My Wife’s Birthday

It’s today. If you thought you might want to wish her a happy birthday, I would encourage you in that thought.

108 Comments on “My Wife’s Birthday”

  1. crotchetyoldfan – The Crotchety Old Fan is Steve Davidson, also know as Rimworlder on many SF forums. Steve maintains the Rim Worlds Concordance project which is devoted to the works of A. Bertram Chandler and his most enduring character - Commodore John Grimes of the Rim Worlds Naval Reserve. Grimes is science fiction’s original ‘Horatio Hornblower of Space’. More information about Chandler, Grimes and the Rim Worlds can be found at Steve also maintains a visual index of volume 1, number 1 pulp science fiction magazines on the same website and is a devoted collector of the same. ‘I’m an ‘old’ SF fan, which you can take whichever way you like, as I love the old masters (Heinlein, Clarke, Asimov, E.F. Russell, Piper, Cordwainer Smith) and I’m well beyond the age you’re not supposed to trust anymore’. This blog is devoted to an investigation of the growing divide between ‘old’ - or ‘classic’ science fiction and the moderan literary genre that is currently sold under the same name. Steve has also begun writing reviews for, expects to be doing the same for, and is contributing various non-fiction pieces to various other websites, all of them concerned with science fiction of one stripe or another. Early in 2008 he became completely disappointed with the SciFi Channel and created The Classic Science Fiction Channel website that gathers links to public domain radio, television, film and literary properties. Steve had a successful non-fiction writing career - writing articles and books dealing primarily with the paintball industry (Four books and several hundred articles including editorializing, product reviews, sports reporting, educational and more) - which he has since given up in favor of blogging and fiction. (Leaving the paintball industry after 25 years.) One final book on this subjected is scheduled to be released in early 2009 (A Parent's Guide To Paintball). Current work on fiction includes several completed novellettes/novellas curently in submission hell and various chapters of three novels. Freely distributed current work - including several chapters of a science fiction/paintball novel and a pulp/comic book/fairy tale mashup can be found on his website.
    steve davidson

    John, that is being REALLY lazy, getting your readers to do your family work for you.

    Happy Merry Flappy Doodle!

  2. Happy Birthday, Krissy.

    Now, according to certain tribes in New Guinea, it is said that should your birthday fall on a Monday, you are required to eat, at least, double the cake.

  3. Today is also my sister’s birthday – her 40th!

    A very happy birthday to you :)

  4. “Last week the candle factory burned down. Everyone just stood around and sang Happy Birthday.” — Stephen Wright

    Happy Birthday, Krissy!

  5. May you have a wonderful birthday, filled with laughter and love, snuggles from the furkids, food with no calories and dishes that wash themselves. =)

  6. Jen – wife. mother. knitter. unschooler. band geek. fatass. card-carrying socialist. militant breastfeeder. profane. agnostic. ENFP

    Happy Birthday Krissy! <}:-)

  7. Happy Birthday, Mrs Scalzi, and many thanks for keeping the blog owner sane/on a leash so he can ply us with science fictional/blogging goodness… Much appreciated.

  8. Ah, spring birthdays! I hope your wife has the most wonderful birthday. She should be pampered like a queen today!

  9. Congratulations on being born! It’s quite the accomplishment. I hear it can lead to all sorts of great future opportunities. Celebrate with cake!

  10. Just finished the last of “your” books and really enjoyed them. My husband and I have both read them and will definitely recommend them to our friends. Hope you have a very wonderful birthday.

  11. wulfmann – I am a writer, a reader (kinda goes hand in hand) a collector of all kinds of crap, a photographer, yadda-yadda-yadda. Enough about me. What do you think about me. Nyuk nyuk nyuk.

    Happy Birthday, Mrs. Scalzi! Make the beau take you out for a romantic dinner.

  12. Happy Birthday, Krissy!

    As a fellow April 18th birthday person to another, I hope you’re having better weather than here in Chicago. I woke up to snow covering the ground. To which all I can say is, ENOUGH ALREADY!

    Hope you have a wonderful day!

  13. Congratulations on another orbit of the Sun, Mrs. Scalzi!

    We on spaceship Earth are glad you’re with us. :-)

  14. You were born on Patriot’s Day. I get a day off from work, you a get birthday. Seems like a fair trade. Happy Birthday!

  15. Feliz Cumpleaños, Señora Scalzi!

    Ok, that’s about all I remember from college Spanish. I hope you have a wonderful birthday.

  16. Happy Birthday! Thanks for humoring your husband in this writing enterprise, I consider myself a beneficiary of your willingness to share!

  17. 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

    Happy Birthday, Krissy!

