The large hadron collider is a giant scientific instrument straddling the Switzerland-France border. This fall, the machine will run its first full experiment, recreating energy levels unseen since the big bang. No one knows for sure what will happen but Canadian science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer has a guess.
The Baroness Else Von Freytag-Loringhoven is a relatively obscure historical figure. Though she ran in artistic circles which included Ezra Pound, Marcel Duchamp and William Carlos Williams, the influence of her life and art has been largely unacknowledged. In the early 20th century, the Baroness (who acquired her title from one of her numerous husbands, a German baron) brought Dada to America.
The first book in Robert J. Sawyer's new trilogy is different than anything he's ever written. Wake deals with taking a scientific leap of imagination, watching as the World Wide Web gains consciousness. But that's not where the difference lies; Sawyer's books are always imaginative, fresh and engaging. The difference is in the characters.