Science Fiction Writer
ROBERT J. SAWYER
Hugo and Nebula Winner

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[Science Fiction Writer Robert J. Sawyer]

Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers in history — and the only Canadian — to win all three of the world’s top Science Fiction awards for Best Novel of the Year: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

In 2016, Rob was inducted into the Order of Canada, the highest honor bestowed by the Canadian government, and in 2017 he was inducted into the Order of Ontario, the highest honor bestowed by his home province; he was the first person ever to be inducted into either order for work in the science-fiction field.

Rob is also the only person since 1986 to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association.

Besides being a bestselling novelist, Rob is also an award-winning scriptwriter and an in-demand keynote speaker.

“At every opportunity, Sawyer forces his readers to think while holding their attention with ingenious premises and superlative craftsmanship.” —Booklist

“If there is one thing Sawyer’s books have in common, in addition to their overall excellence, it is his concern for morality and determining the right thing to do.” —SFRevu

“Sawyer combines the sheer fun and big ideas of the Golden Age of Science Fiction with modern, literate, flesh-and-blood characterization.” —The Ottawa Citizen


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Selected Honors

[Arthur Ellis Award] [Nebula Award] [Hugo Award] [TPL Trophy] [Campbell Memorial Award] [Doctor of Letters] [Galaxy Award] [CanLit 30] [Audie Award] [Hal Clement Award] [Humanism in the Arts Award] [Unprecedented Aurora wins] [RTA Wall of Fame] [Diamond Jubilee Medal] [McMaster Conference] [Lifetime Achievement Aurora Award] [Skylark Award] [Doctor of Laws] [CSFFA Hall of Fame] [Order of Canada]

Who is Robert J. Sawyer?

  • “Robert J. Sawyer is just about the best science fiction writer out there these days.” —Denver Rocky Mountain News

  • “Robert J. Sawyer is by any measure one of the world’s leading (and most interesting) science-fiction writers.” —The Globe and Mail

  • “Robert J. Sawyer is a writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation.” —The New York Times

  • “Robert J. Sawyer is the science fiction genre’s northern star — in fact, one of the hottest SF writers anywhere. By any reckoning Sawyer is among the most successful Canadian authors ever.” —Maclean’s: Canada’s Weekly Newsmagazine

  • “Robert J. Sawyer is on a par with giants like Asimov and Heinlein — and, perhaps more than any other science fiction writer working today, he understands that it’s a genre about ideas.” —Mystery News

  • “Robert J. Sawyer is one of the foremost science fiction writers of our generation.” —SF Site

  • “Robert J. Sawyer is the leader of SF’s next-generation pack.” —Barnes and Noble

  • “Robert J. Sawyer is arguably the world’s top science fiction writer.” —The Hamilton Spectator

  • “Robert J. Sawyer is the 21st century’s Asimov, Clarke and Heinlein, all in one.” —Ethical Society of Saint Louis

  • “Robert J. Sawyer is a highly successful and accomplished novelist, a gentle giant of a writer.” —The New York Review of Science Fiction

  • “Robert J. Sawyer is the dean of Canadian science fiction.” —CBC Radio

  • “Robert J. Sawyer is Canada’s leading SF author.” —Booklist

  • “Robert J. Sawyer is Canada's leading science fiction writer.” —Galaxy's Edge

  • “Robert J. Sawyer is Canada’s premier science fiction writer.” —Quill & Quire

  • “Robert J. Sawyer is the dean of Canadian science fiction.” —The Ottawa Citizen

The Downloaded

THE DOWNLOADED
The New Novel by Hugo and Nebula Award-Winner
Robert J. Sawyer

Many of you have kindly asked for information about my next novel (which will be my 25th!). Here's the scoop:

It's called The Downloaded and I've completed the manuscript. It will be an Audible Original first; they made a very handsome offer to have it exclusively as an audio production for six months. After that, it'll come out in print and ebook formats.

For the Audible version, they've hired a great producer: Greg Sinclair, the former head of Radio Drama at the CBC. Greg will be using nine separate narrators (and he's got some big names in mind!), one to read each of the nine viewpoint characters.

As I understand it, the audio version will be an "Audible Original," free to anyone who has an Audible membership — no Audible credit will be required for it.

As to what The Downloaded is about, well, rather than me trying to synopsize it, how about this? The Hugo Award-nominated writer Paddy Forde just finished reading it and he had this to say:

Rob, I've read a lot of "uploaded consciousness" stories in the past couple of decades, and I've always found them hard to relate to. So much of the post-human SF in the first decade of this millennium was terribly off-putting, unrelatable, mostly unreadable.

But I have to say that The Downloaded is very different when it comes to this kind of story. It's so mature and the writing is sooo relatable.

Partly because you give just enough science to make the story's logic utterly plausible — and then you instantly move on, making the story's focus far more on the emotional impact on the characters rather than on your world-building. It sounds impossible, but this uploaded-consciousness story reads almost mainstreamish.

