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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
- 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
- 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,
- 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
- 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
- Sold serialization right for Hominids to
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Finished a draft of Humans, my fourteenth
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