“It’s not me I’m worried about. It’s Dr. Hentzle’s reputation. . . . Some say she should get an Order of Canada, and you know what that means, eh?”
– from Newborn
Jo Beaverpaw, the assassin clone in Newborn, has no idea about the Order of Canada. You probably don’t either. No reason you should, unless of course you’re a Canuck, in which case shame on you for not knowing!
The Order of Canada is the highest civilian honor bestowed by the Canadian government — and this year it was given to (drum roll, please) a writer.
Not just any writer, but (trumpet fanfare, please) a science fiction writer.
Not just any science fiction writer, but a man I consider a friend and mentor, Robert J Sawyer.
Rob got the award for “accomplishments as a science-fiction writer and mentor and for contributions as a futurist.” He’s the first person ever to be admitted into the Order for work in the science-fiction field.
Cool fact: Rob can (and does!) officiate at citizenship ceremonies. Hmm. Could he make E.T. a citizen, do you think?
- Visit Rob’s blog, which has been running a super long time.
- Check out Rob’s latest and greatest, Quantum Night.
- Learn more about the Order of Canada.
Rob’s kind words about The Trial of Tompa Lee:
Ed Hoornaert is a marvelous writer: a terrific, engrossing storyteller and a consummate stylist.