Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

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Edward M. Lerner interview

Thursday, May 20th, 2021

What if First Contact becomes … Last Contact? I had the recent pleasure, however virtually and metaphorically (distance, not the pandemic, being the immediate constraint), to sit down with Edward M. Lerner and discuss his latest novel. Déjà Doomed is standalone, near-future, hard SF. Here’s a little of what Ed and I discussed. RJS: So […]

Sawyer interview in a dozen major Canadian newspapers today

Saturday, May 30th, 2020

Across Canada today (Saturday, May 30, 2020), the major daily newspapers in 12 cities are running a terrific interview with me by Eric Volmers about The Oppenheimer Alternative. You’ll find the interview in these newspapers coast-to-coast (in Canada, the major weekend edition of a newspaper is the Saturday one, not the Sunday one): Vancouver Sun […]

CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter on Quantum Night

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

The top books-discussion radio program in Canada is CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter hosted by Shelagh Rogers. Here’s Shelagh’s 15-minute interview with me, first aired Saturday, June 18, 2016. Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Email

A new interview with me

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

The great Italian science fiction and fantasy magazine La Bottega del Fantastico interviews me in its just published fifth issue, which you can get for free here. In the magazine, the interview, conducted by editor Franco Giambalvo, appears in Italian (and is accompanied by this fabulous portrait of me by the artist Giuseppe Festino), but […]

Ask Me Anything transcript

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

A year ago today – 3 September 2014 — I did an Ask Me Anything session for Reddit. Here’s a transcript: [–]Drakkenfyre For Rob Sawyer: Your books seem very thematically strong to me. What do you try to do with your books, in terms of having a theme and a message? And do you start […]

Small Print cover boy

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

I’m the cover boy for the Spring-Summer 2015 issue of the free beautiful PDF magazine Small Print Magazine. The issue includes a meaty five-page interview with me conducted by Gene Wilburn. You can download the issue for free here. (Cover photo by Christina Frost.) Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Email

Beyond the Fermi Paradox

Monday, April 20th, 2015

I had the pleasure, however virtually and metaphorically, to sit down recently with Edward M. Lerner and discuss his latest novel. InterstellarNet: Enigma is the newest addition to Ed’s popular InterstellarNet future history. Here’s a little of what we discussed.RJS: I’ve read InterstellarNet: Enigma, and it has a lot of moving parts. How do you […]

Cover boy in Shanghai!

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Cover boy! On the occasion of the release of the Chinese editions of my novels Triggers and Factoring Humanity, I was featured on the cover of the Shanghai Review of Books on 18 August 2013, which comes with the Sunday edition of the Shanghai Oriental Morning Post newspaper. My Chinese publisher, Guokr, organized a fabulous […]

Remembering the 1993 Books in Canada SF issue

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Twenty years ago, the March 1993 issue of Books in Canada — at the time, an influential book-review magazine, although long defunct now — devoted a special issue to science fiction. It was a watershed moment in Canadian SF&F — some of the first serious consideration the field got by the mainstream press here. For […]

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” […]

On Canadian science fiction

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

I stumbled today across this by-email interview I did in March 2007 for an American librarian preparing an article about Canadian science fiction, and I thought I’d share it here. (1) Do you believe that there is a significant difference between Canadian and American SF? If so, how would you describe that difference? I like […]

CBC Radio One Spark interview

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Here’s the full 18-minute interview with me on CBC Radio One’s Spark, with host Nora Young (pictured above). Lots of stuff about Wake, Watch, and Wonder, plus some discussion of Mindscan. God, I love the CBC. Who else let’s you answer questions at such length? Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Newsgroup […]

New interview with me

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Here’s a great new interview (in English) with me conducted at the Budapest International Book Fair, in Hungary, on Sunday, April 17, 2011, where my Hungarian publisher, Galaktika, was launching the Hungarian translation of my Nebula Award-winning novel The Terminal Experiment. Thanks to Hungary’s Ekultúra for the terrific interview! It’s available in three video segments: […]

Interview on “Think” on Dallas’s KERA

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

When I was in Dallas on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, to give a major public address for the Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology at the University of Dallas at Texas, I was interviewed for an hour on KERA-FM, the local NPR affiliate, for a wonderful program called Think, hosted by Krys Boyd. […]

