Monthly Archives: February 2011

First Person Sledding

Because I think you want yet another sledding video, even if you didn’t say so out loud. This is us going down the hill in our front yard. We spend most of it going backwards. This makes the trees in the yard a refreshing surprise! Hope you’re having a good day wherever you are.

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The Big Idea: Walter Jon Williams

Every author wants to have the book that’s in the right place at the right time — the one that for whatever reason captures a moment precisely. It’s not something you can predict or plan for, but when it happens, it’s a strange and wonderful thing. Walter Jon Williams is having one of those moments […]

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This Is How Bad It’s Gotten

I just got an e-mail from the WordPress VIP folks (who are the ones hosting Whatever) that power issues in Texas due to the storm may force some of their servers to go temporarily offline. So if in the near future you have problems accessing Whatever, a) that’s probably why and b) don’t panic, it’ll […]

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Warming Up, the Science Fictional Way

Seeing that my world is one currently encased in several inches of ice, my Filmcritic.com column this week wisks us away to some of the warmest planets of science fiction film, making the case for each as a vacation destination (while not omitting their drawbacks, of course). It’s not the deepest column I’ve ever written, […]

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How to Piss Off a Bunch of YA Authors

It’s easy, really: 1. As a feminist magazine, create a list of “100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader,” as Bitch magazine recently did. 2. Include Margo Lanagan’s really fabulous book Tender Morsels on the list. 3. When someone complains in the comments to the list that Tender and a couple of other books […]

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February One Notes and Reminders

As we at the Scalzi Compound prep ourselves for the second half of Icepocalypse ’11, I have a few notes to get out there today, mostly involving things relating to science fiction. 1. If you were thinking of applying to the Clarion writing workshop this year, at which I will be teaching for a week, […]

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The Big Idea: Andrew Lane

Everyone knows what Sherlock Holmes does — he’s a detective, he detects things, thanks to his amazing powers of observation and his near-encyclopedic level of knowledge about even the most trivial of things (which become more than trivial when he applies them). But then there’s another question about Sherlock Holmes — one that author Andrew […]

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Welcome to the Deadly Ice Planet of Death AKA February

It’s not much to look at, admittedly. It’s the mundane ice planet of death. But those apparent bald patches of lawn there are actually encased in ice, thick enough that Krissy and the dog both had difficulty¬† walking across the lawn this morning. The roads are a mess, school is canceled and Krissy is staying […]

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