Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

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Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space

Wednesday, November 24th, 2021

We just finished watching the Blu-ray version of the very first Jon Pertwee Doctor Who serial (Pertwee was the Third Doctor, and my all-time favourite), “Spearhead from Space.” It was first broadcast almost 52 years ago in January 1970, and was the first Doctor Who made in colour. We hadn’t seen it since it aired […]

A hot dense state

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

I tuned into the season 9 premiere of The Big Bang Theory because my friend Sherry Peters​ tipped me off that my buddy Jim Meskimen was guest-starring (he played the officiant), but, man, was I disappointed. I haven’t watched TBBT for a few years, and except for one science joke at the end (which was […]

My film and TV work

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

It’s high time my website had a page devoted to my film and TV work. Here it is.Screen capture from “Course Correction,” the episode of FlashForward I wrote for ABC. Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Email

Prisoners of Gravity — 15 years on

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Fifteen years ago today, “Evolution,” the final episode of Prisoners of Gravity, the wonderful program about science fiction and comic books produced by TVOntario, aired. PoG starred Rick Green, and was produced by Gregg Thurlbeck and Mark Askwith, ably assisted by Shirley Brady, and I was fortunate enough to be the most frequent guest in […]

The Paper Chase, Season One!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

“I’m arguing for justice, sir … I’m arguing for people — for a wholehearted, indivisible commitment to humanity.” —James T. Hart As I said back in December 2008, Shout! Factory is issuing the first season of The Paper Chase on DVD — and the three-disk set arrived today, via! All 22 first-season episodes. W00t! […]

Rob on Discovery’s Daily Planet for Darwin Day

Monday, February 9th, 2009

This Thursday, February 12, 2009, is the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin, and Discovery Channel Canada is doing a special episode of its nightly science-news program Daily Planet devoted to Darwin Day. The guests are science-fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer (author of Hominids) and paleontologist Peter Ward (co-author of Rare Earth). Checking my records I […]

Tuesday is RJS Night on Vision TV!

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

This Tuesday, January 26 — tomorrow, as I write this — I’ll be featured not once but twice on Canada’s Vision TV. At 10:00 p.m. Eastern time / 7:00 p.m. Pacific, the half-hour documentary Dude, Where’s My Flying Car?, heavily featuring Rob, airs as the debut episode of the series I Prophesy. And, immediately following, at 10:30 […]

The Robman on CBC’s The Hour

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

CBC Television’s The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos has posted the clip of me — Robert J. Sawyer — talking about the future of transportation which first aired Monday, January 2, 2007. It’s a funny clip in a way. They recorded me in front of a green screen, and then simply keyed in a plain white […]

CBC’s The Hour features Robert J. Sawyer and Karl Schroeder

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

CBC Television’s The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulous, which airs at 11:00 p.m. local time coast-to-coast in Canada, is doing a three-part series on the future to kick off the new year. The three segments will air Tuesday, January 2; Wednesday, January 3; and Thursday, January 4. Each segment features a different theme, and a different […]

Robby the Robot guest stars on Stacked

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

How can you not love this show? The episode I watched today, “Gavin’s Pipe Dream,” includes an appearance near the end by Robby the Robot (an absolutely spot-on perfect recreation of the robot from Forbidden Planet). It also has a funny bit in which Christopher Lloyd’s ex-NASA-scientist, who never throws out anything that’s still good […]


Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

I’ve watched three episodes now of Stacked, the short-lived Fox sitcom starring Pamela Anderson as an unlikely bookstore clerk, and, you know what? It’s charming, funny, cute, clever, and intelligent. The show’s characters include a failed novelist, and a physics professor (played by Taxi‘s Christopher Lloyd), and the setting is a lovely little independent bookshop. […]