Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for November, 2010

Fourth consecutive Main Selection of the SFBC!

Monday, November 29th, 2010

W00t! Senior Editor Rome Quezada at the Science Fiction Book Club has just picked up my next novel WWW: Wonder, coming in April 2011, as a Main Selection of the Club. This is the fourth consecutive main selection I’ve had: Rollback, Wake, Watch, and Wonder. Needless to say, I’m thrilled. (In total, 12 of my […]

Quote of the Day in the Montreal Gazette

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Every day, the front page of The Montreal Gazette, the major English-language daily paper in Montreal, contains a “Quote of the Day,” and on Thursday, November 25, 2010, the quote was from me:“Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace” — Robert J. SawyerThe quote is from Chapter 14 of […]

The password for my books: “Rationality”

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Over at the National Post, one of Canada’s national newspapers, Mark Medley asks Canadian novelists to provide passwords for their fiction: single words that might sum up what they’re trying to do. My password was “rationality.”Rationality: the belief that the universe makes sense, that it is comprehensible to the human mind, that the scientific method […]

Toronto Public Library reading on Thursday

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

I’ll be reading and giving a talk as part of “The Eh? List” Canadian-author series at the Toronto Reference Library this Thursday, November 25, at 7:00 p.m. Come join me! Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Newsgroup • Email

The purpose of science fiction

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

I agreed some time ago to give a general science and science fiction talk. The organizer sent me this proposed description for my talk today: The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be What did science fiction writers get right … and wrong … about “the future?”But that didn’t work for me. I wrote back […]

New York Times to add ebook bestsellers’ list

Monday, November 15th, 2010

The New York Times will be adding an ebook bestsellers’ list to its prestigous weekly book-review section, according to this article. I think that’s wonderful. Services like BookScan (in the States) and BookNet (in Canada) have given us reliable pictures of paper book sales for several years now, but all we’ve had is hype about […]

Twenty years a novelist

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Twenty years ago today — November 15, 1990 — I received my very first copy of my very first novel. Golden Fleece was a mass-market paperback original from Warner Questar. It was technically a December 1990 title, but books trickle into stores a bit in advance of the publication month. A lot of water has […]

New author photo

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

The amazing new official photograph of science-fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer, author of Wake and FlashForward. Click on the photograph for a high-resolution version. Photograph taken 12 November 2010 by Christina Molendyk. Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Newsgroup • Email

Mood-tracking apps work … sort of

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Interesting article here about a little app that helps you monitor your mood. As the article says, there’s no sophisticated psychological model at work — but I think that doesn’t really matter. As a science-fiction writer who often explores artificial intelligence (for instance in Wake, Golden Fleece, and Factoring Humanity), it seems to me the […]

Fleming estate publishes ebooks directly

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

As The Guardian reports, the estate of James Bond creator Ian Fleming has chosen to withhold ebook rights from Penguin, his UK publisher, and instead market the electronic editions directly themselves. I’m a proud Penguin author myself (in the US and Canada; my UK publisher is Orion), but I’m not surprised by this development. Back […]

The End of Science?

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

My novel FlashForward, the basis for the ABC TV series of the same name, is set at CERN, so I’m always interested when scientists associated with CERN speak up about the fundamental nature of reality. And Russell Stannard does that today in the Huffington Post. I’ve posted a comment there, but here’s a longer version […]