Thursday, April 20, 2006

Pleased as punch

I'm always tickled pink when one of my writing students has success. Best of all was probably when my student Pat Forde was nominated for a Hugo in 2003 (for best novella, for "In Spirit," from Analog); Pat had come to see me when I was writer-in-residence at the Richmond Hill Public Library in 2000, and he took my four-day intensive workshop at the University of Toronto in 2002.

But this one is pretty damn good, too: Susan Forest, who participated in a two-day workshop I ran for Calgary's Imaginative Fiction Writers' Association (IFWA) in 2003, just sold a story called "Immunity" to Asimov's Science Fiction -- way cool! I'm just delighted for her.


At April 21, 2006 12:13 PM , Blogger Francion said...

Dear Robert,

I'm just starting to blog. Your site came
up under "Author's Blogs." My first reviewer
suggested that I visit an author, so I picked you.
I would like to know how I could advertise my new book A Critical Edition of "The Comical History of Francion" (1655) in blog form?

Thank you. Francion

At April 21, 2006 12:20 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Hi, Francion. Honestly, I don't know. I have a blog to interact with my existing readers; I'm really not sure if a blog can attract new readers, although I suppose it might. Best of luck, though!

At April 21, 2006 10:54 PM , Blogger Peter O'Mallick said...

Mr. Sawyer. My teacher read to us from your book Hominids yesterday in class. It was an overwhelming experience and the scene that was read touched me and many of my classmates. You're an awesome writer.

I've spent the past couple of nights reading through your website, which is just awesome and filled with a lot of great information, and am reading through your blog as well.

My teacher loaned me a copy of your book Illegal Alien - I haven't started reading it but I'm really looking forward to it and will likely finish reading it by the end of the weekend.

My question is: would this be a good choice as the first book of yours that I read? What should I read next? He was saying I'd like The Terminal Experiment as well. But I'm wondering what you might suggest.

Thank you so much!


At April 22, 2006 10:12 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Hi, Peter. Many, many thanks for the kind words! I think the best places to start reading my books are with the stand-alone (non-series) novels CALCULATING GOD, FACTORING HUMANITY, or FRAMESHIFT -- those are probably the three non-series ones I'm proudest of. Thanks again!


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