The reader is under no such illusions, however, since the story is told from the perspective of the murderer himself--or, rather, itself. The suspense builds as it becomes clear the murderer has more secrets to hide, and a second problem as well: the humans on the ship are about to vote on whether to continue their voyage or turn back to Earth. The murderer naturally has a vested interest in the outcome: he's the ship's computer.
Sawyer mixes the elements of SF and murder mystery with the touch of a master. If there is a problem with the novel, it is in the details of Aaron's life, which are necessary to understanding why he reacts as he does but are presented in a way that at first seems to distract from the main story. And it's pretty easy to see where Sawyer found his inspiration; few readers will miss the parallels to 2001: A Space Odyssey. In the end, though, a satisfying resolution establishes Sawyer as a writer well worth reading. --Greg L. Johnson
An excellent novel/mystery; the plot and twist at the end are outstanding.
It will keep you guessing until you finish it and wondering long after you're done..!
The narrator of this book is the artificially intelligent computer running a huge starship, and the first thing it says (prior to killing a character who has uncovered some... Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2002 by David Barrett
Science fiction is supposed to be a genre that uses real science to tell a good story with morals, lessons and ideas. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2001 by kcarter
Robert Sawyer seems like a parody of what the world generally thinks about hard sf writers: boring, pedantic, with leaden prose, the psychological insight of a backward... Read morePublished on April 25 2001 by Hank Graham
I thought this was a terrific book, really well done with good characters and good plot, and lots of nifty speculations about A.I. Sawyer has clearly read Minsky and other A.I. Read morePublished on Nov. 16 1999