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The Oppenheimer Alternative Alternative and real history from one of SF s best authorsIn The Oppenheimer Alternative, Rob Sawyer treats the familiar SF theme of a group of brilliant scientists working to save humanity from some impending natural disaster In this book, though, the brilliant scientists have names like Oppenheimer, Fermi, Teller, von Neumann, and, yes, even Einstein.This is an impressive work The amount of research that Sawyer did and documents for the interested reader would do an academic proud The Alternative and real history from one of SF s best authorsIn The Oppenheimer Alternative, Rob Sawyer treats the familiar SF theme of a group of brilliant scientists working to save humanity from some impending natural disaster In this book, though, the brilliant scientists have names like Oppenheimer, Fermi, Teller, von Neumann, and, yes, even Einstein.This is an impressive work The amount of research that Sawyer did and documents for the interested reader would do an academic proud The vast majority of the book is historical fiction about the real lives of the scientists, the important events that gave them renown, and especially the relationships among them There is affection, dislike, competition, and cooperation, and these relationships led to significant consequences It is an interesting read on that basis alone Into that history, Sawyer cleverly drops his one big element of fiction At least I hope it s fiction and speculates on what his characters might do in response In a work like this it is natural for curious readers to want to know what is true and what was the product of the author s imagination I certainly had a lot of questions, for example, about details of the security hearing the Atomic Energy Commission had to decide whether to deny Oppenheimer a security clearance as well as his personal life Sawyer has provided answers to all my questions and many others on his website, a link to which will be included in the published book The answers are arranged by chapter so that you can look up items as you read without spoiling the suspense Thank you, Rob One aspect not covered on the webpage is the humdrum of life in the 40s and 50s As someone who can remember the 50s, though, I can attest to its feeling of verisimilitude, e.g., General Groves taking out a Hershey bar and munching on a square during a meeting.Despite the historical emphasis, this is hard SF, and there is a LOT of physics included, muchthan in most of Sawyer s work After all, these were the top minds of twentieth century physics, trying to save the United States and then humanity What would you expect them to talk about For some readers there may bephysics than they want to see, but you can skip a paragraph or two and just trust that Sawyer has done his homework Or you can peruse itcarefully, and you might learn something The obvious amount of time spent on the background of science and history did not come at the neglect of the writing Each chapter is headed by a quote from one of the participants in the book that is relevant to the chapter, like the quote from Enrico Fermi during the hearing on Oppenheimer s clearance What a pity they attacked him and not some nice guy like Bethe Now we all have to be on Oppenheimer s side Sawyer s own writing is also enjoyable, often reflective, such as this At the end of a life, Oppie supposed, that s all there was regret Just to reassure you, though, the book is not all gloom, and there is also the fun description of the three teams working on the project to save humanity from the solar explosion Whereas two of the teams are ordering truckloads of scientific journals, the pie in the sky team gets complete runs of science fiction magazines like Amazing and Astounding.If you like to read about history, real or alternate, and interesting people and can tolerate an occasional physics lesson, there is a lot to enjoy in The Oppenheimer Alternative, including a clever ending that is DEFINITELY science fiction and that I didn t see coming If humanity is, indeed, not wiped out by 2030 for whatever reason, I hope Rob Sawyer will still be around to producescience fiction for his many fans If he does, I plan to be around to read it.My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher far an advance review copy of this book The World s Greatest Minds Can They Save Humanity This was another brilliant, thought provoking novel from Robert J Sawyer, the Canadian dean of SF and modern master of scientific and philosophical science fiction Roughly the first 30% of The Oppenheimer Alternative brings to life, with historical accuracy, the World War II Manhattan project An incredible amount of research went into this And then, after the two bombings in Japan with clashing opinions over this , the physicists from The World s Greatest Minds Can They Save Humanity This was another brilliant, thought provoking novel from Robert J Sawyer, the Canadian dean of SF and modern master of scientific and philosophical science fiction Roughly the first 30% of The Oppenheimer Alternative brings to life, with historical accuracy, the World War II Manhattan project An incredible amount of research went into this And then, after the two bombings in Japan with clashing opinions over this , the physicists from the project discover something startling and here I ll quote from thedescription by the year 2030, the sun will eject its outermost layer, destroying the entire inner solar system including Earth So, what should this motley group of geniuses to do The race is on to find a way to save humanity Stop the ejection Shield the Earth Colonize Mars or some other planet or moon Or some other solution There s even a group whose purpose is basically to come up with wacky ideas And so, right on the heels of the Manhattan Project, they have a new quest saving humanity The novel