Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for January, 2006

Monday Spotlight: Public Readings

Monday, January 30th, 2006

It’s Monday morning: time for another RJS Monday Spotlight, calling attention to one of the 500+ documents on my website at As it happens, I’m in Alberta right now. Yesterday, I did a reading from Mindscan at the Edmonton Public Library, which went over very well. Indeed, people often compliment me not just on […]

Edmonton, here I come!

Friday, January 27th, 2006

I’ll be in Edmonton, Alberta, this weekend. If you’re in E-town, come and see me signing and reading Saturday at 5:00 p.m. at the Chapters bookstore in St. Albert, or Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Stanley A. Milner Branch of the Edmonton Public Library downtown.


Friday, January 27th, 2006

Received my contributor’s copy of the handsome new anthology FutureShocks, edited by Lou Anders and published by Roc. It contains my story “Flashes,” which begins thus: My heart pounded as I surveyed the scene. It was a horrific, but oddly appropriate, image: a bright light pulsing on and off. The light was the setting sun, […]

A day for RJS Books

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Today is a day for work on Robert J. Sawyer Books, the line of SF books I edit for Calgary’s Red Deer Press. Had to do cover copy for the trade-paperback reissues of Marcos Donnelly’s Letters from the Flesh and Andrew Weiner’s Getting Near the End, plus cover copy for our newest title, Nick DiChario’s […]

Tagged to talk about books

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

My friend Mark Leslie tagged me in his blog to talk about books, so here goes: Total number of books I’ve owned: A trickier question than it might seem. I’ve divested myself of a lot of books over the years, and besides all the ones in my bookcases I still have many hundreds in unopened […]

Monday Spotlight: Is Canadian SF Different From American SF?

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

My website at contains 530 documents totaling over one million words of text. Although a few pages there are hit frequently, lots of the stuff only attracts an occasional visitor. I thought it would be fun to start each Monday by spotlighting what I think is an interesting, but seldom-looked-at, document on my site. […]

Booked on More 2 Life

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

I have two appearances coming up on TVOntario’s More 2 Life with Mary Ito. TVOntario is the educational broadcaster in Ontario, Canada. This Thursday, January 26, 2006, at 2:00 p.m., horror writer Edo van Belkom and I will be on talking about books that really frightened us (my picks are Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi, […]

Reviews of my short fiction

Saturday, January 21st, 2006

A sad truth about writing short fiction is that the work is so rarely reviewed. So imagine my delight on discovering a site that has reviews of six of my short stories (all of which are available through via links on the reviewer’s site). Over at Rainbow Dragon, you’ll find reviews of: “The Abdication […]

New Scientist on the Canadian election

Saturday, January 21st, 2006

My favourite magazine, New Scientist, has just published some fascinating research related to who is telling more lies among the Canadian candidates in the election coming up next week. (Personally, I’m voting Liberal despite Martin.)

Blogger Blogs of Note

Saturday, January 21st, 2006

Wow! I’m very pleased to see that this blog is currently #1 on the Blogger “Blogs of Note” list, on the Blogger home page. Thanks to those who pointed that out to me — and welcome to all the new visitors!

Mindscan paperback a Canadian bestseller

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

To my delight, Janis Ackroyd, my wonderful publicist at H.B. Fenn, Tor’s Canadian distributor, has just informed me that last week the mass-market paperback of Mindscan was number 10 on the BookManager New Releases bestsellers list, compiled by BookManager, the company that makes the point-of-sale software program used by the majority of independent bookstores in […]

Locus’s 2005 Cover Art Directory

Sunday, January 15th, 2006

I think this is the coolest thing: Mark Kelly of the Locus website has compiled a directory showing just about every SF&F book and magazine cover from the last year (the wonderful Stephan Martiniere did the cover for my Mindscan, and you can see five more covers he had published in 2005).

Just 120 or so of my closest friends …

Sunday, January 15th, 2006

The open party Carolyn and I threw yesterday went fabulously! We had about 120 people go through our doors, and peaked at about 100 people present. Folks started showing up around 6:30 p.m. and the last ones left at 2:00 a.m. Much food was eaten, much beer and soft drinks were drunk, and everyone seemed […]

Flying American Airlines before the end of the month?

Sunday, January 15th, 2006

If you’re flying American Airlines between now and the end of this month, have a look a their inflight magazine, American Way. The current issue (dated January 15, 2006) is supposed to contain a little write-up in their books section about Robert J. Sawyer Books, the line of science-fiction books I edit for Red Deer […]

One thousand members!

