Picture of author.

Robert J. Sawyer

Autor(a) de Flashforward

108+ Works 18,398 Membros 680 Reviews 72 Favorited

About the Author

Robert J. Sawyer was born in Ottawa on April 29, 1960, but raised in Toronto. In 1980, while still in high school, Sawyer submitted a short story to the the Rochester Museum and Science Center, which was running a contest for light show ideas. Sawyer didn't win, but the Museum purchased his story mostrar mais Motive anyway and it ran for 192 performances. Sawyer went on to attend Toronto's Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, majoring in Radio and Television Arts. In September 1979, he had his first piece of fiction published at the end of his first year, in Ryerson's literary annual, White Wall Review. Sawyer graduated from Ryerson in 1982. Sawyer was hired back the following semester to teach television studio production techniques to second- and third-year students. In the four months interim, he worked for minimum wage at the local SF bookstore, spending all his earnings on books. From 1984 to 1992, while teaching, Sawyer also coordinated a social group of Toronto-area science-fiction writers founded by SF editor Judith Merril. He established a Canadian region of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America; and in 1998, served as that organization's president. Sawyer also retained freelance nonfiction writing contracts, writing articles for newspapers and magazines, press releases and brochures for corporations, newsletters for government departments. He churned out vast amounts of promotional materials and over 200 articles for computing and personal-finance magazines in a span of five years. But in that time, his only really significant publication was the novelette Golden Fleece, which appeared as the cover story in the September 1988 edition of Amazing Stories. The novel-length Golden Fleece was sold to Warner Books a year later in 1989. The sales of his first five books were uninspiring and Sawyer faced being dropped by his publisher. Sawyer decided to take the time to write a book, without a contract, take as long as necessary, and produce a blockbuster. He also wanted to tackle a controversial issue and deal with it head on. With that in mind, Sawyer wrote The Terminal Experiment, about abortion and the soul. His publisher rejected it on grounds of controversy. HarperPrism then bought the book and serialization rights were sold to Analog, the number-one best-selling English-language SF magazine. The Terminal Experiment went on to win the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's Nebula Award for Best Novel of 1995. His novel Frameshift was his first book published in hardcover, and was nominated for the Hugo Award, and won Japan's Seiun Award for best foreign novel of the year. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: Copyright 2005 by Carolyn Clink


