Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for May, 2008

SF Crowsnest reviews Rollback

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

SF Crowsnest reviews Rollback right here, saying: “The sensitivity of the issues involved here is likely to get this book up for awards in the coming months and you might as well be in on the ground floor and say you’ve got there before the judges. A compelling read.” The review is by Geoff Willmetts. […]

SF Crowsnest reviews Identity Theft

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

… right here. Identity Theft and Other Stories by Robert J. Sawyer. Red Deer Press, 2008. Buy an autographed hardcover from the author here. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Interesting tools

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Working furiously on a bunch of projects, including Watch, the sequel to Wake. I’ve been using the index-cards feature of Celtx, a way-cool open-source free media preproduction package, to plot it out. Celtx is a Canadian project (yay, team!), based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The index-card feature is the closest simulation to actually using 3×5 […]

Boarding the Enterprise at

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

There are many hundreds of Star Trek books, but — the official website, run by Gene Roddenberry’s son Rod — has chosen to stock only two commercially published bookstore-distributed books. One of them is the (excellent) Star Trek Creator: The Authorized Biography of Gene Roddenbery. And the other is Boarding the Enterprise, edited by […]

Most stylish SF TV show ever …

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

… was Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s UFO, filmed in 1969, but set in 1980. YouTube’s got the opening credit sequence (with Barry Gray’s wonderful theme music) here. NOTE: Click on the “Watch in high quality” link just below the “Views” hit counter. Really, quite an ambitious undertaking: cars, fashions, hairstyles, all created for a coherent […]

VCON, here I come!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Having accumulated a big pile of frequent-flyer miles, I decided to use some of them today to book a flight to Vancouver, British Columbia, for VCON 33, the Vancouver SF convention being held October 3-5, 2008. (I was surprised that I could book a flight all the way from Toronto to Vancouver and back using […]

Aurora Awards in the Senate!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

The remarks below were made today in Canada’s Senate by The Honourable Nick G. Sibbeston (pictured above), Senator for the Northwest Territories, and will be recorded in Hansard, the official parliamentary transcripts: Honourable Senators, on Sunday, May 18th, the Aurora Awards, honouring the best in Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing in both English and […]

The least-well-known Hugo-winning novel

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

As a best-novel Hugo Award-winner myself (not to mention a current nominee in that category), I like to think that winning SF’s big one ensures immortality for the book. But one book is sometimes called the “lost” Hugo winner, because it’s rarely been in print since its win: They’d Rather Be Right by Mark Clifton […]

Calculating God 8th printing

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Apologies to those who’ve been looking for my Hugo Award-nominated Calculating God over the last little while. Demand has exceeded supply — but Tor is going back to print (for an 8th mass-market printing!), and it should be back in stores shortly (and will absolutely be available for teachers who wish to use it this […]

Eric Layman obituary

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

The Globe and Mail devoted a half-page to an appreciation of my recently departed friend Eric Layman on Saturday. It’s free to read it right now, although sometime soon it will be put behind the Globe’s pay-for-old-content wall. Check it out while you can. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Charles Lindbergh and the quest for immortality

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Some of the issues explored in my current Hugo Award-finalist Rollback are also addressed in a new nonfiction book called The Immortalists by David M. Friedman. The BBC has a print interview with Friedman here about aviator Charles Lindbergh’s “deranged” quest for immortality … The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Star Trek director Joseph Pevney passes on

Monday, May 26th, 2008 has the scoop here. Pevney directed 14 episodes — more than any other director — including some of the Original Series’ very best: Amok TimeThe AppleArenaCatspawCity on the Edge of ForeverThe Deadly YearsThe Devil in the DarkFriday’s ChildThe Immunity SyndromeJourney to BabelThe Return of the ArchonsA Taste of ArmageddonThe Troulbe with TribblesWolf in the […]

More Stephen J. Greene RJS fan art

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Last June, I posted here about the terrific fan art for my Quintaglio books done by Stephen J. Greene. Stephen has now done a very nice piece of fan art based on my Aurora and Arthur Ellis Award-winning 1993 short story “JUst Like Old Times.” Check it out here. Many thanks, Stephen! (Oh, and the […]

Me and Bobby McKee …

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

I’m off to take famed Hollywood script consultant Robert McKee‘s “Story” seminar this weekend: three 9:00-to-9:00 days, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It’s actually my second time taking it; my buddy Herb Kauderer is taking it with me this time (Carolyn did it last time with me, back in the fall of 2003). McKee is the […]

