Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

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National Post on "The Man Who Knew Too Much"

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Yesterday’s National Post — a major Canadian daily newspaper available coast-to-coast — ran a great interview with Robert J. Sawyer about FlashForward (accompanied by a great photo!) You can read the article online here; the author is Mark Medley and the photographer is Peter J. Thompson. Below is how the article appeared in the printed […]

Nice to be the first thing the Prime Minister saw over breakfast

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Cool call-out above the fold on page 1 of the Ottawa Citizen, the largest-circulation newspaper in Canada’s capital city: Even nicer article inside by Tom Spears, the Citizen‘s science reporter inside. The article begins: “That there’s fiction in science fiction is pretty obvious. But Canadian author Rob Sawyer also wants you to remember the science […]

National Post interviews Robert J. Sawyer

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Today’s National Post — a major Canadian daily newspaper, available coast to coast — interviews me about tonight’s debut of the TV series FlashForward, based on my novel of the same name. The terrific photo above, taken by Post photographer Peter J. Thompson, accompanies the article, which was written by Mark Medley. FlashForward premieres tonight […] profiles Robert J. Sawyer

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Click this text for full-size video at TIME.comIt doesn’t get much better than this! TIME.COM — the website of Time magazine — has just posted a 6-minute video profile of me and the science behind my novel FlashForward. (Indeed, right now, it’s promoted on top of the the main page of, which is as […]

The differences between writing for print and screen

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

The Dragon Page interviews me about the differences between writing for print and writing for television and film. It’s a good, meaty interview, and you can listen right here. We talk about the current adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife, about Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, about House, about The Simpsons, about the […]

Symmetry Breaking interviews RJS

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Symmetry Breaking: Extra Dimensions of Particle Physics — a joint publication of Fermilab and SLAC — interviews Robert J. Sawyer about his novel FlashForward, and the novel’s setting at CERN. You can read the article right here. The interview is by Fermilab’s Katie Yurkewicz. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Slice of SciFi interviews RJS

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

The podcast Slice of SciFi interviews Robert J. Sawyer this week; you can listen here. I come in at 31 minutes 0 seconds, and go to 46 minutes 30 seconds. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Paul Levinson podcasts RJS

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Paul Levinson — himself a very fine SF writer, and the author of The Plot to Save Socrates — interviews me for 36 minutes on his podcast Light On Light Through about FlashForward. You can listen here. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Rob on Canada A.M. on Tuesday

Friday, September 18th, 2009

CTV is the Canadian broadcaster for the FlashForward TV series, and they’ve booked me on their flagship morning show Canada A.M. for this Tuesday, September 22, 2009 (because that’s the last day I’m in Toronto before the series premiere, two days later). I’m scheduled to go on at 8:40 a.m. Eastern time. Not that anyone’s […]

Hour of the Wolf interviews RJS

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

The long-running New York science-fiction radio program Hour of the Wolf recorded an interview with Robert J. Sawyer at Readercon in July 2009, and it aired on Saturday, September 12. You can listen to an MP3 of the broadcast right here. I come on at 27 minutes and 20 seconds mark and run all the […]

Mississauga News profiles Carolyn and Rob

Monday, August 24th, 2009

The Mississauga News has a nice profile of writing couple Robert J. Sawyer and Carolyn Clink in the current edition; the online version is here. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Calgary Herald profile

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Very nice, thoughtful profile of me on page 1 of the Entertainment section of today’s (20 August 2009) Calgary Herald, the largest-circulation newspaper in the Canadian province of Alberta. The online version is here; the print version includes the above photo and the cover of Wake. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

An interview with … Caitlin Decter!

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

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Philip Marchand quotes me in today’s National Post

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Phil Marchand — long-time books columnist for The Toronto Star now writes for Canada’s National Post, and has a very thoughtful article on “How Fantasy Overtook Science Fiction” in today’s edition. 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 video interview with RJS

Friday, July 24th, 2009

A nice three-minute video interview with Robert J. Sawyer conducted by Leila Lemghalef is online right here. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Jawing with

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

The fine folks at phoned me a while ago, and we did a long, discursive telephone interview — and they’ve very kindly transcribed it and put it online. You can read the whole thing here. The interviewer was Todd Denis. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Book Banter podcasts Rob

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Book Banter, a podcast produced by Alex C. Telander of Sacramento, interviews Robert J. Sawyer, talking about his novel Wake. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Freedom Scientific podcast features RJS and Wake

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Freedom Scientific makes JAWS, the screen-reading software that Caitlin Decter uses in my novel Wake. JAWS is the world’s most popular screen-reading program for the blind. A quite lengthy and detailed interview between Robert J. Sawyer and Jonathan Mosen, Freedom Scientific’s Vice-President of Blindness Hardware Product Management, begins a couple of minutes into the podcast […]

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 […]


Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Geek Monthly, that is. And the June 2009 edition of this glossy American newsstand magazine features a wonderful two-page spread on Robert J. Sawyer and his new novel Wake. The text isn’t available online (hence the greeked Geek you’re seeing here), so get thee to a newsstandary! But it sure is a cool-looking layout: The […]

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). […]

Listen Up science-fiction episode online

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Although the broadcast debut isn’t until Sunday, June 14, 2009, the special science-fiction episode of the Canadian religious TV show Listen Up is already online on YouTube. The feature interviews are with Robert J. Sawyer, Gabriel McKee, John C. Wright, and Peter Kazmaier, and there are clips from Hugo Award-winner Robert Charles Wilson, and Space: […]

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 […]

McNally Robinson interviews Robert J. Sawyer

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

In advance of my reading at McNally Robinson Saskatoon on Thursday, June 4, 2009, at 7:30 p.m., the bookstore chain has put this interview with me online. The interview was conducted by Nicole Berard. In the interview, I discuss my residence at the Canadian Light Source, the Flash Forward TV series, and, of course, my […]

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 […]

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 […]

Federations interview

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

John Joseph Adams recently interviewed me about my story “The Shoulders of Giants,” which appears in his just-released anthology Federations. Among the things I say: Those who’ve read my recent novels have seen that I don’t have much interest in antagonists; I think the idea that all fiction is fundamentally about conflict, and you need […]

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 […]