[Robert J. Sawyer]  Science Fiction Writer
 ROBERT J. SAWYER
 Hugo and Nebula Award Winner

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  Lifetime Achievement Aurora Award  

For the first time in 30 years, and for only the fourth time ever, the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association has given an author a Lifetime Achievement Aurora Award — to Robert J. Sawyer, the youngest recipient ever.

Press ReleaseRob's Acceptance Speech

  Paperback Now Out!  

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"A cause for celebration; a tour de force." —Analog

Maclean's, Globe and Mail, and Locus bestseller!

Opening chaptersReviewsMore info

Listen to SETI astronomer Seth Shostak's interview with Rob
about Red Planet Blues (MP3 audio, 8 minutes)

Watch Space's TV interview with Rob (video, 3 minutes)


  Science Fiction Thrillers  

"Some thriller writers get you worried about the future. Sawyer makes the present perilous."
Linwood Barclay
"Triggers is constantly gripping on the surface and seriously provocative deep down."
The Wall Street Journal
[Triggers cover] [FlashForward cover]
  • Triggers: Someone is reading the president's memories! • "A turbo-charged technothriller." —Publishers Weekly • On sale now!

  • FlashForward: Basis for the ABC TV series! • "A thoroughly entertaining novel." —CNN • Aurora Award winner!

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  The WWW Trilogy  

The World Wide Web wakes up

"Lately, I've been inspired by ideas from Robert J. Sawyer."
—Artificial-intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky
[Wake cover] [Watch cover] [Wonder cover]
The history-making series! Every volume in WWW trilogy has won the Aurora Award — Canada's top honor in science fiction and fantasy writing — for best novel of the year!
  • WWW: Wake: Hugo finalist! • Starred Publishers Weekly review!

  • WWW: Watch: Hal Clement Award winner! • Audie Award finalist!

  • WWW: Wonder: #1 Canadian bestseller! • "This is Robert J. Sawyer at his very best." —Analog

  New Editions  

Nebula Winner • Seiun Winner • Aurora Winner

[Terminal Experiment] [Illegal Alien] [Starplex]
"Cracking open a Robert J. Sawyer book is like getting a gift from a friend who visits all the strange and undiscovered places in the world. You can't wait to see what he's going to amaze you with this time."
John Scalzi
  • The Terminal Experiment: A scientist discovers proof for the existence of the soul. • "A great story; a crackerjack novel." —The Globe and Mail • Nebula Award winner!

  • Illegal Alien: A courtroom drama with an extraterrestrial defendant. • "The best Canadian mystery of the year." —The Globe and Mail • Winner of Japan's top SF award!

  • Starplex: The wormholes are open; discovery awaits. • "An epic hard-science adventure tempered by human concerns; highly recommended." —Library Journal • Hugo and Nebula finalist!

  Book Club Favorites  

Thought-provoking novels perfect for reading groups

"Rob Sawyer has carried the banner of Asimovian science fiction into the twenty-first century."
Robert Charles Wilson
[Rollback cover] [Calculating God cover] [Mindscan cover]
  • Mindscan: A doomed man uploads his consciousness into an artificial body. • "In Sawyer's capable grasp the story positively sings with humor, insight, and depth." —SF Site • John W. Campbell Memorial Award winner!

  • Calculating God: An alien lands in Toronto claiming to have proof for God's existence. • "The best science-fiction novel of the year." —Denver Rocky Mountain News • Hugo finalist and Audie winner!

  • Rollback: An elderly couple undergoes a rejuvenation treatment — but it fails for one of them. • "A novel to be savoured by SF and mainstream readers alike." —The Globe and Mail • Hugo Award finalist!
Book Club Discussion Guides

  Neanderthal Parallax  

The Hugo Award-winning HOMINIDS and its sequels

[Hominids] [Humans] [Hybrids]
"Charming and provocative — some of the most outrageous, stimulating speculation since Robert A. Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land questioned our tired, timid conventions." —Publishers Weekly

The bestselling Neanderthal Parallax trilogy explores a version of Earth where Neanderthals survived to the present and we did not — and a portal that opens up between our world and theirs.

HominidsHumansHybrids


  Short-Story Collections  

The Complete Short Fiction of Robert J. Sawyer

[Iterations] [Identity Theft]
"At every opportunity, Sawyer forces his readers to think while holding their attention with ingenious premises and superlative craftsmanship." —Booklist
Two matching volumes, with Rob's notes on every story.

Iterations and Other StoriesIdentity Theft and Other Stories


  Quintaglio Ascension  

Science battles religion with alien counterparts
of Galileo, Darwin, and Freud

[Far-Seer] [Fossil Hunter] [Foreigner]
"Fresh, exhilarating. A dynamic and inspiring trilogy. Highly recommended." —The Toronto Star

"An uncanny allegory of the human condition." —Books in Canada

Far-SeerFossil HunterForeigner

  Other Award-Winning Novels  

[Factoring Humanity] [Frameshift] [Golden Fleece] [End of an Era]
  • Factoring Humanity: Surf the collective unconscious. • "Sawyer's finest novel to date. Scientifically plausible, fictionally intriguing and ethically important." —New Scientist • Hugo Award finalist!

