Monthly Archives: November 2010

Awesome Scenes Are Not Enough

Hey, remember that awesome lightsaber duel in The Phantom Menace? And remember how you thought, “Man, this is so cool that I wish the rest of the film had been this cool too?” So do I, my friend. So do I. Which is why I write about the tragedy of the One Cool Scene in […]

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Election Thoughts, 2010

Because I busied myself with revamping the site last night, I went to sleep blissfully unaware of the election results, and then woke up, refreshed, to deal with what went down. Here are some early thoughts. * It’s not Blue America or Red America, it’s Orange America! Yes, my representative, John Boehner, America’s Tallest Oompa-Loompa, […]

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Warning: About to Change Themes Again

The theme I’m currently using (called “zBench”) is nice but there are some UI issues that make me a little cranky, and I’ve had to confront the fact that I’m not competent enough to solve them myself (I had a helpful dude from WordPress bail me out on a bunch of things, but there’s only […]

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New “Fuzzy Nation” Cover

I have clearance from Tor Books art director Irene Gallo to show this to you, so here’s an in-progress look at the new Fuzzy Nation cover: I am very deeply pleased with this cover, I have to say. The artist is Kekai Kotaki, about whom I have not heard much of before, but who is […]

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The Big Idea: Catherynne M. Valente

Folks, Cat Valente is one of my favorite people, and she’s a hell of a writer, and her new book The Habitation of the Blessed is very cool, and she’s brought audiovisual aids for her Big Idea piece, so I’m just going to step out of the way here and let her tell you all […]

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Vote Cat Says Vote

See that look Ghlaghghee has there? It’s the look she gave me when I told her that there are some people who can vote who don’t vote. It is, in point of fact, the same look she gives insects and small varmints shortly before what I like to call “The Disembowelination.” Don’t anger Vote Cat, […]

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An Election: A Short Story Presented by Subterranean Press

Subterranean Press is proud to present an election-oriented short story by John Scalzi here on Whatever. For the full details on why Subterranean Press is presenting the story on the author’s own blog, click here. Otherwise, enjoy the story! (Note to RSS readers: click through for the story — it reads better on the site.) […]

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A Short Fiction Experiment

We’re going to try something interesting here today, and I want to give you a little context for it. Not too long ago, I wrote a short story that I wanted to time for release for the US election. After I wrote it, I sent it over to Bill Schafer of Subterranean Press, because a) […]

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