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With science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer, featuring guest host Mark Leslie

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The Writing Show's very own Mark Leslie interviews science fiction writer extraordinaire, Robert J. Sawyer.

Robert J. Sawyer called "the dean of Canadian science fiction" by The Ottawa Citizen and "just about the best science-fiction writer out there these days" by The Denver Rocky Mountain News is one of only seven writers in history (and the only Canadian) to win all three of the science-fiction field's top honors for best novel of the year:

Rob is also the only writer in history to win the top SF awards in the United States, China, Japan, France, and Spain. In addition, he's won an Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada as well as ten Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards ("Auroras"). The ABC TV series "FlashForward" is based on his novel of the same name.

Maclean's: Canada's Weekly Newsmagazine says, "By any reckoning, Sawyer is among the most successful Canadian authors ever," and Barnes and Noble calls him "the leader of SF's next-generation pack."

Rob's novels are top-ten national mainstream bestsellers in Canada, appearing on the Globe and Mail and Maclean's bestsellers' lists, and they've hit #1 on the bestsellers' list published by Locus, the U.S. trade journal of the SF field. His twenty novels include Frameshift, Factoring Humanity, Calculating God, Wake , and the popular "Neanderthal Parallax" trilogy consisting of Hominids, Humans, Hybrids.

He's often seen on TV, including on such programs as "Rivera Live" with Geraldo Rivera, "Canada A.M.," and "Saturday Night at the Movies," and he's a frequent science commentator for Discovery Channel Canada, CBC Newsworld, and CBC Radio.

Rob, who holds an honorary doctorate from Laurentian University, has taught writing at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, Humber College, the National University of Ireland, and the Banff Centre. He has been Writer-in-Residence at the Richmond Hill (Ontario) Public Library, the Kitchener (Ontario) Public Library, the Toronto Public Library's Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy, the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, and at the Odyssey Workshop. And he edits Robert J. Sawyer Books, the science-fiction imprint of Red Deer Press.

Rob has given talks at hundreds of venues including the Library of Congress and the National Library of Canada, and has been keynote speaker at dozens of events in places as diverse as Los Angeles, Boston, Tokyo, and Barcelona. He was born in Ottawa in 1960, and now lives just west of Toronto with his wife, poet Carolyn Clink.

Interviewee: Robert J. Sawyer
Host: Mark Leslie Lefebvre
Date: May 30, 2010
Running time: 25:41
File size: 13 megabytes
Rating: PG for some adult content
Robert J. Sawyer's Web site: SFWriter.com

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