Flash Forward - Robert J. Sawyer
I read this book in anticipation of the fall television series. Coinciding with a particle accelerator experiment the people of the world blackout for a little over 2 minutes and see visions 21 years in the future. Are these actual visions of the future? If so, are the visions unchangeable?
Much of the interesting interactions stem from those who perceive the future is as unchangeable as the past and those who believe the future may be altered. Some people radically change their lives because of their future vision. Others grow depressed at what's to come. Some have no visions and must wrestle with the fact that they may possibly be dead. An attempt to reduplicate the event leads to a 2001-like ending with a divine observer.
I really enjoyed this book! Now, I hope the series is good.