Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for June, 2007

Website anniversary

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Well, it’s just after midnight here, meaning it’s now Friday, June 29, 2007 — and that day happens to be the 12th anniversary of my website. I was, by all accounts, the very first science-fiction writer to have a website, and it’s been of enormous value to me over the last dozen years. If you […]

Science recommends Frameshift

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Yes, that Science — the world’s leading journal of original scientific research — recommends Robert J. Sawyer’s Frameshift as one of its summer reading choices in the June 29, 2007, issue — and Frameshift is mentioned in the Science podcast for that same date, starting at the 32-minute mark: What will you be reading on […]

Rollback errata

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Normally, by this point in one of my books’ lives, my readers would have pointed out several typos, but so far no one has found a single one in Rollback. However, three astute readers have pointed out three errors I made, and I’ve asked Tor to fix them in the paperback: Page 145, fourth full […]

Praise for Rollback

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

The paperback of Rollback comes out February 6, 2008. That seems a long time from now (and it is, it is!, so you should all rush out and buy the hardcover!<grin>), but by the time I’m back in Toronto in October, the cover for the paperback will long since be done, and so I spent […]

Lou Anders and I are on the same wavelength

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

… as you can see here, in Lou’s blog, in which he cites John Scalzi’s interview with me. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Off to NASA!

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Yeah, it’s totally true: my life rocks. :) Tomorrow, I fly off to California for a two-day invitation-only workshop at the NASA Ames Research Center. The conference is entitled “The Future of Intelligence in the Cosmos,” and it’s being jointly organized by NASA Ames, the SETI Institute, and the University of California Santa Cruz. The […]

My twin resigns

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

I feel rather sad about this. For the last couple of years, about half the Google news alerts that I’ve seen for my name have really been related to another Robert Sawyer, the gentleman pictured above. Dr. Sawyer was chairman of California’s Air Resources Board — but today he resigned, and I suspect I won’t […]

Identity Theft and Other Stories

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

I delivered today the final, revised manuscript for my forthcoming short-story collection Identity Theft and Other Stories. It will be published in February 2008 by Red Deer Press, and distributed by Fitzhenry & Whiteside (the same fine people who do my Robert J. Sawyer Books imprint). Meanwhile, I’m delighted to report that Red Deer Press […]

John Scalzi interviews Robert J. Sawyer

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

John Scalzi (above), the wonderful author of Old Man’s War, interviews Robert J. Sawyer over on John’s Ficlets blog. It’s a hefty interview, weighing in at 3,400 words. (John also very nicely promotes the interview on his famed Whatever blog, and links to the interview with me, plus one he just did with my great […]

Maisonneuve on RJS

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Maisonneuve is a glossy, classy Canadian newsstand magazine subtitled “Eclectic Curiosity;” it’s a bit like a Canadian Harper’s. The just released Summer 2007 issue (issue number 24) has a one-page profile of me written by Nathan Whitlock; it’s quite a nice piece. Only the opening is online on the Maisonneuve website; you can read the […]

Paul Levinson podcasts Robert J. Sawyer

Monday, June 25th, 2007

My great friend Paul Levinson — author of such wonderful novels as The Plot to Save Socrates and The Silk Code — podcasts an interview with me right here at Light on Light Through. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Osprey Media

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Just back from an overnight trip to Collingwood, Ontario, where I gave a keynote at the annual leadership conference of Osprey Media, Ontario’s leading publisher of community newspapers. Lots of fun, and a great bunch of people — and the weather has been gorgeous the last couple of days, so it was great getting out […]

WordStar geekery: getting preview with any graphics card

Monday, June 18th, 2007

As many of you know, I’m a diehard user of WordStar for DOS, for all the reasons I outline here. Back in January 2007, I worked out a system for getting WordStar 7.0 (and only 7.0 — this won’t work with earlier versions) to do graphic previews of pages on any computer, and at high […]

Those darn academic publishers!

