By John DeNardo
| Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at 12:20 am
Robert J. Sawyer notes that his 2012 novel Triggers has been optioned for film by Toronto’s Copperheart Entertainment, a company best known for the science-fiction thriller Splice and for the Ginger Snaps series of horror films.
More good news: Sawyer also notes that he has been commissioned to write the screenplay based on his book. How often does an author get to do that? Rarely.
For those unfamiliar with the novel, here’s the synopsis:
On the eve of a secret military operation, an assassin’s bullet strikes President Seth Jerrison. He is rushed to the hospital, where surgeons struggle to save his life—and where Professor Ranjip Singh is experimenting with a device that can erase traumatic memories.
Then a terrorist bomb detonates. In the operating room, the president suffers cardiac arrest. He has a near-death experience—but the memories that flash through Jerrison’s mind are not his own. The electromagnetic pulse generated by the bomb amplified and scrambled Professor Singh’s equipment, allowing a random group of people to access one another’s minds.
One of those people can retrieve the President Jerrison’s memories—including classified information regarding the upcoming military mission, which, if revealed, could cost countless lives. But the task of determining who has switched memories with whom is a daunting one—particularly when some of the people involved have reason to lie…
Did you ever notice that some novels are extensions of (or based off of) shorter works of fiction? This week at the Kirkust Reviews Blog, I take at look at that very thing. I used this as an opportunity to interview Ted Kosmatka, Catherine Lundoff, Will McInrosh, Linda Nagata and Robert J. Sawyer — all of whom have novels that began life as short fiction.
See some of the challenges they faced over at the Kirkus Reviews Blog in When Short Fiction Grows Into a Novel.
Here is the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel Red Planet Blues by Robert J. Sawyer.
Here’s the synopsis:
Robert J. Sawyer, the author of such “revelatory and thought-provoking”* novels as Triggers and The WWW Trilogy, presents a noir mystery expanded from his Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated novella “Identity Theft” and his Aurora Award-winning short story “Biding Time,” and set on a lawless Mars in a future where everything is cheap, and life is even cheaper…
Alex Lomax is the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up forty years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded to Mars in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.
Trying to make an honest buck in a dishonest world, Lomax tracks down killers and kidnappers among the failed prospectors, corrupt cops, and a growing population of transfers—lucky stiffs who, after striking paleontological gold, upload their minds into immortal android bodies. But when he uncovers clues to solving the decades-old murders of Weingarten and O’Reilly, along with a journal that may lead to their legendary mother lode of Martian fossils, God only knows what he’ll dig up…
Book info as per Amazon US:
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Ace Hardcover (March 26, 2013)
- ISBN-10: 0425256820
- ISBN-13: 978-0425256824
Robert J. Sawyer has won 46 national and international fiction awards including a Hugo, a Nebula and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He’s been called the Dean of Canadian science fiction and Canada’s premier science fiction author and lives in Ontario with his wife, a poet. His novel, Flashforward, was the basis of the ABC TV series in the U.S. His other novels include Terminal Experiment, Illegal Alien,The WWW Series, The Neanderthal Parallax and The Quintaglio Ascension trilogies, Calculating God, Mindscan and his latest Triggers from Tor Books.
His short fiction has appeared in anthologies like Dinosaur Fantastic, Sherlock Holmes in Orbit, and Far Frontiers, and three short story collections. He can be found on Twitter as @robertjsawyer and Facebook and via his website.
Bryan Thomas Schmidt had an extensive conversation with Rob about his craft and work for us.
SFFWRTCHT: Let’s start with the basics: Where’d your interest in science fiction and fantasy come from? And who/what were some of your favorite authors and books?
Robert J. Sawyer: Growing up in the 1960s with Star Trek and Apollo, plus seeing 2001: A Space Odyssey in first run. Clarke Childhood’s End, Pohl Gateway, Niven Ringworld , Asimov Caves of Steel.
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[SF Signal extends Best Wishes to Joe Haldeman, who took an unexpected trip to the hospital. Get well, Joe!]
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Robert J. Sawyer, known as “the dean of Canadian science fiction” by The Ottawa Citizen, is one of only seven writers in history to win all three of the science-fiction field’s top honors for best novel of the year: the Hugo Award (for his novel Hominids), the Nebula Award (The Terminal Experiment), and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (Mindscan). Rob’s novels are top-ten national mainstream bestsellers in Canada. His novels include Frameshift, Factoring Humanity, Flashforward, Calculating God, the Neanderthal Parallax trilogy (Hominids, Humans, and Hybrids), Mindscan, and Rollback. His short fiction collections include Iterations, Relativity, and Identity Theft and Other Stories. Rob is also Editor of Robert J. Sawyer Books, the science-fiction imprint of Calgary’s Red Deer Press and blogs at http://sfwriter.com/blog.htm.
SF Signal had the opportunity to talk with Rob about his latest novel WWW: Wake, his writing, publishing, and the upcoming ABC television series, Flash Forward, which is based on his book…
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