Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for April, 2009

SciFiDimensions podcasts Rob

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

The terrific online SF magazine SciFi Dimensions has a meaty podcast interview with Robert J. Sawyer right here. Among other things, we talk about my new novel Wake, the forthcoming Flash Forward TV series, and author Nick DiChario, whom I publish under my Robert J. Sawyer Books imprint. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Digitial Barbarism

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Just bought Digital Barbarism: A Writer’s Manifesto by Mark Halperin and am very much looking forward to reading it. From the publisher: Renowned novelist Mark Helprin offers a ringing Jeffersonian defense of private property in the age of digital culture, with its degradation of thought and language, and collectivist bias against the rights of individual […]

Jean Chrétien is on my flight!

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

How cool is that! Former Canadian prime minister Jean Chrétien is on the same plane as me; we’re both flying to Toronto from Ottawa (and I’m finally getting home after 18 days on the road). Tonight: the big launch party for Wake at Dominion on Queen, 500 Queen Street East, Toronto, at 7:00 p.m. The […]

Toronto Hydra founded 25 years ago today

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

One could argue that twenty-five years ago today, the modern Canadian science-fiction movement was born. On April 29, 1984, Judith Merril invited all the “good science fiction” heads she could find to the founding meeting of Toronto Hydra, a social networking group for science-fiction professionals. That predates the publication of the first Tesseracts anthology by […]

Job opening: Rob’s Canadian editor

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Laura Shin, my wonderful editor at Penguin Canada, has moved on to greener pastures. Penguin is now looking for her replacement: a genre-fiction editor who can, among other things, specifically handle science fiction. Note: the deadline for applications is this Thursday. Commissioning EditorPenguin Group (Canada) Location: Toronto, ON Deadline for applicants: April 30, 2009 Date […]

Ottawa Citizen on Wake

Monday, April 27th, 2009

The Ottawa Citizen — the largest circulation newspaper in Canada’s capital city — has not one but two articles about Wake today: Future Looks Bright to Sci-Fi Writer Sawyer Web and Brain Merge in Profound Vision of Future Woohoo! The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Prisoners of Gravity — 15 years on

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Fifteen years ago today, “Evolution,” the final episode of Prisoners of Gravity, the wonderful program about science fiction and comic books produced by TVOntario, aired. PoG starred Rick Green, and was produced by Gregg Thurlbeck and Mark Askwith, ably assisted by Shirley Brady, and I was fortunate enough to be the most frequent guest in […]

Wake events in Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto this week

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Montreal Reading!Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore2220 McGill College AvenueMontreal, QuebecTuesday, April 28, 2009, 6:30 Ottawa Book Launch Party!The Clock Tower Brew Pub575 Bank StreetOttawa, OntarioWednesday, April 29, 2009, 7:30 p.m. (not 7:00 p.m., as previously announced)Hosted by Perfect Toronto Book Launch Party!Dominion on Queen (pub)500 Queen Street EastToronto, OntarioThursday, April 30, 2009, 7:00 p.m.Hosted by […]

According to The Hollywood Reporter …

Friday, April 24th, 2009

I neither confirm nor deny this rumour, but The Hollywood Reporter had an article yesterday that said this: ABC is so excited about its new project Flash Forward the network has plans to start marketing the show before its even officially ordered a series. When viewers tune in for the 100th episode of Lost next […] interviews Rob

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Right here. And all my Audible audiobooks are here. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Pictures from Vancouver and Calgary

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Photos from the book tour stops in Vancouver (at White Dwarf) and Calgary (at Sentry Box: A packed house at White Dwarf. Photo by kc dyer. Part of the crowd at Sentry Box. Calgary photos by Kirstin Morrell. The shirt I’m wearing depicts the famous S. Harris cartoon that figures a couple of times in […]

The Edmonton Journal profiles RJS

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

And a very nice piece it is, too. You can read it here (as reprinted in The Ottawa Citizen). (The Edmonton Journal is the major daily newspaper in the capital city of the province of Alberta.) The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Vancouver was great

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

The event at White Dwarf was packed, and I believe they sold out of Wake hardcovers. And, amazingly, some old friends from public school back in Toronto showed up. Cool! Bonnie Jean Mah and her infant son Jason were my escorts in Vancouver, and we were joined for dinner beforehand by Rhea Rose (Bonnie was […]

Flash Forward day!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Today is Flash Forward day! My 1999 novel Flash Forward begins thus: Chapter 1 Day One: Tuesday, April 21, 2009A slice through spacetime … The control building for CERN’s Large Hadron Collider was new: it had been authorized in A.D. 2004 and completed in 2006. The building enclosed a central courtyard, inevitably named “the nucleus.” […]

"Like Oliver Sacks writing science fiction"

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Bookspot Central reviews Wake, saying in part: A very entertaining read. Sawyer has written a pretty fast paced novel with WWW: Wake. Deceptively so in fact. Although it does not slow the story down he has packed the text with references to developments in information technology, mathematics, physics, linguistics and a number of other fields. […]

