Press Release — Eric Hoffer Book Awards




Sedona author Tony Taylor has two reasons to celebrate. Both of his novels, Counters and The Darkest Side of Saturn, recently won awards in the prestigious international 2016 Eric Hoffer Book Award contest.

The Hoffer Award honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. Since its inception, the Hoffer has become one of the largest international book awards for small, academic, and independent presses.

Both novels made the Short List—an honor in itself—for the Grand Prize. The Darkest Side of Saturn went on to win First Place for the Commercial Fiction category, while Counters won Honorable Mention for the Legacy Fiction category (published prior to 2014).

This is the first award for Counters, a story of air combat informed by Taylor’s fighter pilot experiences in the Vietnam war. Excerpts from the Hoffer description state: “This book is destined to become a classic….It’s a searing question of survival….The author is an extraordinarily gifted writer, who claims to have navigated spacecraft to every planet in the solar system.”

The Darkest Side of Saturn—a story of two astronomers who discover a dangerous asteroid—has won several other awards, including the 2015 Arizona Literary Contest “Book of the Year.” The Hoffer description includes this: “Deftly juggling sly satire, romance, suspense, and metaphysics, the author, a former NASA navigator, offers fascinating insight into the procedures and politics of space exploration.”


Pilot, spacecraft navigator, author — Tony Taylor flew fighters in the Air Force and later navigated NASA spacecraft to all eight planets of the solar system. For insurance, in order to claim all the planets in case Pluto is promoted again, he added that one in 2015 as a member of the New Horizons Navigation Team. Taylor lives with his wife, Jan, in Sedona, Arizona.

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The Darkest Side of Saturn


The Hoffer Awards

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