Monthly Archives: October 2008

Agent to the Stars Out in Trade Paperback

For everyone who’s been wanting a physical copy of Agent to the Stars, but isn’t willing to pay the between $300 and $1,000 that the limited edition hardcover’s been going for online, here’s some good news: The trade paperback edition is officially out in the world starting today. w00t! Longtime Scalzi obsessives will remember that […]

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The Big Idea: T.A. Pratt

Here’s a small and possibly irrelevant piece of personal trivia about Dead Reign, the third book by T.A. Pratt featuring sorcerer and all around badass Marla Mason: One of my best friends from Ben Lomond Elementary School in Covina, California was named Marla Mason. So when Blood Engines, the first book in the series, came […]

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Back in the Country

After having spent a lovely weekend in Canada. Such a nice place. With nice people! Yes, I know this is the standard report on the place. But it’s true. However, still not home — I’m in Cleveland for a Library Journal event. But our housesitter has not told us the cats have shredded the place […]

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Get Ready For the Monkey Dance!

As noted by Ewan in a previous comment thread, Chad Orzel’s charity goal of $6,000 has been met, and that means that he’s now obliged to dance like a monkey, on video, which will then be posted on the Internet. Truly, this is the best of all possible worlds. I want to take a moment […]

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OMG Totally The Best Hotel Room EVER!!!!

The room is called the “teen dream” room; it’s designed to approximate the dream room of a 14-year-old girl circa 1983 or so. The pictures on the wall include teenage Rob Lowe, C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Kristy MacNicholl… and unicorns. Athena thinks it’s just about the best thing ever. I have a slight headache.

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Light Schedule Note

I’m likely to be posting on a lighter schedule through Tuesday, on account I have things to do and places to be. It’s entirely possible I may even skip a day. Or two! I just want to warn you ahead of time so you don’t worry that I’ve been consumed by bears or something. The […]

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Metatropolis Review at Tor.com + Metatropolis Site

Notable SF editor and writer John Joseph Adams takes a listen to Metatropolis and says some very nice things about it at Tor.com: METAtropolis is one of the best anthologies I’ve read in a long time. The worldbuilding was fantastic… all of stories all examine the ecology and economics of the future, which seems eerily […]

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Putting LosCon on Your Radar

Just a reminder to various and sundry that I am going to be the Guest of Honor at this year’s LosCon, the Los Angeles regional science fiction convention, which takes place November 28 – 30, which is the weekend following Thanksgiving. I am hugely honored and excited, because as you all know I grew up […]

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Metatropolis Interview

I’m interviewed over at SciFi.com on the subject of Metatropolis, and talk a little about how it all came together and how today’s reality influenced the fiction the five of us put together. It’ll be the best interview about Metatropolis given by me you’ll read today!

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The Big Idea: Phil Plait

The End of the World As We Know It: It’s coming! With big sharp nasty teeth! It’ll do you a treat, mate! Well yes, you say, but which end of the world? Because there are so many on the way — including some that are based on actual science, which is to say, they could […]

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They’re Not Mad, Just Misunderstood. Also, Mad

Over at AMC, I’m interviewing a mad scientist, who is outraged — outraged — by the insensitive portrayals of his ilk in film. It makes him so mad, he might have to unleash his laser-equipped robot hordes! And, well. Wouldn’t you? If you were a mad scientist, that is. Which you’re not. Hopefully. As ever, […]

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It’s Driving Me Insane — Here, You Have It

The following song as been an earworm in my skull for the last week. Now I’m going to free myself of it by giving it to you: [imeem music=”i4BCrDz2qV”] The good news here is that it’s not actually a horrible, awful song. It’s actually pretty good. It just never goes away. Eventually it gets to […]

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Various & Sundry, 10/22/08

Various things of not too much importance: * First, because he’s been absent from the site for a while, here’s a picture of Lopsided Cat for y’all. Lopsided Cat gets underplayed as the third member of our cat troika, on account of he’s not as worldwide famous as Ghlaghghee or full of as much kittenish […]

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DID YOU KNOW?

TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY!!! ALSO KNOWN AS INTERNATIONAL MAKE YOURSELF LOOK BUGNUT INSANE ON TEH INTARNETS DAY!!! AND IF YOU USE A LOT OF EXCLAMATION MARKS, IT JUST MAKES IT BETTER!!!! JUST REMEMBER THAT IF YOU USE ALL CAPS ON ANY OTHER THREAD THAN THIS ONE, I’LL TOTALLY DELETE YOUR ASS!!!!!!!!!! NOW HAVE […]

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All Hail the Mediocre Walloons

Most of you, I suspect, are well aware of my utter disinterest in anything relating to professional sports, so it may amuse you to know I am part of a fantasy football league, which I joined last season at the behest of my friend Norm, who needed another warm body to fill out his league, […]

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