Robert Charles Wilson is an American and Canadian science fiction author. Born December 15, 1953 in Whittier, California, he has spent nearly his entire life in Canada, and became a Canadian citizen in 2007. He is widely considered one of the best writers of modern genre SF; although his stories and novels frequently encompass wrenching events of vast and sometimes even apocalyptic scope, his carefully-wrought characters always bring the story alive even to readers unfamiliar with the devices of the genre. Stephen King, long an admirer of Wilson’s work, noted this in a 2005 column for Entertainment Weekly: “I’m not a big science-fiction fan, but I’ll read anything with a story and a low geek factor. Robert Charles Wilson is a hell of a storyteller, and the geek factor in his books is zero.”
Wilson’s first published SF story, “Equinocturne,” appeared in Analog in 1975, but he began publishing regularly a decade later. His first novel, A Hidden Place, appeared in 1986; among his subsequent novels are A Bridge of Years (1991); Mysterium (1994), which won the Philip K. Dick Award; Darwinia (1988), which won Canada’s Aurora Award for best SF novel in English; The Chronoliths (2001), which won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award; Blind Lake (2003), which won another Aurora Award; and Spin (2005), which won the Hugo Award. His most recent novels are Axis (2007), the first of two planned sequels to Spin, and Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America (2009).
He has published a steady stream of short fiction while writing novels; his 1995 story “The Perseids” won an Aurora Award, and 2006’s “The Cartesian Theater” won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. A selection of his short fiction, The Perseids and Other Stories, appeared in 2000.
Robert Charles Wilson lives in Concord, Ontario with his wife Sharry.