Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

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FlashForward TV series now sold to 100 territories; translation rights to the novel

Monday, October 5th, 2009

The TV series FlashForward, made by ABC Studios in Los Angeles, and based on Robert J. Sawyer‘s novel of the same name, has now sold to a staggering 100 territories worldwide. Recent additions: AXN (Central and Eastern Europe), AXN (Japan), Channel 1 (Russia), Fox International Channels (Russia), M-Net (Africa), Orbit Showtime (Middle East), ProSieben (Germany),TF1 […]

Starred review for FlashForward

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Flashing back to April 1999, when my novel FlashForward received a starred review — denoting a book of exceptional merit — from Publishers Weekly, the US trade journal of the book-publishing industry. The review concluded: “This first-rate, philosophical journey, a terrific example of idea-driven SF, should have wide appeal.” The full review of the novel […]

Reviews of the novel Flashforward

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Reviews of the Aurora Award-winning novel FlashForward by Robert J. Sawyer, basis for the ABC TV series of the same name: “A thoroughly entertaining novel. The characters and story keep you turning the pages to see how this future turns out.” — CNN “A creative, soul-searching exploration of fate, free will, and the nature of the […]

Review of Hominids

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

A wonderful review of my Hugo Award-winning Hominids is here at the blog Pick-Locker. The five-star review concludes: This book pushed everything to its limits, questioning morality, immorality, evil and good. It was confusing, irritating, annoying … and yet it was also the most entertaining, and informative book I’ve read in a long time. It […]

Federations review: "strongest story in the book"

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

There’s a lovely review of the anthology Federations edited by John Joseph Adams right here, which says in part: The strongest story in this anthology is Robert J. Sawyer’s “The Shoulders of the Giants.” It’s a beautiful story. It’s worth the price of admission. w00t! Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Anatomy of RJS

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

I visited Toronto’s Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy on Tuesday, and had a look at the expensive but comprehensive standard reference work Anatomy of Wonder: A Critical Guide to Science Fiction, edited by Neil Barron. I own an old edition from the 1980s, but the Merril had the most recent one, the […]

The Dragon Page reviews Wake

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Saying, among other nice things: “I shouldn’t be shocked that Sawyer has done has homework and is able to predict things that could happen in the near future. He’s had a long, distinguished career of doing just that and his new novels are always those I look forward to reading next. WWW: Wake is no […]

Wake "a counterargument to Neuromancer"

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Over at The Grumpy Owl, Ryan Oakley has a detailed review of my novel Wake. It’s a flattering review, yes, but more than that, Oakley gets the book: Wake often feels like a counterargument, both in style and content, to Neuromancer. One hopes that the next two volumes will step out of Gibson’s long, dark […]

The case of the missing Amazon reviews

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

The case of the missing Amazon reviews … Well, okay, it’s not much of a mystery. :) But if you’ve only seen the (very nice) reviews of my Wake on, you’re missing the ones that have been posted on (the Canadian counterpart). Often, Amazon consolidates reviews across its divisions — but in this case […]

Wake is Halfax’s top beach-reading pick

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

No, not Don Halifax — the main character in my novel Rollback — but the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, the major daily newspaper in the capital city of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, which starts its list entitled “Beach Reading: Fiction Picks for Summer,” compiled by David Pitt, with my Wake, published in Canada under Penguin’s […]

"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. […]

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, […]

Boston Globe reviews Flash Forward — the novel, not the TV series

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

It’s a nice little capsule review that in fact makes no mention of the TV show; rather, it’s a roundup of reviews of books that are being read by Boston-area book clubs, and says: “Flash Forward,” by Robert J. Sawyer. A science-fiction story that explores many of the questions of time travel and has well-developed […]

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 […]

Lovely review of my Neanderthal books

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

The business blog Knights on the Road has just posted a very nice review of all three volumes of my Neanderthal Parallax trilogy (Hominids, Humans, and Hybrids). You can read the review, by Reg Nordman, here. Healthy day! Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

"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

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 […]

Robert J. Sawyer, Philosopher?

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Booklist: “Sawyer not only has an irresistibly engaging narrative voice but also a gift for confronting thorny philosophical conundrums. At every opportunity, he forces his readers to think while holding their attention with ingenious premises and superlative craftsmanship.” The Canadian Press: “Sawyer’s novels are always part science and part philosophical exercise, raising questions of morality […]