Monthly Archives: January 2007

Prelim Nebulas, Nortons and PKDs

For those of you with a science fiction bent, the Nebula Long List has been announced; from these ten books (and varying numbers of short fiction), the short list will be formed, after which the authors can truly call themselves Nebula nominees. For now, they can say “Dude! I’m on the Nebula long list!” I’m […]

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Broken-Hearted Books

Michael Berry, who reviewed Old Man’s War and The Ghost Brigades for the San Francisco Chronicle (and who put TGB on his holiday recommendations list), explains on his blog why he’s not reviewing The Android’s Dream for the Chron. Basically it comes down to the fact he can’t review every single thing I write if […]

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2007 Author Interviews: A Reminder

I just want to remind authors and editors and publicists that I will be firing up the 2007 round of author interviews, which will be given a loving spotlight on my AOL Journal By The Way, and also promoted here on Whatever, thus harnessing the insanely ginormous publicity power of two — two! — blogs […]

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Official Request: Don’t Taunt the Ohioans.

As basically the only person in the entire state of Ohio who doesn’t actually give a crap about Ohio State football (born and raised in California, remember?), it falls upon me to make the following request: Don’t bring up the game, folks. My entire state doesn’t want to talk about it. Like, really. And probably […]

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Some Nice News for The Last Colony

My tireless network of spies tells me that The Last Colony will be the main science fiction selection of the Science Fiction Book Club in the June mailing (which will go out in May, which is, of course, when the book will be generally released). This is indeed a good thing. Thanks, SFBC!

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Housekeeping

Just a couple of housekeeping notes: * Astute observers of the Whatever will note that the band of color on the left side of the page, which was apparently loathed by many, has been replaced by something a bit more monochromatic but which, I must admit, is at least slightly easier on the eyes. See? […]

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Rats! The Size of Buses!

This is probably my favorite picture from my New York trip. The rat was up as a way for a union to protest some company that, apparently, was engaging in unfair labor practices; not content to have its members protest, it also brought an inflatable rat to the proceedings. I wonder if you need a […]

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In The Air Tonight

No, I’m not channeling Phil Collins, just noting I’ll be flying back home tonight and will be back in Ohio tomorrow. Stay strong until then. And in the meantime, one more open thread, with the following starter topic: You can ban one overexposed artist/song from radio for ten years. Which artist/song is it? You may […]

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Ping and Pimp

Hey there. I’m in Jersey now, hanging out with my friend Shara and basically taking a breather from all the running about of the last couple of days. The plan at the moment is to collapse on a couch and read a book. Maybe two! Because I’m just that way. And, uh, that’s that for […]

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Here, Have an Open Thread.

Because I’ll be wandering around NYC today and won’t get back here until evening. Topic suggestion: The damnedest thing you ever did see — tell us about it.

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Pretty, Pretty, Shiny, Shiny

Look what I got in my hot little hands today: It smells nice, too. I also signed an ARC to be part of the Mike Ford Auction at Boskone, so if you want a sneak preview, now you have an excuse to attend that particular SF convention and bid. And since I plan to be […]

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Smacking Around the Bigots, the Jeffersonian Way

Just briefly: U.S. Representative Keith Ellison taking the oath of office and swearing to uphold the Constitution on a Koran previously owned by Thomas Jefferson? That’s genius, man. That’s like stuffing Dennis Prager and Virgil Goode into a trash can, and then rolling the trash can down a steep hill, and then when poor dizzy […]

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New York City is Kicking My Ass

How did I spend my first night in the Big Apple? By falling dead asleep before 10pm, that’s how. I got back from my hotel room after having dinner with some college friends, got my laptop and set it down with me on the bed, and then wham, lights out. Clearly someone put something in […]

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Made It.

New York is my shiny, shiny bauble now. Bwa ha ha ha ha!

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Check Out the 1/8/07 Issue of the New Yorker

The cover is by Ivan Brunetti, who was a friend of mine in college. I saw it while I was looking for magazines in the airport. I bought it and showed it off to the cashier. She said, “It’s nice when people we know do well.” Yes. Yes it is. I’m still at the airport, […]

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Off to NYC

No, not right this very second. It’s 12:30 am. I need to sleep first. But I do have a relatively early flight, so I’m not likely to update again until I’m in NYC. As noted earlier, don’t expect a huge amount of updating over the next few days, since I’m not flying to NYC to […]

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Mike Ford Auction; TAD Speaks!

Two late-breaking bits for you on this second day of January: Deb Geisler alerts me to a Mike Ford Memorial Auction & Extravaganza which will be held on the Friday night of Boskone, in February. The auction in his memory will go to benefit the John M. Ford Memorial Book Endowment, which benefits the Minneapolis […]

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Start Spreading the News, etc.

Those of you getting used to the whole “look, Scalzi’s updating 48,000 a day” thing, prepare for disappointment; tomorrow through Sunday I’m traveling and will update somewhat less frequently, and then once I get back I have to, you know, start making money again. So things will probably get back to their normal “update a […]

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TAD Bookgasm Review & Explorations Top 10 List

Last week, the lit site Bookgasm listed The Android’s Dream as one of their top five science fiction books of 2006; now they’ve posted the actual review of the book. Unsurprisingly, given the previous accolade, it’s a pretty nice review: John Scalzi has created a book that’s as thrilling as Robert Ludlum in his prime, […]

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TAD Bookgasm Review & Explorations Top 10 List

Last week, the lit site Bookgasm listed The Android’s Dream as one of their top five science fiction books of 2006; now they’ve posted the actual review of the book. Unsurprisingly, given the previous accolade, it’s a pretty nice review: John Scalzi has created a book that’s as thrilling as Robert Ludlum in his prime, […]

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