Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for June, 2008

Hominids sixth printing

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Woohoo! Just received copies of the 6th printing of the mass-market paperback of Hominids from Tor. Book got legs! And, in at least some acknowledgment of the fact that the US and Canadian dollars are now worth about the same, Tor has changed the cover price from US$7.99/Cdn$10.99 to US$7.99/Cdn$9.99. I’m glad to see Hominids […]

Earth to Alphasmart: Isn’t it time for something new?

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

I ran into my friend Nalo Hopkinson at BookExpo Canada, and she was carrying a backpack with the Alphasmart Dana logo. I’ve always been intrigued by these dedicated writing machines, and asked her what she thought of hers. Her answer: she’d sold it, and bought a real laptop (but kept the backback!). Me, I’ve got […]

BookExpo Canada

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

… was small. Smallest I’ve seen. Don’t get me wrong: I had a great time, and saw lots of old friends and colleagues. But still. One major player said to my wife he thought this might be the last year for BookExpo Canada (just his opinion, not inside scoop or anything). Of course, the point […]

Eulogy for Bill Dial

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

Baby, if you’ve ever wondered,Wondered whatever became of me,I’m living on the air in Cincinnati.Cincinnati, WKRP. Got kind of tired of packing and unpacking,Town to town, up and down the dial.Baby, you and me were never meant to be,But maybe think of me once in a while. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

BookExpo Canada

Friday, June 13th, 2008

The tradeshow part of BookExpo Canada 2008 runs Sunday, June 15, and Monday, June 16, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. On Sunday at 1:00 p.m., look for Hugo winner Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo nominee Nick DiChario, and Kristyn Dunnion signing at the Fitzhenry & Whiteside booth; I’ll be signing Identity Theft and Other Stories. […]

Bill Dial, R.I.P.

Friday, June 13th, 2008

In the introduction to my short story “Star Light, Star Bright,” which appears in my first collection, Iterations, I wrote: In 1997, I happened to run into WKRP in Cincinnati star Gordon Jump at a deli in Los Angeles; I introduced myself by saying I wanted to shake the hand of the man who had […]

Suddenly, it’s almost 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

How’d it get so late? Well, I had a nice lengthy phone call from my buddy Jack Dann down in Australia (a terrific SF writer and editor). And I had to go over the final typesetting corrections for The Savage Humanists edited by Fiona Kelleghan for my Robert J. Sawyer Books imprint (which is a […]

Rollback nominated for Campbell Memorial Award

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

I’m delighted to report that my novel Rollback has just been nominated for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the top juried award in the science-fiction field. The full list of nominees is here. The Campbell jurors are: Nebula-winning physicist Gregory Benford, author of the classic SF novel Timescape Historian Paul A. Carter, author of […]

Galactica Actual

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Now, if that isn’t a cool-sounding title! On the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, Admiral Adama refers to himself on the wireless as “Galactica Actual.” After failing to find any reference to this being an actual bit of military protocol — referring to a vessel’s commander as its “Actual” — I asked my friend Kirstin Morrell, who […]

SciFi Wire features DiChario’s latest

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

I’m delighted to see John Joseph Adams interviewing Nick DiChario about his Valley of Day-Glo, the latest novel under my Robert J. Sawyer Books imprint, over at SciFi Wire, the news service of the SciFi Channel. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Calculating God an SFFaudio Essential

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Woohoo! Over at SFFaudio, Scott D. Danielson has reviewed’s new unabridged recording of my Hugo Award-nominated Calculating God, and given it their highest distinction: an SFFaudio Essential! Yay! The reviews says in part, “Sawyer presents, in a very entertaining and interesting way, arguments for and against God’s existence. I can think of no better […]

Science Fiction anthology on Mars!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

My friends John Robert Colombo, Lorna Toolis, Judith Merril, and Jon Lomberg created an anthology of Mars-themed science fiction that is now, in fact, on Mars! Read all about it on John’s website right here. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site


Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

I’m very fond of butterfly conservatories — and the Smithsonian has a new one, so on my way to the airport in Washington yesterday, after the Gartner IT Security Summit, I took a detour to visit the National Museum of Natural History, where my friend paleontologist Mike Brett-Surman (pictured with a butterly on his sleeve) […]

Rollback moves up the Locus Bestsellers’ List

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

I’m very pleased to note that Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer is #3 this month on the paperback bestsellers’ list published by Locus, the trade journal of the science-fiction field. I’m particularly pleased because #1 and #2 are fantasy, making Rollback the top-selling SF title for the month. And I’m even more pleased that this […]

Air Canada screwed up

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Coming home from Washington yesterday took forever. My flight was to leave at 5:59 p.m. The plane scheduled for the incoming flight (as it happens, from Toronto) was delayed in Toronto because of mechanical difficulties — and they spent too long (two hours) trying to fix it before abandoning that and ordering up another plane. […]

Six-hour flight delay!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Thanks heaps, Air Canada. My flight home from Washington, DC, was delayed six hours today at Reagan. But I’m finally home … The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Robert H. Justman passes on

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Classic Star Trek has lost some of its most influential behind-the-scenes people this past month: director Joe Pevney, composer Alexander Courage, and now producer Robert H. Justman. All the Justman obits are talking about Trek, but I want to mention one of his other genre connections: he was a producer on Search, the high-tech detective […]

IT Security Panel

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Robert J. Sawyer moderated a panel with fellow science-fiction writers Greg Bear and Arlan Andrews today at the Gartner IT Security Summit just outside Washington, DC. PC World reports on the panel here. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site