Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for August, 2007

Cancer vaccine for Ontario girls

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

I’ve often been known to criticize government officials here in Canada, but not today. Today, I’m standing up and cheering. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has announced a $39-million plan to give free voluntary vaccinations to girls in grade 8 in Ontario against the most deadly forms of Human Papillomavirus (HPV), the leading cause of cervical […]

Dawson temperatures

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

We’re already sliding into autumn here in the far north. Here in Dawson it was 19 degrees Celsius this afternoon, and it’s going down to 2 degrees tonight. In Fahrenheit, that’s a swing from 66 to 37. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Not a bad picture of me

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

From VCon in Vancouver in October 2005 (I stumbled on this by complete accident; it’s not captioned): Robert J. Sawyer And here’s one from the same con of me with Danita Maslan, one of the authors I edit:Danita Maslan and Robert J. Sawyer The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

"The Right’s Tough"

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Just stumbled on the fact that one of my stories is online for free over at the Baen website: “The Right’s Tough” by Robert J. Sawyer. This was commissioned for the Libertarian anthology Visions of Liberty, a collection devoted to the notion of throwing off the yoke of government. I think the best thing about […]

CBC Online interviews Robert J. Sawyer

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

CBC Online — the web service of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation — has just posted a new text interview with Robert J. Sawyer as part of its “Words at Large” section. You can read the whole thing right here. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Ed Kramer trial delays

Monday, August 6th, 2007

The nightmare for my friend Edward E. Kramer — one of the finest anthologists the horror field has ever known, and founder of Dragon*Con — continues. Read more — and see a fascinating YouTube clip here. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Louise Marley

Monday, August 6th, 2007

My great pal Louise Marley has updated her website with some nifty PowerPoint presentations on how to write, as well as “Five Music Lessons for Writers.” Check it out here. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Shed Skin at and iTunes

Monday, August 6th, 2007

The dramatic reading of my Hugo Award-nominated short story Shed Skin — the basis for my novel Mindscan — is now available on both and iTunes, and it’s still available at It’s an excellent reading by actor Stephen Hoye. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

On-site voting at this year’s Aurora Awards

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

V-Con, this year’s CanVention (Canadian National Science Fiction Convention), has announced a break from CanVention tradition and is having on-site voting for the Aurora Awards (in addition to mail-in voting). Says V-Con Progress Report #2: Vote at VCON There is no fee to submit an Aurora nomination, but final voting is restricted to CSF&FA members. […]

Benjamin Libet leaves us

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

Those of you who’ve read my Mindscan may remember this scene that takes place shortly after Jake has his consciousness copied into an artificial body: I went to see Dr. Porter about the problem with thoughts I intended to keep private being spoken aloud. “Ah, yes,” he said, nodding. “I’ve seen that before. I can […]

Rollback: Two months on the Locus Bestseller’s List

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

[2008 update: Also see here.] I am delighted to report that my latest novel Rollback is on the Locus bestsllers’ list for a second consecutive month. Locus is the US trade journal of the science-fiction field. The August 2007 issue, just out, lists these hardcover bestsellers (for the data period May 2007); the numbers at […]

Rob Sawyer’s letter to Toronto’s mayor

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Apropos of this, here’s the letter I just sent — in hardcopy and electronically — to Toronto Mayor David Miller (pictured above): Wednesday, August 1, 2007 Mayor David MillerToronto City Hall100 Queen St. West 2nd FloorToronto ON M5H 2N2 Dear Mayor Miller, I’m shocked and severely disappointed to read of the huge reductions in services […]

Toronto Public Library in trouble

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

The Toronto Public Library — the largest system in North America, and the second-largest in the world — is in trouble. See: Quill & Quire’s blog This report in The Toronto Star This letter from the Library Board Chair This report on the fiscal actions taken Want to protest the budget cuts? You can let […]

Ed Willett sings Star Trek

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

DAW Author Ed Willett has the best voice in all of science fiction, and here he sings the original Star Trek theme song (betcha didn’t know it had lyrics!). Enjoy! (If you have trouble with the link on Ed’s blog, you can also get it here. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site