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Robert J. Sawyer's 1997 Year in Review
Nineteen Ninety-Seven was Rob's best year yet professionally. Here's what happened:
Rob's first-ever bookstore hardcover, Frameshift, was published in July by Tor. It was followed-up just five months later by his second bookstore hardcover, Illegal Alien, which was published in December by Ace. Both books were also selections of the Science Fiction Book Club. A gala launch party for Frameshift was held at the University of Toronto's Hart House (covered for TV by the Canadian cable-arts channel Bravo!); a launch for Illegal Alien was held at Bakka, the world's oldest science-fiction specialty store (covered for TV by the CBC Evening news and Space: The Imagination Station).
Frameshift went into a second printing even before it had officially been published; Illegal Alien was into a second printing by the end of the year, just weeks after its initial release. (And, incidentally, Rob's 1995 novel The Terminal Experiment went into a fourth printing in November 1997.)
The first ever limited-edition collectible hardcover versions of books by Rob were produced in 1997.
Tesseracts 6, the anthology of all-new Canadian science fiction and fantasy edited by Rob and his wife Carolyn Clink, was published in trade paperback and hardcover by Tesseract Books of Edmonton in December.
Rob had three new short stories published in 1997:
New Books Sold
Rob signed a new two-book hardcover/softcover contract with Tor contracted with Tor in 1997; these will be Rob's eleventh and twelfth novels. Working titles are Mosaic and Where There's A Will. Advances were more than double what Rob received on his previous Tor contract.
Rob won six awards in 1997:
Rob was nominated for the science-fiction field's two biggest awards in 1997:
Starplex was the only novel to be nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula Award this year; Rob was the only author to be nominated for the best-novel Hugo both this year and last year, and he was also the only author to be nominated for both the best-novel Nebula this year and last year.
Rob's wife, Carolyn Clink, quit her job in the printing industry in June come to work full-time for Rob as his salaried assistant.
Rob did his first extensive book tour in 1997, traveling in Canada from Vancouver to Montreal, promoting Frameshift.
Rob did 29 public readings in 1997 the most he's ever done in a single year to date. He was a reader at the opening night of the Winnipeg Writers Festival.
Rob also gave several talks in 1997, including the keynote address at the 76th annual conference of the Canadian Authors Association.
Rob was Guest of Honor at the following science-fiction conventions in 1997:
Rob taught two eight-week courses in science-fiction writing at Toronto's Ryerson Polytechnic University. And four installments of his "On Writing" column appeared in On Spec magazine in 1997. But Rob gave up both the teaching and the column this year, in order to make more time for his fiction writing.
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