Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for August, 2008

First look at Wake cover

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Above is the cover for Wake, the first volume of my WWW trilogy, coming from Ace Science Fiction and Penguin Canada on April 7, 2009. Here’s a larger version. I think it’s magnificent. The art and design are by Rita Frangie. The cover copy for the book will read: Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, […]

L.A. stories …

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

A fine day in Los Angeles — gorgeous weather. Carolyn and I had lunch with Marc Scott Zicree and his wife Elaine; very pleasant. (Marc and I both just lost Hugos — me for novel; him for dramatic presentation short form for his New Voyages Trek episode “World Enough and Time.” Among his other writing […]

Worldcon memories

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

My best intentions of blogging my time at Worldcon fell by the wayside because of the severe cold I was suffering through during the convention. It’s mostly abated now (yay!), and Carolyn and I are safely in Los Angeles, doing a little business … (and had a pleasant relaxing dinner at Tony P’s, our favorite […]

SETI@home and Rollback

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

How cool is this? A fine fellow called ionreflex has started a SETI@home team named ROLLBACK in honor of my novel of the same name. Woohoo! The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

NORAD trip

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

The NORAD trip I was on on Thursday is blogged here by Annalee Newitz of io9. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

As predicted …

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

… Michael Chabon won the Hugo for The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, beating my Rollback. Congratulations, Michael! Sorry that I haven’t been posting more. I’m fighting a nasty cold here at the con — spent 13 hours in bed last night; missed a panel today. I might be feeling a little bit better … but I’m […]

"They’re clear! They’re clear!"

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Today, a bunch of us SF writers played hooky from the Denver Worldcon and went on a VIP tour of the NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Complex, followed by a tremendous dinner at Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta Anderson’s palatial home. Just got back — dead tired. It was a wonderful, wonderful day. The Robert J. […]

New venue for my Worldcon reading

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

The Denver Worldcon has moved my reading. It is no longer in the Hyatt; rather it’s in the Convention Center, room 601. Time/date remains the same: Saturday at 4:00 p.m. I’ll be reading from my upcoming novel Wake. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Worldcon Day 1

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Well, it’s off to a nice start here in Denver, but it feels small (sparsely attended). Of course, it’s just begun. Wonderful lunch with NASA scientist Paul Abell, his wife writer Amy Sisson, and friend Shoshana Glick. Dinner with my Tor editor David G. Hartwell. Some party hopping. Exhausted, though, and a bit under the […]

Off to the Worldcon!

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Denver, here we come! How can you not love a Worldcon whose slogan is, “A mile closer to the stars”? The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Word puzzle

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Here’s one to try on friends next time you’re at a party: What common English word contains this sequence of letters: A-C-H-A-C-H Answer in the comments. :) The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

New edition of Calculating God coming

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Tor is preparing a new trade-paperback edition of my 2000 Hugo Award-nominated Calculating God, which will included a book-club discussion guide at the back. This afforded an opportunity to update the splash page at the front of the book (the one in the existing mass-market paperback doesn’t take advantage of the best reviews the book […]

On starting out writing nonfiction

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Speaking (as we just were) of my early days as a writer, here’s a piece I wrote in 1997. It appeared in the Ottawa Science Fiction Society Statement (for which I did a column called “Random Musings, more installments of which are here). I started out as a nonfiction writer, and a lot of people […]

My God, has it been 20 years?

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Those who’ve been to my home often remark on the lovely painting above my fireplace. It is, in fact, the original of the cover for the September 1988 Amazing Stories by Bob Eggleton, illustrating my novelette “Golden Fleece.” The same painting was later used on the Science Fiction Book Club version of the novel expanded […]

Next weekend, Michael Chabon is going to kick my butt …

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

However, at least for the moment, I’m beating him! :) Yes, I have no doubt that one week from today, Michael Chabon’s wonderful The Yiddish Policeman’s Union is going to beat my Rollback for this year’s Hugo Award for Best Novel of the Year. But, to my absolute astonishment and delight, I see that my […]

A new look for my website and blog

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

I’ve given my website and this blog makeovers. They’re small changes, but they’re all I’ve got time to implement right now. Still, I think they look better than they did before, and now they both use the same colour scheme, for a more integrated feel. (The astronomical background images are pieces out of the Horsehead […]

How about a nice game of chess?

Friday, August 1st, 2008

As I’ve mentioned before, one of my favorite all-time movies is 1983’s WarGames (just re-issued in a 25th-anniversary DVD, pictured above). In honor of the 25th anniversary, Wired has this terrific article about how the movie came to be and its impact on geek culture. Check it out. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site