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


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An Evolving Career

"About The Author"
From Each Sawyer Novel

Copyright © 1990-1998 by Robert J. Sawyer
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Every one of my novels contains an "About the Author" at the end. As my career has developed, I've had more things to add to each new one. Here, in chronological order, are the "About the Author" listings from the first editions of each of my novels (links only appear when at item is added for the first time).

From Golden Fleece

(My first novel, December 1990)

Robert J. Sawyer is a full-time freelance writer who divides his days equally between business journalism, writing for corporations, and writing science fiction. His short stories have appeared in Amazing Stories, The Village Voice, Leisure Ways, and the anthology 100 Great Fantasy Short Short Stories edited by Isaac Asimov, Terry Carr, and Martin Harry Greenberg. The Canadian Encyclopedia's authority on science fiction, he has written and narrated five hour-long documentaries about SF for CBC Radio's Ideas series. He lives in Toronto with his wife Carolyn and is hard at work on his next novel.


From Far-Seer

(My second novel, June 1992)

Robert J. Sawyer has been selling science fiction since 1979, but took a long detour into the world of magazine and corporate writing before beginning to write SF novels. Orson Scott Card called Rob's first book, Golden Fleece, the best science fiction novel of 1990, and it won the CompuServe SF Forum's HOMer Award for best first novel of that year. Rob's next two novels, this book and the forthcoming End of an Era, deal in quite different ways with his beloved dinosaurs — his original career goal was to be a paleontologist. His short SF has appeared in Amazing Stories, The Village Voice, Leisure Ways, and the anthology 100 Great Fantasy Short Short Stories edited by Isaac Asimov, Terry Carr, and Martin Harry Greenberg. Rob also writes and narrates documentaries on SF topics for CBC Radio's Ideas series, reviews SF for the Toronto Globe and Mail, and is The Canadian Encyclopedia's authority on science fiction. He lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife, Carolyn.


From Fossil Hunter

(My third novel, May 1993)

Robert J. Sawyer has been selling short science fiction since 1979, but took a long detour into the world of magazine and corporate writing before beginning to write SF novels. Orson Scott Card called Rob's first book, Golden Fleece, the best SF novel of 1990; it also won Canada's Aurora Award for Best English-Language Novel of 1990/91 and the CompuServe Science Fiction and Fantasy Forum's HOMer Award for best first novel of the year.

Rob is also the author of Far-Seer (the first book of the Quintaglios; Ace, 1992) and End of an Era (an unrelated and quite different novel about dinosaurs forthcoming from Ace).

His short SF has appeared in Amazing Stories, The Village Voice, Leisure Ways, and the anthologies Ark of Ice: Canadian SF and 100 Great Fantasy Short Short Stories. Rob also writes and narrates documentaries on SF topics for CBC Radio's Ideas series, is The Canadian Encyclopedia's authority on science fiction, and is Canadian Regional Director of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

He lives in Thornhill, Ontario (just north of Toronto), with his wife, Carolyn.


From Foreigner

(My fourth novel, March 1994)

Robert J. Sawyer is the author of three previous science fiction novels, a dozen SF short stories, and over 200 non-fiction pieces. Orson Scott Card called Rob's first book, Golden Fleece, the best SF novel of 1990; it also won Canada's Aurora Award for best English-language SF novel of 1990/91.

Rob is also the author of Far-Seer and Fossil Hunter (the first two books in the Quintaglio trilogy) and End of an Era (an unrelated and quite different novel about dinosaurs to be published in November 1994 by Ace). Far-Seer won the 1992 HOMer Award for best SF novel of the year, voted on by the 18,000 members worldwide of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Forum on the CompuServe Information Service.

Rob's short SF has appeared in Amazing Stories, The Village Voice, Leisure Ways, Dinosaur Fantastic (edited by Mike Resnick), and 100 Great Fantasy Short Short Stories (co-edited by Isaac Asimov). Rob also writes and narrates documentaries on SF topics for CBC Radio's Ideas series, is The Canadian Encyclopedia's authority on science fiction, and is Canadian Regional Director of the Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He lives in Thornhill, Ontario (just north of Toronto), with his wife, Carolyn Clink.


From End of an Era

(My fifth novel, November 1994)

Robert J. Sawyer is the author of four previous science-fiction novels, a dozen SF short stories, five hour-long radio documentaries about the SF genre, and over 200 non-fiction pieces. He has had cover stories in Analog, Amazing, and Canada's On Spec.

