Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for March, 2009

The interviewer speaks

Monday, March 30th, 2009

K. Stoddard Hayes, who did the recent interviews with me about Flash Forward, has some nice things to say about the novel in her blog here. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site and Starplex

Monday, March 30th, 2009

W00t! I’m thrilled to announce that has just bought audiobook rights to my novel Starplex — without doubt, the hardest hard-SF novel I’ve ever written. Starplex was the only novel in its year to be nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula, and it won Canada’s Aurora Award and CompuServe’s Homer Award, and […]

Nick Matthews’s Ad Astra photos …

Monday, March 30th, 2009

… are here. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

SciFi Watch on Ad Astra

Monday, March 30th, 2009

See David Halpert’s blog here. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Ad Astra

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Ad Astra, Toronto’s annual general-interest SF convention, wrapped up today. It was one of the best Ad Astras in years, and I had a great time. Highlights included drinks Friday night with David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer, Terence M. Green, Merle Casci, and their children; giving a standing-room-only reading from Wake, a great panel today […]

Ottawa and Toronto book-launch parties for Wake

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Penguin Canada is giving me two big Canadian launch parties for Wake: Book Launch & Birthday CelebrationThe Clock Tower Brew Pub575 Bank StreetOttawa, OntarioWednesday, April 29, 2009, at 7:00 p.m.Book sales provided by Perfect Book LaunchDominion on Queen (pub)500 Queen Street EastToronto, OntarioThursday, April 30, 2009, 7:00 p.m.Book sales provided by Bakka-Phoenix (I […]

This year’s Hugo and Campbell nominations

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

I was out of town (in Florida) when the Hugo nominees were announced for this year. I’m sure you’ve all by now seen the list of nominees. It’s a good list, and my hat’s off to all the finalists (sincerely — I had nothing that was eligible last year). I’m particularly thrilled, though, by the […]

Ad Astra begins tomorrow

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

I try to make it to as many major regional SF conventions in Canada as I can each year. This year, I’ll be at VCON in Vancouver, Con-Version in Calgary, Keycon in Winnpeg, the World Science Fiction Convention in Montreal, and, of course, at Toronto’s Ad Astra, which begins tomorrow (not to mention Toronto’s FilKONtario […]

ZTreeWin 2.0

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

My favorite Windows file manager, ZTreeWin, has just been updated to version 2.0, and now supports Unicode filenames. The latest version works with NT, 2000, XP, and Vista, and will work with Windows 7 when it’s out. Get it here. I love, love, love this program. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

I look good in leather

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

At least, The Easton Press thinks so. Just got word that they’ll be doing a signed, numbered, limited leather-bound edition of Wake. Cool! The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Penguin Canada accepts Watch

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

I have separate editors in New York and Toronto. Ginjer Buchanan, my New York editor at Ace, accepted Watch on Tuesday, March 17, and today Laura Shin, my editor at Penguin Group (Canada), accepted it, too, saying, “Watch is wonderful!” Yay! The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Nice photo of me

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

David G. Hartwell, my long-time editor at Tor, took this shot of me at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando last week. (And, yes, it was cool enough there that I was wearing a fleece much of the time.) His other shots from the conference are here. Photo: Robert J. […]

Pre-order the Wake ebook

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 has the ebook of my next novel Wake available for pre-order right here. The ebook — and the paper book — will be available April 7, 2009. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site


Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Yesterday, Publishers Weekly posted a good article about Fictionwise, the company I buy most of my ebooks from (I’ve purchased 1,230 ebooks of various lengths from them), and the company that offers the largest amount of RJS content electronically. And today, I got my Fictionwise royalty check — cool. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Tonight’s Supernatural Investigator

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Hex or Hoax? Tues., March 24, 2009, 10:30 PM ET / 7:30 PM PT coast-to-coast in Canada on Vision TV Jinxes, curses, hexes, the evil eye: many cultures possess their own brands of black magic. Are there really people who can harness dark forces to strike down their enemies? In this episode, Halifax filmmaker Donna […]

