Last weekend I finished "Calculating God", another older sci-fi novel by Canadian writer Robert J. Sawyer. It tells the story of a paleontologist's encounter with extraterrestrials who treat the existence of God as a scientific fact.
The friendship between the main character and a spider-like alien scientist named Hollus is charming & funny, but the book doesn't manage to live up to its larger ambition. Full review:
@eloquence that was one I read that I picked up from the free table at the Montgomery office! I read it on the bus ride to/from work.
I liked it. I really liked the astronomical tie ins.
To me, the aliens were definitely the most interesting part of the book. I don't recall ever seeing the idea of an alien species that alternatingly speaks through two mouths before, for example.
And having expressions like "all the way to the left" for "evil/wrong", for a species that continuously strives for integration between its brain hemispheres, was very clever.
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