brings together the greatest physicists and other scientists of the 20th century, names that many will recognize J Robert Oppenheimer, the primary character, as well as Einstein, Bethe, Bohr, Dyson, Fermi, Feynman, G del, Rabi, Szilard, Teller, von Braun, von Neumann, and others, as well as various US Presidents Truman and Johnson in particular , and General Leslie Groves It s a page turning adventure, including almost soap opera and historically accurate internal battles Oppenheimer vs Teller and the Atomic Energy Commission, Szilard vs Groves interrupted by a furious Einstein , and others, along with brilliant collaborations between the scientists the Feynman G del collaboration was especially memorable, as were the various shenanigans that take place, such as Feynman outsmarting and making a mockery of military security This book will be of great interest to anyone with any interest in science, history, alternative history, the Manhattan Project, and hard SF in general On The Th Anniversary Of The Dropping Of The Atomic Bomb, Hugo And Nebula Winning Author Robert J Sawyer Takes Us Back In Time To Revisit History 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AƱonuevo – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Stay Together The Greatest Scientific Geniuses From The Last Century Racing Against Time To Save Our FutureMeticulously Researched And Replete With Real Life Characters And Events ✅ Mate Me [If You May] (The Millennium Wolves, PDF / Epub ⚣ Author Sapir Englard – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk The Oppenheimer Alternative Is A Breathtaking Adventure Through Both Real And Alternate History It has been a few years since I have read a book by Robert J Sawyer, I read a few when much younger before I started keeping track of what I read And I very much enjoyed the Neanderthal Parallax trilogy when the first book, Hominids, was the one book for the Kitchener Waterloo community But this book I have been excited to read since it was first announced I followed Robert s social media and some cover variations, and discussion about the book and the themes presented The novel released on It has been a few years since I have read a book by Robert J Sawyer, I read a few when much younger before I started keeping track of what I read And I very much enjoyed the Neanderthal Parallax trilogy when the first book, Hominids, was the one book for the Kitchener Waterloo community But this book I have been excited to read since it was first announced I followed Robert s social media and some cover variations, and discussion about the book and the themes presented The novel released on the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb.The story begins with a list of 63 Dramatis Personae Many of the names will stand out from history, even for those with just a general knowledge We are informed that all the characters were real persons And all but one is now deceased We are also informed that the chapter head quotes are all real And also that some of the dialogue in the story is from historic sources.I would start by stating that this book is hard to put down In fact, I read it in a single sitting I kept saying just onechapter, again and again It is a wonderful piece of science fiction And overall an amazing story I was surprised by the ending, even though I knew a twist was coming The novel is just brilliant It is thought provoking and immensely entertaining It is An alternative history story or should we say alternative future story but based on real events, real people, and science proven and theorized.In this story a group of brilliant scientists lead by J Robert Oppenheimer, Oppie, to his friends After the destruction wrought by the atomic bombs, and the potential destructive power let loose in the world, Oppie gathers a group to work towards saving humanity from a natural disaster Oppies s team with the addition of Einstein, and Wernher von Braun race against time, all while trying to keep their discoveries from the public and the government Author Matthew Kelly often states We overestimate what we can do in a year, and underestimate what we can accomplish in a decade In this story they have under 100 years a lot to accomplish if they hope to succeed The story balances science fact with science fiction Walking a fine line weaving between the two It is masterfully written It presents many of the historic characters in at times unflattering light It also presents the core group as doing what it takes to try and reach their goal This story is an excellent read I have not read a lot of science fiction or fantasy over the last few years But after returning with this work I know I will need to track downof Sawyers writings An excellent read from a master of the genre.Read the review on my blog Book Reviews and More and reviews of other books by Robert J Sawyer Real and alternate history blend seamlessly together in this explosive new novel by one of Canada s best and well known sci fi authors, Robert J Sawyer The Oppenheimer Alternative delves into the complex lives of J Robert Oppenheimer the father of the atomic bomb, along with a supporting cast of other real life scientists of the era like Einstein, von Braun, Teller andBut, as the plot deviates from the exquisitely accurate and thoroughly researched events leading up to and following th Real and alternate history blend seamlessly together in this explosive new novel by one of Canada s best and well known sci fi authors, Robert J Sawyer The Oppenheimer Alternative delves into the complex lives of J Robert Oppenheimer the father of the atomic bomb, along with a supporting cast of other real life scientists of the era like Einstein, von Braun, Teller andBut, as the plot deviates from the exquisitely accurate and thoroughly researched events leading up to and following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it s Edward