Monthly Archives: December 2005

Snowfall, With Dog, in Motion.

I should note the night was pretty damn black when I took this picture; this particular picture was both taken with a very long exposure (we’re talking at least twenty seconds) and then fiddled with in Photoshop. Which is to say it is not actually representative of reality. Which was black. Except the parts that […]

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Christopher Robin is Out There in the Woods

As part of a barrel-full of Winnie the Pooh anniversary events, Disney is working on a new animated series that will replace Christopher Robin with a 6-year-old girl. “We got raised eyebrows even in-house at first, but the feeling was these timeless characters really needed a breath of fresh air that only the introduction of […]

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Let’s Judge Now

Quick note about the “Buchanan Vs. Bush” thing: In the comments, there have been a couple of folks who have suggested that it’s not appropriate to start gauging how bad or good Bush is because, among other things, his administration is still in process and because we don’t have sufficient perspective on how his administration […]

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Sweet

Hey, look what shows up when you type “Christmas Specials” into Google. And it’s number two on “Holiday Specials”! And isn’t that every boy’s dream? (In fact, it’s no boy’s dream. Even so.)

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Standing Up for Dubya, Such As It Is

People here know I am no big fan of George Bush, but you know, I try to be fair to the man. This is why I’m going to defend him from this: James Buchanan, the 15th president, is generally considered the worst president in history… he was a confused, indecisive president, who may have made […]

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Final Subterranean Magazine Submissions Post

Okay, all the acceptances and rejections for Subterranean Magazine’s "Big Honkin’ Science Fiction Cliche" Issue are now officially out. If you submitted a story and you haven’t gotten a rejection notice by, say, Wednesday (I’ve heard from all of those whose stories have been accepted), you can go ahead and e-mail me, at which point, […]

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Sigh

Bird Flu: "When it comes to a pandemic, we are overdue and we are underprepared." 9/11 Panel: "Commission members gave the government ‘more F’s than A’s‘ among the 41 grades measuring progress on security recommendations they issued last year. Iraq: "Iraqi Vice President Ghazi al-Yawer disputed contentions by U.S. officials, including President Bush, that the […]

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Adventures in Nucleation

My stars! What does that maniacally laughing small child plan to do with that Coke and those Mentos? Just you wait! Shhh. Don’t tell Krissy. 

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Over the Wires

A story on my recent Tor deal at SciFi Wire. Enjoy in all its self-referential linkability!

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Things You Can’t Tell About a Guy By Looking At Him

I see this picture a lot online. Not here on this site, but on other sites, where people have snatched it from here and not bothered to change the picture URL, so it shows up in my log files. The picture usually accompanies some snatch of text that chuckles to itself about how some red-state […]

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Submitting Elsewhere

A question from one of the folks who submitted to the cliche issue of Subterranean, but whose work I passed on: So having our work regretfully rejected, we dust it off and re-submit to another market. The problem is that these are pieces written with a specific theme for a specific market, i.e. the Big […]

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Interesting Data Point

Amount of time it takes from the moment you mail out an acceptance note to the moment a post declaring the news hits LiveJournal: roughly 30 minutes. Or thereabouts.

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Christmas Reruns

Just as an FYI, I’ve posted two of the three Christmas stories I wrote a couple of years up on a "miscellaneous" blog here at Scalzi.com. The first of these is a poem called "Jackie Jones and Melrose Mandy," in which a spoiled little girl learns there’s more to life than getting everything you want, […]

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How To Tell SF from F

Uh-oh. Just when we least expected it, a seminar on genre theory broke out online! It’s about what the difference between science fiction and fantasy really is. Call me unbearably shallow, but here’s how you know the difference. You walk up to the main character of the story in question and say: "Hey! Main character! […]

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Subterranean Magazine Submissions Update

This is a general update re: submissions to the Subterranean Magazine "Big Honkin’ Cliche" Issue, so please feel free to spread it around to all the folks you know are interested. I’ve had a month to through material a second (and in some cases third) time, so in general I have a pretty good idea […]

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How Not to Plagiarize

I’m reading with interest this story about writer Brad Vice, who won a literary award and published a collection of short stories and then had the former revoked and the press run of the latter pulped when someone noticed that, hey, there’s a short story here that seems at least partially written by another writer. […]

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