Filed under: Awards, Reviews, Triggers.
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.
Some review excerpts:
“Triggers has the pacing of an episode of 24 and the philosophical sensibilities of an Isaac Asimov novel.” — Andrew Zimmerman Jones in Black GateMore reviews are here.
“A thriller’s pacing and a chilling near-future world. Sawyer’s strength is in the overarching ideas of his stories, and he certainly delivers here.” — Booklist
“There’s lots of fascinating stuff here about how human memory works, and Sawyer expertly explores the personal as well as political consequences of his high-concept premise.” — Financial Times
“Triggers is a meditation on memory, as well as dealing with contemporary issues such as technology, science and race. An out-and-out thriller, with multiple characters, fast-paced chapters and a core mystery that needs solving — fast.” — Fresh Air (CBC Radio One)
“Sawyer is at the height of his powers here. A mature storyteller, sharing his worlds with us at his own easy stride. I couldn’t put it down.” — January Magazine (a “Best of the Year” pick)
“The Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Calculating God and The WWW Trilogy delivers a tense, race-against-the-clock adventure with a surprise ending. It should appeal to mainstream thriller readers as well as its target market.” — Library Journal
“Sawyer delivers another high-concept thriller built on intriguing SFnal ideas.” — Locus (a “New & Notable Books” pick)
“There are few authors writing today that bring such a strong combination of literate storytelling and complex ideas to the page. Robert J. Sawyer is one of the best in the business right now, and Triggers is him at his finest.” — The Maine Edge (Bangor, Maine)
“Engaging and full of fascinating ideas. Triggers uses a techno-thriller plot but the approach is more that of a philosophical inquiry.” — Morning Star (UK)
“No one digs into a sci-fi thought experiment with quite the zest that Robert J. Sawyer does. Sawyer doesn’t stint the thriller framework, but the story’s real joy is the care he takes in exploring the details of the memory-sharing.” — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Sawyer is a pacifist at heart, and it’s refreshing to hear a voice advocating peace in a genre that often glorifies war. Triggers is an action movie with a big science-fiction finish and an optimistic message.” — Mississauga Life
“A turbo-charged techno-thriller. Sawyer offers an escape from the recent run of near-future dystopias in a combination of classic and contemporary science fiction.” — Publishers Weekly
“Robert J. Sawyer’s greatest gift has always been his ability to incorporate the human element into stories about complex scientific ideas, and Triggers is one of his most emotional and successful to date. Despite the near-dystopian setting, Triggers is haunting in its optimism. It was a joy to read.” [Five stars out of five.] — San Francisco Book Review
“Verdict: Not to be missed.” — Sci-Fi Bulletin
“Intriguing, with plenty of suspense — Triggers was fast-paced and exciting. This science fiction thriller was completely riveting from beginning to its climactic end.” — SciFiChick.com
“Triggers is an imaginative and technical tour de force.” — Saskatoon StarPhoenix
“Triggers is constantly gripping on the surface and seriously provocative deep down.” — Tom Shippey in The Wall Street Journal
The Canadian edition of Triggers is from Penguin Canada, and the British one is from Orion Gollancz.