Monthly Archives: November 2011

And Now, For No Particular Reason, Here’s a Gourd That Looks Like a Swan

It started out as an ugly pumpkin. But just look at it now!

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The Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, Day Two: Air Conditioning

I suppose it’s odd to note one’s thankful for air conditioning in November, in Ohio, when the temperature outside is a brisk 46 degrees, with a high of 53 expected later. But then again I’m not just talking about things I’m grateful for today. I’m also talking about things that I am grateful for in, […]

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They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To

This week in my column at, I look at the one thing Star Wars and E.T. have in common that they share with only one other science fiction film in the last quarter century. What is it, and why is it so rare? You’ll need to follow this link to find out. And as […]

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Oh, and Also: I’m Doing a Thanksgiving Advent Calendar Thingie This Month

By which I mean that every day of November through Thanksgiving (in the US), I’ll be writing a bit on something I’m thankful for. The reason? Mostly because I think the idea of Thanksgiving — of taking time to really think about things you are thankful for — is a fine one, and because I […]

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The Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, Day One: Not Drinking Alcohol

When I was heading to Germany last month, people were very excited for me. “You’ll have a blast at Oktoberfest!” they said. “Germany has awesome beer!” That’s nice, I would say, except that a) Oktoberfest actually mostly happens in September, and b) I don’t drink alcohol in any event. People were stunned at the lexicographical […]

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John Scalzi Did Not Co-Write The Forever War

A lot of folks use Twitter to track the books they are currently reading, which is nice because it lets me and other authors obsessively track when people are reading something we wrote. One of the books my name is associated with, however, is The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman. The reason for this is […]

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