Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

FlashForward: One of the Year’s Best

by Rob - September 20th, 2009.
Filed under: FlashForward.

Not the TV series (although it undoubtedly is), but the book.

Back in December 1999, Barnes and Noble released a list of its picks for the best science fiction and fantasy novels of that year: Robert J. Sawyer‘s FlashForward was listed third, with the following review:

Robert J. Sawyer consistently makes intelligent, mind-blowing science fiction accessible to the mainstream reader with his efficient, easy-flowing prose, his exciting ideas, and his superior character development.

Over the past several years, Sawyer’s stunning thrillers have produced multiple Hugo and Nebula nominations, enough for most to recognize him as the leader of SF’s next-generation pack.

His newest novel, the near-future FlashForward, is every bit as good, if not better, than his previously recognized high-tech whirlwinds.

The full list:

  1. Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
  2. Neil Gaiman, Stardust
  3. Robert J. Sawyer, FlashForward
  4. Michael Crichton, Timeline
  5. Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Shadow
  6. Elizabeth Haydon, Rhapsody
  7. Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson, Dune: House Atreides
  8. Brian Jacques, Marlfox: A Tale from Redwall
  9. L.E. Modesitt Jr., Gravity Dreams
  10. Guy Gavriel Kay, Sailing to Sarantium
  11. George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
  12. Vernor Vinge, A Deepness in the Sky
  13. Richard Bowes, Minions of the Moon
  14. Elizabeth Hand, Black Light
  15. Frank M. Robinson, Waiting
  16. Terry Goodkind, Soul of the Fire
  17. Ken MacLeod, The Cassini Division
  18. Brendan DuBois, Resurrection Day
  19. Ben Bova, Return to Mars
  20. Sean McMullen, Souls in the Great Machine
  21. Thomas Harlan, The Shadow of Ararat

You can read more about the novel FlashForward by Robert J. Sawyer here.

Pictured: Above, the 2009 TV series tie-in edition; below, the original mass-market paperback cover from 2000 (the hardcover came out in 1999).

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