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For Release Tuesday, September 10, 1996
New Science Fiction Novel by This Year's Nebula Award Winner
Gala Launch to be Held at Ontario Science Centre
Starplex, the seventh novel by acclaimed
Thornhill, Ontario, writer Robert J. Sawyer, will be an "October"
release from Ace Science Fiction, New York. It will be in
bookstores on September 10, 1996. Sawyer is Canada's only
native-born full-time science-fiction writer. Earlier this year,
Sawyer's novel The Terminal Experiment
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's Nebula Award for Best
Novel of 1995.
Sawyer will celebrate Starplex's release with a gala
launch at the Ontario Science Centre on Saturday, September 21.
In addition, Sawyer will be reading from Starplex at the
world-famous Harbourfront International Festival of Authors in
Toronto on Tuesday, October 29.
Starplex returns to the classic "hard SF" that made
Sawyer's earlier novels Golden Fleece,
and End of an Era such hits. Like Sawyer's
The Terminal Experiment, the full text of Starplex was
first serialized in Analog, the world's number-one
bestselling SF magazine.
Starplex tells the story of the discovery of an ancient
apparently abandoned network of interstellar shortcuts or
stargates that gives humanity access to the entire galaxy.
During first contact with a newly discovered alien race, the
human, dolphin, and extraterrestrial crew of the vast research
vessel Starplex is sent on a mind-bending adventure that
covers millions of light-years and billions of years. Along the
way, Sawyer addresses virtually every question in modern
cosmology, including the origin and ultimate fate of the
Jack McDevitt, author of Ancient Shores, says,
"Starplex takes us on the ultimate grand tour: an elegant
intergalactic ride with Sawyer's signature mix of cosmic concepts
and solid characterization. This one is a treat for the mind; I
enjoyed it thoroughly." Hugo-winner Gregory Benford,
author of Furious Gulf, agrees: "Starplex is
complex but swift, inventive but real-feeling, with ideas coming
thick and fast. For big-time interstellar adventure, look no
In addition to his Nebula win, Sawyer was also a finalist for the
Hugo Award this year. He's won three Aurora Awards Canada's
top honour in SF writing as well as an Arthur Ellis Award from
the Crime Writers of Canada. His next novel,
will be a June 1997 hardcover release.
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