Robert Charles Wilson
Robert Charles Wilson

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.

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