Monthly Archives: August 2011

NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels/Series

NPR has released its list of the top 100 science fiction and fantasy novels/series, as voted on by the public from a jury-curated list of 237 finalists, itself culled from public nominations of even more novels. Old Man’s War is on the list, which is pretty nifty. Thank you to those of you who voted […]

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The Big Idea: John Hornor Jacobs

The past stays with us in surprising ways. Ask John Hornor Jacobs about this: When it came time for him to write Southern Gods, which takes place in the post-WWII South, Jacobs reached into his own experience of the past to inform the writing. What has he brought from the days gone by to detail […]

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Also, Damn

I have completed and have had published (or definitively have had scheduled for publication) 16 books since November, 2000. This doesn’t include METAtropolis (which I edited and wrote one fifth of), The God Engines and The Sagan Diary; if you include them because they are stand-alone projects, it’s 19. That’s, you know. Not bad for […]

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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 […]

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Oscar, Meet Andy

In this week’s FilmCritic.com column I write an open letter to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. About what? About how it’s time they give Andy Serkis an Oscar, that’s what. My reasoning for this special Oscar is detailed there, so go and check it out, and always […]

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Tonight’s Cloudscapes

At sunset, starting southeast and moving west.

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My Problem With Everything Right Now

It’s basically this: Whenever I start trying to encapsulate my general thoughts on the events of the week, at home and abroad, in a coherent and logical fashion, I end up having a ten second adrenaline spike, followed by a minute of spittle-flinging profanity, followed by about two hours of anomie, during which the only […]

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The Big Idea: Courtney Schafer

Writers are always looking for the element they can bring in to their writing that not only separates the work from that of other writers, but elevates it as well — and gives readers an experience they won’t get from anyone else. For Courtney Schafer, the element that elevates her novel The Whitefire Crossing does […]

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SFWA Presidential Quarterly Report

If you are a member of SFWA, you may view my quarterly presidential report in our private forums here. Please have a look. If you are not a member of SFWA, here’s David Bowie singing “Starman” back in 1973. To be clear, SFWA members may also watch that video, if they wish. (Comments here are […]

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Renovation/Worldcon Schedule Update

They’ve added a Kaffeklatsch for me on Thursday morning, which is very cool because I enjoy doing those. I’ve added it to the total schedule here.

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GAAAH

Lord knows I’m not a fan of Michelle Bachmann, whose politics I would best describe as “opportunistically insane,” nor have I avoided commenting on her crazy, crazy eyes in the past, because, damn, the lady brings the crazy eyes. For all of that, this particular picture of Ms. Bachmann on the cover of Newsweek seems […]

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My (Current) Renovation/Worldcon Schedule

For those of you hoping to meet me/stalk me/gaze adoringly into my eyes whilst you savor my every word at Renovation, this year’s Worldcon, here is my current schedule. Note please that it includes one item which will be on the published schedule that I will not be at, and one item that is not […]

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The Clouds On the Way Home

Not exactly welcoming. But we made it home anyway, from a very nice family reunion which wrapped up before these babies wandered in from the west. It’s nice when it works out that way; it wouldn’t have been fantastic to be out in the open at a park when these hit.

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Marissa Lingen Says Smart Things About Nominating and Voting on Books

And you can read them here. Yup, that’s all I have to say.

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A Couple Notes About Me

Go me! * Lots of people e-mailed me yesterday to let me know Fuzzy Nation was featured on Unshelved, the comic strip about adventures in a library. Not only that, but Unshelved also featured a half-hour long audio interview of me! And yes, I knew about all of that. I was there for the interview, […]

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Black Walnut Fruits

In case you ever wondered what a walnut fruit looks like before it’s husked, shelled and the nutmeats turned into pies and such, here you go. This picture is from a young tree in our backyard that is producing fruit for the first time and as such I was deeply confused as to what sort […]

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The Other Large Thing: A Short Story

I reached 20,000 Twitter followers last night and I had mentioned a while back that when I reached that plateau I’d do something special for the folks over there to say thanks. So I wrote a short story and posted it over there, using TweetDeck’s “Deck.Ly” service. Having done that, however, I want to also […]

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My Online Social Profile, 2011

For no particular reason other than I think it would be interesting to do so, here’s a current ranking of where I do my social thing online and why: 1. Whatever: I mean, this should be fairly obvious; this blog is the largest repository of Scalzi Being Scalzi anywhere online. I think there’s a general […]

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One of You Just HAD to Do It, Didn’t You

I mentioned the other day that between the Mac Air I just bought and the Mini Cooper we brought home a few months ago, I was only a man bag away from complete hipster bastardry, so of course one of those arrived today, a “gift” from a Whatever reader. Fine: Here I am, resplendent in […]

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Updated Appearance Schedule

An update of my public appearances in the US and Canada through 2012 is now up and available here. Most of my appearances will be in the east and midwest, which may cause some grumbling, but hey, my last book tour was mostly in the west. I’m trying to spread myself around. What’s not on […]

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