Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What is Robert J. Sawyer reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Robert Sawyer, author of WWW: Wonder.

His entry begins:
Right now, on the nonfiction front, I'm reading and thoroughly enjoying Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan by Del Quentin Wilber.

I'm reading this for two reasons. First, the novel I'm currently writing, called Triggers, deals with an attempt to assassinate the current US president on the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination -- and a neat science-fictional idea that spins out from that. In my novel, the injured president is taken to George Washington University Hospital, just as Reagan was; I recently had a great behind-the-scenes tour there.

Second, although I don't know Del Quentin Wilber, I do know his uncle, Rick Wilber, a very fine science-fiction writer in his own right; in fact, it was Rick who first alerted me to his nephew's book. I bought Rawhide Down for my Kindle the day it came out in March, and the book has since...[read on]
Among the reviews for Sawyer's WWW trilogy:
Praise for Wake:

"Sawyer continues to push the boundaries with his stories of the future made credible. His erudition, eclecticism, and masterly storytelling make Wake a choice selection."
Library Journal

"Wildly thought-provoking. The thematic diversity — and profundity — makes this one of Sawyer's strongest works to date."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for Watch:

"In Watch, Sawyer shows his genius in combining cutting-edge scientific theories and technological developments with real human characters. His works are both revelatory and thought-provoking."
The Globe and Mail

"This is a complex and fascinating book. Sawyer maintains the same high level interplay of ideas and action that characterizes all his work."
National Post

Praise for Wonder:

"Action-packed; the tale ties up seemingly every thread. Readers will enjoy Robert J. Sawyers deep look at the Web age of American power in which leaders believe they need threats like Big Brother is watching you even when none exists."

"This is Robert J. Sawyer at his very best."
Learn more about the books and author at Robert J. Sawyer's website and blog.

The Page 69 Test: WWW: Wake.

The Page 69 Test: WWW: Watch.

The Page 69 Test:: WWW: Wonder.

Writers Read: Robert Sawyer.

--Marshal Zeringue