2013.
Irinel F edited the first sentence of Factoring Humanity Thursday, May 16, 2013.
Irinel F edited the summary of Factoring Humanity Thursday, May 16, 2013.
Heather Davis is shocked by an accusation of child sexual abuse against her husband. When she breaks through to the fourth dimension and the Overmind, she is able to prove to her daughter that Kyle is innocent and that Becky is the victim of a cruel psychologist.Receiving a message from another, alien civilisation is not enough; you have then to decode it. Heather and her husband Kyle once tried to make sense of the message's geometric riddles and set it aside. It is when she is torn apart by her daughter's accusations of child abuse--she loses whether Kyle is a monster or Rebecca deluded--that Heather tries again, and has a wacky idea born of desperation. Perhaps she needs to get closer to the problem; perhaps she needs literally to get inside it. And when she does, she finds more riddles--just how to cope with knowing the whole truth about everyone and everything? Is this why an old boyfriend committed suicide? Is this an alien kindness, or a trap? Sawyer's novel has its betraying touches of modishness and melodrama, but it also has the charm that comes from good sense convincingly exhibited. If the fate of humanity is to be decided, it is always better done by someone as likeable as Sawyer's Heather. Science is not necessarily best done in an ivory tower; Sawyer is insightful on the way good work is done in the middle of crisis and the everyday. --Roz Kaveney
Irinel F submitted a request to combine 4 books, including Factoring Humanity, Wednesday, May 15, 2013.