Date Published: 01-10-2023
Publisher: Story Plant
If we can alter the structure of reality, should we?
Caro Soames-Watkins, a talented neurosurgeon whose career has been upended
by controversy, is jobless, broke, and the sole supporter of her sister, a
single mother with a severely disabled child.
When she receives a strange job offer from Nobel Prize-winning scientist
Sam Watkins, a great uncle she barely knows, desperation forces her to take
it in spite of serious suspicions.
Watkins has built a mysterious medical facility in the Caribbean to conduct
research into the nature of consciousness, reality, and life after death.
Helped in his mission by his old friend, eminent physicist George Weigert,
and young tech entrepreneur Julian Dey, Sam has gone far beyond curing the
body to develop a technology that could solve the riddle of mortality.
Two obstacles stand in their way: someone on the inside is leaking intel
and Watkins’ failing body must last long enough for the technology to be
As danger mounts, Caro finds more than she bargained for, including murder,
love, and a deeper understanding into the nature of reality.
A mind-expanding journey to the very edges of science, Observer will thrill
you, inspire you, and lead you to think about life and the power of the
imagination in startling new ways.
“Nancy Kress is one of the greatest living science fiction writers,
and her particular talent for telling stories about people on the cutting
edge of science tipping into something new and marvelous is perfectly suited
to the ideas that have come to Robert Lanza in the course of his
groundbreaking scientific research. Together they’ve written a
startling, fascinating novel.”
―Kim Stanley Robinson, New York Times bestselling author
“Robert Lanza has taken the gigantic step of incorporating his ideas
into a science fiction novel with Nancy Kress. This brilliant book will take
you deep into quantum physics, where these often-complex concepts are
illuminated through a riveting and moving story.”
―Rhonda Byrne, #1 New York Times bestselling author, The Secret
“Real science and limitless imagination combine in a thrilling story
you won’t soon forget.”
―Robin Cook, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Nancy Kress is a master storyteller, and her trademark empathy is on
every page. Even as we venture into the heady territory of quantum physics
and the nature of reality that Robert Lanza is known for, we never lose
track of Caro, the brilliant surgeon who’ll do anything to save the people
she loves. Observer is the best of science and fiction—an intellectual
adventure with real heart.”
―Daryl Gregory, award-winning author of Spoonbenders
“Observer is an impressive story! … Lanza and Kress give us
characters with science and spirit”
―David Brin, New York Times bestselling author, The Postman
About the Authors
Robert Lanza, M.D.
Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,”
Robert Lanza is a renowned scientist and author whose groundbreaking
research spans many fields, from biology to theoretical physics. He has
worked with some of the greatest minds of our time, including Jonas Salk and
B.F. Skinner. A U.S. News and World Report cover story called him “the
living embodiment of the character played by Matt Damon in Good Will
Hunting” and described him as a “genius,” a “renegade
thinker,” and likened him to Einstein. He is the father of Biocentrism,
the basis of Observer, his first novel. He has been pondering the larger
existential questions since he was a young boy, when for play he took
excursions deep into the forests of eastern Massachusetts observing nature
(like Emerson and Thoreau, who grew up just a few miles from him).
This fascination with the nature of life infused his entire career, leading
him to the very frontiers of biology and science.
Hailed by bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson as “one of the
greatest science fiction writers working today,” Nancy Kress has won
six Nebula and two Hugo Awards for her fiction. She often writes about
developments in science, particularly genetic engineering, as in her
bestselling novel, Beggars in Spain. Her work has been translated into over
a dozen languages, including Klingon. She teaches writing and was
“Fiction” columnist for Writer’s Digest magazine for sixteen
years. Nancy lives in Seattle with her husband, author Jack