world. Now, intelligent saurians — the Quintaglios — have emerged.
Afsan, the Quintaglio counterpart of Galileo, must convince his
people of the truth about their place in the universe before
astronomical forces rip the dinosaurs’ new home apart.
glowing object which fills the night sky on the far side of the
world. Young Afsan is privileged, called to the distant Capital City
to apprentice with Saleed the court astrologer. But when the time
comes for Afsan to make his coming-of-age pilgrimage, to gaze upon
the Face of God, his world is changed forever- for what he sees will
test his faith… and may save his world from disaster!
theory of evolution. But the origins of his people turn out to be
more complex than even he imagined, for he soon discovers the
wreckage of an ancient starship — a relic of the aliens who
transplanted Earth’s dinosaurs to this solar system. Now Toroca must
convince Emperor Dybo that evolution is true; otherwise, the
territorial violence the Quintaglios inherited from their tyrannosaur
ancestors will destroy the last survivors of Earth’s prehistoric past.
intelligent dinosaurs (evolved descendants of dinosaurs rescued in
prehistory from Earth), and learned of the threat to their very
existence. Now they must quickly advance from a culture equivalent to
our Renaissance to the point where they can leave their planet.
second species of intelligent dinosaurs rocks their most fundamental
beliefs. Meanwhile, blind Afsan — the Quintaglio Galileo —
undergoes the newfangled treatment of psychoanalysis, throwing
everything he thought he knew about his violent people into a
startling new light.
fiction” by The Ottawa Citizen and “just
about the best science-fiction writer out there these days”
by The Denver Rocky Mountain News — is one
of only eight writers in history (and the only Canadian) to win all
three of the science-fiction field’s top honors for best novel of the
year: the World Science Fiction Society’s Hugo Award,
which he won in 2003 for his novel Hominids;the
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s Nebula Award,
which he won in 1996 for his novel The Terminal Experiment;and
the John W. Campbell Memorial Award,
which he won in 2006 for his novel Mindscan.
Rob is the #1 all-time worldwide leader in number of award wins as a
science fiction or fantasy novelist. Recent honors include the
first-ever Humanism in the Arts Award from
Humanist Canada, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
from the Governor General of Canada, the Hal Clement Award for
Best Young Adult Novel of the Year (for Watch),
and a Lifetime Achievement Aurora Award from
the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association — the first
such award given to an author in thirty years, and only the fourth
such ever bestowed.
based on his novel of the same name, and Rob was a scriptwriter for
reckoning, Sawyer is among the most successful Canadian authors
ever,” and The New York Times calls him
“a writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific
extrapolation.” The Canadian publishing trade journal Quill &
Quire named Rob one of “the thirty most
influential, innovative, and just plain powerful people in Canadian
publishing” (the only other authors making the list were
Margaret Atwood and Douglas Coupland).
appearing on the Globe and Mail and Maclean’sbestsellers’
lists, and they’ve hit #1 on the science-fiction bestsellers’ lists
published by Locus, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk,
His twenty-three novels include Red Planet Blues, Triggers, Calculating
God, and the “WWW” trilogy of Wake, Watch, and Wonder,
each volume of which separately won the Aurora Award —
Canada’s top honor in science fiction — for Best Novel of the Year.
of Winnipeg and Laurentian University —
has taught writing at the University of Toronto, Ryerson
University, Humber College, and The Banff Centre.
He has been Writer-in-Residence at the Richmond Hill (Ontario) Public
Library, the Kitchener (Ontario) Public Library, the Toronto Public
Library’s Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy, Berton
House in Dawson City, the Canadian Light Sourcesynchrotron,
and the Odyssey Workshop.
of Congress and the National Library of Canada, and beenkeynote
speaker at dozens of events in places as diverse as Los Angeles, Boston, Tokyo,
Beijing, and Barcelona. He was born in Ottawa in 1960, and now lives
just west of Toronto.
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