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Robert J. Sawyer's 2000 Year in Review

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  • January 2: Discovery Channel Canada airs Inventing the Future: 2000 Years of Discovery, a two-hour documentary co-hosted by Rob and Gillian Deacon.

  • January 7: Rob attends the sales conference for H. B. Fenn and Company, Tor Books's Canadian distributor, presenting Calculating God to the sales force.

  • January 14-27: Rob hosts the Writer's Studio on ChaptersGLOBE.com, the online bookstore jointly operated by Chapters and The Globe and Mail: Canada's National Newspaper.

  • January 21: Finished revising my 1994 novel End of an Era, which Tor will be reissuing in trade paperback in 2001.

  • January 22: Rob, Nick DiChario, and Marty Stanton, teach a genre-writing workshop at Writers and Books in Rochester, New York.

  • January 23: Sold short-story collection Iterations to Quarry Press, a leading Canadian literary publisher. The book will be launched at the World Fantasy Convention in Montreal in November 2001.

  • January 27: Rob is Guest of Honor at a wonderful celebration dinner held at the Bristol Lodge by staff and gifted students of the Canandaigua Middle School, Canandaigua, New York, where Rob's books are very popular.


  • February 7: Recorded my fourth appearance on TVOntario's Imprint, a program about books.

  • February 8: Received a commission from Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science to write an original science-fiction story for them.

  • February 18-20: Attended Ad Astra science-fiction convention in Toronto.


  • March 4: Did a day of consulting on futuristic uses of imaging systems for Kodak in Rochester, New York.

  • March 14: Finished my story "The Abdication of Pope Mary III" for Nature.

  • March 16-26: Writing retreat with Mary Stanton, and (for part of the time) Charles Sheffield and Nancy Kress, in West Palm Beach, Florida.

  • March 23-25: Attended International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Gave a joint reading with Daniel Keyes, author of Flowers for Algernon.

  • March 31: Welcoming reception for me at the Richmond Hill Public Library, where I will be Writer in Residence until June 30.


  • Tor Books releases the paperback edition of my 1999 novel FlashForward. It hits number 5 on the Bestsellers' list published in Locus: The Newspaper of the Science Fiction Field.

  • April 1-2: Attended Eeriecon Two science-fiction convention in Niagara Falls, New York.

  • April 4-5: Attended annual meeting of Paleoanthropology Society in Philadelphia.

  • April 8-9: Guest Reader at Blue Metropolis Literary Festival in Montreal.

  • April 15: Taught science-fiction writing at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta.

  • April 26-28: Guest of Honor, North Country Writers' Festival, Watertown, New York.


  • May 13: Keynote Speaker at Writers Circle of Durham Region Annual General Meeting.

  • May 23: Interviewed live on CTV's Canada AM, Canada's most-watched morning show, about Calculating God.

  • May 26-28: Guest of Honor, V-Con 25, Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • May 29-30: Keynote Speaker, National Life's Group Brokers Conference.


  • Calculating God published in hardcover by Tor Books, New York.

  • DAW Books publishes anthology Star Colonies, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfers. My "The Shoulders of Giants" is the lead story in the book.

  • Eos publishes Year's Best SF 5, edited by David G. Hartwell, containing a reprint of my story "The Blue Planet" (originally published as "Mars Reacts!" in The Globe and Mail: Canada's National Newspaper).

  • June 9-10: Program participant, Bloody Words mystery convention, Toronto.

  • June 19: Attended Canadian Booksellers Association trade show to promote Calculating God.

  • June 19: Did a live on-stage interview with Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin at Indigo Books, Toronto Eaton Centre.

  • June 20: Did a joint reading with Charles de Lint at the University of Toronto bookstore.

  • June 25: Gala launch party for Calculating God at Richmond Hill Public Library.

  • June 26: Guest on CNBC's Rivera Live with Geraldo Rivera.
[Geraldo Rivera and science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer]


  • June 30-July 3: Taught science-fiction writing at the University of Toronto's Taddle Creek writer's workshop.

  • July 6: "The Abdication of Pope Mary III" appears in today's edition of Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science.

  • July 16: Rob wins the Canadian National Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards ("the Auroras") for both best English novel of the year (for FlashForward) and best English short-story of the year (for "Stream of Consciousness").

  • July 16-July 30: Book tour for Calculating God, traveling through Ontario, Quebec, New York, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

  • July 21-23: Attended Readercon in Boston.

  • July 29: Calculating God is number 8 on the mainstream fiction bestsellers' list in The Globe and Mail: Canada's National Newspaper.

  • July 31: Calculating God is number 7 on the mainstream fiction bestsellers' list in Maclean's: Canada's Weekly Newsmagazine, and remains on the list for the next two weeks..


  • ShadowLands Press publishes anthology Strange Attraction, edited by Edward E. Kramer, containing my story "Fallen Angel."

  • August 10-13: Attended Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts in Sechelt, British Columbia.


  • DAW Books publishes anthology Far Frontiers, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Larry Segriff, containing my story "Star Light, Star Bright."

  • Tundra Books publishes anthology Be Afraid!, edited by Edo van Belkom, containing my story "Last But Not Least."

  • August 31-September 4: Attended Chicon 2000, the World Science Fiction Convention, in Chicago.

  • September 12: Keynote speaker at "S/SF: The 1st Canadian Conference on Science and Science Fiction," held at the National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa.

  • September 26: Bought a penthouse condominium in Mississauga, Ontario.


  • October 20-22: Keynote Speaker, Writers Guild of Alberta Annual General Meeting.

  • October 23: Guest Lecturer, University of Calgary.


  • Autumn 2000 edition of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction published with a photo of Robert J. Sawyer as the cover illustration and my essay "The Future is Already Here: Is There a Place for Science Fiction in the 21st Century?" as the lead article.

  • DAW Books publishes anthology Guardsmen of Tomorrow, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Larry Segriff, containing my story "Wiping Out."

  • October 30-November 14: Visited Japan.

  • November 3-5: Keynote speaker at Contact JAPAN 4, a conference on first contact with extraterrestrial life, in Tokyo.

  • November 11-12: Guest of Honour at Kyoto SF Festival.

  • November 13: Met with Len Edwards, Canada's ambassador to Japan, at the Canadian embassy in Tokyo.

  • November 20: Took possession of our new home in Mississauga.

  • Launch for TransVersions anthology, with my "Iterations" as the lead story, at Sci-Fi Café in Toronto.


  • December 5: Toured Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, 2 km underground in Sudbury, Ontario.

  • December 14-15: Los Angeles, California, pitching a TV project to US networks with William Shatner.

  • December 19: Finished a new novella, "No Choice," commissioned Hayakawa SF Magazine, to be published for the first time in the February 2001 edition in a Japanese translation [later published in English as "Ineluctable" in Analog].

  • December 23: Hosted a 25th anniversary reunion party for NASFA, the Northview Association for Science Fiction Addicts, our high-school SF club, where Carolyn and I met.

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