Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for September, 2010

So you want to write a script based on one of my stories?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

An email I just sent: Thank you for your latest phone call and follow-up email. I should be frank, though. Optioning film and TV rights to my works for up-front money is a major part of how I make my living. When we first spoke on the phone, you offered me as full compensation 15% […]

Ralph Vicinanza, R.I.P.

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Literary agent Ralph Vicinanza, 60, died peacefully Sunday night, September 26, of a brain aneurysm. He was my agent for the past fifteen years, and one of the executive producers of FlashForward, the TV series based on my novel of the same name. I remember, years ago, when I was looking for a new agent […]

The bluffer’s guide to the WWW trilogy

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

I recently had cause to introduce a publicist to my current trilogy of Wake, Watch, and Wonder, and created the cheat sheet below so he could quickly come up to speed the books: First, you should watch the three book trailers: Here’s a synopsis of the first book, Wake: And a […]

Interview on “Think” on Dallas’s KERA

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

When I was in Dallas on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, to give a major public address for the Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology at the University of Dallas at Texas, I was interviewed for an hour on KERA-FM, the local NPR affiliate, for a wonderful program called Think, hosted by Krys Boyd. […]

I won’t be at Con-Version in Calgary

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

I’ve been a regular at Calgary’s science-fiction convention Con-Version since 1996, including seven stints as an honoured guest there: Guest of Honour at Con-Version 25 (last year) Guest of Honour at Con-Version 21.5 Guest of Honour at Con-Version 20 Toastmaster at Con-Version 19 Special Guest at Con-Version 15 Guest of Honour at Con-Version 14 Special […]

Word on the Street booth confusion

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Terence M. Green and I are either in booth FB12 or WB12 today at Toronto’s Word on the Street — not sure which. The stuff we got from the organizers says FB12, but today’s Toronto Star says WB12. FB stands for “Fringe Beat,” and WB for “Writers’ Block” — so the latter makes more sense, […]

Watch filk!

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

I was Special Guest at the wonderful science-fiction convention FenCon in Dallas last weekend, and there Glenda Boozer debuted her new filk song Math Geek Love, based on my novel WWW: Watch. I think it’s absolutely charming, and with Glenda’s kind permission, I’m sharing the lyrics here: Math Geek Love by Glenda Boozer Math geek, […]

Word on the Street

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Come see me at Toronto’s Word on  the Street this Sunday, September 26, in booth FB 12 (“Fringe Beat 12”) along with Terence M. Green. (Our booth is on Queen’s Park Crescent East, north of Wellesley Street.) I’ll be at our booth all day, except 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., when I’ll be at the […]

Come see me in Dallas!

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Sci Fi Writer to Explore Fear of Human Obsolescence Center for Values Offers Program as Part of ‘Incite Your Curiosity’ Lecture Series As smartphones get smarter and computers get faster, humans, who err and just get slower with age, seem to be almost superfluous at times.  But award-winning science fiction novelist Robert J. Sawyer isn’t […]