Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for the 'Wake' Category

#2 Bestseller in Saskatoon

Friday, June 12th, 2009

McNally Robinson‘s Saskatoon superstore provides the data to the major Saskatoon newspaper, The Saskatoon StarPhoenix, for its bestsellers’ list. My Wake is #2 this week on the hardcover list, having been beaten by … Dr. Seuss! The list, which will be in tomorrow’s (Saturday, June 13, 2009’s) StarPhoenix, is below: Oh, The Places You’ll Go!By […]

"I love the fact that Robert J. Sawyer is smarter than me"

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Now, that’s a review! The June 11, 2009, edition of FFWD (aka Fast Forward Weekly: Calgary’s News and Entertainment Alternative) has a wonderful, lengthy review of my Wake by Hugh Graham. Here’s the opening, a little piece from the middle, and the close: I love the fact that Robert J. Sawyer is smarter than me. […]

French edition of Wake

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Le w00t! I’m delighted to report that French rights to Wake have sold to Éditions Robert Laffont in Paris, via my agents Ralph M. Vicinanza Ltd. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

SFRevu reviews SF novel Wake — practically a palindrome!

Monday, June 8th, 2009

And a very nice review it is, too: A brilliant look at interspecies communication with some remarkable insights into the future of artificial intelligence; one of Robert Sawyer’s best efforts and one that will open your eyes to new possibilities. He’s likely to score a hit with everyone from Gibson and Stephenson’s crowd to science […]

Fort Morgan Times loves Wake

Friday, June 5th, 2009

The Fort Morgan Times (Fort Morgan, Colorado), has just published a nice review of my novel Wake. The review begins: “www:Wake” by Robert J. Sawyer is another delight from the pen of an author who knows how to romp through the kind of speculation which makes science fiction most fun. Most intriguing is the end, […]

Listen online to RJS on CBC’s "Fresh Air"

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

I was a guest in studio on CBC Radio One’s Fresh Air, heard Ontario-wide, on Sunday morning, May 24, 2009. The topic, of course, was my new novel Wake, and the interview is now online here (9 minutes — Windows Media Player is required, I think). CBC’s website described the interview thus: Fresh off our […]

Wake book trailer now on my site

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

It’s been up on YouTube and the Penguin Canada site for a while, but my buddy Marcel Gagné gave me some extra server space to host more multimedia files on Carolyn and my websites, and so I’ve now got a hi-res version of the book trailer for Wake on my own website. Have a look. […]

Sawyer talks about the web waking up at Google

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

On Wednesday, May 27, 2009, Hugo Award-winning science-fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer spoke at Google Waterloo, in a talk that was broadcast to Google facilities worldwide, about the science behind the World Wide Web gaining consciousness — the theme of his new novel Wake. (Wake is set in Waterloo.) You can listen to Rob’s talk […]

Wake audio book an Editors’ Pick

Friday, May 29th, 2009

I’m pleased to see that the audiobook of Wake is one of’s Best (So Far!) of 2009 Editors’ Picks — one of 19 audidiobook titles — and the only science-fiction one! — to be so honored. You can get all my audiobooks here. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Wake has "a most satisfying ending"

Friday, May 29th, 2009

MostlyFiction Book Reviews has posted a terrific review of Wake; the review is by Ann Wilkes, and says, in part: Sawyer’s treatment of the awakening of a consciousness from a man-made construct (in this case the web) coupled with the awe and wonder of a blind person’s journey to sight is brilliant. And the review […]

RJS on the Dr. Howard Gluss Show

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Robert J. Sawyer appeared on the Dr. Howard Gluss Radio Show on May 12, 2009, talking about consciousness, computers, his new novel Wake, and his older novel Flash Forward. The interview is now available online as a two-part podcast: Part 1 (11 minutes 30 seconds) (when the break begins at the 11:30 mark, the rest […]

Nice fan mail from the Pacific Northwest

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Got a nice letter today from a person in the Pacific Northwest whose father, blind since birth, gained sight in adulthood after a cataract operation. The letter made my day; it said in part: Wake has a poignant scene where Caitlin is “seeing” for the first time. I related to that scene so strongly because […]

And speaking of libraries …

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

… just got a nice fan letter from a library patron in Salt Lake City: Let me preface my praise with the fact that I have read all your works. I have just finished your latest book Wake. (no more than 8 min. ago) I found it wonderfully refreshing and deeply interesting. You are an […]

North Perth Public Library blog on my Waterloo event

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

My event in Waterloo for Wake on Thursday was terrific (and my friend Marcel Gagné saved the day by getting the sound system working with literally seconds to spare). And now the North Perth Public Library has put an entry about my event in their blog. Check it out. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web […]

"Random Musings" blogger reviews Wake

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

And very nicely, too, I might add. Check it out! Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand


Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

This is so cool. Craig Rintoul of Bookbits took a 90-second audio clip out of the interview he recently did with me about Wake and produced a computer-animated version of me giving the pitch for the novel. You have to see this! (And pay attention to the things in the background!) (And Craig’s full interview […]

Wake in major computing publication

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

I worked very hard to come up with a plausible scenario for the World Wide Web gaining consciousness for my novel WWW: Wake, and I’m thrilled to have a chance to share some of that background with the members of the Association for Computer Machinery, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. The last […]

Wake #1 Winnipeg Bestseller!

