Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

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Triggers, FlashForward, and Me

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

A piece I finished five years ago today, on April 15, 2012, for the blog of Gollancz, my UK publisher: Triggers, FlashForward, and Me by Robert J. Sawyer Thanks to the good people at Gollancz, I was recently interviewed in SFX, the world’s top-selling English-language magazine devoted to science fiction. I spoke in that interview […]

Triggers movie and my next novel

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

First, the bad news: there won’t be a new Robert J. Sawyer novel in 2014. My younger brother Alan was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer in September 2012, and he passed away in June 2013. His illness and his death have taken a significant toll on me, and, even before Alan’s passing, I’d asked my […]

Triggers #1 on Locus bestsellers list!

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Triggers byr Robert J. Sawyer is #1 on the paperback bestsellers list in the July 2013 issue of Locus, the US trade journal of the science fiction and fantasy field. The list covers the data period of April 2013. In second place: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Meanwhile, Red Planet Blues by […]

Five year’s-best lists for Triggers

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

My novel Triggers — first published by Ace after serialization in Analog, and currently eligible for nomination for the Hugo, Nebula, and Aurora Awards — had a very good showing on year’s best lists, and has just been nominated for one of Canada’s top literary awards. The award is the Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Award […]

For your Hugo consideration: Triggers

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Now that Hugo Award nominations are officially open, I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you that my novel Triggers, published in the US by Ace Science Fiction following serialization in the January-February, March, April, and May 2012 issues of Analog (and Audio version from Audible), is eligible for nomination in the Best Novel category. […]

Should writers shy away from mentioning skin color?

Friday, July 13th, 2012

An email I recently received said, “I just started your novel Triggers and was wondering why you repeatedly point out that one character is black and another is white. I am not criticizing the book; I only find it unusual and had not seen anything like this before.” My reply: I’ve done it in most […]

Financial Times loves Triggers

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Financial Times — The Financial Times of London, one of the most-read newspapers in the world — just reviewed my novel Triggers. It’s a short but sweet review, but wonderfully quotable:“It’s a national security nightmare — someone has access to the secrets lodged in the brain of the most powerful man in the world. There’s […]

Texas Public Radio interview

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

A fabulous 18-minute Texas Public Radio interivew with me about Triggers, conducted by the masterful Dan Skinner, is online here. Give it a listen! Texas Public Radio describes the interview thusly:When you talk about finding your soul mate, quantum entanglement is probably something you didn’t think about when searching for that individual who would “complete” […]

Triggers reviews including Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Reviews for Triggers by Robert J. Sawyer: “Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer returns with a new hard science fiction novel which pulls together elements of a gripping political thriller with cutting edge psychological insights to create a story that works on many levels. Triggers has the pacing of an episode of […]

Triggers a Maclean’s and Globe and Mail Bestseller

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Triggers debuted at #8 on the Fiction bestsellers list in Maclean’s: Canada’s National Newsmagazine in its first week out (list published April 12), and has moved up to #7 in its second week (list published April 19). And it debuted at #7 on the Canadian Fiction bestsellers list in The Globe and Mail: Canada’s National […]

Triggers now out!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Today is the official publication date of my 21s novel Triggers. The hardcover, ebook, and versions are all out now. I begin my book tour tonight!“Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer returns with a new hard science fiction novel which pulls together elements of a gripping political thriller with cutting edge […]

Toronto Star ad for Triggers: NYTBR back cover!

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

On Sundays, The Toronto Star — the largest-circulation newspaper in Canada — contains a version of the New York Times Book Review. Today, Sunday, April 1, 2012, the entire back cover of that section was devoted to this terrific ad produced by Penguin Group (Canada) for Triggers. Penguin Canada has been enormously supportive of my […]

The Wall Street Journal loves Triggers

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Tom Shippey — the world’s top Tolkien scholar — reviews my novel Triggers in the March 31, 2012, edition of The Wall Street Journal. The review concludes:Mr. Sawyer works through the permutations with one surprise after another, including the president’s deep, dark secret–now in somebody else’s possession–that would make him a one-termer for sure. The […]

Mississauga Life interview and review

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Mississauga Life, a glossy magazine in Mississauga (Canada’s sixth-largest city, and where I live), has a lengthy, meaty interview with me in its March-April 2012 issue, as well as a wonderful review of Triggers, which says in part:Triggers is congruent with the best science-fiction in that it’s not about blasters, but about issues and social […]

Triggers book tour dates

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Robert J. Sawyer‘s twenty-first novel, Triggers, comes out in hardcover on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 — and Wonder, the concluding volume of his acclaimed WWW trilogy, comes out in paperback that day. Join him on his book tour for events in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Waterloo, Hamilton, and Ottawa: Official […]

Triggers opening chapters

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

The opening chapters of my 21st novel, Triggers, coming April 3 in hardcover, ebook, and Audible editions, are now online. Publishers Weekly says the book is “a turbo-charged techno-thriller” and Booklist says it combines “a thriller’s pacing and a chilling near-future world.” Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Newsgroup • Email

Triggers serialization begins in Analog

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

The January-February 2012 double issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact is on sale now — in print and electronic formats. It contains part one of the four-part complete serialization of my 21st novel, Triggers. The serial will continue in the March, April, and May 2012 issues. Analog (formerly Astounding Stories) is the oldest English-language […]

Triggers cover

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Here’s the US cover for Triggers, my 21st novel, coming April 3, 2012, from Ace Science Fiction in the US, Penguin Canada (under the Viking imprint) in Canada, and about the same time from Orion (under the Gollancz imprint) in the UK — with simultaneous audiobook (from Audible) and ebook editions. Click the little version […]