Flashforward

By Robert J. Sawyer

The foundation for the hit ABC television sequence and the Aurora Award-winning novel that all started it all!

FLASHFORWARD

Two mins and seventeen seconds that modified the world

Suddenly, suddenly, all seven billion humans on the earth black out for greater than mins. hundreds of thousands die as planes fall from the sky, humans tumble down staircases, and autos plow into each one other.

But that is the least of the survivors' demanding situations. throughout the blackout, every body skilled a glimpse of what his or her destiny holds―and the interlocking mosaic of those visions threatens to solve the present.

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