Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

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Cover boy in Shanghai!

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Cover boy! On the occasion of the release of the Chinese editions of my novels Triggers and Factoring Humanity, I was featured on the cover of the Shanghai Review of Books on 18 August 2013, which comes with the Sunday edition of the Shanghai Oriental Morning Post newspaper. My Chinese publisher, Guokr, organized a fabulous [...]

Remembering the 1993 Books in Canada SF issue

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Twenty years ago, the March 1993 issue of Books in Canada — at the time, an influential book-review magazine, although long defunct now — devoted a special issue to science fiction. It was a watershed moment in Canadian SF&F — some of the first serious consideration the field got by the mainstream press here. For [...]

Texas Public Radio interview

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

A fabulous 18-minute Texas Public Radio interivew with me about Triggers, conducted by the masterful Dan Skinner, is online here. Give it a listen! Texas Public Radio describes the interview thusly:When you talk about finding your soul mate, quantum entanglement is probably something you didn’t think about when searching for that individual who would “complete” [...]

On Canadian science fiction

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

I stumbled today across this by-email interview I did in March 2007 for an American librarian preparing an article about Canadian science fiction, and I thought I’d share it here. (1) Do you believe that there is a significant difference between Canadian and American SF? If so, how would you describe that difference? I like [...]

CBC Radio One Spark interview

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Here’s the full 18-minute interview with me on CBC Radio One’s Spark, with host Nora Young (pictured above). Lots of stuff about Wake, Watch, and Wonder, plus some discussion of Mindscan. God, I love the CBC. Who else let’s you answer questions at such length? Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Newsgroup [...]

New interview with me

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Here’s a great new interview (in English) with me conducted at the Budapest International Book Fair, in Hungary, on Sunday, April 17, 2011, where my Hungarian publisher, Galaktika, was launching the Hungarian translation of my Nebula Award-winning novel The Terminal Experiment. Thanks to Hungary’s Ekultúra for the terrific interview! It’s available in three video segments: [...]

Interview on “Think” on Dallas’s KERA

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

When I was in Dallas on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, to give a major public address for the Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology at the University of Dallas at Texas, I was interviewed for an hour on KERA-FM, the local NPR affiliate, for a wonderful program called Think, hosted by Krys Boyd. [...]

Philosophy Now interview

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Nick DiChario interviews Robert J. Sawyer in the August-September 2010 issue of Philosophy Now, a glossy newsstand magazine out of the UK. The interview is online here. Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Newsgroup • Email

Lightspeed interview

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Over at Lightspeed magazine, Andrea Kail — herself a very fine SF writer — interviews me about the WWW trilogy, FlashForward, and my new project; it’s a nice, meaty piece. Check it out. Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Newsgroup • Email

FlashForward email interview

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Eleven months ago, at the beginning of August 2009, I did a by-email interview with a reporter for a genre magazine who was doing an article about FlashForward, the ABC TV series based on my novel of the same name. Only brief snippets were used int he article, and while cleaning my hard drive today [...]

Toronto Life profiles RJS

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Toronto Life, a glossy newstand magazine devoted to the finer things in Canada’s largest city, profiles Robert J. Sawyer in the March 2010 issue; as a subscriber, I received my copy in the mail today. It’s a terrific article; I’m absolutely thrilled with it. And it’s accopanied by an amazing photo of me in my [...]

Student video interview

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Last month, some high-school students (and the mother of one of them) dropped by my home to interview me for a class assignment (they were studying my novels FlashForward and Humans), and they’ve put two videos of that interview up on YouTube: Part One (8 minutes)Part Two (7 minutes) (The sun is setting outside my [...]

Toro interviews RJS

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

“Unlike James Cameron, Sawyer seems to believe in the positive possibility of artificial intelligence, but that was just one of the subjects we touched on in this very involved conversation.” Check out the full interview. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand WakeWatchWonder.com

Writers’ Confessions

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

I’m in nine episodes of the new season of the TV series Writers’ Confessions (including the first one), which premieres tomorrow — Thursday, January 7, 2010 — on Bravo! Canada, Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. EST. Proudcer and director is Michael Glassbourg. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand WakeWatchWonder.com

The Chronic Rift interviews Robert J. Sawyer

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

The Chronic Rift: Spotlight on Robert J. Sawyer. Check it out. (35 minutes MP3.) Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand WakeWatchWonder.com

CityTV interviews RJS about Terminator Salvation

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Check it out! (8-minute video). Terminator Salvation comes out on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand WakeWatchWonder.com

On Rochester, NY, NPR station on Friday

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

I’ll be interviewed about my novels Wake and FlashForward on 1370 Connection with Bob Smith, the noon (Eastern time) show on AM 1370, the NPR station in Rochester, New York, this Friday, November 6, 2009. You’ll be able to listen live here, and I’ll be on for most of the hour between noon and 1:00 [...]

