Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

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Going offline to work on my FlashForward script

Friday, January 15th, 2010

You won’t be hearing much from me here for the next little while. I’m going into heads-down mode to work on my script for FlashForward. I’m writing the 19th episode, scheduled to air Thursday, May 6, 2010. Ciao! Photo: Robert J. Sawyer and FlashForward showrunner David S. Goyer Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand […]

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 […]

FlashForward return delayed until March 18th

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Instead of coming back on March 4, 2010, FlashForward, the ABC TV series based on my novel of the same name, will return two weeks later, on March 18. We’re being pushed back two weeks to keep our return from having to go head-to-head with Fox’s American Idol juggernaut; this will also let the DVD […]

FlashForward DVD box art

Monday, January 4th, 2010

The DVD of the first 10 episodes of FlashForward, the ABC TV series based on my novel of the same name, comes out on February 23, 2010. Here’s what the box art looks like (click the image for a larger view). Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Sci-Fi Talk interviews Robert J. Sawyer

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Sci-Fi Talk interviews Robert J. Sawyer, about FlashForward, the ABC TV series based on my novel of the same name, my new novel Wake, my love for classic Star Trek and Search, and more. You can listen to the 40-minute podcast, recorded in October 20, 2009, here. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

FlashForward coming to DVD 23 February 2010

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

ABC and Disney are releasing the first 10 episodes of FlashForward, the TV series based on my novel of the same name, on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 (Region 1 DVDs, wide-screen). Included: No More Good Days White To Play 137 Sekunden Black Swan Gimme Some Truth Scary Monsters and Super Creeps The Gift Playing Cards […]

Book Reviews with Simon Mayo on BBC 5

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Tomorrow — Thursday, December 17, 2009 — at 10:00 a.m. Eastern / 3:00 p.m. GMT, authors Robert J. Sawyer (FlashForward) and Michael Morpurgo (The Kites are Flying) will be the guests on Book Reviews with Simon Mayo on BBC Radio 5 Live (and a podcast will eventually be available here). I just finished reading Michael’s […]

The Best SF&F of — 1999!

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Here’s an interesting historical artifact: Barnes and Noble’s list of the top science fiction and fantasy books of the year — from 10 years ago: Best SF&F of 1999 Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon Neil Gaiman, Stardust Robert J. Sawyer, Flashforward Michael Crichton, Timeline Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Shadow Elizabeth Haydon, Rhapsody Brian Herbert & Kevin […]

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

FlashForward hiatus a good thing

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Doubtless, you’ve all heard that FlashForward, the ABC TV series based on my novel of the same name, is off the air until March 4, 2010. A lot of people are spinning this online as a bad thing, or a sign of lack of faith in the show on the part of ABC. I suspect […]

FlashForward Revealed

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

After the documentary FlashForward Revealed aired in the UK tonight, interviewing me, the FlashForward novel is back in the top 100 storewide of (for a total of 49 days so far in the top 100 there). W00t! [Update: I’ve now seen the show; the interview with me was recorded at the Canadian Light Source, […]

Discover blog on Robert J. Sawyer and FlashForward

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Phil Plait’s blog entry today at Discover magazine (the “Bad Astronomy” blog, but, of course, he’s not accusing me of that) is about me and FlashForward. Way, way cool! Thanks to my friend H. Don Wilkat for the heads-up about this! Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand says you should watch FlashForward

Thursday, November 26th, 2009 (“News, Reviews & Commentary on Gay and Bisexual Men in Entertainment and the Media”) gives five reasons you should be watching FlashForward, the ABC TV series based on my novel of the same name. Number three is: ” It’s based on the book by the very gay-friendly Robert Sawyer.” Woot! The whole list is […]

FlashForward #2 bestseller in Spain

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

The Spanish edition of FlashForward, my novel that is the basis for the ABC TV series, is the #2 bestseller store-wide at Casa del Libro, Spain’s leading online bookseller: 1. El Simbolo Perdidoby Dan Brown 2. FlashForwardby Robert J. Sawyer 3. El Viaje Intimo de la Locuraby Roberto Iniesta 4. Como Detectar Mentiras: Una Guia […]


Saturday, November 21st, 2009

My two weeks in the Writers’ Room for FlashForward, the ABC TV series based on my novel of the same name, came to an end this afternoon — and the writers and their staff very, very kindly made a cake in honor of my visit. The cake says, “He who sees story breaking suffers it […]

