Monthly Archives: March 2008

Be Serious, Now

Does anyone really think Hillary Clinton is going to leave the race if she blows it in both Ohio and Texas tomorrow? Really? How can she possibly usurp at the convention if she’s not still in the race? That would be madness! Heh. Sorry. My expectation at this point is that Obama wins Texas, Clinton […]

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One-Hit Lit

Over at Whateveresque, they’re having a conversation on literary “One Hit Wonders” — folks who had one interesting/impressive book, and then just sort of dropped off the face of the earth. I myself offered up as an example Barry Hughart, who wrote the absolutely wonderful and World Fantasy Award-winning Bridge of Birds, but then had […]

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Speaking of Auctions

Subterranean Press was doing inventory and came across a lettered edition copy of Agent to the Stars (it comes with its own tray case, even) and has decided to auction it off. This is the book that people are trying to sell for $1000, and SubPress’ opening asking price is $9.95. So, you know. A […]

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Scheduled Downtime

As a head’s up for folks: Early Wednesday morning (Eastern time) my host provider is going to be doing upgrades to its servers, including the one Scalzi.com is on, so it’s possible Whatever will be inaccessible for at least some part of that time. So if you can’t reach the site during that time, don’t […]

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In Which I Pull a Little Bit of Rank

In the wake of posting my sales increases in the week after the OMW eBook giveaway, I’ve been seeing some triumphalist posts from tech heads pointing to the post as further example of how free eBooks are the way to go with publicity, etc. I don’t have any problem with this (although, as I noted […]

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Shaming the Poor

One of the things that I’ve come to expect whenever I write about poverty here in the US is that there will inevitably be people in the comment threads who are under the impression that the best thing to do with the poor, if we must be obliged not to let them starve, is to […]

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Today is a Whateveresque Registration Day

If you wanted to sign up for an account at Whateveresque but hadn’t done so yet, you have 24 hours (from 3:40 pm Eastern 3/1 until 3:40 pm Eastern 3/2) to register before I close down registration again. I’ll open registration again on 3/15. Note there may be a delay between your registration and my […]

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Oh, Look, I’m Interviewed

If you’ve got about 40 minutes to burn, there’s a podcast interview featuring me at Mur Lafferty’s I Should Be Writing blog. In it, interviewer Christopher Lester gets to experience me when I am well and truly overcaffeinated at the ConFusion convention last January. I opine on day jobs, humor in science fiction, the Best […]

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The Social Stigma of Getting Free Lunch

Back when I wrote “Being Poor” I noted “Being poor is going to the restroom before you get in the school lunch line so your friends will be ahead of you and won’t hear you say ‘I get free lunch’ when you get to the cashier.” This was based on my own experience being in […]

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