Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Big Idea: Tim Pratt

Fairy tales: You know them all the way from your childhood, and that’s the problem — there’s nothing unexpected about them anymore. Or is there? That’s where Rags & Bones comes in. Anthology co-editor Tim Pratt (with Melissa Marr) shares how the idea to twist familiar tales came to be. TIM PRATT: Back in 2010 […]

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Audio Interview of Me at Geeky Pleasures

The headline says it all, except that the interview goes on for two hours(!) and touches primarily on Redshirts and The Human Division. There, now you’re all caught up. Here’s the link. Enjoy!

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Congratulations New Jersey

This song goes out to everyone in New Jersey who is now able to marry the consenting partner of their choice. Which is everyone! Happy days. It’s also a good day to repost this.  

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Confirming Two Things for Wikipedia

Hopefully that will help them.  Also, apparently Wikipedia also needs confirmation that the hero of The Android’s Dream is named after the street I live on. This is true.

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The Whole “Mark Reads The Android’s Dream”

My wife is back from a week-long trip to California and I have novel writing to do, so: I’ll be scarce around here over the weekend. To keep you amused may I suggest Mark Reads the Android’s Dream, in which Mark Oshiro both reads out loud and makes comments on (both in the videos and […]

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Today’s New Books and ARCs, 10/18/13

Nothing like a hearty stack of new books and ARCs to take you into the weekend. Take a look and tell me in the comments which of these titles calls out to you, like a texty siren.

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The Aftermess

Some not-terribly well-organized thoughts on the Shutdown and its immediate aftermath, in no particular order: 1. If there was one quote that for me crystallized the whole idiocy of the shutdown debacle, the sheer inchoate, juvenile foot-stompery of it, it was this one, from Indiana Representative Marlin Stutzman: “We’re not going to be disrespected. We have […]

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The Big Idea: Nicholas Kaufmann

Authors are inspired by great works of art. But is it also possible to be inspires by… not-so-great art as well? Nicholas Kaufmann would argue it is, and explains how a throwaway bit in a B-movie ultimately inspired his latest novel, Dying Is My Business.  NICHOLAS KAUFMANN: I think anybody would be hard pressed to […]

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Question for the Crowd: Who Writes Like Me?

I frequently get e-mails from people who’ve liked my fiction but who have blown through all my novels, asking me to recommend other writers who write like me. The thing is, I’m in some ways the worst person to ask, because: 1. When I’m writing novels I don’t read fiction, so I probably don’t read […]

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Metatropolis: Green Space Out Today + Metatropolis Trade PB On the Way

Congratulations to my former Metatropolis collaborators, who have done it yet again and created a second sequel to our original Hugo-nominated shared world audio anthology, this one called Metatropolis: Green Space. Original Metatropolitans Elizabeth Bear, Tobias Buckell, Jay Lake and Karl Schroeder and joined this time around by Mary Robinette Kowal, Ken Scholes (both of […]

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The John Picacio 2014 Calendar Kickstarter

Is up and running, and I note it here for two reasons: 1. It’s cool and has some amazing artwork in it. Because, duh, John Picacio. 2. The video accompanying it has music composed by… me! [protected-iframe id=”91bc71f4835f66849c92d8523b59b2cf-21793-21835″ info=”http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1143812835/the-2014-john-picacio-calendar/widget/video.html” width=”480″ height=”360″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”] If you’re curious about that particular composition (called “Why Don’t You Love […]

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The Big Idea: Caroline Frechette

As a writer, you can plan and prepare, but then some stories and characters sneak up on you anyway. Caroline Frechette had that happen with Blood Relations — and explains why in this case it was a welcome exception to her usual way of writing. CAROLINE FRECHETTE: If you can do good, you should. Funny […]

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The 10 SF/F Works That Meant the Most to Me

For no particular reason other than I want to, and because tomorrow marks the 12th anniversary of my very first pro publication in science fiction, here’s a list of the ten science fiction and fantasy works that meant the most to me before I was professionally published as a science fiction writer — with additional […]

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Today’s Installment of Those Crazy Neighbors

I woke up at 3am this morning to the sound of a ruckus in my front yard, followed by giggling, followed by people giving other people decorating instructions. And I thought to myself, “My neighbors are drunk and toilet-papering my house, aren’t they?” The answer: Why, yes. Yes they were. These neighbors, incidentally? Older than […]

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Saturday Is For Deep and Meaningful Contemplation Of One’s Toes

Because, like, toes, man. I’m gonna be busy with this one all day. See you tomorrow.

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#GentlerHorrorFilms

It was a hashtag that was trending on Twitter this evening. Here are my contributions to it. The Amityville Inconvenience #GentlerHorrorFilms — John Scalzi (@scalzi) October 12, 2013 The Exercyclist #GentlerHorrorFilms — John Scalzi (@scalzi) October 12, 2013 Rosemary's Baby Bjorn #GentlerHorrorFilms — John Scalzi (@scalzi) October 12, 2013 The Rocky Horror Picture Showroom #GentlerHorrorFilms […]

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When Will I Be Turned Upon?

Saw this on Twitter today: I’m taking bets on when the SJWs will turn on Scalzi. Any takers? — Somite (@toxicpath) October 11, 2013 (“SJW” here is shorthand for “Social Justice Warriors,” a term which is new to me but  which is defined over at the Urban Dictionary, where it is not generally considered a […]

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Democrats: Don’t Get Too Excited For 2014

Yes, the GOP is taking a bath in its poll numbers recently thanks to plunging the government into chaos due to a foot-stomping hissy fit. But Nate Silver (i.e., the dude who correctly called the electoral result in all 50 states last year) is on hand to throw cold water on anyone tempted to read […]

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New Books and ARCs, 10/10/13

A genuinely high-quality stack of books and ARCs today, including new ones from Mira Grant, Richard Kadrey and Robert Silverberg. What flips your lid here? Share in the comments!

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The Big Idea: Anton Strout

Anton Strout loves his city, even if he expresses it slightly off-center ways. I’ll him explain how it all works, particularly in the context of his latest urban fantasy novel Stonecast. ANTON STROUT: Ever since I crushed in a man’s skull and dropped his lifeless body two miles down into Gramercy Park I knew it […]

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