Monthly Archives: September 2009

Dentistry Update

For those of you what don’t follow me on Twitter: Tooth not cracked after all; what looked like a crack to me turned out to be a discolored filling. The source of the pain is gum inflammation; yes, I brush and floss, but apparently I’m not flossing deep enough, which is a lesson to all […]

Read More

On the Subject of Teeth and Dentistry

This is a lovely time to drag out of cold storage a humor column I wrote in 1996, entitled “Drill, Sergeant”. —- Drill, Sergeant My wife played softball on Saturday and spent Sunday wobbling around the house like Weeble. She had odd-shaped bruises in weird places (a thin, streaky one on her ankle, a splotchy […]

Read More

Observations on a Toothache

Well, I’m scheduled at the dentist at 3pm to deal with the cracked molar, and until then I have a toothache which occasionally throbs up, but is mostly under control at the moment thanks to the dynamic duo of ibuprofen and Orajel. Be that as it may it’s too distracting to allow me to be […]

Read More

Ow

Pretty sure I have a cracked molar. I have to blame someone, because this is clearly not my fault. So: Who wants to be blamed? Hands! Anyone? Anyone?

Read More

That Was the Science Fiction Summer That Was

By every measure but the one that’s scientifically accurate, Labor Day Weekend is the end of the summer here in the US, so that means it’s time for a summer science fiction film wrap-up column from me over on the AMC site. Come learn what I think it means that Transformers was so successful, that […]

Read More

Me and Glenn Reynolds Geeking Out About Science Fiction

Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit fame interviewed me today for his “Instavision” talk show, on the subject of science fiction and blogging, both of which I am rumored — rumored, mind you — to know a little something about. Here’s the direct link, and if you have a problem accessing it, here’s a link to the […]

Read More

Dear Associated Press: Come On, Attribution is Not That Hard

I bitched about this a little in my Twitter feed, but I’ll bitch about it a little bit more here, too: I’m vaguely annoyed at the Associated Press, which quoted me in its story about yesterday’s Google outage, but which attributed the quote to “another user,” rather than to “John Scalzi.” Which means a professional […]

Read More

A Foggy Morning at the Scalzi Compound

Which of course means I haul out the camera. Here’s hoping you’re having a photogenic morning, wherever  you are.

Read More

The God Engines ARC Contest

Publishers Weekly is rebooting its blog for the speculative fiction genres, entitled (logically enough) Genreville, and to celebrate, they’ve got a contest to give away an ARC of The God Engines, which the folks there (PW editor Rose Fox and frequent Whatever commenter Josh Jasper) have called “a vicious little novella… not like any Scalzi […]

Read More

The Big Idea: Malinda Lo

Here’s a thought: What if the big idea about a book isn’t something in particular — it’s about the absence of something in particular? Does that count? And what does it do to the story you’re telling? The question is relevant to Malinda Lo, whose debut novel Ash is a retelling of the Cinderella story […]

Read More