DEAR BURBANK STOP
THIS IS JOHN SCALZI STOP
I AM WRITING YOU FROM A FUTURE WHERE THE INTERNET EXPLODED AND THERE ARE ONLY TELEGRAPHS STOP
IT’S A HORRIBLE FUTURE STOP
BADGERS RULE US ALL STOP
BUT OUR SCIENTISTS (WHAT FEW REMAIN) SAY WE CAN AVOID THIS STOP
ALL IT REQUIRES IS THAT YOU ALL GO TO MY READING TOMORROW JUNE 13 AT 7 AT THE BURBANK CENTRAL LIBRARY STOP
YES ALL OF YOU STOP
IT’S THE ONLY WAY TO BE SURE STOP
PLEASE I BEG YOU THIS FUTURE SUCKS STOP
ONLY YOU CAN SAVE US STOP
OH GOD THE BADGERS ARE COMING THROUGH THE WALLS STOP
It’s chugging along very nicely as far as I can tell. I don’t yet have any actual numbers to report, but it’s been in Amazon’s top ten for science fiction for the whole week (both in physical and eBook versions) and the audiobook has been in Audible.com’s top ten of all titles since it came out. The turnout for the tour events so far has also been heartening too, and the people who have been showing up to the events have been making booksellers happy by buying books at the stores, so thank you for that, folks. I appreciate you supporting the stores who have given space to me.
So far the reader response has been roughly 90% positive, and 10% deeply annoyed. To that ten percent: Sorry, guys. No one hits your happy spot every time. To the ninety percent: Really glad you’ve liked it.
If you did like it, I hope you’ll suggest it to your friends and folks you know. Tor has been doing a bang-up job promoting this book (he said, from the middle of a month-long book tour), but when it comes right down to it what makes a difference is people telling people about a book they really enjoyed. So, please, consider doing that.
And now, off for a plane to Los Angeles, and then to Pasadena with me.
Because he’s just that excited. And speaking as a man who owns a Kings jersey of his own (albeit from the Gretzky era), I can’t say that I am displeased, either.
Fun fact: The other fellow briefly seen in the video is our mutual friend Mykal Burns, who, aside from having been a guest blogger here a couple of years ago, is one of my oldest friends in the world, having known me since junior high. Hi, Mike!