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For Release Friday, April 27, 2001
Canadians Robert J. Sawyer and Nalo Hopkinson vie for Science Fiction's Top International Award
The final ballot for the 2001 Hugo Awards the
international readers' choice awards of the science-fiction field
was unveiled today in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
For an astonishing fifth time, acclaimed Mississauga, Ontario,
writer ROBERT J. SAWYER, 41, is a finalist for the
Hugo Award for Best Novel of the Year.
Sawyer is nominated this year for his novel
published by Tor Books, New York, and distributed in
Canada by H.B. Fenn and Company Ltd.
Also on the ballot, for the first time, is Toronto's
NALO HOPKINSON, 40, for her novel Midnight
Robber, published by Warner (and also distributed in
Canada by H.B. Fenn). The complete list of all five best-novel
Hugo finalists for 2001 is as follows (Sawyer and Hopkinson are
Canadians; Martin is American; Rowling and MacLeod are British):
- Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer (Tor)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K.
- Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson (Warner
- The Sky Road by Ken MacLeod (Tor)
- A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
Calculating God is Sawyer's twelfth novel. In its
hardcover release, it was a national top-ten mainstream fiction
bestseller in Canada, appearing on both the Globe and
Mail and Maclean's bestsellers' lists. The
paperback will be out in July 2001.
Calculating God tells the story of an alien who
lands out front of Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum as part of an
interplanetary quest to scientifically prove the existence of
Sawyer has previously won the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers
of America's Nebula Award for Best Novel of the Year (for
The Terminal Experiment, published by HarperCollins
Midnight Robber is Hopkinson's second novel. It
tells the story of Tan-Tan, a young woman on a planet colonized
by people from Earth's Caribbean.
Two years ago, Hopkinson won the World Science Fiction Society's
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer of the
Year. The Campbell Awards are also presented during the Hugo
ceremony. One of this year's five finalists is also a Canadian:
DOUGLAS SMITH of Aurora, Ontario.
The Hugo Awards honour science fiction first published anywhere
in the world in English in the preceding year. Nominations are
made by the members of the current year's and previous year's
World Science Fiction Convention (or "Worldcon"). The final
ballot will be voted on by the 6,000 members of the 2001
Worldcon, which will be held August 30-September 3, 2001, in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Both Sawyer and Hopkinson will be in
The Hugo Awards are named after Hugo Gernsback, an immigrant to
the United States from Luxembourg, who founded the first
science-fiction magazine, Amazing Stories, in 1926.
The awards have been presented annually since 1953. Previous
Hugo Award-winning novels include such SF classics as Frank
Herbert's Dune, Isaac Asimov's The Gods
Themselves, and Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous with
Rama. The only Canadian winner to date of a Best Novel
Hugo is Vancouver's William Gibson, who won the 1985 award for
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