New Book News

I just signed the contract and mailed it in, so I’ll go ahead and announce it: Next year I’ll have a new non-fiction book out, namely a collection of my AMC/FilmCritic.com columns. The book will be out from NESFA Press, in conjunction with my appearance as Guest of Honor at the Boskone 49 science fiction convention in Boston, in February. I’ve already turned in the manuscript, which is in the process of being whittled down to manageable length. No title yet; I’ll have to think of something clever. But I’m happy about this book; I’ve had a lot of fun writing the movie columns so it’ll be nice to have them down in a permanent form.

More details about the book as it goes through the process — which is to say: this is what I have to announce about the book now, if it’s not addressed here the answer to the question you’re going to ask is “I don’t know yet.” Trust me, I’ll tell you when I know things. I am happy to say, however, that it does mean 2012 is a two book year, one fiction and one non-fiction. I like years like that.

18 Comments on “New Book News”

  1. D. Paul Angel – I am in my 40’s (the new "20" they say!), am originally from California, and now live in Portland, OR, but would eventually like to "retire" to Hawaii. I am, most definitely, a “Nerd’s Nerd.” I can recite huge tracts of Monty Python, can force Star Wars quotes into nearly any conversation, find serenity amongst fireflies, enjoy hitchhiking to the beach with my towel in hand (remember the Hawaii bit), have found precious little to dislike about Tolkien, and find any argument favoring Picard over Kirk to be both fascinating and most illogical. My foundation in Science Fiction began with Asimov, but Heinlein’s wit brought it to the front of my conscious. Although I am still recovering from the amount of time spent wheeling through Jordan and Sanderson’s epic, I have found long series, such as Scalzi’s, no longer make me feel like an old man (The new 20, right!?). I've always had a love of comics, particularly the far side of Bloom County where Calvin lived, often casting pearls before swine whilst doing the foxtrot over the hedge. Even though I already have 2 puppy-dogs I love, Zack and Satia, I can’t help but think how awesome having a magical creature would be; even if I do worry that caring for it would leave me feeling hagrid. I am more comfortable tweeting than facebooking, and I'm not athletic enough to be a tumblr. I'm also an airplane nerd and a licensed, albeit non-current, pilot. I've travelled enough to know I want to travel more, I've read, cover to cover, The Bible, Koran, Book of Mormon, Science and Health, and a smattering of Eastern philosophies, and I was one of the early board members of Cerimon House. I can bake bread from scratch, grill, and cook; and I've failed, miserably, in learning at least 4 different programming languages. I write, commit photography, and am learning the ins and out of drawing and illustration. I have long straddled that shady realm between the wholly physical and utterly imaginative, and I'm working towards taking up residence in the latter. I'm an expert in all forms of philosophocating, but find it is best done with open eyes, compassion, and humor; preferably with pleasant company, snacks, and an ample supply of delicious beverages. I have also been known to make the occasional pun.
    D. Paul Angel

    Congrats! That is very cool news. I only just started reading your columns but am finding them immensely enjoyable and for the most part in line with my own tastes in movies.

  2. Congrats! That will make a fine gift for all the John Scalzi collectors out there. And NESFA makes a very good product that holds up well over time. :)

    Of course, I’m more excited about your fiction release, but that’s because a) I like fiction and b) I’ve read most of your AMC/FilmCritic.com columns already. ;-)

  3. Contented Reader – Cincinnati, Ohio – I am a reader. My preferred genres are speculative fiction, science, and classics, but I'll read anything that piques my interest, including, in emergency situations, cereal boxes and instruction manuals.
    Contented Reader

    I was at one of the readings where you read from the Top Secret Novel I Will Not Describe Because I Promised I Wouldn’t. I am really, really looking forward to reading it. Now I have another thing to look forward to.

    Two good books to read! In the SAME year! 2012 is shaping up to be a peach.

  4. I found you through the AMC/FilmCritic.com column, so this is good news for me. If there was also a DVD of the AMC SciFi Dept. Videos, that would make me very happy.

  5. Maybe you could call it “The Cellulose Teat” – or would you be worried about a lawsuit from Harlan?

  6. Awesome! Would love to know when the name and maybe a sentence long description of the fiction book will be announced (not to knock your AMC columns, but I already done read those in real time).

  7. You were right – Temporary Duty is the best recent Sci Fi in years! Also, a tip of the hat to EE “Doc” Smith, my childhood hero, and of course to this certain Scalzi fellow who is in the same league… keep writing and I will keep contributing in exchange for the enjoyment.

  8. Good for you but the greatest hits of a free website thing is kind of lost on me. Why would anyone want to buy something like that? New fiction, if not a reboot/reimagining of some previous work sounds good though.

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