Orson Scott Card called Rob's first book, Golden Fleece, the best science-fiction novel of 1990. Golden Fleece also won Canada's Aurora Award for best SF novel of 1990/91. Rob is also the author of End of an Era and the Quintaglio trilogy (Far-Seer, Fossil Hunter, and Foreigner). Far-Seer won the 1992 Best Novel HOMer Award, voted on by the 18,000 members worldwide of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Forum on CompuServe.

Rob is The Canadian Encyclopedia's authority on SF and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He has a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Radio and Television Arts from Toronto's Ryerson Polytechnic University and has been a full-time self-employed writer for eleven years now. He lives in Thornhill, Ontario, with his wife, Carolyn Clink, and hundreds of plastic dinosaur models.


From The Terminal Experiment

(My sixth novel, May 1995)

Robert J. Sawyer is the author of five previous novels and over 200 magazine articles on topics ranging from high technology to personal finance. His first book, Golden Fleece, won Canada's Aurora Award for best speculative-fiction novel of 1990/91, and was, like The Terminal Experiment, a murder mystery set in the future. Sawyer's short stories include "You See But You Do Not Observe," a Sherlock Holmes pastiche published with the permission of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's estate, and "Just Like Old Times," winner of the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story of 1993. He is best known, though, for his popular Quintaglio trilogy, the three volumes of which are allegories about the lives of Galileo (Far-Seer), Darwin (Fossil Hunter), and Freud (Foreigner). Sawyer has a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Radio and Television Arts from Toronto's Ryerson Polytechnic University, and occasionally writes and narrates documentaries on literary topics for CBC Radio's Ideas series. A native of Ottawa, and a member of both the Mystery Writers of America and the Crime Writers of Canada, he lives in Thornhill, Ontario (just north of Toronto), with Carolyn Clink, his wife of eleven years.


From Starplex

(My seventh novel, October 1996)

Nebula Award winner Robert J. Sawyer is Canada's only native-born full-time SF writer. He lives in Thornhill, Ontario, with his wife Carolyn Clink, with whom he is co-editing the Canadian SF anthology Tesseracts 6. Rob's "On Writing" column appeared for three years in each issue of On Spec, Canada's principal SF magazine.

Orson Scott Card, reviewer for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, chose Rob's first book, Golden Fleece, as the best SF novel of 1990. Rob has been a finalist for the Hugo Award, and has also won two Aurora Awards (Canada's top honor in SF writing) and an Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada. Five times in a row, he won the Homer Award for best novel of the year voted on by the 30,000 members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature Forum on CompuServe. Rob's novels have also twice been finalists for the Japanese Seiun Award.

An avid stargazer, Rob has written for Sky & Telescope magazine and 'Scope, the newsletter of the Toronto Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. In 1980, one of his short stories was produced as a dramatic starshow by the Strasenburgh Planetarium in Rochester, New York.

To find out more about Rob's fiction, visit his World Wide Web home page at http://www.greyware.com/authors/sawyer [since moved to www.sfwriter.com].


From Frameshift

(My eighth novel, June 1997)

Robert J. Sawyer's The Terminal Experiment won the Nebula Award for best novel of 1995, and was also a finalist for the Hugo Award. He has also won Canada's Aurora Award, the HOMer Award, and the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award.

Rob is best known for his popular Quintaglio Ascension trilogy, the three volumes of which are allegories about the lives of Galileo (Far-Seer), Darwin (Fossil Hunter), and Freud (Foreigner). His other novels include Golden Fleece, End of an Era, and Starplex (which was serialized in Analog magazine).

A native of Ottawa, Rob lives in Thornhill, Ontario, with Carolyn Clink, his wife of twelve years. Together they edited the Canadian anthology Tesseracts 6.

To find out more about Rob's writing, visit his World Wide Web home page at http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/sawyer [since moved to www.sfwriter.com].


From Illegal Alien

(My ninth novel, December 1997)

Robert J. Sawyer is Canada's only native-born full-time science-fiction writer. He is the author of eight previous novels, including The Terminal Experiment, which won the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's Nebula Award for Best Novel of 1995, and Starplex, which was a Hugo and Nebula Award finalist.

Rob's books are published in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, and Spain. He has won an Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada, three Aurora Awards (Canada's top honor in SF), four Best Novel HOMer Awards given by the 30,000 members of the SF&F Literature Forums on CompuServe, Le Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire (France's top SF award), and the Menció Especial in Spain's 1996 Premi UPC de Ciència-Ficció. In addition, he's twice been a finalist for the Seiun, Japan's principal SF award.

Rob's other novels include the popular Quintaglio Ascension trilogy (Far-Seer, Fossil Hunter, and Foreigner), plus Golden Fleece, End of an Era, and Frameshift.

Rob lives in Thornhill, Ontario (just north of Toronto), with Carolyn Clink, his wife of thirteen years. Together, they edited the acclaimed Canadian SF anthology Tesseracts 6.

To find out more about Rob and his fiction, visit his World Wide Web home page at http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/sawyer [since moved to www.sfwriter.com].


From Factoring Humanity

(My tenth novel, June 1998)

Robert J. Sawyer is Canada's only native-born full-time science-fiction writer. He is the author of nine previous novels, including The Terminal Experiment, which won the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's Nebula Award for Best Novel of the Year, and Starplex, which was a Nebula and Hugo Award finalist.

Rob's books are published in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, and Spain. He has won an Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada, five Aurora Awards (Canada's top honor in SF), five Best Novel HOMer Awards voted on by the 30,000 members of the SF&F Literature Forums on CompuServe, the Seiun Award (Japan's principal SF award), Le Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire (France's top honor in SF), and the Premio UPC de Ciencia Ficción, Spain's top SF award, and the world's largest cash prize for SF writing (which was awarded to Rob for a portion of this novel, Factoring Humanity).

Rob's other novels include the popular Quintaglio Ascension trilogy (Far-Seer, Fossil Hunter, and Foreigner), plus Golden Fleece, End of an Era, Frameshift, and Illegal Alien.

Rob lives in Thornhill, Ontario (just north of Toronto), with Carolyn Clink, his wife of fourteen years. Together, they edited the acclaimed Canadian SF anthology Tesseracts 6.

To find out more about Rob and his fiction, visit his extensive World Wide Web site at www.sfwriter.com.


From FlashForward

(My eleventh novel, June 1999)

Robert J. Sawyer is the author of ten previous novels, including The Terminal Experiment, which won the Nebula Award for Best Novel of the Year; Starplex, which was both a Nebula and Hugo Award finalist; and Frameshift, which was a Hugo finalist.

Rob's books are published in the United States, the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, and Spain. He has won an Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada, five Aurora Awards (Canada's top honor in SF), five Best Novel HOMer Awards voted on by the 30,000 members of the SF&F Literature Forums on CompuServe, the Science Fiction Chronicle Reader Award, Le Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire (France's top SF award), and the Seiun (Japan's top SF award). In addition, he's twice won Spain's Premio UPC de Ciencia Ficción, the world's largest cash prize for SF writing.

Rob's other novels include the popular Quintaglio Ascension trilogy (Far-Seer, Fossil Hunter, and Foreigner), plus Golden Fleece, End of an Era, Illegal Alien, and Factoring Humanity.

Rob lives in Thornhill, Ontario (just north of Toronto), with Carolyn Clink, his wife of fifteen years. Together, they edited the acclaimed Canadian-SF anthology Tesseracts 6.

To find out more about Rob and his fiction, visit his extensive World Wide Web site at www.sfwriter.com.


From Calculating God

(My twelfth novel, June 2000)

Robert J. Sawyer is the best-selling author of eleven previous novels, including The Terminal Experiment, which won the Nebula Award for Best Novel of the Year; Starplex, which was both a Nebula and Hugo Award finalist; and Frameshift and Factoring Humanity, both of which were Hugo Award finalists.

Rob has won twenty-four national and international awards for his fiction, including an Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada; five Aurora Awards (Canada's top honor in SF); five Best Novel HOMer Awards voted on by the 30,000 members of the SF&F Forums on CompuServe; the Science Fiction Chronicle Reader Award; and the top SF awards in France (Le Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire), Japan (Seiun), and Spain (Premio UPC de Ciencia Ficción, which he has won twice).

Maclean's: Canada's Weekly Newsmagazine says Rob is "science fiction's northern star — in fact, one of the hottest SF writers anywhere. By any reckoning Sawyer is among the most successful Canadian authors ever." Rob is profiled in Canadian Who's Who, has been interviewed more than one hundred times on TV, and has given talks and readings at countless venues, including the Library of Congress. He lives in Thornhill, Ontario (just north of Toronto), with Carolyn Clink, his wife of sixteen years.

For more about Rob and his fiction — including a reading-group discussion guide for this novel — visit his World Wide Web site (called "the largest genre writer's home page in existence" by Interzone) at www.sfwriter.com.


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