From the Publisher
“Filled to bursting with ideas, characters, and incidents.” The New York Times
“You hardly need me to tell you to buy his latest, Frameshift. You know it's good, you know he gets the techy bits right, and you know he's interesting and thought-provoking.” Analog
“Robert Sawyer's science fiction is always ambitious, well-written, and imaginative. With each novel he keeps getting better.” Kevin J. Anderson
“Sawyer has created a gripping medical sf thriller...Highly recommended.” Library Journal
Fascinating as his earlier novels were, Sawyer really hit his stride with The Terminal Experiment. Frameshift continues in a similar vein: thoughtful extrapolations of current scientific and social trends delivered at the pace of a page-turning thriller.
Charles de Lint
Another near-future science-fictional thriller from Ontario resident Sawyer (the 1995 Nebula Awardwinning author of The Terminal Experiment, not reviewed). French-Canadian molecular biologist Pierre Tardivel does research for the Human Genome Project in Californiaand has a 50-50 chance of dying of the incurable genetic Huntington's disease. His girlfriend, psychologist Molly Bond, is a short-range telepath; so when Pierre narrowly escapes being murdered, Molly knows the knife-wielder had in fact been paid to kill Pierre. But why? Well, Pierre discovers that other clients of Condor, his health insurance company, are being eliminatedclients with potentially expensive health problems. Molly, meanwhile, unable to conceive normally, agrees to an IVF procedure conducted free of charge by Pierre's boss, the Nobel laureate Burian Klimusbut he impregnates her with genes extracted from a Neanderthal's bones! Worse still, after a visit from Avi Meyer of the Justice Department, Pierre wonders whether Klimus might be the infamous Ivan the Terrible, of the Treblinka extermination camp!
Conspicuously overplotted and unwieldythe whole Ivan the Terrible subplot would have been better eliminatedbut exciting and engrossing, if increasingly improbable.