Robert J. Sawyer -- Book LaunchSaturday Apr 21 2012 2:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium
Winnipeg launch of Triggers (Penguin Group of Canada).
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 the best science-fiction novel of the year: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Awards.
This latest work from Canada’s leading futurist opens on the eve of a secret military operation, when an assassin’s bullet strikes U.S. President Seth Jerrison. He is rushed to the same hospital where Canadian researcher Dr. Ranjip Singh is experimenting with a device that can erase traumatic memories. A terrorist bomb detonates, and at the same moment 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 an 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 reasons to lie ...