Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

The RJS fans’ guide to watching the debut of FlashForward

by Rob - September 22nd, 2009.
Filed under: FlashForward.

FlashForward, the ABC TV series based on my novel of the same name, debuts (as I write this) in three days — on Thursday, September 24, 2009, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific and 7:00 p.m. Central. In the United States, it’s on ABC and in Canada it’s on CTV’s /A\ Channels.

Things to watch for:


I have a small, non-speaking cameo in the first episode about halfway through (blink and you’ll miss me!).

Sonya Walger plays Dr. Olivia Benford, a surgeon; there’s a scene in which she’s walking down a long hospital corridor while talking on her cell phone to her husband, FBI agent Mark Benford, played by Joseph Fiennes.

Behind her, in the same blue shirt I’m wearing in the photo above, talking on his own cell phone is … me! My thanks to director David S. Goyer (on the right in the above photo) for cheerfully including this little bit of business for me; it was fun!


My credits appear at the end of the episode. The very first card in the closing credits says:

Based on the Novel by
Robert J. Sawyer

and a bit later in the closing credits I also share this card:

Robert J. Sawyer

Costume Designer
Kathleen Detoro

Costume Supervisor
Robyn Williams

[Screen captures taken from the 17-minute preview at; actual closing credits may have different background images]

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