Monday, June 18th, 2007

So, I’m asked — nay, begged — to contribute something to an academic collection about science fiction, and I offer up a really fine essay, if I do say so myself. Of course, there’s no payment for use, even though they intend to sell the book at a high price. And here’s the license they […]

Book dedicated to Rob

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

One of the special privileges of being an author or editor is getting to dedicate a book to someone. And I am touched, honoured, and thrilled to have dedicated to me the new two-volume set of Leacock’s Fantasia: The Fantastic Stories and Sketches, edited by John Robert Colombo, and published by The Battered Silicon Dispatch […]

Rob on Second Life

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

Second Life’s Talis SciFi & Fantasy Portal book-discussion group is doing my novel Rollback this Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 6:30 SLT (Pacific Time). Open your Second Life desktop software, then click on this Second Life URL to come join the party. My Second Life name is “SF Writer,” and our host is “Rebekah Cavan.” The […]

The Davis Enterprise loves Rollback

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

The Davis Enterprise is the newspaper in Davis, California. On May 17, 2007 (although I only just found out about it today), the paper reviewed my Rollback; the reviewer was Kristin Gray, and here’s some of what she had to say: Whenever I hear the adage that science fiction one day will become science fact, […]

Aurora nominating deadline extended to Monday, July 23, 2007

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

Get information about eligible works here, at the Canadian SF Works Database Get a nominating ballot here, at the official Aurora Awards site And — cough, cough — see my own eligible story “Biding Time” right here, as a Word document The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

The Cult of the Amateur

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

I just posted this five-star review on of The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing our Culture by Andrew Keen: There’s so much received wisdom already about Web 2.0 — so many people who have already staked out turf, and announced that THIS is the way it’s going to be — […]

Verbotomy word game and Rob’s latest novel

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

Check it all out here — and have fun! The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Talk, Talk, Talk

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

Well, today’s talk for the Health and Science Communications Association went really well; as a friend of mine would say, I kicked butt and took names. :) Meanwhile, yesterday’s talk (gak! was it only yesterday?) for the Canadian Public Relations Society in Edmonton also went really, really well. I did a little interview with one […]

Today’s talk

Friday, June 15th, 2007

I’m giving a keynote today at the 48th Annual International Conference on Health and Science Communiciation: Marching Together with Technology into the Future Robert J. SawyerAuthor and Futurist ( Many industries still haven’t embraced 20th-century technology, and we’re now well into the 21st! A look at the state-of-the-art in technologies such as voice recognition, face […]

Busy times!

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Just got back from Alberta. I gave a keynote address to the Canadian Public Relation Society‘s annual meeting (this year entitled “Fast Forward”) in Edmonton. My talk was very well received. My friend Barb Galler-Smith, herself a fine science-fiction writer, picked me up at the airport yesterday, and returned me there today. Last night, she, […]

Just three days to Aurora nominating deadline

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

… and the Canadian SF Works Database wiki that Marcel Gagné and I started has a wonderfully long list of eligible works. Check the list out here, and please read over my own eligible story, “Biding Time” (which the Globe and Mail called “excellent” in a recent review). Grab a ballot here, and get it […]

Quintaglio fan art!

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

A very talented artist named Stephen J. Greene has sent me these terrific illustrations he did of characters from my “Quintaglio Ascension” trilogy (Far-Seer, Fossil Hunter, and Foreigner). Click on the small versions below to see them full size. Afsan and Gork Dybo Miscellaneous Quintaglios The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Signing at BookExpo Canada

Monday, June 11th, 2007

The wonderful people at H.B. Fenn and Company (Tor’s Canadian distributor) had me do a signing at their booth at BookExpo Canada today. Fenn gave away 200 hardcovers of Rollback to booksellers, librarians, reviewers, and so forth — $6,000 worth of books! I signed them all — and my hand was getting tired by the […]

"Heidi’s Pick Six" interviews Rob

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Be warned: lots and lots of purple and pink! Read the interview here. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Sawyer, Kay, Gibson, Colombo

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

The sign over my head shows the Penguin logo and the slogan “The Great Books Are Here.” Who are we to argue? Today, at BookExpo Canada, Penguin Canada threw a wonderful champagne reception, and on hand were (if I may be so bold) four major figures of Canadian science-fiction and fantasy: Robert J. Sawyer, Guy […]

Globe and Mail loves Rollback

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

The Saturday, June 9, 2007, edition of The Globe and Mail: Canada’s National Newspaper reviews Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer. The whole review is here; the reviewer is named Cori Dusmann. Among other very nice things, the review says: While Rollback is, on the surface, a book about reaching out to those across the universe, […]

eBay store closing for the summer

Friday, June 8th, 2007

Carolyn and I will be closing down our eBay store — through which we sell signed copies of my books — at the end of next week, since we’re going away for the summer. The store will re-open in October, but if you want to get signed copies before then, please place your order soon. […]