Monthly Archives: December 2011

Another Scalzi Christmas Rerun: Jackie Jones & Melrose Mandy

After posting “Sarah’s Sister” yesterday, I got a few e-mails from people wondering what the third holiday-related piece I wrote for my 2003 RIF fundraiser was, and if I would share it. The answer was, it was a poem meant for the kiddies, and sure, here it is, behind the cut. It’s about a kid […]

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The Big Idea: Rudy Rucker

Rudy Rucker has lived an interesting, interesting life, one that if you heard about it you would think, hey, that would probably make an interesting book. And so it has, with Nested Scrolls, Rucker’s official autobiography. With any sort of book, there’s a process of discovery the author goes through in putting a biography together […]

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Whatever Shopping Guide, Day 2: Non-Traditionally Published Books

Today is Day Two of the Whatever Shopping Guide, and today the focus is on Non-Traditionally Published Books: Self-published works, electronically-exclusive books, books from micro presses, books released outside the usual environs of the publishing world, and so on. Because, as someone who published his own first novel on his Web Site long before it […]

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A Scalzi Christmas Rerun: Sarah’s Sister

Back in 2003 I did a small holiday fundraiser thing for Reading is Fundamental, in which I wrote three pieces for people who donated money. One of them, “The Ten Least Successful Holiday Specials of All Time,” has become something of a Christmastime staple around here, but the other two are somewhat less known, so […]

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Whatever Shopping Guide 2011, Day 1: Traditionally Published Books

Welcome to the first day of the Whatever Shopping Guide 2011 — My way of helping you folks learn about cool creative gifts for the holidays, straight from the folks who have created them. Today’s featured products are traditionally published books; that is, books put out by publishers who ship books to stores on a […]

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They’ve Got It Down to a Science

I was over at Jay & Mary’s Book Center earlier today, signing the books people have ordered, and I was impressed at this innovation for this year: A formal Scalzi Order Form, so as to make easier for them (and you, the book buying public) to keep track of what was ordered and how it […]

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Paul Izzard! Eddie Williams!

It’s been noted to me that I was not the first person to come to the conclusion that Axl Rose is beginning to look like Paul Williams. Well, that’s fine. However, I do believe that, on the Internet at least, I am the first person to note the similarity between Paul Williams in his current […]

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Quick Guns N’ Roses Review

I saw Guns N’ Roses a few years ago with my friend Bill Schafer, and last night he and I did it again, with about the same results. Guns N’ Roses is more accurately the Axl Rose Traveling Show, but they put on a nice show and everyone seemed happy they came. Axl himself seemed […]

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Whatever 2011 Shopping Guide Schedule: Get Ready to Promote

Now that it’s officially December, I’m going to get my Ho Ho Ho on and announce that next week, each week day, I am going to post a specific entry for authors, creators and others to promote books, creations and charities. Why? Because I have a big damn readership, full of people who are looking […]

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The Big Idea: Colleen Mondor

Telling stories about fictional characters is hard, but telling stories about real people can be even harder — especially when those stories involve a dangerous job. Author Colleen Mondor confronted this fact head on with her memoir The Map of My Dead Pilots, about her time working for an airline in the wilds of Alaska. […]

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