Monthly Archives: April 2013

Kitchen After, 4/23/13

I know some of you have been waiting days to see the final results of the kitchen counter rehab, and so, to make you happy, here it is. For contrast, here’s what the kitchen looked like before, and during the rehab. The end result is, I should say, very nice when you’re up close to […]

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Today’s Books, 4/22/13

Just walked through the door of the house, and what is the first thing I do? Take a picture of the books that have come in so you can see what’s new and upcoming. Because that’s how much I care about you. Yes I do. Tell what catches your eye, down below in the comments.

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The Big Idea: Brian McClellan

Nothing is constant but change — and changing times can be an interesting opportunity for a writer to document the upheaval of societies, standards and even power structures (fictional or otherwise). So Brian McClellan discovered with Promise of Blood, the first of his Powder Mage series. Here’s McClellan to explain. BRIAN McCLELLAN: A little over […]

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Sunday Sunday Sunday

I’ll be away from the blog today on account that today’s my busy day at the LA Times Festival of Books. If you’re at the Festival today remember to come say hello! Here’s my schedule. I may tweet a little bit though. We’ll see. Have a good Sunday and see you tomorrow.

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How I Keep Myself Amused on Long Flights

Flight update: Gremlin on the wing. Not unusual. Gremlin on the wing holding a placard. Slightly more unusual. — John Scalzi (@scalzi) April 19, 2013 Reading the placard now. One side says: “ON STRIKE GREMLINS LOCAL 323” Other side: “NO DESTROYED PLANES UNTIL PAY RAISE.” — John Scalzi (@scalzi) April 19, 2013   I did […]

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The Big Idea: Sofia Samatar

In the novel A Stranger in Olondria, reading is the thing. But author Sofia Samatar asks: Is it the only thing? Here are her further thoughts about a life of letters (and beyond). SOFIA SAMATAR: When I wrote A Stranger in Olondria, I wanted a whole world of my own, with all the details: hymns […]

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Gamma Rabbit T-Shirt Donation Update

For those of you who ordered Gamma Rabbit T-Shirts, you’ll be pleased to know that today I made a $300 donation to RAINN, that amount being my cut of the t-shirt profits. RAINN, in case you don’t know, is the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, dedicated to helping those who have been sexually assaulted  It’s […]

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13 for 13

I checked this morning and saw that “Earth Below, Sky Above,” the final episode of The Human Division, made it onto the USA Today bestseller list this week. This means that all thirteen episodes hit that particular bestseller list, one a week, for thirteen straight weeks. That’s pretty sweet. And in fact, I pretty strongly […]

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Kitchen During, 4/17/13

As promised: Topless kitchen! It looks a little bereft. For those wondering why it’ll be a day or two for the new counters, the answer is that they are being custom-made by a local craftsman (the same one who made the shelves, desk and cabinetry in my office, actually). He’s off making them even as […]

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The Problem With Being a Lucid Dreamer

Last night I had a dream that the someone was showing me that the trade paperback version of Redshirts had gotten to number five on the New York Times paperback bestseller list, and in my dream, I remember clearly responding, “yeah, but this is a dream, so I’m not going to go and get too […]

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And Now, A Small Example of What a Generation Gap Looks Like

It looks like this: Me (carrying the downstairs phone into Athena’s room): I need someplace to put this while the new kitchen counters are installed. Do you have a phone jack in your room? Athena: A what? Me: A phone jack. Athena: I… I don’t know what that is. (Both of us stare blankly at […]

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Kitchen Before, 4/17/13

We’re having our counters redone, so I thought I’d record one last look at these particular counters before the contractor took them out and hauled them away. I understand we will be kitchen-counterless for a couple of days; I’ll post a picture of that state as well, later today or tomorrow. Topless kitchen!  Should be […]

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My Appearance Schedule This Weekend at the LA Times Festival of Books

Reminder to those of you in or near the Los Angeles area: I will making an appearance at The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend. Specifically, I will be all over that bad boy on Sunday, with the following appearances: 1:30 pm: Signing books at the Mysterious Galaxy booth (#368) 3pm: John Scalzi […]

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The Big Idea: Paul Cornell

London! Cops! The supernatural! Author Paul Cornell! What do they all have in common? The answer: London Falling, Cornell’s latest adventure, which puts a pair of the city’s finest on a most unusual beat. And how do they approach it? As Cornell explains, by being what they are: Cops. PAUL CORNELL: London Falling is the […]

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