Two minutes and seventeen seconds that changed the world...

Cover of the FlashFoward book

Robert Sawyer's novel FlashForward is currently being transformed into a big budget ABC TV series. Sawyer's story follows a research team using the particle accelerator at CERN in pursuit of the elusive Higgs Boson, a theoretical subatomic particle. But instead of finding the Higgs, the consciousness of the entire human race is thrown ahead by twenty-one years.

Chapter excerpts:

Meet the author

Why did Sawyer set his novel at CERN? How did he research the physics? What are his hopes for the discoveries at the LHC? Written and video interviews »

A face behind the story

The book's protagonist is a Canadian scientist working on the ALICE experiment at CERN. Meet Peter Jacobs, a Canadian physicist who works on the ALICE experiment at CERN. View his FlashForward interview on the Berkeley Lab website »

Science behind the story


CERN physicist John Ellis talks about the science behind the FlashForward story.

Frequently Asked Questions

The US/LHC website has a useful FlashForward FAQ here: