Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

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The pitch that sold Red Planet Blues

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Four years ago today, on July 18, 2011, I sent this pitch to my US and Canadian editors — which eventually led to the book Red Planet Blues: Hi, Ginjer and Adrienne. Now that you’ve accepted Triggers, it’s time for me to get to work on my next book (which you’ve already contracted for; it’s […]


Friday, May 1st, 2015

Twenty years ago today, my novel The Terminal Experiment — which went on to win the Nebula Award for Best Novel of the Year, was a finalist for the Hugo Award and Japan’s Seiun Award, and won Canada’s Aurora Award — was published by HarperPrism (following full-text serialization in Analog). The novel is still in […]

The Beagle has landed

Friday, January 16th, 2015

In honor of the discovery of the remains of Beagle 2 on Mars, an excerpt from my novel Red Planet Blues, which mentions it. Martian private-detective Alex Lomax is talking with blackmarket fossil dealer Ernie Gargalian: Since Berling hadn’t yet shown up, I took the opportunity to ask Ernie a question. “So,” I said, doing my […]

Paperback of Red Planet Blues

Monday, March 31st, 2014

The US and Canadian paperback editions of Red Planet Blues are now out (the British paperback comes out next week on Thursday, April 10). “A cause for celebration; a tour de force.” —AnalogRobert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Email

For your consideration: Red Planet Blues

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Award-nominating season is upon us, and so allow me to share some of the praise for my 2013 novel Red Planet Blues (published Ace Science Fiction in the US and Viking in Canada): “Red Planet Blues is a perfectly executed gem of a book. Sawyer sets a classic work of noir against a Buck Rogers […]

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 […]

Yay for theme anthologies!

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Back in 2006, when my novella “Identity Theft” — which makes up the first ten chapters of my new novel Red Planet Blues — was a Nebula Award finalist, I was asked to comment about the story’s origin for the SFWA Bulletin. Here’s what I had to say (“Identity Theft” first appeared in Mike Resnick‘s […]

Expanding Identity Theft into Red Planet Blues

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by John DeNardo of Kirkus for an article about expanding short works into novels, which is what I’d done with my latest book, Red Planet Blues. The full by-email interview is below, and here is the finished article, with a couple of my quotes used and quotes from […]

Red Planet Blues book tour

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Join me in celebrating the launch of my 22nd novel, Red Planet Blues. The book tour begins with a gala launch party Monday, March 25, in Toronto, and continues with events in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ottawa, and Montreal, and Quebec City. All except the Montreal and Quebec City events are […]

Unveiling the Red Planet Blues cover

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

I’m thrilled to unveil the cover for my twenty-second novel, Red Planet Blues, and to announce a new, earlier publication date. To accommodate my Canadian book tour, Red Planet Blues will now come out in both the US and Canada one week earlier than originally planned. The new date is Tuesday, March 26, 2013 (with […]

Red Planet Blues

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

My 22nd novel, formerly known as The Great Martian Fossil Rush, has a new official title: Red Planet Blues. When I asked for suggestions online, hundreds of possibilities were put forth. Red Planet Blues was separately suggested by Jeff Beeler on Twitter, Nazrat Durand on my Facebook wall, André Peloquin on the forum maintained by […]