Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for May, 2006

Film options

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

Well, it’s probably time for some good news. I’ve recently done a couple of movie-option deals I’m very pleased about; both deals were negotiated by Eli Kirschner of Created By, my Hollywood agents, although as it happens both are with Toronto companies. The first is an option on my most-recent novel, Mindscan, with Scott Calbeck, […]

Go to ToBeCONtinued; have fun!

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

Big-name Chicago fan Steven H. Silver posted the following in my Yahoo! Groups newsgroup. I replied there, but I thought I should also post my reply here. Steven said: Many people in Chicago fandom have announced their plans to avoid the con this weekend, partly due to the con’s treatment of Rob. Many others weren’t […]

Why I’m so upset …

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

Just to be clear, the reason I’m so upset about Bob Palmer’s lie about my ability to travel to the States is that my livelihood depends on me being able to routinely do that, and if this unfounded story gets around that I couldn’t make it to an American con because I’m supposedly not allowed […]

Definitely Not the Opera

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

I’ll be a guest on CBC Radio One’s Definitely Not the Opera, hosted by Sook-Yin Lee (above), this Saturday afternoon, May 13, 2006. The show airs from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in all time zones, except in Newfoundland, where it’s half an hour later. At the moment they think I’ll be in the first […]

Why I won’t be at ToBeCONtinued

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

Here’s the story of why I’m not going to be at ToBeCONtinued this weekend as Author Guest of Honor, and why I am livid at the convention’s chair, Bob Palmer. Palmer wouldn’t let me buy my own plane tickets, and postponed buying them for me until — well, until forever. The con starts in less […]

I will not be at ToBeCONtinued

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

More on this later, but I wanted to get the word out. I won’t be at ToBeCONtinued this weekend; the con never got around to booking tickets for me, despite my repeated reminders.

ToBeCONtinued: not sure if I’ll be there

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

In theory, 72 hours from now I should be boarding a plane, and heading to Chicago for the convention ToBeCONtinued, at which I am supposed to be Author Guest of Honor. I say “in theory” because the convention was supposed to book my airline tickets, and, despite numerous reminders on my part, no tickets have […]

Locus bestsellers’ list corrected

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

As I discussed in this entry, the Locus paperback bestsellers’ list published in the May 2006 issue incorrectly listed my Mindscan as being in its first month on the list; this is in fact its second consecutive month on the list — quite a rare achievement, especially for an SF novel. Locus Online has corrected […]

My brother Alan’s blog — new media

Monday, May 8th, 2006

My brother Alan is a strategy consultant for IBM Global Business Services, specializing in digital media and the Media and Entertainment industry. He has his own blog, called Alan Sawyer’s Media Views. Check it out!

A busy week

Monday, May 8th, 2006

On Tuesday of last week, I got a call from my speakers’ bureau, asking me if I could give a talk two days hence in New York for a major technology company that was flying in its top 25 tech people from its offices worldwide for a meeting. Of course, I said yes. I gave […]

Free at last!

Monday, May 8th, 2006

As of today, I have no pending deadlines, no articles due, and no short-story commitments, plus I’ve wrapped up all revisions on my next novel, Rollback, which is coming out in April 2007. It’s my intention to not take on other side projects for the foreseeable future; I just want to concentrate on my next […]

Monday Spotlight: Nebula Lists

Monday, May 8th, 2006

Well, my novella “Identity Theft” didn’t win the Nebula on the weekend — the trophy went to Kelly Link for her “Magic for Beginners.” But “Identity Theft” is still eligible for the Hugos being given later this year. :) The best-novel Nebula went to Joe Haldeman’s Camouflage, which, like several previous Nebula winning novels, including […]

"Identity Theft" Nebula Award essay

Saturday, May 6th, 2006

Today’s the day that the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are giving out the Nebula Awards, and my “Identity Theft” is a finalist in the best-novella category. All the nominees were invited to submit short essays about their stories and brief biographies, which will appear in the issue of the SFWA Bulletin that […]

Nebula Awards musing

Friday, May 5th, 2006

So, Mike Resnick asked me to do an essay for Nebula Awards Showcase 2007, which will be the next volume in SFWA’s annual series of anthologies. It’s been a while since I did such an essay (I had one in the volume that came out in 1994), and so I thought I should just get […]

Two months on the Locus Bestsellers’ List

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

Well, it probably only matters to me, but I feel compelled to note that the SF trade journal Locus has incorrectly listed my novel Mindscan‘s standing on the bestsellers’ list published in that magazine’s just-released May issue (and online on the Locus website since last Thursday, April 27, 2006). This month’s Locus paperbacks bestsellers’ list […]

GoH at RavenCon in Richmond, Virginia

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve accepted an invitation to be Guest of Honor at RavenCon 2007 in Richmond, Virginia. The dates are April 27-29, 2007 — which means I’ll be in Virginia on my birthday. That’s very appropriate, since, on my actual birth day, back in 1960, I started off in Virginia (my mother’s […]

Monday Spotlight: RJS in the Classroom

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

My books are often taught in schools. For today’s Monday Spotlight, highlighting one of the 500+ documents on my website, I’m featuring this page, which gathers quotes from teachers and students who’ve used my books in the classroom, and links to a PDF brochure that discusses such use of my books in more detail.

Seeing Things

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

On Saturday afternoon, I went to see United 93. There were a total of 15 people in the theatre — an ominous sign during opening weekend. I don’t know if the small turnout was related to the beautiful weather (I happened to be in Calgary that day), or a general reluctance on the part of […]

"Sawyer’s Neanderthals Wow Japan"

Monday, May 1st, 2006

That’s the headline on a story that came out today on SciFi Wire, the news service of the SciFi Channel. There full text of the story is here.