Ace Books, 9781937007164, 342pp.
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
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On the eve of a secret military operation, an assassin's bullet strikes President Seth Jerrison. He is rushed to the hospital, where surgeons struggle to save his life.
At the same hospital, researcher Dr. Ranjip Singh is experimenting with a device that can erase traumatic memories.
Then a terrorist bomb detonates. In the operating room, the president suffers cardiac arrest. He has a near-death experience-but the memories that flash through Jerrison's mind are not "his" memories.
It quickly becomes clear that the electromagnetic pulse generated by the bomb amplified and scrambled Dr. Singh's equipment, allowing a random group of people to access one another's minds.
And now one of those people has access to the president's memories- including classified information regarding the upcoming military mission, which, if revealed, could cost countless lives. But the task of determining who has switched memories with whom is a daunting one- particularly when some of the people involved have reason to lie...
About the Author
Robert J. Sawyer has been called the dean of Canadian science fiction by "The Ottawa Citizen."He is one of only seven writers in history and the only Canadian to win all three of the world s top awards for best science-fiction novel of the year: the Hugo (which he won in 2003 for "Hominids"), the Nebula (which he won in 1995 for "The Terminal Experiment"), and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (which he won in 2005 for "Mindscan").In total, Rob has authored over 18 science-fiction novels and won forty-one national and international awards for his fiction, including a record-setting ten Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards ( Auroras ) and the Toronto Public Library Celebrates Reading Award, one of Canada s most significant literary honors. In 2008, he received his tenth Hugo Award nomination for his novel "Rollback."His novels have been translated into 14 languages. They are top-ten national mainstream bestsellers in Canada and have hit number one on the Locus bestsellers list.Born in Ottawa in 1960, Rob grew up in Toronto and now lives in Mississauga (just west of Toronto), with poet Carolyn Clink, his wife of twenty-four years.He was the first science-fiction writer to have a website, and that site now contains more than one million words of material."