Wil Wheaton: More Handsome Than Me

As you can see by this photo, taken by Galleycat’s Ron Hogan at BEA. If the two of us were, like, the Gen-X writer version of Wham!, I am so Andrew Ridgley.

The picture is illustrating a nice bit Ron did for Galleycat that covers some of my adventures at BEA, and also features some of the first third-party commenting on Zoe’s Tale, and also about Agent to the Stars:

They’re two very different projects—one’s a space opera, the other’s a Hollywood comedy with aliens—but reading them back to back on the redeye home from LA, I realized that one of the qualities I admire most about his fiction is his ability to ground serious moral and philosophical issues in the lives of interesting characters… Not to mention, these are the fourth and fifth novels in a row where he wrote scenes that almost made me cry, the big jerk.

This is true, incidentally. I can’t get through certain scenes in Zoe’s Tale without crying, and I’ve read them a hundred times each by now. Yes, yes. I’m a big fat cry-baby; even so. Prepare yourselves, is all I’m saying.

By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

50 replies on “Wil Wheaton: More Handsome Than Me”

I will happily admit that I cried while reading TSD. You just like toying with our fragile emotions, don’t you John, don’t you?!

Incidentally, did you poo in Wil’s cornflakes or something? He looks disturbed and you look very triumphant.

Coincidence? Mebbe not!

(Oh, and on a totally unrelated note, I spelled coincidence correctly on the first try. Go me!)

I keep forgetting Wil Wheaton is still around my age and will be until one of us is dead.

Cause in my mind’s eye he’s still the same age I was in junior high school….

Dang syndication anyway.

Yes, Alternative. Now you have seen them together.

But wait. You saw a picture (possibly altered) of someone who looks like John Scalzi, and claims to be him, standing with someone who looks like Wil Wheaton, and claims to be him. So, does this really blow your theory? Maybe, maybe not!

Another reason I love the novels of John Scalzi so much that I couldn’t quite work into that post — He’s the kind of writer who will spend a couple hundred pages building up a particular character as the novel’s resident asshole, then give that character one of the most emotionally powerful scenes in the story… and make it work.

Y’know, in that picture Wil Wheaton looks remarkably like my friend Dan. So I’m gonna email the picture to Dan and ask him just how did he manage to meet Scalzi and why didn’t he invite me along, dammit!

Scalzi, it’s no reflection on you whatsoever, but I feel obliged to point out that even though Peter O’Toole is 500 years old and made of tissue paper, I think he is still smokin’ hot.

I agree with Mike. When the heck did Wil start growing that beard? He’s OK when he’s clean-shaven, not bad with a goat, but that beard… Mmm… Yummy. Definitely more of a Riker look than a Wesley look!

But yes, we’ve already established that Wil is much hotter than you. The real question is: Which of you is a bigger nerd? You’re both major bloggers, you’re both writers… Wil wrote for Dungeon magazine, was the guest of honour at PAX, and is wearing a Minibosses T-shirt. You, on the other hand, write science fiction for a living. So… That’s a tough choice. There’s certainly enough geekery between the two of you to have warped local space and time… But in a good way. :-)

Scalzi, my wife says you don’t look to bad. For this I hate you.

Will looks good, too. Like a mature Wil Wheaton.

Can’t wait to read the new one. I NEED IT!!!

Wil Wheaton is still a few days or weeks younger than Jon Frakes was when he started playing Riker with a beard.

I second the motion for a Jessica Harper photo, preferably one from Inserts.

Chang @ 29, I just finished it. I laughed, I cried (often) and a couple times I snorted with laughter. I was forced to hide in my office so my staff didn’t see me crying.
Zoe’s a fantastic character. And I loved the book. (See, this is why I don’t write reviews.) I’m an inarticulate mass of “OMG You must read this book!”
And now I’m off to re-read Old Man’s War.

I cannot wait for “Zoe’s Tale.” I still need to read “The Last Colony,” as I can’t find it in stores but will wait for the paperback this summer.

I am so glad to see this posting. My wife sent me a link to her favorite knitting blog, with the claim that the Yarn Harlot stalking Shatner and Nimoy was way cooler than the nerdy stuff I’m always talking about. I tried explaining to her that if John Scalzi had a sock he was knitting, he would have snapped a couple of pictures of Wil wearing said socks. And the pictures would have been way better resolution.

Come on people! It’s not about the looks! It’s about the intelligence! Can’t you see the intelligence seething from their eyes?

Damn you for making me feel old. I read your post and my first thought was not “who’s Andrew Ridgley” (which would have made me feel much better). it was “Andrew Ridgley had much longer hair.”

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