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Robert J. Sawyer's 2001 Year in Review


  • January 2: Discovery Channel Canada airs Inventing the Future: 2000 Years of Discovery, a two-hour documentary co-hosted by Rob and Gillian Deacon.

  • I began the year with 57,000 words of Hominids that I'd written in 2000; I went back to work on this, my thirteenth novel.

  • On January 4, our car was totaled in an accident — being rear-ended by a Canadian Automobile Association tow truck. I had back problems for most of this year because of it.


  • I signed the contracts for Iterations, a collection of my short fiction to be published by Quarry Press of Kingston, Ontario.
  • My novel Calculating God won the Rocky Award, given by the Denver Rocky Mountain News for Best Science Fiction Novel of 2000.
  • I wrote an introduction for the Bakka Books edition of the classic Canadian SF novel Consider Her Ways by Frederick Philip Grove.
  • Dissatisfied with the current candidates, I beseeched Norman Spinrad to run for the SFWA presidency, convincing him to do so; Norman went on to win the election.
  • Sold Polish rights to Calculating God.


  • Sold Italian rights to End of an Era and French rights to Calculating God.
  • Finished the first draft of Hominids on March 21.


  • Led a week-long science-fiction writing workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
  • My "Above It All" was named one of four finalists for the Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker Award for Best Short Story of 2000.
  • Wrote a short story called "The Right's Tough" for DAW's Give Me Liberty anthology (published in 2003).
  • Calculating God was named one of five finalists for the Hugo Award for Best Novel of 2000.
  • Wrote a short story called "On the Surface" for the DAW anthology Future Wars (published in 2003).
  • I was Author Guest of Honor (and my wife Carolyn was Poet Guest of Honor) at Eeriecon 3 in Niagara Falls, New York.
  • Gave a guest lecture at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan.


  • Writing vacation on the appropriately named Retreat Island, British Columbia.
  • I was toastmaster at the Canadian National Science Fiction Convention, in Burnaby, British Columbia.
  • On May 22, submitted Hominids to David G. Hartwell at Tor and Stanley Schmidt at Analog
  • On May 25, started a Yahoo Groups discussion group devoted to my work.
  • Sold Italian rights to Calculating God.
  • The British Columbia Ministry of Education adopted my 1982 short-story "Ours to Discover" for use in a province-wide standard reading-comprehension exam.


  • Wrote a story called "Kata Bindu" for Gregory Benford's anthology Microcosms.
  • Sold serialization right for Hominids to Analog.
  • The paperback of Calculating God was released.
  • Sold Japanese rights to Illegal Alien.
  • Wrote an essay on Canadian crossover works in the fantasy genre for the CD-ROM to be given to attendees of this year's World Fantasy Convention.


  • Led a four-day science fiction writing workshop at the University of Toronto.
  • Calculating God came in second for the John W. Campbell Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of 2002 (the winner was Poul Anderson's Genesis).


  • Frameshift won the Seiun Award — "the Japanese Hugo" — for Best Foreign Novel of 2000.


  • Began writing Humans, the sequel to Hominids.
  • Tor's trade-paperback reprint of End of an Era rolled off the presses.
  • Wrote "Black Reflection" for Byron Tetrick's anthology In the Shadow of the Wall: Vietnam Stories That Might Have Been
  • Gave a talk at a conference of the Life Communicators Association (communications professionals for the life-insurance industry) in Reno, Nevada.
  • Calculating God hit number one on the paperback bestsellers' list published by Locus: The Newspaper of the Science Fiction Field
  • Wrote "Mikeys" for the DAW anthology Space Stations.


  • Finished a draft of Humans, my fourteenth novel.

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