Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for June, 2006

TVOntario cancels More2Life, Studio 2

Friday, June 30th, 2006

TVOntario has cancelled both More2Life and Studio 2. I was a frequent guest on the former, and an occasional guest on the latter. Both shows were great at promoting books and authors. My last appearance on More2Life was on June 20, 2006. I’m very sad about this. Mary Ito and her staff were absolute joys […]

"Shed Skin" audio book

Friday, June 30th, 2006

My Hugo Award-nominated short story “Shed Skin” — which was the basis for my novel Mindscan — has been professionally produced as a 47-minute audio book by Deuce Audio, read very nicely by Stephen Hoye. You can get it for $2.99 from a variety of vendors: Fictionwise (MP3 standard or high-quality formats) Telltale Weekly (MP3, […]

Phyllis Gotlieb — how cool is that!

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

I am honoured and thrilled to have just acquired the latest novel by Phyllis Gotlieb for my Robert J. Sawyer Books imprint. In the 1960s, Phyllis was the only significant Canadian science fiction writer; in a profile of her in Maclean’s, I was quoted as calling her “the grandmother of us all.” Her most-recent book […]

Website anniversary

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

Today is the eleventh anniversary of my website going online — yes, it’s older than! My site at has over 530 documents, over one million words of text, and over 25,000 internal hyperlinks. “The largest genre writer’s home page in existence.” —Interzone “Widely believed to have been the first science fiction author site.” […]

Rob interviewed about blogging

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

The current issue of Here’s How!, a Canadian consumer-electronics magazine that’s given away for free at various retailers, has a full-page interview with me (with nice photo) about blogging. You can get Here’s How! for free at: Bay Bloor Radio, Black’s Photography, Compusmart, East Hamilton Radio, foto source, Future Shop, Henry’s Cameras, Kromer Radio, London […]

A Kid at Heart

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

That’s the title of a new interview with me by Giampietro Stocco of Genoa, Italy, which is now online here in English (and his English-language homepage is here).

Nice pictures of the North of Infinity II launch

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

In editor Mark Leslie’s blog.

Ancient humans and the dawn of consciousness

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

A number of people have drawn this BBC science story to my attention, which reports on the discovery of what might be a human necklace, and might be 90,000 or 100,000 years old. In my “Neanderthal Parallax” trilogy (beginning with Hominids), I make much of the so-called “Great Leap Forward” — the notion that modern […]

Toronto is knee-deep in cons!

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

SF/F/related conventions in Toronto this year (2006): Ad Astra (general SF) FilkOntario (filk-singing) Anime North (anime — and by far the largest of the cons) Corflu (fanzines) Gaylaxicon (gay-friendly general SF con) The Gathering of the Fellowship (Lord of the Rings — this coming weekend) TT (Toronto Trek) SFX (Science Fiction Expo — with Shatner […]

Dave Duncan dedicates book to Robyn Herrington

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

As some of you know, my upcoming novel Rollback is dedicated to my great friend, the late Robyn Herrington, and Robyn is also in that book’s acknowledgments. Robyn died two years ago, after a long battle with cancer. Well, I just got a copy of my friend Dave Duncan‘s first Tor novel, Children of Chaos […]

Monday Spotlight: Larry Niven

Monday, June 26th, 2006

I’m going to be busy all day tomorrow, so here’s this week’s Monday spotlight, highlighting one of the 500+ documents on my website at, a few hours early … In August, I’m heading out to Calgary for Con-Version 22, this year’s installment of one of my favourite SF conventions. One of this year’s guests […]

Hominids plugged on Planetary Society radio

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

My friend Dennis Pettit (after whom Afsan’s apprentice Pettit in Foreigner is named) just drew this Planetary Society radio program to my attention; it first aired on June 12, 2006, and is now available for download and as an MP3 podcast. The show includes an interview with Dr. Art McDonald of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory. […]

Quintaglio globe

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

The coolest thing ever … A fellow named Patrick J. O’Connor, who lives in Chicago, made this wonderful globe for me of the Quintaglio home world from my novels Far-Seer, Fossil Hunter, and Foreigner. Sitting on the base are two figures of Afsan: on the left, he’s young as he is at the beginning of […]

On MORE 2 LIFE again

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

I’ll be a guest on TVOntario’s More 2 Life with Mary Ito tomorrow, Thursday, June 22, 2006, for their “Mind Over Matter” segment. The show airs from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. TVOntario is the public broadcaster in Ontario, Canada; on most cable systems, it’s channel 2. This is my ninth appearance on More 2 Life […]

My Ottawa Citizen piece is online

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006

My op-ed piece for The Ottawa Citizen about space colonization is now online here.  

