Journey to Planet JoCo at

Over at, I’m part of a two-week festival of all things Jonathan Coulton, in a feature called “Journey to Planet Joco.” JoCo is starting a tour starting on June 1, and so I sat down to talk with him about those songs of his with a science fictional bent to them, a journey that culminates in a very special event: On May 29, we will debut a brand new song by Coulton. And this new song? It’s awesome (yes, I’ve heard it).

The first installment is up now, in which we talk about songwriting, story telling, and science fiction. You can hear an audio version of our interview or read a transcription. We’ll be talking every day through May 29th. Check it out and tell your friends. It’s as much fun as you can have with your ears.

7 Comments on “Journey to Planet JoCo at”

  1. Coulton is an interesting fellow. I listened to an episode of the Nerdist podcast he guested on and it gave some really interesting perspective on his career.

    Come to think of it, Mr. Scalzi you would probably be well suited as a guest on that podcast. You should look them up next time you visit LA.

  2. I don’t want to pick a fight with him on his own website, but if you don’t mind, I’ll comment here: having seen him most recently when he opened for REM here in St. Louis, and heard some of the songs off of his new album? I really feel like he’s in a sophomore slump, at best, and at worst he may have jumped the shark altogether. He’s going from lightheartedly mocking some really dark ideas and really creepy behavior to just plain wallowing in it, it feels like to me. I used to be a huge fan, but his newest stuff just depresses me.

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