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By Robert J. Sawyer

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


Two mins and seventeen seconds that modified the world

Suddenly, suddenly, all seven billion humans on the earth black out for greater than mins. 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. in the course of the blackout, everybody 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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