Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for February, 2010

Film option on The Terminal Experiment renewed

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Toronto’s Divani films has renewed its option on Robert J. Sawyer’s Nebula Award-winning The Terminal Experiment for a fifth year. Pictured above: the new Canadian paperback edition, in stores now! And Terminal Experiment director Srinivas Krishna’s latest film, Athletes in Motion, premieres on Canadian TV this Saturday. Says Srinivas: A series of short films I […]

A polite reminder: Distant Early Warnings is eligible for the Aurora

Friday, February 5th, 2010

This major reprint anthology — containing stories, poems, a lightning round of short-shorts, comprehensive biographical and bibliographical notes on each author, and an exhaustive list of award-winning Canadian SF&F is eligible for nomination for the Aurora Award in the Best Work in English (Other) category: Distant Early Warnings, edited by Robert J. Sawyer. Robert J. […]

Remember when Danny Partridge slipped a tape player under Reuben Kincaid’s toilet stall?

Friday, February 5th, 2010

An email I sent this morning: My little line of books can only publish Canadian authors, so there’s nothing I can do for you. But, trust me, hyping your book as a “mass market dream” and hoping that it’s somehow going to drive sales that you started writing as a teenager are statements that will […]

Hey, Fictionwise! Use this book for your in-house testing!

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Although eReader is a very robust application on Palm OS devices, and the Windows implementation isn’t bad (although the B&N Reader version has lots of bugs, and many features stripped out), other recent implementations have left much to be desired, especially when dealing with complexly formatted ebooks. The Foxit eSlick, as I observed before, can’t […]

Amazon has not backed down; Times and Post are wrong

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

First The New York Times and now The Washington Post have reported that Amazon gave into Macmillan’s demands, and it’s been flashing all over the web that this is the case for four days now. But check the source. The only reference is to this unsigned anonymous post buried deep on the site; that’s […]

DAW is the new Tor

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Used to be, back in the day, if you wanted to buy science fiction and fantasy by Canadian authors, you turned to Tor Books: they had tons of Canadian authors on their lists: Charles de Lint, Candas Jane Dorsey, Ed Greenwood, Phyllis Gotlieb, Terence M. Green, Matthew Hughes, Karl Schroeder, Robert J. Sawyer, Robert Charles […]

Hot New Models

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

I suggested to the coordinator for this conference that she stop using that subject line in emails — I thought it was a come-on for a porn site! But it isn’t. It’s the title of the 2010 Book Summit coming up in Toronto. The full name is: “Hot New Models: the amazing transformation of business […]

Wake review roundup

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Since we’re in the thick of Hugo, Nebula, and Aurora Award-nominating season, forgive me for this roundup of reviews of my 2009 novel Wake (published in the US by Ace as WWW: Wake). “The thought-provoking first installment of Sawyer’s WWW trilogy explores the origins and emergence of consciousness. The thematic diversity — and profundity — makes […]

Looking for a new blog-hosting tool

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

My blog is currently hosted by Blogger, which is owned by Google. I use their FTP blogging service so that the URL of my blog can be hooked to my SFWRITER.COM domain: But now Google is eliminating that service — yup, just yanking it, poof, gone. Anybody know of a blogging solution that will […]

Let’s hear it for art directors!

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

I posted this on Lou Anders’s Facebook wall, in a conversation about making sure cover artists get credited, but want to share it here, too: And let’s not forget the ART DIRECTOR. Rita Frangie, the art director for Ace, has done absolutely amazing design work for me, Joe Haldeman, Allen Steele, Charles Stross, and others, […]

Is it a cop-out that the Neanderthals never had religion?

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

A minister wrote to me over the weekend to say it was a “cop-out” that my Neanderthals in Hominids and its sequels never had any religion; oh, he could understand a story about a kind of humanity that had turned away from religion, but not one that never had it; he said a lack of […]

Amazon vs. Macmillan: increasing jeopardy and rising stakes

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Last week in Montreal, I gave a talk about how one structures a story. I spoke about how the stakes should get higher and higher with each subsequent plot revelation. This weekend, we encountered a perfect real-life example of that structure: First revelation: my books are no longer on sale at (personal jeopardy) Second […]

eBook pricing

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Scott Westerfeld says it well in his blog: All discussions of [the Amazon/Macmillan war] will draw commenters who think they magically know how books should be priced, and who say there is no reason for electronic editions to be more than $9.99. A quick note to them: You don’t know what you’re talking about. Seriously, […]