Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for October, 2009

And where do the main characters on FlashForward live? Why, on Sawyer Court, of course!

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

This week’s episode of FlashForward, the ABC TV series based on my novel of the same name, not only added a whole lot of physics to the show but also revealed where Mark Benford and Dr. Olivia Benford live: at 25696 Sawyer Court. We see the above address label in the flashforward vision of Dylan […]

NaNoWriMo begins tomorrow

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

I won’t be a formal participant in National Novel Writing Month — indeed, I’ll be spending much of November working on my script for FlashForward, the ABC TV series based on my novel of the same name. But I do think NaNoWriMo is a cool idea. Check it out. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web […]

David S. Goyer discusses Robert J. Sawyer’s upcoming FlashForward script

Friday, October 30th, 2009

David S. Goyer, executive producer and showrunner of FlashForward, the ABC TV series based on my novel of the same name, discusses (among other things) my involvement with the series and the episode that I’ll be writing (episode 17) in this 1 minute 46 second YouTube interview. For a larger picture or HD version, go […]

Toronto subway posters advertising Wake

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

They’re finally up! Penguin Canada’s subway poster advertisements for my novel Wake are now up on some subway cars on the Yonge-University-Spadina (main north-south) route in Toronto. Toronto’s subways are operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). I’m in Calgary right now, but sightings of the ads this week have been made by longtime SF […]

R.I.P., Made in Canada

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

The Aurora Award-winning webiste MADE IN CANADA — Don Bassie‘s elaborate and detailed repository of information about Canadian science fiction and fantasy — is no more. It had been hosted on Yahoo’s Geocities service, and, in a spectacular act of online genocide, Yahoo wiped out all free Geocities sites on 26 October 2009. Don’s site […]

Warning: if you’re a complete Star Trek geek like me …

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

… reading this discussion thread will eat hours of your time. It’s a fascinating, hyper-detailed look at every prop that ever appeared more than once in classic Star Trek. Tons of great pictures and screen captures. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Covers for new Canadian editions of The Terminal Experiment and Illegal Alien

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Coming December 1, 2009, from Penguin Group Canada: new premium mass-market editions of two of my novels: The Terminal Experiment, which won the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s Nebula Award for Best Novel of Year for 1995, and Illegal Alien, which the Globe and Mail‘s mystery-fiction reviewer Margaret Cannon said was “the best […]

Jessika Borsiczky on adapting my novel

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

A nice video interview with Jessika Borsiczky, executive producer of FlashForward, the TV series based on my novel. (Jessika’s last name is pronounced Bor-shees-key.) Tune in tonight for episode 5, “Gimme Some Truth.” I was on the set for much of the filming of this one, and enjoyed having lunch with guest star Glynn Turman. […]

Why I’m not going to the World Fantasy Convention this year

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Answer: because they don’t sell memberships at the door, and they cap sales for pre-registration. This weekend, I have to be in Vancouver, British Columbia, as a presenter at the Surrey International Writers Conference. Sometime shortly after that — but the date is yet to be precisely nailed down, but it might be Friday, October […]

Flashing back to FlashForward

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

In honor of the release of the new tie-in editions of my 1999 novel FlashForward, which is the basis for the hit ABC TV series, I wrote a little essay about the book for Here it is. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

First-season Star Trek episodes in production order

Monday, October 19th, 2009

FlashForward — the TV series based on my novel of the same name — is a serial drama: it’s meant to be watched in sequence, and the episodes are being filmed in the order in which they will air. But the original Star Trek (and, indeed, most nighttime television for decades) was an episodic drama, […]

Should you do a book tour?

Monday, October 19th, 2009

I got asked today by a new writer if it was worth touring for a second book, and whether I’d done that for my own second novel, Far-Seer. My reply: The first thing to remember is that Far-Seer came out 17 years ago: before the World Wide Web, or any of the social media associated […]

#2 Bestseller storewide at!

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Holy crap! My novel FlashForward — basis for the hit TV series — is currently the #2 bestselling book store-wide at, the UK’s second-largest online retailer. Here’s the list: Congratulations to Simon Spanton and the team at Gollancz, my British publisher, for getting the book out there with such success. Visit The Robert J. […]

McNally Robinson interviews Hayden Trenholm

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

McNally Robinson’s Chadwick Ginther interviews Aurora Award-winning Canadian SF writer Hayden Trenholm, whose SF-crime novel Steel Whispers is just out from Bundoran Press, here. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

"Come All Ye Faithful" now a free podcast

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Thanks to the fine people at Escape Pod, there’s a wonderful free podcast of my short story “Come All Ye Faithful,” first published in the anthology Space Inc., edited by Julie E. Czerneda, and available in my collection Identity Theft and Other Stories, published by Red Deer Press. The reading by Mike Boris is absolutely […]

