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Hello, Robert J. Sawyer reader!
You're most likely getting this note because you've written to me in the past about my science-fiction novels. I hope you don't mind this update -- I only send such things out a couple of times a year. If you'd prefer not to receive future updates, just email me at email@example.com and I'll drop you from this mailing list. :)
In this issue:
- New short-story collection
- Book launches in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Rochester
- Hugo Nomination for ROLLBACK!
- Aurora Nomination for ROLLBACK!
- American Library Association top-ten list!
- Audible.com and RJS
- Praise for ROLLBACK
- Coming next: WAKE
- Book Rob as a speaker
===NEW SHORT-STORY COLLECTION
Just out: IDENTITY THEFT AND OTHER STORIES by Robert J. Sawyer, with an introduction by Robert Charles Wilson, published by Red Deer Press.
"A collection of great stories; highly entertaining and thought-provoking -- this book has something for almost any science-fiction fan." -- QUILL & QUIRE
Seventeen short stories, each with an individual introduction by me.
The book is in stores now, and Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Chapters.ca, and McNallyRobinson.com are all shipping it.More info
===IDENTITY THEFT BOOK-LAUNCH EVENTS
Reading from IDENTITY THEFT at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival
Saturday, May 3, 2008, at 8:30 p.m.:More info
IDENTITY THEFT launch party
Saturday, May 10, 2008, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
697 Queen Street West (just west of Bathurst in Downtown Toronto)
Launch party at science-fiction convention Keycon on Friday night, May 16, 2008
Readings and signing on Saturday, May 17, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. by Robert J. Sawyer,
Nick DiChario, and Hayden Trenholm at McNally Robinson Grant Park
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK:
Launch party for IDENTITY THEFT and Nick DiChario's new novel VALLEY OF DAY-GLO (which I edited), plus Nancy Kress's NANO COMES TO CLIFFORD FALLS:
Saturday, June 21, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
Barnes and Noble, 3349 Monroe Avenue, Pittsford (Rochester), NY
===HUGO AWARD NOMINATION
I'm thrilled that my novel ROLLBACK -- now out in mass-market paperback from Tor -- is one of five finalists for this year's HUGO AWARD (the top honor in the science-fiction field) for Best Novel of the Year.More about Rollback
For those who are interested in how the Hugos work: to vote, you need a "Supporting Membership" in the current year's World Science Fiction Convention. (If you also wish to attend the convention, which this year is in Denver August 6-10, you'll need a "Full Attending Membership." I'll be there, of course; World SF Conventions are wonderful!):Worldcon info
The online Hugo ballot, with the list of nominees in all categories, is here:Online Hugo ballotPrintable Hugo ballt
===FREE ELECTRONIC COPY OF ROLLBACK FOR HUGO VOTERS
If you are, or become, a member of this year's World Science Fiction Convention, you can get FREE electronic copies of ROLLBACK, plus three other Best Novel nominees (Ian McDonald's BRASYL, John Scalzi's THE LAST COLONY, and Charles Stross's HALTING STATE). More info
(Many thanks to John Scalzi for organizing this!)
===AURORA AWARD NOMINATION
In addition to its Hugo nomination, ROLLBACK is also a finalist for this year's Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards ("the Auroras").
Any Canadian may vote for the Auroras; the voting fee -- which helps defray the cost of manufacturing the lovely trophies -- is $5:Aurora ballot
===AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
To my delight, the America Library Association has named ROLLBACK one of the year's ten best SF novels:More info
AUDIBLE.COM -- the world's largest provider of audio books -- has just released an unabridged recording of my Nebula Award-winning THE TERMINAL EXPERIMENT -- with more to come!
Over the next few months, they'll also be releasing CALCULATING GOD, HOMINIDS, HUMANS, and HYBRIDS. This link
will always take you to the full list of RJS titles at Audible.com.
"Thoroughly entertaining; one of those books you can't put down. Truly engrossing human drama -- characters that are totally realistic. It's got mainstream appeal but is also a great read for fans of thought-provoking science fiction."
Five stars [out of 5]" --SF SIGNAL
"A story that is so poignant I found myself in tears. ROLLBACK has become one of my favorite science fiction novels; Sawyer has written another classic." --THE DAVIS ENTERPRISE, Davis, California
"ROLLBACK is a story about love and commitment, about humanity at its most basic -- a novel to be savored by science-fiction and mainstream readers alike."
--THE GLOBE AND MAIL
"A dynamite science fiction novel; a wholly satisfying story." --JANUARY MAGAZINE
"Above all, the author's characters bear their human strengths and weaknesses with dignity and poise. An elegantly told story for all libraries; highly recommended." --LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review, denoting a work of exceptional merit)
"ROLLBACK gets my vote as SF novel of the year. A joy to read." --JACK McDEVITT, author of Odyssey
"A brilliant premise; a riveting book. Highly emotional and original -- a complex story with sympathetic and believable characters." --ROMANTIC TIMES BOOK REVIEW
"A reminder of why Sawyer is one of our most highly regarded writers of speculative fiction, able to handle the demands of the heart and the cosmos with equal skill." --QUILL & QUIRE
"I highly recommend Robert J. Sawyer's ROLLBACK. It's a shoo-in to be short-listed for next year's major awards."
"Sawyer, who has won Hugo and Nebula awards, may well win another major SF award with this superior effort." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review, denoting a work of exceptional merit)
===COMING NEXT: WAKE
I've finished writing WAKE, the first volume of my upcoming WWW trilogy about the World Wide Web gaining consciousness. The book will be published in hardcover in March or April of 2009 by Ace Science Fiction in the US and Penguin in Canada.
Prior to that, the full text will be serialized
in ANALOG SCIENCE FICTION AND FACT, the world's #1 best-selling English-language SF magazine, starting in the "November 2008" issue (which goes on sale in early September):
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