Sawyer Named to Order of Ontario

Canadian SF author Robert Sawyer will be one of 23 appointments into the Order of Ontario, the Canadian province’s highest honour. Sawyer, who is already a member of the Order of Canada, is the first person in the science fiction field to attain this honour. The Order of Ontario recognizes individuals whose exceptional achievement in their field have left a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada and beyond. Investiture will take place on February 27.
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Sawyer Received Heinlein Award

Robert J. Sawyer has been presented with the Heinlein Award at Balticon 51. The Heinlein Award is given to writers of science fiction and technical writers whose work inspires the exploration of space. The recipients are selected by a panel from the Heinlein Society. Sawyer received a plaque, a sterling silver medallion engraved with Heinlein’s likeness, and two lapel pins. Because Sawyer is the Guest of Honor at Conquest this weekend, he was unable to attend the presentation, however, he was able to participate remotely though Skype.
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Robert J. Sawyer Wins Heinlein

Robert J. Sawyer has been announced as the recipient of 2017 Robert A Heinlein Award. The Heinlein Award is given to writers of science fiction and technical writers whose work inspires the exploration of space. The recipients are selected by a panel from the Heinlein Society and the award will be presented by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society at Balticon 51 on May 27. The winner will receive a plaque, a sterling silver medallion engraved with Heinlein’s likeness, and two lapel pins.
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Sawyer Honoured

Robert J. Sawyer has been named a Member of the Order of Canada for his accomplishments as a science-fiction writer and mentor and for his contributions as a futurist. The Order of Canada is on the the highest civilian honours and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation
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Dr. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Winnipeg on June 12. This is Sawyer’s second honorary doctorate. He previously received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Laurentian University in 2007.

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Skylark Award

At Boskone 51, the weekend of February 14-16, this year’s recipients of the Skylark award was announced. The Skylark Award is presented for significant contributions through work in the field of science fiction and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late “Doc” Smith well-loved by those who knew him. This year’s award was won by Robert J. Sawyer.

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Sawyer Play Debuts in Vancouver

Robert Sawyer’s short story “Flashes” has been adapted into a play by Jae Dunphy. The one-hour long play will debut at Vancouver’s Fringe Festival and will run from September 7-15. Flashes explores the consequences of futureshock on a primitive society: ours.

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Science Fiction: The Interdisciplinary Genre

McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., Canada will be hosting an academic conference entitled “Science Fiction: The Interdisciplinary Genre” from September 13-15 in honor of the donation of the Robert J. Sawyer archives to the school. In addition to Sawyer, the event will be attended by Julie E. Czerneda, Élisabeth Vonarburg, Robert Charles Wilson, John Robert Colombo, and David G. Hartwell. More than 30 papers will be presented on a variety of topics ranging from the hard sciences to philosophy to literature.

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DeepSouthCon 53 Announced

DeepSouthCon 53 will take place in 2015 in conjunction with Contraflow 5 at the Airport Hilton in New Orleans from October 2-4. Guests will include Pro Guest of Honor Robert Sawyer and Fan Guest of Honor John Guidry. The current cost is $40.

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Sawyer Receives Royal Medal

Robert J. Sawyer has been named a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The Medal was established to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession. Recipients must have been alive on the Queen’s jubilee date, be a Canadian citizen, and have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada.

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