Monthly Archives: February 2012

Redshirts Auction for Con or Bust

I’ve been told that Tor has offered up an ARC of Redshirts for Con or Bust, the fundraiser to help fans of color attend science fiction and fantasy conventions. So if you’d like to bid to try to get that copy for yourself, the auction is going on here. If you’d like to check out […]

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Last Minute 80s Dance Music Suggestions: Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Hey guys: As you know I’m DJing an 80s dance tonight. I’m pretty well situated for 80s dance music (500 tracks on the playlist) BUT there’s always a chance I’ve completely blown past a “wow you should really have that in the mix” track. SO: Suggest one of YOUR favorite songs from the 80s that […]

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Final Breast Cancer Screening/Education Tally

As you all remember, and in the wake of the Susan G. Komen thing, last week I and Subterranean Press pledged the income generated by one week of sales of my SubPress eBooks to support Planned Parenthood’s breast cancer screening and education efforts. I’m delighted to say that in the end we raised $5,200. (Well, […]

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The Big Idea: Matt Ruff

A world in which 9/11 is 11/9 –– and that’s not to only reversal Matt Ruff brings to The Mirage, which features terrorist attacks and a struggle between the Arabic and Western worlds, i.e., the same recipe as events in our world, but with a few important changes. Ruff’s alternate history is getting noticed (“entertaining […]

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Proof I Am a Complete Sadistic Bastard

There’s a writer named John Mierau who asked me to retweet his campaign to crowdsource a novel: I retweeted, he made his goal, and he ate a Bolivian Rainbow pepper while reading The Eye of Argon. If you want to go straight to the pepper eating, it starts at about 9:30. At about 10:24 he […]

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Congratulations, Washington

The latest state to legalize same-sex marriage! That is, as soon as the governor signs the bill, which she’s said she plans to do. Meanwhile, back at the Scalzi Compound: Me: Washington just passed same-sex marriage! How is our marriage? Krissy: Last time I checked, still pretty solid. So, that’s, what? Seven times my marriage […]

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The Return of Con or Bust

My friend Kate Nepveu has pinged me to remind folks that this year’s Con or Bust auctions are soon to begin — these are auctions of cool science fiction and fantasy related stuff, with the funds raised from the auctions going to help fans of color attend science fiction and fantasy conventions. Auctions include ARCs, […]

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Agnosticism Without Pain

Slate (reprinting from the Financial Times) has a story on how difficult it is to be an atheist in the United States. I read the piece with the same attitude that I have regarding most pieces about how difficult it is to be atheist/agnostic in the US, which is with a mild sense of dissonance. […]

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The Santorum Solution

Wow, I gotta tell ya, I really suck at prognosticating this GOP primary season. Just this weekend I mentioned how it was a two-man race between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, and here it is Wednesday and Rick Santorum has just won the caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado as well as the Missouri primary, with […]

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The Chronicle of a Super Bowl Weekend Success

Over at FilmCritic.com this week, I look at the success of Chronicle in the theaters over Super Bowl weekend, and what lessons, if any, we may glean from its box-office topping performance. Hint: there are lessons to be learned, otherwise my column would be very short, and I don’t get paid for very short columns. […]

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Proposition 8 Overturned

Well, yeah. As the federal court of appeals panel noted, “Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California.” And that’s not a nice thing to do. I’ll have more thoughts on this in a bit, when I get caught […]

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The Business Case Against Karen Handel

Susan G. Komen Senior Vice President for Public Policy Karen Handel, the presumed designated sacrificial executive for the Komen folks, on account that outsiders suspected she was behind the plan to stop funding Planned Parenthood (and certainly appears to have pushed for it enthusiastically), has indeed resigned from that foundation, although she seems not particularly […]

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The Big Idea: Saladin Ahmed

Influences aren’t just things as a writer that you pull from — they can also be things that you push against. And sometimes you do both at once. Saladin Ahmed knows about this; in his widely acclaimed debut Throne of the Crescent Moon (which has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Kirkus […]

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans: Suggest Your Nominees, Please

The Nebula Awards nomination period is rapidly coming to a close (it ends on February 15) and there’s about five weeks left to nominate works for the Hugo Awards (including the Campbell Award). As I am involved in both awards this year — I’m the president of SFWA and the toastmaster of Chicon 7, this […]

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Three Musical Prompts for Your Monday

They are: 1. Patrick Nielsen Hayden is not only a Hugo-winning editor over at Tor, and my editor, but he’s also a damn fine guitarist, and plays in a rootsy rock band known as Whisperado. That assemblage of musical ne’er-do-wells have just released their first full-length album, I’m Not the Road. If you wished, you […]

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Romney and the LDS Church

Question from the gallery: How much do you think it will matter that Mitt Romney is a Mormon? And does it matter in your own thinking about him? Since I think at this point it’s all but certain Romney will be the GOP nominee, I’m not sure it’s mattered greatly in a negative sense. I’m […]

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