Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for July, 2007

Mindscan mass-market AWOL at

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

My poor baby is lost! There’s a glitch in the database over at If you search there on either “Mindscan” or “Robert J. Sawyer,” you’ll only find the hardcover of Mindscan — even though the paperback has been out for over a year. The only way to get to the ordering page for the […]

Quill and Quire reports on changes at Red Deer Press

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Quill and Quire reports today on changes at Red Deer Press, including the departure of long-time publisher Dennis Johnson; Red Deer press publishes Robert J. Sawyer Books, the imprint I edit. In the article, posted in the subscription-only area of their website, they quote briefly from an email response I sent to Q&Q editor Derek […]

Fun and games in Dawson City

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

Carolyn and I have been at Berton House way up north here in Dawson City, Yukon, for 26 days now, and we’re continuing to enjoy it and find it productive. And although we’re here on a writing retreat, we’re still finding time for some fun too. Last weekend was the famed Dawson City Music Festival, […]

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

My friend H. Don Wilkat found a higher-resolution version of the mass-marekt paperback cover for Rollback online. On this one, it’s easy to read the blurb in the lower-left: “This is what SF is supposed to be about: discovery as carried out by real people. A joy to read: a superb novel.” — Jack McDevitt, […]

Help bring the Worldcon to Canada!

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Carolyn and I are both proud supporters of the Montreal in 2009 Worldcon bid — a bid to bring the World Science Fiction Convention back to Canada. And it’s time to vote! All the information is here. Check it out! The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

First glimpse of Rollback paperback

Thursday, July 26th, 2007 has just put up the first glimpse I’ve seen of what the mass-market paperback of Rollback will look like. Looks gorgeous to me — although I’m dying to know what the text in the lower left says! (The stuff under my name says, “Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best novel.”) The […]

Dawson Public Library

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

For those of you actually here in the Yukon, I will be doing a reading from Rollback followed by a Q&A at the Dawson Public Library on Tuesday, August 14, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. Free refreshments will be served. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Letting Go Of God

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

In April 2007, The Ottawa Citizen — the largest circulation newspaper in Canada’s capital city — published a commissioned op-ed piece by me, which I called “A Bright Idea for Atheists.” In that piece, I took to task some of the people who are currently trying to overcome the problems religions causes in our world: […]

New publisher at Red Deer Press

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

Robert J. Sawyer Books is an imprint of Red Deer Press. Long-time publisher Dennis Johnson has moved on to greener pastures, and Richard Dionne will be the new publisher starting September 1, 2007. Red Deer Press was bought two years ago by Toronto’s Fitzhenry & Whiteside, and Richard has been a mainstay there. My profound […]

Recommended Science Fiction

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

I was asked to recommend some great science fiction for a sidebar to an interview with me — but the magazine never used the sidebar, so I thought I’d post my recommendations here: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (Tor). Wells created it all: time travel, space voyages, alien invasions, genetic engineering, antigravity, invisibility — […]

Berton House renovations

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Last winter, Berton House, where Carolyn and I are now staying, was renovated as part of the Canadian TV show The Designer Guys. You can read all about that renovation, and see a bit more of Berton House, in this posting from the Mayor of Dawson’s blog. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Rob interviewed by a 17-year-old

Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

And it’s a good interview, too. See for yourself. (The interviewer is Rachel Moran, who was 17 at the time this intervew was done, and was then a senior at Pittsford Sutherland High School in Pittsford, NY. The interview was done in 2003 for a print publication for students about possible careers called NextStep; I […]

Self-publishing is not the way to go

Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

An email I received today: I loved your website and was very impressed with your bio and all the awards that you have received. What a wonderful life you must be enjoying. Great! I have written a mystery novel. The book is already in print, but I need an expert to tell me my next […]

Pierre Berton’s History for Young Canadians

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

Aww, those nice people at Fitzhenry & Whiteside! Pat O’Neill, the sales manager for Canadian publisher Fitzhenry & Whiteside, has sent a donation of four books by Pierre Berton to Berton House; all were published by Fifth House of Calgary, a Fitzhenry & Whiteside company, and are in the series “Pierre Berton’s History for Young […]

Lots of good writing advice …

Friday, July 20th, 2007

… is here, in this tutorial by George Scithers, the editor of Weird Tales magazine. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

