Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for May, 2006

CBS News Quote of the Day!

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

CBS News sends out a daily newsletter called “Inside Scoop,” with highlights about the day’s news coverage. It always begins with the “Quote of the Day,” and today’s quote is this: “Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.”— Robert J. Sawyer Woohoo! The quote is from Chapter 14 of […]

Spanish Mindscan

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

I’m pleased to announce the sale of Spanish rights to my Mindscan to Ediciones B.

Monday Spotlight: The Age of Spiritual Machines

Monday, May 29th, 2006

Back in 1999, Ray Kurzweil published a fascinating book called The Age of Spiritual Machines. Rather than do a traditional review, The Ottawa Citizen newspaper invited me and A.K. Dewdney — who used to be Scientific American‘s games columnist — to have a dialog between us about the book. That piece was great fun to […]

Aurora Award nominations

Monday, May 29th, 2006

I’m delighted to announce that I’m nominated for not one, not two, but three Aurora Awards this year — one nomination in each of the three English-language professional categories. This hasn’t happened since — well, since the last time I did the same thing, back in 1998. :) My nominations this year are: Mindscan for […]

Edo van Belkom wins Silver Birch!

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

My great buddy Edo van Belkom just won the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award. His winning book was Wolf Pack, which also won last year’s Aurora Award. The Silver Birch is a gigantic award in Canada, and I’m totally thrilled for Edo. The Silver Birch is voted on by kids in Ontario: The Silver […]

Robotech and me

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Had a wonderful two-hour lunch today with Tommy Yune, co-director of the recently completed movie Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles. To my absolute delight, Tommy told me I get a “thanks to” credit at the end of the film. Why’s that, you ask? Well, back in early 2003, I was hired by Harmony Gold to write […]

A great Rob and Bob interview — from 1998!

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

I stumbled across this today: an interview (transcribed from audio tape) done by Therese Littleton for when Robert Charles Wilson and I were on book tour together the first time, back in 1998, when he was promoting his Darwinia, and I was promoting Factoring Humanity. It’s a great interview: you can read the whole […]

Jack Vance is this year’s Most Collectable Author

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

I see that Barry R. Levin Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature — the world’s leading SF rare-book dealer, located in Santa Monica — has named Jack Vance this year’s recipient of The Collectors Award from Most Collectable Author of the Year. And an excellent choice he is, too! I was honored to get this same […]

They love me in Pittsburgh

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

Ann Cecil reviews me twice in the current issue of Sigma (May 2006, Issue Number 242), the newsletter of Parsec, the Pittsburgh SF club. She calls my Mindscan “highly recommended,” and of the anthology Down These Dark Spaceways, edited by Mike Resnick and containing my “Identity Theft,” she has this to say: This is one […]

Winnipeg con report

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

KeyCon in Winnipeg this past weekend was wonderful. At 500 attendees, I’m told it was the best turnout in years. And although this was only KeyCon 23, it was impressive to see preparations already well underway for KeyCon’s 25th anniversary, in 2008. I’d never met the other guests of honour before, but we all got […]

Guest of honor in Orlando in 2007

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

I’ve just been asked to be one of the Author Guests of Honor at the science-fiction convention Oasis 20, to be held May 25-27, 2007 (next year), in Orlando, Florida. I was previously Guest of Honor at Oasis 16, and for their 20th anniversary, Oasis is inviting back all its previous GoHs. It’s going to […]

The Stardance Project

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

My great friend Jeanne Robinson — wife of writer Spider Robinson — was shortlisted to go into space aboard the Shuttle as part of the NASA’s Civilians in Space program. After the Challenger disaster, that program got cancelled, and Jeanne never got to go into space, where she would have pioneered zero-gravity dance, as described […]

Mindscan nominated for Campbell Memorial

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

I am delighted to report that my Mindscan is a finalist for this year’s John W. Campbell Memorial Award. The nominees are: Transcendent, by Stephen Baxter The Meq, by Steve Cash Child Of Earth, by David Gerrold Mind’s Eye, by Paul J. McAuley Seeker, by Jack McDevitt Learning The World, by Ken MacLeod The Summer […]

Monday Spotlight: Star Trek V

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

People find my website when searching on all sorts of terms. One term that recently brought a nice person to my site was “Sybok” (I know it was a nice person, because he went on to send me a couple of emails). Sybok is the name of Spock’s half-brother in Star Trek V: The Final […]

That ’70s Show finale

Friday, May 19th, 2006

I was born in 1960, which is the same year the kids on That ’70s Show were supposedly born. I had a fondness for this show, when it first started back in 1998, because parts of it echoed my own teenage years. And so I tuned in tonight for the hour-long series finale. It was […]

I should have been an agent

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

I think I should have been an agent. Not only am I spending a lot of my time these days (a) reviewing deals that I’m being offered and (b) negotiating deals with other authors for books under my Robert J. Sawyer Books imprint — but I’m finding I’m actually enjoying the wheeling and dealing. At […]