Philosophy Now interview

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Nick DiChario interviews Robert J. Sawyer in the August-September 2010 issue of Philosophy Now, a glossy newsstand magazine out of the UK. The interview is online here. Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Newsgroup • Email

Lightspeed interview

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Over at Lightspeed magazine, Andrea Kail — herself a very fine SF writer — interviews me about the WWW trilogy, FlashForward, and my new project; it’s a nice, meaty piece. Check it out. Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Newsgroup • Email

FlashForward email interview

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Eleven months ago, at the beginning of August 2009, I did a by-email interview with a reporter for a genre magazine who was doing an article about FlashForward, the ABC TV series based on my novel of the same name. Only brief snippets were used int he article, and while cleaning my hard drive today […]

Toronto Life profiles RJS

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Toronto Life, a glossy newstand magazine devoted to the finer things in Canada’s largest city, profiles Robert J. Sawyer in the March 2010 issue; as a subscriber, I received my copy in the mail today. It’s a terrific article; I’m absolutely thrilled with it. And it’s accopanied by an amazing photo of me in my […]

Student video interview

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Last month, some high-school students (and the mother of one of them) dropped by my home to interview me for a class assignment (they were studying my novels FlashForward and Humans), and they’ve put two videos of that interview up on YouTube: Part One (8 minutes)Part Two (7 minutes) (The sun is setting outside my […]

Toro interviews RJS

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

“Unlike James Cameron, Sawyer seems to believe in the positive possibility of artificial intelligence, but that was just one of the subjects we touched on in this very involved conversation.” Check out the full interview. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Writers’ Confessions

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

I’m in nine episodes of the new season of the TV series Writers’ Confessions (including the first one), which premieres tomorrow — Thursday, January 7, 2010 — on Bravo! Canada, Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. EST. Proudcer and director is Michael Glassbourg. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

The Chronic Rift interviews Robert J. Sawyer

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

The Chronic Rift: Spotlight on Robert J. Sawyer. Check it out. (35 minutes MP3.) Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

CityTV interviews RJS about Terminator Salvation

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Check it out! (8-minute video). Terminator Salvation comes out on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

On Rochester, NY, NPR station on Friday

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

I’ll be interviewed about my novels Wake and FlashForward on 1370 Connection with Bob Smith, the noon (Eastern time) show on AM 1370, the NPR station in Rochester, New York, this Friday, November 6, 2009. You’ll be able to listen live here, and I’ll be on for most of the hour between noon and 1:00 […]

Front page lead story in Kingston Whig-Standard

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Look who’s the cover boy on today’s Kingston Whig-Standard! The Whig-Standard is the major daily newspaper in Kingston, Ontario, and the oldest continuously published daily newspaper in Canada. Today’s cover story is in honour of my appearance yesterday at Queen’s University, located in Kingston, where I gave a public talk sponsored by Queen’s Faculty of […]

Talking Turkey!

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Monday is Canadian Thanksgiving, and CBC Radio One will be interviewing me and three other Canadian authors that afternoon, starting at 4:00 p.m. (4:30 in Newfoundland). It’s a special program of the best podcast interviews from CBC’s Online Book Club, hosted by Hannah Sung (pictured with me above). The interviews are: First half-hour:Lawrence HillMariko Tamaki […]

Concordia University’s The Link interview about Wake

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

A nice interview, by Christopher Olson, mostly about my novel Wake. You can read it online here. And The Link has a brief review of the anthology Distant Early Warnings I edited here. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

CERN interviews RJS about FF on ABC

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

My novel FlashForward, the basis for the ABC TV series of the same name, is largely set at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. CERN now has a video interview with me, conducted by horror writer Stacey Cochran, and a print interview with me, conducted by CERN’s Antonella Del Rosso, on the CERN website. […]

CBC Radio loves the Robman

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

On Saturday, September 26, 2009, I was interviewed on CBC Radio One’s pop-culture program Definitely Not the Opera, hosted by Sook-Yin Lee (above in 2007, with Robert J. Sawyer), in an interview recorded at Thin Air: Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival. On Monday, September 28, 2009, I was interviewed on CBC Radio One’s Q, hosted by […]

Canadian Press video interview with RJS

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

The Canadian Press has a video interview with Robert J. Sawyer about FlashForward, the TV sereis based on his novel of the same name, over at the website for The Globe and Mail: Canada’s National Newspaper. You can watch it online here. (Interview recorded at CTV‘s Queen Street facility in Toronto on August 11, 2009, […]