  • Frameshift: A genetics thriller. • "Highly recommended." —Library Journal • Hugo Award finalist!

  • Golden Fleece: A murder mystery aboard a starship. • "Sawyer's JASON is the deepest computer character in all of science fiction." —Orson Scott Card • Aurora Award winner!

  • End of an Era: Discover what really killed the dinosaurs. • "It's not too much to say that this is one of the most accomplished SF novels of the last 10 years." —Quill & Quire • Seiun Award winner!

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  Rob One of "The CanLit 30"  

Quill & Quire, the Canadian publishing trade journal, recently released its first-ever list of "The CanLit 30: The most influential, innovative, and just plain powerful people in Canadian publishing."

Only three authors made the 30-person list: Margaret Atwood, Douglas Coupland, and Robert J. Sawyer. The write-up about Rob says:

"When Penguin Canada snatched up domestic rights to science fiction giant Robert J. Sawyer last year, it felt like the Canuck industry was finally waking up to an entire genre. Not that Sawyer really needed the nod: he already sells more than respectably and has a shelf full of major sci-fi prizes. As a generous mentor to other writers, the proprietor of his own eponymous imprint at Red Deer Press, and a frequent media pundit, Sawyer is the public face of Canadian sci-fi."

  Selected Honors  

According to the Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards, Robert J. Sawyer is the #1 all-time worldwide leader in number of award wins as a science-fiction or fantasy novelist (second place goes to China Miéville; Stephen King, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Connie Willis are tied for third place).

Rob is also the #1 all-time leader in number of award nominations as a science-fiction or fantasy novelist (second place goes to Stephen King).

Among Rob's honors:

Honorary Doctorate (Winnipeg)Skylark AwardLifetime Achievement Aurora AwardConference in Rob's HonorRTA Wall of FameHistory-Making Aurora AwardHumanism in the Arts AwardHal Clement AwardAudie AwardChina's Top SF AwardHonorary Doctorate (Laurentian)Toronto Public Library AwardHugo AwardNebula Award

[Doctor of Laws] [Skylark Award] [Lifetime Achievement Aurora Award] [McMaster Conference] [RTA Wall of Fame] [Aurora Award] [Humanism in the Arts Award] [Hal Clement Award] [Audie Award] [Rob with Galaxy Award] [Doctor of Letters] [Rob and TPL Trophy] [Hugo Award] [Nebula Award]


[Science Fiction Writer Robert J. Sawyer]

  Who is Robert J. Sawyer?  

Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers in history — and the only Canadian — to win all three of the world's top Science Fiction awards for best novel of the year: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (the full list of such winners: Paolo Bacigalupi, David Brin, Arthur C. Clarke, Joe Haldeman, Frederik Pohl, Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert J. Sawyer, and Connie Willis), and he's the first author in thirty years to receive a Lifetime Achievement Aurora Award.

Rob's books have hit:

  • #1 on the Amazon.com Science Fiction Bestsellers' List
  • #1 on the Amazon.com Technothriller Bestsellers' List
  • #1 on the Locus Bestsellers' List
Read: Quill & Quire profile
Listen: Sounds Like Canada radio interview (MP3)

"Robert J. Sawyer is just about the best science fiction writer out there these days." —Denver Rocky Mountain News

"Robert J. Sawyer is arguably the world's top science fiction writer." —The Hamilton Spectator

"Robert J. Sawyer is the 21st century's Asimov, Clarke and Heinlein, all in one." —Ethical Society of Saint Louis

"Robert J. Sawyer is by any measure one of the world's leading (and most interesting) science-fiction writers." —The Globe and Mail

"Robert J. Sawyer is the science fiction genre's northern star — in fact, one of the hottest SF writers anywhere. By any reckoning Sawyer is among the most successful Canadian authors ever." —Maclean's: Canada's Weekly Newsmagazine

"Robert J. Sawyer is a highly successful and accomplished novelist, a gentle giant of a writer." —The New York Review of Science Fiction

"Robert J. Sawyer is the dean of Canadian science fiction." —CBC Radio

"Robert J. Sawyer is the dean of Canadian science fiction." —The Ottawa Citizen

"Robert J. Sawyer is Canada's leading SF author." —Booklist

"Robert J. Sawyer is Canada's premier science fiction writer." —Quill and Quire

"Robert J. Sawyer is a writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation." —The New York Times

"Robert J. Sawyer is on a par with giants like Asimov and Heinlein — and, perhaps more than any other science fiction writer working today, he understands that it's a genre about ideas." —Mystery News

"Robert J. Sawyer is one of the foremost science fiction writers of our generation." —SF Site

"Robert J. Sawyer is the leader of SF's next-generation pack." —Barnes and Noble


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