Monthly Archives: July 2008

I Cannot Deny It

Reader Dave Post sends along this “fact” about me: Very few people are aware that John Scalzi had a bit part in Starship Troopers.  Sadly, he got cut in the final edit.  He quit acting shortly thereafter. And yes, there’s art: I’d just like to say that, yes, my arms really are that buff. Yes, […]

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Book Upgrades

Because of a number of factors, most revolving around the fact that I suck, I still haven’t gotten around to mailing books to folks I owe them to. To make up for the fact that I am so far behind on this (because I suck), I’ve decided to upgrade the books I owe everyone to […]

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Cue “Also Sprach Zarathustra”

July 31, 2008. The day Lopsided Cat discovered… air conditioning. Seriously, he’s sitting in front of my window unit, letting the air blast him in his face and looking mighty pleased with himself. Oddly enough, I do that myself. All the time.

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Cutting Right to the Chase

Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t the recent GOP line of attack on Barack Obama as an “elitist celebrity” pretty much boil down to this? I don’t know. I’ve had the unpopular, appallingly incurious president thing for a while now. I think I’d like to try something else now, you know? Also, I’m not […]

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Needed: John Scalzi “Facts”

The good folks at ArmadilloCon, where I will be Guest of Honor in August, are trying to write a bio piece about me for their convention program, and asked me for some interesting facts about myself. I suggested it would be more interesting to let all y’all write up some “interesting facts” about me instead, […]

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Will Batman Thank The Academy?

Does The Dark Knight have a shot at Oscar gold this year — including a coveted Best Picture nomination? In my AMC movie column this week, I crunch the numbers, assemble the trivia and come up with the answer. You can trust me. I’m a professional. As always, if you have your own thoughts on […]

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The Now Standard E-Mail Apology

For various reasons, I’m way behind on my e-mail. I’ll try to catch up in the next couple of days. If you’ve sent me e-mail in the last week to ten days, er, well, sorry.

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I’ve Got a Hankerin’ For a Sunset

Ah. That’ll fix it. Nice big version here.

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No Fair! You’re Saying What the Amendment Does!

It appears that the people in California trying to force a constitutional amendment to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry are outraged that the California ballot will have wording noting that very fact: As it now stands, California’s November ballot will introduce Proposition 8 with these words: “Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to […]

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More 2009 Appearances

I’ve been told these have been publicly announced, so I will mention them here, too: I will be the Guest of Honor at the following conventions in 2009: ConQuesT 40, in Kansas City, May 22 – 24, 2009; Confluence, in Pittsburgh, July 24 – 26, 2009. These are in addition to my GoH gig at […]

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It Has Been Completed

Yes. Finally. It is done. What is it? It is this. And it will be visited upon one of you. Soon. Yes, soon. You should prepare yourself. Although nothing can truly prepare you. Because it is evil. Yet awesome. And it is coming. It can be held back no longer. And when it arrives, you […]

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The Last Colony Now in Paperback: An Open Pimping Thread

The Last Colony is now officially out in paperback in the US and Canada. Please, remember to be considerate of your local booksellers when you are mobbing them for your copies. No need to stampede through the store, trampling children and the books of my competitors. I would not want to be the cause of […]

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An IM Conversation About Music

Bill Schafer: THE BEST OF NIGHT RANGER has arrived. Me: What the fuck is wrong with you. Bill Schafer: Long list. Little time. At least it’s not the Gary Cherone VH album. Me: I hear that. Bill Schafer: Oh Christ. They’re touring with Air Supply. Me: Bullshit. Bill Schafer: Check Ticketmaster Me: It’s worse than […]

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Blatant Pluggery For Today

Subterranean Press is running one of its occasional “Grab Bag” specials, in which you plunk down $99 and in return get a dozen hardcovers, some new, some classic, some signed and limited, which in aggregate are worth at least $400 retail. Which ones will you get? Well, see. That’s the fun of it. Anyway, if […]

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Keeping Up Appearances

My friendly neighborhood stalkers have been complaining that I’ve not been keeping them sufficiently aware of my public gallivanting for the rest of 2008, so, okay, fine. Here, to the best of my current knowledge, is my appearance schedule through the end of the year. August 6-10: Denvention, Denver, CO: I’ll be doing panels and […]

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More Podcastery

If you just can’t get enough of the dulcet tones of my voice, I was interviewed by Ingram Library Services at Book Expo America about Zoe’s Tale and other things, and the podcast of it is here. The whole interview runs a shade over eighteen minutes. You can even download it, if the thought excites […]

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One For the Kodi Fans

Here’s Kodi, lost in contemplation about whatever it is large dogs contemplate. I suspect chasing the cats, personally, but you never know.

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Good Night From the Scalzi Compound

Sun, baby. Ciao. Don’t be a stranger, hear?

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Today’s Quick Moral Judgment

The Israeli newspaper that published the content of Barack Obama’s message to God, which he had placed in the cracks of the Western Wall: Wrong. Discuss.

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Making What Was Clear Before Even More So

A number of people seemed somewhat surprised at the alacrity with which I stomped on commenter Gretchen’s head the other day, when I judged her comment to me to be out of line. I, on the other hand, am somewhat surprised that people are surprised about it. In my opinion (which is the only one […]

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