Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for August, 2009

New editions of FlashForward

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

My Aurora Award-winning novel FlashForward has been continuously in print from Tor Books, New York, since it was first published in 1999. However, this week two new editions of the book come out to tie-in with the ABC TV series of the same name, which debuts on Thursday, September 24, 2009. The new cover, incorporating […]

FlashForward promo in Times Square

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Check out the promo for the TV series based on my novel FlashForward running in New York’s Times Square in this YouTube video courtesty of my friend Lorne Kates. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Federations review: "strongest story in the book"

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

There’s a lovely review of the anthology Federations edited by John Joseph Adams right here, which says in part: The strongest story in this anthology is Robert J. Sawyer’s “The Shoulders of the Giants.” It’s a beautiful story. It’s worth the price of admission. w00t! Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Mississauga News profiles Carolyn and Rob

Monday, August 24th, 2009

The Mississauga News has a nice profile of writing couple Robert J. Sawyer and Carolyn Clink in the current edition; the online version is here. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Calgary Herald profile

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Very nice, thoughtful profile of me on page 1 of the Entertainment section of today’s (20 August 2009) Calgary Herald, the largest-circulation newspaper in the Canadian province of Alberta. The online version is here; the print version includes the above photo and the cover of Wake. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

An interview with … Caitlin Decter!

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

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Wake on the Locus bestsellers list for a second month!

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

W00t! Woohoo! My Wake, first of my WWW trilogy, is on the Locus hardcover bestsellers list for a second consecutive month. It was #2 last month (and the highest-ranked SF, rather than fantasy book); this month it holds on at #5 (and is the second-highest-ranked SF book). This is my 28th appearance on the Locus […]

The voice of Caitlin

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Carolyn and I just finished listening to’s unabridged production of my novel Wake. We were blown away! Audible used four narrators: Jessica Almasy (as Caitlin Decter), Jennifer Van Dyck (as Shoshana Glick), A.C. Fellner (as Sinanthropus), and Marc Vietor (as Phantom) (plus myself, reading the entries attributed to The Online Encyclopedia of Computing; I […]

Fair Warning!

Monday, August 17th, 2009

After a Herculean effort, I am done. I critiqued 29 manuscripts when I was writer-in-residence at the Canadian Light Source, and I’ve just finished going through a dozen more (most of them 8,000 words long) for the writers’ workshop I’m running staring on Wednesday in Calgary. I’ve written the last book introduction I was committed […]

You can’t copyright ideas but …

Monday, August 17th, 2009

So a nice fellow wrote me, very politely, to say he had been working on a book and only recently was it pointed out to him that one of the core concepts was very similiar to something I’d written about, and would I sign off on him being able to continue with his project? My […]

My Worldcon highlight: John Robert Colombo

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Anticipation, the Montreal World Science Fiction Convention, had John Robert Colombo as keynote speaker for its academic track. I introduced him, and he gave an amazing speech. My introductory remarks: It is my staggering privilege and honour to introduced to you John Robert Colombo, the keynote speaker here at the Montreal World Science Fiction Convention’s […]

Thank you, Liana K!

Monday, August 17th, 2009

I sent this note directly to the wonderful Liana Kerzner, who organized and hosted the Aurora Awards ceremony at the Montreal Worldcon earlier this month, but I’d like to share it publicly here as well: Dear Liana, You did a magnificent job. You were right, and I was wrong: the whole thing came off beautifully, […]

Speaking to the Hansard Association of Canada

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

My keynote address today for the Hansard Association of Canada, given on the floor of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly in Regina (pictured above), was very well received. Indeed, I freely confess to being mightily inspired by getting to speak in the same place that giants like Tommy Douglas had spoken in (for my non-Canadian readers, […]

Anatomy of RJS

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

I visited Toronto’s Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy on Tuesday, and had a look at the expensive but comprehensive standard reference work Anatomy of Wonder: A Critical Guide to Science Fiction, edited by Neil Barron. I own an old edition from the 1980s, but the Merril had the most recent one, the […]

The view from Sunset Boulevard

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Courtesy of my Hollywood agent Vince Gerardis of Created By, a view today down Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. How cool is that? Pictured: Giant billboard for FlashForward covering the side of a ten-story building. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Ottawa Citizen blogs Worldcon

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Check it out: The Ottawa Citizen — the largest circulation newspaper in Canada’s capital city — sent a reporter named Kate Heartfield to the Montreal Worldcon, and she blogs about it here in an entry entitled “Gaiman, Krugman, Sawyer and Ottawa writers at the Auroras.” Included in the blog post: Photo of Ottawa writers Hayden […]