Obras de Robert J. Sawyer

Flashforward (1999) 2,119 cópias
Hominids (2002) 1,894 cópias
Calculating God (2000) 1,745 cópias
Humans (2003) 1,170 cópias
WWW: Wake (WWW Trilogy) (2009) 1,144 cópias
Hybrids (2003) 988 cópias
Factoring Humanity (1998) 884 cópias
Rollback (2007) 854 cópias
The Terminal Experiment (1995) 843 cópias
Mindscan (2005) 685 cópias
WWW: Watch (2010) 634 cópias
Frameshift (1997) 579 cópias
Starplex (1996) 552 cópias
Illegal Alien (1997) — Autor — 522 cópias
WWW: Wonder (2011) 518 cópias
Far-Seer (1992) 488 cópias
End of an Era (1994) 326 cópias
Fossil Hunter (1993) 325 cópias
Red Planet Blues (2013) 297 cópias
Foreigner (1994) 296 cópias
Triggers (2012) 250 cópias
Quantum Night (2016) 245 cópias
Golden Fleece (1990) 236 cópias
Iterations (2002) 160 cópias
The Oppenheimer Alternative (2020) 104 cópias
Relativity (2004) 47 cópias
The Downloaded (2024) 32 cópias
Distant Early Warnings (2009) — Editor — 27 cópias
Tesseracts 6 (1997) — Editor; Introdução — 14 cópias
Peking Man (1996) 7 cópias
Just Like Old Times (1993) 7 cópias
The Shoulders of Giants (2000) 7 cópias
Above It All (1996) 6 cópias
Star Light Star Bright (2000) 4 cópias
Wiping Out (2000) 4 cópias
Stream Of Consciousness (1999) 4 cópias
Come All Ye Faithful (2003) 3 cópias
Forever (1997) 3 cópias
The Contest (1980) 2 cópias
Fallen Angel (2000) 2 cópias
The Good Doctor 2 cópias
Gator (1997) 2 cópias
Childhood's End 2 cópias
The Blue Planet (1999) 2 cópias
Lost in the Mail (1995) 2 cópias
The Right's Tough 1 exemplar(es)
ROLLBACK 4 1 exemplar(es)
Flashes 1 exemplar(es)
www. Wonder - Mucize (2019) 1 exemplar(es)
WWW 3 – La mente 1 exemplar(es)
Wake 1 1 exemplar(es)
Pelle di scarto (Robotica) (2016) 1 exemplar(es)
Wake 2 1 exemplar(es)
Stories 3: Time 1 exemplar(es)
Hominids 3 1 exemplar(es)
Triggers 2 1 exemplar(es)
Uphill Climb [short story] (1987) 1 exemplar(es)
Last But Not Least [short story] (2000) 1 exemplar(es)
Where the Heart Is [short story] (1992) 1 exemplar(es)
ROLLBACK 1 1 exemplar(es)
Ours to Discover [short story] (1982) 1 exemplar(es)
Mikeys 1 exemplar(es)
Eagle Has Landed 1 exemplar(es)
Biding Time 1 exemplar(es)
Triggers Part 1 1 exemplar(es)
Triggers 3 1 exemplar(es)
Carnifex Rex 1 exemplar(es)
ROLLBACK 3 1 exemplar(es)
Triggers: Part Iv Of Iv 1 exemplar(es)
ROLLBACK 2 1 exemplar(es)
Ineluctable 1 exemplar(es)
Hominids 4 1 exemplar(es)
Wake 4 1 exemplar(es)
Wake 3 1 exemplar(es)
見上げてごらん。 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Childhood's End (1954) — Narrador, algumas edições10,241 cópias
Rendezvous With Rama (1973) — Introdução, algumas edições10,150 cópias
Man Plus (1976) — Introdução, algumas edições1,486 cópias
The Man Who Folded Himself (1973) — Introdução, algumas edições1,050 cópias
The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (2009) — Contribuinte — 776 cópias
The Hard SF Renaissance (2003) — Contribuinte — 346 cópias
By Blood We Live (2009) — Contribuinte — 300 cópias
Year's Best SF 5 (2000) — Contribuinte — 253 cópias
100 Great Fantasy Short, Short Stories (1984) — Contribuinte — 247 cópias
Sherlock Holmes in Orbit (1995) — Contribuinte — 245 cópias
Federations (2009) — Contribuinte — 208 cópias
Down these Dark Spaceways (2005) — Contribuinte — 136 cópias
Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian (2003) — Contribuinte — 126 cópias
Dinosaur Fantastic (1993) — Contribuinte — 121 cópias
Space, Inc. (2003) — Contribuinte — 117 cópias
Futures from Nature (2007) — Contribuinte — 113 cópias
Nebula Awards Showcase 2007 (2007) — Contribuinte — 107 cópias
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume 33 (2017) — Contribuinte — 96 cópias
Northern Stars: The Anthology of Canadian Science Fiction (1994) — Contribuinte — 83 cópias
Time Machines: The Greatest Time Travel Stories Ever Written (1998) — Contribuinte — 81 cópias
Futureshocks (2006) — Contribuinte — 80 cópias
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume XXII (2006) — Contribuinte — 77 cópias
Dante's Disciples (1996) — Contribuinte — 74 cópias
Tesseracts Eighteen: Wrestling With Gods (2015) — Contribuinte — 54 cópias
Visions of Liberty (2004) — Contribuinte — 53 cópias
Free Space (1997) — Contribuinte — 53 cópias
Guardsmen of Tomorrow (2000) — Contribuinte — 52 cópias
Star Colonies (2000) — Contribuinte — 51 cópias
Space Stations (2004) — Contribuinte — 48 cópias
Far Frontiers (2000) — Contribuinte — 47 cópias
Men Writing Science Fiction As Women (2003) — Contribuinte — 46 cópias
Julian: A Christmas Story [novella] (2006) — Introdução, algumas edições45 cópias
Compostela: Tesseracts Twenty (2017) — Contribuinte — 44 cópias
I, Alien (1657) — Contribuinte — 41 cópias
Return of the Dinosaurs (1997) — Contribuinte — 41 cópias
Slipstreams (2006) — Contribuinte — 37 cópias
Dinosaurs II! (1995) — Contribuinte — 35 cópias
Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World (2017) — Contribuinte — 35 cópias
Urban Nightmares (1997) — Contribuinte — 33 cópias
The Time Travel Chronicles (2015) — Contribuinte — 26 cópias
The Savage Humanists (2008) — Contribuinte — 22 cópias
The Bakka anthology (2002) — Contribuinte — 22 cópias
Tesseracts 14: Strange Canadian Stories (2010) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias
On Spec: The First Five Years (2002) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias
Consider Her Ways (1947) — Prefácio, algumas edições19 cópias
Campus Chills (2010) — Introdução — 19 cópias
Future Wars (2003) — Contribuinte — 18 cópias
The Penguin Book of Crime Stories (2007) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
Letters from the Flesh (2004) — Introdução — 15 cópias
Humanity 2.0 (2016) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias
Ark of Ice (1992) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias
Galaxy's Edge Magazine Issue 1, March 2013 (2013) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
Selections from The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (2009) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
Decision Points (2016) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
Like Water for Quarks (2011) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Tesseracts Sixteen: Parnassus Unbound (2012) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias


