Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for July, 2008

Thomas M. Disch, 1940-2008

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Thomas M. Disch, a great American science-fiction writer and critic, killed himself four days ago. My admittedly small relationship with him involved a couple of memorable miscommunications. In late 1980, when I was 20, the Ontario Science Fiction Club (OSFiC), which my friends Carolyn Clink, Ted Bleaney, and I had recently joined, was to devote […]

Fascinating economics puzzle

Friday, July 4th, 2008

So, I’ve been reading a lot of game theory and popular economics (including Tim Harford’s excellent The Logic of Life). And tonight I encountered a fascinating example of an interesting economic effect. The first Thursday of each month is one of Toronto’s open science-fiction pub nights. We meet at a place called The Foxes Den. […]

Happy keynote customers

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

It’s always nice to have happy clients, and it seems I do in my sideline as a keynote speaker. Last month I gave a keynote address in Hunstville, Ontario, for The MEARIE Group (the only Canadian insurance supplier dedicated to the energy industry) and moderated a keynote panel just outside Washington, D.C., for Gartner, Inc. […]

Rollback rolls along on the Locus bestsellers’ list!

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Woohoo! Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer is now in its third month on the paperback bestsellers’ list published by Locus, the trade journal of the SF field. I’m doubly pleased because this is the second month in a row that Rollback is the top-selling science-fiction title (all the higher ranked titles are fantasy). This is […]