More on Flash Forward at

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Part 2 (of 2) of’s interview with me about the ABC adaptation of my novel Flash Forward is now up right here. The interviewer is Karen Hayes. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site (or is that interview about Flash Forward

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Check it out: “Author Got Misty on the Set.” Above: David S. Goyer and Brannon Braga on the set of Flash Forward, based on the novel by Robert J. Sawyer The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Peking Man lives

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

I’m delighted to report that John Joseph Adams has just bought reprint rights to my 1996 short story “Peking Man” for his new anthology By Blood We Live for Night Shade Books. “Peking Man” was originally published as the lead story in Dark Destiny III: Children of Dracula edited by my friend Edward E. Kramer, and […]

Wake "suprisingly good" …

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

… despite the “sexual innuendos.” So says Flamingnet, a YA book review site with YA reviewers. You can read the 17-year-old reviewer’s thoughts here. (Rating: 10 out of 10.) The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site


Monday, March 23rd, 2009

So, I spent a lovely afternoon here in Orlando, in the shade by the pool, working on revisions to Watch, the second volume of my WWW trilogy. My beta-test readers have been getting back to me, and I must say the response has been extremely positive, but these comments from one particular reader made my […]

RJS op-ed in today’s Ottawa Citizen

Friday, March 20th, 2009

The Friday, March 20, 2009, edition of the Ottawa Citizen — the largest circulation newspaper in Canada’s capital city — has an op-ed piece by me entitled “All Screens Are Not Created Equal” about multitasking, computer use, and attention deficit disorder. At some point it will go behind the subscribers-only wall, but right now it’s […]

Philosophical Speculations

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Randy Jansen, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, has a great blog called “Philosophical Speculations: An Exercise in Wondering,” and he recently did a very kind post about — cough, cough — Robert J. Sawyer, saying, among other things: Many of Sawyer’s books (although I confess I […]

Identity Theft and Other Stories contents

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

In honour of its nomination for the 2009 Aurora Award — Canada’s top SF award — I’m going to post some excerpts from the my collection Identity Theft and Other Stories over the next little while, starting with this list of the contents: Introduction by Robert Charles Wilson. Individual story introductions by Robert J. Sawyer. “Identity […]

Wake 12-city Canadian book tour: dates

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Penguin Canada is sending me to 12 cities to promote Wake — w00t! We’re still finalizing the venues, but I thought I’d give people a heads-up about the cities and dates: Vancouver: Monday, April 20 Calgary: Tuesday, April 21 Edmonton: Thursday, April 23 Moncton: Saturday, April 25 Montreal: Tuesday, April 28 Ottawa: Wednesday, April 29 […]

Aurora Award nominees announced

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

The nominees for the 2009 Aurora Awards were announced this morning. My short-story collection Identity Theft and Other Stories is one of five finalists for the Best Long Form Work in English Award this year. In the Long Form category, very unusually, three of the five nominees are short-story collections. Also, three of the five […]


Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Ginjer Buchanan, my editor at Ace Science Fiction in New York, just emailed me to say she thinks Watch, the second volume of my WWW trilogy, is “even better than Wake.” W00t! As Caitlin woud say, “I am made out of awesome!” :D The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Latest issue of Rob’s print newsletter

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

The 25th issue of my occasional print newsletter (SFWRITER.COM: News from the Robert J. Sawyer Web Site) is going in the mail shortly. I send it to media, bookstores, and so on, but if you’d like a copy you can download a PDF right here (and back issue are here). The Robert J. Sawyer Web […]

How’s this for a line-up?

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

World Fantasy Award winner James Morrow Nebula Award winner Ted Chiang Hugo Award winner Robert J. Sawyer All reading together on the same stage: this Saturday morning, March 21, 2009, at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando, Florida. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Phil Currie in the news

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

My friend the great Canadian paleontologist Phil Currie is interviewed by the BBC today about Hesperonychus, the smallest meat-eating dinosaur yet to be found in North America. The story is here Phil’s a big SF fan, and is mentioned in Calculating God. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Darby Speaks … with Rob

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Darby is the YA protagonist of a novel by my friend (and Surrey International Writers Conference programming guru) kc dyer, and here Darby speaks with me. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site