Rollback galleys for Analog

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

I received the page proofs from Analog today for all four parts of the serialization of my next novel, Rollback. This is my last chance to make corrections. The whole novel will be serialized in Analog‘s October, November, and December 2006 edition, and the combined January-February 2007 edition, with the hardcover following in April 2007 […]

V-Con Master Classes in Writing

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

I don’t have anything to do with these (although I do plan on attending V-Con), but my friend Clint Budd asked me to help spread the word about the Master Classes in Writing Genre Fiction on Friday, October 6, 2006, being offered in conjunction with V-Con, the Vancouver SF convention. You can read more about […]

My workshops at Surrey

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

Got asked today to submit details for the two workshops I’m going to lead at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference in British Columbia this October, and thought some people reading this might appreciate an advance peek: Mastering Point of View: Learn the strengths and weakness of first-person and third-person narration, and how to avoid point-of-view […]

Nice stuff in the mail

Monday, May 15th, 2006

More Japanese royalties showed up today, this time for Golden Fleece and End of an Era. And the May 2006 New York Review of Science Fiction arrived recently, with a nice review of my short-story collection Iterations, saying “Sawyer evokes both the classic sense of wonder and the spirit of exploration … and is capable […]

Monday Spotlight: Why writers go to conventions

Monday, May 15th, 2006

It’s just after midnight here in Toronto, on Sunday night; ToBeCONtinued, such as it was, is now over, and, had things gone according to plan, I’d have just arrived back home now from Chicago. All the troubles with ToBeCONtinued got me to thinking about just why writers go to SF conventions in the first place. […]

Rave review for Rogue Harvest

Sunday, May 14th, 2006

The wonderful SF magazine Talebones has just posted a rave review of Danita Maslan‘s Rogue Harvest, one of the books under my Robert J. Sawyer Books imprint for Canada’s Red Deer Press. We’ll be using this redaction on the trade-paperback edition of Danita’s book, coming this fall: “A delight, expertly crafted; a wonderful read.” You […]

ToBeCONtinued: Palmer recants, apologizes

Sunday, May 14th, 2006

As I said in this post, Bob Palmer lied to an author friend of mine whom Palmer was trying to entice to replace me as Guest of Honor about why I wasn’t attending ToBeCONtinued 5 this weekend, and my friend, knowing I am a dual US/Canadian citizen, with no travel restrictions whatsoever, asked Palmer to […]


Saturday, May 13th, 2006

I haven’t seen it yet, but in theory the DAW anthology Slipstreams edited by Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfers was issued earlier this month, containing my short story “Biding Time” — the second Alex Lomax detective story. (Alex Lomax is the detective in my current Hugo Award-finalist “Identity Theft”.)

To Be Continued acknowledges its error on site

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

In a comment to this posting on my blog, Lis Riba provides this link to a photo on LiveJournal of a poster behind the registration desk on site at ToBeContinued, going on right now in Illinois (emphasis added): To Be Continued 5Changes Due to cancellations and space issues the following items and people will not […]

Some of my favourite movies

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

In case anyone was wondering: 2001: A Space Odyssey Born Free The Candidate Casablanca Dr. Strangelove Judgment at Nuremberg Planet of the Apes (1968) Quatermass and the Pit WarGames Quatermass and the Pit was originally released in North America as Five Million Years to Earth … The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

DNTO outline

Friday, May 12th, 2006

Here’s what you’ll hear in the first hour of this week’s Definitely NOT The Opera, on CBC Radio One (1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 13 (listen online) — I’m part of the show: What exactly makes a geek? Do you just have to be smart? Wear glasses? Like science? We’ll find out when […]

SNL’s "Weekend Update"

Friday, May 12th, 2006

I’m a big fan of the “Weekend Update” segment on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and I’ve got to say the current anchor team of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler is absolutely marvelous — the best in years: funny, pointed, with fabulous chemistry. Check out samples of their news reports (these from the March 11, 2006, […]

Nice things!

Friday, May 12th, 2006

A bunch of good things: I recently bought a couple of the wonderful die-cast Product Enterprises vehicles from Gerry Anderson’s old Supermarionation TV series; these are tough to find outside the UK. I got Fireball XL5 (above) and Stingray at Toronto’s Silver Snail comic-book shop, and just scored a Supercar (colour version) and an Eagle […]

Sigh — more ToBeCONtinued crap

Friday, May 12th, 2006

So now the ToBeCONtinued website says this: “Due to cancelations Aaron Douglas, Robert Sawyer, and Weta will not be at the convention. Causing us to scale back our program somewhat.” Again, WTF? I did NOT cancel. Oh, and look here: an apology! What’s that? You don’t see it? Well, you must be using a screen […]