Bitten by Books reviews Wake

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Bitten By Books reviews Wake today: WWW: Wake provides a refreshing intersect of science and real life, of consciousness and perception, of imagination and potential. Sawyer puts the science back in science fiction and does it with panache rather than with a sledge hammer. You can read the whole review here. The Robert J. Sawyer […]

From their mouth to God’s ears

Monday, April 20th, 2009

From The Hollywood Reporter: Pilots building early buzzABC’s sci-fi drama ‘Flash Forward’ among the hot projects By Nellie Andreeva April 19, 2009, 11:00 PM ETAlthough most pilots — especially on the comedy side — are yet to be completed, several projects are enjoying early buzz based on screenings, testings, dailies or the strength of their […]

Vancouver on Monday! Calgary on Tuesday!

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Wake book tour events: # White Dwarf Books3715 West 10th AvenueVancouver, British ColumbiaMonday, April 20, 2009, 7:00 p.m. # Sentry Box1835-10th Ave SWCalgary, AlbertaTuesday, April 21, 2009, 7:00 “Sawyer continues to push the boundaries with his stories of the future made credible. His erudition, eclecticism, and masterly storytelling make this trilogy opener a choice […]

Wake a "top choice" for young-adult readers

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Cool! See here and here. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Xanadu Las Vegas is rockin’

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Xanadu Las Vegas, the convention I’m Author Guest of Honor at right now, has been great fun so far. Today I gave a talk on writing, attended talks by Chase Masterson (above) and Lawrence Montaigne (below, with me and Carolyn), watched Chase’s excellent new movie Yesterday was a Lie, and had a wonderful three-hour Chinese […]

The National Post on Wake

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

The National Post — a major Canadian daily newspaper distributed coast-to-coast and headquartered in Calgary — has a wonderful review by Michel Basilières of my novel Wake today, which says in part: Sawyer is one of the most successful Canadian writers ever. He has won himself an international readership by reinvigorating the traditions of “hard” […]

When I was twelve, I was blind for six days.

Friday, April 17th, 2009

So begins my essay “Seeing the Web,” now available at the Penguin USA website, as part of their promotion for my new novel Wake. Check it out. The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Blog "Science Fiction and Other Oddysseys" interviews Rob

Friday, April 17th, 2009

The blog “Science Fiction and Other Oddysseys” just posted a nice interview with me conducted by Ann Wilkes. You can read it here, and more about my novel Wake, which I discuss in the interview (among other things) here. Pictured: Robert J. Sawyer and Ann Wilkes at Rob’s signing at Borderlands Books in San Francisco […]

Important update on Waterloo Wake event

Friday, April 17th, 2009

An important update on the Robert J. Sawyer event for Wake at the Waterloo Entertainment Centre in Waterloo, Ontario, on Thursday, May 21, at 7:30. I just learned this myself (I was not involved in the discussions between the bookseller and my publisher): Waterloo’s venerable bookshop Words Worth Books is sponsoring this event, and paying […]

Library Journal loves Wake

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Library Journal has weighed in on my novel Wake: Sf veteran Sawyer (Hominids) continues to push the boundaries with his stories of the future made credible. His erudition, eclecticism, and masterly storytelling make this trilogy opener a choice selection. W00t! The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

SFFaudio reviews Wake

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

And a lovely review it is, too. Of course, they’re reviewing the unabridged audio book version from, but the review says lots of nice things about the novel. Particularly gratifying to me is this: Is Caitlin’s blindness realistic? This is where my own personal experience comes into play. I’ve been legally blind since birth, […]

Penn & Teller

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Just saw Penn & Teller’s live show here in Las Vegas. It was awesome — funny, amazing, thought-provoking. Nice to have a little break before the truly hectic part of the book tour begins! The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Next tour stops: Vancouver and Calgary

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Next up on the book tour for Wake: stops in Vancouver and Calgary. Come on out and say hello! Bookstore SigningWhite Dwarf Books3715 West 10th AvenueVancouver, British ColumbiaMonday, April 20, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Bookstore SigningSentry Box1835-10th Ave SWCalgary, AlbertaTuesday, April 21, 2009, 7:00 The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Ottawa book-tour event: time change!

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Uh-oh! The time for my event in Ottawa on April 29, 2009, is 7:30 p.m., not 7:00 p.m. as previously announced. Sorry about the confusion! Book Signing & Birthday CelebrationThe Clock Tower Brew Pub575 Bank StreetOttawa, OntarioWednesday, April 29, 2009, 7:30 p.m.Hosted by Perfect Books The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

Autographed copies of Wake at Mysterious Galaxy soon

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Mysterious Galaxy, the wonderful science-fiction specialty bookstore in San Diego, California, shipped a carton of 24 copies of my Wake to Borderlands Books in San Francisco, where I was reading on Monday, April 13, and I autographed them all, so you’ll soon be able to get signed copies there, too. Yay! The Robert J. Sawyer […]