Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for the 'Auroras' Category

My students and the Auroras

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

I am thrilled and amazed to note that every single winner of Canada’s Aurora Award for Best Short Story of the Year between 2003 and 2014 (twelve years) was either (cough, cough) me or one of my writing students — with only one exception, and that exception was in a writing critique group with me: [...]

Accepting Lifetime Achievement Aurora Award

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

This morning at Can-Con 2013 in Ottawa, this year’s Canadian National Science Fiction Convention, I received a Lifetime Achievement Aurora Award — the first one given to an author in 30 years — from the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association; the award was presented to by Hayden Trenholm. This was my acceptance speech: Thank [...]

Lifetime Achievement Aurora Award

Friday, September 20th, 2013

A press release from the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association: For the first time in 30 years — and only the fourth time ever — the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA) is bestowing a Lifetime Achievement award on an author. The award will be presented in Ottawa on Sunday, October 6, 2013, [...]

History-making Aurora Award win

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

To my absolute astonishment and delight, my twenty-first novel, Wonder, has just won the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Award (“the Aurora”) for Best Novel of the Year. An excerpt from the official Aurora Awards press release: Mississauga, Ontario, author Robert J. Sawyer has done it again. Not only is this his third consecutive Aurora [...]

Yet another Aurora Award?

Monday, July 30th, 2012

So, the Aurora Awards committee — which has been AWFULLY proactive — has announced its intention to lobby for the creation of YAAA (Yet Another Aurora Award) at this year’s CanVention AGM, which takes place at When Words Collide in Calgary, August 12-14. My take: They want to create a YA novel award. Note that [...]

Pinning it on William Gibson

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

For the 30th anniversary of the Aurora Awards — Canada’s top honour in science-fiction and fantasy writing — all previous nominees were presented with commemorative pins. Most of the nominees received theirs at ceremonies at SF conventions across Canada held in 2010 (I got mine at Keycon in May of that year). But Vancouver’s William [...]

For your consideration: WWW: Wonder

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Nominations are now open for the Hugo, Nebula, and Aurora Awards — the time when writers (cough, cough) respectfully remind you of what they had published in the previous year that’s eligible for these awards. For me, it’s my twentieth novel, the concluding volume of my WWW trilogy of Wake, Watch, and Wonder. The title [...]

Watch wins Aurora Award!

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Robert J. Sawyer‘s novel Watch, the second volume of his WWW Trilogy, won the Aurora Award today — Canada’s top honour in science fiction and fantasy — for Best Novel of the Year. The award was presented at the 31st annual Canadian National Science Fiction Convention, SFContario 2, in Toronto. The vote ranking: 1st: Watch [...]

Aurora Award voting now open

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Voting is now open for Canada’s Prix Aurora Awards. Any Canadian may vote. It’s free if you’re a member of this year’s Canadian National Science Fiction Convention (or “CanVanetion”), which is SFContario 2 in Toronto in November; if you’re not a member, the voting fee is $5.50. I’m nominated in two categories: Best Novel for [...]

Award-winning Canadian SF&F

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

My directory of award-winning Canadian science fiction and fantasy has been updated through June 2011. Have a look. Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Newsgroup • Email

Aurora Award nominations close on Saturday

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

All Canadians are eligible to nominate for Canada’s top science-fiction and fantasy award, the Aurora! You can nominate here, and find lists of eligible works here. (My own eligible works are the novel Watch published by Penguin Canada, the poem “The Transformed Man” from Tesseracts Fourteen, and, in the Best Work in English — Other [...]

Full list of 2010 Aurora nominees

Monday, March 1st, 2010

The nominees for Canada’s 2010 Aurora Awards are as follows. Winners will be announced at KeyCon 27/Canvention 30 during the May 21-24 weekend. BEST NOVEL IN ENGLISH The Amulet of Amon-Ra, by Leslie Carmichael, CBAY Books Druids, by Barbara Galler-Smith and Josh Langston, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Wake, Robert J. Sawyer, Penguin Canada Steel [...]

Aurora Award finalists 2010!

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

I’m delighted and thrilled to be on the 2010 Aurora Award ballot twice: in the “Best Long Form English” category for Wake, published by Viking (Penguin) Canada, and in the “Best English Other” category for Distant Early Warnings: Canada’s Best Science Fiction, which I edited for Red Deer Press. The full list of nominees is [...]

Thank you, Liana K!

Monday, August 17th, 2009

I sent this note directly to the wonderful Liana Kerzner, who organized and hosted the Aurora Awards ceremony at the Montreal Worldcon earlier this month, but I’d like to share it publicly here as well: Dear Liana, You did a magnificent job. You were right, and I was wrong: the whole thing came off beautifully, [...]

On winning the Aurora Award

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

To my astonishment and delight, I won my tenth Aurora Award on Sunday (the Auroras are the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards, established in 1980). Michael Walsh and Clint Budd, who organized the ceremony, did an amazing job, with a wonderful banquet (something done too infrequently for the Auroras) followed by a witty Aurora [...]