Monthly Archives: September 2008

Whatever X, Day XXIV

One of the true classics of the Whatever, because it includes not only pictures, but a recipe! SEPTEMBER 26, 2006: How to Make a Schadenfreude Pie My word, what is this dark and vaguely sinister-looking pie you see before you? Well, I’ll tell you. It’s the world’s first Schadenfreude Pie, the pie to enjoy while […]

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ZT Review at Blogcritics + Baltimore City Paper Article

There’s a very nice review of Zoe’s Tale going on over at Blogcritics (which recently became part of the Technorati media empire, so well done on them), and the reviewer (author Mel Odom) seems taken with the character of ZoĆ« herself: Zoe is a marvelous character and leaps from the pages. As a kid, I […]

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What Happens When I Get a Little Too Much Coke Zero In Me

Here at Viable Paradise, one of the traditions is a Tuesday night reading of a Shakespeare play. This year it was The Tempest, and I had the part of Stephano, the drunken butler, while Marko Kloos played Trinculo and Patrick Nielsen Hayden was typecast as Caliban. Whatever regular Chang, who is a student here at […]

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Romanian and Chinese Covers

I love it when I get to see covers of my books in other countries, and today I have the pleasure of showing you covers in two different countries. First, here are the covers of the books in Romania, the books having recently been announced here: If you want to see the covers in more […]

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Whatever X, Day XXIII

You ask, “What did Scalzi think about fashion in 1999?” I’m glad you asked! AUGUST 17, 1999: Gap Vests I’m trying to figure out the brain process that led the fashion mavens at the Gap to declare that cheap vests in airplane-directing orange were going to be the major fashion statement of the fall season. […]

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YA For Obama

My pal and fellow author Maureen Johnson has started YA for Obama, which features YA authors talking about why politics matters to them, and encouraging their target audience to get involved and active, even if they are not quite old enough to vote. With a title like “YA for Obama” it’s pretty clear what side […]

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Whatever X, Day XXII

Because I think it’s fun to inflict my musical stylings upon you! Again! JULY 26, 2005: Saturn Speaks John Scalzi again. No, I’m not back yet. I still have a week left on my hiatus. However, I wanted to drop a musical composition I did on y’all. The Cassini mission has recorded radio frequencies from […]

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Happy Birthday Heather

It’s my big sister’s birthday today, so: Happy birthday Heather! As your gift, I’m officially forgiving you for trying to stave in my head with a 7-iron when I was eight years old, sending me to the hospital to get seven stitches to my head, right next to my eye (for those of you following […]

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Ping From MV

I’ve made it to Martha’s Vineyard to start teaching at Viable Paradise. It seems lovely; the cell phone reception sucks. Don’t expect to see too much of me this week. Rumor is, however, that the Internet is vast and that you’ll have many things to amuse yourself with.

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Whatever X, Day XXI

In 2005, I settled one of the great genre questions of all time. It was easy, really. DECEMBER 2, 2005: How to Tell SF From F Uh-oh. Just when we least expected it, a seminar on genre theory broke out online! It’s about what the difference between science fiction and fantasy really is. Call me […]

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Whatever X, Day XX

Today is a good day to remember people who mattered to you. This is from three years ago. MARCH 3, 2005: Laurence McMillin, 1923 – 2005 News has reached me that Larry McMillin, who was my teacher, has died. Here are some of the specifics of his remarkable life, which I invite you to read […]

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Technical Crap Update

I’ve put in a request for my host provider to put Scalzi.com on a new server, so maybe that will help with all the server errors and whatnot. In the short term, however, I’ve taken down the “Random Whatever” and “The Critics Rave!” sidebar widgets to help reduce the calls to the database. Maybe that […]

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Addressing Several Needs at Once: An Open Pimp Thread

First, in recognition of that portion of the Whatever audience who will go through smack-like withdrawals because it will be at least ten days before any new pictures of the cat, here’s Ghlaghghee. Try to ration yourselves when you enjoy this photo. Second, being that today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Yaaaaaar!), this […]

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Whatever X, Day XIX

To make up for the fact that I’m traveling today and therefore won’t be posting much, here’s a really long reprint from 2004. Quantity! It rules! APRIL 19, 2004: Reader Request Week 2004 #1: Boys and Girls Welcome to Reader Request Week 2004, in which I write about subjects suggested by you, the fabulous Whatever […]

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Your Feedback Requested

Okay, folks, I want your feedback on something. And let me dive right into it — here are the reasons why, after ten years, I am seriously considering putting some ads on Whatever: 1. As the last week of inexplicable loading slowness reminds me, Whatever (and by association, all of Scalzi.com) has gotten big enough […]

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Oh, Look, a Novella

As most of you know, I recently wrote a novella for Metatropolis, the audiobook anthology I edited, which also features kickass stories from Jay Lake, Elizabeth Bear, Tobias Buckell and Karl Schroeder, and which is coming out next month through Audible.com. Since Krissy prefers to read longer stuff like this in printed form, I headed […]

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Whatever X, Day XVIII

Today, we’re going back again to 1999, and an in-depth examination of the overall state of my soul JULY 3, 1999: The Seven Deadly Sins (and Me) This morning I reached what is likely to be a nadir of personal behavior: I ate a banana. It’s not the banana itself which is the problem; actually, […]

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The Look, The Feel… of Science Fiction

It’s Thursday, and we all know what that means: first, free pedicure day at The Toe Hut (formerly Starbucks — 8,000 locations near you!) and second, it’s the day my science fiction film column runs at AMCtv.com. This week I have a proposition for what it is that science fiction film fans are really looking […]

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