Thursday, January 13, 2011

Interviewing Robert J. Sawyer

So, this week and last week I interviewed Hugo and Nebula-winning Canadian SF author Robert J. Sawyer for my column at The link to my column is on the right side of this page but here's a direct link to the article... 

Anyway, it's been a pleasure speaking with him (picking his brain). Fortunately, unlike some SF authors, he's NOT a technophobe or Luddite. We've been conducting the interviews via Skype. Logistically it would be difficult to meet in person. I hope to have that opportunity in the future when he visits New York, or if I'm in Canada, or at a Con, etc. Posted the second part of my first interview with him today. 

Fortunately, I have plenty of good content for my column from the interviews. It just takes a while to sort it all out from the recordings. Oh, I'm recording the conversation from Skype with GarageBand. I'm sure there's a better way but it works for my purposes. I have lots to discuss with him in our ongoing series of interviews but if you, dear reader, have any suggestions I am open to them.

Trying to get caught up with stuff since returning from California. Didn't really help that I adopted a dog upon my return to New York. Still, I have no regrets. Sawyer, my dog (named after the LOST character, not Robert J.) was a lot of work initially. That's to be expected when you adopt a four year old dog who was abused and left in a high-kill shelter in Staten Island. Lucky for him and me, he was rescued by a nice lady in the Brooklyn (or was it the Bronx) and was living with a bevy of pit bulls, so he had to spend a lot of time in a crate. He's a small dog and after a lot of discipline on my part and Sarah's (my girlfriend) as well as a lot of patience and love he's really shinning. Very smart dog. Maybe too smart. Anyway, that's all the news about the two Sawyers for now.