aliens (393) anthology (776) Arthur C. Clarke (110) artificial intelligence (143) audible (107) audiobook (129) Canadian (270) classic (113) dinosaurs (109) ebook (566) fantasy (365) fiction (3,200) first contact (277) goodreads (154) hard sf (105) hardcover (118) Kindle (199) mystery (219) Neanderthal (118) novel (510) own (145) owned (122) paperback (218) Rama (142) read (621) religion (115) science fiction (9,508) Science Fiction/Fantasy (196) series (120) sf (1,870) SF Masterworks (126) sff (430) Sherlock Holmes (129) short stories (529) signed (252) space (121) speculative fiction (185) time travel (232) to-read (2,355) unread (255)

Conhecimento Comum



Robert J Sawyer Artist em Science Fiction Fans (Abril 2013)


Beautifully written but barely sci-fi.
travelster | outras 9 resenhas | May 16, 2024 |
"Store the body at sub-zero temperatures; store the mind in a quantum computer—and reunite them at some point in the future. It was a perfect solution not just for those seeking to beat death, like my grandpa, but also for astronauts like Jürgen and me planning to go on a centuries-long interstellar voyage. Except, damn it all, something went horribly, horribly wrong."

Set in the future, humans have perfected cryogenics. The trick is that the mind and the body have to be stored separately and the mind downloaded from the quantum computer back into the body when the body is defrosted. We meet two groups of people - astronauts who were meant to be frozen for a long space voyage to a distant star and prisoners wh were meant to serve a 20 year prison senence in 10 months in a sped up simulation. Hower, things don't quite go as promised and everyone wakes up on or around an earth they don't recognise 500 years later. These are their stories, told through a series of interviews, as they share who they are.

I was immediately intrigued when I saw the concept. The book may be short but it covers quite a lot in it pages. But because of its length a lot of these things unfortuanately aren't looked at much deeper than surface level (altough some points like COVID in this case both 19 and the new 50 disease were brought up multiple times, still not nearly as deeply as many other books look at pandemics though). I wasn't aware of the interview structure before I started. Although it maybe makes things a bit more fragmented than they would otherwise have been (each interview is quite short!), the fact that this isn't done through dialogue (i.e. it's just one character talking at a time without interruptions) means it mostly reads as any other story would. This started as an audio format and there were definitely times when I could tell that this was written with that in mind. There are times when it becomes more stream of concious and I imagine those parts work much better inan audion format as that kind of rambling tone doesn't necessarily transate as strongly to a print format - this is not the majority of the book though. Just parts here and there. But overall, this was an interesting book and I'm glad I read it! I'm definitely a little curious about what happes to our characters next.