Robert J. Sawyer Books submission guidelines

Monday, June 19th, 2006

I’ve been getting a spate of submissions to Robert J. Sawyer Books, the line of books I edit for Calgary’s Red Deer Press, and almost all of them are unsuitable, meaning the submission was a waste of the author’s time and mine. If you want to submit to my line (or any other publisher’s line), […]

North of Infinity II Book Launch

Monday, June 19th, 2006

There will be a launch party for the anthology North of Infinity II edited by Mark Leslie at Bakka-Phoenix in Toronto, Saturday, June 24, 2006, at 3:00 p.m. Full details are in this Word document and this entry in Mark’s blog. My story “Forever” appears in this anthology, and I’ll be at the launch.

Toronto: A Writer’s Tour

Monday, June 19th, 2006

Toronto is a great city to visit in the summer — and for those who think Canada is cold, I’ll point out that it was 34 Celsius / 93 Fahrenheit here yesterday. Back in 2002, I was asked by the people putting together the then-upcoming World Science Fiction Convention in Toronto to write up a […]

SFRA Review

Monday, June 19th, 2006

The Science Fiction Research Association publishes a wonderful newsletter called SFRA Review, filled with reviews and critical articles about science fiction. Every issue from 2001 to 2005 is available as a PDF for free here (scroll down). These particular issues have very interesting reviews of books by me: Calculating God: #253 (July-August 2001). PDF document. […]

Aurora Award voting deadline

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

Just a polite reminder that the voting deadline for this year’s Aurora Awards is June 26. I’m nominated in all three pro categories, a very rare occurrence for anyone: Best Long-Form English for Mindscan. Best Short-Form English for “Identity Theft,” which you can read here. Best Other English for “Birth,” the radio drama I did […]

Bumped to Tuesday

Friday, June 16th, 2006

My Op-Ed piece in The Ottawa Citizen on Stephen Hawking has been bumped to next Tuesday, June 20.

Ottawa Op-Ed

Friday, June 16th, 2006

Those of you in Ottawa (Canada’s capital city) might want to pick up the The Ottawa Citizen newspaper this Saturday, June 17, 2006. I have an op-ed piece in there about Stephen Hawking’s suggestion earlier this week that humanity needs to establish space colonies in order to ensure the survival of the species. (In Canada, […]

Montreal events (and why I love Canada)

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

I’ll be doing two readings in Montreal this fall: Monday, October 16, 2006, at 6:30 p.m.Fraser-Hickson Library4855 Kensington AvenueMontreal, Quebec H3X 3S6 (514) 489-5301 Tuesday, October 17, 2006, at 6:30 p.m.Jewish Public Library1, carre Cummings Square (5151 Ste Ste-Catherine)Montreal, Quebec H3W 1M6(514) 345-2627 The two readings are sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts […]

CBC Radio One blitz this afternoon

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

I’m doing a hastily arranged series of by-phone radio interviews for CBC Radio One this afternoon, to talk about Stephen Hawking’s idea, presented in Hong Kong on Tuesday, that humanity must move into space to save itself. Most of these are being recorded, at the Toronto times indicated; they’ll air once edited later in the […]

Rare Trek images

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

As anyone who has read my novels knows, I’m a huge Classic Star Trek fan. Today, I stumbled across one of the most interesting sites I’ve ever seen about the fine details fo the original show. Check out Star Trek History to see what the Tholian and the Melkotian actually looked like, lots of great […]

BookExpo Canada

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

Busy three days, all related to BookExpo Canada. On Saturday, Danita Maslan, author of the novel Rogue Harvest, which I published under my Robert J. Sawyer Books imprint, flew to Toronto from Calgary, and Carolyn and I picked her up at the airport. Saturday night, we hosted a reception for the authors I’ve published under […]

Meme Therapy interview

Monday, June 12th, 2006

A new interview with me has just gone online at Meme Therapy: Life From a Science Fiction Point of View.

Monday Spotlight: Panel Suggestions

Monday, June 12th, 2006

I’ve been involved in a lot of discussions lately about potential panels for the science-fiction Con-Version 22 in Calgary this August. I have a long-standing special relationship with Con-Version: I was Author Guest at the mini-con Con-Version 21.5 held last summer in conjunction with Westercon, Canadian Guest of Honour at Con-Version 20, Toastmaster at Con-Version […]

Gak! Cut off at the knees!

Saturday, June 10th, 2006

I plum forgot to renew my subscription to New Scientist, which is my single most important science resource for my science-fiction writing. Not only do I really enjoy the magazine, but I’m constantly turning to the full-text online archives for research. Must renew right away, ’cause now I’m locked out of the archives! Gak! Ironically, […]

The New Quarterly

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

The Spring 2006 issue (#98) of The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers & Writing contains a trio of essays about science fiction: “Uncle Hugo’s Legacy” by Robert J. Sawyer “The Exuberance of Science Fiction” by James Alan Gardner “Science Fiction’s Literay Fusions” by Patrick Forde The picture of me above (which I like to caption, “Alas, […]