Monthly Archives: September 2013
Pasting from Twitter, where I just posted: Reading a discussion of my commenting policy. Person is complaining that I Mallet comments that have substantive points. Well… — John Scalzi (@scalzi) September 13, 2013 This is true. IF you have substantive points AND are also being an asshole, you will have comment deleted BECAUSE you’re an […]
First things first: The Mallet of Loving Correction, my second collection of Whatever essays and my second book release of 2013, is now officially out and ready for your enjoyment. The limited, signed hardcover edition is available via Subterranean Press and major online retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, Powells), with the ebook edition coming […]
The whole thing! See it all! In glorious stream-o-vision! The entire ceremony is pretty good, thanks to the skilled toastmastery of Paul Cornell. Or, if you are only interested in the parts in which I feature, the Seiun Awards are given out at 00:25:16 (and I do my acceptance speech at 00:27:15), and the Hugo […]
This morning I wrote on Twitter: Today’s subtweet: Dude, if you can’t even get your basic facts about me correct, what makes you think I would care what you think of me. — John Scalzi (@scalzi) September 12, 2013 To which Greg Pak created the following hashtag: @scalzi "Scalzi, whose bright red pegleg serves as […]
Paolo Bacigalupi is known as a very serious writer, as his Hugo, Nebula and Prinz Award-winnning books will testify to. So what’s up with a goofy middle-grade book called Zombie Baseball Beatdown? As Paolo explains, sometimes when everyone else wants you to zig, you just have to zag — and in doing so, recenter yourself […]
Please check them out before you query for a Big Idea slot. The updated guidelines are here. Please feel free to share them with other interested parties. Thank you!
Which is being added to the ebook versions as we speak, and will be on the print versions with the next edition: Can’t complain about that. Also, “Hugo Award Winning Author” or some variation of it is likely to be added to the covers of the other books as they go to reprint. Those of you […]
Some books take longer to write than others. Channel Zilch took longer to write than most. But to be fair, author Doug Sharp has a very good reason for that. Here he is to explain. DOUG SHARP: It only took me 21 years to finish Channel Zilch. Channel Zilch is the story of ex-astronaut Mick […]
Because I need to know.
And that means you can pick it up for $2.95, which is a ridiculously low price. Even if you’ve read it before, it’s worth picking up for the awesome narration skills of Wil Wheaton. Here’s the link. (Before you ask, as far as I know it’s for the US only. I know, I know. Sorry, […]
There are dudebros out there in the world who keep trying to paint me as a doltish oaf, akin to Homer Simpson. The problem for them is, in this formulation, they’re all Frank Grimes. Yes, this just about explains it perfectly.
This was before the ceremony, I’ll note. I believe we all survived the night. Participants, from left: Saladin Ahmed (Throne of the Crescent Moon), Kim Stanley Robinson (2312), Seanan McGuire (Blackout, writing as Mira Grant), Lois McMaster Bujold (Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance) and me. I got this from a tweet by Saladin; the photographer is not […]
I’ve been meaning to update the Big Idea guidelines for a while, so I went ahead and did it. The big changes: 1. Now I’ll accept books that are ebook-only; 2. I’m asking people to provide more links and formatting so it’s easier for me to get pieces up more quickly. Because hunting down links, […]
Posted on September 7, 2013
The following are the guidelines for the Big Idea feature. They are current as of August 11, 2020 and supersede previous guidance. THE BIG IDEA is a regular feature on Whatever, the blog of author John Scalzi, in which authors talk about the central subject of their latest book. The Big Idea has run since […]
It’s from the San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review, which says: Scalzi is thoughtful, witty, and occasionally profane, and he pulls no punches… an entertaining and thought-provoking read. Sweet. Those of you who have preordered the book may have your copies already, and Subterranean Press has copies in stock if you just can’t wait. Otherwise, the book officially […]
Over at Making Light, Jim Macdonald notes that science fiction writer and Writer Beware co-founder Ann Crispin passed away this morning. I knew Ann both before being SFWA president and while I was in the position. No one I know worked harder than she and WB co-head Victoria Strauss did to make sure that writers […]
Getting these in today because I was given five business days to be giddy about the Hugo (including Monday, even though it was a national holiday) and after that I have to get back to real life: * In my awards speech I did manage to thank most of the people who I felt were […]
The clash of civilizations: Not always a great thing to live through, but a often very interesting to read about in a book. Which brings us to David Hair’s latest novel, Mage’s Blood, the first in series of books known as the Moontide Quartet. He’s got thoughts on civilizations, both in his books and here […]
Oh, people. Just go watch. It’s worth it just to see him struggle through the very first sentence of the book. I haven’t laughed this hard in a while. (Warning: As Mark is actually reading the first chapter, there are spoilers if you’ve not read it already.)