Another One

New novel?


Like, just this second.

When will you get to read it?

Sometime in 2012, I would guess.

So now you have a reason to live. Through 2012, anyway.

What’s it about?

Fate. And destiny. And free will.

And lasers! And explosions! And space ships!

Man, it’s got everything.

Just you wait.

100 Comments on “Another One”

  1. Lasers and explosions and spaceships and destiny!?! Can’t wait. Congratulations on finishing, and on your fine car purchase as well.

  2. Free will and a space ship. Who could ask for more?

  3. Did you include a space ship shooting lasers just so your German Publisher will get the book cover correct and no other reason?

  4. 2012? I seem to recall something big happening at the end of that year. Hmm, oh … waitaminnit! Is your book going to cause the end of the world? I’m not saying that’s a dealbreaker, but it DOES put the pressure on, you know.

  5. Crafty, very crafty. Schedule the book to come out just before the end of the world so that it’s the last thing we read. I tip my metaphorical hat to you sir.

  6. @Tumbleweed – I’m just hoping that the book comes out before the world ends so I have something to read while everything falls apart. Perhaps I need to work on my “end of the world” priorities.

  7. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang of Space Command


    Is it in the OMW universe or some other? Can’t wait!

  8. Daniel Ross – Hi, I'm Daniel Ross, and I'm a nerd. My big joys in life are learning about new things, figuring out how things work, and making things work better. One of the things I spend a lot of time on in the "making better" column is life in general. I've got political opinions ohboy. I probably won't talk about 'em that much here, though. On my own time, I spend a lot of time exploring and having new experiences. That might be as planned as taking a vacation out into the woods to hike a new trail I read about. It might be as simple as hopping a Muni bus and riding until I don't know where I am, or eating somewhere different every time I go out. I also have a shifting collection of other hobbies. I'm an avid reader, and Someday I Will Write a Novel(™); I make chainmail jewelry; and when all else fails, there's always taking your day job home with you by hobby coding.

    Lasers and spaceships, huh? I can hardly wait to see the German cover!

  9. But John, now that you’ve put lasers and spaceships in it, your German publishers will be sure NOT to put that on the cover now . . .

  10. Is this the novel that you were working on every day by attempting to get done 2k words? If so, when did you start and how’d you do in relation to your daily word count goal?

  11. And lasers! And explosions! And space ships!

    Man, it’s got everything.

    I believe you! (Unlike some of your colleagues who are good with the lasers and explosions and spaceships, but who somehow don’t define “everything” to include “remotely believable female characters.”)

    I am on Team Laser Spaceship Exploding Stuff 4 life. But with ladies in.

  12. But John, now that you’ve put lasers and spaceships in it, your German publishers will be sure NOT to put that on the cover now . . .

    You are giving away his cunning plan!!!!1!

  13. Congratulations, sir. Enjoy a Coke Zero. You’ve done a man’s work.

    Question, though: Are you Clarkian or Heinleinian in your approach to rewrites?

  14. Nothing says “free will” like lasers. Not enough people recognize the importance of explosions in literature, thank you for including them.

  15. Does it have cats and homosexuals? I like cats and homosexuals.

    And Newfoundland. I like Newfoundland. A lot. Really. A lot.

  16. Doc Rocketscience:


    Bryan Sims:

    Yes, it’s too early. There’s some other things what need to be done. Like letting my agent and publisher know it exists.


    It does have a working title but it’s spoilery, so I am likely to change it.

  17. Congratulations!

    Spaceships and lasers, huh? That’s cool. But does it pass Bechdel? I’ll read it either way, to be honest, but spaceships, lasers, and Bechdel is–well, Zoe’s Tale kind of rocked, is all I’m saying.

  18. Dave H – I can see Canada from my house – Aging dad, electronics nerd, embedded software developer. (I'm the guy who makes your microwave blink 12:00.)
    Dave H

    Well done! You’ve earned an afternoon off. Go play in a puddle.