You keep the story honed to the human interest throughout; it's extraordinarily well done. Your mastery over this kind of complex story (fusing the hard sci-fi original concepts with broad-interest relatability and readability) just grows and grows!


The Oppenheimer Alternative
by Robert J. Sawyer

  #1 Locus bestseller!
Aurora Award finalist!
[The Oppenheimer Alternative US Cover][The Oppenheimer Canadian Alternative Cover]
(US cover is blue; Canadian is yellow)

More Info • Opening Chapters • Reviews • Press Release • Buying Links

"My favorite Sawyer book of all; a solid award contender!" —Amazing Stories
"You can call this alternate history or alternate astrophysics (or both). Whatever term you choose, it's a terrific story." —Eric Flint, author of 1632
"Science fiction fans will devour this smart speculative tale." —Publishers Weekly

Quantum Night

[Quantum Night cover]

Quantum Night by Robert J. Sawyer

#1 Locus bestseller!
Aurora Award winner!

Now in Paperback / Audiobook / eBook

“Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Sawyer's latest work is a fast-moving, mind-stretching exploration of the nature of personality and consciousness; it balances esoteric speculation with action and character.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Opening Chapters • Reviews • Press Release • More Info


Science Fiction Thrillers

“Some thriller writers get you worried about the future. Sawyer makes the present perilous.”
Linwood Barclay
[Red Planet Blues cover] [Triggers cover] [FlashForward cover]
  • Red Planet Blues: Murder on the mean streets of Mars! • “A cause for celebration; a tour de force.” —Analog • Globe and Mail and Maclean’s Bestseller!

  • Triggers: Someone is reading the president’s memories! • “A turbo-charged technothriller.” —Publishers Weekly • Globe and Mail and #1 Locus Bestseller!

  • FlashForward: Basis for the ABC TV series! • “A thoroughly entertaining novel.” —CNN • Aurora Award winner!

Team Sawyer

You can now support me directly via my Patreon page — and receive exclusive perks, including lots of behind-the-scenes goodies such as my FlashForward script, sneak peeks at works in progress, and more. My most-generous patrons are the members of Team Sawyer, and I'm very, very grateful for their support:

Christopher Bair • Keith Ballinger • Kelly Barratt • Judith Bemis • Jennifer Blanchard • Rhonda Bradley • Matt Ceccato • Dr. James Christie • Phillip Clark • Christine V. Connell • Nancy T. Curriden • Genevieve Doucette • Allison Dubarry • Hugh Gamble • James Kerwin • Gregory Koch • Archie Kubacki • Matthew LeDrew • Joel Lee Liberski • Gillian Martin • Cary Meriwether • Christina Dawn Monroe • Arioch Morningstar • Anna Nelson • Shane P. Newton • The Nolan Family • Ian Pedoe • Bo Prince • Ken Ray • Fiona Reid • Carol Richards • Saul Rhymes • Robin Schumacher • Timothy W. Spencer • Ralston Stahler • Andrew Tennant • Douglas Tindal • Miss R-Laurraine Tutihasi • Scott Wilson • Joshua Paul Wolff • Brian Wright • Len Zaifman
[Become Rob's Patron]

The WWW Trilogy

The World Wide Web wakes up

“Lately, I’ve been inspired by ideas from Robert J. Sawyer.”
—Artificial-intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky
[Wake cover] [Watch cover] [Wonder cover]
The history-making series! Every volume in the WWW trilogy won the Aurora Award — Canada’s top honor in science fiction and fantasy writing — for best novel of the year!
  • WWW: Wake: Hugo finalist! • Starred Publishers Weekly review!

  • WWW: Watch: Hal Clement Award winner! • Audie Award finalist!

  • WWW: Wonder: #1 Canadian bestseller! • “This is Robert J. Sawyer at his very best.” —Analog

New Editions

Nebula Winner • Seiun Winner • Aurora Winner

[Terminal Experiment] [Illegal Alien] [Starplex]
“Cracking open a Robert J. Sawyer book is like getting a gift from a friend who visits all the strange and undiscovered places in the world. You can’t wait to see what he’s going to amaze you with this time.”
John Scalzi
  • The Terminal Experiment: A scientist discovers proof for the existence of the soul. • “A great story; a crackerjack novel.” —The Globe and Mail • Nebula Award winner!

  • Illegal Alien: A courtroom drama with an extraterrestrial defendant. • “The best Canadian mystery of the year.” —The Globe and Mail • Winner of Japan’s top SF award!

  • Starplex: The wormholes are open; discovery awaits. • “An epic hard-science adventure tempered by human concerns; highly recommended.” —Library Journal • Hugo and Nebula finalist!

