Called "the dean of Canadian science fiction" by The Ottawa Citizen and "just about the best science-fiction writer out there these days" by The Denver Rocky Mountain News, Rober Sawyer is one of only eight writers in history (and the only Canadian) to win all three of the science-fiction field's top honors for best novel of the year:
Rob is also the only writer in history to win the top Science Fiction awards in the United States, China, Japan, France, and Spain. In addition, he's won an Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada as well as eleven Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards ("Auroras"). The ABC-TV series FlashForward is based on his novel of the same name.
Maclean's: Canada's Weekly Newsmagazine says, "By any reckoning, Sawyer is among the most successful Canadian authors ever," and Barnes and Noble calls him "the leader of SF's next-generation pack."
Sawyer's novels are top-ten national mainstream bestsellers in Canada, appearing on the Globe and Mail and Maclean's bestsellers' lists, and they've hit #1 on the bestsellers' list published by Locus, the U.S. trade journal of the SF field. His twenty novels include Frameshift, Factoring Humanity, Calculating God, Wake , and the popular Neanderthal Parallax trilogy consisting of Hominids, Humans, and Hybrids. He is an editor of Robert J. Sawyer Books, the science-fiction imprint of Red Deer Press.
Television appearances include Rivera Live with Geraldo Rivera, Canada A.M., and Saturday Night at the Movies, and he's a frequent science commentator for Discovery Channel Canada, CBC Newsworld, and CBC Radio.
Teaching credits —has taught writing at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, Humber College, the National University of Ireland, and the Banff Centre. He has been Writer-in-Residence at the Richmond Hill (Ontario) Public Library, the Kitchener (Ontario) Public Library, the Toronto Public Library's Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy, the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, and at the Odyssey Workshop. Rob holds an honorary doctorate from Laurentian University.
Rob been keynote speaker at dozens of events in places as diverse as Los Angeles, Boston, Tokyo, and Barcelona. He has given talks at hundreds of venues, including the Library of Congress and the National Library of Canada.
Sawyer was born in Ottawa in 1960, and now lives just west of Toronto with his wife, poet Carolyn Clink.