Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for February, 2007

Holy fava beans!

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

Look who’s coming to the Toronto World Horror Convention! Thomas Harris, the creator of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, is coming to Toronto, to receive the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Cool! The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Safety in the future

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

I do get quoted in the darnedest places. :) Just received a copy of the January 3, 2007, issue of the Daily Commercial News, which quotes me in a page-one story on health and safety headlined “Safety will lead in technology,” by Peter Kenter. Paragraph two begins: “Everything in the workplace is moving toward safety,” […]

Speaking of usage issues …

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

I mentioned The Chicago Manual of Style‘s online Q&A a couple of posts back. Well, today I saw this on the BBC Website: “Canada is the second largest country in the world after Russia.” This sort of phrasing has always bothered me. Isn’t it equally true to just say: “Canada is the largest country in […]

Autographed photos

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

There was a time when the web was young during which lots of people were emailing writers, actors, and so on, asking for autographed pictures. That seems to have died down, but I did always wonder what happened to them after I sent them out. Now I know. (That photo dates back to the days […]

For grammar and word use fans

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

These are always fun: Chicago Manual of Style Q&A, updated monthly. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Another reason I like this job

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

In what other line of work do you routinely get thanked for things you did 15 years ago? This popped into my email box this morning from New Mexico: Dear Mr. Sawyer, I used to be a big SF reader, and somehow fell away from the genre. But that all changed last month. I discovered […]

Nobel Peace Prize

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

I heard on the news yesterday that Al Gore has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Made me think of the great Canadian who won it, Lester B. Pearson, the man after whom Toronto’s airport is named (not to mention a starship in my novel Starplex). And now a new book has come out […]

The Creative Review has excellent taste

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

… as evidenced by this newsletter’s very nice article about me entitled “Great Canadian Sci-Fi,” in Volume 2, Issue 1 (Winter 2007), on page 5, which you can download here. (No, I don’t go ego-surfing for my name; Google currently has 350,000 references to me, and it would take the rest of my life to […]

Book Lover’s Ball 2007

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

It’s going to be one swanky night! I had a blast last year, and am very much looking forward to this year’s Book Lover’s Ball in Toronto, a gala, black-tie evening at the Liberty Grand, raising funds for the Toronto Public Library.