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Prisoners of Gravity
Prisoners of Gravity was the most thoughtful and creative television program ever produced anywhere in the world about the literature of science fiction, and it was a substantial Canadian success story. In first-run, it was one of the most popular series on its originating network, TVOntario, lasting for five seasons and 139 installments; it also ran on several PBS stations.
Among the program's many honors were:
All of the author videos included on Grolier's CD-ROM version of John Clute and Peter Nicholls's Encyclopedia of Science Fiction are actually clips from Prisoners of Gravity.
"In 139 episodes of Prisoners of Gravity, the one guest we would tape for 30 minutes and have all 30 minutes end up on the air was Rob Sawyer. When we needed a quote on a subject, we'd phone him up, he'd come boogying down to our studio, give us twelve pithy quotes, and go home again."
"Robert J. Sawyer made more appearances on Prisoners of Gravity than any other guest more often than Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, or William Gibson. I have interviewed over 600 writers, and Rob is one of the most thoughtful, provocative, and articulate. He has a degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University, and he knows how to deliver what producers want. This knowledge of media, coupled with his wide-ranging and thorough grasp of science and science fiction, makes him an ideal guest. Rob's real gift is the ability to find the most compelling and correct metaphor, guiding viewers effortlessly through a landscape they might otherwise find forbidding or inaccessible. I have repeatedly recommended Mr. Sawyer to producers with the CBC, Discovery, and CTV, and many have called me back to thank me for his name."
Robert J. Sawyer was the most frequent guest on Prisoners of Gravity, making a total of sixteen appearances more than anyone else in the program's history (and, indeed, he was the final guest interviewed on the final installment of the series, an episode on "Evolution"). Rob was the only interview subject to be invited to the series' wrap party at TVOntario. He appeared in the following installments: