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For Release Tuesday, May 27, 1997
Medical Thriller by Nebula Award-Winning Canadian Author Explores Ethical Issues
FRAMESHIFT, the eighth novel by acclaimed Thornhill,
Ontario, writer Robert J. Sawyer, is a June 1997 hardcover
release from Tor Books, New York. Sawyer is Canada's only
native-born full-time science-fiction writer. His
The Terminal Experiment
won the Science Fiction and Fantasy
Writers of America's Nebula Award for Best Novel of 1995, and his
is a current finalist for the Hugo Award.
Frameshift is a science-fiction medical thriller in the
tradition of Michael Crichton and Robin Cook. Its storyline is
torn from today's headlines: the revolution in genetics, the
state of health insurance, the hunt for surviving Nazi war
criminals, and the possibilities for human cloning.
The novel deals with Pierre Tardivel, a young French- Canadian
geneticist working on the Human Genome Project the
international effort to map every bit of DNA that makes up a
human being. Pierre is racing against the clock he himself
has the gene for Huntington's disease, which will rob him of his
mobility and mental faculties by the time he reaches middle age.
Library Journal calls Frameshift "a gripping
medical SF thriller. Highly recommended."
The New York Times says, "Robert J. Sawyer is a writer of
boundless confidence. His latest book is filled to bursting with
ideas, characters, incident, and page after page of bold
scientific extrapolation. Frameshift seems designed for
the big screen."
And The Toronto Star declares, "Sawyer pushes the
envelope, delivering the real thing with subtlety and great
Tor Books a division of St. Martin's Press is the world's
leading publisher of hardcover science fiction. Tor titles are
distributed in Canada by H. B. Fenn and Company, Ltd., of Bolton,
Ontario. A gala launch party for Frameshift was held at
the University of Toronto's Hart House [at left, that's
Sawyer reading at the launch]. Fenn is touring Sawyer throughout Canada.
In addition to his Nebula win, Sawyer has won three Aurora Awards
(Canada's top honour in SF writing), an Arthur Ellis Award from
the Crime Writers of Canada, and
Le Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire, France's top SF award. His next novel,
Illegal Alien, will be a December 1997
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