Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

The National Post on Wake

by Rob - April 18th, 2009.
Filed under: Wake.

The National Post — a major Canadian daily newspaper distributed coast-to-coast and headquartered in Calgary — has a wonderful review by Michel Basilières of my novel Wake today, which says in part:

Sawyer is one of the most successful Canadian writers ever. He has won himself an international readership by reinvigorating the traditions of “hard” science fiction, following the path of such writers as Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein in his bold speculations from pure science.

[In Wake,] he has marshalled a daunting quantity of fact and theory from across scientific disciplines and applied them to a contemporary landscape — with due regard to cultural and political differences, pop culture, history, economics, adolescent yearnings, personal ambition and human frailty. He paints a complete portrait of a blind teenage girl, and imagines in detail — from scratch — the inside of a new being.

Clashes between personalities and ideologies fuel the plot, but they’re not what the book is about. It’s about how cool science is.

Almost alone among Canadian writers, he tackles the most fundamental questions of who we are and where we might be going — while illuminating where we are now.

You can read the whole review here.

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

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