END OF AN ERA is a time travel novel back to the era of dinosaurs. Not only do we find dinosaurs but the galaxy itself is active with sentient beings, with the real surprise being a full Martian culture. It?s hard to give too much of a plot description without giving away some surprises. Suffice it say, Sawyer gives us a very unique twist on a familiar theme.
Robert J. Sawyer is one of the greats of Canadian (and world) science-fiction. Since he's new to the scene, you may not have heard of him, but his works combine some of the most thought-provoking science, with some of the must heart-wrending personal drama. The story takes place in several layers---near-future Canada, where the main scientist has flashbacks to both a current past (and an alternate present) dealing with the loss of his wife to a co-worker, as well … more
This book is a great read. Get ready for slight non-linearity, but also for some rocking concepts. If you're a writer, keep a notepad handy so you can capitalize on all the creative juices that will start flowwing when you read this.
Veteran archaeologist Brandon Thackery fulfills a dinosaur lover's dream when he and colleague-best friend Miles "Klicks" Jordan take history's first time-traveling jaunt back to the late Mesozoic. Hoping to solve the great mystery of dinosaur extinction, Brandon and Klicks use the newly discovered Huang Effect to backtrack into Earth's 65-million-year past. There they discover not only that the earth's gravity is half its twenty-first-century value but that the beings responsible for this are blue-slime creatures from Mars that manipulate the dinosaurs like pawns. Meanwhile, back in an alternate time line in which no Huang Effect exists, Brandon discovers an outrageous laptop diary, apparently written by himself, that relates all these incredible adventures; he tracks down a previously unknown Dr. Huang for an explanation. Sawyer parlays his enduring enthusiasm for dinosaurs--his last three novels featured them--into refreshing fun and thought-provoking entertainment. He'll satisfy his own fans and those of dinosaurs and old-fashioned time-traveling yarns, too.Carl Hays--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.