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For Release Sunday, July 16, 2000
Robert J. Sawyer Sweeps the Auroras
Robert J. Sawyer, 40, of Thornhill, Ontario, pulled off a
rare feat this evening: he won the Canadian Science Fiction and
Fantasy Awards ("the Auroras") for both Best English Novel of the
Year and Best English Short Story of the Year. The awards were
presented at TT2000, this year's Canadian National Science
Fiction Convention, held in Toronto.
Sawyer's winning novel is
FlashForward, published by Tor
Books, New York, the world's largest publisher of science
fiction. The hardcover was released in June 1999, and the
paperback came out in April 2000. Tor titles are distributed in
Canada by H. B. Fenn and Company of Bolton, Ontario.
Sawyer's winning short story is
"Stream of Consciousness,"
first published in the anthology Packing Fraction, edited by
Julie E. Czerneda and published by Canada's Trifolium Books.
The full list of Best English Novel nominees:
- Beholder's Eye by Julie E. Czerneda, DAW Books
- Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson, Warner Books
- FlashForward by Robert J. Sawyer, Tor Books
- Starfish by Peter Watts, Tor Books
- Bios by Robert Charles Wilson, Tor Books
- Death Drives a Semi by Edo van Belkom, Quarry Press
Awards were also given for Best Novel in French (to Samiva
de Frée by Francine Pelletier, published by Alire) and Best Short
Story in French (to "Souvenirs du Saudade express" by Éric
Gauthier, published in Solaris issue 130).
Other Auroras are given for "Best Work in English (Other)"
and "Best Work in French (Other)." The former went to the horror
anthology Northern Frights 5 edited by Don Hutchison, and the
latter went to the magazine Solaris, edited by Joël Champetier.
In FlashForward, a physics experiment goes awry at CERN, the
European Centre for Particle Physics, causing the consciousness
of everyone on Earth to jump ahead 21 years for a period of two
"Stream of Consciousness" tells the story of a team from
Laurentian University trying to save the dying pilot of an
alien spaceship that has crashed in Northern Ontario. (The full
text is on Sawyer's web site at http://www.sfwriter.com.)
This wasn't the first award for FlashForward; the book also
won Europe's top science-fiction award, the Cdn$10,000
Premio UPC de Ciencia Ficción,
given each year by the Polytechnic University of Barcelona.
Nor were these Sawyer's first Aurora Awards.
Three years ago,
he became the first person ever to pull off the same double
win: his Starplex took the Best English Novel award and his
"Peking Man" took the Best English Short Story award. Prior to
that, he'd also won Best Novel Auroras for The Terminal
Experiment (1996) and Golden Fleece (1992), and a Best Short
Story Aurora for "Just Like Old Times" (1994). Today's double
win brings Sawyer's Aurora total to seven; no other
English-language author has more than two.
Sawyer has also won a Nebula Award (the "Academy Award" of
the science-fiction field) for Best Novel of the Year, voted on
by the 1,100 members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers
of America, as well as an Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime
Writers of Canada for Best Short Story of the Year.
Robert J. Sawyer's latest novel is Calculating God, just out
in hardcover from Tor. For more information on him and his work,
visit his extensive web site at http://www.sfwriter.com. For
more information on the Aurora Awards, visit the official web
site at http://www.sentex.net/~dmullin/aurora.
Full List of Aurora Winners
Best Long-Form Work in English:
FlashForward, Robert J. Sawyer (Tor)
Best Long-Form Work in French:
Samiva de Frée, Francine Pelletier (Alire)
Best Short-Form Work in English:
"Stream of Consciousness", Robert J. Sawyer (Packing Fraction,
Best Short-Form Work in French:
"Souvenirs du Saudade Express", Éric Gauthier (Solaris 131)
Best Work in English (Other):
Northern Frights 5, Don Hutchison, ed. (Mosaic Press)
Best Work in French (Other):
Solaris, Joël Champetier, ed.
Fan Achievement (Fanzine):
Voyageur, Karen Bennett, ed. (USS Hudson Bay / IDIC)
Fan Achievement (Organizational):
Bernard Reischl (KAG/Kanada)
Fan Achievement (Other):
"Made in Canada" web site, Don Bassie
Canada's Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards
The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards ("the
Auroras") were first presented in 1980, and have been given
annually since 1982. On a per-capita basis, the Aurora Awards
have the largest voter turnout of any national SF award in the
world, exceeding that of the American-dominated Hugos, the
Japanese Seiuns, the British Arthur C. Clarke Awards, and the
The Aurora Awards are administered by the Canadian Science
Fiction and Fantasy Association, a non-profit organization. The
award trustees are W. Paul Valcour, an accountant with the
federal Auditor General's office, and computer-consultant Dennis
Mullin of Kitchener, Ontario.
Each year, over one thousand nominating and voting ballots
are distributed through Canadian SF specialty bookstores (such as
Vancouver's White Dwarf, Toronto's Bakka, and Ottawa's Basilisk
Dreams); with subscription copies of Canadian SF magazines
(including the English-language On Spec and Parsec and the
French-language Solaris and imagine...); to all members of the
national SF-writers association, SF Canada; and at over a dozen
science-fiction conventions coast-to-coast. Any Canadian
resident may nominate and vote for the best Canadian-authored
works of the preceding year in both official languages.
Different annual regional science-fiction conventions bid to
be designated the year's "Canadian National Science Fiction
Convention," or "CanVention," where the Aurora Awards are
presented. This year, the convention TT2000 in Toronto was the
CanVention; next year the awards will be presented at the
Vancouver convention VCon 26.
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