Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for February, 2008

Wake delivered

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

I am delighted to announce that today I delivered the 100,000-word manuscript for Wake, my 18th novel, to Ginjer Buchanan at Penguin USA’s Ace Science Fiction imprint and to Nicole Winstanely at Penguin Canada. I’m sure there will still be another draft, when my editors request revisions, and I’m still waiting for some feedback from […]

Sawyer one of "The CanLit 30"

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

To my astonishment and delight, Quill & Quire, the Canadian publishing trade journal, has just released (as the cover story in its March 2008 issue) its first-ever list of “The CanLit 30: The most influential, innovative, and just plain powerful people in Canadian publishing.” On the list: Robert J. Sawyer. The unnumbered list takes ten […]

All versions of eReader Pro are now free

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

I think eReader (formerly PalmReader) is the best ebook reading software out there, better than Mobipocket (and with a much better DRM scheme). just acquired, and to celebrate, they’ve made all versions of eReader Pro, their premium software, free. You can get them right here, for Windows, Mac, Palm, Pocket PC, Windows Mobile, […]

Steven Gould’s blog

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

It’s been many a year since I’ve run into Steven Gould and his wife Laura Mixon, but I’ve always been fond of them — and Steve is living what many novelists dream of just now: his novel Jumper has been made into a major Hollywood motion picture, which premiered last week. You can tag along […]

The Globe and Mail mentions Sawyer, Robinson

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

Jack Kirchhoff of The Globe and Mail: Canada’s National Newspaper does a weekly roundup of notable titles newly in paperback, and this week (Saturday, February 16, 2008) he mentions two science-fiction books with Canadian authors: ROLLBACK By Robert Sawyer, Tor, 313 pages, $8.99 The search for extraterrestrial intelligence is backdrop for Sawyer’s investigation of the […]

eBooks that hard code flush-right margins

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

A note I sent to the fine folks at Might you have a word with your vendors about the fact that it’s wrong to force full justification of text in ebooks? The last two secure Mobipocket ebooks I’ve bought from you have flush-right margins regardless of what setting is chosen in Mobipocket reader. On […]

Writing retreat

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

I’m away with eight good friends (including Randy McCharles, chair of this year’s World Fantasy Convention, and Asimov’s and Analog author Susan Forest) on a writing retreat in Banff, Alberta. I happened to be in Calgary this past Thursday, giving a keynote address to the annual professional-development conference for Calgary high-school teachers, and sticking around […]

What I was doing 40 years ago today

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

On February 13, 1968, a seven-year-old Robert J. Sawyer — then known as Robin — recorded a reading of his short story “Bobby Bug” on audio tape, with the aid of his father (the first voice on the recording). Listen. (45 seconds WMA clip, playable with Windows Media Player, unearthed a couple of years ago […]

Las Vegas, here I come!

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

I’ve just accepted an invitation to be Author Guest of Honor at Xanadu Las Vegas, a new convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 17-19, 2009 (next year). Woohoo! The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Thunderbirds are Go!

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

At least in novel form. See here. (I love Thunderbirds — I even love the live-action movie!) The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

24 feet of submarine sandwiches and 96 slices of pizza

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

That was the tally consumed at Carolyn and my open party for members of science-fiction fandom and fans of my books tonight (Friday, February 9) — plus various fruit trays, cheese trays, veggie platters, etc. etc. Well over a hundred people showed up, starting at 3:30 p.m. and going to 1:00 a.m. Everyone seemed to […]

Planet of the Apes 40th Anniversary

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Forty years ago today, Thursday, February 8, 1968, the original Planet of the Apes arrived in theaters. It is, in my opinion, one of the very best science-fiction films ever made, and was hugely influential on me and my career. Its stature wasn’t always obvious to everyone, though, and, indeed The New York Times was […]

Is anyone remotely surprised?

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Lawsuit alleges over a billion dollars a year improperly diverted at Oral Roberts University. I think I’ll have an institution called Anal Peters College in my next novel … The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Is it "science fiction writer" or "science-fiction writer"?

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Interesting question, and it came up today as I was asked to vet ad copy for something I’m involved with. The genre is “science fiction,” with no hyphen, but when used in the phrase “science fiction writer,” “science fiction” then becomes a compound adjective (two or more words that together form a single modifier for […]

Bakka-Phoenix has autographed Rollback paperbacks

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Carolyn and I went to see Richard Thomas (of The Waltons) in the play Twelve Angry Men this afternoon (despite the snow storm!), and on the way we stopped at Bakka-Phoenix Books, Toronto’s venerable SF specialty store, and I signed a mountain of copies of the mass-market paperback of Rollback there … get ’em while […]

New Associate Publisher for Red Deer Press

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

My Robert J. Sawyer Books imprint is published by Calgary’s Red Deer Press; I edit the line, and Richard Dionne has been the publisher since September 2007. In addition to securing the services of Nalo Hopkinson as editor of her own fantasy imprint, Richard has just announced the promotion of the terrific Valerie Burke-Harland to […]

Weather? What weather? Rowers Pub is a go

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Despite the heavy snowfall expected this afternoon in Toronto, the readings I’m part of at the Rowers Pub tonight (Wednesday, February 6, 2008) are still going ahead. :) The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Literary vs. commercial fiction

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

This showed up in my email box today: I have what may be a silly question: what is the difference between genre writing and literary writing? I have asked many people/authors and I’m still confused. At first I thought a genre work couldn’t be literary, but I have a friend who published fantasy novels that […]

Rollback paperback now out!

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Today — February 5, 2008 — is the official release date of the mass-market paperback edition of my 17th novel, Rollback. The book had a very successful run in hardcover, and I’m delighted that it’s now going to be even more widely read. The opening chapters are here, and plenty more about the book is […]

Nalo Hopkinson new fantasy editor for Red Deer Press

Monday, February 4th, 2008

It was announced in the subscribers’ only Quill & Quire Online today that Nalo Hopkinson — World Fantasy Award winner and fellow Toronto writer — has joined the Red Deer Press team as the editor of her own fantasy imprint, a companion for my Robert J. Sawyer Books imprint. Nalo will be doing three books […]

Money for nothing and checks for free

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Or maybe that’s “cheques” for my Canadian readers … ;) That’s the cool thing about being a writer: money shows up for work you did years ago. :) I’m delighted to announce that Divani Films has renewed (for a third year) its option on my 1995 Nebula Award-winning novel The Terminal Experiment. And I’m also […]

SF Signal loves Rollback

Monday, February 4th, 2008

As we count down to the official pub date of the paperback of my Rollback — one more day to go! — SF Signal has weighed in with a lengthy five-star review of the book. A few snippets: “Thoroughly entertaining (and accessible) science fiction. Moves fast; one of those books you can’t put down … […]

Rob Sawyer SF lecture on TVOntario tomorrow

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

Tomorrow (Saturday, February 2, 2008), at 4:00 p.m., I’ll be on TVOntario’s Big Ideas, talking about science fiction in a lecture recorded in October 2007 at the University of Waterloo. On the same show: Steven Pinker! The hour-long program repeats Sunday, February 3, 2008, also at 4:00 p.m. TVO’s description: STEVEN PINKER | ROBERT J. […]

What rhymes with Quintaglio?

Friday, February 1st, 2008

In honour of the mass-market paperback release of my 17th novel Rollback, I’m participating next Wednesday in what is probably better known as a poetry reading series, but it should be great fun, so please join us: Rowers Pub Reading Series Rowers Pub, 150 Harbord Street, 2nd floor (416 961-6277)(W of Spadina, just E of […]