Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for December, 2008

Back at SiWC in 2009!

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Woot! I’ve just been invited to be a presenter again next year at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference in Surrey (Vancouver), British Columbia. This will be my third year at SiWC. It’s a fabulous conference. Dates are October 23-25, 2009. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

"As you know, Bob –" Kablooie!

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

During my lecture on “Showing, Not Telling” at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference back in October, I was asked when it was okay in fiction to have one character lecture another, and I said: “When the other character is desperate to know what the first one knows.” The example I gave is a speech by […]

More Flash Forward casting

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

We have the female lead for the Flash Forward pilot now. Sonya Walger, who has had recurring roles on both Lost and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, has signed on. Also cast in the pilot is Christine Woods, pictured below. She’s guested on House and CSI Miami. The Hollywood Reporter has the news here, and […]

TVOntario monologues with Rob and Nalo

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

TVOntario — a major Canadian public broadcaster — has uploaded some two- and three-minute-long monologues by Robert J. Sawyer and Nalo Hopkinson: Robert J. Sawyer on the age of abundance Robert J. Sawyer on uploaded consciousness Nalo Hopkinson on not being white Nalo Hopkinson on robots, utopia, and slaves The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Nick DiChario on Kurt Vonnegut

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Hugo and World Fantasy Award finalist Nick DiChario — author of A Small and Remarkable Life and Valley of Day-Glo, both published by Robert J. Sawyer Books — discusses Kurt Vonnegut in the November-December 2008 issue of Philosophy Now, a magazine I quite enjoy. The article is online here. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

WTF, Lulu?

Monday, December 8th, 2008

So, y’all know how much I love Planet of the Apes. And this guy has just self-published a book outlining his take on the timeline of the movies and TV shows as a trade paperback through, and I figured, okay, what the heck, I’d buy a copy; price is $29.95, plus shipping. When I […]

The design of Rob’s website at SFWRITER.COM

Monday, December 8th, 2008

An email I received today said in part: I’ve read several pages at your Web site. As a well-wisher and a Web programmer, I urge you to consider improving the colour and general design of the site. My kind are cheaper than a dime a dozen but if I can be of assistance, do let […]

RJS on Quirks & Quarks

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

I was on CBC Radio One’s science program Quirks & Quarks today. Missed it? So did I! But the MP3 podcast is already available right here. The bit with me — on whether the end of our world might come at the hands of aliens — starts at 22 minutes 50 seconds and goes for […]

The Savage Humanists course adoption

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

When I commissioned Fiona Kelleghan to edit a critical anthology for Robert J. Sawyer Books, of course my hope was that the book would be adopted for univesity science-fiction courses. And, to our delight, that’s beginning to happen. Fiona’s anthology The Savage Humanists is required reading at Philadelphia’s Drexel University in the course “Science Fiction” […]

Science fiction murder mysteries

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

I saw an academic ask about science fiction murder mysteries today, and sent that person a list of my own works in that area: Golden Fleece, Warner 1990 (reissued by Tor 1999) — winner of Canada’s Aurora Award for best novel; named best SF novel of 1990 in Orson Scott Card’s year-end summation in The […]

Forrest J Ackerman passes

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Monday, April 22, 1996: Carolyn and I arrive in Los Angeles for a few days of vacation leading up to the Nebula Awards ceremony. Went to NBC, but arrived too late to get tickets to The Tonight Show and so we drove around in our rental car, looking for somewhere to eat, and found a […]

Busy week!

Friday, December 5th, 2008

It’s been a busy week! In and around work on my novel Watch, the sequel to Wake, I have: Helped Anne Ptasznik, who was my girlfriend in grade 12, celebrate her mumblety-mumbletieth birthday [that’s Annie and me at our high-school reunion last year] Finished going over the typesetting for Wake Attended a long, very pleasant, […]

Shakespeare and Sulu to Flash Forward?

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Today’s The Hollywood Reporter says: Joseph Fiennes is in negotiations for the lead in ABC’s hot drama pilot “Flash Forward,” eyed as a potential companion to “Lost.” John Cho is in negotiations to co-star in the project, from David S. Goyer, Brannon Braga and ABC Studios. Based on Robert J. Sawyer’s sci-fi novel, “Flash” chronicles […]

Flash Forward casting

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

We have our first actors cast for the TV series pilot based on my novel Flash Forward. Two-time Tony Award-nominee Courtney B. Vance is best known for his six seasons as assistant district attorney Ron Carver on NBC’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent. And my wife Carolyn is over the moon, because Jack Davenport, whom […]

In charge of programming at Con-Version in 2009: Kirstin Morrell

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Con-Version, held each year in Calgary, is one of my favourite science-fiction conventions. The brilliant and beautiful Kirstin Morrell — chair of Con-Version last year, former managing editor of Robert J. Sawyer Books and Red Deer Press, and now Communications Officer for Alberta’s Informatics Circle of Research Excellence (iCORE) — has just been named Head […]


Monday, December 1st, 2008

In a couple of minutes (in my time zone) National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) will draw to a close. I did not formally participate, and, if I had, I would not have won (“winning” being defined in NaNoWriMo as succeeding at writing 50,000 words of a novel in the 30 days from November 1 […]