Robert J. Sawyer has long been one of my favorite contemporary science fiction writers, and if you’re looking for an author to hook a newcomer to the genre, his books are definite go-to titles. To commemorate the donation of his papers to McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, the university will be holding a weekend-long conference next year, and a call for papers is forthcoming. The details, as announced by Rob via his Facebook page:
A conference commemorating the donation of the manuscripts and working papers of Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author ROBERT J. SAWYER to The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections at McMaster University.
Robert J. Sawyer has called science fiction “the literature of intriguing juxtapositions,” and so it is, combining a wide range of disciplines including anthropology, astronomy, computer science, evolutionary biology, gender studies, history, literature, philosophy, psychology, religious studies, and sociology.
We’re interested in papers from all academic areas, with a focus on Canadian science fiction in general and Sawyer’s oeuvre in particular. The call for papers will go out shortly. Request a copy by emailing:
Sawyer’s archives will be housed and displayed alongside McMaster’s massive collection of Bertrand Russell material, its H.G. Wells collection, and its extensive archival holdings in Canadian literature, including the papers of Pierre Berton, John Robert Colombo, Margaret Laurence, Farley Mowat, and publisher Jack McClelland.