Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for May, 2007

GenreCon photos

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

And Jeffrey Beeler’s GenreCon photos are here. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

GenreCon article

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

The Sarnia Observer has a nice article on last weekend’s GenreCon, at which I was guest of honour. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site interviews Rob

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Hard interviews Robert J. Sawyer about Rollback here. One of my comments in that interview: “There are clocks — biological, financial, societal — clicking in the background of everything we do. How liberating it would be not to have just a handful of decades to live! How great the art we create might be […]

RJS "Author Tour Stop"

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Wonderful writer and publisher Vera Nazarian has a great LiveJournal, which has an occasional feature called “Author Tour Stop” — and the current Author Tour Stop is by one Robert J. Sawyer, discussing his book Rollback. You can read the whole thing (as well as Vera’s comments on the book) here. The Robert J. Sawyer […]

Starred review in Library Journal — woot!

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Library Journal, the bible for librarians, has given Robert J. Sawyer’s Rollback a starred review — denoting a book of exceptional merit. The review concludes: “Above all, the author’s characters bear their human strengths and weaknesses with dignity and poise. An elegantly told story for all libraries; highly recommended.” You can read the whole review […]

MT Void loves Rollback

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Joe Karpierz reviews Robert J. Sawyer’s Rollback in the 4 May 2007 edition (whole number 1439!) of the long-running fanzine MT Void, published the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society. The review conlcudes: “This is probably Sawyer’s most character-driven story to date, and it doesn’t take away from the free flow of thoughts and ideas that […]

Rollback #1 at Bakka "by a huge margin"

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Chris Szego, the manager of Toronto’s SF specialty bookstore Bakka-Phoenix Books, has posted the April bestsellers’ list for the store (which she reports to Locus, the SF trade journal). Note what she says about Rollback‘s placement in the top position. :) And note, too, that I have two titles in the top three: my Aurora […]

Fair Warning

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

For all of July, August, and September, 2007, I will be on a writing retreat at Berton House. During that time, I will only deal with the most-pressing of business-related emails, and I won’t be answering general questions, giving writing advice, writing introductions to other people’s books, blurbing other people’s novels, or doing “just one […]

What can you tell about a person by the books he or she reads?

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

Who knows? But here’s what I ordered from last night: Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the 21st Century Howard Bloom; Paperback; CDN$ 16.05 The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph From the Frontiers of Brain Science Norman Doidge; Hardcover; CDN$ 15.50 God Is Not Great: […]

Canadian Press reviews Rollback

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

Kim Covert of The Canadian Press wire service recently reviewed Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer. The review ran in many Canadian newspapers including the Montreal Gazette, the Ottawa Citizen, the Vancouver Sun, the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, and the Regina Leader Post. It can be read online here and here and here and here, among others. […]

Rocky Mountain News’s "Pick of the Week"

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

Rollback is the Science Fiction “Pick of the Week” for this week in the Denver Rocky Mountain News. Yay! The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Jack McDevitt wins Nebula

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

Yay! I’m jumping up and down! My great friend, and one of the best writers in the business, has finally gotten the major award he has so long deserved: Jack McDevitt has just won the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s Nebula Award for Best Novel of the Year, for his novel Seeker. Way […]

The Gospel According to Science Fiction

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

Just got a copy of the wonderful new book The Gospel Gospel According to Science Fiction by Gabriel McKee (published by Westminster John Knox Press). It’s a fabulous survey of how science fiction has treated religion, god, spirituality, and so on over the years — and it has good discussions of my novels The Terminal […]

The End of the Road Show

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

The by-car Southern Ontario book tour for Rollback could not have ended better. We had a packed house at the Chapters Bookstore on Fanshawe Road in London, Ontario. They’d originally only had a handful of chairs set up, but people kept pouring in, and they had to keep getting more chairs. It was a great […]

GenreCon Guest of Honour

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

Today, Saturday, May 12, 2007, was the final day of Phase Three of the Rollback book tour: by car in Southern Ontario. Carolyn and I woke up at 9:00 a.m. in Sarnia, Ontario (just across the river from Michigan), and hustled over to the Sarnia Public Library for the sixth annual GenreCon, a free, public […]


Saturday, May 12th, 2007

Carolyn and I hit the road at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 11, 2007, for a trip to Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. I did two TV interviews there. The first was on Daytime on Rogers Cable; the second was the noon news on CKCO, the KW CTV affiliate. I’ve had a long, pleasant association with KW; Carolyn […]

Rob on CTV in southern Ontario on Friday

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Most people in Toronto and much of southern Ontario can get the Kitchener CTV affiliate CKCO (Channel 13 there) if you have anything beyond basic cable. And I’ll be interviewed at about 12:30 p.m. (give or take) tomorrow, Friday, May 11, on the CKCO Noon News about Rollback, and my reading that night at the […]

Coles, CBC, Vaughan — quite a day!

