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Robert J. Sawyer on Quantum Night: There is nothing inherently unknowable

quantum-night-coverAbout 4 1/2 years ago I interviewed Robert J. Sawyer on his fantastic non-dystopian AI trilogy WWW. To this day people keep telling me it is one of my very best interviews ever. Unfortunately last time we spoke via Skype and had a pretty bad video connection. So I vowed to myself that next time I will make sure we have the best possible quality of production I can deliver. And here we are today with my first cinema-wide 4k interview ever, which we shot at Robert J. Sawyer’s penthouse. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

During our 60 min discussion with Robert J. Sawyer we cover a variety of interesting topics such as: what Quantum Night is all about; the Philosopher’s Zombie phenomenon and the Penrose-Hameroff Orch OR Quantum Theory of Consciousness; why he keeps situating his novels in Canada; why good science fiction is about ethics and social commentary; the 2018 bicentennial anniversary science fiction party…

My favorite quotes that I will take away from this interview with Robert J. Sawyer are:

Canada is “the bridge of the Enterprise writ large.”

“There is nothing inherently unknowable.”

As always you can listen to or download the audio file above or scroll down and watch the video interview in full. To show your support you can write a review on iTunes or make a donation.

Who is Robert J. Sawyer?

Robert J Sawyer skullRobert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers in history — and the only Canadian — to win all three of the world’s top Science Fiction awards for best novel of the year: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (the full list of such winners: Paolo Bacigalupi, David Brin, Arthur C. Clarke, Joe Haldeman, Frederik Pohl, Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert J. Sawyer, and Connie Willis), and he’s the first author in thirty years to receive a Lifetime Achievement Aurora Award.

Rob is also an award-winning scriptwriter and an in-demand keynote speaker.

“Robert J. Sawyer is just about the best science fiction writer out there these days.” —Denver Rocky Mountain News

“Robert J. Sawyer is by any measure one of the world’s leading (and most interesting) science-fiction writers.” —The Globe and Mail

“Robert J. Sawyer is a writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation.” —The New York Times

“Robert J. Sawyer is the science fiction genre’s northern star — in fact, one of the hottest SF writers anywhere. By any reckoning Sawyer is among the most successful Canadian authors ever.” —Maclean’s: Canada’s Weekly Newsmagazine

“Robert J. Sawyer is on a par with giants like Asimov and Heinlein — and, perhaps more than any other science fiction writer working today, he understands that it’s a genre about ideas.” —Mystery News

“Robert J. Sawyer is one of the most popular and successful science fiction authors in the world today.” —Philosophy Now

“Robert J. Sawyer is one of the foremost science fiction writers of our generation.” —SF Site

“Robert J. Sawyer is the leader of SF’s next-generation pack.” —Barnes and Noble

“Robert J. Sawyer is one of the world’s most prominent science fiction writers.” —The Calgary Sun

“Robert J. Sawyer is arguably the world’s top science fiction writer.” —The Hamilton Spectator

“Robert J. Sawyer is the 21st century’s Asimov, Clarke and Heinlein, all in one.” —Ethical Society of Saint Louis

“Robert J. Sawyer is a highly successful and accomplished novelist, a gentle giant of a writer.” —The New York Review of Science Fiction

“Robert J. Sawyer is the dean of Canadian science fiction.” —CBC Radio

“Robert J. Sawyer is Canada’s leading SF author.” —Booklist

“Robert J. Sawyer is probably the best sci-fi writer Canada has ever produced.” —Planet S: Saskatoon’s City Magazine

“Robert J. Sawyer is Canada’s premier science fiction writer.” —Quill & Quire

“Robert J. Sawyer is the dean of Canadian science fiction.” —The Ottawa Citizen

 

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  • Greg

    His novel being based on Penrose-Hammeroff theory of consciousness will ensure I never read him. What a shame.

  • That’s too bad my friend because it will honestly be your loss. Plus, you are missing the main point on that issue he made during the interview: his job is not to write about the most scientifically probable theory, but about the most interesting and entertaining one. Anyway, check out his WWW trilogy we talked about in his previous interview for this one still my most favorite: https://www.singularityweblog.com/robert-j-sawyer-on-singularity-1-on-1-the-human-adventure-is-just-beginning/

  • CM Stewart

    Thank you, Mr. Sawyer and Socrates, for another riveting interview. Glad to hear both of your Canadian perspectives on American politics. The quote I found most compelling: “Science fiction is always about social commentary.” Also, “Socrates for Prime Minister!”

  • Hahaha, you are funny Cynthia 😉

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