  18. paulskemp – Author of Speculative Fiction, much of it set in the Forgotten Realms and featuring my signature character, the assassin-priest Erevis Cale.
    Paul S. Kemp

    Happy Birthday!

  19. Happy Birthday! Assuming the shiny on your wrist is a birthday gift from Mr. Scalzi, I would say he did a fine job too.

  20. Dan – Dan Hartensveld, CDIA is President of The EDI Project, a solution provider specializing in healthcare informatics. He has been working with large health insurers, providers and healthcare technology companies since 1996 involving complex data integration, claims automation, risk adjustment, The Affordable Care Act, HIE, HIX, to name a few. Lately, the company has been successful in developing and putting into production massively scaleable, analytics projects for use in processing "Big Data" sets.

    A lawnmower AND a bracelet?!?!? Scalzi you are one sly guy!

  21. Happy Birthday.

    Somehow seems unfair that your birthday falls on Tax Day this year. Have John take you out for a fabulous dinner and have extra cake & ice cream to compensate!

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  23. thresholdlurker – Call Forth the Dweller Divination Effective Level: 6th Skill Check: Knowledge (arcana) DC 20, 6 successes Failure: Falsehood Components: V, S, M, F, XP, Casting Time: 60 minutes Range: Personal Target: You Duration: Instantaneous Saving Throw: None Spell Resistance: No This incantation contacts the enigmatic, extradimensional being known as the Dweller on the Threshold, an entity that imparts knowledge about its specific obsession: doors and other entrances. To cast call forth the Dweller, the caster must inscribe forty-two mystic symbols around an open doorway, then begin the chants and supplications required for the incantation. If the incantation succeeds, an image of the Dweller—an inky mass of tentacles and mouths—appears on the other side of the doorway. The Dweller on the Threshold truthfully answers any questions it is asked about a particular door. For example, the Dweller can provide a magical password that unlocks a door, indicate how to disarm a trap on a door, reveal the weaknesses of a door’s guardian, or describe the room that lies beyond the door. Its answers are clear and fairly specific, if somewhat terse. The caster may well appreciate such concise answers, because one of the forty-two symbols inscribed around the doorway during the casting of the incantation fades away with each word the Dweller on the Threshold speaks—and when all the symbols are gone, the Dweller disappears. If the caster asks the Dweller on the Threshold a question that doesn’t involve doors, the Dweller responds with a cutting insult, often about something the caster thought was secret. Each word of the insult likewise makes a symbol disappear from the perimeter of the doorway. The exact nature of the Dweller on the Threshold is shrouded in mystery. Some contend that it is somehow connected to the god of secrets, although no one has ever found conclusive evidence that the Dweller on the Threshold is evil. Option If the doorway used as the focus is one that the Dweller has been asked about in the past, the caster gains a +4 bonus on the Knowledge (arcana) checks during the incantation. For example, if Boredflak uses call forth the Dweller to learn about the Gateway to Despair, then when he reaches the Gateway, he can use the Gateway as the focus and gain a +4 bonus when he uses the incantation to ask about the Arches of Certain Doom. Failure If the caster fails two consecutive Knowledge (arcana) checks, the Dweller on the Threshold gleefully lies, employing falsehoods that demonstrate its inclination toward mischief and cruelty. Material Component Forty-two mystic symbols inscribed around the perimeter of the focus doorway (requiring materials costing 500 gp). As described above, these symbols gradually disappear during the time the incantation is in effect. Focus An open doorway large enough to allow a Medium creature to pass through it. XP Component 400 XP. Backlash After speaking with the Dweller on the Threshold, the caster is exhausted. Campaign Use This incantation is an obvious solution for characters who are “stuck” by an especially impenetrable door. The exhaustion backlash makes it less likely they immediately try the door after casting the incantation, and the XP cost ensures that they won’t try to use call forth the Dweller on every door they face. If you introduce this incantation in your game, you’re giving the PCs occasional access to a powerful divination. But because it’s rather specific, it doesn’t make the characters more powerful. Typically, getting through a door lands PCs in trouble more quickly than if they were unable to pass the portal.

    Happy birthday! Make it a good one.

  24. TO: CFO, Allow one time yearly witdrawl for a comfort-zone night, request receipt.

    TO: Workerbee, Make it a night to remember

    TO: Krissy, WHAT Medicine man are you going too …@_@…. you are getting younger and younger, and may

    you have a VERY Happy Birthday.

  25. Happy birthday, Krissy.

    And thanks for keeping that goofy lug you married fed, in operating condition and generally shiny side up. (Not a bald joke. Well, it *wasn’t*, but now….)

    Many happy returns on the day. Truly.

  26. Happy Birthday, Krissy! “May you love as long as you live, and live as long as you wish” (For bonus points, name the author I filched that from…)

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