Classic cylon robots as CGI

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Fascinating discussion of the guest appearance by the classic cylon design in flashbacks for the new Battlestar Galactica can be found here at Darth Mojo. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

The Quotable Rob Sawyer

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Somebody over at The Quotations Page is a fan of my novel Calculating God, I see. That site lists seven quotes from the book, including one I had cause to repeat to a friend recently: “Honor does not have to be defended” — you’ve either got it, or you don’t, and if you do no […]

Hominids half-price at

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Until Tuesday, May 27, 2008, at 11 AM EDT, the unabridged recording of the Hugo Award-winning novel Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer is half-price at Click here for the special price. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Shelving books in electronic bookstores

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Interesting discussion going on in the Fictionwise Yahoo! Groups newsgroup; I began it based on having a frustrating shopping experience at yesterday. My posts: I’ve just gone through 1,100 Secure Mobipocket titles filed under “Science Fiction” on the Fictionwise ebook store — and hundreds of Star Trek titles were scattered in amongst the regular […]

Aurora Awards business

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Note: These are not the official Canvention / Aurora Award minutes; they’re just my notes and comments on what went down at the business meeting in Winnipeg yesterday. It only took eleven years, but some reforms for the Aurora Awards very similar to ones I first proposed right here were passed. For one, assuming next […]

Aurora Award winners

Monday, May 19th, 2008

My congratulations to Nalo Hopkinson, whose The New Moon’s Arms took the English Long-Form Aurora Award this year; it was an honour to be on a ballot with such a fine book, and I’m thrilled to see Nalo win her first Aurora. Way to go, Nalo! I was also honoured to be the presenter of […]

Coming this fall: a new Gorn figure!

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

I love the Gorn from classic Star Trek. He probably has the highest ratio of toys-made-of-him to actual-screen-time of any character in television history :) and I own most of them. The best likeness to date is the Art Asylum version — but Mego has a new one coming this fall (that’s a prototype for […]

McNally Robinson loves Identity Theft

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

The official review from Canada’s McNally Robinson bookstore chain is here. As it happens, I’m signing at their Winnipeg Grant Park store this Saturday, May 17, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. More about Identity Theft and Other Stories is here. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Eric Layman passes on

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

A fixture of Toronto SF fandom, and a mainstay of the science-fiction club U.S.S. Hudson Bay, Eric Layman passed away recently. A poet and a thinker, Eric could be cantankerous, but he was always courtly toward my mother, who sometimes attended meetings of that same club. He won an Aurora Award in 2004 for his […]

More e-ink devices announced

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

The Astak Mentor line of electronic-ink ebook readers was formally announced yesterday, although they’re not yet shipping. Also rumored: support for the eReader (formerly Palm Reader) format, now owned by Fictionwise, my favorite ebook-reading platform (and with the best/fairest/least-awkward DRM scheme around). Some more info is here. Interesting times in the ebook market. Looking at […]

Stan Schmidt for the Hugo!

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Stan’s the man! I received the latest progress report from Denvention, this year’s World Science Fiction Convention, today here in Canada, and it contains the Hugo voting ballot. So it’s a good time to remind people of all the reasons, back at the nomination stage, that I suggested it’s high time Stanley Schmidt got a […]

Sacremento News & Review loves Rollback

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

A very kind review is here. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Free public event in Winnipeg!

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Not one, not two, but three science-fiction authors will be appearing at McNally Robinson Grant Park in Winnipeg this Saturday afternoon, May 17, at 2:00 p.m. Come here Robert J. Sawyer, Nick DiChario, and Hayden Trenholm read and talk about the state of SF. I’ll be reading from Identity Theft and Other Stories, Nick will […]

Earthquake in China

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Death toll currently at almost 10,000. The quake’s epicenter was just 100 km north of Chengdu, where the International Science Fiction Festival I attended was held last year. I’m hoping for the best for all my wonderful friends there. News is everywhere on the net, including here. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Orthopedic Horseshoes

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Herb Kauderer and Al Katerinsky, who live in Western New York, have a show on Think Twice Radio called Orthopedic Horseshoes. They interviewed me for half an hour — without any prep, I must say: I was simply asked cold, “What makes you cranky?” And off we went, discussing (as the web site says), “gas […]

Keycon Schedule

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Next weekend — Friday, May 16, to Monday, May 19, 2008 — I will be at Keycon in Winnipeg. Not only is it this year’s CanVention — the Canadian national SF convention, at which the Aurora Awards will be presented — but it’s also the 25th anniversary of Keycon (and, in those 25 years, I’m […]