Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for January, 2010

Here’s the right way to do it

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

This also appeared in my inbox today: Hello, all, Suzanne Church here. First of all, please forgive me if you’re received this request more than once. I am particularly proud of my story, “The Tear Closet” which appeared in Tesseracts Thirteen, from EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, in September of 2009. The story is […]

Aurora hustling

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Update 13 January 2010: After some gentle nudging by Aurora administrator Clint Budd, the scheme described below has been withdrawn by the author and her friend, and, rather than have this lapse of judgment haunt them forever, I’ve removed identifying details from the body of this post. However, I do think the fact that this […]

ECTACO jetBook – Lite firmware apparently fixed

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

It’s gonna be a few days before I have time to play around with doing a firmware upgrade, but over at the ECTACO forum, user JeePea reports that the various problems I and others have reported with the ECTACO jetBook – Lite handling ebooks in eReader format (Fictionwise and Barnes and Noble’s DRM ebook format) […]

Fan letter of the day: Far-Seer

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

The least read of all my books are my novels Far-Seer, Fossil Hunter, and Foreigner — collectively, the “Quintaglio Ascension” trilogy. (Lots of people just can’t seen to be able to get past the covers — the one part of the books I had no control over! The art is spectacular on its own merits […]

Wake is #2 on BookBanter’s 2009 Best-of-the-Year List

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

W00t! Wake by Robert J. Sawyer is #2 on BookBanter‘s list of the best books of 2009. #1 is Drood by Dan Simmons#2 is Wake by Robert J. Sawyer#3 is Under the Dome by Stephen King The full list is is here, and BookBanter’s review of Wake (originally published in the Sacramento Book Review) is […]

FlashForward return delayed until March 18th

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Instead of coming back on March 4, 2010, FlashForward, the ABC TV series based on my novel of the same name, will return two weeks later, on March 18. We’re being pushed back two weeks to keep our return from having to go head-to-head with Fox’s American Idol juggernaut; this will also let the DVD […]

The Year of Matthew Johnson

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

I’m always super-proud when my writing students do well, so let me tell you about Matthew Johnson: Matthew had his first novel published in 2009: Fall from Earth was issued by Bundoran Press, the wonderful publishing house in Prince George, BC, run by Virginia O’Dine. And Matthew also had a great short story published last […]

Beware of Science Fiction!

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

That’s the message of this guy. Holy shit — um, so to speak.  Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Writers’ Confessions

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

I’m in nine episodes of the new season of the TV series Writers’ Confessions (including the first one), which premieres tomorrow — Thursday, January 7, 2010 — on Bravo! Canada, Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. EST. Proudcer and director is Michael Glassbourg. Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Wake is Bakka-Phoenix’s top selling hardcover for 2009

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Bakka-Phoenix Books, Toronto’s science-fiction specialty bookstore (and the oldest extant SF bookstore in the world), has just released their list of the bestselling books for the entire year of 2009: Hardcover Bestsellers Wake, Robert J. Sawyer Makers, Cory Doctorow Enchantment Emporium, Tanya Huff Unseen Academicals, Terry Pratchett Give Up the Ghost, Megan Crewe Trade Paperback […]

Kindle DX comes to Canada — and the world — on January 19

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

The large-screen Kindle DX from is now available for pre-order for Canada (and other countries around the world); it has a 9.7-inch screen compared to the regular Kindle’s 6.0-inch one. (Until now, only the regular Kindle has been available outside the US — and even that’s a recent occurrence.) The Kindle DX Global Wireless […]

Free Sherlock Holmes short story

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

In honour of the new Sherlock Holmes movie, I’ll just point out that my science-fiction Holmes story “You See But You Do Not Observe” has long been available for free right here. It’s also available in several anthologies, starting with Sherlock Holmes in Orbit, edited by Mike Resnick and Martin Harry Greenberg (DAW), for which […]

Wake is a 2009 book

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

My novel Wake, which was published in the US by Ace and Canada by Viking and the UK by Gollancz, all in 2009, actually had its first appearance as a serial in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, the world’s bestselling English-language SF magazine. It was serialized in four parts, with installments in the November 2008, […]


Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Those who’ve read my novel Wake know that an orangutan named Virgil figures in the plot. My Virgil is named for the character played by Paul Williams in Battle for the Planet of the Apes, and, according to the nifty Yahoo! Groups Planet of the Apes group (of which I’m a member), he’ll be named […]

Calling all NASFA members!

Monday, January 4th, 2010

I’m hoping Google searches will bring some people here: On October 16, 1975, Robert J. Sawyer, Richard Gotlib, and Ted Bleaney founded NASFA, the Northview Association for Science Fiction Addicts, based at Northview Heights Secondary School in Willowdale (later North York; later still, Toronto), Ontario, Canada. We’re having a 35th anniversary reunion party on Saturday, […]

FlashForward DVD box art

Monday, January 4th, 2010

The DVD of the first 10 episodes of FlashForward, the ABC TV series based on my novel of the same name, comes out on February 23, 2010. Here’s what the box art looks like (click the image for a larger view). Visit The Robert J. Sawyer Web Siteand

Barnes & Noble Desktop Reader

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

The Barnes & Noble Desktop Reader for Windows is a new wrapper around the long-standing eReader Pro for Windows software, with some new features, and some old ones removed. It’s mostly a very nice ebook-reading platform for Windows, but I sent three notes to B&N tech support today with comments and suggestions: I like the […]