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Calculating God af Robert Sawyer
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Calculating God (udgave 2001)

af Robert Sawyer (Forfatter)

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"For fiction to be called literature, the story should stay with readers and keep them thinking about it long after the book has been put away. It is safe to say that Sawyer has accomplished both with Calculating God." -- Rocky Mountain NewsA spaceship lands outside the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. An alien being emerges and says, in perfect English, "Take me to a paleontologist." Hollus is traveling from star to star on a quest to scientifically prove that God exists. Tom Jericho, the human scientist with whom he ends up working, is convinced there is no God. Their debates, and their growing friendship, drive the narrative in this fast-paced, morally and intellectually challenging story of ambitious scope and touching humanity. Calculating God is SF on a grand scale."Sawyer has created a very interesting figure in Tom Jericho, whose scientific mind is the battleground of ideas in the novel. A fine read; an intellectual thriller with real bite." -- Edmonton Journal… (mere)
Medlem:fear025
Titel:Calculating God
Forfattere:Robert Sawyer (Forfatter)
Info:Pan Macmillan (2001), Edition: First Mass Market Edition, 352 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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Calculating God af Robert J. Sawyer

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One of the best and most interesting " First Contact " SF novels written. ( )
  Steve_Walker | Sep 13, 2020 |
This was a clever and thoughtful book about death, life, evolution, and God. The "God" referenced is not the Christian God; instead, the book tells the story of a Canadian paleontologist named Thomas Jericho who meets extraterrestrials with indisputable evidence that the world was created (and is still maintained) by a powerful and intelligent entity. Thomas, a lifelong atheist, struggles to reconcile this information with his own convictions, and with his impending cancer diagnosis. Also, there are some crazy American fundies who don't really contribute anything except making it clear that the book doesn't endorse Christianity. The book would be better if their subplot had been cut out entirely, but it's still very well-written and thought-provoking. ( )
  Rachel_Hultz | Aug 15, 2020 |
I'm very glad I finally got around to reading this. I think I thought I might have gotten a bit tired of the whole science vs. religion debate in modern SF, so when I read the blurb, I hesitated between wanting to read more of Robert's work or having to slog through one side or another of the Evolution vs. God kerfuffle.

But, again, I'm glad! It was nothing like a slog. :) In fact, it was rather refreshing to have rational science-type aliens visit Earth and insist that God exists to all the atheists here. Funny? Yep. And the whole novel ends making the best case I've heard for keeping an open mind.

You know... kinda like using the scientific method.

Of course, this novel couldn't have worked unless the aliens brought themselves and other aliens over and gave us certain proofs that genetics kinda works the same everywhere and that only life forms of a certain size are able to manipulate fire and there's a lot of archeology going on about aliens that have since passed on, lending yet more weight of proof to the whole idea that God exists.

I can't really put that aside. The novel couldn't have worked out like this without including these rational aliens.

But within the framework that Mr. Sawyer set up, I'm VERY happy with the results of the story. It's probably my favorite out of all his works. An easy read, lovingly rational, mixing tragedy with one of the basic desires we all have: questions. Curiosity. Speculation. A desire to know Truth.

In that respect, I think this is one of those great works. Keep an open mind. It might be that everyone is a bit right. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Really liked this book, only as a commentary of the idea if other civilizations actually existed. Despite the name (and I knew this before reading the book), it is not necessarily a spiritual book. By spiritual book, I mean this is not a Christian book, nor does it pretend to be.

To me, this is a very honest discussion about what God is from a scientific point-of-view. Even though I don't prescribe to the point-of-view taken by the book (though I am a believer in Christ), the discussion was very interesting.

Above all, RJS is one of my favorite authors, and though this won't be at the top of my RJS list, it was still a really good, interesting science-fiction read.


For me, the part I couldn't get over (and still can't get over) is making the conscious choice to leave my family. I do not think I could have made the choice the main character made at the end of the book.

However, those kinds of ethical discussions that were had because he did leave (like being alive 400 years after his wife and son were already gone) were very interesting.
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  cgfaulknerog | May 28, 2020 |
Great idea. OK execution. Author provides a defense for intelligent design theory, which interested me but could have been shorter and included criticisms of that theory. That would have made the book more compelling. Also, a couple of annoying subplots. Worth reading if you like SF with big ideas. ( )
  Robert_Musil | Dec 15, 2019 |
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"For fiction to be called literature, the story should stay with readers and keep them thinking about it long after the book has been put away. It is safe to say that Sawyer has accomplished both with Calculating God." -- Rocky Mountain NewsA spaceship lands outside the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. An alien being emerges and says, in perfect English, "Take me to a paleontologist." Hollus is traveling from star to star on a quest to scientifically prove that God exists. Tom Jericho, the human scientist with whom he ends up working, is convinced there is no God. Their debates, and their growing friendship, drive the narrative in this fast-paced, morally and intellectually challenging story of ambitious scope and touching humanity. Calculating God is SF on a grand scale."Sawyer has created a very interesting figure in Tom Jericho, whose scientific mind is the battleground of ideas in the novel. A fine read; an intellectual thriller with real bite." -- Edmonton Journal

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