Teller s discovery that gives the scientists a new task and a chance for redemption as they become humanities only hope for survival.As Sawyer often does, the novel is filled with moral, ethical, scientific, and what if questions as he reaches into the minds of these brilliant characters and pulls out answers that will leave you thinking long after you ve finished But, what makes The Oppenheimer Alternative truly a must read for everyone, not just for history and science buffs, is the carefully entwined love story between Oppenheimer and Jean Tatlock that unravels between the pages and becomes the real, although tragic, heart of this novel.With strong characterization, rich prose, well thought out and plausible science, and an incredible plot, the four year wait between this and his last work was absolutely worth it Sawyer has yet again outdone himself and surely The Oppenheimer Alternative will blow up the charts and be one this year s award contenders Experiencing the birth of the Atomic BombCelebrated Canadian author Robert J Sawyer has publishedthe fifty books and his impressive resume includes the John W Campbell Memorial Award, the Robert A Heinlein Award, the Edward E Smith Memorial Award, the Hal Clement Memorial Award, the top Science Fiction awards in China, Japan, France, and Spain, and a sixteen Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards Auroras He has been bestowed many high Canadian honors Order of Canada, Order o Experiencing the birth of the Atomic BombCelebrated Canadian author Robert J Sawyer has publishedthe fifty books and his impressive resume includes the John W Campbell Memorial Award, the Robert A Heinlein Award, the Edward E Smith Memorial Award, the Hal Clement Memorial Award, the top Science Fiction awards in China, Japan, France, and Spain, and a sixteen Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards Auroras He has been bestowed many high Canadian honors Order of Canada, Order of Ontario, and one of the initial inductees into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame He lives near Toronto The publication of this new book THE OPPENHEIMER ALTERNATIVE is superbly well timed 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the birth of the Atomic Age In this book Sawyer posits his deep research and exploration of recently declassified documents that allow a fresh look at the world and thought at the beginning of the atomic age The characters of this story include J Robert Oppenheimer, Edward Teller, Richard Feynman, Enrico Fermi, Leo Slizard, Wernher von Braun all delineated with precise attention to detail and accuracy as well as facts that are little known about the birth of the atomic bomb and the influence of the Japanese diplomacy, Einstein s communication with FDR, Truman s jibes, and the controversy in general that arose over the creation and use of the atomic bomb Given that degree of factual accuracy, Sawyer opens his lengthy but completely fascinating, story with a factual dramatis personae a history lesson in itself and weaves this refiguring of the Manhattan Project with pithy candor, infectious enthusiasm, and inimitable prose style Example, a Prologue opines What pithy words should one use to sum up the life of J Robert Oppenheimer before dropping the urn with his ashes overboard Do you wax poetic about the precocious child who, at age twelve, gave a lecture to the venerable New York Mineralogical Club Perhaps you d discuss his rise to fame in 1945 as the father of the atomic bomb and then lament the McCarthy Era witch hunt that later sought to strip his security clearance You might even include a word or two about his supposedly quiet twilight overseeing the monastic Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton Facts fused with Sawyer s gift for sci fi fiction make this a wholly memorable invitation to be present at the time of the bomb How does this become a sci fi fantasy story The plot synopsis suggests, While J Robert Oppenheimer and his Manhattan Project team struggle to develop the A bomb, Edward Teller wants something evendevastating a weapon based on nuclear fusion the mechanism that powers the sun But Teller s research leads to a terrifying discovery by the year 2030, the sun will eject its outermost layer, destroying the entire inner solar system including Earth After the war ends, Oppenheimer s physicists combine forces with Albert Einstein, computing pioneer John von Neumann, and rocket designer Wernher von Braun the greatest scientific geniuses from the last century racing against time to save our future A success on every level, this book is both entertaining and edifying Brilliant The ReviewA brilliant combination of true historical events mixed with alternative history, author Robert J Sawyer has created a masterpiece of a story Delving into the deeper character growth of historical figures like Robert J Oppenheimer, the author bringsof a personal viewpoint of these larger than life figures With figures like Oppenheimer and Einstein being so notable and their work making them as infamous as they are, it was fascinating to see how facing the end of the world wou The ReviewA brilliant combination of true historical events mixed with alternative history, author Robert J Sawyer has created a masterpiece of a story Delving into the deeper character growth of historical figures like Robert J Oppenheimer, the author bringsof a personal viewpoint of these larger than life figures With figures like Oppenheimer and Einstein being so notable and their work making them as infamous as they are, it was fascinating to see how facing the end of the world would have brought them together in a whole new way The author does an excellent job of highlighting the brilliant minds at work historically during this period of time, and the science that they both discovered and worked in The irony of choosing Oppenheimer as the protagonist