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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
- Rob is guest speaker at a meeting of the Philadelphia Science
- 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
"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
- 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,
- 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
- 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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