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Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
1:40 am - new community

We have a new community, fforward_tv, which is devoted to the Flashforward TV show. I'll make a note of it in the community info.

current mood: cheerful

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Saturday, March 14th, 2009
2:44 pm - Wake

For the best laugh, I had all day, we seem to have a new friend on LJ, calculass :)

current mood: amused

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
1:11 am - Wake

Did anyone besides me read "Wake" in Analog magazine, and come on LJ to see if there is a calculass?

Looks pretty bare over there...

current mood: curious

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Friday, December 22nd, 2006
10:16 am - Happy Anniversary

To Rob and Carolyn: I hope you have a happy one today! Enjoy!

current mood: cheerful

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Monday, October 3rd, 2005
10:47 pm - Anyone here?

Has anyone actually told Rob about this LJ community? I'm a member of the Yahoo group (though I'm way behind on the e-mails), and I've met Rob several times. I spotted a post from quite a while ago about the maintainer wanting to step down. I don't know the first thing about running a community, but I could probably find somebody interested.

current mood: curious

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10:44 pm - Rob Sawyer reading, October 3

Might I direct you all to the following?


They didn't exactly give a great deal of notice, at least on LJ. I'd imagine I would've known sooner, had I been up to date with the Yahoo group, or been in Toronto.

current mood: curious

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Saturday, September 24th, 2005
2:57 pm - Going, going...

Would someone like to take this community off my hands? I really don't have time to maintain it!


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Monday, May 30th, 2005
3:43 pm - Just joined this community...

I finished reading Calculating God last year. It blew my mind away, and definitely left me pondering certain facets of the possibility of intelligent design. As well, it's nice to see some good literature come out of and based in Toronto. WOOHOO!

I'm just about to start reading Factoring Humanity. It looks interesting. Any comments by those who've read it?

current mood: curious

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Wednesday, May 25th, 2005
6:09 pm - Yep, this is relevant! ;)

Back-of-While-You-Were-Out-note sketch

I get bored easily while waiting for discs to burn, y'see.

current mood: creative

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Friday, May 20th, 2005
3:45 pm - Greetings!

I've just re-read the Quintaglio Ascension trilogy, and I've written a few personal posts last week that some of you might like (see below).

I work in a science lab, am a hopeless science geek, and am interested in (mostly) the hard sciences, and am a passionate space buff. These posts include my musings about the content of the stories and include some interesting facts, which could possibly be interpreted as spoilers, so be careful!

I've also read the Neanderthal (or Neandertal; it's been spelled both ways) books. And if you have never seen a picture of an underground neutrino detector -- go find one; they're amazing!

Personal Post 1: Eppur Si MuoveCollapse )

Personal Post 2: I Have Found What I'm Looking ForCollapse )

I'm looking forward to reading more books, and I'm working on a drawing based on one of the Quintaglio books. spoiler alert? for Fossil HunterCollapse ) It's a preliminary pen sketch on the back of a While You Were Out note at this point, and it will go to one reviewer who knows the books well, and possibly a few more who are familiar with this type of drawing in general, before being polished into a final hand-drawn image with more detail. At that point, it and the development sketch will go onto my website.

This community is tiny so far, but I'm looking forward to your comments!

current mood: busy

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Tuesday, April 5th, 2005
8:37 pm - Hello

Robert J Sawyer has become my favorite author.
I found this community because I got need fodder for a paper on the popular image of the Neanderthal so I did a search for "Neanderthal" on LJ.
His trio of books is taking up quite a few pages in my paper!
Hmmm...just for kicks, did your opinion of Neanderthals change as you read Hominids, Humans, and Hybrids?

Uh, I've read those three, Factoring Humanity, Calculating God and I think that's it. He was cool at MidSouthCon, though :)

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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005
11:44 pm - Mindscan

Say, this place could use some lively discussion! :) Has anyone bought/read Mindscan yet? I've only just read the first page and I'm already excited.

current mood: cheerful

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Wednesday, January 19th, 2005
9:17 pm - hi there

Okay, I can brag, I guess, but I've known Rob since Chicon 2000, and although I live in Chicago, I've been able to visit Toronto about 3-8 times a year since that con. We also had the pleasure of having Rob as a GOH at Windycon.

Needless to say, I have a bunch of Rob's books, all autographed "To Sciffy" and he was a bit amused and surprised to see me at Torcon with a different name on my badge. Quote: "Oh my god, Sciffy has a real name!" to which I screamed, "EEK, hide it!" I guess that's what you get when worldcon memberships are Xmas gifts, (fannish idea of a committment, from Torcon's webmaster, whom I was dating) and you're too lazy to change the badge name.

