Monthly Archives: June 2010

The Enduring Power of Bacon Cat

Via Lissa Angeline, I discover this very amusing inside joke from the ThinkGeek printed catalog, in their ad copy for Baconnaise: If for some inexplicable reason you have no idea why this is so funny, go here. I would like to state for the record that as much as I like and admire the fine […]

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Wheaton/Scalzi Contest Addendum Entry Post Thing

Thought I’d go ahead and post a follow-up here to address some comments/questions I’ve gotten about our little contest: * One question I’ve gotten is whether the contest is open only to folks who have previously written fan fiction and/or consider themselves fanfic writers. The answer is no, it’s open to everyone. Implicitly, we’re focusing […]

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Good Luck, Paul Cornell And Pulse!

The pilot for my friend Paul Cornell’s television show Pulse goes up tonight on BBC 3 at 9pm (in the UK), and so if you happen to be in a place where you can see BBC 3, do him (and yourself!) a favor and catch it. I happen to have seen this particular episode (a […]

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The Big Idea: Ryk E. Spoor

As a genre, science fiction is often lauded for its “sense of wonder” — or as many of its practitioners prefer to spell it, “sensawunda” — but like any aspect of writing, this element doesn’t just show up on the pages of a book; the author has to work to put it there. Ryk E. […]

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Post-Tornado Watch Clouds

This is what they look like. Just in case you were wondering.

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METAtropolis Contest, One of Five: Win the Tor Edition!

As many of you are no doubt aware, on June 8, the Tor edition of METAtropolis hits the bookstores. Naturally, we the authors of METAtropolis are excited about this fact. We’re so excited, in fact, that we want to share our joy by having a contest, the winner of which will receive a free! copy […]

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Splice This

Over at FilmCritic.com this week I ruminate on whether the genetic engineering SF movie Splice is helped or hindered by the real-life creation of artificial life, and whether the soft box office of the summer movies so far has movie studios wishing they had more science fiction on their schedules. Go and visit, you know […]

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I’m Alive

But after spending yesterday depressurizing from travel and gleefully watching teh Interweebs freak out about Unicorn Pegasus Kitten, today I have to work. I know! I think it sucks too. But what are you going to do. However, swing by this afternoon because I’ll have a different contest for you, with a different prize! Yes, […]

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Why, Yes, I DO Look Insufferably Smug Here, Don’t I

Me and the fabulous Felicia Day having our picture taken at Geek Prom. She looks lovely, of course. I look like a prom dance chaperone. We were joking about how I needed to go around and tell people they needed “eight fingers of sunlight” between them and their partner. I did not. Well, maybe once. […]

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Because the Fan Club Has Had Quite Enough of That “Patience” Nonsense

Ghlaghghee, staring heroically toward our glorious future, or, “Comrades! Wonderful news! The cat food ration has been increased to 20 grams!” Now stay tuned for the Two Second Catfight, featuring Zeus.

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About That Miranda Supreme Court Ruling

I’m confused about it, basically. The ruling says that suspects must announce that they choose to remain silent in order to halt an interrogation. Which on one hand is irony of a particularly rich and creamy sort, but on the other hand does make some amount of practical sense. In the case that precipitated the […]

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Quick Note to Authors/Editors/Publicists Wanting a Big Idea Slot

Really, please do read the Big Idea submission requirements before asking to participate. I have that system for a reason, i.e., because it helps me schedule and helps me schedule books near their release date, and it helps me make sure people who are intrigued by a book can find it. I’m having a rash […]

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The Head of John Scalzi Demands Blood

While I was at Phoenix Comicon, at my signing table I occasionally sat next to Sam Sykes, author of the fantasy novel Tome of the Undergates, which will have its US debut this summer from Pyr Books. As so often happens, our back and forth quickly became a testosterone filled battle of one-up-manship, because that’s […]

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Revealing the Unicorn Pegasus Kitten + Sunday/Monday Recap

For those of you who were not fortunate enough to have been at Phoenix Comicon this last weekend, here’s the part of the Super Happy Fun Time With John and Wil in which we unveil the Unicorn Pegasus Kitten painting. The whole bit will take about 20 minutes of your time. First, a segment in […]

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