Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for December, 2015

Book dedicated to Tom Jericho

Friday, December 25th, 2015

So, this kind of made my year. One of the definitive texts in vertebrate paleontology is The Complete Dinosaur, edited by Michael K. Brett-Surman, Thomas Holtz​, and James O. Farlow. And the second edition is dedicated in part to Thomas Jericho, the fictional paleontologist who is the main character in my 2000 Hugo Award-nominated novel Calculating God. […]

Classic Star Trek’s two key episodes

Friday, December 25th, 2015

There are two episodes key to understanding classic Star Trek. One, of course, is “The Naked Time,” in which we learn everyone’s inner secrets and motivations. But the other, I’d argue, is “The Conscience of the King,” in which we learn that Star Trek is best viewed as theatrical, as a stage play, as a […]

An interview on marketing and promoting your book

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Ten years ago today, Tee Morris interviewed me for his “Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy” podcast about the business of marketing and promotion for authors. I think most of it is still quite relevant today, so here it is, a decade on (MP3; runs 35 minutes). Robert J. Sawyer online:Website • Facebook • Twitter • […]

Three new SF novels coming March 1, 2016

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Tuesday, March 1, 2016, is the pub date for my next novel, Quantum Night, from Ace — but it’s also the pub date for the new novels by two very good friends of mine (both of which have cover blurbs from me!): Arkwright by Hugo winner Allen Steele from Tor, and The Courier, the debut […]

Mentioned in Tim Wynne-Jones’s latest

Monday, December 21st, 2015

I’m thrilled to see that the great Canadian young-adult writer Tim Wynne-Jones mentions my 1995 Nebula Award-winning novel The Terminal Experiment in his latest book, The Emperor of Any Place, which came out in October 2015, and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Says one of Tim’s characters:“If you would like something very entertaining, […]

Authoritarians: an existential threat

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Foresight consultancy Idea Couture publishes a wonderful magazine called MISC. For their Fall 2015 issue, they asked me to contribute a piece on a “looming potential crisis nobody is talking about.” This is what I had to say in MISC; I explore this theme in much greater depth in my upcoming 23rd novel Quantum Night, […]

Favorite books in six words

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Yesterday on my Facebook wall, we played this game:Describe the plot of your favorite book in exactly six words — but don’t say what it is, let us guess.I described seven favorite books thusly. Here are the descriptions, along with the books’ titles: “Computer psychoanalyzes astronaut paralyzed by guilt.” Gateway, the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning […]

R.I.P., Virginia Sawyer

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

My mother, Virginia Sawyer, aged 90, passed away very early yesterday morning (Tuesday, December 8, 2015), at North York General Hospital in Toronto. She was lucid until the end, and made her own decision to have life-sustaining aids removed. She was able to say goodbye in person to Jack (her husband of sixty-three years), as […]

Quantum Night cover blurb

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Here’s the cover blurb for Quantum Night, my 23rd novel, being published three months from today, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, simultaneously in hardcover, audiobook, and ebook: QUANTUM NIGHT ROBERT J. SAWYER’s novels are “intelligent, literate, and immensely readable explorations of the biggest ideas there are.”* Now the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Red Planet […]