Part four of our review of the covers for the 2008 Hugo nominees, in which we STFU and let you guys take over the reviewing duties, since it’s a Tor Book, and we’re just too close to the work. Part one of this week-long series is here, part two is here, and part three is here.
Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer (Tor; Analog Oct. 2006-Jan./Feb. 2007)
Design by Jamie Stafford-Hill.
A slightly longer synopsis this time (from the Tor-Forge website). You know, since I can’t totally stfu: Dr. Sarah Halifax decoded the first-ever radio transmission received from aliens. Thirty-eight years later, a second message is received and Sarah, now 87, may hold the key to deciphering this one, too . . . if she lives long enough.
A wealthy industrialist offers to pay for Sarah to have a rollback—a hugely expensive experimental rejuvenation procedure. She accepts on condition that Don, her husband of sixty years, gets a rollback, too. The process works for Don, making him physically twenty-five again. But in a tragic twist, the rollback fails for Sarah, leaving her in her eighties.
While Don tries to deal with his newfound youth and the suddenly vast age gap between him and his wife, Sarah struggles to do again what she’d done once before: figure out what a signal from the stars contains.
So, what are your thoughts on this cover?