Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for March, 2010

FlashForward by the numbers

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Okay, I won’t kid anyone by saying the ratings for the return of FlashForward, the ABC TV series based on my novel of the same name, were what we’d hoped for. But let’s bring some clarity to the discussion. Here’s a good analysis of how we did from RBR.COM (Radio Business Report / Television Business […]

New edition of Starplex is gorgeous

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Received my author’s copies today of the new Red Deer Press edition of Starplex, my 1996 novel that was nominated for the Hugo and the Nebula and won the Aurora Award. I gotta say this is one gorgeous-looking trade paperback! W00t! It’ll be in stores across Canada shortly, and out in the US in October […]

Canadian academic conference on science fiction

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, has issued a call for papers for an academic conference entitled “Social Science on the Final Frontier.” Guest authors at the event: Robert J. Sawyer, Karl Schroeder, and Julie E. Czerneda. Dates: Monday, August 23, to Wednesday, August 25, 2010. Sudbury, of course, is where my novels Hominids, Humans, and […]

Quantum computing in the Neanderthal books and real life

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Great blog post from Canadian computing trade journal ComputerWorld Canada about quantum computing in the novels of Robert J. Sawyer — and now in reality. W00t! Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Newsgroup • Email

Jim C. Hines’s publishing survey

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Jim C. Hines’s survey results on how writers broke into print is well worth looking at. Among Jim’s conclusions: “To those proclaiming queries and the slush pile are for suckers, and self-publishing is the way to land a major novel deal, I have bad news: only 1 author out of 246 self-published their book and […]

Another Kuroda

Monday, March 15th, 2010

I revealed in this blog post that the character of Kuroda, the information theorist from my WWW trilogy consisting of Wake, Watch, and Wonder, is named for the PROBE Control telemetry specialist Kuroda from the 1972 TV series Search, which had a big influence on me. But I should note that there’s another Kuroda in […]

Flashforwards, Flashbacks, and Me

Monday, March 15th, 2010

After a three-month hiatus, FlashForward, the ABC TV series based on my novel of the same name, returns to television this week. On Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at 10:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific (9:00 p.m. Central), a one-hour clip show entitled “What Did You See?” (a catch-phrase straight out of my novel) airs (immediately following […]

Is Wake a YA novel?

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

I received this note from a Canadian academic today: Interestingly enough, WWW: Wake is filed at my local library as a young-adult book, presumably because the protagonist is 15. I’m just curious: do you consider Wake to be a YA novel? And if so (or not) why? Here’s my response: Am I a young-adult author […]

"I’ve got a blowout, damper three!"

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

“Get your pitch to zero!” “Pitch is out. I can’t hold altitude.” “Correction, alpha hold is off. Trim selectors — emergency!” “Flight Com! I can’t hold it! She’s breaking up, she’s break –“ One of the reasons I’m thrilled to have my novel FlashForward adapted for television on ABC is that one of my favorite shows […]

FlashForward pub night in Toronto

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Sponsored by Ad Astra, Toronto’s SF convention: FlashForward Pub Night Celebrating the Success of our Guest of Honour Robert J. SawyerType: Party – Movie/TV NightDate: Thursday, March 18, 2010Time: 7:00pm – 11:00pmLocation: Scruffy Murphy’sStreet: 225 The East MallEtobicoke (Toronto), Ontario, Canada So you *think* you know what the future holds? FlashForward, based on Rob’s book […]

On FlashForward set watching the episode I wrote being filmed

Friday, March 5th, 2010

I’m in Los Angeles, on the sound stage for FlashForward, the ABC TV series based on my novel of the same name, and they’re filming the episode I wrote. Woohoo! My episode, entitled “Course Correction,” airs Thursday, May 6, 2010. Above, that’s me with Christine Woods, who plays FBI agent Janis Hawk. Pictured: Christine Woods […]

Fingering your nook

Monday, March 1st, 2010

A suggestion for Barnes and Noble re the nook ebook-reading device: The very first Palm Pilot going back all the way to 1996 and the original Rocket eBook from 1998 allowed you to do handwriting recognition (on Palms, using the Graffiti or Graffiti 2 system, the former of which used simplified characters, the latter of […]

Full list of 2010 Aurora nominees

Monday, March 1st, 2010

The nominees for Canada’s 2010 Aurora Awards are as follows. Winners will be announced at KeyCon 27/Canvention 30 during the May 21-24 weekend. BEST NOVEL IN ENGLISH The Amulet of Amon-Ra, by Leslie Carmichael, CBAY Books Druids, by Barbara Galler-Smith and Josh Langston, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Wake, Robert J. Sawyer, Penguin Canada Steel […]