Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

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I’m now on TikTok

Sunday, November 27th, 2022

A great friend has suggested to me that the best social-media platform for authors trying to sell books these days is TikTok, so I’ve dived in. I now have six TikTok videos up. On this page, it shows them, left to right, from most-recent to least-recent, but the better way to watch them is from […]

The wisdom of Erle Stanley Gardner

Thursday, July 28th, 2022

The wisdom of Erle Stanley Gardner, from the Perry Mason novel The Case of the Careless Kitten, published eighty years ago in 1942. Defense attorney Perry Mason is speaking to Hamilton Burger, the district attorney: “Because the public has sat idly by and let the organized prosecutors amend the law until the constitutional guarantees of […]

Remembering Barbara Delaplace

Saturday, July 23rd, 2022

Today in Gainesville, there’s a celebration of Barbara Haldeman, sister-in-law to Joe Haldeman and the widow of Joe’s late brother, Jack.I can’t be there, but I’m thinking fondly about my friend Barbara today. Those, like me, who used to frequent the CompuServe Science Fiction and Fantasy Forum may remember her as Barbara Delaplace, where she […]

CTV Calgary Noon News interview about MIFRE Media Award

Monday, April 25th, 2022

I was interviewed today on the CTV Calgary Noon News about my WWW trilogy of Wake, Watch, and Wonder winning the Machine Intelligence Foundation for Rights and Ethics (MIFRE) Media Award. You can watch the six-minute sement here. Robert J. Sawyer online: Website • Patreon • Facebook • Twitter • Email

Christmas gift ideas!

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021

Christmas shopping? A friendly reminder that I sell autographed copies of my books online. Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Patreon • Facebook • Twitter • Email

Day-of-launch interview near Trinity site

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

Yesterday (Tuesday, June 2, 2020) was the official publication date of my 24th novel, The Oppenheimer Alternative — and where better to launch the book than the place where it all began? I spent an hour in conversation with Mike Shinabery of the New Mexico Museum of Space History on his morning show on KRSY-AM […]

I have a Patreon page!

Sunday, February 4th, 2018

The times they are a-changin’ in publishing, and so I’ve set up a Patreon page at, where my readers can support my work directly. Please check it out! Many thanks! Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Email

A repeat from one year ago today; more apropos than ever

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

Foresight consultancy Idea Couture publishes a wonderful magazine called MISC. For their Fall 2015 issue, they asked me to contribute a piece on a “looming potential crisis nobody is talking about.” This is what I had to say in MISC; I explore this theme in much greater depth in my upcoming 23rd novel Quantum Night, […]

Favorite books in six words

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Yesterday on my Facebook wall, we played this game:Describe the plot of your favorite book in exactly six words — but don’t say what it is, let us guess.I described seven favorite books thusly. Here are the descriptions, along with the books’ titles: “Computer psychoanalyzes astronaut paralyzed by guilt.” Gateway, the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning […]

Quantum Night cover blurb

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Here’s the cover blurb for Quantum Night, my 23rd novel, being published three months from today, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, simultaneously in hardcover, audiobook, and ebook: QUANTUM NIGHT ROBERT J. SAWYER’s novels are “intelligent, literate, and immensely readable explorations of the biggest ideas there are.”* Now the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Red Planet […]

My 2015 WorldCon schedule

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Here’s my programming schedule for Sasquan, the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention, coming up in August in Spokane: “Writing for TV” (Moderator) (45 mintues) Thursday, August 20, at 3:00 p.m. Bays 111A (CC) with Michael Cassutt, David Gerrold, Melinda Snodgrass, Charlie Reeves Autographing Friday, August 21, at 11:00 a.m. Exhibit Hall B (CC) Reading from […]

Remembering Pat York ten years on

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Ten years ago today, on 21 May 2005, Pat York — SF-writing colleague and friend — was killed in a car crash at the age of 57. She was a mainstay of SF conventions in this part of the world, a Nebula Award finalist, and twice a Writers of the Future Award finalist. The SFWA […]

Simon pegs it

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

If you actually read what Simon Pegg says in this Radio Times article — not just react in a knee-jerk fashion as you might when you think someone’s dissing your favorite things — there’s much truth in it. In 1968, we had two great science-fiction films, 2001: A Space Odyssey, which terrifically captured the sense […]

Working out the title for my 23rd novel

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

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Beyond the Fermi Paradox

Monday, April 20th, 2015

I had the pleasure, however virtually and metaphorically, to sit down recently with Edward M. Lerner and discuss his latest novel. InterstellarNet: Enigma is the newest addition to Ed’s popular InterstellarNet future history. Here’s a little of what we discussed.RJS: I’ve read InterstellarNet: Enigma, and it has a lot of moving parts. How do you […]

Four rules for life

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Four rules for living a better and happier life that seem sensible to me:   Make amends Accept apologies Don’t discard people Care Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Email

Idris Elba as James Bond

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Of course Idris Elba can play James Bond. Below is how Sam Spade is described by his creator Dashiell Hammett in the first paragraph of The Maltese Falcon novel, and the picture is Sam Spade as portrayed by Humphrey Bogart in the definitive film version; Bogart looks nothing like Space — but nonetheless nailed the […]

Reading is in Kitchener, not Waterloo

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Some early publicity for my Red Planet Blues book tour had my event on Tuesday, April 30, listed as being at the Waterloo Public Library. That’s not correct. The event actually takes place Tuesday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m. at the Kitchener Public Library, Country Hills Community Branch, 1500 Block Line Road, Kitchener. The library […]

Sparkling Mike Resnick

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

My great friend and mentor Mike Resnick is Guest of Honor at Chicon 7, the 2012 World Science Fiction Convention, which begins next week in Chicago. To commemorate that, here’s the introduction I wrote for Mike’s 2003 collection Resnick at Large: Resnick Speaks His Mind on Everything. Here’s something most people don’t know about Mike […]

Edmonton event is at 7:00 p.m. …

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

… not 7:30 p.m., as incorrectly reported in a few places. The event for TRIGGERS takes place this Wednesday, April 11, at Audreys, 10702 Jasper Ave. NW, Edmonton at 7:00 p.m. Free; everybody welcome.

John Demjanjuk, 1920-2012

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

John Demjanjuk passed away today at 91. He was the Cleveland autoworker who had been tried and convicted of being Ivan the Terrible, a horrific guard at the Treblinka death camp, and, when that conviction was overturned, was later convicted of being a different guard at the Sobibor death camp, a conviction that was on […]

Need a new title for my next book — help!

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

The Great Martian Fossil Rush is no more. The sales force for my US publisher doesn’t like the title, and I need to have them enthusiastic about the book. I’ve been asked to come up with a new title. It’s a hard-boiled detective novel set on Mars, expanded from my novella “Identity Theft” and my […]

Calgary’s Con-Version SF convention cancelled for 2011 and 2012

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

On the Facebook page for Con-Version XXVII, Calgary’s long-running science-fiction convention, con-com member Amilee Hagon posted the following on September 18:Good evening everyone. It is with deepest regret that I inform you all that until further notice Con-Version will not be going ahead as planned next year. I am truly sorry for this and would […]

Free Sawyer talk in Ottawa on Monday, October 17

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

A Glimpse into the Future on “Faster-than-Light Neutrinos”: Hope, Hype and Magic World-renowned science-fiction writer and futurist comes to Canada Science and Technology Museum Robert J. Sawyer was been called “a writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation” by the New York Times, and declared “one of the most-successful Canadian authors ever” by Maclean’s. […]

Read my Aurora Award-nominated poem

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

The full text of “The Transformed Man”, my Aurora Award-nominated poem is available right here. Enjoy! Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Newsgroup • Email

Robot caregivers

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

I was recently asked by a journalist from Fox News Online for my thoughts about robot caregivers for the disabled, resulting in this brief article. But, as always in an interview, I sent him much more material than was actually used. Here are my fuller thoughts on the matter: Absolutely robots will play a major […]

Boldly going into my living room

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

The Globe and Mail: Canada’s National Newspaper has been running a feature called “My Books, My Place,” featuring writers in their favourite reading spots, and in the Saturday, July 9, 2011, edition, my living room is featured. Here’s the version at the Globe and Mail website, and below is a longer version of the same […]

TV interview with me

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

YouTube has a wonderful TV interview with me done during my book tour for Wonder. I appeared on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, on Studio 4, Shaw’s morning show, hosted by Fanny Kiefer. Part One (12:12): Part Two (10:49): Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Newsgroup • Email

Friend me on Facebook!

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

I’ve been pretty lax about updating this blog. I’m much more active on Facebook these days. But I’m getting close to the 5,000-person limit for Friends there. I happily friend my readers, so if you’d like to send me a friend request, please do. My Facebook wall is here. Here’s a taste of what you’ve […]

BBC World Book Day coverage and more

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

The Winnipeg Free Press ran a short version of this interview in Kenton Smith’s “Paper Chase” books column in its Saturday, May 14, 2011, edition; here’s the full interview: 1) What compelled you to sign the letter to the BBC re: its coverage of World Book Day? What would you personally have to add to […]