42 was a pretty good year for me, I have to say; I did some good work, made the acquaintance (or better acquaintance) of some excellent people, and got to see a bit of the world. Let’s see what 43 has in store.

In other news, today is my birthday and I am also doing an appearance at the Massachusetts Library Association and I am also traveling back home so I will be able to share at least a tiny sliver of today with the family. All of which is to say I am mostly taking the day off from here. See you tomorrow!

127 Comments on “43”

  1. Happy Birthday! I’ll wish you a belated birthday in person next weekend at the Nebula Weekend book signing- I’m so excited! And I won an ARC of Redshirts from Tor.com (which I hope you can sign) and I wanted to let you know that I LOVED it. It was sharp and funny and unexpectedly moving. Thank you for all your work and for sharing it with us.

  2. crotchetyoldfan – The Crotchety Old Fan is Steve Davidson, also know as Rimworlder on many SF forums. Steve maintains the Rim Worlds Concordance project which is devoted to the works of A. Bertram Chandler and his most enduring character - Commodore John Grimes of the Rim Worlds Naval Reserve. Grimes is science fiction’s original ‘Horatio Hornblower of Space’. More information about Chandler, Grimes and the Rim Worlds can be found at www.rimworlds.com. Steve also maintains a visual index of volume 1, number 1 pulp science fiction magazines on the same website and is a devoted collector of the same. ‘I’m an ‘old’ SF fan, which you can take whichever way you like, as I love the old masters (Heinlein, Clarke, Asimov, E.F. Russell, Piper, Cordwainer Smith) and I’m well beyond the age you’re not supposed to trust anymore’. This blog is devoted to an investigation of the growing divide between ‘old’ - or ‘classic’ science fiction and the moderan literary genre that is currently sold under the same name. Steve has also begun writing reviews for www.SFReader.com, expects to be doing the same for www.SFSignal.com, and is contributing various non-fiction pieces to various other websites, all of them concerned with science fiction of one stripe or another. Early in 2008 he became completely disappointed with the SciFi Channel and created The Classic Science Fiction Channel website that gathers links to public domain radio, television, film and literary properties. Steve had a successful non-fiction writing career - writing articles and books dealing primarily with the paintball industry (Four books and several hundred articles including editorializing, product reviews, sports reporting, educational and more) - which he has since given up in favor of blogging and fiction. (Leaving the paintball industry after 25 years.) One final book on this subjected is scheduled to be released in early 2009 (A Parent's Guide To Paintball). Current work on fiction includes several completed novellettes/novellas curently in submission hell and various chapters of three novels. Freely distributed current work - including several chapters of a science fiction/paintball novel and a pulp/comic book/fairy tale mashup can be found on his website.

    happy merry flappy doodle!

  3. Happy birthday, John! It sounds like you’re enjoying it. Good for you. I’m sure the next year will be as good as or better than the last one.

  4. jbwhelan – Perspex Island – J. B. Whelan is the last scion of a clan of itinerant rug-beaters, who squandered their vast fortune on soda pop and Missile Command.

    Happy birthday John!

  5. Jen – wife. mother. knitter. unschooler. band geek. fatass. card-carrying socialist. militant breastfeeder. profane. agnostic. ENFP
    Jen in CT

    Happy birthday, John, and many happy returns!

  6. Ron Mitchell:

    Sadly, I was never the answer. I’d like to think I’m part of the solution, however.

  7. Happy birthday. Hope your day is more magnificent than a horde of monkeys riding on a fleet of flying seal panda hybrids that fart out delicious apple pies.

  8. Happy Birthday John. I hope this year brings you fabulous success and tank-driving unicorns.

    Can’t wait to read Red Shirts… bring it on.

  9. Hope your 43 is better than mine was. That’s the year my wife invited me to seek alternate living arrangements.

  10. Happy Birthday!!!

  11. Happy Birthday, John. It just doesn’t seem like you should be that OLD, son! Love, Mom

  12. SherryH – coastal North Carolina, US – Early in 2013, I survived a brain tumor that cost me my eyesight. I'm determined not to let it slow me down. I live with my husband, our two adult sons, and a trio of cats.

    Happy birthday! *toots party horn, throws confetti* I hope it’s a very good year.

  13. Things to look forward to in your new year:
    Read glasses become more and more attractive.
    That weight you took off because strangely harder to keep off.
    WTF! Is that more grey hair? And why is it growing there?

    Happy Birthday and Many More

  14. Lang zal ze leven
    Lang zal ze leven
    Lang zal ze leven in de gloria
    In de gloria, in de gloria
    Hieperdepiep Hoera!!
    (That’s the dutch birthday song.)
    I turned 43 back in March– so far, so good. Happy Birthday!

  15. I knew something was missing from my morning!
    Very best wishes to you, hope this orbit will be interesting, productive and followed by many more – each different but better.


  16. Your resemblance to Lopsided Cat becomes more pronounced each year. Many happy returns of the day.

  17. filippobia – Verona, ITA – Sono indubbiamente un po' impulsivo, e questo mi espone a qualche (a volte giusta) critica di troppo. Ma, di converso, questo mi porta ad essere estremamente curioso, sempre disponibile a mettermi in gioco e sperimentare cose nuove. Alcune delle cose che amo? Navigare, il cinema dei fratelli Cohen e di Spielberg ma anche di Antonioni e di Bertolucci, leggere Pasolini e Bukowski, le cause perse ma degne di essere combattute, i mulini a vento, le renne, il whisky torbato, la voce di David Bowie e di Guccini...

    Buon compleanno from Italy!

  18. Congratulations and Salutations!

    You caught me up again man!

    ….and, you’re no longer “The answer…..” (Oh, I see, you have already answered that… But you know, what? My whole circle of Geeky friends? They all had to endure that joke, so there it is.)

  19. Happy birthday :-)
    A small good news from Hungary: The Old Man’s War print arrived to the market, and looking stunningly fabulous: http://www.agavebolt.com/663-venek-haboruja.html

    Anyone interested (in such an exotic language ;-) and unable to order, just let me know, I will help. We can discuss even a possibility of a Kindle edition of the Hungarian text as well.

  20. Happy Birthday! Glad you get to spend a bit of it with your family. Have an extra piece of cake, preferably one with lots of icing on it.

  21. Many happy returns, you fine Scalzi of a man. Remember: we do not stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing. Now go hit that ukulele!

  22. Happy Birthday! I’m just about to hit 42 myself, so I hope it’ll treat me as well as it seems to have treated you.

  23. Horia Nicola Ursu – I am an editor and translator, and also a former publisher at Millennium Books. I read, write, translate, edit and publish books. I also collect them. Own them. Possess them. Love them.

    Happy birthday!

  24. At the risk of sounding like a Facebook avalanche… happiest of birthdays John. I hear 43 is the new 23?

  25. Happy Birthday & thank you again for offering one of the rare places on the internet where civility & intelligence (mostly) reign.

  26. Happy belated B-Day!

    I was on a self-enforced internet blackout yesterday for productivity reasons, so I’m sending you best wishes for another trip round the sun through the Time Tunnel to yesterday.

  27. Happy Belated Birthday, John! I remember 43, people were beginning to think about the Y2K problem.

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