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

My newsgroup at Yahoo! Groups just signed up its one thousandth member! Woohoo! Come join us!

"That’s not my department," says Wernher von Braun

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

I’ve always been a fan of Tom Lehrer, and was delighted to see that there’s a new play about him. Just bought tickets; looking forward to it!

For your Hugo consideration: "Identity Theft" novella

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

For those of you who can nominate for this year’s Hugo Awards (everyone who had a membership in last year’s World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow or in this year’s World Science Fiction Convention in Los Angeles), may I politely draw to your attention my novella “Identity Theft,” first published in Down These Dark Spaceways, […]

I love eBay!

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

Scored five — five! — high-capacity lithium-ion batteries, all in great shape, for my trusty Compaq Armada M300 notebook computers (I have two of them), for US$60 total, less than half the price of just one new battery. And — bonus! — turned out the guy selling them lives two kilometers from my home, so […]

Blogged on "Confessions of a Book Pimp"

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

I’ve been blogged! A fellow named Justin B. Maltais has a very nice and thoughtful entry on his blog about my novel Mindscan.

Fascinating essay on innovation in Canada

Monday, January 9th, 2006

An online exclusive, from the website of The Globe and Mail: Canada’s National Newspaper. The author is Roger Martin, the dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto; my father is professor emeritus there.

Excellent resources for hard-SF writers

Sunday, January 8th, 2006 has some great resourses for hard-SF writers. As the site says, “ provides information and software for those interested in astronomy and in writing, education, or entertainments related to science or speculative fiction.” Solstation’s database of stars is tremendously useful; my current novel involves Sigma Draconis, and I got a lot of the info […]

French interview

Saturday, January 7th, 2006

The French SF magazine Phenex (number 7, just out) has a long interview with me, in French, conducted and translated by Marc Bailly; the issue is available online in PDF format.

Bruce Holland Rogers in the Toronto Star

Saturday, January 7th, 2006

Nebula Award winner Bruce Holland Rogers, who does a nifty by-subscription short-story service, is featured in today’s Toronto Star, Canada’s largest circulation newspaper; the article has a couple of quotes from me, and is by the redoubtable Bert Archer.

The trade in illegal fossils

Friday, January 6th, 2006

My novella “Identity Theft” deals in part with the trade in illegal fossils (albeit, Martian fossils), so this story from today’s Globe and Mail caught my eye: “Beijing — A Chinese-Canadian academic and five other people have been sentenced to prison for trafficking nearly 3,000 dinosaur and other fossils from China, some up to 200 […]

"Identity Theft" will be on the final Nebula ballot!

Friday, January 6th, 2006

Woohoo! SFWA has just released its Preliminary Nebula Award Ballot, which contains all works that have had signed, personal recommendations sent in by ten or more Active SFWA Members. My “Identity Theft” (which first appeared in the anthology Down These Dark Spaceways edited by Mike Resnick and published as a Science Fiction Book Club original) […]

Secret Master of Prodom

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

My friend Andrew Zimmerman Jones points out that I’m referred to in this article over on Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. On the topic of how to move out of the slush pile, my editor David G. Hartwell says: “Get a personal recommendation. If Robert J. Sawyer comes up to me at a con […]

Criminal review of one of my books

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

Talk about an unlikely place for an SF review! The current issue of the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Volume 47, Number 4), published by the Canadian Criminal Justice Association, reviews my novel Hybrids, calling it “a useful book to any student or instructor of criminological theory.”

Rendezvous with Ramses

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

My friend Paul E. Martens has just drawn to my attention that tonight’s episode of Nova on PBS is about whether a mummy found in Niagara Falls might be that of Ramses I. Well, I’d dealt with that very issue in my Hugo-award nominated Humans, published in 2003 — science catches up with the Rob-man! […]

And a much less swanky event …

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

In response to many requests, Carolyn and I are hosting another of our occasional open parties for members of science-fiction fandom and fans of my books on Saturday evening, January 14, 2006, at our home in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. If you’re reading this, you’re invited! E-mail me at for all the details … Happy […]

Book Lover’s Ball in Toronto

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

Looking for a truly swanky night out in Toronto? The Toronto Public Library Foundation is holding its first-ever black-tie Book Lover’s Ball on Thursday, February 16, 2006, and I’ll be one of the attending authors. The web site is attractive but terribly designed, in that almost all the text is actually graphics, making it impossible […]