Canadian booktour for Watch starting to shape up

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Had a fabulous meeting with Adrienne Kerr, my new editor at Penguin Canada, yesterday, followed by an amazing meeting with the whole marketing team there. We’re definitely going to have a cross-Canada book tour for Watch next spring. Anchor points will include Ad Astra in Toronto (at which I’m guest of honour); Keycon in Winnipeg […]

Let Me Help

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

“‘Let me help.’ A hundred years or so from now, I believe, a famous novelist will write a classic using that theme. He’ll recommend those three words even over ‘I love you.’” — James T. Kirk, “The City on the Edge of Forever” Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

National Post calls FlashForward a "tectonic shift"

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Canada’s National Post — a major daily newspaper — today reported on the pilot for FlashForward, saying this: Every so often, a new TV show comes along that’s so eye-filling, so visually startling and so emotionally gripping that it feels like a tectonic shift may be about to occur in the popular culture. ABC saved […]

Distant Early Warnings #1 Saskatoon bestseller

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

… on the McNally Robinson Saskatoon trade-paperback bestsellers list and Calculating God is #10 on the trade list. Meanwhile, Wake is #10 on the hardcover list, and Flash Forward is #5 on the mass-market list. Great way to end my residency at the Canadian Light Source! Current McNally Robinson Saskatoon trade-paperback bestsellers’ list: 1. Distant […]

Philip Marchand quotes me in today’s National Post

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Phil Marchand — long-time books columnist for The Toronto Star now writes for Canada’s National Post, and has a very thoughtful article on “How Fantasy Overtook Science Fiction” in today’s edition. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Heading off to Worldcon in Montreal

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

My reading is one of the last events at the con: 2:00 p.m. Monday afternoon in Room P-512AE. It was to have been a joint reading with Joe Haldeman, but Joe will be gone by then, so Anticipation is giving me the full hour. Among the things I’m going read, the first-ever public performance of […]

Yeah, I wrote a vampire story — wanna make something of it?

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

John Joseph Adams has just published the anthology By Blood We Live, which is full of vampire stories — including one by yours truly. My story actually was previously published (so please don’t accuse me of jumping on the current bandwagon!): “Peking Man” copyright 1996 by Robert J. Sawyer. First published as the lead story […]

Events at the RJS Books table at Worldcon

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Robert J. Sawyer Books (Red Deer Press / Fitzhenry & Whiteside) will have a table in the dealers’ room at the Montreal World Science Fiction Convention (“Anticipation”) later this week, and we’ll be feturing these one-hour signings at our table: Thursday at 4:00 p.m.: Hugo Award-winners Robert J. Sawyer and Robert Charles Wilson and two-time […]

Chinese editions of the Neanderthal Parallax

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

I’m delighted to announce the sale of Chinese rights to Hominids, Humans, and Hybrids to Anhui Literature & Arts Publishing House. The sale was made by my agents Ralph M. Vicinanza, Ltd., in conjunction with Andrew Nurnberg Associates, and the editions will appear in simplified Chinese characters. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

RJS Books co-hosts Friday night Worldcon party

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Robert J. Sawyer Books, the imprint I edit for Red Deer Press (a Fitzhenry & Whiteside Company), is co-hosting the SF Canada Party at the Montreal World Science Fiction Convention, starting at 9:00 p.m. in the Delta Hotel, Suite 2815. (But come an hour earlier to the same place for the launch of new novels […]

Seton Hill upgrades its Popular Fiction program to an MFA

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

For many years now, Seton Hill University’s Master of Arts program in Writing Popular Fiction has been one of the few places where genre-fiction writers (including those doing science fiction and fantasy, as well as romance and mystery) have been welcome in a graduate-level program in creative writing. And now, Seton Hill has upgraded its […]

Starplex coming in March 2010

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

I’m delighted to announce that Red Deer Press, a division of Canadian publisher Fitzhenry & Whiteside, will be reissuing my 1996 novel Starplex in March 2010 (next spring) in trade paperback (with an unabridged audiobook available from Starplex by Robert J. Sawyer The only novel of its year to be nominated for both the […]

Back home in Mississauga

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

After two months away, it’s good to finally be back home in Mississauga. Carolyn and I had a great time in Saskatoon, and already miss our new friends from there. Being the first-ever writer-in-residence at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron was an amazing experience. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand