Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for August, 2007

Beijing Book Fair and Sightseeing

Friday, August 31st, 2007

A provocative banner outside the Beijing Book Fair We began today by making an appearance at the Beijing International Book Fair. No sooner had we arrived than we ran into Neil Gaiman, who accompanied us to the Canadian Publishing booth, where Fitzhenry & Whiteside, and my Robert J. Sawyer Books imprint, were very well represented. […]

Rob at Harbourfront

Friday, August 31st, 2007

I will be reading at the International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront in October. More details as I get them, but information about the Festival is here. This is one of the largest and most prestigious writers’ festivals in the world, and I’m thrilled to be part of it again. The Robert J. Sawyer Web […]

Neil Gaiman blogs China conference

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Neil Gaiman also attended the Chengdu Science Fiction and Fantasy Conference, and he’s much further ahead in getting it blogged than I am. Check out his excellent reportage here, and in the other posts Neil links to at the end of that one. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Great Wall of China

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Yesterday (Thursday, August 30, 2007), Carolyn and I hired a driver and guide to take us on the road trip to a portion of The Great Wall of China, and we hiked along the wall. This was, I think, the hardest physical exercise I’ve ever done. It was boiling hot, the sun was beating down […]


Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

I promise to post lots more pictures of my China trip when I have a chance, but for now, here’s one: that’s a real live panda bear in my lap. Do I have the coolest job in the world, or what? ;) The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

CBC Radio podcasts RJS

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

CBC Radio’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi interviews Robert J. Sawyer about his winning China’s Galaxy Award for Most Popular Science Fiction Author of the Year. You can listen here (grab the Tuesday 28 August 2007 show). The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Globe interview

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

The article in Tuesday’s Globe and Mail about my Galaxy Award win is based in part on this email interview I did with the Globe‘s James Adams yesterday: Have any of your novels been translated into Cantonese or Mandarin for the mainland China market? Or have your books just been brought in as English-language imports […]

Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire on China win

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

The Globe and Mail: Canada’s National Newspaper reports on Robert J. Sawyer winning the Galaxy Award, China’s top science-fiction award, for most popular foreign author here. Quill and Quire, Canada’s publishing trade journal, has its report on Rob’s win here. And CBC Radio One’s Q interviews Rob today: In about two hours, as I post […]

Aurora final ballot delayed even longer

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Says Dennis Mullin, “Apologies for the delays. I’m aiming for sooner, but promise the 2007 voting ballot will become available on the website no later than Labor Day.” In other words, he’s just delayed it another full week after the latest possible day he’d said it would be available. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Coverage of Galaxy Award Ceremony

Monday, August 27th, 2007

… is here, with photos. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

China SF conference coverage … from China!

Monday, August 27th, 2007

A good article, with photos, is here. Oh, and the CBC has a nice piece about my award win here. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Sawyer wins China’s top SF Award

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

CHENGDU, CHINA, 26 AUGUST 2007: Robert J. Sawyer of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, today won China’s top science-fiction award, the Galaxy Award, in the category “Most Popular Foreign Author of the Year.” The award, voted on by Chinese readers, was presented at the Chengdu International Science Fiction and Fantasy Festival, the largest science-fiction conference ever held […]

Off to China!

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Tomorrow, Carolyn and I start our Long March to China! :) We take two flights tomorrow — Dawson to Whitehorse, then Whitehorse to Vancouver, and we stay overnight in Vancouver. Then on Wednesday, it’s two more flights: Vancouver to Beijing, and Beijing to Chengdu. We’ll be attending the Chengdu International Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention; […]

A good cartoon

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

David Seltzer, a reader of mine in Palm Beach, who is currently reading Calculating God, sent me this link to a cartoon, which certainly is apropos of that book, and sadly is pretty much spot on. The cartoonist is Wiley, and the strip is called “Non Sequitur.” The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Georgia congressman files amicus brief in Ed Kramer case

Monday, August 20th, 2007

The brief, filed by Georgia Congressman Bob Barr on August 17, 2007, begins: There is an overwhelming sense of injustice that pervades all of what has happened to Petitioner Appellant Edward Kramer. The Georgia and United States Constitution Amendments that have been violated are, at minimum, The First, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth as implicated through […]

