Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for March, 2015

A word is worth a thousand pixels

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

An email I sent to the Writers’ Trust of Canada this morning: Hi! I was going to cut-and-paste news of Joseph Heath’s award win to my Facebook wall — when I discovered I can’t because your email newsletter doesn’t consist of actual text but only graphics — pictures of text. Might I gently suggest this […]

Bill Joy, 15 years on

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Fifteen years ago this week, Bill Joy‘s famous antitechnology manifesto “Why The Future Doesn’t Need Us” appeared in Wired magazine. The Globe and Mail asked me for an op-ed in response, which appeared fifteen years ago today, on March 16, 2000. Here it is. Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • Email

Did genre fiction really win the war?

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Apropos of the discussion that’s been going on here and on my Facebook wall for the last several days about genre fiction vs. literary snobbery, this is an interesting piece from Esquire. But before we get too smug and claim we — the genre-fiction community — have won the war, note that not a single […]

Chicago Manual of Style with less eye strain

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Having been quite pleased with my style sheet for the web interface for Evernote, I decided to do something about the glaring white background of The Chicago Manual of Style Online. You’ll need to install the free Stylish add-on for your browser, then install my style sheet, which you can get here. If you don’t […]

Pop-culture and obscure references in fiction

Monday, March 9th, 2015

An interesting article by John McPhee about obscure and pop-culture references in fiction appears in the March 9, 2015, issue of The New Yorker. My thoughts, speaking as a science-fiction writer who takes great joy in including such things in his work: In his 1953 short story “The Nine Billion Names of God,” Arthur C. […]

My day with the Jesuit Brothers

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

During the 1980s, I made my living as a freelance nonfiction writer, including writing 200 feature articles. Most of those are of little interest decades on: my specialties were the computer revolution, the broadcasting industry, business, and personal finance, and articles from the 1980s on those topics are pretty much irrelevant today. But one of […]