Charity auctions and SF conventions

Friday, October 16th, 2009

More and more science-fiction conventions have taken to asking authors to donate things to charity auctions, which, on its surface, seems like a great idea: let’s see if we can raise some money for this cause or that. The problem: conventions that don’t have the turnout, or don’t do the hustle at the con, to […]

Don Sakers of Analog reviews Wake

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, the world’s top-selling English-language SF magazine, recently changed book reviewers. Of course, all of us long-time Analog readers have been curious to see what sort of approach the new reviewer, Don Sakers, was going to take, and so I turned with interest to “The Reference Library” section of the October […]

Front page lead story in Kingston Whig-Standard

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Look who’s the cover boy on today’s Kingston Whig-Standard! The Whig-Standard is the major daily newspaper in Kingston, Ontario, and the oldest continuously published daily newspaper in Canada. Today’s cover story is in honour of my appearance yesterday at Queen’s University, located in Kingston, where I gave a public talk sponsored by Queen’s Faculty of […]

#22 storewide at

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

The UK edition of the FlashForward novel by Robert J. Sawyer hit #22 storewide at today; has moved up to #5 in genre; and is holding strong at #1 in science fiction. (And the book has now spent nine days in the top 100 at — yay!) Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web […]

FlashForward picked up for full season

Monday, October 12th, 2009

ABC today announced that it has renewed FlashForward, the TV series based on the novel of the same name by Robert J. Sawyer, for a full season. On top of the initial order of 13 episodes, another 11 will be produced this season, for a first-season total of 24. The ABC press release is here. […]

From book to screen

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Lots of people have commented on the ways in which the TV series FlashForward has deviated from my novel of the same name upon which it is based. And, indeed, in some ways it has, but, to me, it’s still very much my story, and I’m pleased with the adaptation. For instance, last night (in […]

RJS Winnipeg bestsellers

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Fall-out, no doubt, from the wonderful launch party for the FlashForward TV series at McNally Robinson Polo Park in Winnipeg, and from my appearance promoting Wake at Thin Air: Winnipeg International Writers Festival: This week, Wake is the #5 bestselling hardcover fiction title at McNally Robinson’s Winnipeg stores, and FlashForward is the #3 bestselling mass-market […]

CERN terrorist?

Friday, October 9th, 2009

My novel FlashForward is set at CERN — the European Organization for Nuclear Research — and deals specifically with the Large Hadron Collider, so the breaking news — just this past hour — that a particle physicist working on the LHC at CERN has just been arrested as a possible terrorist with links to al-Qaeda […]

Talking Turkey!

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Monday is Canadian Thanksgiving, and CBC Radio One will be interviewing me and three other Canadian authors that afternoon, starting at 4:00 p.m. (4:30 in Newfoundland). It’s a special program of the best podcast interviews from CBC’s Online Book Club, hosted by Hannah Sung (pictured with me above). The interviews are: First half-hour:Lawrence HillMariko Tamaki […]

Star Trek History is back online

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Star Trek History is an amazing site, now new and improved, with all sorts of things I’d never seen before from behind-the-scenes of Star Trek: The Original Series. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Mass-market paperback cover for US edition of WWW: Wake

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

The Ace Science Fiction mass-market edition of Wake will be in stores in April 2010; here’s what the cover of their edition will look like. The cover design is by Rita Frangie. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

First Pluto, now the Pliocene!

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Fascinating stuff from The Paleoantrhopology Society: Dear Fellow Paleoanthropologists: We write to bring your attention to a matter which impacts strongly on all our research. You may be aware that in recent years, there has been a push by some Quaternary stratigraphers to redefine the Pliocene-Pleistocene boundary from its accepted position at ca. 1.8 Ma […] bestseller: #66 overall, #6 in genre, #1 in SF

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

The British edition of FlashForward (pictured above), the novel by Robert J. Sawyer upon which the new TV series is based, is a bestseller at, the British version of It’s reached at least as high as sales rank #66 of all titles in the store (and, at this moment is #81). More: it […]

I’ll take "Clueless" for $1,000, Alex

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

A query I received in my capacity as an editor for Red Deer Press this morning began thus: I’ve got a Fiction Novel of 40,000+ words which I am trying to find a publisher for. Front cover has been designed already and it’s on it’s way for professional editing. I stopped reading after that, and […]

FlashForward TV series now sold to 100 territories; translation rights to the novel

Monday, October 5th, 2009

The TV series FlashForward, made by ABC Studios in Los Angeles, and based on Robert J. Sawyer‘s novel of the same name, has now sold to a staggering 100 territories worldwide. Recent additions: AXN (Central and Eastern Europe), AXN (Japan), Channel 1 (Russia), Fox International Channels (Russia), M-Net (Africa), Orbit Showtime (Middle East), ProSieben (Germany),TF1 […]