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For Release Sunday, April 11, 2004
Canadians Sawyer and Wilson Vie for Science Fiction's Top Honour
The final ballot for the 2004 Hugo Awards the
international readers' choice awards of the science-fiction
field, and the genre's top honour was unveiled today in Boston.
Two Greater Toronto Area writers who happen to be great friends
are the only Canadians on the ballot this year.
ROBERT J. SAWYER, 43, of Mississauga, Ontario who was
last year's Hugo winner
is nominated again this year for his
Humans, the second volume of his acclaimed
"Neanderthal Parallax" trilogy.
And ROBERT CHARLES WILSON, 50, of Concord, Ontario, is
nominated for his novel Blind Lake. Both Sawyer
and Wilson are published by Tor Books, New York, the world's
largest SF publisher.
The complete list of best-novel Hugo finalists this year is:
- Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
- Humans by Robert J. Sawyer (Tor)
- Ilium by Dan Simmons (Eos)
- Singularity Sky by Charles Stross (Ace)
- Blind Lake by Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)
Bujold and Simmons are Americans; Stross is Scottish. The Hugo
is named for Hugo Gernsback (1884-1967), editor of the first
science-fiction magazine, Amazing Stories, which
was founded in 1926.
The winners will be announced Sunday, September 5, 2004, in
Boston at a gala awards ceremony concluding the 62nd Annual
World Science Fiction Convention. The 7,000 members
worldwide of that convention will cast ballots to determine the
Sawyer's Humans was a top-ten national mainstream
bestseller in Canada, appearing on the Globe and Mail
bestsellers list, and it was named the best SF novel of
2003 by authors of any nationality by the editors of
Chapters.indigo.ca. It was also the number-one
bestselling book for the entire year at Toronto's
Bakka Books, the world's oldest SF specialty bookstore.
Humans continues the story begun in Sawyer's
Hominids, which was
last year's Hugo Award winner.
A portal has opened in Sudbury, Ontario,
between our world and an alternate Earth where Neanderthals
survived to the present day and we did not. The opening chapters
And a later section, which Sawyer considers the best thing he's
ever written, is at:
(says bestselling American SF writer Jack McDevitt, "Sawyer's
chapter at the Vietnam Wall should be required reading for anyone
who wishes to sit in the oval office").
Wilson's Blind Lake was named a New York
Times Notable Book of the Year, and the reviews
have been stellar:
"A superior SF thriller, notable for credible characters and a
well-crafted plot." Publishers Weekly (starred
- "Fizzing with ideas while tightly focused on the characters:
intense, absorbing, memorable work." Kirkus
- "Wilson builds suspense superlatively well, to a resolution that
packs all the emotional wallop anyone could wish. Wilson's fans
will come looking for this one, and others will follow."
Blind Lake tells the story of a secret facility in
Blind Lake, Minnesota, where supersensitive telescopes are
observing the enigmatic activities of alien beings on a distant
Robert Charles Wilson's home page, with more information about
Blind Lake, is at:
This is Sawyer's eighth Hugo nomination, and Wilson's third.
Sawyer's other award wins include a
Nebula Award for Best
Novel of the Year from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of
The Terminal Experiment) and an
Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada.
Wilson's previous honours include winning the Philip K. Dick Award
for Best Novel of the Year (for
Mysterium) and the John W. Campbell Memorial
Award SF's top juried prize for
Both Sawyer and Wilson were previously on the Hugo ballot
together in 1999, with Sawyer's
Factoring Humanity (named one of the top ten works of fiction of any type by
authors of any nationality by The Ottawa Citizen)
and Wilson's Darwinia (named the best science
fiction novel of the year by the US trade journal
Science Fiction Chronicle).
Both authors are available jointly or separately for interviews
Tor Books are distributed in Canada by H. B. Fenn and
Company. For review copies, or to book interviews,
contact Janis Ackroyd at 1-800-267-FENN, Ext. 276
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