Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for March, 2006

Surrey International Writers’ Conference

Friday, March 31st, 2006

I’m delighted to have accepted an invitation to be a presenter at this year’s Surrey International Writers’ Conference, being held just outside Vancouver, British Columbia, October 19-22. Also on the program: Donald Maass, who is one of the top agents in the science-fiction field. The page about me at the Surrey website.

Video of a party at my place

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

(UPDATED: Thanks to my friend H. Don Wilkat for reprocessing the videos into smaller files.) For those of you with entirely too much bandwidth on your hands, Marcel Gagne has provided me with two video recordings from the most recent open fandom party we held at Carolyn and my place, on Saturday, January 14, 2006. […]

"Identity Theft" as a web page

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

In addition to the other formats I’ve previously had my current Hugo and Nebula Award finalist “Identity Theft” available in, I’ve now added it as a plain, ordinary HTML web page, for those who like to read in a web browser: All the available formats can be accessed here:

SciFi Wire on Rollback and Analog

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

SciFi Wire, the news service of the SciFi Channel, has a nice write-up about the sale of serialization rights for my upcoming Rollback to Analog: Analog serializing Rollback

Speakers’ bureau

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

The speakers’ bureau I work with — the wonderful Speakers’ Spotlight — has updated their page about me.

Bulgarian translations online

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

If you read Bulgarian, you might enjoy these authorized translations of my short story “Gator” and my essay “The End of Science Fiction.” And there’s a bit more about me here.

Analog to serialize Rollback

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

Stanley Schmidt at Analog Science Fiction and Fact has bought serialization rights to Robert J. Sawyer‘s seventeenth novel, Rollback. Analog will run the book’s full text in four installments, in its October, November, and December 2006 issues, and its January-February 2007 double issue. The first installment will be on sale August 1, 2006. “I’m thrilled […]

Monday Spotlight: Consider Her Ways

Monday, March 27th, 2006

I’ll be out most of tomorrow, so I’m posting this a bit early … I edit Robert J. Sawyer Books, which is one of Canada’s handful of small-press SF imprints. I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with some of the other ones over the years. Back in 1997, Carolyn and I edited Tesseracts 6 […]

My week

Monday, March 27th, 2006

Sometimes you just need to get away from the ringing phones and all that jazz … Carolyn and I hopped in the car on Tuesday morning and went down to my dad’s vacation home on beautiful Lake Canandaigua, one of the Finger Lakes in Western New York, for some peace and quiet. The place is […]

Encyclopaedia Britannica rebuts Nature

Friday, March 24th, 2006

Encyclopaedia Britannica has issued a lengthy — and fascinating — rebuttal to the report in Nature magazine that said that Britannica was not significantly better than Wikipedia. “Nature’s research was invalid. As we demonstrate below, almost everything about the journal’s investigation, from the criteria for identifying inaccuracies to the discrepancy between the article text and […]

RJS Hugo stats

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

This is my tenth Hugo nomination; my third nomination since winning the best-novel Hugo in 2003 for HOMINIDS (subsequent ones were for the novel HUMANS, the short story “Shed Skin,” and now for “Identity Theft”); my third nomination for short fiction (previous ones were for the short stories “The Hand You’re Dealt” from the anthology […]

Hugo Award finalist!

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

I’m delighted to announce that my “Identity Theft” is a Hugo finalist in addition to being a Nebula finalist. Woohoo! The full list of Hugo finalists is on the Locus Online website. You can read “Identity Theft” free online through Fictionwise or on my website (the versions on my website are printable). See this entry […]


Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

There are lots of programs for the PC, the Palm, and other platforms that make use of Princeton’s WordNet database, turning it into a dictionary (which isn’t what it was meant to be, but still …). Of all the Windows ones, I like WordWeb best — and it’s free. It lives in my system tray, […]

New Scientist Podcasts

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

I really like these — and not just because Ivan Semeniuk, my old buddy from Discovery Channel Canada, is one of the contributors: New Scientist Podcasts

"Identity Theft" at Fictionwise

Monday, March 20th, 2006

As part of its promotion of Nebula Awards nominees, my novella “Identity Theft” is now available as a free ebook in all standard ebook formats from For the current week, I’m featured right on the Fictionwise main page: And if you prefer other formats, the full text of “Identity Theft” is available […]

Monday Spotlight: Letter to Beginning Writers

Monday, March 20th, 2006

Time for another Monday Spotlight, pointing out one of the 500+ documents on my web site at I often get writers asking me very basic questions via email, and so I’ve put together a canned response. If you’re a wannabe writer, you might find my Letter to Beginning Writers useful. Best of luck!

