Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

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Book dedicated to Tom Jericho

Friday, December 25th, 2015

So, this kind of made my year. One of the definitive texts in vertebrate paleontology is The Complete Dinosaur, edited by Michael K. Brett-Surman, Thomas Holtz​, and James O. Farlow. And the second edition is dedicated in part to Thomas Jericho, the fictional paleontologist who is the main character in my 2000 Hugo Award-nominated novel Calculating God. […]

15 years of national bestsellerdom

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Speaking, as we were yesterday, of bestsellers lists, it was fifteen years ago today, July 29, 2000, that I first hit a national top-ten mainstream bestsellers list in Canada. My Calculating God hit #8 on the Globe and Mail fiction bestsellers list, and the following week, it hit #7 on the fiction list in Maclean’s, […]

Calculating God #1 Audible bestseller

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

I’m thrilled that my Hugo Award-nominated Calculating God was the #1 Science Fiction Bestseller at for April 2014, as reported in the June issue of Locus, the U.S. trade journal of the science fiction and fantasy fields. (And in 2009, Calculating God won the Audio Publishers Association’s Audie Award for Best Science Fiction or […]

Fan letter of the day: "theological whiplash"

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Now here’s a particularly nice and thoughtful fan letter; great way to start the day! I picked up Far-Seer back when it first came out back in ’92. I was intrigued by the cover and the concept. <shame>It sat unread on my shelf until a couple of months ago.</shame> I don’t know why I never […]

Is atheism a religion? Is the many-worlds interpretation pseudoscience?

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

In response to my op-ed piece “A Bright Idea for Atheists” (expanded from a speech I gave at the grand opening of the Centre for Inquiry Ontario), and the essay “Science and God” I wrote for Borders Books to help promote the release, back in 2000, of my novel Calculating God, a friend wrote to […]

Wake on the Locus bestsellers list for a second month!

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

W00t! Woohoo! My Wake, first of my WWW trilogy, is on the Locus hardcover bestsellers list for a second consecutive month. It was #2 last month (and the highest-ranked SF, rather than fantasy book); this month it holds on at #5 (and is the second-highest-ranked SF book). This is my 28th appearance on the Locus […]

Calculating God wins the Audie Award!

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

My friend Alethea Kontis is in New York City at the Audie Awards and reports that Calculating God by one Robert J. Sawyer just won the 2009 Audie Award from the Audio Publishers Association for best Science Fiction or Fantasy Audio Book of the Year! I’m super-proud of the team at that produced the […]

Calculating God reviewed at Curled Up

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Curled Up With a Good Book has a lovely review of my Calculating God right here (and you can read more about the novel here). The review, by Ray Palen, concludes: Compelling to the final page, Robert J. Sawyer’s Calculating God is not to be missed by fans of science fiction, religious history, philosophy or […]

"Are you a religious man yourself?"

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

A grade-12 student sent me an email today about my novels The Terminal Experiment and Calculating God (the former a Nebula Award winner; the latter a Hugo Award finalist), because she’s doing her final project for English class on them. She asked: I don’t mean to ask anything personal, but are you a religious man […]

Review of the Calculating God reissue

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

SciFi Dimensions has just posted a lovely review of my Calculating God on the occasion of it being reissued in trade paperback by Tor Books. The review concludes: “If sci-fi is literature that leaves you thinking as it thoroughly entertains you, then Sawyer’s Hugo and Campbell Award finalist Calculating God is a paragon of the […]

Alternative Worlds on Calculating God

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Harriet Klausner —’s #1 reviewer — now has a website devoted to science fiction and fantasy reviews, and she’s just posted a review of my Calculating God, which says in part: Although most of this profound science fiction novel is passive as the two scientists debate the existence of God, this is a terrific […]

Calculating God nominated for the Audie

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Woot!’s unabridged audiobook of my novel Calculating God has just been nominated for an Audie Award. Given by the Audio Publishers Association, the Audies are the top honor in the audiobook industry. The full list of finalists in the Science Fiction and Fantasy category: Calculating God, by Robert J. Sawyer, Narrated by Jonathan Davis, […]