I recieved a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.
… (mais)
TheAceOfPages | outras 4 resenhas | May 16, 2024 |
The Downloaded by Robert J. Sawyer is a so-so light science fiction novel set in 2059 featuring cryogenic freezing and quantum computers.

"In 2059 two very different groups have their minds uploaded into a quantum computer in Waterloo, Ontario. One group consists of astronauts preparing for Earth’s first interstellar voyage. The other? Convicted murderers, serving their sentences in a virtual-reality prison. But when disaster strikes, the astronauts and the prisoners must download back into physical reality and find a way to work together to save Earth from destruction."

The plot and, sadly, the writing are just okay in The Downloaded, and, honestly it was disappointing. Science fiction is a genre I generally enjoy, but what I really like is hard science fiction with all the facts and details concerning the real science supporting the story line. That is absent here, perhaps because it is a very short book. What is present is another lecture wrapped around a short story. The light plot and tedious lecture series insured I would lose interest quickly.

Yet again I need to caution an author to keep their personal political/social views on contemporary topics to themselves as it diminishes and dates the novel. There were multiple examples of this lecturing on several different topics, including numerous times those who didn't mask or vaccinate for COVID were demonized. I'm reading fiction for entertainment and escapism. If I want a lecture on social topics, I'll select the nonfiction books and topics. Thanks to Shadowpaw Press for providing me with an advance reader's copy via NetGalley. My review is voluntary and expresses my honest opinion.
… (mais)
SheTreadsSoftly | outras 4 resenhas | Apr 24, 2024 |
Wow. Quite the surprise ending!
majkia | outras 9 resenhas | Apr 23, 2024 |



You May Also Like

Associated Authors

James Alan Gardner Contributor, Introduction
Robert Charles Wilson Contributor, Introduction
Julie E. Czerneda Contributor
Spider Robinson Contributor
Carolyn Clink Afterword, Contributor
Paul Levinson Contributor
Robert A. Metzger Contributor
Lyle Zynda Contributor
David DeGraff Contributor
Howard Weinstein Contributor
Adam Roberts Contributor
Nalo Hopkinson Contributor
Allen Steele Contributor
Eric Greene Contributor
D. C. Fontana Contributor
Don DeBrandt Contributor
Norman Spinrad Contributor
Melissa Dickinson Contributor
Mike Resnick Introduction
Valerie Broege Contributor
Peter Watts Contributor
Karl Schroeder Contributor
Paddy Forde Contributor
David Clink Contributor
Robyn Herrington Contributor
Eric Choi Contributor
Yves Meynard Contributor
Laura Houghton Contributor
Rhea Rose Contributor
Peter Bloch-Hansen Contributor
Jena Snyder Contributor
Sylvie Bérard Contributor
Clélie Rich Contributor
Edward Baranosky Contributor
Andrew Weiner Contributor
Katie Harse Contributor
Nancy Bennett Contributor
Douglas Smith Contributor
Catherine MacLeod Contributor
Hayden Trenholm Contributor
Dora Knez Contributor
Jacqueline Pearce Contributor
Jan Lars Jensen Contributor
Scott Mackay Cover artist
Sandra Kasturi Contributor
Jean-Louis Trudel Contributor
Lia Pas Contributor
Candas Jane Dorsey Contributor
Michael Vance Contributor
Derryl Murphy Contributor
Donato Giancola Cover artist
Rita Frangie Cover designer
Donato Cover artist
Shelley Eshkar Cover artist
Oliver Wyman Narrator
Marc Vietor Narrator
Bruce Jensen Cover artist
Ron Walotsky Cover artist
Doug Struthers Cover artist
James Gunn Introduction
gattagiorgia Translator
Danilo Ducak Cover artist
Paul Cooklin Cover artist
Tom Kidd Cover artist
Bob Eggleton Cover artist
Jael Cover artist
Joyce Kline Cover artist


Also by

Tabelas & Gráficos