Book Club Favorites

Thought-provoking novels perfect for reading groups

“Rob Sawyer has carried the banner of Asimovian science fiction into the twenty-first century.”
Robert Charles Wilson
[Rollback cover] [Calculating God cover] [Mindscan cover]
  • Mindscan: A doomed man uploads his consciousness into an artificial body. • “In Sawyer’s capable grasp the story positively sings with humor, insight, and depth.” —SF Site • John W. Campbell Memorial Award winner!

  • Calculating God: An alien lands in Toronto claiming to have proof for God’s existence. • “The best science-fiction novel of the year.” —Denver Rocky Mountain News • Hugo finalist and Audie winner!

  • Rollback: An elderly couple undergoes a rejuvenation treatment — but it fails for one of them. • “A novel to be savoured by SF and mainstream readers alike.” —The Globe and Mail • Hugo Award finalist!
Book Club Discussion Guides

The Neanderthal Parallax Trilogy

The Hugo Award-winning HOMINIDS and its sequels

[Hominids] [Humans] [Hybrids]
“Charming and provocative — some of the most outrageous, stimulating speculation since Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land questioned our tired, timid conventions.” —Publishers Weekly

The bestselling Neanderthal Parallax trilogy explores a version of Earth where Neanderthals survived to the present and we did not — and a portal that opens up between our world and theirs.

HominidsHumans •  Hybrids


The Quintaglio Ascension Trilogy

Science battles religion with alien counterparts of Galileo, Darwin, and Freud

[Far-Seer] [Fossil Hunter] [Foreigner]
“Fresh, exhilarating. A dynamic and inspiring trilogy. Highly recommended.” —The Toronto Star

“An uncanny allegory of the human condition.” —Books in Canada

Far-Seer • Fossil Hunter • Foreigner

More Near-Future Thrillers

“Sawyer is a brilliant stylist who depicts daily-life events with a shattered worldview.”
The Gainesville (Florida) Sun
[Factoring Humanity] [Frameshift]
  • Factoring Humanity: Surf the collective unconscious. • “Sawyer’s finest novel to date. Scientifically plausible, fictionally intriguing and ethically important.” —New Scientist • Hugo Award finalist!

  • Frameshift: A genetics thriller. • “Highly recommended.” —Library Journal • Hugo Award finalist!

Classic Hard Science Fiction

“Sawyer has won himself an international readership by reinvigorating the traditions of hard science fiction.”
National Post
[Golden Fleece] [End of an Era]
  • Golden Fleece: A murder mystery aboard a starship. • “Sawyer’s JASON is the deepest computer character in all of science fiction.” —Orson Scott Card • Aurora Award winner!

  • End of an Era: Discover what really killed the dinosaurs. • “It’s not too much to say that this is one of the most accomplished SF novels of the last 10 years.” —Quill & Quire • Seiun Award winner!

Short-Story Collections

The Complete Short Fiction of Robert J. Sawyer

[Iterations] [Identity Theft]
Two matching volumes, with Rob’s notes on every story.

Iterations and Other Stories •  Identity Theft and Other Stories


Free Science Fiction!

Novel Chapters •  Complete Short Stories
Offering free fiction online since 1995!

Bestsellers Worldwide

Rob’s books are #1 bestsellers in print:
  • #1 on the Amazon.com Science Fiction Bestsellers’ List
  • #1 on the Amazon.com Technothriller Bestsellers’ List
  • #1 on the Amazon.ca Science Fiction Bestsellers’ List
  • #1 on the Amazon.co.uk Science Fiction Bestsellers’ List
  • #1 on the Locus Hardcover Bestsellers’ List
  • #1 on the Locus Trade-Paperback Bestsellers’ List
  • #1 on the Locus Mass-Market Paperback Bestsellers’ List
  • #1 on the Calgary Herald Fiction Bestsellers’ List
  • #1 on the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix Hardcover Bestsellers’ List
  • #1 on the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix Paperback Bestsellers’ List
  • #1 on the Winnipeg Free Press Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers’ List
  • #1 on the Palm Beach Daily News Combined Fiction and Nonfiction Bestsellers’ List.

Rob’s novels are also #1 bestsellers in audio:

  • #1 on the Audible.com Science Fiction Bestsellers’ List.

His novels have made numerous appearances on the two major top-ten national mainstream bestsellers’ lists in Canada, covering authors of all nationalities, reaching as high as:

  • #3 on the Fiction Bestsellers’ List in Maclean’s: Canada’s Weekly Newsmagazine
  • #7 on the Fiction Bestsellers’ List in The Globe and Mail: Canada’s National Newspaper.

And Sawyer titles have simultaneously been #4, #6, and #8 on the Edmonton Journal Fiction Bestsellers’ List.

At Bakka Phoenix Books, the world’s oldest extant science-fiction specialty bookstore, Rob’s books have been #1 on their lists of the bestselling books for the entire year a record-setting nine times:

  • #1 seven times for hardcover
  • #1 twice for paperback.

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