Monthly Archives: February 2006

Boskonery

I had a fine time at Boskone, although in retrospect I think I may have overscheduled myself just a bit: Five panels, one reading, one autographing session and one kaffeklatsch (the attendees of which — Christopher Davis and Lanna Lee Maheux-Quinn — you can see above, minus Charlie Stross, who swung by the table to […]

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Back From Boston, Briefly; Also, New Interview

I’m back from Boskone, and I had a truly excellent time, except for the last part, in which my airline did not have my reservation anywhere in its system and I had to run around Boston Logan trying to fix it. Lots of exercise and I did get home, but on the other hand I […]

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Off to Boston

I’m headed to Boskone — I may or may not update while I’m there. For those of you attending, here’s my schedule; for the rest of you, have a great weekend.

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Quick Review Linkage Plus Web Designer Recommendations Needed

I wrote up a longer piece but then the power went out briefly and now I simply don’t have the patience to redo the whole damn thing. So, instead, some quick review links: * A very nice review of Old Man’s War in the San Diego Union: “John Scalzi writes well, and very well, and […]

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Conversations With My Daughter, Thursday Edition.

From this morning, as I was driving her to school. Me: So you know I’ll be gone this weekend, right? Athena: Yes. Where will you be going? Me: Boston. Athena: Where’s that? Me: It’s in Massachusetts. Athena: Masschusetts! Are you going to divorce mommy and marry a boy? Me: What? No. Athena: Why not? Me: […]

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Your Hugo/Campbell Recommendations

I’ve got a magazine story to finish today so I can’t hang around here, but in my absence I thought I’d give you all something to do, particularly those of you who are (or wish to be) science fiction geeks. My request: Give your recommendations for the Hugo and Campbell Awards for 2005. For those […]

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Ohio Board of Education Picks Up Clue, Sprints

Now I have one less reason to believe the State of Ohio is planning to make my child intentionally ignorant: COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio school board voted Tuesday to eliminate a passage in the state’s science standards that critics said opened the door to the teaching of intelligent design. The Ohio Board of Education […]

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I Can See For Miles and Miles

They say you never forget your first telescope. Here’s Athena’s, a tiny Meade I got on clearance from Radio Shack as a Valentine’s Day present. And yes, she’s very excited about it. We’re going to go out and look at the moon tonight. A full moon is in fact not the best way to see […]

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Oh —

Before I forget, I did one of those Johari Windows thingies. I set it up for the folks over at AOL Journals, but there’s no reason you can’t tell me what you think about me, too. Yes, I realize that some of you read By The Way as well as Whatever, so you’d already know […]

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Reviews Aggregator

I’m trying to jam through stuff so I can get out of here to have Valentine’s Day lunch with my wife, so rather than stretching out a bunch of new reviews across several ego-gratifying entries, I’m just going to pile them into one entry. First, a nice review of The Ghost Brigades in Library Journal, […]

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Scalzi Sells Out to Sprint and the Chinese, and Other Tales

Behold my new toy, which is a cell phone that I received for free, along with six months service with all the bells and whistles, for no better reason than apparently someone at Sprint wandered by the Whatever and decided I was cool enough to give a free phone to. Now, the actual reason is […]

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Writing Tips for Non-Writers Who Don’t Want to Work at Writing

A writing question: What writing tips would you whisper to those who aren’t aspiring professionals, but would like to write better? If I asked you about losing weight and you said “Diet and Exercise” you’d be a) correct and b) ignored. So no ideas that take work. We want the quick fix! Tips like “Edit […]

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Clean Office, Clean Mind

Krissy did one of her occasional clean-ups of my office environment and then demanded I take a photo as verification that, indeed, the room was spotless. So here you are: My spotless office. One part of me feels ashamed that my entropic tendencies drive my wife into a cleaning frenzy, but another part of me […]

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Autographed Copies

Ever since I left that e-mail address on Amazon I’ve been getting an increasing number of questions on how to get autographed copies of books from me, so here’s yet another entry I’m writing so I’ll have something to point people to. Here goes. First, yes, I am happy to sign books. What, are you […]

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The John Scalzi Agent FAQ

I’m getting a lot of questions about agents recently, so to avoid having to repeat myself multiple times I’m going to create this entry so I can point people to it when they ask me agentorial questions. Hopefully this will cover most of the basic questions, but if there are questions I don’t cover that […]

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When Stupid People Won’t Shut Up

Poor NASA whipping boy George Deutsch. He’s the only one at that agency who would stand up for truth! In the interview, Mr. Deutsch said that Dr. Hansen had partisan ties “all the way up to the top of the Democratic Party,” and that he was “using those ties and using his media connections to […]

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The Power of Petey Compels You!

Aaaaiiee! It’s Petey, the wrathful seven-foot cockatoo! Bow down before his mighty beak! (This picture makes a lot more sense if you read the comment thread here.) Naturally, the music to go along with this picture would have to be from Hatebeak, the only death metal group in history fronted by a parrot. Enjoy the […]

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Achieving Bookosity

What’s that smell? Why, it’s the toasty, buttery scent of author copies, fresh from the FedEx truck! They’re booktastic! More to the point, the fact I have my copies means that although it’s debatable that The Ghost Brigades is going to show up soon at bookstore near me, given that my local bookseller didn’t bother […]

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The Looney Tunes Characters Will Soon Be Looking For Work

Yes, yes, I know. Serious topic. But come on. You can’t tell me some of the headline writers at CNN weren’t chortling to themselves when one of them wrote that.

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TGB Review at SFSignal

It’s a thumbs-up: The Ghost Brigades proves that his awesome 2005 debut, Old Man’s War, was no fluke… It’s hard to not like a story when it’s obvious in the writing that the author is having so much fun with it. It’s true that I had fun writing this one; I like making things up […]

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