Robert J. Sawyer

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(April 29, 1960 – )

Robert James “Rob” Sawyer is a Toronto SF writer and fan whose career began with three stories in the early 1980s, three more in the late ’80s, and his first novel in 1990. His career took off in the mid-90s and he has published over 20 novels.

He has been heavily involved in SFWA, and lobbied hard for the creation of the Canadian Region which was established in 1992. Sawyer served as Canadian Regional Director of SFWA for three years and also edited its newsletter, called Alouette. Alouette was nominated for a Prix Aurora award for best fanzine. In 1998, he was elected president of SFWA on a platform that promised a referendum on periodic membership requalification and the creation of a Nebula Award for best script. He won, beating Norman Spinrad 3:2. However, his term was marked by considerable controversy and he resigned half-way through and was replaced by vice-president Paul Levinson.

Sawyer's Aurora Award-winning collection of stories and essays, Relativity was the first book published by ISFiC Press.

In 1975, Sawyer and school friends Rick Gotlib and Ted Bleaney started a science-fiction club, the Northview Association for Science Fiction Addicts, or NASFA (Afsan, the main character in Sawyer’s novels Far-Seer, Fossil Hunter and Foreigner, is NASFA spelled backwards). In 1982, he was one of the organizers of the NorthStar one-day con.

He worked at Bakka Books, the Toronto bookstore in the summer of 1982. Sawyer has been involved in Toronto fandom. He is married to poet Carolyn Clink.

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