Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for January, 2008

Doctor Who "Time Crash"

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Over on my Yahoo! Groups News Group, Steven H. Silver — a fine choice for the fan-writer Hugo, by the way — pimped this 8-minute Doctor Who special short, in which David Tennant’s Doctor meets Peter Davison’s one. It’s absolutely charming, if you’re a Doctor Who fan … The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

‘Cause, y’know, it might not last …

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

So, I saw out of the corner of my eye a promo for the new CBC TV series jPod today, based on the Douglas Coupland book, and I said to myself, “That can’t be Alan Thicke, can it?” So I googled, and end up at Thicke’s official website, and, indeed, it is Thicke, whom I’ve […]

Philip K. Dick Award finalists

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

This year’s finalists for the Philip K. Dick Award — honoring SF books first published in the previous year as paperback originals in the US — include my friend and fellow Canadian Minister Faust for The Notebooks of Dr. Brain. The full list: Grey, Jon Armstrong (Night Shade) Undertow, Elizabeth Bear (Bantam Spectra) From the […]

Remainders: What do authors get?

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

My friend Mark Leslie Lefebvre sent me an interesting question today: I also had a question about remainders (since I know that some of your older titles or books that have gone into paperback have gone into remainder status — after an incredibly great run as a traditional trade book, of course). Remainders/Bargain Books are […]

Book Lover’s Ball coming soon

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

I’m going to be one of the participating authors at the Toronto Public Library’s third annual Book Lover’s Ball, coming on Thursday, January 31, 2008. It’s a swanky, black-tie, $500-a-plate fund-raising dinner for North America’s largest public-library system. It’s also the event at which I will pass the torch of the Toronto Public Library Celebrates […]

Robert Fitzhenry passes

Monday, January 7th, 2008

My Robert J. Sawyer Books imprint is published by Red Deer Press, which, in turn, is owned by Fitzhenry and Whiteside, a long-established, mid-sized Canadian publisher, run by Sharon Fitzhenry, daughter of co-founder Robert I. Fitzhenry. Sharon’s dad just passed away. There would be no Robert J. Sawyer Books — and a lot less Canadian publishing in […]

And my own eligible work: Rollback

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Speaking of Hugo and Aurora Awards, might I gently remind the world that my novel Rollback is currently eligible for nomination for both? Rollback was published in hardcover by Tor in April 2007 (and was a Main Selection of the Science Fiction Book Club); the paperback comes out February 5, 2008. Rollback is currently on […]

Kirstin Morrell for the Aurora

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

Nominating is now open for the Aurora Awards. For the first time ever, you can nominate online. All Canadians are eligible to do so, and there’s no cost to nominate. And although the Canadian SF Works Database that Marcel Gagné and I founded provides a wiki list of professional works that are eligible for the […]

High time Stan Schmidt got a Hugo!

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

This year, 2008, is the 30th anniversary of Stanley Schmidt becoming editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Despite Analog being consistently the English-speaking world’s #1 best-selling SF magazine for that entire period, Stan has never won a Hugo Award for Best Editor. It’s high time he did win. To nominate and vote, you have […]

Just when I thought Britannica might finally have gotten it right …

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

… they pull a boneheaded stunt. Okay, we all know that traditional encyclopedia publishers have been taking a beating as people turn to the free Wikipedia for content. Still, every couple of years I update my Encyclopaedia Britannica CD-ROM. This year, I opted for the 2008 Ultimate DVD edition because, as it says on the […]

Rollback #1 at Bakka-Phoenix

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

I’m pleased as punch to announced that my 17th novel Rollback was the #1 bestselling hardcover for the entire year of 2007 at Toronto’s Bakka-Phoenix, the world’s oldest surviving science-fiction specialty bookstore, beating out J.K. Rowling for the top spot. And Phyllis Gotlieb’s Birthstones, published under Red Deer Press’s Robert J. Sawyer Books imprint, was […]

Penguin Canada tops $100 million

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Penguin Canada is my new Canadian publisher; I’m about to turn in Wake, the first volume of my upcoming WWW trilogy, to them. Good to know that they’re doing fine, as you can see in this Publishers Weekly article. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

eBooks directly to your handheld

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

One of the coolest things about Amazon’s new Kindle eBook reader is the ability to download content directly to the reader, without having to use a separate computer. (Although, as I mentioned before, it was really the old Rocket eBook devices that pioneered this notion, delivering eBooks just by plugging your reader into a phone […]

Year in Review: 2007

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Happy New Year, Everyone! This past year was spectacular for me, I must say. In approximately chronological order: I won the $2,500 Toronto Public Library Celebrates Reading Award presented at the Book Lovers’ Ball (pictured above) My 17th novel Rollback was published by Tor to rave reviews I had a fabulous 22-city book tour for […]