Monday, September 28, 2009

CBC Radio loves the Robman

On Saturday, September 26, 2009, I was interviewed on CBC Radio One's pop-culture program Definitely Not the Opera, hosted by Sook-Yin Lee (above in 2007, with Robert J. Sawyer), in an interview recorded at Thin Air: Winnipeg International Writers' Festival.

On Monday, September 28, 2009, I was interviewed on CBC Radio One's Q, hosted by Jian Ghomeshi (below, photographed today with Rob).

And earlier this month, on Saturday, September 5, 2009, I was interviewed on CBC Radio One's The Next Chapter, hosted by Shelagh Rogers.

All three interviews were about my novel FlashForward, and the hit ABC TV series based on it -- and all three interviews are now online as MP3 files:

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At September 28, 2009 10:37 PM , Blogger John F said...

Rob I just listened to your Q interview. Near the end, you say that you believe that the future is fixed.

I just went back and listened to the end of your Penn Neuroscience talk from the spring. Near the end of that, you seem to refute a questioner's assertion that the future is fixed, citing quantum indeterminacy.

I thought I detected a somewhat playful tone in the Q interview during this exchange. Perhaps you were arguing for determinism in order to not give anything away about the TV series as it develops.

But am I missing something here?

At September 29, 2009 9:13 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

All you're missing is that I'm not an ideologue. Who the hell knows if the future is fixed? No one. I can argue it either way, depending on my mood -- I think there are good arguments for both positions. (And, remember, at Penn I had oodles of time to delve into the question; on Q, I had 15 seconds to answer it.)

Or, as Walt Whitman said, "Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes."

At September 29, 2009 11:17 AM , Blogger John F said...

Ah! This is kind of what I thought.


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