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ROBERT J. SAWYER
Hugo and Nebula Winner


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THE DOWNLOADED

The Downloaded

The New Novel by Hugo and Nebula Award-Winner
COMING IN 2022
Robert J. Sawyer

Many of you have kindly asked for information about my next novel (which will be my 25th!). Here's the scoop:

It's called The Downloaded and I've completed the manuscript. It will be an Audible Original first; they made a very handsome offer to have it exclusively as an audio production for six months. After that, it'll come out in print and ebook formats.

For the Audible version, they've hired a great producer: Greg Sinclair, the former head of Radio Drama at the CBC. Greg will be using nine separate narrators (and he's got some big names in mind!), one to read each of the nine viewpoint characters.

As I understand it, the audio version will be an "Audible Original," free to anyone who has an Audible membership — no Audible credit will be required for it.

As to what The Downloaded is about, well, rather than me trying to synopsize it, how about this? The Hugo Award-nominated writer Paddy Forde just finished reading it and he had this to say:

Rob, I've read a lot of "uploaded consciousness" stories in the past couple of decades, and I've always found them hard to relate to. So much of the post-human SF in the first decade of this millennium was terribly off-putting, unrelatable, mostly unreadable.

But I have to say that The Downloaded is very different when it comes to this kind of story. It's so mature and the writing is sooo relatable.

Partly because you give just enough science to make the story's logic utterly plausible — and then you instantly move on, making the story's focus far more on the emotional impact on the characters rather than on your world-building. It sounds impossible, but this uploaded-consciousness story reads almost mainstreamish.

You keep the story honed to the human interest throughout; it's extraordinarily well done. Your mastery over this kind of complex story (fusing the hard sci-fi original concepts with broad-interest relatability and readability) just grows and grows!


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