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For Release Friday, November 14, 1997
Author Robert J. Sawyer Joins Canada's Top Science TV Program
Starting Friday, November 14, 1997, and regularly thereafter until
the end of June 1998, Nebula Award-winning science-fiction writer
Robert J. Sawyer will appear on the
popular prime-time Canadian TV series @discovery.ca
(yes, it looks like part of an Internet address, but it's really
the title of a television program).
@discovery.ca is the world's only daily
science-news program. It is the highest-rated series on the
Canadian version of The Discovery Channel, which, in turn,
is the highest-rated Canadian cable TV network.
Sawyer's segments are called "2020 Vision." Each segment
begin with Sawyer taking on the role of a person from the year
A.D. 2020. @discovery.ca co-host
Gillian Deacon interviews him, in whatever persona he's adopting,
about a specific aspect of life in the future.
Once the interview is over, Sawyer then joins three other experts
for a 13-minute roundtable discussion of the scientific,
sociological, and moral implications of the scenario presented in
the opening interview. The roundtable is moderated by
@discovery.ca's other host, Jay Ingram.
The other three people joining Sawyer for the panel discussion
are Scientific American columnist
A. K. Dewdney,
University of Waterloo religious-studies professor Michael Higgins,
and University of Toronto medical doctor and science historian
(Pictured left to right: Ingram, Higgins, Mazumdar, Sawyer, and Dewdney.)
In the interview part of the first segment, Sawyer plays a pregnant man,
about to give birth. In the second, Sawyer is a member
of a SETI team that has just made contact with aliens. In the
third segment, Sawyer is lawyer arguing for civil rights for
apes; in the fourth, he's a person presenting a different
virtual-reality version of himself to each of his relatives.
In later segments, Sawyer will be a man denied a job because of
his genetic profile, and in what will doubtless prove the most
controversial installment a reporter investigating claims of
the putative Second Coming of Christ. Ten other segments are
planned, as well, to round out the season.
@discovery.ca is broadcast weeknights at 7:00 p.m.
and 11:00 p.m. Eastern time, with repeats the following weekday
at 9:00 a.m. and noon. The series is taking a two-week hiatus
over Christmas, but "2020 Vision" returns Friday, January 2,
1998, and continues every other week until the end of June 1998.
Sawyer, 37, is Canada's only native-born full-time
science-fiction writer, and is the only person in history to win
the top national SF awards in Canada
(the Aurora), the United States
(the Nebula), Japan
(the Seiun), and France
(Le Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire). His latest books are
from Tor Books, New York, and
Illegal Alien, just released this week by Ace Books, New
Sawyer lives in Thornhill, Ontario, and is already a familiar
face to Canadian TV viewers through his 75 other television
appearances on such programs as Benmergui Live,
Canada A.M., The CBC Evening News,
The CTV National News, Imprint,
Midday, Pamela Wallin Live,
Prisoners of Gravity,
Saturday Night at the Movies, and W-Five.
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