Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for July, 2006

Campbell Award Conference

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

I’m back home after nine days on the road, and finally have a chance to properly update my blog. This entry is about the Campbell Conference, held July 5-9, 2006, at the J. Wayne and Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas. On Wednesday, June 7, 2006, […]


Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

From the publishers of Talebones, one of the best magazines in our field: Dear Family, Friends, Peers, Acquaintances: Talebones has been a part of our lives for almost 11 years now. We have enjoyed every minute of putting all 33 issues together for our readers. It has truly been a labor of love. Most of […]

More photos from Campbell Memorial Award ceremony

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

These photos are by Tracy A. Majkol.

Monday Spotlight: Award-winning Canadian SF

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

For today’s Monday Spotlight, highlighting one of the hundreds of articles on my website at, I offer up this guide to award-winning Canadian Science Fiction, updated to include this year’s Aurora winners.

Photos of the Campbell Conferfence

Monday, July 10th, 2006

Photos of the Campbell Conference by the wonderful Keith Stokes. Another photo is here

I’m news in North Korea

Monday, July 10th, 2006

Lots of nice press coverage about my John W. Campbell Memorial Award win: North Korea Times Daily India Washington Times United Press International The Vancouver Sun Maclean’s

CBC on Campbell win

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

CBC Online has a nice article about my John W. Campbell Memorial Award win here.  

Rob wins John W. Campbell Memorial Award

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

Robert J. Sawyer has just won the world’s top juried award for science fiction: the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel of the Year. The award, which Sawyer won for his latest novel, Mindscan, was presented Friday night, July 7, 2006, at a banquet at the J. Wayne and Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study […]

Analog blurb for Rollback

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

The four-part serialization of my next novel, Rollback, starts in the October issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact. The September issue has just come out, and it contains this “In Times to Come” blurb for my novel: Robert J. Sawyer, as you’ve probably noticed by now, has a way of taking familiar ideas, looking […]

Bookloons on Mindscan

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

Somehow I’d missed this review earlier on the wonderful book-review site Bookloons. The review concludes: The development of the court case is fascinating (including both the exploration of individuation and lawyers taking issue with the fact that the androids don’t dream), as well as the very human reactions of all versions of these people, in […]

The Wild, Wild West

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

I was five when The Wild, Wild West debuted on CBS in 1965, and never watched it. My wife, who was a much more worldly seven then, remembers it as one of her favourite shows. The first season (of four, and the only one in black and white) is just out on DVD, and we […]

Rob visits Vulcan

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

On Monday, July 3, I helped my friends Barb and Elisabeth move from Calgary to Lethbridge — and detoured slightly to visit Vulcan! Vulcan, Alberta, is a small town that’s made a lot of the fact that it happens to share a name with the most famous planet of 40 Eridani. And even though we […]

Ad Astra 2007 dates

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

Just got word that Ad Astra, Toronto’s general SF convention, has set its 2007 dates: it will be March 2-4, 2007. Mark your calendars! We’ll be launching Phyllis Gotlieb’s new book there.

Monday Spotlight: Alpha Centauri

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

For this week’s Monday Spotlight, highlighting one of the 500+ documents on my website at, I offer up this compendium of information about Alpha Centuari, which I kept handing while creating my 1997 novel Illegal Alien.