Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for June, 2008

Summer reading

Monday, June 30th, 2008 is having a store-wide sale (that ends today) so I decided to stock up on ebooks for the summer. Here’s what I just bought: FICTION The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition by Stephen King Doctor Strangelove, or Red Alert […]

Worldcon program schedule

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Here’s my schedule, at least as it stands now, for Denvention 3, this year’s World Science Fiction convention, being held in Denver from Wednesday, August 6, through Sunday, August 10: “Canadian Science Fiction,” Fri, 10:00 “A World Made of Birds — What would the Earth be like if the Dinosaurs Had Lived?,” Fri, 11:30 (moderator) […]

Audible and science fiction

Sunday, June 29th, 2008 has recently released editions of my Hominids, Humans, Hybrids, Calculating God, The Terminal Experiment, and Flashforward. You can get them all here. This is all part of a big push into science fiction for, and over at io9, they have an interview with Steve Feldberg about all this. Check it out. The Robert […]

SF Crowsnest interviews RJS

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Geoff Willmetts over at Stephen Hunt’s SF Crowsnest — one of Europe’s most popular SF sites — interviews Robert J. Sawyer right here. The teaser for the interview says: Our glorious editor GF Willmetts sits down with Canadian science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer to chat about whether aliens visiting Earth are likely to be […]

Exporting Celtx index-card text

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

On May 31, 2008, in this post, I mentioned I was using the index-card feature in a free program called Celtx to plot out my new novel, Watch. But I didn’t like doing that, because Celtx provided no way to export the index-card text to an ASCII file, or a word-processing document — I didn’t […]

Fact catching up with Fiction: The Terminal Experiment

Friday, June 27th, 2008

This has been a good month for fact catching up with fiction in the novels of Robert J. Sawyer … Not only is CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, which I wrote abut in 1999’s Flashforward, finally about to come on line, but now the Parliament of Spain has approved a resolution to grant some human rights […]

SciFi Wire on Identity Theft

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Over at SciFi Wire, the news service of the SciFi Channel, John Joseph Adams interviews Robert J. Sawyer about his new collection, Identity Theft and Other Stories. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Video: "A Galaxy Far, Far Away" My Ass!

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

OMG, this is the coolest thing ever! Back on October 2, 2007, I gave a talk at the University of Waterloo entitled “A Galaxy Far, Far Away” My Ass!, about science fiction’s relevance for the here and now. TVOntario’s lecture series Big Ideas was on hand to record it, and an MP3 of the soundtrack […]

Canadian SF editors

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Three of Canada’s science-fiction editors were all together in the same room at Keycon in Winnipeg last month, and Hayden Trenholm nicely took a picture of us all. Left to right: Robert J. Sawyer, editor of Robert J. Sawyer Books, the science-fiction imprint of Fitzhenry & Whiteside; Rob lives just outside Toronto, Ontario. Virgina O’Dine, […]

Janis Ian on Saturday Night Live this weekend

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Granted, it’s a repeat — from 33 years ago! To commemorate the passing of George Carlin, the first-ever host of Saturday Night Live, that very first episode is being repeated this Saturday night, June 28, 2008, on NBC in SNL‘s usual timeslot — and one of the musical guests on that historic first episode was […]

Risk is our business

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Just gave a keynote in Huntsville, Ontario, at the Deerhurst Resort — which will host the 2010 G8 summit. The keynote was for The MEARIE Group (MEARIE = “Municipal Electric Association Reciprocal Insurance Exchange”), at a conference on risk management, and I ended my keynote by doing a William Shatner impression, reading what I think […]

Analog weighs in …

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Tom Easton, who will retire this year as book reviewer for Analog, reviews Nick DiChario’s Valley of Day-Glo (which was published under my Robert J. Sawyer Books imprint) and my own Identity Theft and Other Stories in the September 2008 issue. The review concludes: “Fitzhenry & Whiteside is a Canadian house that deserves cross-border attention. […]

Wake and Analog … getting closer

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

I received today the page proofs for the first of the four serialization installments of my next novel Wake, which will appear in Analog, starting with the November 2008 issue (which will be out in September). Yay! I wrote an article today for my alumni magazine, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Ryerson’s […]

Sony Reader showstoppers

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

On my way to my signing in Rochester yesterday, I stopped at a Borders store to play with the PRS-505, the latest model of eBook reader from Sony. It’s a nice, attractive, solid-feeling unit, and, at $299, not badly priced as these things go. But it had several showstoppers for me. Number one (and huge): […]

Rochester rocked!