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Day Two of Phase Three of the Rollback went very well. It began with a lunchtime signing at the Coles bookstore in Royal Bank Plaza, one of the massive banking tours at the heart of downtown Toronto. I was delighted that my old friend Howard Cohen dropped by — he’s one of my high-school buddies […]

A pun I’m proud of

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

I make lots of puns, but I’m particularly pleased with this one that came to me as I was giving a talk during the Rollback book tour. I referred to George Orwell’s Animal Farm as “a roman à cleft hoof.” Hee hee hee. (Don’t get it? A roman à clef is the term used in […]

Oshawa, by gosh!

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

The by-car in Southern Ontario part of the Rollback book tour is off to a roaring start. Carolyn and I decided to drive over to Oshawa starting at 3:00 p.m., to avoid the rush-hour traffic (we had to get from the west side of the Greater Toronto Area, where we live, to the east side). […]

Rob on CBC Radio One Windsor on Thursday

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Tomorrow, Thursday, May 10, 2007, I will be interviewed starting at 4:30 p.m. or so on CBC Radio One in Windsor, Ontario, on Crosstown with Barbara Peacock (pictured); you can listen online here (select the Windsor feed; Windsor is on Eastern Time — same as Toronto and New York). I’ll be in the Toronto CBC […]

Southern Ontario book tour

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Phase Three of the Rollback book tour begins tonight: Southern Ontario. Here are my events — please come out and say hello! All events (including Genrecon) are totally free. Free Public Reading from Rollback and TalkOshawa Public Library“Science Fiction: Does the Future Have a Future?”(plus reading from Rollback)McLaughlin Branch65 Bagot StreetOshawa, OntarioWednesday, May 9, 2007, […]

Promoting Books Online

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

I got asked recently by the author of a popular-science book about the brain for some tips related to promoting his book. As a Canadian, he’s having the same experience I am: major media exposure (resulting in large sales) in Canada, and much less attention in the States. Here’s what I had to say: The […]

#2 Bestseller at McNally Robinson Winnipeg

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Go me! Rollback is #2 on the hardcover fiction bestsellers list for McNally Robinson in Winnipeg. Take that, Harry Potter! Eat lead, J.R.R. Tolkien! :) 1-Divisadero-Michael Ondaatje 2-Rollback-Robert J. Sawyer 3-Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows-J.K. Rowling (preorders) 4-The Children of Hurin-J.R.R Tolkien 5-Simple Genius-David Baldacci (McNally Robinson is the major bookstore in Winnipeg, the […]

New deal with Penguin in Canada and USA

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

Well, since it’s the lead story right now on the (by subscription) website for Quill & Quire, the Canadian publishing trade journal, and since I’m scheduled to speak about this today (Tuesday, May 8, 2007) to Cynthia Good’s class in the Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College, I suppose I should say something here, […]

Another bestsellers’ list!

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

Woohoo! Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer is currently #13 on Canada’s Bookmanager hardcover fiction bestsellers’ list. The Bookmanager list is complied from point-of-sale data collected from 230 independent Canadian booksellers (Bookmanager is the company that makes the software used by most Canadian bookstores). The list is published in several Canadian newspapers, including The National Post, […]

Northview Heights reunion

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

The by-plane across-Canada part of the Rollback book tour ended when I touched down at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2007. Carolyn picked me up at the airport — but we didn’t go home. Instead, we headed through awful rush-hour traffic to Le Parc, a conference centre, for the […]

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

SF people have become used to all the little slights and put-downs that readers and writers of science fiction have to endure in the mainstream media. And that’s why this article from today’s Toronto Star — the largest-circulation newspaper in Canada — charmed me so much. Google Alerts drew it to my attention because of […]

Saskatoon a success — and finally home!

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

You know a book tour is ending well when you get bumped up to Executive Class for the flight home. Woohoo! Today, I finished the second — and longest — of the four phases of the book tour for Rollback, my 17th novel. This was the by-plane cross-Canada part, and included stops in Winnipeg, Vancouver, […]

Mary Donaldson Memorial Lecture — tonight!

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

I’m in Saskatoon right now to present the Saskatchewan Library Association’s Mary Donaldson Memorial Lecture; that’s Mary Donaldson above. If you’re in town, come on out! It’s tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Frances Morrison Library; it’s free! My topic is: SCIENCE FICTION AS A MIRROR FOR REALITY Many people dismiss science fiction as escapism […]