Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

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Back home in Mississauga

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

After two months away, it’s good to finally be back home in Mississauga. Carolyn and I had a great time in Saskatoon, and already miss our new friends from there. Being the first-ever writer-in-residence at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron was an amazing experience. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Saskatchewan Writers Guild interview

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

… conducted by current Aurora Award nominee Edward Willett just went online here. It’s a good, meaty interview about my residency at the Canadian Light Source and my new novel Wake. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Hangin’ with Arthur Slade

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Click photo for larger versionArthur Slade, who won the Governor General’s Award for Dust, and Robert J. Sawyer hanging out at the 20th anniversary celebration for the Sage Hill Writing Experience in Lumsden, Saskatchewan, on Saturday, July 25, 2009. Art is currently teaching at Sage Hill, and the organizers are courting Rob to teach there […]

Final week in Saskatoon is packed

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Yesterday, we went to Lumsden, Saskatchewan, for the 20th anniversary of the Sage Hill Writing Experience. Today: a barbecue at the home of bookseller and writer Kent Pollard, followed by dinner with Carolyn’s Saskatoon cousins. Monday: my final weekly writing lecture for the Canadian Light Source staff, plus my final three one-hour one-on-one critiquing/mentoring appointments […]

DEW Launch and RJS Farewell at McNally Saskatoon on Tuesday

Friday, July 24th, 2009

This Tuesday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m., there will be a launch for my new anthology Distant Early Warnings: Canada’s Best Science Fiction at McNally Robinson in Saskatoon; this will also serve as the farewell event for my two months here in Saskatoon as writer-in-residence at the Canadian Light Source. (Note: this event was orginally […]

My final week at the Canadian Light Source

Friday, July 24th, 2009

I’ve been having a great time serving as writer-in-residence at the Canadian Light Source, Canada’s national synchrotron research facility. My final week begins today. Here’s a sign that someone recently put up on my office door at the synchrotron: And yesterday, I was helping archaeologist Elizabeth Robertson with an experiment down on one of the […]

Writers make their characters up

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Yesterday, as part of my outreach duties as writer-in-residence at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, I attended a book club meeting; the clubs members — six very nice women — had all just read my John W. Campbell Memorial Award-winning 2005 science-fiction novel Mindscan. At one point, I got asked the inevitable question: who are […]

Regina Leader-Post profiles RJS

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Photo of Robert J. Sawyerby Troy Fleece, Regina Leader Post. Click photo for larger version.Today’s (Saturday, June 27, 2009) Regina Leader-Post — the major daily newspaper in the capital city of the province of Saskatchewan — has a wonderful profile of me by Samantha Maciag. The article covers my writer-in-residence position at the Canadian Light […]

Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking …

Friday, June 19th, 2009

It’s been a busy seven days of public appearances and interviews — in three different cities: Saturday evening, June 13, 2009, I appeared in Calgary, Alberta, reading from Wake at the EDGE Publishing book-launch event. Monday, June 15, 2009, I gave an hour-long creative-writing lecture on “Great Beginnings” to the staff of the Canadian Light […]

Rob on John Gormley Live

Friday, June 19th, 2009

John Gormley Live is Saskatchewan’s most-popular radio morning show, and I was guest for almost half an hour this morning. Missed it? No problem! You can hear the whole interview right here (I start at the 16 minute 9 second mark, and, in this version, with the commercials trimmed out, it lasts about 18 minutes). […]

The things people say to writers!

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Tonight I gave a very-well-received talk and reading at the Saskatoon Public Library, as part of my residency at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, with 108 people in the audience. And at the end, there was a reception with refreshments, and people came up to say hi, and get autographs, and ask questions, and all […]

CLS: Tempus fugit

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Carolyn and I have been in Saskatoon for two full weeks now. Incredibly, my writer-in-residence gig at the Canadian Light Source, Canada’s national synchrotron, is already one-quarter over. But what a two weeks it’s been. During it, I: Did safety training at CLS Was interviewed by CBC Radio One in Saskatoon Was interviewed by CBC […]

Sci-fi writer ready to draw inspiration from Saskatoon synchrotron

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

That’s the headline for a story at today — and here’s the very nice article about my residency at the Canadian Light Source that accompanies it. (There was also a lovely piece on the Saskatchewan CBC Evening News last night, from which the quotes for this article were excerpted.) Visit The Robert J. Sawyer […]

Only five writer-in-residence appointments left

Monday, June 8th, 2009

I’ve only got five writer-in-residence appointments not yet spoken for during my stint at the Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon. If you want one, better book fast. I expect them all to be booked up shortly. Contact me at if you’d like to book an appointment. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

First five days in Saskatoon

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Carolyn and I are safe and sound in Saskatoon (say that five times fast!). We’re having a blast, but — man! — I haven’t had a chance to catch my breath. We flew here from Toronto on Monday, June 1, had lunch with Canadian Light Source’s Matthew Dalzell, then did our safety training at CLS, […]

Canadian Light Source writer-in-residence submission guidelines

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

If you want me to critique a manuscript while I’m writer-in-residence at the Canadian Light Source, you must adhere to the following guidelines. I’m happy to critique any kind of manuscript — fiction (all genres), nonfiction, scripts, plays, poetry, school essays, etc. 1) Book an appointment in advance with me by emailing me at: […]

One appointment left on my first Saturday at CLS

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Want a free critique of your manuscript — and happen to be in Saskatoon? My first three critiquing days are all booked solid now, except for one appointment on Saturday, June 6 — I need someone to take the 3:00 p.m. slot for a critique (I don’t want to fall behind schedule my first week!). […]

What’s green and white and red all over? The U of S alumni magazine!

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

The University of Saskatchewan’s alumni magazine is called Green & White, and the Spring 2009 issue has a nice little piece about my stint (which begins this Monday!) as Writer-in-Residence at the Canadian Light Source. It says: Taking Up Residence Award winning Canadian science-fiction writer, Robert J. Sawyer, will call the Canadian Light Source synchrotron […]

Now booking writer-in-residence appointments in Saskatoon

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

They’re going fast! I’m only doing 30 or so one-on-one hour-long consultations while I’m writer-in-residence at the Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon in June and July, and I’ve just booked the first six appointments. If you want one — absolutely free! — email me at I’ll read up to 5,000 words of manuscript (which […]

Rob lands on Planet S

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Planet S is the biweekly arts-and-entertainment newspaper in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and I was on the cover of the April 9, 2009, issue, and the cover story was about me. That story by Ashleigh Mattern, headlined, “Light Speed, Mr. Sawyer — Engage!,” is online here. (The first word in the article refers to Wanuskewin Heritage Park, […]

Rob on CBC Radio’s The Point

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

I was interviewed today on CBC Radio One’s afternoon show The Point with Aamer Haleen about my upcoming gig as Writer-in-Residence at the Canadian Light Source. The interview is now online. Go here, select “Part 2,” and I come on at the 00:16:13 mark (move the little slider to skip ahead). The Robert J. Sawyer […]

Rob on CBC Regina today

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

I’ll be interviewed today live on CBC Radio One Regina’s “Blue Sky” with Michelle Higley at 12:50 p.m. Saskatchewan time (1:50 p.m. Toronto time / Eastern time) about my upcoming residency at the Canadian Light Source. It’s 540AM in Regina, or you can listen online here. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Writer-in-residence at Canadian Light Source

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

On April 19, 2005, as part of the Rob and Bob Tour — the joint book tour for Robert J. Sawyer’s Mindscan and Robert Charles Wilson’s Spin — Bob and I visited the Canadian Light Source synchrotron facility in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Out of that visit, the following has come to pass; I will be the […]