Monthly Archives: January 2015
Farewell From Florida
Posted on January 31, 2015 6 Comments
Hello! Just a quick reminder for everyone that for the next week or so I will be on a the Nerd Boat (i.e., the JoCo Cruise), on which a) I will be running a writing track for the amusement and edification of the seamonkeys, b) will be busy with the pleasures of various Caribbean paradises, […]
The Big Idea: Greg Van Eekhout
Posted on January 30, 2015 7 Comments
Look! Greg Van Eekhout is going to quote a famous person at you! For reasons! Oh, and also tell you about Pacific Fire, the follow-up to California Bones, which I liked quite a bit (I blurbed it, you might recall). And don’t worry, that famous person quote has a point. GREG VAN EEKHOUT: John Milton writes, […]
Midnight Rises, My Graphic Novel, Out NOW on iOS!
Posted on January 29, 2015 58 Comments
Today’s the day: Midnight Rises, my first ever graphic novel, is out today, for iOS devices, via a downloadable app. I wrote it, and Mike Choi illustrates it. It also includes music by Serj Tankian (System of a Down). The first chapter of the graphic novel is free, with the subsequent two chapters available in-app […]
The Big Idea: Heather Webb
Posted on January 28, 2015 6 Comments
Author Heather Webb knows what people think of creative folks, and their overall mental fitness. But as with nearly everything, there’s more to the story — literally — than common perception. Webb explains why and how her exploration of the theme influenced her novel Rodin’s Lover. HEATHER WEBB: Aren’t all creatives a little bit “mad”? […]
The Big Idea: Myke Cole
Posted on January 27, 2015 20 Comments
War changes you, and in the case of the protagonist of Gemini Cell, the new novel by Myke Cole, the changes are more drastic than they are for others. But as drastic as they are, they have their root in a common affliction for those who have gone into combat. Cole explains below. MYKE COLE: […]
John Anderson, RIP
Posted on January 27, 2015 46 Comments
I met John Anderson close to nineteen years ago, when I started working at America Online, back in the day when the company was the very cutting edge of social media. I had moved across the entire country for the job, my wife had to stay back in California for a couple of months to finish […]
Sunset with Sundogs, 1/26/15
Posted on January 26, 2015 14 Comments
The sundogs being the rainbow spots on either side of the sun. I can often get one side but rarely get both. So this is an auspicious day. Also, I suggest looking at the larger version for more detail.
Lock In a Lariat Top 25 Book for 2014
Posted on January 26, 2015 10 Comments
Well, this is a nice thing to discover: The Texas Library Association has put Lock In on the TLA Lariat List for Recommended Adult Fiction, with 24 other eminently worthy entries across several fiction genres. Other science fiction-y entries on the list this year include The Martian from Andy Weir and Station Eleven by Emily […]
The Cold Weather Pee Loop
Posted on January 26, 2015 22 Comments
Our dog is not so much for the snow at the moment, basically. If had to do my business out in the cold, I suspect I would agree with her.
The Next Couple of Weeks Around Whatever
Posted on January 26, 2015 7 Comments
Just as a heads up: This week (defined as through Thursday) posting is likely to be light because I am trying to finish things before I head off on the JoCo Cruise. But! I’ll be blathering about Midnight Rises (and maybe other things, hint hint), and I’ll have a trio of Big Ideas for you […]
Quick Ghlaghghee Followup
Posted on January 26, 2015 54 Comments
First, thank you to everyone for their kind thoughts and notes yesterday, here, on Twitter, in email and in other places. I had a sad day yesterday, and you folks helped get me through it. And it was also nice to have a day where I didn’t do anything but process. I’m still sad today, but […]
Ghlaghghee, 2003 – 2015
Posted on January 25, 2015 577 Comments
Glaghghee came to us in May of 2003 when my then next-door neighbor Jerry knocked on my door, said, “here’s the kitten your wife said she wanted,” thrust a small, furry thing into my hands, and then walked off. I looked at the small puff of fur, literally no larger than my hand, said “okay” […]
Interview of Me in Xcents Magazine
Posted on January 24, 2015 3 Comments
In which I discuss Lock In, writing near-future science fiction and other such topics. Check it out here.
Midnight Rises: Out January 29th!
Posted on January 23, 2015 18 Comments
Most of you know by now that for the last couple of years I’ve been working with game studio Industrial Toys to help create a mobile-based video game called Midnight Star, and an accompanying graphic novel (also for mobile devices) called Midnight Rises. During that time we created, and tweaked, and beta-tested and tweaked some […]
Ghlaghghee Update, 1/23/15
Posted on January 23, 2015 64 Comments
Folks have been asking how Ghlaghghee is. In brief: Fading. She’s lost a lot of weight, is unsteady on her feet, and spends most of her time sleeping in this particular place (under an end table in the living room, next to the love seat). I’ve taken her to vet and the verdict is: Not […]
The Big Idea: Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith
Posted on January 22, 2015 21 Comments
Sometimes a book’s big idea is a risky one. And sometimes writing a book and getting it to publication involves one risky idea after another. Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith’s new novel Stranger has risky ideas in it from start to finish — and beyond. They’re here to assess their risks for you. RACHEL […]
New Books/ARCs, 1/21/15
Posted on January 21, 2015 13 Comments
Continuing to catch up on all the new books and ARCs that have come to the Scalzi Compound since the turn of the year. Here’s today’s batch, and there are some excellent finds in here. What looks good to you? The comment thread hungers for your input.
Author Event This Friday at the Montage Cafe, Greenville, OH, 7pm
Posted on January 20, 2015 4 Comments
The headline says it: I’ll be doing my first stand-alone event of 2015 locally, at the Montage Cafe in Greenville, this Friday. The doors open for the event at 6pm, and I’ll start my part of the thing at 7. What will I be doing? Well, I’ll be reading brand new stuff that I’ve never […]
Posted on January 19, 2015 10 Comments
A pretty one tonight. Mind you, I don’t show off the unpretty ones.
New Books and ARCs, 1/19/15
Posted on January 19, 2015 35 Comments
And now I’m catching up to new books and ARCs that have arrived here at the Scalzi Compound since the turn of the year. Here’s the first batch! See something that catches your fancy? Tell me what it is in the comments.
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