Today is International Kristine Blauser Scalzi Appreciation Day

On account that it is also her birthday. Allow me to go first and to simply say that I can’t imagine what my life would be without her; probably it would me being alone in a small apartment, eating cold cereal from the box and weeping, every day, all the time. And, yeah. Don’t want that. So thank you, Krissy, for being my wife and making my life a joy every single day you are with me. I love you.

If you wish to leave my wife birthday greetings, by all means feel free to do so in the comments.

(Photo: Kyle Cassidy)

79 Comments on “Today is International Kristine Blauser Scalzi Appreciation Day”

  1. Happy birthday, Krissy, and thanks for putting up with John so that we can also put up with him. Wait, no, I mean “enjoy” his work. Yup. (Also, Kyle Cassidy’s author photography is consistently brilliant; has he won or been nominated for any awards for his work with sf/f authors? When I think of the iconic sf/f author photographs of the past 10 years they’re… pretty much all his.)

  2. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me


  3. Happy Birthday Kristine!

    Have an absolutely fantastic day!

  4. Happy Birthday! (it’s also my birthday, my best friend’s, my niece’s, my boss’, my friend Mable’s, and another friend’s too… What the hell is up with 9 months before today???)

  5. Happy birthday, Krissy, and congrats to you both on having found each other and created what seems (from the outside) to be a great life together.

  6. Happy birthday Krissy. I wish I knew you so I could send you a great big hug. Consider yourself virtually hugged anyway – please ask John to deliver.

  7. Happy B-day, Kristine Scalzi!
    Many happy returns…and cake.

    @John: Dude, who’s that goddess in the picture with you, and does your wife know about this?

  8. 10/10 – would bang. (If that’s sexist, it’s the good kind.)

    You’ve got a lot to be grateful for. It’s got to take every day effort, consideration, and thanking the heavens to earn your keep with her.

  9. Others besides myself who share this birthday include actors James Wood and Barbara Hale. On this day, there was quite an earthquake in San Francisco, Rhodesia became Zimbabwe, Doolittle lead an attack on Tokyo that brought the war to Japan, and Einstein died…

  10. Shawn – Ohio, USA – Early to bed, early or whirlybird or something. Bored now, bye. Don't step on any Lego's 'cause it _Hurts_!
    Shawn T

    Happy birthday, and may your zoo be as well behaved as in the pictures John posts.

  11. Happy Birthday, Ms.Scalzi!

  12. Have a very happy day. What a wonderful tribute from your hubby. He has a really great way with all kind of words.

  13. Happy Birthday, Krissy! Thank you for making him happy and tolerating his oddities (among them writing the books we love). And thank you for Jane Sagan (yeah, I know he wrote her).

  14. Happy birthday, Krissy! Hope you have a great way to celebrate the day. Also thank you for saving your husband from a life of closet-sized apartments and eating cold cereal daily, co-producing the wonderful Athena, and being co-custodian of a wonderful four-legged menagerie.

  15. Happy Birthday! I only know you from what your adoring husband says, but that’s enough to make me think you are a great person.

  16. Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag (Literally: Cordial wishes of luck for your birthday) or Happy Birthday Krissy. Many happy returns.

  17. You guys are so cute! Birthday and holiday wishes from Montana!

  18. I’ve read the first three books in the Old Man’s War universe, and my understanding is that you, Krissy, were the first to read all three, to tell their author if he was on the right track.

    So it goes that you’ve been instrumental in the delivery of many hours of my amusement (and many minutes of reflection, too). For that, and for all of the manifold other ways in which you make it easier for your Mr. Scalzi to write, I thank you.

    …And offer my best wishes for the year to come.

  19. Happy Birthday Krissy! I hope you, John and Athena are having a wonderful day. Today is also my mother’s birthday and she would have loved that picture of you two.

  20. I’m a tad late, since I spent Krissy’s birthday in the English Channel, en route to Southampton, but I hope you all had fun, and that you have many more happy birthdays to come…

  21. Happy birthday! If only of a fraction of what John gushes about you, you are an amazing wife and mother. Best wishes and have fun on this special day.

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