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Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer

Science Fiction Writer and Futurist

Robert J. Sawyer’s bestselling science-fiction novels are known for “marshaling a daunting quantity of fact and theory from across scientific disciplines” (National Post) to produce “page after page of bold scientific extrapolation” (The New York Times). New Scientist calls his work “scientifically plausible, fictionally intriguing, and ethically important,” and artificial-intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky says, “Lately, I’ve been inspired by the work of Robert J. Sawyer.”

Rob has published in both of the world’s leading scientific journals, Science (guest editorial) and Nature (fiction), as well as in the glossy newsstand magazines Sky & Telescope and Archaeology, and he contributes op-eds on scientific issues to The Ottawa Citizen. According to the US trade journal Locus, he has won more awards for his novels than anyone else in the history of the science-fiction and fantasy fields.

He has made over 700 radio and TV appearances, ranging from NPR’s Science Friday to CNBC’s Rivera Live with Geraldo Rivera. He frequently does science commentary for the CBC, the BBC, and Discovery Channel Canada, and hosted the skeptical TV show Supernatural Investigator for Canada’s Vision TV.

Rob has spoken at multiple TEDx events and given talks at the Library of Congress; Darwin College, Cambridge; the China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing; the Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas; the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania; the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo; the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Queen’s University; and the Medical Physics Department at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

He’s presented keynotes at the Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference in Tucson; the Sanofi-Aventis BioTech Challenge in Saskatoon; the International Symposium on Physical Sciences in Space in Toronto; the Manitoba Business of Science symposium in Winnipeg; and the Canadian Conference on Intelligent Systems in Calgary; and at annual meetings of the Canadian Science Writers’ Association; the Science Teachers Association of Ontario; the International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space; and the US Federation of State Medical Boards.

Rob has spoken on machine intelligence at the Googleplex and been an invited participant at conferences hosted by NASA, DARPA, The SETI Institute, Gartner, and the Canadian Federal Department of Justice.

In 2009, Rob was writer-in-residence at the Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon, Canada’s national synchrotron facility (a position created specifically for him, and the first-ever writer-in-residence post at a Canadian science facility), and he served as science advisor, as well as a scriptwriter, for the ABC TV series FlashForward, which was adapted from his novel of the same name. A longtime member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and a member of the Order of Canada, he holds honorary doctorates from the University of Winnipeg and Laurentian University. He was the first science-fiction writer in the world to have a website; visit it at sfwriter.com.