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Robert J. Sawyer

Autor(a) de Flashforward

108+ Works 18,374 Membros 678 Críticas 72 Favorited

About the Author

Robert J. Sawyer was born in Ottawa on April 29, 1960, but raised in Toronto. In 1980, while still in high school, Sawyer submitted a short story to the the Rochester Museum and Science Center, which was running a contest for light show ideas. Sawyer didn't win, but the Museum purchased his story mostrar mais Motive anyway and it ran for 192 performances. Sawyer went on to attend Toronto's Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, majoring in Radio and Television Arts. In September 1979, he had his first piece of fiction published at the end of his first year, in Ryerson's literary annual, White Wall Review. Sawyer graduated from Ryerson in 1982. Sawyer was hired back the following semester to teach television studio production techniques to second- and third-year students. In the four months interim, he worked for minimum wage at the local SF bookstore, spending all his earnings on books. From 1984 to 1992, while teaching, Sawyer also coordinated a social group of Toronto-area science-fiction writers founded by SF editor Judith Merril. He established a Canadian region of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America; and in 1998, served as that organization's president. Sawyer also retained freelance nonfiction writing contracts, writing articles for newspapers and magazines, press releases and brochures for corporations, newsletters for government departments. He churned out vast amounts of promotional materials and over 200 articles for computing and personal-finance magazines in a span of five years. But in that time, his only really significant publication was the novelette Golden Fleece, which appeared as the cover story in the September 1988 edition of Amazing Stories. The novel-length Golden Fleece was sold to Warner Books a year later in 1989. The sales of his first five books were uninspiring and Sawyer faced being dropped by his publisher. Sawyer decided to take the time to write a book, without a contract, take as long as necessary, and produce a blockbuster. He also wanted to tackle a controversial issue and deal with it head on. With that in mind, Sawyer wrote The Terminal Experiment, about abortion and the soul. His publisher rejected it on grounds of controversy. HarperPrism then bought the book and serialization rights were sold to Analog, the number-one best-selling English-language SF magazine. The Terminal Experiment went on to win the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's Nebula Award for Best Novel of 1995. His novel Frameshift was his first book published in hardcover, and was nominated for the Hugo Award, and won Japan's Seiun Award for best foreign novel of the year. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Robert J. Sawyer

