Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Anna Nicole Smith

Air Canada managed to get me on a later flight, after my earlier flight from Vancouver was canceled because of an impending snow storm in Toronto, and so I'm now home safe and sound in freezing Mississauga (quite a contrast to the balmy weather in Victoria).

I've been on the road for five days, but it feels longer; I'm exhausted, and will sleep in tomorrow. (If I had my druthers, I'd stay in tomorrow, sitting by my fireplace, but I have to go out and pick up my tuxedo for the Book Lover's Ball on Thursday ...)

It was on this trip to Victoria that I discovered that Anna Nicole Smith had passed away. I was sorry to hear that; her life had turned out to be such a sad struggle. And then it occurred to me that I actually mention her (not unkindly) in Rollback. There will doubtless be those who will comment on what they perceive as insensitivity in this -- naifs who think books appear in stores within days or weeks of their authors finishing them. But, of course, Rollback was finished long ago (on April 24, 2006, to be precise), and was serialized in Analog months before Anna Nicole's passing. I hope she rests in peace.

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site



At February 14, 2007 2:34 AM , Anonymous Jim Shannon said...

Hi Rob,
My wife and I have been following ANS for months on ET and event's leading up and to her death since last Thursday when news broke. All I can say is Tragic. And worst yet is their house in the Bahamas was ransacked.

Weather wise, you folks are getting more snow I hear. Vancouver/Victoria's "balmy" weather must not have been much compensation for you either. You guys in the GTA area get way more snow then we do here in Edmonton. We just get the cold weather.

I don't mind cold weather it's the windchill I hate.

At February 15, 2007 10:42 AM , Anonymous Todd said...

Did anyone else notice that the title of Anna's final movie, which will be released in May, bears a striking resemblence to the title of one of Rob's novels?

Illegal Aliens (starring Anna Nicole Smith)

Illegal Alien (by Robert J. Sawyer)


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