Monthly Archives: September 2014

16 Years

Sixteen years ago today I set down at my computer and wrote what would be the very first entry in what I was then calling an online column, which I labeled “Whatever”; and look, here I am today, roughly 10,000 or so entries later, doing the same thing. Time passes; people change; children get older. […]

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Two Tales In Translation

First, the Polish version of my short story “The Tale of the Wicked,” in Polish SF/F magazine Nowa Fantastyka. I’m always tickled when short fiction of mine gets translated into other languages. Second, the cover of Redshirts in its Italian edition: Kind of funky looking, I have to say, but I like how Peter Lutjen’s […]

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And Now, For Reasons, A Personal Ranking of All U2 Albums (Plus One EP)

In order of personal preference: 1. Achtung Baby 2. The Joshua Tree 3. The Unforgettable Fire 4. Wide Awake in America (EP) 5. Zooropa 6. War 7. All That You Can’t Leave Behind 8. Pop 9. Boy 10. Rattle and Hum 11. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb 12. October 13. Songs of Innocence 14. […]

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View From a Hotel Window, 9/11/14: Lexington, KY

That’s a world-class parking lot, right there. Tonight: I’ll be at Joseph-Beth Booksellers here in lovely Lexington (and it is lovely, in truth) at 7pm. Rumor is there might be ukuleles. I can neither confirm nor deny such rumors. Tomorrow: I have a day off and I am going home. Hooray! However, Saturday, I will […]

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The Old Man’s War Series: Now in Box Form

In the hubbub surrounding the release of Lock In, I forgot to mention the other thing of mine that was also released on the 26th of August: The Old Man’s War Box Set, which contains the first three books of that series, all in one convenient package. Perfect for gifts and/or for people who have […]

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View From the Hotel Window, 9/10/14: Chicago, IL

Well, not Chicago precisely — somewhere near the airport since my event is in a northern suburb and I will need to be back at the airport relatively early to head toward Lexington. So: Airport hotel! Yay! Tonight: I’ll be at the Warren-Newport Library in lovely Gurnee, IL, at 7pm, for an event sponsored by […]

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View From the Hotel Window, 9/9/14: Iowa City

A smidge overcast here in Iowa City, but it’s still a nice day, and Iowa City a lovely town. Tonight: I am at the estimable Prairie Lights bookstore, at 7pm. Please bring yourself and everyone you know (and if you’re a professor, give the kids extra credit for showing up). My understanding is that tonight’s […]

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The Big Idea: Nancy Kress

Hugo and Nebula Award winner Nancy Kress is thinking big about something small: Your genes. In the real world, they connect you, for better or worse, with every other human on the planet. In Kress’ latest, Yesterday’s Kin, they also connect with something else — something surprising. NANCY KRESS: Yesterday’s Kin is, at its heart, […]

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How Lock In Is the #1 (and #20, and #107) Book in the US

If you’ve been following me here and on Twitter this week, then you know I’ve been delighted that Lock In has been doing very well in terms of sales: It hit the New York Times Hardcover Fiction best seller list and a few other lists as well. And in doing so, the list shows that […]

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View From the Hotel Window, 9/8/14: San Diego

San Diego! One of my favorite cities on the planet. And it’s a gorgeous day here, too. What more could you ask for. Today, I’ll be at Mysterious Galaxy bookstore at 7pm. It’s one of my favorite bookstores, and Mysterious Galaxy has always been a huge supporter of me and my works, so I’m always […]

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The End of a Whatever Era

It looks like this blog is no longer the first term that pops up when you enter the word “Whatever” in Google — it’s been supplanted by a YouTube channel of the same name. Thus ends a decades-long domination by Whatever of the word on the world’s pre-eminent search engine. All glory is passing. How […]

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View From the Hotel Window, 9/7/14: Los Angeles

I am in downtown LA! Which has apparently come back quite a bit these days. Good for it. I love LA. Off soon to get In-N-Out before my event tonight (well, 5pm) at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena. Hope to see you there.

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I See This View a Lot These Days

The airport. There are individual variations depending on the airport, mind you. But the gist is the same. It’s interesting to think that this particular assemblage of these particular people will never happen again — that the airport is always different. Heraclitus would probably roll his eyes at me for the observation, but that dude’s […]

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What I Did With My Post-Event Time Last Night

There was a hashtag going around last night on Twitter called #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly. And I thought, hey, I can do that. An archeologist fails to get an important religious artifact into a museum. #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly — John Scalzi (@scalzi) September 6, 2014 A rambunctious extraterrestrial plays hide-and-seek with the exasperated crew of a starship. #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly — John […]

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View From the Hotel Window, 9/5/14: SF, Plus Stuff, Plus Open Thread

The view out my hotel window is not hugely inspiring today, unless I want to do a San Francisco version of Rear Window, but on the other hand I get to stay in this hotel room for three whole days. Which is three whole days on not having to wake up early to catch a […]

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Publishing: Not a Zero-Sum Game

A Twitter rant I’m storing here for posterity. There’s in the second tweet it should read “sells more than me” and not “sell me than me.” Also, it should be “a profoundly stupid way,” instead of “a profoundly way.” Errors, man. I'm going to a quick multitweet rant about something. You have about 30 seconds to […]

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Today’s Nice Bit of News

I found out today that Lock In will appear on the New York Times Hardcover Best Seller list. This makes Wednesday officially a good day. Hope yours was equally good.

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Today’s View From the Hotel Window, 9/3/14: Seattle

It’s always nice when you’re near a library (it’s that space age-looking building on the right, there). Tonight: University Bookstore! 7pm! You should be there. And so should everyone you know. Gather them up when you come for the show. Tomorrow: Mountain View, at Books, Inc. It’s going to be great.

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View From the Hotel Window, 9/2/14: Denver

I’m back on the road, and here’s what the road looks like today. Not too bad. The hotel room I’m in tonight has a jacuzzi. I feel like I should listen to some smooth jazz or something. In any event: Denver! Come see me tonight! 7pm at the Tattered Cover Bookstore on Colfax. Here are […]

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The Big Idea: Cherie Priest

You’ve heard the nursery rhyme, but do you know the real story behind Lizze Borden? Does anybody? This is the jumping off point for Cherie Priest and her novel Maplecroft, which follows the infamous Borden after the real-life events that made her notorious. Do you dare follow? CHERIE PRIEST: Like countless others in the last […]

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