42 was a pretty good year for me, I have to say; I did some good work, made the acquaintance (or better acquaintance) of some excellent people, and got to see a bit of the world. Let’s see what 43 has in store.

In other news, today is my birthday and I am also doing an appearance at the Massachusetts Library Association and I am also traveling back home so I will be able to share at least a tiny sliver of today with the family. All of which is to say I am mostly taking the day off from here. See you tomorrow!

127 Comments on “43

  1. Happy Birthday! Please accept this heartfelt sentiment in lieu of an expensive present!

  2. Happy Birthday! I’ll wish you a belated birthday in person next weekend at the Nebula Weekend book signing- I’m so excited! And I won an ARC of Redshirts from Tor.com (which I hope you can sign) and I wanted to let you know that I LOVED it. It was sharp and funny and unexpectedly moving. Thank you for all your work and for sharing it with us.

  3. Happy birthday, John! It sounds like you’re enjoying it. Good for you. I’m sure the next year will be as good as or better than the last one.

  4. Happy B-day! I’m 43 as well. I REALLY, REALLY miss being 33, though.

  5. Happy Birthday. I, also, turn 43 this year.

  6. Happy birthday, John! But, wait a minute, you are no longer the answer. Is this at all troubling?

  7. Ron Mitchell:

    Sadly, I was never the answer. I’d like to think I’m part of the solution, however.

  8. Happy Birthday John! In my opinion, 43 was a pretty good year. Hope yours is too!

  9. As was the case when you were 41, and shall again be the case when you are 47, this is One of the Prime Years of Your Life.

  10. Happy Birthday! As you are about 1 month older than me, I look to you to see what turning 43 will be like!

  11. Happy birthday. Hope your day is more magnificent than a horde of monkeys riding on a fleet of flying seal panda hybrids that fart out delicious apple pies.

  12. Happy Birthday! It is my youngest’s birthday too. He is 8.

  13. Happy birthday, and here’s hoping this year is even better for you.

  14. Hope your travel is smooth, your appearance goes well, and you have a great birthday with the family, John.

  15. Happy Birthday! I’m a decade + one day ahead of you. The road ahead looks pretty good. Enjoy!

  16. Have a very happy birthday! May it be filled with cake! Or pie! Or both!

  17. Happy Birthday to You My Favorite Little Brother!!!

  18. Happy birthday, Mr Scalzi (and appropriately, on the 43rd comment).

  19. Happy birthday, Mr. Scalzi. It was a pleasure to meet you on your book tour this last year.
    Best to you and your family in the coming year.

  20. Happy Birthday John. I hope this year brings you fabulous success and tank-driving unicorns.

    Can’t wait to read Red Shirts… bring it on.

  21. Hope your 43 is better than mine was. That’s the year my wife invited me to seek alternate living arrangements.

  22. Happy Birthday, John. It just doesn’t seem like you should be that OLD, son! Love, Mom

  23. Happy birthday John. Thanks for stickin around another year :)

  24. Happy birthday! *toots party horn, throws confetti* I hope it’s a very good year.

  25. Happy birthday, you young whippersnapper. Enjoy!

  26. Things to look forward to in your new year:
    Read glasses become more and more attractive.
    That weight you took off because strangely harder to keep off.
    WTF! Is that more grey hair? And why is it growing there?

    Happy Birthday and Many More

  27. Lang zal ze leven
    Lang zal ze leven
    Lang zal ze leven in de gloria
    In de gloria, in de gloria
    Hieperdepiep Hoera!!
    (That’s the dutch birthday song.)
    I turned 43 back in March– so far, so good. Happy Birthday!

  28. ♪♫Happy Birthday to Yooooooouuuuuuuuu!♪♫

  29. Happy birthday, John! Hope it is a good one.

  30. Have a fabulous birthday, John! Thanks, as always, for the great blog. Wishing you a year filled with happiness.

  31. I cannot think of a better way to celebrate one’s birthday. Well done and many happy returns, John.

  32. I knew something was missing from my morning!
    Very best wishes to you, hope this orbit will be interesting, productive and followed by many more – each different but better.


  33. Happy Birthday, John! And many happy returns of the day!

  34. Happy birthday and many, many more! Thank you for your books and Whatever! Greetings from Germany.

  35. Your resemblance to Lopsided Cat becomes more pronounced each year. Many happy returns of the day.

  36. Many happy returns to one of my favorite writers.

  37. Congratulations and Salutations!

    You caught me up again man!

    ….and, you’re no longer “The answer…..” (Oh, I see, you have already answered that… But you know, what? My whole circle of Geeky friends? They all had to endure that joke, so there it is.)

  38. Happy Birthday to you, and all the best to lord Zeus as well… he…in his heavenly abode.

  39. Happy birthday :-)
    A small good news from Hungary: The Old Man’s War print arrived to the market, and looking stunningly fabulous: http://www.agavebolt.com/663-venek-haboruja.html

    Anyone interested (in such an exotic language ;-) and unable to order, just let me know, I will help. We can discuss even a possibility of a Kindle edition of the Hungarian text as well.

  40. So, any chance of you and Rick Santorum having a joint celebration?

  41. Happy Birthday and have a very good year!

  42. Happy Birthday! Glad you get to spend a bit of it with your family. Have an extra piece of cake, preferably one with lots of icing on it.

  43. Many happy returns, you fine Scalzi of a man. Remember: we do not stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing. Now go hit that ukulele!

  44. Happy Birthday! I’m just about to hit 42 myself, so I hope it’ll treat me as well as it seems to have treated you.

  45. You. With the beard! Happy birthday, sir! Have many more.

    Specifically so I can remain entertained ;)

  46. You wear it well, sir. Long may you continue to do so.

  47. Almost too late! Happy birthday, young Scalzi! (I can say this, I’m much older than you are.) Gratitude to you for all the good words and good works. Many more, please!

  48. Happy Birthday & thank you again for offering one of the rare places on the internet where civility & intelligence (mostly) reign.

  49. And the winner of the Wil Wheaton lookalike contest is …

  50. Congratulations on your recent trip around the sun. Hope you stick around for more frequent flyer miles!!!

  51. Happy belated B-Day!

    I was on a self-enforced internet blackout yesterday for productivity reasons, so I’m sending you best wishes for another trip round the sun through the Time Tunnel to yesterday.

  52. Happy Belated Birthday John! 43 isn’t a bad number. This should be a prime year for you.

  53. Happy Belated Birthday, John! I remember 43, people were beginning to think about the Y2K problem.

  54. Happy Birthday John. I’ll be joining at the fine age of 43 tomorrow.

  55. Yesterday I was between computers, but happy belated birthday. Hope you had a good one!

  56. Happy, er, embarrassingly belated birthday!