  19. Can you at least tell us if it is a stand alone book, part of a new series or part of an existing series. Please. Pretty please with bacon on top!

  20. So is this done, done or first draft done, still need to fiddle with a few things but really, it’s 99% done?

    genuinely curious in a craftsmanship sort of way. Curious how authors judge a work done.

  21. And now I’ll be humming Free Will by Rush for the rest of the day.

    Well, not the whole song — just the opening two lines, since that’s all I remember at this point.

    But I’m sure that’ll be a small price to pay once I get to read the new book.

  22. 2012? can’t you push the release date to 2013 instead? I mean if it is released in 2012 then the Mayan Prophecies will have nothing to make them stop the apocalypse after they’ve finished reading it. If it is in 2013 then they’ll have to cancel the 2012 end-of-the-world because they will be waiting for the book the following year.

  23. Congratulations, John!
    Can´t wait to find out about the title! Did you consider “Between the stars” or “War of the Clones” to annoy Heyne?
    Well, I really am happy to read something new by you, even if it means waiting until 2012. I guess it will be worth the wait, and until then we will get Fuzzy Nation. Sounds good to me!

  24. w00t! Now I’ll have something to read next year besides Brandon Sanderson’s great Wheel of Time wrapup.

  25. I’m pleased to see that I’m not the only one who wanted to make a “foreign edition cover” joke.

    Well done, Mr. Scalzi. I look forward to reading it.

  26. Never before has my reason to live been primarily to find out whether I die. …Or perhaps, now that I think about it, it has always been thus.

    Congrats on finishing the book! I hope Lt. Fischer managed to dodge the laser this time around.

  27. Congratulations! It’s always good to have another reason to live. That is one of those things where it never hurts to have overlapping projects.

  28. Congratulations on finishing the novel!

    “Fate. And destiny. And free will.

    And lasers! And explosions! And space ships!”

    You wrote a new Lensman novel? :-)

  29. @ #48 Anonymous: The problem is that as you aren’t a named character you get killed as soon as the fighting starts ;-)

    Also, yay on the new book!

  30. Woo, and also hoo. First “The Wise Man’s Fear” appears in my mailbox, and now this. I am all atingle with SFnal happiness.

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    That must feel GREAT! Good job hitting the finish line on this thing. Here is one person who will buy it the day it is released.

  32. Yay!

    Well, the world is supposed to end on December 21st, right? Of 2012. So as long as the book drops by the 20th I’ll have time to read it before the world ends.

  33. But will it be available in my favorite ebook format?

    KIDDING! John, put the mallet down… Oh lord, and the flamethowe…. AIEEE!!

    (PS: Congrats)

  34. It would be good if you could get it published before Worldcon, together with the paperback of Fuzzy nation. Then you could do some signings while sitting in front of the fire with a fork (That is what a toastmaster does isn’t it?). I’m hoping to come from England for the event.

  35. I heard no mention of Cats, nor Cake.

    Re to Sef – Sounds like John’s taken to doing stuff on spec (Fuzzy, this) rather than entirely pre-selling (most stuff since OMW). I like him having enough comfort and freedom to do that.

    Given that John would probably sell 35,000 hardcovers of “The Annotated Doom-song Singalong with DVD including Jon and Wil sing the Doom Song”, it’s unlikely that a spec book won’t sell, but it is slightly more daring. His agent and the usual suspects at Tor might taunt him mercilessly for a day or so before buying it.

  36. First, congrats.

    Second, now that you have a an expanding number of Scalzi-verses from which to choose, to you find it harder or easier to come up with creative settings for your plots? Do ideas spring forth fully formed, or do you find you have to take an idea through the various ‘verses to see which, if any, fit?

  37. Bruce Diamond – Flyover Land on the teeming Mississippi River – Despicably proud old man. Text-extruding asshole (thank you, John Scalzi) with a skewed vision on life, pop culture, writing and general assholiness. Not a scholar, not a gentleman, not Martin or Lewis. But still trying to make life fun and funny.