Aurora final ballot delayed — again

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

Dennis Mullin has yet again delayed release of the final Aurora ballot for 2007. It was to have been released in July; he then changed that to today, Saturday, August 18 — handily making sure that no ballots or copies of work could be available for Con-Version, the Calgary regional con, which is happening this […]


Saturday, August 18th, 2007

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Nineteen years ago …

Friday, August 17th, 2007

… on Friday, August 19, 1988, I bought what was then, and still is, the most expensive computer I’ve ever owned (and, at that time, was the most expensive thing I’d ever bought — and, come to think of it, I think it still is, except for cars and real estate). Moore’s Law rocks — […]

Open house at Berton House

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Yesterday, Thursday, August 16, 2007, was the “Authors on Eighth” celebration here in Dawson City, Yukon. As part of it, Carolyn and I hosted an open house at Berton House. Some bald guy gave a tour. The gentleman leaning against the doorway on the left is Dan Davidson, editor of the Klondike Sun newspaper. Among […]

Berton House halfway mark

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Today, Thursday, August 16, 2007, marks the halfway point in my residency at Berton House, here in Dawson City, Yukon. Carolyn and I have been here 44 days, and we now have 43 left to go (14 of which will be spent on our side trip to China). We’re having a great time, and I’m […]

Dinosaurs in Science Fiction

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

My three favourite things are dinosaurs, science fiction, and beautiful women — so what could be a more perfect way to start the day than getting an email from the beautiful Kirstin Morrell containing a link to an article about dinosaurs in science fiction? Check it out here, on the blog “Prehistoric Pulp.” The Robert […]

A quality Canadian ezine

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Challenging Destiny is a really well done Canadian science-fiction ezine, available through the good folks at Fictionwise, and the current issue (number 24) contains the story “Like Water in the Desert” by one of my best friends, Hayden Trenholm. Visit the zine’s website here, and pick up the latest issue online over here. The Robert […]

Who’s Got The Better Art Department?

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Riffs on Michaelangelo’s painting on the roof of the Sistine Chapel are common, and, as it happens one of my favorite nonfiction authors, Frans de Waal, has just gotten one on the cover of his latest book, Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved, published by Princeton University Press. But I think Tor Books did a […]

What I was doing 20 years ago today

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

I was writing an article about this new-fangled thing called “Windows” for ProFiles: The Magazine for KayPro Users, and it was a bitch to write. Here’s what I said in my work journal for August 10, 1987: I’m still having problems with Windows article. I have to explain how it integrates and replaces the familiar […]

More on Self-Publishing

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Over in the LiveJournal for Bakka-Phoenix Books, Canada’s oldest science-fiction specialty store, the wise and wonderful Chris Szego, manager of same, posted this open letter: Dear Writer who, because the publishing industry is so tough to break into decides to publish her novel on her own, or believes his interests are best served by self-publication, […]

Nina profiles Rob’s site

Friday, August 10th, 2007

British Columbia writer Nina Munteanu profile my website at SFWRITER.COM today, as well as having us take a fanciful journey in space together. You can read all about it in Nina’s blog. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

My Boys Make Good

Friday, August 10th, 2007

I am a judge for the Writers of the Future contest, and am so very proud this year, because two of the winners are former writing students of mine: Stephen Kotowych came to see me when I was writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library’s The Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy in 2003 […]

The Difference Between Science Fiction and Fantasy

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Over at Yahoo! Answers, someone asked “What is the difference between science fiction and fantasy?,” and I decided to post my own answer to that common question: Science fiction deals with things that might possibly happen (or, in the case of the subgenre of science fiction known as alternate history, things that possibly could have […]

January reviews Rollback

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

January Magazine reviews Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer today. It’s a positive review, with some cavils. One comment struck me as … well, the reviewer writes, “I … believe that had Sarah been the one to undergo successful treatment, while her husbands had failed, it would have changed a great deal of the story.” Well, […]

A really nice review of Starplex

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

I’m very proud of my novel Starplex. It was the only 1996 novel to be nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula, it won the Aurora, it was a finalist for the Seiun, and it was a Locus bestseller and a selection of the Science Fiction Book Club. But it’s been out of print […]