Monday, July 11, 2011

WWW Trilogy Week: Author's Profile

 Robert J. Sawyer hardly needs introducing. He is one of only seven 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 AwardAltogether, he has won forty-four national and international awards for his fiction.

He was born in Ottawa on 29 April 1960 and now lives in Mississauga. He has published 19 novels, and his short fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Amazing Stories, On Spec, Nature, and numerous anthologies. 
Robert's novels are top-ten national mainstream bestsellers in Canada, appearing on the Globe and Mail and Maclean's bestsellers' lists, and they've hit #1 on the bestsellers' list published by Locus, the U.S. trade journal of the SF field. His twenty novels include Frameshift, Factoring Humanity, Calculating God, Wake , and the popular "Neanderthal Parallax" trilogy consisting of Hominids, Humans, Hybrids.

Barnes and Noble calls him "the leader of SF's next-generation pack."

Top Ten Things To Know About Robert J. Sawyer

1. Robert J. Sawyer is "the dean of Canadian Science Fiction," according to The Ottawa Citizen, "just about the best science-fiction writer out there," according to the Denver Rocky Mountain News, and "by any reckoning, among the most successful Canadian authors ever," according to Maclean's. 

2. Rob has sold 20 science-fiction novels to major U.S. publishers, and his books have been translated into 16 languages; the hit ABC TV series FlashForward is based on his novel of the same name.

3. He is one of only seven 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 (which he won in 2003 for Hominids), the Nebula (which he won in 1996 for The Terminal Experiment), and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (which he won in 2006 for Mindscan).

4. He's also won a record-setting ten Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards ("Auroras"), as well as an Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada.

5. He's won the top science-fiction awards in Canada, China, France, Japan, Spain, and the United States; in total he has received 42 national and international awards for his writing.

6. He has an honorary doctorate from Laurentian University and in 2008 was named one of the "30 most influential, innovative, and just plain powerful people in Canadian publishing" by Quill & Quire, the Canadian-publishing trade journal.

7. He's very much in demand as a keynote speaker, addressing such groups as the Federation of State Medical Boards and the Canadian Public Relations Society, and corporations including CA and Sanofi-Aventis.

8. He has made almost 500 radio and TV appearances, including Canada AM, NPR's Science Friday, and Rivera Live with Geraldo Rivera.

9. He's taught writing at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, Humber College, and the Banff Centre, and been writer-in-residence at the Toronto, Kitchener, and Richmond Hill Public Libraries.

10. His award-winning website at was the world's first science-fiction author website and has been called "the best author's page on the Internet;" it contains over one million words of sample chapters, articles, interviews, and reviews.

Novels by Robert J. Sawyer

WWW Trilogy: Wake | Watch | Wonder

Neanderthal Trilogy: Hominids | Humans | Hybrids

Quintaglio Trilogy: Far-Seer | Fossil Hunter | Foreigner

Other Novels: Rollback | Mindscan | Calculating God | FlashForward | Factoring Humanity | Illegal Alien | Frameshift | Starplex | Terminal Experiment | End of an Era | Golden Fleece

Short Story Collections: Iterations | Relativity | Identity Theft

Author's Profile posted as a part of WWW Trilogy Week @Bookish
Come back tomorrow to read my review of Wake, book #1 in WWW Trilogy


Spaz said...

I definitely need to read some of his work. So many books, so little time.

landofbooks said...
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landofbooks said...

I looked at some of his works online. His works sound fascinating. I want to read it so bad :D

Sarah M said...

He is definitely a science fiction legend. So many good books.

In Julie's Opinion said...

Wow! Congratulations to Robert Sawyer on all the firsts, and for writing such amazing books! I'm heading over right now to check out his website:)

jwitt33 at live dot com

Read Between the Lines said...

The WWW Trilogy sounds ah-mazing can not wait to get my hands on these books. WOW

SweetShenanigans said...

All his books look so wonderful- congrats on top book of the year!

Liss Martz said...

I loved Flashforward, can't wait to read more about him

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