Friday, March 21, 2008

Rollback nominated for the Hugo Award

I am thrilled, honoured, and delighted that my novel Rollback is one of five finalists for this year's HUGO AWARD, the world's top international honour for science fiction.

The winner will be announced Saturday, August 9, 2008, in Denver at a gala awards ceremony concluding the 66th Annual World Science Fiction Convention. The 6,000 members worldwide of that convention will cast ballots to determine the winner.

The full list of best-novel nominees:

  • The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon (HarperCollins, Fourth Estate)
  • Brasyl by Ian McDonald (Gollancz, Pyr)
  • Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer (Tor, Analog Oct 2006-Jan/Feb 2007)
  • The Last Colony by John Scalzi (Tor)
  • Halting State by Charles Stross (Ace)
My press release aimed at the Canadian media is here, and the official World Science Fiction Convention press release, with a all nominees in all categories, is mirrored here in Microsoft Word format.

Anyone may become a member of the World Science Fiction Convention and vote; it's $50 for a supporting membership (which gets you all the publications and the right to vote for the Hugos this year and nominate next year), and $200 for an attending membership, which lets you attend the convention, as well. More on the convention is here, and to become a member, see here. Carolyn and I will be attending, of course!

This is my eleventh Hugo Award nomination. I previously won the best-novel Hugo in 2003 for Hominids.

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site


At March 21, 2008 6:23 PM , Blogger larrytt said...

Congrats, Robert!
-Larry Hodges
10. Because Rollback rhymes with Hugo Gernsback.
9. Because anyone who doesn't vote for it is off the rollback waiting list.
8. Because mathematically, Robert won't just win the Hugo, he'll win 1.2 Hugos, giving him a total of 2.2 Hugos out of eleven nominations, exactly 20%, as mathematically expected.
7. Because Hugo Gernsback will not attend without a rollback.
6. Because "Robert J. Sawyer" is an anagram for "Tor Jays Brewer," and A) Rollback was published by Tor; B) Robert is from Tor (short for Toronto); C) The (Blue) Jays play in (Tor)onto; and D) after he wins, Robert will be drinking something made by a brewer.
5. Because it received great reviews everywhere . . . except:
4. Because the Washington Post trashed it, and they always get it wrong.
3. Because Dracons vote.
2. Because this is the year 2008, which factors down to 2x2x2x251 (251 is a prime number), and the 251st day of the year is Sept. 7, 2008, which is Grandfather's day. Rollback is about "old" people, and main character Don Halifax a grandfather.
1. Because it's an excellent, well-written and well-researched novel.

At March 21, 2008 8:52 PM , Anonymous Sohaib Athar said...


At March 21, 2008 9:11 PM , Blogger John said...

The only other nominee I've read is The Last Colony. I liked it a lot, but Rollback is going to win.

At March 21, 2008 10:18 PM , Anonymous Hayden Trenholm said...

Rollback deserves the nomination and it deserves to win. Chabon's book is excellent -- but Rollback is better!

Good luck Rob.

At March 21, 2008 11:56 PM , Anonymous Annie said...

I am excited for you. Best wishes!

At March 22, 2008 11:14 AM , Blogger Al said...

You should win. It's the best novel I read last year, and that's got some stiff competition.
- Al

At March 22, 2008 4:58 PM , Blogger J Erwine said...

Congratulations. I certainly enjoyed the book.

Best of luck, and I'll see you in Denver.


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