Title: End of an Era
Author: Robert J. Sawyer
Publication Date: February 23, 2017 (ebooks)
Genre: Science Fiction
From the author—
Paleontologist Brandon Thackeray is eager to find out what killed the dinosaurs. With a newly developed, still-experimental timeship, he will be able to do what no human being has ever done: stand face-to-face with a living, breathing dinosaur. But he and his partner (and rival) Miles “Klicks” Jordan discover that they are not the only intelligent creatures on Earth at the end of the Cretaceous. There’s a war going on and the dinosaurs are right in the middle of it.
Please note that this book is not part of The Quintaglio Ascension Trilogy. It is a stand-alone novel set on Earth.
End of an Era is a re-read for me, something I don’t do very often but, years ago, Robert J. Sawyer became one of my favorite science fiction writers and I was delighted to hear about this blog tour. I’ll always do what I can to bring attention to this author’s work…and, by the way, having met him ten years ago when my daughter’s and my bookstore was the exclusive bookseller and he was guest of honor at RavenCon, I can attest to him being a really nice guy.
I don’t remember now which book of Mr. Sawyer’s I read first but I do remember being drawn in by the idea of odly behaving dinosaurs and time-traveling scientists, not to mention gooey aliens and an alternate timeline in which our hero has to study his own jaunt as if it happened to someone else. I fangirl over dinosaurs anyway so this was a no-brainer pick and I, quite honestly, thought it was brilliant. The concept of aliens existing with and using the dinosaurs is fascinating and the wild discoveries begin as soon as our time travelers get there.
So, did this story hold up after probably fifteen or sixteen years? Oh, yes, indeed, and I’m inspired to re-read more of Mr. Sawyer’s books, most likely beginning with the brilliant Neanderthal Parallax Trilogy or maybe the Quintaglio Trilogy or it could be The Terminal Experiment or….This is fun science fiction at its best and most accessible; is it perfect science? No, not really, but I prefer the adventurous kind anyway 😉
Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, October 2017.
Read an excerpt here.
About the Author
Robert J. Sawyer — called “the dean of Canadian science 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.
According to the US trade journal Locus, 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.
The 2009-2010 ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his novel of the same name, and Rob was a scriptwriter for that series.
Maclean’s: Canada’s Weekly Newsmagazine says, “By any 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).
Rob’s novels are top-ten national mainstream bestsellers in Canada, appearing on the Globe and Mail and Maclean’s bestsellers’ lists, and they’ve hit #1 on the science-fiction bestsellers’ lists published by Locus, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, and Audible.com. 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.
Rob — who holds honorary doctorates from the University 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.
Rob has given talks at hundreds of venues including the Library of Congress and the National Library of Canada, and been keynote 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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one $25 Amazon Gift Card, and one (signed)
Quintaglio Ascension Trilogy in trade paperback