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

The joint reading and signing by Nick DiChario, Nancy Kress, and Robert J. Sawyer at the Barnes and Noble in Pittsford (Rochester), NY, or Saturday night rocked — we all read well, 100 people showed up — it was standing room only (about 70 chairs were filled), and we sold a ton of books. Many […]

George Carlin passes on

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Last week, I posted my comments on the American Film Institute’s list of the top-10 SF films, and suggested some of my own substitutions for that list. That list only went to ten places, but one that’s on my own list of the top 20 SF films is Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Seriously. If […]

Hugo deadline approaching; free copies of nominees

Friday, June 20th, 2008

The deadline for voting in the 2008 Hugo Awards is approaching rapidly. All ballots must be received by midnight (2400 hrs.) Pacific Daylight Time at the end of Monday, July 7, 2008. That’s 17 days from now. :) And, in case you missed the offer earlier, members of this year’s Worldcon can get free electronic […]

Hardcore Nerdity

Friday, June 20th, 2008

It’s my week for podcasts, it seems! Right on the heels of the SMOFcast podcast interview with me going online, Hardcore Nerdity has just put up an interview with me, recorded on Sunday, June 15, 2008, at BookExpo Canada. The interviewer is Lesley Livingston. The interview with me starts at 19 minutes, 10 seconds (19:10) […]

Le Rollback? Oui, monsieur!

Friday, June 20th, 2008

I’m pleased to announce the sale of French rights to my current Hugo Award-finalist Rollback to Editions Robert Laffont in Paris. The deal was made by Ralph Vicinanza in conjunction with Agence Littéraire Lenclud. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

The Logic of Life

Friday, June 20th, 2008

I’ve been reading a lot of books on human behavior, the economics of daily life, and game theory, as research for my current novel, Watch, and because I often drop references to such things into my keynote addresses. Although Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner is the most famous recent book of […]

SMOFcast interviews RJS

Friday, June 20th, 2008

I was interviewed by the new podcast SmofCast at Keycon last month (18 May 2008), and you can listen to it here. The interview with me comes on at 31 minutes, 40 seconds (31:40), and ends at 49:12. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Flashforward at

Friday, June 20th, 2008

The Robert J. Sawyer blitz at continues! They’ve just added my novel Flashforward to their collection of RJS unabridged audibooks (joining Calculating God, Hominids, Humans, Hybrids, and The Terminal Experiment, plus my Hugo-nominated short story “Shed SKin”). You can get all my Audible titles right here. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

The Rochester Connection

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

An article about how Nick DiChario, Nancy Kress, and I all came to be doing a signing together in Rochester, New York, this coming Saturday appears in today’s Canandaigua Daily Messanger. Check it out. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Srinivas Krishna and The Terminal Experiment

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

The Age is the oldest newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, and the 20 June 2008 edition has an article about Indian-Canadian filmmaker Srinivas Kirshna. Page two of the article notes: “Krishna’s next film project is a science fiction/fantasy epic based on Robert Sawyer’s Nebula Award-winning novel The Terminal Experiment, about monsters on the internet.” Well, not […]

Rochester, New York, event this Saturday

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

This Saturday, June 21, 2008, at 7:00 p.m., Robert J. Sawyer, Nancy Kress, and Nick DiChario will be reading and signing at: Barnes & Noble3349 Monroe AvenuePittsford (Rochester), New York After, we’ll be heading upstairs at Wegman’s to the food court along with members of the Rochester Fantasy Fans, and anyone else who’d like to […]

AFI’s top-ten genre films

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

The American Film Institute has revealed its list of the top-ten science-fiction films: 1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)2. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)3. E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982)4. A Clockwork Orange (1971)5. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)6. Blade Runner (1982)7. Alien (1979)8. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)9. Invasion […]

She’s wrong about the talking squids in space, too

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Chris Streib puts to rest Margaret Atwood’s assertion that ebooks are inferior to printed books because, she says, you can’t read an ebook in the bathtub. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Canadian Press interviews RJS about oil prices

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

The Canadian Press wire service sent out this story entitled “Oil at $250 a barrel would transform Canada as we know it” just now, including quotes from an interview done with me. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Readercon 2008 Bio-Bib

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Next month, I will be attending Readercon 19, near Boston. It’s a conference devoted entirely to the printed literature of science fiction. In their program book, they publish elaborate “bio-bibs” (biography/bibliography combos) for each program participant, with all kinds of detailed info. Since it’s a good overview of my career, I thought I’d share mine […]

Calculating God at U of T

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

It delights me that my books are widely taught — and it’s always a special thrill when I get to visit a class that’s studying one of them. Yesterday, I went to the University of Toronto at Mississauga and spoke to Chet Scoville’s class for two hours about my 2000 novel Calculating God. Lots of […]