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

McNally Robinson, the bookstore chain based in Winnipeg (the capital city of the province of Manitoba), has just released its bestsllers list for the week of May 17, 2009, and Wake by Robert J. Sawyer is #1 in hardcover fiction. Woohoo! The Winnipeg Free Press, the major daily newspaper in Winnipeg, uses the McNally Robinson […]

World’s Biggest Bookstore interviews Rob

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Jessica Strider, a bookseller at the World’s Biggest Bookstore in Toronto, recently interviewed Robert J. Sawyer for her blog Sci-Fi Fan Letter. You can read the whole interview right here. Among the questions and answers: What was the hardest scene for you to write? I’ve written lots of gut-wrenching scenes over the years, and some […]

Holy cow! I’m on the front page of The Record!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

The problem with reading newspaper articles online is that you miss seeing the layout of the article in the actual printed paper. To my astonishment and delight, it turns out that the article about me and my novel Wake in today’s Waterloo Region Record, a major Canadian daily newspaper, is on THE FRONT PAGE! The […]

Waterloo Setting a "No-Brainer"

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

That’s the headline for the article about me, my novel Wake, and why it’s set in Waterloo, Ontario, that appears in today’s edition of The Waterloo Region Record, the major daily newspaper serviing the twin cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, Ontario. And, indeed, it really was a no-brainer: people would accuse me of making up […]

One thousand autographs!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Actually, 1,050 — the number of autographs I recently finished signing for The Easton Press, which is producing a signed, numbered leather-bound limited edition of Wake. The edition is limited to 900 copies; the extra sheets were in case any got damaged during binding. Whew! Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Hey, Waterloo, Wake Up! :)

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

My new novel Wake is set in Waterloo, Ontario — Canada’s computing and high-tech capital — and to celebrate that, I’m doing a reading and Q&A at The Waterloo Entertainment Centre on Thursday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 (to defray facilities rental) or free if you buy a copy of Wake from […]

SF Site reviews Wake

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

SF Site is the wonderful web site run by Rodger Turner. It’s just posted a review of my novel WWW: Wake as the lead review for their Mid-May 2009 issue; the reviewer is Michael M. Jones, and it’s a particularly gratifying review because, praise aside, Jones clearly gets the book. :) The whole review is […]

Sacramento Book Review loves Wake

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Sacramento Book Review reviews Wake by Robert J. Sawyer right here, saying in part: From an author who has written many books and has won just about every award a science fiction author can comes one of the most original and fascinating novels to be published in a long time. It’s one of those books […]

Bookbits creates a Wake book trailer

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Craig Rintoul of Bookbits came by yesterday and recorded an audio interview with me about Wake, which he’s now whipped into a nifty book trailer for the novel. You can watch it on YouTube. Many thanks, Craig! (Runtime: 6 minutes.) (Penguin Canada’s trailer — of a very different sort — for Wake is also on […]

Major RJS profile in today’s Winnipeg Free Press

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Morley Walker, the long-time books editor of The Winnipeg Free Press, has a major, lengthy profile of Robert J. Sawyer on page 1 of today’s (Thursday, May 14, 2009) Entertainment section. (The Free Press, a major Canadian daily newspaper, is the largest-circulation paper in Manitoba.) You can read it online right here. An excerpt: Robert […]

Hardcore Nerdity interviews Rob

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Adrienne Kress, Robert J. Sawyer, Lesley LivingstonYes, my job is way better than your job  … ;)Lesley Livingston of the wonderful website Hardcore Nerdity interviewed me just before the start of my Toronto book launch for Wake on Thursday, April 30, 2009 — and now our conversation is online as a podcast right here (runtime: 15 […]

Waterloo: The Centre of the Universe

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

A FEW WORDS FROM ROBERT J. SAWYERA posting to the blog of Waterloo’s Words Worth Books I’ve long known that Waterloo was a special place. I lived there in the summer of 1980 — has it really been almost 30 years? — and was immediately aware of how much intellectual excitement there was in your […]

SFScope reviews Wake

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Ian Randal Strock — formerly of Analog magazine and Science Fiction Chronicle (and one of those who tried out for the job of book reviewer at Analog in the wake of Tom Easton’s departure; the job went to Don Sakers) — reviews my novel Wake over at SF news site SFScope. The review includes a […]