Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for December, 2005

WordStar connections

Saturday, December 31st, 2005

To my absolute delight, I got an email this week from Seymour Rubenstein. He was the founder of software maker MicroPro International, and co-creator (with Robert Barnaby) of WordStar, the great old wordprocessing program (originally for the CP/M operating system, and later for MS-DOS). To this day, I still use WordStar for DOS 7.0, Revision […]

Mindscan paperback in my hands

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

Woohoo! A delivery man just dropped off two cartons of the Tor mass-market paperback of my Mindscan. It looks fabulous! It should be showing up in stores shortly (it’s a January 2006 title). I’m pleased that Tor has priced it aggressively. My last mass-market edition, Hybrids, was US$7.99 and Cdn$10.99; Mindscan is the same length […]

John Demjanjuk ordered deported

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

My 1997 novel Frameshift (a Hugo finalist, and winner of Japan’s Seiun Award), which has just been reissued by Tor in a handsome trade-paperback edition, deals in part with the story of John Demjanjuk, the Cleveland autoworker falsely accused of being Ivan the Terrible, the notorious guard at the Treblinka death camp. The real Ivan […]

NYRSF and Locus on Canadian SF

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

By coincidence, today’s mail contained both the December 2005 issue of The New York Review of Science Fiction and the January 2006 issue of Locus. Both have a decidedly Canadian focus this time out. The NYRSF features reviews of Peter Watts’s two most recent novels, “Three Snapshots of Canadian SF” by Ursula Pflug (discussing the […]

North of Infinity II table of contents

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005

Editor Mark Leslie Lefebvre has posted the table of contents for North of Infinity II, the second in the series of Canadian SF anthologies published by Mosaic Press. My story “Forever,” originally published in Mike Resnick’s Return of the Dinosaurs, is included, as are, to my delight, stories by my writing students Karen Danylak and […]

Time to move into the 21st Century

Monday, December 26th, 2005

The problem with being an early adopter is you sometimes get stuck in old ways of doing things. I like to say I’ve had a blog since long before such things were fashionable, and, indeed, since 1990, I’ve been posting regular online updates about my career, first in CompuServe’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature Forum […]