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Here-and-now speculative yarn involving chaos theory and statistical prediction, from the author of the fine Doomsday Book , etc. Employed by the HiTek company, Sandra Foster is trying to develop a theory that can predict how and why fads and trends begin. But her attempts to computerize her data mostly in the form of magazine and newspaper clippings are constantly frustrated by the awful Flip, the erratic, forgetful, careless interdepartmental assistant. Still, Flip does lead Sandra to meet biologist Bennett O'Reilly, who thinks he's discovered a hidden factor within current chaos theories. As Flip blunders about—ghastly black lipstick, weird clothes, faddish accessories, attitude problem and all— Sandra and Bennett decide to set up a joint project to test their ideas on the behavior of a flock of sheep. HiTek's management heartily approves—such a project might well win the coveted Niebnitz Grant.

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Look Inside. Connie Willis has won more Hugo and Nebula awards than any other science fiction author. Now, with her trademark wit and inventiveness, she explores the intimate relationship between science, pop culture, and the arcane secrets of the heart. Sandra Foster studies fads—from Barbie dolls to the grunge look—how they start and what they mean. They both work for the HiTek corporation, strangers until a misdelivered package brings them together.

Sandra intercedes with a flock of sheep and an idea for a joint project. After all, what better animal to study both chaos theory and the herd mentality that so often characterizes human behavior? But scientific discovery is rarely straightforward and never simple, and Sandra and Bennett have to endure a series of setbacks, heartbreaks, dead ends, and disasters before they find their ultimate answer.

Sprightly, intelligent fun. Read An Excerpt. Add to Cart. Also available from:. Available from:. Paperback —. About Bellwether Connie Willis has won more Hugo and Nebula awards than any other science fiction author. Also by Connie Willis. Product Details. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Related Articles. Looking for More Great Reads? Download Hi Res. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

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Bellwether: Connie Willis's classic, hilarious novel about the science of trendiness

It's been nearly 20 years since the publication of Bellwether , Connie Willis's comic novel about scientists caught in the turmoil of bureaucratic fads. I had very fond memories of this book, though I hadn't read it in more than a decade, so I gave the DRM-free audiobook a whirl, and fell in love with it all over again. Sandra Foster is a social scientist at a commercial research lab called HiTek, where she studies the origins of fads. She could hardly ask for a better place to look into the whiplash-quick rise and fall of faddish ideas than her own workplace, which is perennially in the grip of a new management fad, complete with a new acronym, mandatory all-day meetings with sensitivity exercises, and t-shirts emblazoned with inspirational messages. But even for a fads researcher, HiTek is a hard place to work. After Bennett's funding proposal is lost, Sandra takes pity on him and scores him a flock of sheep from her erstwhile boyfriend, a trend-chasing rancher who always knows what dessert to order at hot Siberian restaurants and is pondering a switch to ostrich farming, anyway. Sandra and Bennett don't know much about sheep, but the alternative is for Bennett to quit HiTek and try to find funding to study chaos, which Sandra really doesn't want to see happen.

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Look Inside. Connie Willis has won more Hugo and Nebula awards than any other science fiction author. Now, with her trademark wit and inventiveness, she explores the intimate relationship between science, pop culture, and the arcane secrets of the heart. Sandra Foster studies fads—from Barbie dolls to the grunge look—how they start and what they mean. They both work for the HiTek corporation, strangers until a misdelivered package brings them together.

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