Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Science fiction murder mysteries

by Rob - December 6th, 2008.
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I saw an academic ask about science fiction murder mysteries today, and sent that person a list of my own works in that area:

Golden Fleece, Warner 1990 (reissued by Tor 1999) — winner of Canada’s Aurora Award for best novel; named best SF novel of 1990 in Orson Scott Card’s year-end summation in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Terminal Experiment, HarperPrism, 1995 — winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel

Illegal Alien, Ace, 1998 — winner of Japan’s Seiun Award for Best Foreign SF novel, and named best Canadian mystery novel of the year by The Globe & Mail, Canada’s National Newspaper

The novella “Identity Theft” from the anthology Down These Dark Spaceways edtied by Mike Resnick for the Science Fiction Book Club; nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards; included in Nebula Awards Showcase 2007 and in my 2008 collection Identity Theft and Other Stories

The short story “Biding Time,” winner of Canada’s Aurora Award for Best Short Story of the Year, from the DAW anthology Slipstreams edited by John Helfers and Martin Harry Greenberg, and included in my collection Identity Theft and Other Stories.

The short story “The Hand You’re Dealt,” finalist for the Hugo Award and winner of the Science Fiction Chronicle Reader Award for Best Short Story of 1998, first published in Free Space edited by Edward E. Kramer and reprinted in my collection Iterations and Other Stories

Other books by me that are in part murder mysteries: Hominids, winner of the Hugo Award for best novel of the year; Flashforward, winner of the Aurora Award for best novel (and the basis for a TV series pilot for ABC); Frameshift (Hugo finalist, Seiun Award winner), and Fossil Hunter (middle volume of my Quintaglio Ascension trilogy).

I’ve won Canada’s top mystery-fiction award, the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award, but that was for a story called “Just Like Old Times” that didn’t in fact involve a murder mystery, and I’ve won France’s top SF award, Le Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, for a Sherlock Holmes pastiche, but that, too, didn’t actually involve a murder.

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