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For Release Saturday, April 27, 1996
Canadian Author Wins "The Academy Award of Science Fiction"
Thornhill, Ontario, writer Robert J. Sawyer has won the
Nebula Award the "Academy Award" of Science Fiction for
Best Novel of the Year. His winning novel,
The Terminal Experiment,
is set in Toronto fifteen years
from now. It tells the story of Peter Hobson, a biomedical engineer who
discovers scientific proof for the existence of the human soul.
The Terminal Experiment was a May 1995 title from
HarperPrism, the SF imprint of HarperCollins USA. The Nebula
Award was presented to Sawyer at a banquet aboard the HMS
Queen Mary off Long Beach, California, on Saturday, April
The Nebulas are voted on and presented by the Science Fiction and
Fantasy Writers of America, which has 1,100 members in 23
countries. Sawyer's win is the first for a Canadian since
William Gibson received the prize for his 1984 novel
Previous Nebula Award winners include such SF classics as
Frank Herbert's Dune, Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand
Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama,
and Isaac Asimov's The Gods Themselves.
The other nominees for the Best-Novel Nebula Award this year were
all Americans: Metropolitan by Walter Jon Williams (also
published by HarperPrism), and the following titles from Tor
Books: Mother of Storms by John Barnes, Beggars and
Choosers by Nancy Kress, Celestis by Paul Park, and
Calde of the Long Sun by Gene Wolfe.
Sawyer's The Terminal Experiment is also one of five
finalists for the Hugo Award SF's "People's Choice" Award.
The Hugo winner will be announced at the 54th Annual World
Science Fiction Convention in Los Angeles, over Labour Day
Sawyer has twice won the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy
Award ("the Aurora"), as well as an Arthur Ellis Award from the
Crime Writers of Canada. His previous novels are Golden
End of an Era. His next novel,
Starplex, will be released in October 1996.
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