Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Rollback nominated for Campbell Memorial Award

I'm delighted to report that my novel Rollback has just been nominated for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the top juried award in the science-fiction field.

The full list of nominees is here.

The Campbell jurors are:
  • Nebula-winning physicist Gregory Benford, author of the classic SF novel Timescape
  • Historian Paul A. Carter, author of The Creation of Tomorrow: Fifty Years of Magazine Science Fiction
  • Hugo-winning author and scholar James Gunn, past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and SFWA Grand Master Award recipient
  • Elizabeth Anne Hull, past president of the Science Fiction Research Association
  • Christopher McKitterick, associate director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction
  • Hugo-winning scholar Farah Mendlesohn, editor of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction
  • Nebula-winning author and editor Pamela Sargent, editor of the Women of Wonder anthologies
  • T.A. Shippey, editor of The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
The winner will be announced at the joint Campbell / Science Fiction Research Association conference in Kansas City, July 10-13, 2008.

Other honors to date for Rollback include its current Hugo Award nomination, a nomination for the Aurora Award, starred reviews (denoting a book of exceptional merit) in both Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, being included on the American Library Association's list of the year's 10 best SF novels, and being a Main Selection of the Science Fiction Book Club.

This is my fourth Campbell Memorial Award nomination. I won the award in 2006 for Mindscan, and was previously also nominated for Calculating God and Hominids. That's my trophy for Mindscan pictured above.

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At June 11, 2008 5:52 PM , Blogger Drakkenfyre said...

Congratulations! Rollback is a beautiful book, and it deserves to win.

At June 11, 2008 11:42 PM , Blogger seeker65 said...

Congrats Rob! It's well deserved. I personally see this book being the one that shatters the perceived SF glass ceiling for mainstream readers, critics and (fingers crossed) Hollywood.

At June 13, 2008 10:59 AM , Blogger nessie said...

Which of the Hugos do you recommend Robert? I am thinking of reading at least one or two others. Of course, I encourage Canuk winners ;)

At June 13, 2008 11:28 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Hi, Nessie. Do you mean: Which of this year's other Hugo nominees do I recommend? All of them; they're all fabulous books, and I'm honoured to be sharing a ballot with them.

Or do you mean which previous Hugo winners do I recommend? My five personal all-time favourite Hugo winning novels are (most recent to oldest):

The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke
Gateway by Frederik Pohl
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Dune by Frank Herbert

and, of course, I always recommend my good friend Robert Charles Wilson, who took the award the year before last for Spin.


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