Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

The things people say to writers!

by Rob - June 18th, 2009.
Filed under: CLS.

Tonight I gave a very-well-received talk and reading at the Saskatoon Public Library, as part of my residency at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, with 108 people in the audience. And at the end, there was a reception with refreshments, and people came up to say hi, and get autographs, and ask questions, and all was lovely and sweet until one fellow posed his question:

Do you ever get jealous when you read a really good writer like Orson Scott Card?

And I know we writers are supposed to bend over and take it whenever anyone wants to take a whack at us in a review, or on Amazon, or whatever, but you know what? We actually do have feelings — and I think my response of:

What the fuck kind of thing is that to say?

showed commendable restraint. (Although I did go on to say that, “In point of fact, I admire Scott’s writing a great deal and he admires mine.” [see last page of PDF])

Ah, well. Otherwise, a really nice evening. :)

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