Come see my pilot script reading next Friday

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Next Friday, November 27, 2009, my prize-winning hour-long science-fiction TV pilot script Earthfall will be read at the WILDsound TV and Short Screenplay Festival at the National Film Board of Canada Theatre in Toronto (150 John Street). Tickets are $6 in advance; $8 at the door. Pauline Wong, pictured above, will be reading the main […]

Singapore’s The Straits Times on the novel and the TV show

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

I love Singapore — I was a guest at a writers’ festival there in 2005. And now Singapore’s The Straits Times has reviewed my novel FlashForward, comparing and contrasting it with the TV series based on it: In Sawyer’s book, there are great swathes of physics, paragraphs on mathematics and philosophy and also musings about […]

In Los Angeles with the FlashForward staff writers

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Having a blast in Los Angeles (have been here since Sunday November 8). Spent five days last week with the staff writers for FlashForward, the ABC TV series based on my novel of the same name. The show’s current staff writers are (alphabetically): Scott Gimple, David S. Goyer, Ian Goldberg, Seth Hoffman, Barbara Nance, Quinton […]

The Times reviews the FlashForward novel

Monday, November 9th, 2009

The Times — a major British newspaper — reviewed my novel FlashForward (basis for the TV series of the same name) yesterday; the review is by acclaimed SF writer Lisa Tuttle, and concludes: [T]he novel is an intellectual puzzle, drawing on theoretical physics to raise questions about time and space and the existence of free […]

Props to Gough

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

For fans of FlashForward, the ABC TV series based on my novel of the same name, a historical note on Agent Al Gough (played wonderfully by Lee Thompson Young), who had the big story line this past week (in “The Gift”). In the actual TV series, he should be credited as the character who, in […]

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 […]

Come see prize-winning Sawyer script performed

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

On Friday, November 27, 2009, Robert J. Sawyer‘s television pilot script for Earthfall will have a staged reading by professional actors at the National Film Board of Canada’s Theatre at 150 John Street, in the Entertainment District in downtown Toronto. I wrote Earthfall as a pilot for an hour-long episodic science-fiction TV series; it’s not […]

Rollback gets a FlashForward boost

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

It’s always nice when a novel goes into a new printing. My most-recent mass-market paperback is the Hugo Award-nominated Rollback (which had a very successful run in hardcover prior to that). Tor Books has gone back to press for another printing — which gave them the chance to mention that I’m also the author of […]

And where do the main characters on FlashForward live? Why, on Sawyer Court, of course!

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

This week’s episode of FlashForward, the ABC TV series based on my novel of the same name, not only added a whole lot of physics to the show but also revealed where Mark Benford and Dr. Olivia Benford live: at 25696 Sawyer Court. We see the above address label in the flashforward vision of Dylan […]

David S. Goyer discusses Robert J. Sawyer’s upcoming FlashForward script

Friday, October 30th, 2009

David S. Goyer, executive producer and showrunner of FlashForward, the ABC TV series based on my novel of the same name, discusses (among other things) my involvement with the series and the episode that I’ll be writing (episode 17) in this 1 minute 46 second YouTube interview. For a larger picture or HD version, go […]

Jessika Borsiczky on adapting my novel

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

A nice video interview with Jessika Borsiczky, executive producer of FlashForward, the TV series based on my novel. (Jessika’s last name is pronounced Bor-shees-key.) Tune in tonight for episode 5, “Gimme Some Truth.” I was on the set for much of the filming of this one, and enjoyed having lunch with guest star Glynn Turman. […]

Flashing back to FlashForward

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

In honor of the release of the new tie-in editions of my 1999 novel FlashForward, which is the basis for the hit ABC TV series, I wrote a little essay about the book for Here it is. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

#2 Bestseller storewide at!

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Holy crap! My novel FlashForward — basis for the hit TV series — is currently the #2 bestselling book store-wide at, the UK’s second-largest online retailer. Here’s the list: Congratulations to Simon Spanton and the team at Gollancz, my British publisher, for getting the book out there with such success. Visit The Robert J. […]

#22 storewide at

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

The UK edition of the FlashForward novel by Robert J. Sawyer hit #22 storewide at today; has moved up to #5 in genre; and is holding strong at #1 in science fiction. (And the book has now spent nine days in the top 100 at — yay!) Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web […]

FlashForward picked up for full season

Monday, October 12th, 2009

ABC today announced that it has renewed FlashForward, the TV series based on the novel of the same name by Robert J. Sawyer, for a full season. On top of the initial order of 13 episodes, another 11 will be produced this season, for a first-season total of 24. The ABC press release is here. […]