    And now you can sit down tomorrow and start the 2k-a-day habit on the next novel.

  38. nkjemisin – Speculative fiction author in NYC. Likes fine wine, video games, jazz, anime/manga/doujinshi, gardening, travel, nonwestern mythology, and books. Lots and lots of books. And chocolate. (Wow, can't believe I almost forgot that one. That was important.)
    N. K. Jemisin


    ::looks over at her own still-in-progress novel; hates Scalzi a little::

    ::gets over it::


    But congrats!

  39. Dave H – I can see Canada from my house – Aging dad, electronics nerd, embedded software developer. (I'm the guy who makes your microwave blink 12:00.)
    Dave H

    You wrote a new Lensman novel? :-)

    Don’t tease me, bro. That idea is just too awesome to contemplate.

  40. Congrats and looking forward to reading it. And then my daughter will swipe it and I’ll never see it again! I assume…no stew?

  41. Sorry to be the party-pooper, but to have this statement:

    When will you get to read it? Sometime in 2012, I would guess.

    … followed by this statement …

    And lasers! And explosions! And space ships! Man, it’s got everything.

    Is. Just. Wrong!
    I want it noooow!
    (begins holding his breath… hoping the nice, blue shade will cause the book to be published faster…)

  42. Er, good!? After completing my new novel in relative obscurity and living like a wei-guk hermit in the black carbon-covered mountains of South Korea, I actually NEEDED a reason to live. Black lungs just ain’t cool . . .

  43. Free will, spaceships, and lasers!!!!!! Sounds great. Actually, it sounds so awesome that I fear the act of reading it will make my head explode in a fashion similar to that poor chap sitting next to Michael Ironside in SCANNERS.

    Maybe your publisher can get Mr. Ironside to narrate the audiobook version?

  44. Geez, we gotta wait till 2012? Yikes. Ah. I have a solution! John, Please meet Cory (whom you already know I’m sure). Cory has this wonderful tendency to read his stories on his podcast. Nah, it won’t hurt your sales. I’d buy all of your books anyway (as I do Cory’s too). I’m sure we all would, right everybody?

    Of course, you’d have to have a podcast, or borrow Cory’s… Just what you need huh? Another thing to keep up with!

  45. Is this the OMW novel where Anakin turns to the Dark Side and the screen goes black in mid-sentence while “Don’t Stop Believing” is playing in the background?

    If so, belated spoiler alert.

  46. Imagine for a moment, Don LaFontaine introducing the movie adaptation of John’s latest book:

    “In a world, where lasers cut up fate, destiny explodes and free will escapes in a space ship….”

    I think a movie must be made of this book! ;-D

    Congratulations, John.

  47. Hi John, really great news. Serious question: why will it take until 2012 to get it onto the shelves? +9 months seems like a long time between the end of the writing process and distribution. It may be perfectly normal of course, which is why I am curious. I work in videogames and the gap between a game ‘finalling’ and hitting the shelves is usually a couple of months…

  48. Dave H – I can see Canada from my house – Aging dad, electronics nerd, embedded software developer. (I'm the guy who makes your microwave blink 12:00.)
    Dave H

    Jon Rissik@92: When a game (or pretty much any software) goes final the testing and bug fixing has already been done. When an author finishes a book the testing and bug fixing (proofreading and editing) is just beginning. Plus paper just takes longer.

  49. bananasfk – Technical mad person and ballet class for fun. I also like baiting god blogger's more info B5 d++ t k s-- u-- f+ i o++ x e l- c++. One post a day keeps the mad doctors away - or 'A Day Without Bananas In The Falklands is Like a Day Without Sunshine'.

    I hope you wrote it in 3d.

  50. So, Ursula Vernon blogged just today about the intense melancholy she feels whenever she finishes something. Do you get that? or do you feel relief?

  51. What? No sharks?

    Oh, well.

    Seriously looking forward to it though.

    I imagine there will be a purty Subterranean edition eventually too?

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