Robert J. Sawyer’s new book, QUANTUM NIGHT, debuts this week at #1 on the McNally Robinson Hardcover Fiction list, and at # 7 on Maclean’s bestseller list in Canada.
The novel is set in a dark near-future North America where the election of a Donald Trump-like jingoist American President is counterbalanced by the rise of Canada’s first Muslim prime minister, the real-life current mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi. Told of his appearance in the book, Nenshi took the opportunity to plug it on Twitter.
In its combination of mind-bending science fiction and the political and social themes of today, QUANTUM NIGHT follows such classics of their day as THE INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS and THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE. The novel is a dark portrayal of a very real political downturn in the U.S., and is remarkably prescient given Sawyer finished it before Trump rose to political attention. A news story about it can be found here: