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Bram Stoker Nomination
Interview with Robert J. Sawyer
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This was a mini-interview conducted by E-mail on May 8, 2001 by Gary W. Conner.
My short story "Fallen Angel" had just been named a finalist for the
Bram Stoker Award my first nomination for this prestigious award!
Gary W. Conner: A Stoker nomination. What's that feel like and how
does it honor your work?
Robert J. Sawyer: I feel absolutely thrilled! Although I'm usually
thought of as a
hard science-fiction writer, I've been writing horror for years,
but never often enough to show up on most people's dark-fantasy
radar. I've had stories I'm very proud of in the anthologies Be
Afraid!, Dante's Disciples, Dark Destiny III: Children of
Dracula, Northern Horror, and Urban Nightmares, but this
one, for Strange Attraction, is the best of the lot, and I'm
delighted that it has garnered some attention.
Gary W. Conner: How does "Fallen Angel" fit into the body of work that
says: "This was clearly written by Robert J. Sawyer"?
Robert J. Sawyer: Interesting question! In my science fiction, I
always try to combine a cosmic element and a very human story; in "Fallen
Angel," I've tried to mix the supernatural and the very human.
In that sense, it's an RJS story.
Gary W. Conner: And if you were choosing, what would consider your
best work to date and why?
Robert J. Sawyer: My best horror story? The one I'm nominated for,
"Fallen Angel." My best story, period? "The Shoulders of Giants," from the DAW
anthology Star Colonies. My best novel?
which is a current Hugo Award finalist.
Gary W. Conner: What's next on Robert Sawyer's plate that you're
Robert J. Sawyer: I'm doing a trilogy about modern-day
Neanderthals for Tor.
I'm having an absolute blast writing that.
Gary W. Conner: So where will the little brown house go if it
comes home with you?
Robert J. Sawyer: Well, I guess right next to my
Nebula Award but
that wouldn't be in the living room; that's a bit ostentatious. I keep the
Nebula on a bookshelf in my office. Those two trophies the
Nebula and the Bram Stoker really are the two best-looking
writing awards I've ever seen.
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