Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Calm Before the Nerds

The very quiet north tower lobby seating area of the Marriot Marquis. In three days I expect this entire area to be awash in becostumed nerds, as ComicCon descends. This will not be a bad thing, but I do have to admit I like the quiet at the moment.

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The Other View Out My Hotel Window

It’s nice to visit a city that has climate rather than weather. That is, when its climate is 72 degrees and sunny, all the time. Off doing things. Be back later.

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Today’s View From a Hotel Window

Yeah, this view does not suck. For those who are wondering, I’m in San Diego, for Comic Con, where I am a special guest this year (eventually, it’s still a few days away) and for other stuff as well.

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Away Today

Because sometime that happens. You understand, don’t you? Don’t you? I’ll be on Twitter intermittently. Otherwise, see you tomorrow.

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Oh, Hey, Look, I’m Profiled in the New York Times

This is the fourth and final announcement of the day. Remember when I went to New York last week to be interviewed by the New York Times? Now that interview is up, and it covers a wide range of topics, including Redshirts, my personal history and even this very blog. Plus it features special guest […]

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My ComicCon Schedule

My third announcement of the day. As many of you already know, or might have guessed because of the previous announcement, I will be at ComicCon this year — indeed I am a special guest! Which is nice. Want to know what where I will be and with whom? Of course you do. This is […]

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Hey! I’m Performing at w00tstock!

This is the second big announcement of the day.  w00tstock, for those nerds among you what live under a rock, is the Internet equivalent of a night of vaudville, hosted by Wil Wheaton, Adam Savage and Paul & Storm. There is music, humor, skits, and all manner of wacky geek fun that will be fun […]

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Announcing The Human Division

We’ve been sitting on this one for a while now, but it’s time to announce it to the world: My next project from Tor is called The Human Division. It takes place in the “Old Man’s War” universe, after the events of The Last Colony and Zoe’s Tale. It is not, strictly speaking, a novel. […]

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Sunset, 7/5/12

Because it’s been a while, hasn’t it?

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The Big Idea: Pamela Ribon

Pamela Ribon is one of the funniest humans I know. Much of what makes her so is not about her ability to make me or anyone else laugh; it’s her knowledge of people and how they work, even in situations where’s not necessarily a laugh to be found. Her latest novel You Take It From […]

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Where My Missing MacBook Air Is

It’s somewhere within about 100 feet of this Brooklyn intersection, according to the “Find My iPhone” app on iCloud (it’s not a live photo; this was taken from Google Maps). Considering that I lost the thing a week ago in La Guardia Airport, it’s traveled a not inconsiderable distance within the city. The “Find My […]

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Happy 4th of July

Here’s an educational cartoon for you all explaining the details of this whole “Declaration of Independence” thing: For my fellow countryfolk, happy Independence Day. For everyone else (and for the US folks too, actually), happy Higgs Boson Day. We all have something to celebrate.

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And Now Here’s William Beckett To Jangle His Way Through a Tuesday Night

Young Master Beckett being the former lead singer of The Academy Is…, whose music I enjoyed. This is his new single, from an upcoming EP, which comes out in a couple of weeks. Beckett’s trying some different styles beyond the straight-ahead emo-pop that was TAI’s bread and butter, and it’s fun to hear what he’s […]

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Chief Justice Roberts and Political Orthodoxy

It’s not an exaggeration to suggest that the Supreme Court holding that the ACA is in fact constitutional (albeit on novel and narrow grounds that no one expected to be used, i.e., the Congress’ power to levy taxes) represents the biggest political blow to the current distillation of right-wing ideology that it’s had in some […]

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The Books That Arrived While I Was Away

I’ve taken to showing the books that show up at the Scalzi Compound over on Twitter, but I didn’t do that while I was on tour, because, duh, I was on tour. So by way of catching up, here’s what showed up in June. I’m running the picture a little larger than usual, but you […]

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Calling the Undecideds

I’m not gonna lie to you folks: I’m am less likely to be voting for Mitt Romney come November than I am to be leaving my wife to shack up with a wise-cracking turtle named Laverne (and I’m really not gonna do that). I don’t imagine this will come as a surprise. Likewise, I know […]

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Yes, I’ve Seen This Red Shirt-Related Macro + B&N Review Take on Redshirts

The graphic above has only been forwarded to me about 40,000 times (I was first referred to it here). Yes, I’ve seen it. Yes, it’s funny. One suspects that the folks at Independent Health are sweetly oblivious to the cognitive dissonance their chosen shirt color provides us geeks. While we’re at least tangentially on the […]

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It’s Okay Not to Read Me

I noted this briefly on Twitter last night but I think it’s worth expanding just a little bit. Last night I read a mostly vaguely negative review of Redshirts on a personal blog in which the reviewer basically admitted, in somewhat different words, that they’re just not an enthusiast of most of my books. This […]

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The Year Half Gone and What Do I Have to Show for It?

Quite a lot, actually. 2012 so far for me: Not a bad year at all. But the wonders of the second half of the year await, and most of those wonders involve working my ass off for the next several months on a whole bunch of projects. I still have some serious travel ahead of […]

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