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Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer—called "the dean of Canadian science fiction" by the Ottawa Citizen and "just about the best science-fiction writer out there these days" by the Denver Rocky Mountain News—is one of only seven writers in history to win all three of the science-fiction field's top honours for best novel of the year:

Sawyer is also the only writer in history to win the top SF awards in the United States, China, Japan, France, and Spain. In addition, he's won an Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada as well as ten Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards, known as Auroras.

As Maclean's magazine puts it, "By any reckoning, Sawyer is among the most successful Canadian authors ever." Barnes and Noble calls him "the leader of SF's next-generation pack."

Robert J. Sawyer's novels are top-ten national mainstream bestsellers in Canada, appearing on the Globe and Mail and Maclean's bestsellers' lists. Theyve also hit #1 on the bestsellers' list published by Locus, the American trade journal of the SF field. His seventeen novels include Frameshift, Factoring Humanity, Flashforward, Calculating God, and the popular Neanderthal Parallax trilogy comprising Hominids, Humans, and Hybrids.

He's often seen on TV, including such programs as Rivera Live with Geraldo Rivera, Canada AM, and Saturday Night at the Movies, and he's a frequent science commentator for Discovery Channel Canada, CBC Newsworld, and CBC Radio. He's been the subject of an hour-long Canadian TV documentary (In the Mind of Robert J. Sawyer), profiled for an entire half-hour episode of Credo, and twice been in the hot seat on Vision TVs Test of Faith with Valerie Pringle.

Sawyer—who holds an honorary doctorate from Laurentian University—has taught writing at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, Humber College, the National University of Ireland, and the Banff Centre. He has been Writer-in-Residence at the Richmond Hill (Ontario) Public Library, the Kitchener (Ontario) Public Library, the Toronto Public Library's Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy, and at the Odyssey Workshop. He also edits Robert J. Sawyer Books, the science-fiction imprint of Calgary's Red Deer Press.

Robert J. Sawyer has given talks at hundreds of venues, including the Library of Congress and the National Library of Canada, and has been keynote speaker at dozens of events in places as diverse as Los Angeles, Boston, Tokyo, and Barcelona. He was born in Ottawa in 1960, and now lives just west of Toronto with his wife, poet Carolyn Clink.

For much more about Robert J. Sawyer, see his 10,000-word autobiography.


Awards

  • 1991 Aurora Award for Best Long Work in English, for Golden Fleece
  • 1992 Homer Award for Best Novel, for Far-Seer
  • 1993 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story, for Just Like Old Times
  • 1993 Homer Award for Best Novel, for Fossil Hunter
  • 1995 Le Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire for Best Foreign Short Story, You See But You Do Not Observe
  • 1995 Nebula Award for Best Novel, for The Terminal Experiment
  • 1995 Aurora Award for Best Long Work in English, for The Terminal Experiment
  • 1996 Seiun Award for Best Foreign Novel, for End of an Era
  • 1996 Aurora Award for Best Long Work in English, for Starplex
  • 1997 Science Fiction Chronicle Reader Award for Best Short Story, for The Hand You're Dealt
  • 1999 Aurora Award for Best Long Work in English, for Flashforward
  • 2000 Seiun Award for Best Foreign Novel, for Frameshift
  • 2002 Seiun Award for Best Foreign Novel, for Illegal Alien
  • 2003 Hugo Award for Best Novel, for Hominids
  • 2005 Analog Analytical Laboratory Award for Best Short Story, for Shed Skin
  • 2005 Aurora Award for Best Work in English (Other) for Relativity
  • 2006 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, for Mindscan
  • 2007 Toronto Public Library Celebrates Reading Award
  • 2007 Galaxy Award (China) for "Most Popular Foreign Author"
  • 2007 Aurora Award for Best Short Work in English, for Biding Time
Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer

Called "the dean of Canadian science fiction" by the Ottawa Citizen and "just about the best science-fiction writer out there these days" by the Denver Rocky Mountain News, Robert J. Sawyer is one of only seven writers in history to win all three of the science-fiction field's top honours for best novel of the year. Sawyer is also the only writer in history to win the top SF awards in the United States, China, Japan, France, and Spain. In addition, he's won an Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada as well as ten Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards, known as Auroras.

"By any reckoning, Sawyer is among the most successful Canadian authors ever."
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