Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for the 'Awards 2009' Category

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

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, [...]

Aurora Voting deadline crunch

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

If you’re voting by mail, tomorrow — Wednesday, July 8, 2009 — is the postmarked-by deadline. If you’re voting online, you have until Wednesday, July 15. If you’re a member of this year’s Worldcon in Montreal (and a Canadian) you can vote for free; otherwise, there’s a $5 charge to help defray the cost of [...]

Aurora Award banquet tickets can now be purchased online

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

… using PayPal. See here. Carolyn and I just bought ours. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand WakeWatchWonder.com

Aurora Awards endcap display

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

So, I wandered into the local McNally Robinson here in Saskatoon, and what should I find in the science-fiction section but this wonderful endcap display honouring this year’s Aurora Award nominees. W00t! Titles pictured: Identity Theft and Other Stories by Robert J. Sawyer Marseguro by Edward Willett After the Fires by Ursula Pflug The Year’s [...]

James Alan Gardner wins the Sturgeon

Monday, June 29th, 2009

James Alan Gardner’s “The Ray-Gun: A Love Story” is this year’s winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for Best Short Story of the Year. I’m thrilled because Jim is my friend; because Jim is in my little writers’ group, and we workshopped the story; and because I’m reprinting the story next month in Distant [...]

Hayden Trenholm for the Aurora

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Yesterday, I put up a post pimpin’ my Identity Theft and Other Stories, from Red Deer Press, which is one of five finalist for the Aurora Award for Best Long-Form Work in English this year. And, indeed, I owe it to the publisher, who invested a lot of money in publishing my book, to do [...]

Full text of "Identity Theft" novella online

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

My short-story collection Identity Theft and Other Stories from Red Deer Press is currently one of five finalists for the Aurora Award for Best Long Form Work in English. In honour of that, I’m pleased to offer the Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated title novella, “Identity Theft,” for free during the remainder of the voting period. [...]

Anticipation’s Aurora Awards banquet — a significant break from tradition

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

A few interesting facts about this year’s Aurora Awards and the ceremony at which they will be presented, courtesy of the website for Anticipation, the World Science Fiction Convention in Montreal, which is hosting the Auroras this year: “Since the Awards will be held in Montreal, we are placing emphasis on access to French works, [...]

This year’s Hugo and Campbell nominations

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

I was out of town (in Florida) when the Hugo nominees were announced for this year. I’m sure you’ve all by now seen the list of nominees. It’s a good list, and my hat’s off to all the finalists (sincerely — I had nothing that was eligible last year). I’m particularly thrilled, though, by the [...]

Aurora Award nominees announced

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

The nominees for the 2009 Aurora Awards were announced this morning. My short-story collection Identity Theft and Other Stories is one of five finalists for the Best Long Form Work in English Award this year. In the Long Form category, very unusually, three of the five nominees are short-story collections. Also, three of the five [...]

James Alan Gardner is a Nebula finalist — w00t!

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

I’ve been pimpin’ for months on behalf of James Alan Gardner’s remarkable “The Ray-Gun: A Love Story,” as you can see here. And I was mightily disappointed when the final Nebula ballot was released last week, and it wasn’t on it. This story made not one but two year’s best anthologies, after all, and was [...]

Hugo and Aurora nominating deadlines are looming

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

I had dinner last night with my friend Diane Lacey, who is on the Hugo Awards committee for this year’s Worldcon in Montreal, and she asked that I remind people that the deadline for nominations is drawing near — as it also is for the Auroras. You can nominate for the Hugos here. And Canadians [...]

Randy McCharles the Writer

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

Forget all that talk about Randy McCharles the great convention organizer. I’m totally thrilled to announce that Randy McCharles the great writer has just sold reprint rights to his novella “Ringing the Changes in Okotoks, Alberta” from Tesseracts 12 to David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer for the 2009 edition of their anthology Year’s Best [...]

K.A. Bedford wins Aurealis

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

I mentioned K.A. Bedford’s Time Machines Reapired While-U-Wait in this post. The book has just won Australia’s Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year — congratulations, Adrian! And congratulations to Brian Hades of Calgary’s EDGE, which published the book. Woot! This is truly a case of nice guys finishing first! The full [...]

Rob’s suggested nominees for the Hugo and Aurora Awards

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

I’ve posted thirteen messages with suggestions for this year’s Hugo Awards (the top international honours in science fiction) and Aurora Awards (the Canadian national SF awards). You can see them all here. Attending and supporting members of last year’s World Science Fiction Convention in Denver and this year’s one in Montreal may nominate for the [...]

My writing students for the Hugo and the Aurora

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

This is the thirteenth and final post in a series of blog posts in which I’ve discussed people and things that I think merit consideration for this year’s Hugo and Aurora Awards; both sets of awards will be given at the Montreal Worldcon this year. Last year, 2008, was a good one for my writing [...]

Kotowych, Pi, and Sellar for the Campbell

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

This is the twelfth in a series of blog posts in which I’m going to discuss people and things that I think merit consideration for this year’s Hugo and Aurora Awards; both sets of awards will be given at the Montreal Worldcon this year. On the Hugo ballot, you also get to nominate for the [...]

Taral for the Hugo

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

This is the eleventh in a series of blog posts in which I’m going to discuss people and things that I think merit consideration for this year’s Hugo and Aurora Awards; both sets of awards will be given at the Montreal Worldcon this year. It astonishes me that Taral Wayne and I have known each [...]

Lloyd Penney for the Hugo and Aurora

Friday, January 16th, 2009

This is the tenth in a series of blog posts in which I’m going to discuss people and things that I think merit consideration for this year’s Hugo and Aurora Awards; both sets of awards will be given at the Montreal Worldcon this year. You know why Locus — the trade journal of the science-fiction [...]

Michael Berman for the Aurora Award

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

This is the ninth in a series of blog posts in which I’m going to discuss people and things that I think merit consideration for this year’s Hugo and Aurora Awards; both sets of awards will be given at the Montreal Worldcon this year. I’ve already mentioned that Neo-Opsis and On Spec deserve your consideration [...]

Farah Mendlesohn for the Hugo

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

This is the eighth in a series of blog posts in which I’m going to discuss people and things that I think merit consideration for this year’s Hugo and Aurora Awards; both sets of awards will be given at the Montreal Worldcon this year. So, Hugo Award-winning science-fiction critic John Clute is in Toronto right [...]

Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait: Put two shrimps on the barbie!

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

On Thursday, August 26, 2004, I was called upon to welcome visiting Australian SF writer K.A. Bedford on behalf of the Canadian SF scene at his reading and signing at the World’s Biggest Bookstore in Toronto, and we’ve been friends ever since. Although he lives Down Under, he’s published here in Canada (he was “discovered” [...]

James Alan Gardner for the Hugo and Aurora

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

This is the seventh in a series of blog posts in which I’m going to discuss people and things that I think merit consideration for this year’s Hugo and Aurora Awards; both sets of awards will be given at the Montreal Worldcon this year. Those of you who’ve read my novel Wake as it was [...]

Why there’s no Aurora Award for … whatever

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

People kvetch that we don’t have an Aurora Award for whatever their favourite art form is, and recently someone put forth the silly argument that the reason we don’t is because of the cost of making trophies. Poppycock. The reason we don’t have Aurora Awards for every possible form of expression is that no one [...]

Identity Theft for the Aurora

Monday, January 12th, 2009

This is the sixth in a series of blog posts in which I’m going to discuss people and things that I think merit consideration for this year’s Hugo and Aurora Awards; both sets of awards will be given at the Montreal Worldcon this year. Okay, okay, what about little ole me? Well, although I didn’t [...]

Stanley Schmidt for the Hugo

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

This is the fifth in a series of blog posts in which I’m going to discuss people and things that I think merit consideration for this year’s Hugo and Aurora Awards; both sets of awards will be given at the Montreal Worldcon this year. Okay, folks, y’all have been very good to me when it [...]

Reminder: Canadian SF Works Database

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Marcel Gagné and I founded the Canadian SF Works Database in 2007 as a resource for those interested in nominating for Canada’s Aurora Awards, and for those who want to know what Canadian works are eligible for international science fiction and fantasy awards. If you are a creator, please make sure your creations are listed. [...]

Hayden Trenholm for the Aurora

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts in which I’m going to discuss people and things that I think merit consideration for this year’s Hugo and Aurora Awards; both sets of awards will be given at the Montreal Worldcon this year. In the previous post in this series, I talked about a [...]

Nick DiChario for the Hugo

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

This is the third in a series of blog posts in which I’m going to discuss people and things that I think merit consideration for this year’s Hugo and Aurora Awards; both sets of awards will be given at the Montreal Worldcon this year. Respectfully submitted for your consideration for the Hugo Award for Best [...]