The Scalzi/Doctorow Mashup You’ve All Been Waiting For

Update: video is down. I expect they’re fixing the sound/video disconnect in the last part. I’ll repost when it’s fixed. Fixed!

Last month Cory Doctorow and I met in Chicago — to fight crime! — and also to sit down and interview each other about our respective upcoming books, Little Brother and Zoe’s Tale. And then the video production crew went a little nuts:

I like this a lot, except that it really accentuates the fact that I’m going to be a jowly bastard sooner or later. Because I just got a YMCA membership, perhaps later. Because I’m about to eat six cheeseburger mini-rolls for lunch, perhaps sooner. We’ll just have to see.

If you like this, I hear rumors of an expanded version when Zoe’s Tale hits shelves. So, see. Now you have something to live for between now and August 19.

39 Comments on “The Scalzi/Doctorow Mashup You’ve All Been Waiting For”

  1. That’s the best of all possible worlds!

    Note: I think the video and sound go out of sync a bit at the end. I’ve let the appropriate folks know.

  2. John,

    Any luck Zoe’s tale is going to be available in ebook format right at release? Kindle? Mobipocket? Two tin cans and morse code?

  3. ps-Are you legally obligated to use a word like “mashup” (or copyfight or post-scarcity etc) if Cory is mentioned in a blog post?

  4. Fun video, but there’s something that really bothers me about it. Do Scalzi and Doctorow have too much hair, or not enough? I can’t decide! Help!

  5. The Scalzi Evilness continues.
    Tempting us to click a button so he can get even more money from the advertise….
    He’s Evil anyway!!!

  6. Assuming the video is back up sometime, is it spoiler free or should spoilerphobes like me avoid it?

  7. I was still able to view the video, but the audio does go out of sync in the last minute or two.

  8. Am I the only moron who is getting “Sorry, you’re a loser and this video has been removed?” When I try to access it directly from the site, it won’t play either.


  9. No longer available! First a post on plagiarism, then a post with an example of play-with-us-giarism.

  10. I have a copy of the video (I always download youtube videos because I’m not a native English speaker and sometime I need to listen again certain sentences, and I hate the slider in the flash player is all but precise), but I suspect that it’s being replaced as per #2. It works well here, however, no desync.

  11. I suspect it was taken down to fix syncing problems. I’ll repost it when it’s fixed.

  12. Shawn, is Doctorow on Scalzi. I didn’t know men could do those things. I almost clawed out my eyes at minutes 2:20.

    Want a screenshot?

  13. I hate to repeat myself, but are there spoilers in the video or is it safe for spoiler haters to watch?

  14. Neal@26 & 12:

    Looks like general plot spoilers, I couldn’t discern any details that would be spoilers. Unless Scalzi’s just a hack.

  15. There’s nothing in the video I haven’t talked about here before, and there’s nothing spoilery about Cory’s part. I don’t think it’s spoilery at all, really.

  16. Your voice is higher than I was expecting.

    This has happened before to me; I read someone on the net for a while, then finally hear a clip of their voice, and they seem like a half an octave higher than I imagined them. Happens with both males and females. I wonder why.

  17. Hahahahah!

    The 16 year old girl segment is comedy gold. Although I’m going to need some mental Clorox to rid myself of the images involving flowery apparel.

  18. So this Doctorow/Scalzi video was nothing like what I have been pinning for all these years, but it’s a good start. A guy can always hope!

  19. I especially enjoyed the tribute to the SF classic “The Thing With Two Heads.” The only thing missing was Rosey Grier.

  20. I think you need to play that chorus-singing-while-hitting-anvils sound whenever you or Cory take the stage or speak on a panel or just sit down to dinner.

    Or, at the very least, Tor could release that sound bite as a ring tone, thus ensuring the complete destruction of Crazy Frog.

  21. The sound is still a little dodgy (some mastering would go a long way) but I don’tcaredon’tcaredon’tcare! It makes me so happy, two of my favorite authors being all Terry-Gilliam-animated together.

    I DO wish, though that you wouldn’t wear Ugg boots. They just SCREAM skank.

    Also, I can finally show my husband how funny you are, since he was lame and didn’t come to the Books & Co. signing.

  22. Oh em gee, I rarely leave comments, but this video was so much fun I had to! But yes…does we have anything yet that can scrub minds?

    Just kidding. :P

  23. John,

    The flowery hat looks almost good on you as well as the purse, BUT the boots have to go…

    Well lets see…we have pictures of your shaved head and now with hair and a beard…..hmmmmm I know… lets see what you look like with no hair and a beard (full) and then without the hairy lip. Personnaly I think you look better without the hair or wear a hat.

    The Bacon cat schtick was funny as well as the plastic cup bit.

  24. I saw it first on BoingBoing (which happens to be a tab to the left of Whatever in my morning reading) – it was full of goodness. And baconcat is now famous to a whole new set of viewers.

    I really liked the idea of pairing author interviews and letting the production crew crew go nuts. Think Tor will produce more?

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