Keynote
October 3-5, 2014
425-771-0228

2014 Keynote Presenter

2014 Write on the Sound Keynote
Acclaimed Science Fiction author Robert J. Sawyer

 

Robert-Sawyer-2Called "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:

  • The World Science Fiction Society's Hugo Award, which he won in 2003 for his novel Hominids.
  • The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's Nebula Award, which he won in 1996 for his novel The Terminal Experiment.
  • The John W. Campbell Memorial Award, which he won in 2006 for his novel Mindscan.

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 FrameshiftFactoring HumanityCalculating GodWake , and the popular Neanderthal Parallax trilogy consisting of HominidsHumans, 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.

 

 

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Now in its 29th year, this unique and affordable conference offers over thirty sessions on craft, marketing, and specialty writing topics. Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, and an opportunity to network with fellow writers are only some of the choices presented by the conference. Presenters and participants come from all around the Northwest, U.S. and abroad.

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