25,000 messages!

Monday, March 20th, 2006

Holy Moses! My news group at passed the 25,000-message mark yesterday! The group was founded in May 2001, and now has over a thousand members. Come have a look!

Capricorn One soliloquy

Monday, March 20th, 2006

You don’t often see soliloquies in movies, and everyone says you shouldn’t have them in books, either. But I like them — Antony’s funeral oration from Julius Caesar is one of my favorite bits of theater. Well, here’s a nice long soliloquy from an SF film: 621 words spoken uninterrupted by Hal Holbrook as the […]

David Feintuch, R.I.P.

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

SF author David Feintuch died on Friday. I didn’t know him well, but I always enjoyed it when we ran into each other, and I was very fond of him.

Tanya Huff TV series

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Tanya Huff is one of my oldest and dearest friends — we first met when were both students at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto in 1979. So I am just so totally tickled pink that Canada’s Space: The Imagination Station has ordered 22 hour-long episodes of a TV series based on Tanya’s popular Blood books. […]

Scientific Advisory Board

Friday, March 17th, 2006

I’m pleased to be joining Ray Kurzweil, David Brin, Gregory Benford, and two — count ’em, two — Nobel Laureates (physicist Frank Wilczek and economist Sir Clive W.J. Granger), among others, on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Lifeboat Foundation. The Lifeboat Foundation describes its purpose thus: The Lifeboat Foundation is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, […]

Book launch at Toronto’s Ad Astra

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Join us for the launch of A Small and Remarkable Life, the first novel by Hugo and World Fantasy Award finalist Nick DiChario, at Ad Astra, Toronto’s annual science-fiction convention, Friday, March 31, at 8:00 p.m. in the Reflections Room of the Crowne Plaza Toronto Don Valley Hotel, 1250 Eglinton Avenue East. We’ll also be […]

The #1 Sawyer in the world …

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

… at least according to Google. To my astonishment, I discovered by accident today that if you search on “sawyer” at, I’m the first hit. Take that, Diane Sawyer! Bite me, Tom Sawyer! In your face, Sawyer Brown! :)

Hominids on Edmonton Journal Bestsellers List

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

Those Neanderthals just keep rollin’ along. Hominids was number nine on the Fiction bestsellers list published in The Edmonton Journal last weekend; The Journal is the major paper in the capital city of Alberta, Canada. Not bad for a book that’s coming up on four years old! Fiction 1. (2) Saturday — Ian McEwan 2. […]

Hominids nominated for Ontario Library Association award

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

Headline: Robert J. Sawyer science-fiction novel nominated for Ontario Library Association Award The Ontario Library Association has unveiled the ten-book shortlist for its second annual readers’-choice Evergreen Award. On the list: the science-fiction novel Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer. The shortlist was compiled from titles nominated by librarians. Readers will vote for their favorite book […]

Interview on author web sites

Monday, March 13th, 2006

I did a via-email interview today for the newsletter of the Canadian Authors Association on the topic of author web sites: Robert J. Sawyer of Mississauga, Ontario, is one of only sixteen writers in history to win the science-fiction field’s top two awards: the Hugo Award for Best Novel of the Year (which he won […]

Italian Mindscan

Monday, March 13th, 2006

I’m pleased to report that Italian rights to my novel Mindscan have sold to Mondadori. Woohoo!

Monday Spotlight: Outline for Neanderthal trilogy

Monday, March 13th, 2006

There’s a discussion going on right now in my Yahoo! Groups newsgroup about outlining novels — and so I thought it would be approprirate for today’s Monday Spotlight to highlight the outline from which the entire “Neanderthal Parallax” trilogy (Hominids, Humans, and Hybrids) sold to Tor. It was quite a short outline to sell three […]

Top ten things to know about Square One

Sunday, March 12th, 2006

When people in the Greater Toronto Area ask me where I live, I tell them, “Just north of Square One” — which is a shopping mall in Mississauga, the 650,000-person city adjacent to Toronto that I live in (Pearson International Airport is actually in Mississauga, not Toronto). Here are ten facts about Square One: 1. […]

Table of Contents for Boarding the Enterprise

Saturday, March 11th, 2006

The table of contents for Boarding the Enterprise: Transporters, Tribbles and the Vulcan Death Grip in Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek edited by David Gerrold and Robert J. Sawyer, coming in August 2006 from BenBella Books: IntroductionWelcome Aboard the EnterpriseRobert J. Sawyer ForewordThe Trouble With TrekDavid Gerrold Star Trek in the Real WorldNorman Spinrad I Remember […]