Monthly Archives: February 2007

Idiot Telemarketers in Action, Part 13,772

(Phone Rings) Me: Hello? Idiot Telemarketer: Hello, I’m calling you from the U.S. Navy Veterans Association and — Me: Let me stop you right there and tell you to call back later, when my wife is at home. She handles all our charitable giving. Idiot Telemarketer: Well, I’m sure that you’re the better half, and […]

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Sundry Notes, 2/9/07

More little things: * Happy birthday to one of my favorite people on this or any other planet, Karen Meisner. For those of you who don’t know know here, Karen’s one big happy package of awesome. Those of you who know her know this already, of course. * Subterranean Press wants to remind reviewers and/or […]

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For Your Voting Pleasure: The 2007 Locus Poll & Survey

To vote for a Hugo, you have to be a member of that year’s Worldcon. To vote for a Nebula, you have to be a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. But to vote for a Locus Award? All you have to be is you. And you’re already you! Or were […]

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For Your Voting Pleasure: The 2007 Locus Poll & Survey

To vote for a Hugo, you have to be a member of that year’s Worldcon. To vote for a Nebula, you have to be a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. But to vote for a Locus Award? All you have to be is you. And you’re already you! Or were […]

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For Your Voting Pleasure: The 2007 Locus Poll & Survey

To vote for a Hugo, you have to be a member of that year’s Worldcon. To vote for a Nebula, you have to be a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. But to vote for a Locus Award? All you have to be is you. And you’re already you! Or were […]

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For Your Voting Pleasure: The 2007 Locus Poll & Survey

To vote for a Hugo, you have to be a member of that year’s Worldcon. To vote for a Nebula, you have to be a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. But to vote for a Locus Award? All you have to be is you. And you’re already you! Or were […]

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For Your Voting Pleasure: The 2007 Locus Poll & Survey

To vote for a Hugo, you have to be a member of that year’s Worldcon. To vote for a Nebula, you have to be a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. But to vote for a Locus Award? All you have to be is you. And you’re already you! Or were […]

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French Art, Bulgarian Sales

Not sure that I actually showed off the cover to the French-language version of Old Man’s War, so: Here it is. I don’t know if this is original art or art snitched from elsewhere; what’s going on in the artwork is close enough to an actual scene in the book that may be art done […]

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Sundry Notes, 2/8/07

Various small things: * My e-mail appears to well and truly screwed at the moment: no mail coming in or out. It’s the mail server. If you’ve sent me e-mail in the last few hours, I would recommend sending it again… after a few hours. If you’re planning to send me e-mail, wait. If you’re […]

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Something for the Computer Geeks

I’m looking at some of my usage stats, to see what browsers people are using (Mozilla: 39%; IE: 33%; Opera, Netscape, Safari: <4% each) and OS’s (Windows: 85%, Mac OS: 9.5%, Linux: 5%), and in the latter category I discover that here in 2007, there has been a single visit from someone running OS/2. OS/2! […]

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Small Town Life: One in a Series

So, Athena’s school has been canceled every day this week, twice because of cold and once (today) because of snow, and tomorrow and Friday the school day is going to be cut short at one o’clock because staff member at the school passed away and the family asked to have the viewing of the body […]

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Move Under Ground: Now in Convenient Creative Commons Form

Nick Mamatas, who co-wrote the short story “Who Put The Bomp?” which I published here (and which I keep flogging for your Hugo nomination consideration), has decided to take his debut novel, Move Under Ground, and make it available for free under a Creative Commons license. He has his reasons: The first is simply that […]

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Curing Teh Gayz — In Just Three Weeks!

There are going to be enough people out there who will point out the fundamental (heh) absurdity of declaring Ted Haggard cured of his taste for jock-seasoned meats that I’m not even going to bother with that. What I will say is that I found the following tidbit from Haggard’s recent e-mail to his former […]

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Snow! In Winter! Amazing!

The good news is that it’s no longer so cold that it can’t actually snow. On the other hand, well, we’ve got snow and lots of it — the first actual accumulation this winter — and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon. We’ll have to see if we’ll actually be able […]

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On Speaking Aloud

Mary Robinette Kowal, who did such a lovely job performing “The Sagan Diary,” writes up a piece about what happens when the words you’re reading don’t exactly trip off the tongue. And she includes an audio file to make the point. Fun and instructive!

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A Series of Casual Thoughts I Had While I Was Filling Out My Hugo Nomination Ballot and Looking at the Best Fan Writer Category

(Preface Note: The following entry will be all but incomprehensible to non-SF geeks. You’ve been warned) Initial Condition: Looking at the Best Fan Writer category on the Hugo Award nomination form —-First Thought: Who besides Dave Langford should get the award this year? ——-(Parenthetical thought: Not that Dave Langford isn’t a lovely fellow) Ameliorative Action: […]

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Holy Crap

At the moment, “The Sagan Diary” is at #262 #207 #194 #179 on Amazon and #12 #11 #9 #8 on its science fiction bestseller list. I guess people like the audio version. But with such truly fabulous readers involved, who can blame them. Thanks, folks. “Sagan” was a real experiment for me, and I’m really […]

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Speaking of TSD…

Literally a minute after I uploaded the audio version, the UPS dude showed up at the door with my own copies. This is the limited edition, which is all leathery and and has my signature and stuff, although I’ll admit having my own autographed copy of a Scalzi original is possibly less exciting for me […]

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The Sagan Diary: The Audio Version

I have something special for you today, and something I am extraordinarily proud of. To celebrate the release of “The Sagan Diary,” (which you can get through Subterranean’s Web site and through Amazon) I and Subterranean Press have arranged for a reading of the book — the entire novelette — here on the Whatever. But […]

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Whatever Down and Now Back Up

In case you were wondering why the hell the Whatever was down for four and a half hours — got me. It was a problem on the host provider side, not something I did. It wasn’t like I was sticking jam into my computer or anything. I alerted the host provider to the problem and […]

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