"Identity Theft" option renewed

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

I’m delighted to announce that Snoot Entertainment in Los Angeles has renewed its option on film rights to my Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated novella “Identity Theft,” first published in the anthology Down These Dark Spaceways, edited by Mike Resnick for the Science Fiction Book Club. And, I’ve got to say, I love dealing with these […]

Calgary SF convention in one month

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

I won’t be there — I’m in the Yukon for the summer — but one of my absolute favourite SF conventions is happening in just one month: Con-Version in Calgary. Author Guest of Honour this year is my great buddy Jack McDevitt. I recommend the con hightly, and encourage you to attend — Calgary is […]

Habitable Planets for Man

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Holy crap! Just discovered that the Rand Corporation has made its landmark 1964 study Habitable Planets for Man by Stephen H. Dole available for free as PDF (scroll down to the link to the free download, of just click here). This is it, folks, the world-building bible; I paid a fortune years ago for a […]

Prisoners of Gravity on YouTube

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Hey, I used to have hair! Someone is putting up clips from the wonderful Canadian series about science fiction and comics called Prisoners of Gravity on YouTube. I was the most-frequent guest in that program’s history … and one of my earlierst appearances, from 17 years ago, is here. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

One week left for Aurora nominating

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

The Auroras are the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards. Any Canadian may nominate, and there is no charge t do so. Ballots are here. A good list of eligible works is here. And my own eligible story, “Biding Time,” is here, as a Word document. Ballots must be postmarked by Monday, July 23, 2007. […]

Nice write-up about Hominids

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Don’t know where they got it — maybe Donato’s site — but the above version of the Hominids cover art without the text overlay — something I’ve never seen before — accompanies a very nice write up about the Hugo Award-winning first volume of my Neanderthal Parallax trilogy over at Site 101. The Robert J. […]

Settling in at Berton House

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Carolyn and I have been here as sole occupants of the Berton House Writers’ Retreat for ten days now, and it’s high time I posted some pictures! Berton House is a tourist attraction, with four historic signs for people to read outside. Here I am at the viewing platform, with three of the historic signs […]

Interview and video tour of Rob’s home

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

Space Channel has just put up a 23-minute interview with me, which includes a tour of my home. You can see it right here. Cheers, Rob The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Barry Gray

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

So, when I was heading up here, the previous writer said the little stereo at Berton House didn’t have the right jack to plug in an MP3 player. Well, that turned out not to be true, but I’d left my cable back in Toronto because I’d been told I wouldn’t need it. But a week […]

Comic-Con, here I come — in 2008

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Well, what should be in my in-box this morning but an invitation to be a special guest at next year’s San Diego Comic-Con! Holy cow! Needless to say, I said yes. So, see y’all at Comic-Con — the largest popular-culture convention in the world, with 120,000 people attending — July 24-28, 2008. Yay! The Robert […]

13 Free RJS Short Stories

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

It’s been over five years since I’ve had multiple short stories by me available on my website. But Carolyn has been hard at work here in the Yukon, and the full text of 13 early stories by me is now available for free right here. Enjoy! (So Google will find this: Free science fiction short […]

Beardless Rob

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

“I’ve seen a part of myself no man should ever see.” — James T. Kirk, “The Enemy Within” In honour of the beginning of my three months of being in the Yukon, I’ve shaved off my beard — for the first time in over three years. I’m going to grow it back immediately, though … […]

Stan Schmidt interview

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

Stanley Schmidt, the long-time (almost 30 years now!) editor of Analog is interviewed by Ernest Lilley over at SF Revu — and, to my delight, Stan says: “I like the entire range of lengths in different ways, because they have different kinds of strength when well executed. One of my all-time favorite stories was Robert […]

SF writers at SETI conferenced

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

The SETI conference (“The Future of Intelligence in the Cosmos”) at the NASA Ames Research Center wrapped up this afternoon, and I thought there should be a picture of the science fiction writers who participated: Left to right: Andre Bormanis, Jack McDevitt, Robert J. Sawyer, Gregory Benford. It was a fabulous conference, and I had […]

Locus Bestsellers’ List

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

I’m delighted to report that Rollback is number five on the Locus hardcover bestsellers’ list, as reported in the July 2007 issue (covering the data period of April 2007); Locus is the trade journal of the SF field. Not only is number five a very good number in its own right, but I’ll point out […]