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Interview with author Robert J. Sawyer

Posted on: May 4, 2017

You’ve all read Robert Sawyer (right?).  The WWW series, the Hominids series, Flashforward,  Mindscan, Frameshift,  about a 20 other novels, and his newest novel is Quantum Night.

Sawyer won his first Prix Aurora award in 1991 and has been going strong ever since.  His books are accessible and easy on the eyes. He writes the kind of near future scifi thrillers that are perfect for your friends who don’t want something too weird.

Head over the Apex Magazine website to read my interview with Robert Sawyer, where we mostly talk about Quantum Night, but also talk about getting characters (and readers!) excited about science,  what baseball has to do with writing hard science fiction, what BattleStar Galactica has to do with psychology, and the reason why your surgeon might have pretty crappy bedside manner.

I am very proud of this interview. Mr. Sawyer and I spoke on the phone for about 40 minutes, and then I muppetflailed around the house for about a week. I took time out from the muppetflailing to transcribe the interview. If you enjoy reading the interview as much as I enjoyed conducting it, please leave a comment over at the Apex site, so they know you enjoyed it too.


Also? If you like Jeff Vandermeer, you should read “How Lovely Is The Silence of Growing Things”, also in this issue of Apex.

5 Responses to "Interview with author Robert J. Sawyer"

I first encountered Mr. Sawyer in The Quintaglio Ascension trilogy:
Far-Seer (Ace, 1992)
Fossil Hunter (Ace, 1993)
Foreigner (Ace, 1994)

I loved those books! Everything about them resonated with me. If wished for many years he would return to that world for another book, but that seems unlikely. I’m sorry to say I haven’t read anything else of his.


He’s written a handful of trilogies that he never returned to again, and I don’t know how many stand alones. It’s like he plays with an idea for a while, and then wants to jump to the next idea. The interview was so much fun!!


And, very nice interview. Good job, AJ.


I love Sawyer’s books. They are a go to when I can’t find something new I like! Right now I have one I like, No Time To Say Goodbye by Billy Adler Jr. Another of my go to authors. So good to see them still grinding out decent books!


back before I started blogging, I read SO MUCH Robert Sawyer. He always had something in the “new” section at the library, and I knew it would be something fun and enjoyable!


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some of the books reviewed here were free ARCs supplied by publishers/authors/other groups. Some of the books here I got from the library. the rest I *gasp!* actually paid for. I'll do my best to let you know what's what.
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