THE GREAT IMPROBABILITY, An Autobiographical Mystery By the People of Earth, David Sayre, Peter E. Randall, $22, 380 pages, ISBN: 9781931807937, reviewed by Barry Hunter.
Every now and then, an unusual book comes along that moves the reader in a different direction than they expect. Le Guin’s THE WORD FOR WORLD IS FOREST and ALWAYS COMING HOME (especially the release that has the accompanying music) and Heinlein’s STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND are the ones that did it for me. This one will be added to the list – and you need to read it to see why.
Sayre has amassed a strange and interesting cast of characters and has written a thought provoking narrative about man’s search for beauty, love, entropy, and faith. They seek to find the true meanings behind each of these and how they are tied together. Ultimately they find an answer, and their journey to that answer will leave you thinking – possibly more than you want.
Our cast includes: Aldo Marconi – a SETI scientist; Meghan Leary – an abused black woman who now has political power; Timothy Maloney – son of a political dynasty trying to set his life straight; Thomas Cabot Brigham – a lawyer, who is now considered insane; and, David Ami and his wife Ami David – a pair of autistic researchers who have set the search in motion.
Be on the lookout for this one. If you have trouble, order directly from the publisher,www.perpublisher.com. This is definitely going to be one of the best books of the year.
For more information and links to an audio drama podcast, go to www.greatimprobability.com.