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Robert J. Sawyer's 1995 Year in Review


  • Robert J. Sawyer concludes his term as one of five judges for the Philip K. Dick Award; after his recommendation, the novel Mysterium by Toronto's Robert Charles Wilson — which Sawyer had reviewed for the Canadian arts newspaper Now, but had not been submitted for award consideration — is given the prize.
  • British edition of Far-Seer appears.


  • Sherlock Holmes in Orbit, edited by Mike Resnick and Martin Greenberg, appears from DAW Books, containing Rob's story "You See But You Do Not Observe."
  • Rob is interviewed on The Canadian Discovery Channel's E-Scape Velocity.


  • The Spring 1995 issue of On Spec appears, in which Rob's "On Writing" column debuts. Subsequent installments appear in the Summer, Fall, and Winter 1995 issues.
  • British edition of Fossil Hunter appears.
  • Hobson's Choice completes serialization in Analog.
  • Rob is Guest of Honor at the science-fiction convention Andromeda 2 in Lincoln, Nebraska.


  • The anthology Nebula Awards 29 is published, containing Rob's essay "The Dark Side of the Force." Locus calls this essay the best one in the book.


  • The Terminal Experiment is published simultaneously by HarperPrism in North America and New English Library in Great Britain. By the end of the year, The Terminal Experiment has garnered more Nebula recommendations than any work in the thirty-year history of SFWA — more than double the number of its nearest competitor and so many, in fact, that it exceeds the capacity of SFWA's database to record them all.
  • End of an Era wins the Fifth Annual HOMer Award, voted on by the 39,000 members worldwide of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature Forum on CompuServe.
  • The Japanese edition of Far-Seer is shortlisted for the Seiun Award ("the Japanese Hugo") in the category of Best Foreign Novel; meanwhile, Far-Seer comes in fifth place in Hayakawa SF Magazine's poll of the Best Science Fiction of 1994.
  • On Spec: The First Five Years is published, containing Rob's Aurora and Arthur Ellis Award winning short story "Just Like Old Times."


  • Rob completes a three-year term as the founding Director of the Canadian Region of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America; he finishes his term by publishing the tenth issue of Alouette, the Aurora-nominated newsletter of the Region.
  • Rob's home page debuts on World Wide Web; multiple commentators call it the best author's page anywhere on the net.


  • Gale Research's 81st volume of Something About the Author is published, containing a five-page profile of Rob.
  • British edition of Foreigner appears.


  • End of an Era receives an official Hugo Award honorable mention, coming in eighth place.


  • Analog buys serialization rights to Starplex, making two Sawyer novels in a row that they are serializing in full.
  • Rob is a guest speaker at York University's Glendon College, where his Far-Seer is taught as the first book on the "Modern Science and Science Fiction in Social Context" course.


  • Rob's story "Lost in the Mail" appears in TransVersions 3. In the same issue, there's a profile of Rob — "Not Just a Dinosaur Guy" — by Mici Gold.
    [Rob and Elwy Yost]
  • Rob is the sole in-studio guest for the Halloween installment of TVOntario's Saturday Night at the Movies, hosted by Elwy Yost.
  • The Canadian Encyclopedia Plus on CD-ROM is released containing Rob's updated and expanded entry on Canadian science fiction.


  • Metrodome Productions, of London, England, buys a one-year option on film rights to The Terminal Experiment, against a six-figure purchase price.
  • Rob appears as a guest on CBC Newsworld's Benmergui Live.


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