Front page lead story in Kingston Whig-Standard

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Look who’s the cover boy on today’s Kingston Whig-Standard! The Whig-Standard is the major daily newspaper in Kingston, Ontario, and the oldest continuously published daily newspaper in Canada. Today’s cover story is in honour of my appearance yesterday at Queen’s University, located in Kingston, where I gave a public talk sponsored by Queen’s Faculty of [...]

Talking Turkey!

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Monday is Canadian Thanksgiving, and CBC Radio One will be interviewing me and three other Canadian authors that afternoon, starting at 4:00 p.m. (4:30 in Newfoundland). It’s a special program of the best podcast interviews from CBC’s Online Book Club, hosted by Hannah Sung (pictured with me above). The interviews are: First half-hour:Lawrence HillMariko Tamaki [...]

Concordia University’s The Link interview about Wake

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

A nice interview, by Christopher Olson, mostly about my novel Wake. You can read it online here. And The Link has a brief review of the anthology Distant Early Warnings I edited here. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand WakeWatchWonder.com

CERN interviews RJS about FF on ABC

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

My novel FlashForward, the basis for the ABC TV series of the same name, is largely set at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. CERN now has a video interview with me, conducted by horror writer Stacey Cochran, and a print interview with me, conducted by CERN’s Antonella Del Rosso, on the CERN website. [...]

CBC Radio loves the Robman

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

On Saturday, September 26, 2009, I was interviewed on CBC Radio One’s pop-culture program Definitely Not the Opera, hosted by Sook-Yin Lee (above in 2007, with Robert J. Sawyer), in an interview recorded at Thin Air: Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival. On Monday, September 28, 2009, I was interviewed on CBC Radio One’s Q, hosted by [...]

Canadian Press video interview with RJS

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

The Canadian Press has a video interview with Robert J. Sawyer about FlashForward, the TV sereis based on his novel of the same name, over at the website for The Globe and Mail: Canada’s National Newspaper. You can watch it online here. (Interview recorded at CTV‘s Queen Street facility in Toronto on August 11, 2009, [...]

National Post on "The Man Who Knew Too Much"

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Yesterday’s National Post — a major Canadian daily newspaper available coast-to-coast — ran a great interview with Robert J. Sawyer about FlashForward (accompanied by a great photo!) You can read the article online here; the author is Mark Medley and the photographer is Peter J. Thompson. Below is how the article appeared in the printed [...]

Nice to be the first thing the Prime Minister saw over breakfast

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Cool call-out above the fold on page 1 of the Ottawa Citizen, the largest-circulation newspaper in Canada’s capital city: Even nicer article inside by Tom Spears, the Citizen‘s science reporter inside. The article begins: “That there’s fiction in science fiction is pretty obvious. But Canadian author Rob Sawyer also wants you to remember the science [...]

National Post interviews Robert J. Sawyer

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Today’s National Post — a major Canadian daily newspaper, available coast to coast — interviews me about tonight’s debut of the TV series FlashForward, based on my novel of the same name. The terrific photo above, taken by Post photographer Peter J. Thompson, accompanies the article, which was written by Mark Medley. FlashForward premieres tonight [...]

TIME.com profiles Robert J. Sawyer

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Click this text for full-size video at TIME.comIt doesn’t get much better than this! TIME.COM — the website of Time magazine — has just posted a 6-minute video profile of me and the science behind my novel FlashForward. (Indeed, right now, it’s promoted on top of the the main page of TIME.com, which is as [...]

The differences between writing for print and screen

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

The Dragon Page interviews me about the differences between writing for print and writing for television and film. It’s a good, meaty interview, and you can listen right here. We talk about the current adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife, about Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, about House, about The Simpsons, about the [...]

Symmetry Breaking interviews RJS

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Symmetry Breaking: Extra Dimensions of Particle Physics — a joint publication of Fermilab and SLAC — interviews Robert J. Sawyer about his novel FlashForward, and the novel’s setting at CERN. You can read the article right here. The interview is by Fermilab’s Katie Yurkewicz. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand WakeWatchWonder.com

Slice of SciFi interviews RJS

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

The podcast Slice of SciFi interviews Robert J. Sawyer this week; you can listen here. I come in at 31 minutes 0 seconds, and go to 46 minutes 30 seconds. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site