Monday, October 5, 2009

FlashForward TV series now sold to 100 territories; translation rights to the novel

The TV series FlashForward, made by ABC Studios in Los Angeles, and based on Robert J. Sawyer's novel of the same name, has now sold to a staggering 100 territories worldwide.

Recent additions: AXN (Central and Eastern Europe), AXN (Japan), Channel 1 (Russia), Fox International Channels (Russia), M-Net (Africa), Orbit Showtime (Middle East), ProSieben (Germany),TF1 (France) and TV4 (Sweden) have all acquired the series.

More information in this article.

Translation rights to the novel FlashForward have sold in numerous languages. but we're always looking to add more. Author Sawyer controls all non-English-language rights; publishers can contact him at and he'll put you in touch with his agents who handle his foreign rights, translation rights, and overseas sales.

The novel won Canada's top SF award and Europe's top SF award, and received a starred review, denoting a work of exceptional merit from Publishers Weekly.

Other reviews of the novel FlashForward:
  • "Great storytelling" --Boston Globe
  • "Fresh and startling" --Library Journal
  • "Intellectually and dramatically satisfying" --Orlando Sentinel
  • "Sawyer manipulates an intricate plot brilliantly" --Denver Rocky Mountain News
  • "Unbelievably cool" --SciFi Weekly
  • "A gripping novel" --SciFi Wire
  • "An excellent novel" --Starlog
  • "An utterly fascinating premise and hard questions about free will and determinism" --Winnipeg Free Press
More reviews of the novel are here, and more about the book is here.

Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

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At October 05, 2009 2:10 PM , Blogger Chuk said...

Nice! I'm enjoying the show and my nine-year-old daughter has been watching it with me, she likes it too.

At October 05, 2009 9:33 PM , Blogger John F said...

I'm really enjoying the show myself. Has ABC ordered any more episodes for this season?

At October 09, 2009 2:36 AM , Blogger policywonk said...

I hope they paid you well for the rights and you laugh all the way to the bank on this one, Sawyer, because TV just made mincemeat manure from your excellent novel. Three episodes, and still nobody's even asked a scientist for an explanation (WTF?! How big a maguffin is *that*??) -- and yet, holy Indiana Jones, the conspiracy dung is already so deep that there's even a Nazi with a Jewish-mysticism fixation! How cliche. The producers were never interested in good sci-fi or the original premise, that's certainly clear. Thanks, but I'm not watching any more of this bull; I'll reread the book instead. Which I loved, BTW. Nice job!

At January 25, 2010 1:28 AM , Blogger Kirstin said...

@policywonk: They didn't do anything to his novel. It still exists, just as it has, since it was written. :D


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