Thursday, January 22, 2009

Rob's email newsletter

Sent to people on my email update list this evening; if you'd like to be added to the list, send me a note:

News from Science Fiction Writer Robert J. Sawyer

* ABC filming pilot based on FLASH FORWARD
* Rob hosts Canadian TV series: debuts TUESDAY
* New novel WAKE coming in April
* WAKE Canadian book tour cities announced

ABC, the most-watched television network in the United States, begins filming a one-hour TV series pilot based on Rob's novel FLASH FORWARD in Los Angeles on February 21, 2009.

The pilot script was written by David S. Goyer (Batman Begins) and Brannon Braga (Star Trek, 24), and David is directing. Rob is serving as consultant, and will be writing one of the first-season episodes.

"ABC might finally have launched a strong companion to LOST with FLASH FORWARD." -- THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Flash Forward TV Series


This Tuesday evening, January 27, 2009, the TV series SUPERNATURAL INVESTIGATOR hosted by Rob premieres coast-to-coast in Canada on Vision TV. This seventeen-part half-hour series airs at 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 7:30 p.m Pacific time.

Supernatural Investigator

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But, actually, you should tune in to Vision half an hour earlier this Tuesday.

Why? Because leading into the first episode of SUPERNATURAL INVESTIGATOR that same Tuesday evening, January 27, is the debut of the new half-hour documentary series I PROPHESY.

The first episode, "Dude, Where's My Flying Car?" has Rob exploring science fiction's attempts to predict the future. I PROPHESY airs at 10:00 p.m. Eastern / 7:00 p.m. Pacific.

I Prophesy

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Rob's 18th novel WAKE comes out in April 2009. The US release date is April 7 from Ace Science Fiction. The Canadian release is April 14 from Penguin Canada.


Rob will be touring coast-to-coast in Canada to promote the release of WAKE. There will be a launch party in Toronto, of course, and Rob will be doing readings and signings in these other Canadian cities:

* Monday, April 20: Vancouver
* Tuesday, April 21: Calgary
* Thursday, April 23: Edmonton
* Saturday, April 25: Moncton
* Tuesday, April 28: Montreal
* Wednesday, April 29: Ottawa
* May (date to be set): Waterloo
* Saturday, May 16: Winnipeg
* Monday, May 25: Sudbury
* Thursday, June 4: Saskatoon
* June (date to be set): Regina

Once we have the venues in place, the tour schedule will be added to Rob's appearance calendar:



Finally, for those nominating for this year's Hugo and Aurora Awards, I have some suggestions here:

Awards Suggestions






The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site


At January 22, 2009 11:16 PM , Blogger Larry Hodges said...

I've been checking somewhat regularly for "Flash Forward" to show up. When you put the title into a search, a bunch of other stuff comes up. However, I found this:
Note that it talks about your "Flash Forward" and writer Brannon Braga, but it links to another TV show from 1996 with the same title, but nothing to do with your Flash Forward or Braga. They messed up. However, the story links to a more extensive article on syfyportal that mentions it's based on a novel by you, etc.

At January 23, 2009 8:49 AM , Blogger brian_l_raney said...

Cribbed from a Huffington Post article here:

"The producers of 'Lost' say the new season will emphasize time shifting along with Sawyer, the repentant con man played by Josh Holloway.

"'Lost' executive producer Carlton Cuse says navigating between the past, present and future is a challenge but the potential for exciting storytelling makes it worthwhile."

Hmmm... Maybe now I see why those same producers would buy the rights to your *time shifting* FlashForward. They were obvious fans of your work.

At January 23, 2009 10:26 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Larry, I've been surprised at the IMDb, too, but it is so filled with errors and omissions that I'm not TOO surprised.


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