Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

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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 [...]

November 18-20 in Toronto: the Canadian National Science Fiction Convention

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

If you’re in or near Toronto and have never been to a science-fiction convention, give this one a try: SFContario 2, Friday evening, November 18, through late Saturday afternoon, November 20. First, it’s got great guests: Aurora Award-winning Canadian hard-SF writer and foresight specialist Karl Schroeder, Hugo and Campbell Award-winning SF writer John Scalzi, and [...]

I won’t be at Con-Version in Calgary

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

I’ve been a regular at Calgary’s science-fiction convention Con-Version since 1996, including seven stints as an honoured guest there: Guest of Honour at Con-Version 25 (last year) Guest of Honour at Con-Version 21.5 Guest of Honour at Con-Version 20 Toastmaster at Con-Version 19 Special Guest at Con-Version 15 Guest of Honour at Con-Version 14 Special [...]

In San Diego 1-3 October

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

I’ll be Guest of Honor at Conjecture in San Diego from 1-3 October 2010. Come on out and see me! Conjecture is bing put on by the same group that’s hosting the 2011 World Fantasy Convention — so you know it’s going to be a good con! All the details are here. Robert J. Sawyer [...]

Japan, here I come!

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

I’m thrilled to be making my third trip to Japan! I’ll be Guest of Honor at HAL-Con 2011 in Tokyo, April 9-10, 2011. Woohoo! My other upcoming appearances are listed here. Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Newsgroup • Email

New SF convention coming to Toronto in 2010

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

SFContario — a new science-fiction convention — will have its first annual edition just about one year from now: Friday, November 19, through Sunday, November 21. And unlike most Toronto-area cons, this one will be downtown! (At the Ramada Plaza Hotel, overlooking Allan Gardens.) My friend Diane Lacey is part of the concom, and she [...]

Why I’m not going to the World Fantasy Convention this year

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Answer: because they don’t sell memberships at the door, and they cap sales for pre-registration. This weekend, I have to be in Vancouver, British Columbia, as a presenter at the Surrey International Writers Conference. Sometime shortly after that — but the date is yet to be precisely nailed down, but it might be Friday, October [...]

Charity auctions and SF conventions

Friday, October 16th, 2009

More and more science-fiction conventions have taken to asking authors to donate things to charity auctions, which, on its surface, seems like a great idea: let’s see if we can raise some money for this cause or that. The problem: conventions that don’t have the turnout, or don’t do the hustle at the con, to [...]

VCON in Vancouver this weekend

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

I’ll be at Vancouver’s science-fiction convention VCON this weekend. If you’re in the area, come on out — it’ll be a blast! More info Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand WakeWatchWonder.com

Ottawa Citizen blogs Worldcon

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Check it out: The Ottawa Citizen — the largest circulation newspaper in Canada’s capital city — sent a reporter named Kate Heartfield to the Montreal Worldcon, and she blogs about it here in an entry entitled “Gaiman, Krugman, Sawyer and Ottawa writers at the Auroras.” Included in the blog post: Photo of Ottawa writers Hayden [...]

Heading off to Worldcon in Montreal

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

My reading is one of the last events at the con: 2:00 p.m. Monday afternoon in Room P-512AE. It was to have been a joint reading with Joe Haldeman, but Joe will be gone by then, so Anticipation is giving me the full hour. Among the things I’m going read, the first-ever public performance of [...]

Come to Con-Version in Calgary!

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Con-Version 25, this year’s edition of Calgary’s annual science-fiction and fantasy convention, is fast approaching. Dates are August 21-23. Here’s the description of the con from the website: Con-Version is a three-day festival devoted to science fiction, fantasy, and everything in between. Whether you love the groundbreaking sword and sorcery of Terry Brooks, the sexy, [...]

Thirteen hours, forty-five minutes

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Door-to-door from Readercon in Boston to the house I’m renting in Saskatoon. Ugh. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand WakeWatchWonder.com

Readercon reflections

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Random thoughts on Readercon 20: I’m at Pearson — Toronto’s airport — changing planes on my way back to Saskatoon from Readercon 20 in Boston. It was a great, great convention — and I made a point of telling both Eric Van (this year’s programming chair) and Bob Colby (who founded Readercon 20 years ago) [...]

Come to my Readercon Kaffeeklatsch

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Tomorrow (Friday, July 10, 2009), at 5:00 p.m. in Room 458 (but you have to sign up in advance at the con, and space is quite limited): an opportunity to spend an intimate hour over coffee (or whatever) with me. Always one of my favourite parts of any convention that has them. Visit The Robert [...]

My Readercon programming

Monday, July 6th, 2009

I’ll be attending Readercon 20, July 9-12, 2009, near Boston. Here’s the programming I’ll be on: Friday 11:00 AM, Vineyard: Reading (60 min.) from his recently published novel WWW: Wake. Friday 5:00 PM, Room 458: Kaffeeklatsch. Saturday 10:00 AM, Salon F: Autographing. Saturday 12:00 Noon, VT: Federations Group Reading (60 min.) John Joseph Adams (host) [...]

Cool YouTube promo for Calgary’s Con-Version

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Con-Version is Calgary’s annual SF&F convention. Author Guests of Honour this year are Terry Brooks, Tanya Huff, and Robert J. Sawyer — and now there’s a nifty promo for the con on YouTube. Check it out. See you in August! Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand WakeWatchWonder.com

Guest of Honour at Ad Astra in 2010

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Toronto’s Ad Astra science-fiction convention has always been very good to me, and next year, they’ll be having me back as one of their Guests of Honour. (The other author GoHs are Eric Flint and Todd McCaffrey, both of whom are friends — I’m looking forward to spening some time with them.) This will be [...]

Upcoming SF conventions with RJS

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Program ParticipantReadercon 20Burlington, MassachusettsJuly 9-12, 2009www.readercon.org Program ParticipantAnticipation: the 67th World Science Fiction ConventionMontréal, QuébecAugust 6-10, 2009www.anticipationsf.ca Guest of HonourCon-Version 25Calgary, AlbertaAugust 21-23, 2009www.con-version.org Program ParticipantVCON 34Vancouver, British ColumbiaOctober 2-4, 2009www.vcon.ca Program ParticipantAstronomiconRochester, New YorkNovember 6-8, 2009www.astronomicon.info Guest of HonorCapricon 30Wheeling (Chicago), IllinoisFebruary 11-14 (four days), 2010www.capricon.org/capricon30 Program ParticipantAd AstraToronto, OntarioMarch 27-29, 2010www.ad-astra.org Guest of [...]

Robert J. Sawyer tribute zine

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Alan White produced the wonderful tribute fanzine Flashing Forward with Robert J. Sawyer as part of promoting the terrific SF convention Xanadu Las Vegas at which I was author Guest of Honor last month. You can download the amazing zine as a PDF file right here. Needless to say, I’m incredibly flattered. Visit The Robert [...]

They like me! They really like me!

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

(To quote Sally Field, for the humor-impaired …) So, Capricon — a major Chicago-area science-fiction convention — polled its attendees to see which Guests of Honor from their previousw 29 years they’d most like to have come back for the 30th year. I’m honored and thrilled to be one of those chosen. Capricon 30, a [...]

Off to Tennessee this weekend

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Kevin J. Anderson — who is one of my best friends in this industry — and I are the Author Guests of Honor at Chattacon in Chattanooga, Tennessee, this weekend. My programing schedule: Fri 7p – GOH speeches followed by reception Sat 10a – panel with Snider, Douglas, Buettner – Post 9/11 – has SF [...]