is felt in the pages of this book While he is notorious for his quote, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds , the author not only does an excellent job of exploring the man behind the legend but giving him the chance to fight for humanity s survival as our own solar system threatens to turn against itself The VerdictHighly scientific and creative, The Oppenheimer Alternative by Robert J Sawyer is a masterful work of fiction that both entertains and educates readers on the work done by scientists, the manipulation of scientific discoveries by politics and militarization, and the work that can occur when scientists use their brilliance to saving lives rather than destruction Oppenheimer is a truly unique and memorable protagonist and readers will love the sci fi turn of events as the story progresses, creating a one of a kind read that readers will not be able to get enough of Be sure to grab your copy today Shortly after the Enola Gay drops a bomb on Hiroshima, a chance discovery causes the Manhattan Project scientists to reevaluate everything they thought they knew.Excellently written, Sawyer delivers a parallel universe story which is well worth reading What if is the most potent concept in all speculative fiction Alternate history, while not exactly science fiction, does ask the question too What if at some pivotal Point of Departure POD , history diverged What if during the US s secret 1940s Manhattan Project, observations of the Sun s nuclear fusion revealed an unexpected anomaly That is Canadian science fiction writer Robert J Sawyer POD in his new alternate history novel, The Oppenheimer Alternative In it, he focuses on the live What if is the most potent concept in all speculative fiction Alternate history, while not exactly science fiction, does ask the question too What if at some pivotal Point of Departure POD , history diverged What if during the US s secret 1940s Manhattan Project, observations of the Sun s nuclear fusion revealed an unexpected anomaly That is Canadian science fiction writer Robert J Sawyer POD in his new alternate history novel, The Oppenheimer Alternative In it, he focuses on the lives and personalities of key real world scientists of the time, especially J Robert Oppie Oppenheimer The POD comes about a quarter of the way into the novel, and after that the divergence is almost entirely among members of the research team and their families Remember, these are mostly THEORETICAL physicists I was waiting for major historical deviation, but many 1950s and 1960s events seemed to continue at the expected dates Only near the end, an additional theoretical discovery makes for a heady and unexpected turn of events.Overall, the chain of alternative events struck me as less plausible than in Gregory Benford s 2017 The Berlin Project, also an alternate history of the Manhattan Project In that story, the POD is that the initial choice for separating U235 is high speed centrifuge, rather than gaseous diffusion, accelerating the creation of the world s first fission bomb by about one year Sawyer even acknowledges that critical issue, although it does not play into his own alteration of history Benford has the credibility of having had his father in law, Karl Cohen, actually be a scientist involved with the project.I learned all kinds of things about the person of Oppenheimer, such as his politics, his early love interest Jean, his wife Kitty, and his education at the Ethical Culture School in NY with which I am familiar A few of the things portrayed about his life struck me as extremely private, so I m not sure if they are all legitimate, but it made thingsintriguing What I didn t learn much about was nuclear physics as it is addressed somewhat simplistically So, a good story, but disappointing to my hard sf sensibilities.I received this advance reader copy from SFWRITER.COM Canada through netgalley, for purposes of reading and publishing a review on my blog and other social media It is due to be published June 2, 2020 It s clear that Sawyer has done extensive research and possesses vast amounts of detailed knowledge about the Manhattan Project and the man who led it, Robert Oppenheimer However, he was smart enough not to flood the reader with all of it and rather did use only details that well serve the intelligent plot, clarify the Physics and help bring the personages involved back to life Like most of the world, Oppenheimer is still a mystery to me, even after I have read American Prometheus and other bo It s clear that Sawyer has done extensive research and possesses vast amounts of detailed knowledge about the Manhattan Project and the man who led it, Robert Oppenheimer However, he was smart enough not to flood the reader with all of it and rather did use only details that well serve the intelligent plot, clarify the Physics and help bring the personages involved back to life Like most of the world, Oppenheimer is still a mystery to me, even after I have read American Prometheus and other books about him He was a man of many contradictions, has an extremely complex personality and it seems that even he didn t fully understand some of his own decisions and actions But Sawyer is successful in making his main character feel real, and brings us the closest we can get to understanding what drove the man I loved the plot, too Sawyer found a clever way to tell us the historical story and explaining the science behind it at least some of it , as well as a highly abstract philosophical idea, while creating suspense, drama and emotional involvement in the reader It was very enjoyable how the novel kept switching between historical fiction, personal drama, speculative fiction, alternative history and a few other genres in between, all expertly done All in all, this was a very satisfying and engrossing read and I truly enjoyed it

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