|Toronto-based science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer will visit FLCC as the second speaker in the George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum on Nov. 2. Learn more about him here.|
Sawyer is the second of three speakers in the 2014-15 series. The Toronto-based author has received top honors, including the Hugo and Nebula awards, and has published 22 novels, most of which were penned in part in Canandaigua where his family had a vacation home until 2006.
“Canandaigua was long my second home,” said Sawyer, “and I am so thrilled to be returning. I vividly remember writing the climax of ‘Flashforward’ sitting on the shore of Canandaigua Lake.”
Sawyer's talk, titled “So Bright it Glows: The Wonderful Future Ahead,” begins at 4 p.m. in the auditorium at the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. Tickets are $15 each or free with a current student ID. They can be purchased by phone at (585) 785-1541, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at gmeforum.org.
The series began Sept. 28 with a talk by metals sculptor Albert Paley. The third speaker, author, journalist and "Connections" radio show host Evan Dawson, is scheduled for Jan. 25, 2015. The speakers are joined by moderators who pose questions in the style of a TV talk show. Audience members have an opportunity to submit questions as well.
Calvin Uzelmeier, director of education at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, will moderate Sawyer’s talk. Sawyer said he’ll seek to explain “why the present is better than the past, and extrapolating forward those sociological and technological trends, why it's clear that the future will be even better than the present.”
Dubbed the “dean of Canadian science fiction” by the Ottawa Citizen and “the best science fiction writer out there” by the Denver Rocky Mountain News, Sawyer’s works are often top-10 national mainstream bestsellers in Canada. They have also hit No. 1 on both the Amazon.com science fiction and technothriller bestseller lists.
Sawyer is one of only eight writers to win all three of the science fiction’s top honors for best novel of the year. The Hugo Award, from the World Science Fiction Society, was awarded in 2003 for his novel “Hominids.” Three years later he won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for “Mindscan,” and, he earned the Nebula Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1996 for the novel “The Terminal Experiment.”
“The Terminal Experiment” and a second Sawyer novel, “WWW:Wake,” have been selected for a community read through Canandaigua’s Wood Library. The latter novel is for participating middle and high school students. The read is open to the public and will culminate with a presentation by the author at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at the library, 134. N. Main St. For more, visit http://woodlibrary.org/sawyer. The read is sponsored by Lyons National Bank, the principal underwriter for Sawyer’s visit.
The public has a third opportunity to interact with Sawyer during his visit to Canandaigua. At 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3, he’ll give a talk in Stage 14 at FLCC’s main campus. He will read from one of his works and discuss his evolution as a writer and his artistic process. The free event is open to the public and sponsored by FLCC's Humanities Department and Charles J. Meder Library.
Launched in 2011, the George M. Ewing forum is funded in part with an endowment from the Ewing family as well as support from Canandaigua National Bank & Trust and FLCC. Ferris Hills at West Lake is the series underwriter.
Forum organizers always welcome sponsors. Donors receive tickets, admission to a reception with each speaker and other benefits. For more information, contact Caroline Delavan at (585) 394-0896.