Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for March, 2007

History of the Star Trek theme song

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Those who have seen me at parties know that I will sing the theme song to the original Star Trek at the drop of a hat (yes, it has lyrics!). My buddy SF writer Edward Willett has drawn this YouTube interview with Alexander Courage, who wrote the music (but not the lyrics — those are […]

Rollback dustjackets

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Today’s mail brought some copies of the dustjacket for Rollback, my novel that comes out in 26 days. Of course, I’d seen a JPG of the cover before, but that doesn’t prepare one for the impact of the actual finished product. I must say it’s gorgeous. The cover has a lovely matte (as opposed to […]

Google summary distorts

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

My brother and I are both amused by the following, which Google displayed today when he searched on “Sawyer” and “ICE 2007”: Robert J. SawyerI’ll be keynote speaker at the ICE 2007 conference being held in Toronto on … got this gig just because my broski, Alan Sawyer, is one of the organizers. … – […]

Northview Heights 50th Anniversary Reunion

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

How many high-school reunions can boast that they’ll have not one but two Hugo Award-winners present? Well, this one can — and it’s now just two months away. Mike Glicksohn, who won the best-fanzine Hugo in 1973, and Robert J. Sawyer, who won the best-novel Hugo in 2003, are both attending the 50th-anniversary reunion for […]

Probe Control to Probe One …

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Score! I’ve been wanting one of these hero-prop replica Probe scanners from the 1972 TV series Search for a long while, but kept getting outbid on eBay. But I landed one tonight — the very last one the maker says he’s going to produce. Woohoo! The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Interviews galore

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Today was spent doing interviews: a full hour by phone with a radio station in Alamogordo, New Mexico, followed by five hours (!) face-to-face with a magazine journalist in my home — more about that one soon. :) And tomorrow, I’m off to the headquarters of Space: The Imagination Station to record an interview about […]

Aurora Awards nominating now open

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

The nominating ballot for the 2007 Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards (“the Auroras”) is now available here. I have nothing particular of my own worth considering this year, but certainly Robert Charles Wilson‘s remarkable novella Julian: A Christmas Story from PS Publishing and Karina Sumner-Smith‘s Nebula-nominated “An End to All Things” from the DAW […]

Locus Online has Rollback tour dates

Monday, March 5th, 2007

Mark R. Kelly, the incredibly hard-working editor of Locus Online, has listed the tour dates for Rollback on Locus Online‘s “Author Appearances” page. Newly added: events in Winnipeg, Manitoba (on Thursday 26 April at McNally Robinson in Grant Park, at 7:00 p.m. — actually, Mark’s missing this one), Alexandria, Virginia (on on Sunday 22 April), […]

Marvel Super Heroes Science Exhbition: save your money

Monday, March 5th, 2007

I was going to write a long blog entry about how lame, disappointing, and just downright dull and pathetic the “Mavel Super Heroes Science Exhibition” currently on at the Ontario Science Centre (and traveling to other museums) is, but I don’t have time, so this will have to do. Save your money. I have seen […]

Writers of the Future panel at Ad Astra

Monday, March 5th, 2007

Writer Nick Matthews took a bunch of pictures, which you can find here. Left to right in the group shot: Tony PiRobert J. SawyerJames Alan GardnerStephen KotowychMike RimarJim C. Hines I’m a judge; the others are all Canadian winners of the contest.

Birthstones launch tomorrow!

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Tomorrow (Friday) at 8:00 p.m. in the Reflections room at AD ASTRA, Toronto’s science-fiction convention: Come celebrate the launch of Phyllis Gotlieb’s latest novel BIRTHSTONES, published by Robert J. Sawyer Books. Phyllis’s career is now in its fifth decade, and she’s without doubt the founding mother of Canadian SF. Join Phyllis and her editor for […]

Fan Central Station

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Carolyn and I are hustling to get ready for the arrival of seven — count ’em, seven! — house guests tomorrow, who are all staying with us for Ad Astra, the Toronto SF convention. What did Colonel Taylor say? Oh, yeah: “It’s a madhouse! A madhouse!” :) The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Runnymede Library reading

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Karl Schroeder and I read today over lunch at the Runnymede Public Library in Toronto. Lou Sytsma, who is active on my Yahoo! Groups newsgroup, has posted some great pictures from the readings here (hover your mouse over each picture to read the caption Lou has written). Thanks for the great pictures, Lou! As Lou […]