Monthly Archives: November 2006

Thank You [Insert Higher Power Here]

The Democrats are now officially projected to win at least 15 additional seats in the House of Representatives, which gives them control of the House. Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve achieved divided government. Everything else from this point forward this election night is just gravy. Rich, dark, satisfying gravy. Perfect for serving with a heaping portion […]

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The “Hell Yes, I Voted” Thread

I’ve voted today. Presuming you’re eligible to vote in the US, let me know when you have, too.

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A Small Plea to the Right: Vote Left in 2006

Dear Republicans: Here’s the thing. We’ve got ourselves a Republican President who likes to whiz all over the Constitution; really, he just likes to whip out Lil’ Dubya and make a splatter tinkle all over James Madison’s handiwork. Then he looks over to the Republican Congressional leadership, which says “that’s a right pretty tinkle, Mr. […]

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Here’s How Nuts It’s Getting Out There

I’m receiving robocalls. From Virginia. A state in which I haven’t lived for five years. It’s times like these that I wish every single political apparatchik in the land would spontaneously combust. Because I would be there. With marshmallows. Also, at the moment I’m drinking maple syrup. Because that’s the sort of day it is.

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Monica Schroeder — So Far

Hey folks, have I got a treat for you. Monica Schroeder is one of my favorite singers, on account that she’s got one of those fabulously rich and warm voices that make you just melt, and she’s got a brand new album out, called So Far, which is just absolutely terrific all the way through: […]

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An Interesting Editorial

A snippet of an editorial someone sent me a link to: …We think a vote that is seen—in America and the world at large—as a decisive “No” vote on the Bush presidency is the best outcome. We need not dwell on George W. Bush’s failed effort to jam a poorly disguised amnesty for illegal aliens […]

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One More Thing

Holy crap, look at these Ohio polling numbers for state offices and the US Senate. The story that accompanies those numbers is here. What would be really interesting is if all the Republican candidates won, 51 – 49%. If that happened, this building would probably be on fire before morning: That’s the head office for […]

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One More Thought Before My Brain Once More Collapses Like a Flan in a Cupboard

You know what’s nice to get? An e-mail from someone you truly like and respect, but who hasn’t read your books before, complimenting you on your writing. Not that I don’t like getting compliments on the writing from other people: Really, please feel free to pile on, because I might as well have a neon […]

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Catching Up on the Female Domination of Publishing

Interesting fact: Every single winner at last night’s World Fantasy Awards is a man. Clearly the female cabal dominating every facet of the publishing industry is trying to lull us men into a false sense of security. We must remain vigilant.

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Catching Up on Incompetent War Administration

Turns out in 1999 a simulation of an attack on Iraq suggested that we would need 400,000 troops to get it done — and even then there was a good chance that things would tip into chaos. As a reference point, currently we have 144,000 troops in Iraq, and things are a bit of a […]

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Catching Up on Evangelical Licentiousness

Ted Haggard officially removed as pastor for sexually immoral conduct: Since when is getting a massage sexually immoral? I mean, that’s all that happened, right? Hmmmm. I guess the church was no less convinced by that particular explanation than the rest of us. Personally I think the real issue here would have been not the […]

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Status Update Update

Okay, so, I slept about 20 hours yesterday. Yes, it was refreshing. Yes, I’m still sort of groggy. So don’t expect me to think deeply today, all right? Thanks.

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Status Report

Should be writing. Am mostly sleeping. Think I may be sick. Further updates as events warrant. Don’t expect much here this weekend. Saving strength for elections. Open thread.

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University of Chicago Magazine Article

My alumni magazine printed up an article on me for its November/December issue; the online version is here. I’m already getting e-mails from fellow U of C folks; fortunately none of them so far have said “Christ, you’ve gotten bald since the last time I saw you.” Although, generally speaking, that would be a true […]

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A Real Live Luke 6:42 Moment for Evangelical Christianity

A conversation here in the Scalzi household this morning: Krissy: So, what’s in the news? Me: The head of the largest evangelical Christian organization in the United States is accused of having a three-year-long adulterous affair with a man whore. (pause) Krissy: I’m sorry. I probably shouldn’t be laughing. Yes, well. Gobsmackingly ironic karmic retribution […]

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Election Analysis? Already?

I’ve gotten a few e-mails from folks asking me for my analysis on the election; basically my response to this is: Uh, shouldn’t we have the election first? It does seem like a lot of folks have either happily or bitterly said their bit on the election, but unless I’m stuck in some weird pocket […]

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The Last Colony Cover Art?

I just got an e-mail from someone mentioning that they’d seen the cover art of The Last Colony on Amazon.ca and that they’d liked it, and my reaction to that was “qua?” Because I didn’t know such a thing existed. But I went and checked Amazon.com, and sure enough: Thoughts: First, if you visit the […]

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In-Store Promotion

Jeff Hentosz sends along this picture of the sign promoting my appearance next week at the Barnes & Noble in Columbus’ Easton Town Center: I’m pretty sure the actual sheep are Photoshopped in. But it would be funny if they were not. And look at the attention to Photoshop detail — shadows and everything. It’s […]

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TAD Giveaway

Apparently someone is running a contest to give away a couple copies of The Android’s Dream. He’s not even making people beg cravenly, like I did. Slacker.

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Coke Zero Haytas

Okay, so, the comments on “My Appalling Lunch” have exposed a heretofore unknown sleeper cell of Coke Zero haytas around these here parts, and I’m here to tell you, all y’all just better step off on mocking my choice of no-calorie beverage. As Joe Rybicki notes in the comments, all true Colaheads (as opposed to […]

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