Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Detcon1 Award for YA/MG; Jim Hines Talks Money

Two quick things to tell you about this evening: 1. Detcon1, this year’s North American Science Fiction Convenion (i.e., the convention they have when Worldcon is overseas) has announced that Detcon1 Award for Young Adult and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction, and the folks who have memberships can both nominate and vote for the award. This […]

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Adam Roberts on SF/F Award Awareness Posts

He explains why he’s not fond of them, here. It’s worth the read, and offers a relevant counterpoint to someone like, well, me, who obviously has no problem letting people know which works of his are eligible for awards consideration. Adam Roberts, incidentally, the winner last year of the BSFA and Campbell (not the Campbell I […]

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The Hugo Award Nomination Window is Now Open

Loncon3, the year’s Worldcon, has begun the Hugo Nomination process for 2014, so if you’re planning to nominate creators and their works this year, you can do it any time between now and 11:59pm PST March 31. Here’s the Loncon3 page with all the information including a link to the nomination form. You can nominate […]

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The Big Idea: Lissa Price

The Big Idea is back on for 2014, and to get things started, author Lissa Price is here to talk about how reader feedback matters. This is especially important when you’re looking at trepidation at that second book you have to write — in this case, Price’s new book, Enders. LISSA PRICE: The inspiration for […]

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On Letting People Know About Your Award-Eligible Work

Originally posted on Twitter, where I saw people fretting about it, and compiled here for posterity. I am about to do a series of tweets about letting people know what works of yours are eligible for award consideration. PREPARE YOURSELF. — John Scalzi (@scalzi) January 6, 2014 1. It's fine to let potential voters know what […]

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What -8 Temperatures and -35 Wind Chill Look Like

Surprisingly not horrible! But then you go out into it and you’re all like, oh Jesus my very life is ebbing from me. Which, incidentally, it kind of is when it’s this cold. Seriously, don’t go out in this. What makes me happy is even though we’re in the middle of life-threatening cold right now, […]

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I’m Sick

Don’t expect much here today. Maybe tomorrow either. Now excuse me, I’m going to lie down and moan softly for a while.

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Whatever’s First Sunset of 2014

It’s a pretty good one, I’d say.

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Me (and Others) on Teenage Writers, in the Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune has done a story on teenagers getting their work published (either self-pubbed or be imprints specifically looking for teen writers), and asked my thoughts on the phenomenon. My quotes are down near the bottom of the piece. Spoilers: I think most teens aren’t ready to be published, but I also don’t think […]

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A Portrait of the Artist as an Asshole

As a bit of tangential discussion to this entry, I’d like to address the topic of creative people being assholes. 1. Some creative people are assholes. This is for whatever value of “asshole” you use, because what makes someone an asshole is a somewhat subjective thing — like pornography, we tend to know it when […]

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SF/F Authors/Editors/Artists/Fans 2014 Award Awareness Post

For the last few of years, after noting my own award-eligible works, I’ve posted another thread for other folks in the science fiction and fantasy field to make potential award nominators aware of their works and/or personal award eligibility. It turned out to be pretty useful, so I’m doing it again this year. Right now! In this […]

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My Totally 22% – 50% Gay Adventure On Twitter Today

It went a little something like this. First I discovered this site, which said the Internet thought I was 70% gay (albeit from only one vote). I said: I would have placed it at more like 25 – 30 pecent, but, okay: http://t.co/F44ZZvrVXy — John Scalzi (@scalzi) January 2, 2014 But then more people started […]

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The 2014 Award Consideration Post

The beginning of the year is the start of the Hugo Award nomination window (and the Nebulas have been nominating for a while) so it is once again time to list out the works I have eligible for consideration this year, for Hugos, Nebulas and other awards. I am going to note up top that […]

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I Was Going to Write a Post Here in the Doctor’s Waiting Room

But they have the Kelly and Micha show on the TV in the waiting room and it is sucking my will to live. How people watch this show on a regular basis is beyond me. Anyway, I’ll update when I am back home. Pray my brain survives until then.

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Mike Krahulik and His New Year’s Resolution

Mike Krahulik, aka “Gabe” of Penny Arcade, has posted a new year’s resolution on the site, talking of some of the things he’s learned about himself in the last year amid various controversies he’s been instrumental in creating, and what he sees as the things he needs to start doing to become a better person. […]

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Happy New Year

May 2014 be everything you hope it will be. Unless you hope it’s the year the zombie apocalypse finally happens. In which case, dude, lighten up a bit.

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