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Robert J. Sawyer's 1999 Year in Review


  • Illegal Alien paperback published by Ace.
  • Illegal Alien hits #9 on the paperback bestsellers list published by Locus: The Newspaper of the Science Fiction Field.


  • Rob is guest speaker at a meeting of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society.


  • Rob contracts with The Discovery Channel Canada to co-host the two-hour documentary Inventing the Future: 2000 Years of Discovery, to air January 2, 2000.
  • Factoring Humanity hits #1 on the hardcover bestsellers list (combined fiction and nonfiction) published in the March 7 Palm Beach Daily News, as provided by Florida's Classic Bookshop.


  • Publishers Weekly gives FlashForward a "starred review," denoting a book of exceptional merit.
  • Factoring Humanity nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel of the Year.


  • Factoring Humanity paperback published by Tor.
  • Rob appears on Open Mike with Mike Bullard, Canada's most popular talk show.


  • FlashForward hardcover published by Tor.
  • FlashForward spend two weeks on the hardcover fiction bestsellers list at Toronto's World's Biggest Bookstore: for June 18-24, it's #8; for June 25-July 1, it's #10.
  • On June 19, FlashForward is ranked #93 in sales — cracking the famed Hot 100 list — out of all the titles available on Amazon.com.
  • Maclean's: Canada's Weekly Newsmagazine devotes almost two full pages to a profile of Rob in its June 21 issue, saying, "By any reckoning Sawyer is among the most successful Canadian authors ever."


  • Rob teaches science-fiction writing for four days at the University of Toronto's Taddle Creek Writers Workshop.



  • Rob attends World Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne, Australia.


  • Rob is Guest of Honor at science-fiction convention Context XII in Columbus, Ohio, October 8-10.
  • Rob is Master of Ceremonies at the Canadian National Science Fiction Convention in Fredericton, New Brunswick, October 15-17.
  • Rob is Guest of Honor at science-fiction convention Concinnity in Ottawa, Ontario, October 29-31.


  • Tor contracts with Rob for three new novels, plus a reprint of End of an Era.
  • Tor reissues Rob's first novel, Golden Fleece, in a revised trade-paperback edition.
  • Rob gives a talk, "The Future Is Already Here: Is There a Place for Science Fiction in the 21st Century?," at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on November 10.
  • Rob reads at the National Library of Canada in Ottawa, on November 15.
  • Year 2000 edition of Canadian Global Almanac published by McClelland & Stewart: Rob is included in the "Hall of Fame," spotlighting prominent Canadians.
  • Rob contracts with Nelvana, the third-largest animation studio in the world, to write the series bible for a computer-animated science-fiction series.
  • The Ottawa Citizen newspaper dubs Rob "the dean of Canadian science fiction."


  • Rob gives the keynote address at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya's Premio UPC de Ciencia Ficción award ceremony in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Rob's short-story "Mars Reacts!," explaining what really happened to the Mars Polar Lander, appears in The Globe and Mail: Canada's National Newspaper, on December 11.
  • BN.com, the web site of Barnes and Noble, announces its 1999 "Year's Best" list for science fiction and fantasy. FlashForward is listed third.

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