Monthly Archives: September 2012

Dear Midwesterners

It is entirely possible — and some would say actually¬†advisable! — to employ one’s turn signal before the very last possible instant. Please learn this before I have to destroy your car, which I have very nearly rear-ended, with a rocket launcher. Love, John Scalzi

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Watch the Hugo Ceremony, If You Dare

The archived presentation of this year’s Hugo ceremony, with me as the emcee, is available for your perusal here. As I noted on Twitter last night, I am happy to finally get a look at how the ceremony went; when you’re up there on the stage it’s hard to judge how everything is going. I […]

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A Question For the Weekend

I am escaping the clutches of the Internet this weekend! For the loving embrace of non-Internet related work I am backed up on! Oh joy! I’ll see you all on Monday. In the meantime, a question for you all to keep you amused in my absence: Name a book/movie/TV show/album/game that you loved when you […]

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Various and Sundry, 9/7/12

Many things to do today (well, one big thing, several small things), but before I wander off to do them: * It looks like you will finally be able to see the entire Hugo ceremony after all: It will stream in its entirety next Sunday starting at 8pm Eastern (i.e., an hour before it actually […]

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A Small Observation Regarding the Personal Touch

You know, some people, when they are talking to you, use your name and reach out to touch you because they are genuinely the sort of person who does that and to whom it comes naturally. Some people, when they are talking to you, use your name and reach out to touch you because¬†they read […]

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The Big Idea: Kevin J. Anderson

Dudes! Kevin J. Anderson worked with Neil Peart of Rush on a novel! How cool is that? Seriously, that’s all I’ve got by way of an intro here. The novel is Clockwork Angels, which is also the title of the latest Rush album, and no, it’s not a coincidence. Not a coincidence at all. KEVIN […]

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So This Is a Thing That Actually Just Happened

A tale told in tweets: So, yes. At some point in the not too distant future (but well after I finish up my current projects, no doubt to the relief of my editors) prepare yourself for 101 Uses For a Spare Goat, by John Scalzi, from Subterranean Press. It will be, and I think I […]

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Subterranean Press September eBook Sale

Subterranean Press is putting on sale a whole bunch of its ebooks this September, including several of mine: Through the end of the month, for example, my Hugo and Nebula-nominated novella The God Engines is just $2.99, as is my book on writing, You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop Into a Coffee […]

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The Big Idea: Morgan Keyes

We’ve all experienced rites of passage in our lives, and they are usually framed as celebrations. But is there another side to those rites — a not always celebratory one. It’s a side that Morgan Keyes explores in Darkbeast, her new middle-grade novel. We’ve got here to explain. MORGAN KEYES: In Darkbeast, twelve-year-old Keara runs […]

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The Now Standard Back From Worldcon Disclaimer + September Schedule Notes

Hi there! I’ve been away for several days and not looking at e-mail or much of anything else, and also have to dive back into work immediately, so it will probably take me a couple of days to clear my backlog of mail. If you sent me an e-mail in the last week you were […]

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Chicon 7 Recap

I’m back home now from Chicon 7, this year’s Worldcon. Some thoughts on it, in no particular order. 1. As the absolutely ridiculous .gif to the right might suggest, I had a massive amount of fun at the convention, and that’s something that was not necessarily a given for me, because I was the Toastmaster […]

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The Big Idea: Gwenda Bond

I’ve known Gwenda Bond for years, and I’m delighted to be able to give her a spot in the Big Idea for her debut novel Blackwood. It’s a book featuring a mystery that I once touched on, in a tangential fashion, in a couple of my own books. But for her own tale, Gwenda gets […]

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Behold the Mallet of Loving Correction

Here it is, big as life. It was given to me by the folks at Chicon 7 in appreciation for my work, and I have to tell you, it is just about the coolest thing I’ve ever received. Krissy is included in the picture for scale. This is what you can imagine me wielding from […]

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The Hugo Winners, 2012

Here they are, stolen shamelessly from Tor.com. No, I didn’t win, but neither did I expect to, and frankly, it didn’t stop me from having one of my best Hugo nights ever, because as MC of the Hugo Awards I got to give so many Hugos to so many friends that it really was kind […]

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Sunday at Chicon

Today is the day at Chicon 7 where we give out the Hugo Awards, and I, in fact, get to be the one who gives them away. Go me. Before that, however, I had a Stroll with the Stars (on which the above picture was taken, underneath The Bean), a kaffeklatsch, an interview with astronaut […]

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Not Dead, Just Busy

Being the Toastmaster at a Worldcon is busy work. How are you?

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