Calculating God

By Robert J. Sawyer

Rating: 3 stars

Aliens land outside a museum and say “Take me to your palaeontologist”. It turns out Earth and the home planets of the two alien races that have just turned up all experienced the same five cataclysmic events at about the same time in their history, and they think that this proves the existence of God.

I’m not entirely sure what I thought of this book. It’s fairly well written with very detailed research and the main human (atheist) protagonist provides the counterfoil to the God-believing aliens. However, because it’s so well researched, my cosmology and earth science weren’t necessarily up to telling what was real science and what was science fiction. And the ending felt a bit forced. It was interesting and worth reading but I probably won’t be reading it again.

Book details

ISBN: 9780812580358
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
Year of publication: 2000

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