Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

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Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame

Friday, December 19th, 2014

I realized today that I hadn’t noted yet here in my blog one of the biggest honours of my career: On Saturday, October 5, 2014, I was one of the initial inductees into The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, administered by

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: [...]

University of Winnipeg convocation address

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

On Thursday, June 12, 2014, the University of Winniepg presented me with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree at its Spring Convocation. I was asked to say a few words to the graduating students in Business, Economics, and Science: I’ve often said the job of a science-fiction writer is not to predict the future. Rather, [...]

Honorary doctorate

Friday, June 13th, 2014

On June 12, 2014, the University of Winnipeg — the oldest university in the province of Manitoba, Canada — gave bestselling science-fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree; former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chr├ętien also received the same degree that day. Sawyer was nominated for the honorary doctorate jointly by the [...]

Skylark Award

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

I’m absolutely thrilled to be the 2014 winner of the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction (the Skylark), presented annually since 1966 by the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA). The award is given to a person who “has contributed significantly to science fiction, both through work in the field and by exemplifying [...]

For your consideration: Red Planet Blues

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Award-nominating season is upon us, and so allow me to share some of the praise for my 2013 novel Red Planet Blues (published Ace Science Fiction in the US and Viking in Canada): “Red Planet Blues is a perfectly executed gem of a book. Sawyer sets a classic work of noir against a Buck Rogers [...]

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, [...]

Lifeboat to the Stars winners

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release: Anderson and Savile win New $1,000 Science-Fiction Award New $1,000 cash award for science fiction writing Theme: interstellar fiction Finalists: Anderson & Savile, Benford & Niven, Bishop, Bova, McDevitt, Reynolds, and Santos. Coordinating judge: Robert J. Sawyer Presented at the 2013 Campbell Conference LIFEBOAT TO THE STARS AWARD On Friday, [...]

Five year’s-best lists for Triggers

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

My novel Triggers — first published by Ace after serialization in Analog, and currently eligible for nomination for the Hugo, Nebula, and Aurora Awards — had a very good showing on year’s best lists, and has just been nominated for one of Canada’s top literary awards. The award is the Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Award [...]

New $1,000 science-fiction award

Friday, January 25th, 2013

For Immediate Release: New $1,000 Science-Fiction Award New $1,000 cash award for science fiction writing Theme: interstellar fiction Readers and editors are invited to nominate works Coordinating judge: Robert J. Sawyer To be presented at the 2013 Campbell Conference LIFEBOAT TO THE STARS AWARD The Lifeboat Foundation will present the “Lifeboat to the Stars” award [...]

For your Hugo consideration: Triggers

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Now that Hugo Award nominations are officially open, I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you that my novel Triggers, published in the US by Ace Science Fiction following serialization in the January-February, March, April, and May 2012 issues of Analog (and Audio version from Audible), is eligible for nomination in the Best Novel category. [...]

RTA School of Media Wall of Fame

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

On Saturday, September 22, 2012, the RTA School of Media Wall of Fame was unveiled at my alma mater, Ryerson University in Toronto; I am thrilled to be one of the initial twelve inductees. The Wall of Fame is sponsored by the RTA School of Media (formerly the School of Radio and Television Arts, the [...]

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 [...]

Humanism in the Arts Award

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

On Saturday, August 4, 2012, at the annual conference of Humanist Canada, held this year in Montreal in conjunction with the General Assembly of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, bestselling science-fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer was presented with Humanist Canada’s first-ever Humanism in the Arts award (click the photo above for a high-resolution version). [...]

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 [...]

Wonder nominated for the CBC Bookie Awards

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has unveiled the five finalists for its second annual Bookie Awards, and my Wonder is on the list. Anyone may vote for the awards, and you’re allowed to cast a ballot every day — you can vote today, tomorrow, the next day, and so on, once a day, until March 31. [...]

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 [...]

Wonder named “booksellers’ pick of the year” in adult SF&F by Quill & Quire

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Quill & Quire, the Canadian publishing trade journal, has posted its Booksellers’ Picks of the Year: Science Fiction and Fantasy. The adult choice is Wonder by Robert J. Sawyer; the young-adult choice is Once Every Never by Lesley Livingston. You can read the article here. Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Newsgroup [...]

WWW: Wonder nominated for Goodread’s Choice Award

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

My twentieth novel, Wonder, is one of fifteen nominees for the Best Science Fiction Book of the Year in the Goodreads Choice Awards. You can see the full list of nominees here. Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Newsgroup • Email

In FlashForward, I predicted this year’s Nobel Prize winners in Physics

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

My novel FlashForward (published by Tor and the basis for the ABC TV series of the same name) was published in 1999 but is set today. In it, as many hundreds of people have mentioned to me over the years, I correctly predicted that the current Pope would take the name Benedict XVI. Well, here’s [...]

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 [...]

15th anniversary of winning the Nebula Award

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Many articles about me have suggested that having ABC make a TV series out of my 1999 novel FlashForward was the biggest thing that ever happened to me. Yes, that was cool, but it wasn’t the thing that changed my life the most. No, that was winning the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s [...]