Monthly Archives: June 2012

17 Years

Seventeen years ago today, Krissy and I got married. I love that we are still married, and I love that I love her more today than when I married her. And I love that she feels the same way. If you want to give us an anniversary present, here’s all you have to do: Tell […]

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The Big Idea: Diana Peterfreund

Jane Austen has been a muse for more than one speculative fiction writer, in no small part because the world she lived in can echo into the future, amplifying what the author of a new work wishes to say. So it is for Diana Peterfreund and her latest novel For the Darkness Shows the Stars, […]

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Dear Boston: Hey, You’re in the Book!

Did you know? It’s true: Boston has a cameo appearance in Redshirts. I call out the Freedom Trail and everything! That means we’re the best buddies ever! And that’s why, when I show up the COOP tomorrow, June 15 at 7pm, it’ll be like we’re old friends. Because, hey, I don’t give a shout out […]

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Dear Brooklyn: YOU DON’T SCARE ME

Dear Brooklyn: The last time I was in New York, I was in Manhattan and I got a whole bunch of tweets that went like this: “If Scalzi was a REAL MAN, he’d come to Brooklyn.” Because Brooklyn is the crucible of manly manliness, apparently, where only the most testosteronic of humans can possibly survive, […]

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The Big Idea: Robert McCammon

The “bad guy”: Essential for many plots, fun to write, and fun to read. But what goes into making a bad guy bad? Is it more than malfeasance on the mind? In The Providence Rider, the latest Matthew Corbett book, set in colonial America, Robert McCammon brings the bad guy out to play. Here’s why, […]

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Patrick Nielsen Hayden Explains eBook Territorial Rights For You

In a long and very worthwhile comment in the previous entry thread. If you ever wondered why you can get eBooks in some countries but not others (specifically as it relates to Redshirts, but also more generally) this is the post for you. For those of you who don’t know, PNH is the senior editor […]

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Today’s Interesting Bit of Trivia

So, I got some data for how Redshirts sold in the last week. Basically: Between print, electronic and audiobook versions, Redshirts sold roughly two and a half times as many copies in its first week than Old Man’s War sold in its entire first year. Which is to say, holy crap. Thanks, folks.

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Dear Burbank: A NOTE FROM THE FUTURE

DEAR BURBANK STOP THIS IS JOHN SCALZI STOP I AM WRITING YOU FROM A FUTURE WHERE THE INTERNET EXPLODED AND THERE ARE ONLY TELEGRAPHS STOP IT’S A HORRIBLE FUTURE STOP BADGERS RULE US ALL STOP BUT OUR SCIENTISTS (WHAT FEW REMAIN) SAY WE CAN AVOID THIS STOP ALL IT REQUIRES IS THAT YOU ALL GO […]

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Redshirts One Week In

It’s chugging along very nicely as far as I can tell. I don’t yet have any actual numbers to report, but it’s been in Amazon’s top ten for science fiction for the whole week (both in physical and eBook versions) and the audiobook has been in Audible.com’s top ten of all titles since it came […]

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And Now, Wil Wheaton Losing His Mind as the Kings Win the Stanley Cup

Because he’s just that excited.¬†And speaking as a man who owns a Kings jersey of his own (albeit from the Gretzky era), I can’t say that I am displeased, either. Fun fact: The other fellow briefly seen in the video is our mutual friend Mykal Burns, who, aside from having been a guest blogger here […]

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Mark Reads “Shadow War of the Night Dragons”

The story here: This fellow named Mark Orshiro, who has made a name for himself by doing stuff and recording himself doing it and then posting it online (at the logically titled MarkDoesStuff.com), did a thing where for $25 he’ll read anything you give him, up to 20 minutes in length. So someone (not me) […]

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