Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Lightspeed interview

by Rob - August 19th, 2010.
Filed under: Interviews.

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.

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2 Responses to Lightspeed interview

  1. Great read. Thanks for sharing the link.
    Stay inspired!

  2. It’s sad how the term “science fiction” can be such a stigma. I remember arguing with someone when “Children of Men” came out that is was SF, but the person I was talking to just wouldn’t hear of it.

    When Lost started incorporating time travel so freely, I think people became aware if was SF. We might not quite be at “mainstream acceptance” yet, but perhaps we’re getting there.

    There was SOME benign AI in TV and movies. (I’m sure you’re more aware of examples than me!) Data for example, I suppose R2D2 and C3PO, one of the robots from the Alien series turned out to be a good guy. The Iron Giant is a bit more recent of an example. Evil AI really is a foolish idea in my opinion. I never wanted to kill my parents, and I sure as heck don’t expect my children will want to kill me should I have some. Don’t know why humanity should think any differently.

    Gosh, don’t know what to think about the whole immortality thing. I seriously hate the idea of dieing, but I’m not a fan of the government telling everyone they can’t have kids. Where would we put everyone? Maybe being put into robot bodies and being sent to Mars is the answer. :)

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