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Coming June 2, 2020
Quantum Night by Robert J. Sawyer
#1 Locus bestseller!
“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)
“Some thriller writers get you worried about the future. Sawyer makes the present perilous.”
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 • Dr. James Christie • Christine V. Connell • 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 • Ken Ray • Fiona Reid Carol Richards • Saul Rhymes • Carol Richards • Robin Schumacher • Timothy W. Spencer • Ralston Stahler • Andrew Tennant • Douglas Tindal • Miss R-Laurraine Tutihasi • Scott Wilson • Joshua Paul Wolff • Brian Wright • Len Zaifman
“Lately, I’ve been inspired by ideas from Robert J. Sawyer.”
Artificial-intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky
“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.”
“Rob Sawyer has carried the banner of Asimovian science fiction into the twenty-first century.”
Robert Charles Wilson
“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.
“Fresh, exhilarating. A dynamic and inspiring trilogy. Highly recommended.” The Toronto Star
“An uncanny allegory of the human condition.” Books in Canada
“Sawyer is a brilliant stylist who depicts daily-life events with a shattered worldview.”
The Gainesville (Florida) Sun
“Sawyer has won himself an international readership by reinvigorating the traditions of hard science fiction.”
Quill & Quire, the Canadian publishing trade journal, recently released its first-ever list of “The CanLit 30: The most influential, innovative, and just plain powerful people in Canadian publishing.”
Only three authors made the 30-person list: Margaret Atwood, Douglas Coupland, and Robert J. Sawyer. The write-up about Rob says:
“When Penguin Canada snatched up domestic rights to science fiction giant Robert J. Sawyer last year, it felt like the Canuck industry was finally waking up to an entire genre. Not that Sawyer really needed the nod: he already sells more than respectably and has a shelf full of major sci-fi prizes. As a generous mentor to other writers, the proprietor of his own eponymous imprint at Red Deer Press, and a frequent media pundit, Sawyer is the public face of Canadian sci-fi.”
According to the Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards, Robert J. Sawyer is the #1 all-time worldwide leader in number of award wins as a science-fiction or fantasy novelist (second place goes to China Miéville; Stephen King, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Connie Willis are tied for third place).
Rob is also the #1 all-time leader in number of award nominations as a science-fiction or fantasy novelist (second place goes to Stephen King).
In June 2016, Rob was inducted into the Order of Canada, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the Canadian government.
Among Rob’s honors (in order of receipt):
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 (the full list of such winners: Paolo Bacigalupi, David Brin, Arthur C. Clarke, Joe Haldeman, Frederik Pohl, Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert J. Sawyer, and Connie Willis), and he’s the first author in thirty years to receive a Lifetime Achievement Aurora Award.
“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 most popular and successful science fiction authors in the world today.” Philosophy Now
“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 one of the world's most prominent science fiction writers.” The Calgary Sun
“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 probably the best sci-fi writer Canada has ever produced.” Planet S: Saskatoon’s City Magazine
“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
Rob’s novels are also #1 bestsellers in audio:
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:
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:
Listen: Sounds Like Canada radio interview (MP3)
The first-ever science-fiction author website, established Wednesday, June 28, 1995, and most recently updated on Thursday, May 28, 2020.