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The Downloaded
by Robert J. Sawyer
[The Downloaded Cover]

Just released! Rob's 25th novel!

Trade Paperback • ISBN 978-1-989398-99-9 • US: $14.95 • Canada: $19.95

Get The Downloaded in print, as an ebook, or as an audiobook here.

  • Starred review in Publishers Weekly
  • One of New Scientist’s best SF novels of the month
  • One of Parade’s best new books of the week
  • On the CBC Books Summer Reading List
  • #1 Calgary Herald Fiction Bestseller

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 ...

“Robert J. Sawyer’s new novel is a potent distillation of everything that makes science fiction so addictive. In the space of a concise and tightly-plotted story, The Downloaded explores a broad swath of future history and absolutely sizzles with fascinating ideas. You want space travel, a ruined Earth, virtual worlds, a cast of relatable characters, and a glimpse into the labyrinth of human destiny? Look no further: this book has all that and more.”

Robert Charles Wilson, Hugo Award-winning author of Spin

More about The Downloaded

Video of The Downloaded launch event in Winnipeg

Robert J. Sawyer’s May 2024 cross-Canada book tour for The Downloaded included stops in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Kitchener, Salmon Arm, and Winnipeg. Each event was different in character — a big auditorium, a cozy bookstore basement, a jazz café, a public library, a writers’ festival, and, in Winnipeg, the atrium of the great independent bookseller McNally Robinson. The good folks there live-streamed that event, which included a brief reading from the novel and a lively Q&A session, and have now put the recording of it up on YouTube. Here it is:

Interviews about The Downloaded

Rob on CBC Radio One’s flagship books program The Next Chapter
with Ali Hassan (18 minutes):

A great interview on QR Radio Calgary (12 minutes):

Print interview with Rob in Locus, the science-fiction trade journal:


The Winnipeg interview that put The Downloaded
on the bestsellers’ list for a second week (12 minutes):

Very insightful questions in this interview by Michael Elves
on the University of Manitoba campus station (29 minutes):

Canada Talks with Jeff Sammut (20 minutes):

[Canada Talks]

A video interview for the online SF magazine MetaStellar (72 minutes):

Dan Skinner interviews Rob about the science in The Downloaded.
As Rob says, “We science-fiction writers get to open our Christmas
presents early and play with these toys before they’re out there for
the general public.” (23 minutes):

And here's the audio-only podcast version (23 minutes)

Oxygen Leaks — which focuses on hard SF — has a;
terrific interview with Rob both as audio and print (67 minutes):

[Oxygen Leaks]

Mike Shinabery interview Rob (54 minutes):

[Mike Shinabery]

Talk Radio Europe's The Book Show with Hannah Murray interviews Rob (20 minutes):

[Talk Radio Europe]

Dark Worlds Podcast interviews Rob (64 minutes):

[Dark Words]

Nick Egan Times in the UK interviews Rob (26 minutes):

Rob on the inclusivity in The Downloaded (70 seconds):

Rob interviewed by his publisher Edward Willett (41 minutes):

The audio-only version of the above interview with Ed Willett (41 minutes):

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