At Least One Way Canada is Better Than the US

Apparently, they have “Smokey Bacon”-flavored (or “flavoured” as they would spell it) potato chips. Here you see a bag, sent to me by my dear friend Meeka, who declared that the instant she saw the bacon-dusted chips, she thought of me. Such is my fate until the end of time. I suppose. But on the other hand: hey, bacon-flavored potato chips! And in fact, they are really bacon-y and smoky. I’m frankly flummoxed as to why these are not being sold in the US. It’s probably a good thing they’re not, though, because I suspect that if they were, I would be currently orb-shaped. And that would be no good.

Be that as it may, thank you, Meeka, for sending these along. As Athena’s expression suggests, they’re a big hit here at the Scalzi household.

Interview at Genreville

Publishers Weekly speculative fiction reviews editor Rose Fox has a new blog at PW’s Web site called Genreville, and from time to time she interviews science fiction publishing folks about their jobs, in a series she calls “Nuts & Bolts.” This week, she’s interviewing me, talking about how I put together Zoe’s Tale, and in particular how I worked on creating a protagonist who isn’t just some iteration of me, and what it means for my writing going forward. Check it out, and check out the rest of the blog, too. It’s interesting stuff.

My Denvention Schedule

For those who are curious, the panels and activities I’m scheduled for at Denvention 3:

August 6, 1:00 pm:

Schmoozing 101
CCC – Korbel 1D
The art of small talk – it doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Pick up some tips on how to introduce yourself, make small talk, and connect with others in both your professional and personal lives.
Ginjer Buchanan, John Scalzi, (m) Mary Robinette Kowal, Michael Kabongo

August 6, 2:30pm

Signing (75 minutes)
CCC – Hall D
John Scalzi, Michael Flynn

August 7, 1:00 pm:

Bleeding Heart Liberals & Military SF
CCC – Korbel 4AB
Military SF is very popular, even among the politically liberal. Why is that and will it change their views?
Adrian Bedford, (m) Elizabeth Moon, Joe Haldeman, John Hemry, John Scalzi

August 7, 2:30 pm:

Making a Living as a Writer – but not necessarily a novelist
CCC – Room 506
When we think of professional writers, our minds turn to the authors of our favorite fiction, but there’s a wide scope of the writing business that lies outside of the fiction market. Our panel of non-fiction writers will explore the other side of the industry.
Craig Miller, Daniel Kimmel, Jim Fiscus, (m) John Scalzi, Judy Lazar, Rebecca Lyons

August 7, 4:00 pm:

Reading, with Mary Robinette Kowal
Hyatt Hotel, Agate A
Mary Robinette Kowal has offered to let me join her in her reading time. We will be reading short pieces.
NOTE: This reading is listed under Mary Robinette Kowal’s name. I will not be listed in the Denvention program. I am a last-minute addition.

August 8, 5:30 pm:

Sidewise Awards
Sheraton – 2nd Level, Tower Court D
Chris Roberson, Evelyn Leeper, Jay Lake, Jo Walton, John Scalzi, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Michael Flynn, Sheila Williams, Stephen Baxter, Steven Silver

August 9, 4:00 pm:

CCC – Korbel 4E
Eric Flint, John Scalzi, Michelle Sagara West

August 9, 7:30 pm:

Hugo Awards Ceremony
CCC, Wells Fargo Theatre
You voted (you did vote, right?) now see the results at the prestigious 2008 Hugo Awards ceremony!
Toastmaster Wil McCarthy will host; among the presenters will be Artist GoH Rick Sternbach, Fan GoH Tom Whitmore, past Hugo winners Connie Willis and Robert Silverberg, Nebula winner Ed Bryant, and longtime fan Rusty Hevelin. There will also be a short performance by Special Music Guest Kathy Mar.

There you have it.

Also, at some point during the convention I’ll be doing a stint at the SFWA booth, although the specific time I’ll be doing that hasn’t been scheduled at 11am on the 7th. I’m not scheduled to do a reading, sorry. No, I don’t know why, either; I assume I simply forgot to check the “yes, I’ll do a reading” box on the programming questionnaire. Yes, I am doing a reading, although it’s not listed under my name. If anything else changes on my schedule, I’ll note it here, so be sure to check back here if a) you’re going to Denvention, and b) you give a damn what I’m up to.

When I’m not at my panels/happenings, I will be doing what people do at Worldcons, i.e., wandering around, hanging out in the party hotel bar, holding up a wall at the various parties, and so on and so forth. If you see me, feel free to say hello. Also, since my signing is on Wednesday afternoon, if you miss me at that, I’ll generally be happy to sign a book when you see me wandering around. Just make sure you have the book with you, and a pen.

See you in Denver!