Monthly Archives: September 2014

Ruining Science Fiction With Glitter: The Scalzi Chronicles

Was informed I have ruined science fiction by being all social justice warrior-y. Responded by say BWA HA HA YES I DID SUCK ON IT LOSERS. — John Scalzi (@scalzi) September 21, 2014 AND I AM ABOUT TO RUIN TELEVISION TOO. AND VIDEO GAMES. THERE WILL BE NOTHING BUT RUIN IN MY WAKE BWA HA […]

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Further Comments On Comments

While I was on tour with Lock In, I turned off the comments here at Whatever, opening them for Big Idea posts and the occasional post when I was able to spend a little time babysitting the thread. Among other things I was curious to see what, if any, effect turning the comment off would […]

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German Heritage Days in Fort Loramie: A Photo Set

Fort Loramie, a town just up the road from me, celebrates its German Heritage Days (on pretty much the same days as traditional Oktoberfest begins, incidentally) with a big tent, ruben bites (think a ruben sandwich, in nugget form), and of course, lots of beer. We went last night, and I took photos. If you’re […]

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Housekeeping Regarding Comments and Email

A quick post for a couple of technical matters. One, as I have returned from the tour, full commenting has returned to Whatever: Comments are turned on by default, and all posts whose comment threads are not otherwise turned off are now open. I’ll have more thoughts a bit later on what I learned about […]

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(Not the) View From the Hotel Window, 9/20/14: Bradford, OH

And now I am home again. Save for a couple of one-off events in October, the Lock In tour has come to a close. It was a lovely time and it was lovely seeing so many of you out there on the road, but it’s nice to be able to come back home and not […]

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And Of Course There Was a Lightsaber Duel at Last Night’s Tour Stop

Because why wouldn’t there be? Also, it’s well past time I came out of the closet as a Sith Lord, evidenced by my red lightsaber. Frankly, I’m relieved it’s out there. Now I don’t have to pretend I’m not Force Choking all who oppose me. Heading home.

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View From the Hotel Window, 9/19/14: Philadelphia

Look! History right out of the window! Tonight: Last night of the tour! Barnes & Noble! Rittenhouse Square! 7pm! Be there and bring every one you know! Tomorrow: Nothing! Because, again, it’s the last night of tour tonight! Yay!

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Cover Reveal: The End of All Things

I saw this popping up the Twitters and the webs last night as I was heading back to the hotel, so I might as well give it a proper debut here on Whatever: The title and cover of the book formerly known as The Human Division 2: The Divisioning, taken, I assume, from the Tor […]

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(Not the) View From the Hotel Window, 9/18/14: New York

My hotel room wasn’t ready, and my schedule is such that I won’t be getting back there until after my event tonight, so here: Madison Square Park, for your delight. Right to the left of me, some dudes are having an al fresco meeting about television advertising. I feel like I’m getting the full New […]

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Hey, Did You Know I Was Going To Be at New York Comic Con?

Well, I am, on the Thursday and Friday of the convention (that would be the 9th and 10th of October). I’ll be having a signing on Thursday at the Tor booth and on Friday I’ll be on at least one panel, and I’ll be doing a couple of fun things off campus as well. I’ll […]

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View From the Hotel Window, 9/17/14: Saratoga Springs

The hotel is lovely, and at this very moment I am eating watermelon-tomato gazpacho and the restaurant radio is playing “Come On Eileen.” Life is good. Tonight: Northshire Bookstore, here in Saratoga Springs, at 7pm. This is the first time I’ve ever been Saratoga Springs. So please come! And bring everyone you have ever met. […]

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The Lock In TV Deal Kermit Flail

Last night I wrote the following on the Twitters, regarding the Lock In TV deal, and the fact that it means I have three TV development deals at one time: I'm not gonna lie to you, folks: Now that the news is out, I'm kind of quietly freaking out over here. — John Scalzi (@scalzi) […]

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View From the Hotel Window, 9/16/14: Concord, NH

The hotel is very bed and breakfasty. I’m on the ground floor, which will make it easy if I have to evacuate in case of fire. I don not intend to set any fires. I feel it’s important to make that point clear. Tonight: I do my thing at 7pm at Gibson’s Bookstore, here in […]

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And Now, Because It Might Be Useful to Everyone, Including Me, a Quick Reality Check

And here it is: Yes, I have three TV shows in development at the moment, which is very cool and wonderful for me and which means I’m having a totally giggly moment over here. BUT: Hey, remember that there was supposed to be an Old Man’s War movie? That was optioned for five years and […]

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The Big Idea: David Barnett

There’s the saying that “Freedom isn’t free” — but how to express that concept in a way that makes it more than just a bumper sticker platitude, and fold in some steampunk aweseomeness to boot? With Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon, author David Barnett may have just the ticket. Here he is to explain […]

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Lock In Acquired for Television by Legendary TV

Here are the basics of the deal, via Variety. To get ahead of some questions that might arise — it’s very very early days on this (I mean, obviously, since the book hasn’t even been out three weeks as I write this up), so I don’t have a whole lot of answers for folks about […]

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View From the Hotel Window, 9/15/14: Boston

Complete with a couple of construction workers. Groovy. Tonight: I’ll be at Brookline Booksmith, doing my thing at 7pm. Won’t you come by? And bring every single person you’ve ever met? I would be deeply appreciative! Tomorrow: I’ll be at Gibson’s, in Concord, New Hampshire, for my first trip into the state since that one […]

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New Books and ARCs, 9/15/14

Unpacked some of the books and ARCs that arrived while I was on the second leg of the tour; here they are for your delight and perusal. Of particular interest, I think, are Ancillary Sword, the sequel to the multiple award-winning Ancillary Justice, and Last Plane to Heaven, the official final story collection of Jay […]

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Does Book Touring Still Matter?

I am home today but tomorrow morning I set out again for the third and final leg of my Lock In book tour, which will take me to Brookline, Massachusetts; Concord, New Hampshire; Saratoga Springs, New York; Brookyn and Philadelphia. When all is said and done, this tour will have had over two dozen events […]

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Bestseller Cookies

Further proof that the folks at Tor are excellent people with whom I am happy to work: The arrival this morning of a box of “Lock In” cookies, offered up in celebration of the book hitting the bestseller lists. I like that they timed the cookie arrival for when they knew I was going to […]

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