Flashforward (1999) 2,117 exemplares
Hominids (2002) 1,895 exemplares
Calculating God (2000) 1,743 exemplares
Humans (2003) 1,168 exemplares
WWW: Wake (WWW Trilogy) (2009) 1,144 exemplares
Hybrids (2003) 988 exemplares
Factoring Humanity (1998) 883 exemplares
Rollback (2007) 852 exemplares
The Terminal Experiment (1995) 840 exemplares
Mindscan (2005) 685 exemplares
WWW: Watch (2010) 634 exemplares
Frameshift (1997) 578 exemplares
Starplex (1996) 551 exemplares
Illegal Alien (1997) — Autor — 522 exemplares
WWW: Wonder (2011) 518 exemplares
Far-Seer (1992) 488 exemplares
End of an Era (1994) 326 exemplares
Fossil Hunter (1993) 325 exemplares
Red Planet Blues (2013) 297 exemplares
Foreigner (1994) 296 exemplares
Triggers (2012) 250 exemplares
Quantum Night (2016) 245 exemplares
Golden Fleece (1990) 236 exemplares
Iterations (2002) 160 exemplares
Identity Theft and other stories (2008) 146 exemplares
The Oppenheimer Alternative (2020) 103 exemplares
Relativity (2004) 47 exemplares
Distant Early Warnings (2009) — Editor — 27 exemplares
The Downloaded (2024) 25 exemplares
You See, But You Do Not Observe (1997) 20 exemplares
Tesseracts 6 (1997) — Editor; Introdução — 14 exemplares
Peking Man (1996) 7 exemplares
The Shoulders of Giants (2000) 7 exemplares
Above It All (1996) 6 exemplares
Just Like Old Times (1993) 5 exemplares
Star Light Star Bright (2000) 4 exemplares
Wiping Out (2000) 4 exemplares
Stream Of Consciousness (1999) 4 exemplares
Come All Ye Faithful (2003) 3 exemplares
Forever (1997) 3 exemplares
The Contest (1980) 2 exemplares
Fallen Angel (2000) 2 exemplares
The Good Doctor 2 exemplares
Gator (1997) 2 exemplares
The Abdication of Pope Mary III (2000) 2 exemplares
Childhood's End 2 exemplares
The Blue Planet (1999) 2 exemplares
Lost in the Mail (1995) 2 exemplares
The Right's Tough 1 exemplar
ROLLBACK 4 1 exemplar
Flashes 1 exemplar
www. Wonder - Mucize (2019) 1 exemplar
WWW 3 – La mente 1 exemplar
Wake 1 1 exemplar
Pelle di scarto (Robotica) (2016) 1 exemplar
Wake 2 1 exemplar
Stories 3: Time 1 exemplar
Hominids 3 1 exemplar
Triggers 2 1 exemplar
Uphill Climb [short story] (1987) 1 exemplar
ROLLBACK 1 1 exemplar
Mikeys 1 exemplar
Eagle Has Landed 1 exemplar
Biding Time 1 exemplar
Triggers Part 1 1 exemplar
Triggers 3 1 exemplar
Carnifex Rex 1 exemplar
ROLLBACK 3 1 exemplar
ROLLBACK 2 1 exemplar
Ineluctable 1 exemplar
Hominids 4 1 exemplar
Wake 4 1 exemplar
Wake 3 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Childhood's End (1954) — Narrador, algumas edições10,197 exemplares
Rendezvous With Rama (1973) — Introdução, algumas edições10,132 exemplares
Man Plus (1976) — Introdução, algumas edições1,480 exemplares
The Man Who Folded Himself (1973) — Introdução, algumas edições1,046 exemplares
The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (2009) — Contribuidor — 775 exemplares
The Hard SF Renaissance (2003) — Contribuidor — 345 exemplares
By Blood We Live (2009) — Contribuidor — 299 exemplares
Year's Best SF 5 (2000) — Contribuidor — 253 exemplares
100 Great Fantasy Short, Short Stories (1984) — Contribuidor — 247 exemplares
Sherlock Holmes in Orbit (1995) — Contribuidor — 243 exemplares
Federations (2009) — Contribuidor — 208 exemplares
Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft (2015) — Contribuidor — 195 exemplares
Down these Dark Spaceways (2005) — Contribuidor — 136 exemplares
Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian (2003) — Contribuidor — 125 exemplares
Dinosaur Fantastic (1993) — Contribuidor — 120 exemplares
Space, Inc. (2003) — Contribuidor — 117 exemplares
Futures from Nature (2007) — Contribuidor — 112 exemplares
Nebula Awards Showcase 2007 (2007) — Contribuidor — 105 exemplares
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume 33 (2017) — Contribuidor — 95 exemplares
Northern Stars: The Anthology of Canadian Science Fiction (1994) — Contribuidor — 83 exemplares
Time Machines: The Greatest Time Travel Stories Ever Written (1998) — Contribuidor — 81 exemplares
Futureshocks (2006) — Contribuidor — 80 exemplares
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume XXII (2006) — Contribuidor — 77 exemplares
Dante's Disciples (1996) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
Tesseracts Eighteen: Wrestling With Gods (2015) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
Visions of Liberty (2004) — Contribuidor — 53 exemplares
Free Space (1997) — Contribuidor — 53 exemplares
Guardsmen of Tomorrow (2000) — Contribuidor — 52 exemplares
Star Colonies (2000) — Contribuidor — 51 exemplares
Space Stations (2004) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
Far Frontiers (2000) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares
Men Writing Science Fiction As Women (2003) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Julian: A Christmas Story [novella] (2006) — Introdução, algumas edições45 exemplares
Compostela: Tesseracts Twenty (2017) — Contribuidor — 44 exemplares
I, Alien (1657) — Contribuidor — 41 exemplares
Return of the Dinosaurs (1997) — Contribuidor — 41 exemplares
Slipstreams (2006) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares
Dinosaurs II! (1995) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World (2017) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
Urban Nightmares (1997) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
The Time Travel Chronicles (2015) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
The Savage Humanists (2008) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
The Bakka anthology (2002) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Tesseracts 14: Strange Canadian Stories (2010) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
On Spec: The First Five Years (2002) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Consider Her Ways (1947) — Prefácio, algumas edições19 exemplares
Campus Chills (2010) — Introdução — 19 exemplares
Future Wars (2003) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Crime Stories (2007) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Letters from the Flesh (2004) — Introdução — 15 exemplares
Humanity 2.0 (2016) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Ark of Ice (1992) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Galaxy's Edge Magazine Issue 1, March 2013 (2013) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Selections from The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (2009) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Decision Points (2016) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Like Water for Quarks (2011) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Tesseracts Sixteen: Parnassus Unbound (2012) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares

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Robert J Sawyer Artist em Science Fiction Fans (Abril 2013)

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The Downloaded by Robert J. Sawyer is a so-so light science fiction novel set in 2059 featuring cryogenic freezing and quantum computers.

"In 2059 two very different groups have their minds uploaded into a quantum computer in Waterloo, Ontario. One group consists of astronauts preparing for Earth’s first interstellar voyage. The other? Convicted murderers, serving their sentences in a virtual-reality prison. But when disaster strikes, the astronauts and the prisoners must download back into physical reality and find a way to work together to save Earth from destruction."

The plot and, sadly, the writing are just okay in The Downloaded, and, honestly it was disappointing. Science fiction is a genre I generally enjoy, but what I really like is hard science fiction with all the facts and details concerning the real science supporting the story line. That is absent here, perhaps because it is a very short book. What is present is another lecture wrapped around a short story. The light plot and tedious lecture series insured I would lose interest quickly.

Yet again I need to caution an author to keep their personal political/social views on contemporary topics to themselves as it diminishes and dates the novel. There were multiple examples of this lecturing on several different topics, including numerous times those who didn't mask or vaccinate for COVID were demonized. I'm reading fiction for entertainment and escapism. If I want a lecture on social topics, I'll select the nonfiction books and topics. Thanks to Shadowpaw Press for providing me with an advance reader's copy via NetGalley. My review is voluntary and expresses my honest opinion.
http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2024/04/the-downloaded.html
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SheTreadsSoftly | 3 outras críticas | Apr 24, 2024 |
Wow. Quite the surprise ending!
 
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majkia | 8 outras críticas | Apr 23, 2024 |
A disaster disrupts the cryogenic storage/mental uploads of a group of astronauts headed to a distant planet and a group of convicts serving their sentences digitally. Novella-length audiobook; Sawyer does better for me when playing with ideas in more extended form. Attempted rape and a reasonably graphic murder scene (remembered by one of the convicts).
 
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rivkat | 3 outras críticas | Apr 11, 2024 |

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Estatísticas

Obras
108
Also by
65
Membros
18,374
Popularidade
#1,193
Avaliação
3.8
Críticas
678
ISBN
356
Línguas
13
Marcado como favorito
72

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