All these books are autographed, and extra copies made great gifts more than once:

Starplex (1st ed, HC)
Far Seer (1st ed, HC)
Flashforward (1st ed, HC and PB)
End of an Era (2001 Tor ed, trade paperback)
Hominids (advance reading copy)
Humans (1st ed, HC. pointed out typo) (plus HU-go nomination flyer, with Chapter 22 of Hominids)
Hybrids (1st ed, HC)
Iterations (Canadian 1st ed, HC)
Calculating God (PB)
The Terminal Experiment (PB)
Frameshift (PB)
Factoring Humanity (PB)

I also have some of the books which contain his short stories:

Men Writing SF as Women, "Relativity"
Star Colonies, "On the Shoulders of Giants" (plus promotional flyer)
Far Frontiers, "Star Light, Star Bright"
Space, Inc., "Come All Ye Faithful" (signed by everyone at Torcon launch party)
Stars, "Immortality"
"The Man Who Folded Himself" by David Gerrold, introduction by Robert J. Sawyer. I also have the distinction of being the first person to get Rob to sign a copy of this book. I've been waiting many years to see David Gerrold again at a con. I've met Gerrold in 1989 (Westercon, Anaheim), and in 1990 or 91 (Phoenix), and I told Rob I was very amused that his first experience with both SF and meeting David Gerrold was a lot like my own.

I also have more than a few newspaper articles, most of them from Torcon. I have a copy of his story from The Toronto Star, "The Stanley Cup Caper".

I also got permission from Rob to tape his readings at a few cons. The one from Ad Astra where he read "The Eagle Has Landed" came out very poor quality. The one I got at ConFusion 2003 came out nicely, with the editor of Tor (I should know his name, I've seen him at many cons) reading "Only the Faithful Now" by Marie Jakober, followed by Rob reading "Relativity" after we said we weren't sure who Janis Ian was. I also "rescued" Rob at the 2004 ConFusion when I brought the books with all his short stories, and his Palm wasn't working properly. He made numerous remarks about technology, and trying to "go back to paper", and ended up borrowing my copy for the reading. Earlier that day, I'd given him a tape of his reading from the year earlier. I joked after this 2004 reading that I must be psychic or something, and he should listen to the tape as proof. He'd chosen to read the same stories for 2004 as he had for 2003. He asked, "Well, if you'd heard them before, why didn't you stop me?" I just smiled and said, "they're good stories! :) " and put a stack ready for autographing in front of him, and his Cherry Coke. (He made other remarks about whether we liked the stuff, were too lazy to get a real drink, or what)

I've also got (unsigned, duh) memories of him at Windycon on his first panel, telling us about how he'd suffered through Chicago's rush hour, construction, and more. We also had a fun room party with all the Toronto people, avt_tor and marahsk (and pseudo-Toronto people like myself) promoting Cascadia 2005 (Seattle NASFiC) and the next Chicago Worldcon bid. While Rob & his wife Carolyn seemed to like the pizza, and I praised Alex for ordering Giordano's, I cursed when I saw the anchovies. Rob made a remark that I was cursing about like he did during the rush hour earlier. I also made a few obscure Toronto references and jokes, like "the parking lot they call the 401" and about brightly colored balloons at opening ceremonies, and the subterranean caverns, and edible oil products, and the tower in Toronto that controls people's minds! Everyone was giving Rob and I strange looks for being the only people in the room to understand the references. (It's from "The Frantics", the "Arrogant Worms" and "The Radio Free Vestibule")

Hehehe, memories... :)

Too bad I'll be missing ConFusion this upcoming weekend, but if possible, I'll be at Ad Astra, and/or Toronto Trek! :)


current mood: a bit nostalgic...

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11:42 pm - HI!

Hello! I've read only 3 books: Frameshift, Flashforward and Factoring Humanity. I want to read Calculating God, recently published in spanish. Terminal Experiment, Illegal Alien, End of an Era and The Neardenthal Parallax haven't been published here yet :(

C ya!

current mood: at last!

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Saturday, October 9th, 2004
9:17 pm - Robert J Sawyer books i've read:

Calculating God, Flashforward, Factoring Humanity, End of an Era, Terminal Experiment, The Neanderthal Parallax and Illegal Alien. Look forward to reading his new book and the reissues!

current mood: blank

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Monday, February 16th, 2004
1:35 am

Cool! A Robert J. Sawyer community!

Books by Robert Sawyer I have read: The Quintaglio Ascension Trilogy, End of an Era, Factoring Humanity, Illegal Alien, FlashForward, Calculating God, and the Neaderanderthal Parallax. Missing a few works, but a pretty comprehensive body of his work.

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Sunday, February 8th, 2004
3:11 am - Sawyer Community!

Hi! This is the first post of the new Robert J. Sawyer community! Please post anything relating to Mr. Sawyer's books! Have fun!


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