Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Rollback now out!

It's showtime! Today -- Tuesday, April 3, 2007 -- is the official publication date for my 17th novel, Rollback. It's now shipping from online retailers, and people have reported buying it in retail stores.

On my website you'll find the opening chapters, the dustjacket text, a book-club / reading group discussion guide, and much more.

I'll be touring to 18 cities in support of the release -- check out the tour dates here.

The early reviews have been fabulous:
"Robert J. Sawyer has a way of taking familiar ideas, looking at them from new angles and in greater depth than almost anybody before him, and tying them together to create extraordinarily fresh and thought-provoking stories. Rollback is a thoroughly engaging story, with some of the most memorable people you'll ever meet." -- Analog

"Sawyer's investigation of rejuvenation loads a fascinating story with difficult issues. Don makes mistakes, yet he and Sarah are good people and thoughtfully constructed characters. Rollback exploits two staple sf tropes to produce a nicely executed, human-scale story." -- Booklist

"Rollback gets my vote as SF novel of the year. A joy to read." -- Jack McDevitt, author of Odyssey

"Canadian author Sawyer once again presents likable characters facing big ethical dilemmas in this smoothly readable near-future SF novel. Sawyer, who has won Hugo and Nebula awards, may well win another major SF award with this superior effort." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review, denoting a work of exceptional merit)

"The repercussions of the rollback surgery are genuinely surprising, but rooted firmly in the skillfully crafted and realistic thoughts and emotions of Don and Sarah. When the plotlines converge late in the book, it is a reminder of why Sawyer is one of our most highly regarded writers of speculative fiction, able to handle the demands of the heart and the cosmos with equal skill." -- Quill & Quire

"A fascinating human drama, where joy and tragedy take human form, rather than apocalyptic ones. All in all, it's a 'skytop' story, worth reading by genre and mainstream readers alike." -- SFRevu

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site


At April 03, 2007 10:53 AM , Blogger Bombauer said...

Happy Launch Day!

I'll be shopping tonight!

At April 03, 2007 11:27 AM , Blogger Stephen_K said...

Congrats, Rob! Those reviews are fantastic--you must be very pleased.

So sorry I can't make it to the launch at Bakka (I'll be out of town that weekend) but I'm sure I'll find occasion to get you to sign a copy for me. Can't wait to read it!

Will you be at Book Expo Canada this year?

- S.

At April 03, 2007 11:37 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Hi, Stephen. Yes, indeed, I'll be at BookExpo Canada, appearing at the H.B. Fenn booth, promoting ROLLBACK.

Many thanks for the kind words!

At April 03, 2007 1:16 PM , Blogger Drakkenfyre said...

Congratulations! And what a wonderful book it is. A technological backdrop to a story of the human heart, in conflict with itself. :)

Of course, here's a larger section of the quotation, from Faulkner's Nobel Prize acceptance speech, given in 1950, but probably applicable forevermore:

Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it. There are no longer problems of the spirit. There is only one question: When will I be blown up? Because of this, the young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat.

And Rollback absolutely fits that definition of "good writing." And it is a truly great book.

At April 03, 2007 2:45 PM , Blogger Sean said...

Sweet, nothing like spring nights spent with Mr. Sawyer.

..That sounded really wrong.

At April 03, 2007 6:55 PM , Blogger J0hnnyB said...

I saw it in Pages on Queen Street!


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