Monthly Archives: April 2013

Apologies: What, When and How

I’ve apologized a fair amount for stupid and/or ignorant and/or insensitive things that I have done or said over the course of my life. This has has given me the time and experience to, if not perfect the form of an apology, then to at least get it to a point where I am comfortable […]

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Reminder: Last Day to Vote For the Locus Awards

I told you I would remind you: Today is the last day you can vote in the Locus Awards for the best science fiction and fantasy works (and creators, and publishers) of 2012. Here’s the link to vote. Yes, anyone can vote, including those of you who are not in the US. Pick from the […]

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Reader Request Week 2013 Recap

Here are links to all the 2013 Reader Request Week entries. Just in case you missed one: Reader Request Week 2013 #1: Further Thoughts on Fame and Success Reader Request Week 2013 #2: Regrets Reader Request Week 2013 #3: Guilty Pleasures Reader Request Week 2013 #4: College Education (And Costs Therein) Reader Request Week 2013 […]

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Reader Request Week 2013 #10: Short Bits

Some questions from Reader Request Week I’m not answering at length but still want to answer: Melanie Novak: “I’d like to know your thoughts on ‘cloud computing’. It’s on my mind because Google is pimping their Chromebooks and I’m intrigued. Do you think you could live completely ‘in the cloud’ in relation to your computing […]

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Overthinking, Done Poorly and At Length

I don’t normally go out of my way to point people to incoherent rants about me on the Internet, but, I have to say, this 7,800-word screed with me as its focus is something very special indeed, and I feel I would be remiss in not sharing it with the world. It’s not everyone who […]

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Reader Request Week 2013 #9: Women and Geekdom

In e-mail, Brian asks: Women in Geekdom. Why is this all exploding now? Where is it going? I am assuming Brian means women in geek-related fields taking a stand against the both latent and overt sexism in those fields and having to deal with outsized, histrionic freakouts some geek dudes are having about it in […]

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Joe Hill & I Teaming Up for Two Shows in San Francisco, May 15

  UPDATE: The dual appearances are, sadly, cancelled BUT we will both be doing separate appearances on May 15. Details here. If you didn’t catch me and Joe Hill chatting about books last night, one, catch it here, and two, you missed our big mutual announcement: Joe and I are doing two bookstore events in […]

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Reader Request Week 2013 #8: Whatever Topics and Comments

Stephen T asks: Have the sorts of topics you write about on Whatever changed over the years since you first started your blog? And related, have you seen a change over the years in the comments you receive and has your approach to commenters changed (especially trolls)? Sure, the topics have changed a bit. One […]

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The Big Idea: Shana Mlawski

Author Shana Mlawski is on a quest to rethink the “quest” fantasy novel. Does she succeed in her novel Hammer of Witches? Here she is to make the argument. SHANA MLAWSKI: Here’s a joke I sometimes tell when people ask me about the inspiration behind Hammer of Witches: “I was getting tired of medieval European […]

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Reader Request Week 2013 #7: Books and My Kid

Cecilia asks: Have you taken a book away from Athena? What guides your parental choices on book selection for reading. When Athena was an infant I would take books away from her so they would not be unduly chewed upon. Otherwise, no. The rule of thumb in the Scalzi household has always been that if […]

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Reader Request Week 2013 #6: Intuition

Janet asks: How do you feel about the validity or non-validity of intuition? I think intuition — that “feeling in your gut” — is absolutely valid. I also think, like any tool, you have to know when to use it and when not to and what its limits are. For example, let’s say I’ve just […]

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Redshirts Wins RT Reviewer’s Choice Award

RT Book Reviews is a magazine that (as the title suggests) reviews tons of books, and every year its critics give out awards for what they’ve most enjoyed in the year, across various categories and genres. This year, I’m delighted to say that Redshirts has won the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in the category of […]

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On the Matter of the Extra Material in the Hardcover of The Human Division

Over in the feedback thread for the serial run of The Human Division, there’s been a lot of comment and consternation about the fact that the hardcover/compiled edition of The Human Division will feature two extra stories, and what that means for the folks who have been reading along with the electronic release. I don’t […]

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The Locus Award Poll: Get Your Vote In

Every year science fiction and fantasy trade magazine Locus polls its subscribers — and also the rest of the world — about what was the best science fiction and fantasy works, creators and publishers of the last calendar year. To help the voters with their selections, it fills in the ballot with Recommended Works in […]

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Reader Request Week 2013 #5: How to Be a Good Fan

Jessica Schwab asks: I’d like to know your thoughts on how to be a good fan. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately; how do you manage your social networks to be a connection to your fans, without getting bogged down by it? As a fan, I’m ultimately a consumer of your stuff, but […]

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The Big Idea: Russell Davis

Russell Davis and I share a special bond: I am the current president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and he is my immediate predecessor in the position. As a result I’ve gotten to know him pretty well as a person (spoiler: cool dude). This makes me happy to introduce him to […]

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