Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for the 'Academics' Category

10th anniversary of seminal academic Canadian science-fiction conference

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

There’s no doubt the best-ever academic conference on Canadian science fiction was Science Fiction: The Interdisciplinary Genre, held in September 2013 in honour of the donation of my archives to McMaster University. But the second-best Canadian academic science-fiction conference began ten years ago today, on Feburary 6, 2004, at what was then Mount Royal College [...]

Helen Keller paper

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

The 1996 paper “Helen Keller as Cognitive Scientist” was one of my inspirations for writing my WWW trilogy of Wake, Watch, and Wonder, about a formerly blind girl gaining sight via a post-retinal implant — while a nascent consciousness evolving on the World Wide Web learns to see the world through her. The paper’s author [...]

McMaster conference absolutely wonderful

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Science Fiction: The Interdisciplinary Genre turned out to be one of the best weekends of my life. Over one hundred scholars from all over North America joined us for this amazing conference in honour of the donation of my archives to McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The conference was sponsored by the McMaster Faculty of [...]

McMaster conference begins on Friday!

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Science Fiction: The Interdisciplinary Genre will surely be the biggest and best academic conference on Canadian science fiction. It will be held this weekend (Friday, September 13, through Sunday, September 15, 2013) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The conference is in honour of the donation of my archives to that institution. Special guests are [...]

SF Conference Sept 13-15 in honour of donation of my archives

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

McMaster University Presents Science Fiction: The Interdisciplinary Genre A conference in honour of Robert J. Sawyer‘s archival donation to the University Library Collections with special guests: Robert J. Sawyer John Robert Colombo Julie E. Czerneda David G. Hartwell Élisabeth Vonarburg Robert Charles Wilson Chris Szego Multiple paper tracks! Banquet! Author Readings! Everyone is welcome. Free [...]

Academic conference about Canadian science fiction

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

The conference “Science Fiction: The Interdisciplinary Genre” at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, September 13-15, 2013, is shaping up to be the biggest and best academic conference ever focusing on Canadian Science Fiction: Three Days! Multiple Tracks! Banquet! Authors? We got ‘em: Aurora Award-winner Julie E. Czerneda, Hugo Award-winner Robert J. Sawyer, Aurora Award-winner √Člisabeth [...]

Call for papers

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

In honour of the donation of Robert J. Sawyer‘s papers and archives to McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, that institution is hosting an academic conference entitled “Science Fiction: The Interdisciplinary Genre” Friday, September 13, through Sunday, September 15, 2013. The call for papers (CFP) is here. Special guests at the conference are Hugo Award-winning author [...]

My Worldcon highlight: John Robert Colombo

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Anticipation, the Montreal World Science Fiction Convention, had John Robert Colombo as keynote speaker for its academic track. I introduced him, and he gave an amazing speech. My introductory remarks: It is my staggering privilege and honour to introduced to you John Robert Colombo, the keynote speaker here at the Montreal World Science Fiction Convention’s [...]