The End of All Things: It’s Done!

Finished Saturday, April 4 at 9:02 am, Perth, Australia time. 99,000 words, give or take.

And it’s pretty good.

Immensely relieved to be done.

For those wondering: Hardcover release on August 11, 2015. Electronic release of each of the four novellas that comprise the novel will happen in the immediate weeks before. Yes, we’re platforming it like we did with The Human Division, but there will be less of a wait between the ebook episodes and the printed book (and the compiled electronic book). And yes, there will also be an audiobook version.

More thoughts to come later, but for now: Wheeeeee!

69 Comments on “The End of All Things: It’s Done!”

  1. Karen A. Wyle – I'm an appellate attorney, an author, a photographer, a politics junkie, and a Hoosier (aka intermittent fan of IU basketball). My published work (aside from law review/legal journal articles) includes multiple science fiction novels, some near future and some involving other planets, equipped with aliens. More recently, I've veered off into historical romance, specifically a series called Cowbird Creek and set in 1870s Nebraska. I've also published one nonfiction book, Closest to the Fire: A Writer's Guide to Law and Lawyers. While originally intended to help writers use accurate details in their legal settings and expand the scope of such stories, I realized while writing it -- and have heard from readers -- that it could also be of use and interest to students, immigrants, and anyone interested in better understanding the American legal landscape. My other blog, Looking Around, is at

    Mazel tov!

  2. Looking forward to it! The best part of my Tuesday mornings for several weeks was seeing the new download icon on my Kindle.

  3. Excellent!

  4. I can’t wait to read this! I started reading your series in undergrad, and that led me to become a very avid reader today. I also started writing sci-fi shorts recently thanks to you!

  5. Huh. Amazon asked me if I wanted to pre-order the book on 4/3. Are you using a cloud based writing tool that secretly informs of your progress? :)

  6. Glad it’s done, ’cause I ordered it yesterday from Amazon! I guess they have a time machine stashed somewhere (a Google project?).
    Seriously looking forward to it, John.

  7. Definitely not sure how I feel about this. On one hand I am very excited to be able to get back to reading where this story is going. But on the other hand, due to the title and your comments in the past on this work, I do not look forward to this perhaps being the last story in this universe. I read a lot of different works, but this is probably my favorite universe to return to as each book is released.

  8. That is wonderful news. I look forward to reading it. You are one of my favorites in the SF genre. Keep up the good work. I own almost all of your books. I am going through all of them, as time permits. Good job.

  9. I kind of squealed when I saw the cover. Can’t wait to pick up a copy!

  10. Hmm . . . I’m trying to interpret this:

    “Electronic release of each of the four novellas that comprise the novel will happen in the immediate weeks before. Yes, we’re platforming it … ”

    I ask because I just preordered the e-book (before reading this), and now I’m wondering what I bought and if I should cancel the order.

    (. . . me no understand publishing; me just want read book; whole book, not pieces)

  11. Bravo! Great to hear it.
    Now, wish me luck getting my book done … I’m struggling with this one!

  12. megpie71 – Australian, female, fat, born in 1971. Been hanging around the internet (first Usenet, now blogs) since about 1997. Far too cynical for my own good.

    Congratulations. Well done. Now you can tourist properly!

  13. Grace Bridges – New Zealand – Grace Bridges is a dreamer whose muse blows best when it's fresh from the sea. A graduate of the University of Auckland, she translates German for a living, and writes from her hilltop in New Zealand although faraway places call to her just as often. Her stories appear in various international anthologies and magazines, and she is working on a series of novels. She is inordinately happy that her hair has started going silver.
    Grace Bridges

    Woohoo! Happy for you. Enjoy that feeling.

  14. Congratulations! I’m sure getting this done will help you enjoy the rest of your sojourn in the antipodes.

    Looking at that cover text: I’m left in extremely little doubt as to whether any bestselling is involved.

  15. timeliebe – Central NY – Dreaded Spouse-Creature to bestselling fantasy author Tamora Pierce (SONG OF THE LIONESS, THE CIRCLE OPENS, BEKA COOPER: A TORTALL LEGEND series), a co-author of TORTALL: A SPY'S GUIDE, Co-author with Tamora Pierce of Marvel's WHITE TIGER: A HERO'S OBSESSION for Marvel Comics. Contributing Editor for VIDEO Magazine during the 1990s, Columnist for C/Net 1999 - 2002.

    Yay You, Scalzi! :)

  16. And of course, where can we pre-order autographed copies? (Hint, hint, surely you didn’t think the work was over, did you? ;-) )

  17. The academic writer within me is very confused (how can you be done? how do you not have to do revisions? is this how real writing works) but the rest of me is excited to read it. Congrats!

  18. Thomas A. Mays – Outer Banks, NC – Thomas A. Mays is the Improbable Author of "The Mutineer's Daughter", "A Sword Into Darkness", "Demigod", "Lancers Into The Light", and numerous short stories here on the web, such as "Strategic Deployment", "Dreams for Sale -- Two Bits!", "The Rememberists", "Bumped", "Within This Horizon" and others. When he's not writing, he works on the east coast, Somewhere Unspecified, doing Something For The Navy. He plans not to dwell on it here, but they'll probably have to resurrect Robert Mitchum or Gregory Peck to play him in a movie, because Tom Cruise just doesn't have the gravitas. What he prefers to do with his time, however, is play with his three beautiful kids, his rambunctious mutt, or his too-good-for-him girlfriend.
    Tom Mays

    Congrats! I can’t wait to buy and read! And, title aside, I hope this isn’t the last OMW novel/story. One question, finishing in April and publishing in August, isn’t that a much more rapid process than what books usually get? I’m sure the process is different under contract, but since you have the cover art already, when did the other elements start on this? Is this a shorter timeframe than your other books? Congrats again and all the best.

  19. Very excited, I saw the release date on Amazon earlier this week and questioned its validity.

    That seems like a short turnaround compared to your previous books (OMW and otherwise). Is that because you went into this knowing you had an immoveable deadline to meet, or were the other books not scheduled until they were turned it, even though TPTB knew you were working on them?

    If you were on a deadline, do you feel that affected your approach at all?

  20. I think I’ll wait to order the book until I figure out how the novellas vs. whatever thing here is going. I’d rather do the read along with everyone else again if it’s going on.

    Anyway, YAY book!

  21. CONGRATULATIONS! My copy of the print edition has been pre-ordered from Powell’s.

  22. Congratulations on your new brainchild. They’re so CUTE when they’re that age, aren’t they???
    Hope you get some rest, maybe a massage and one or two of your favorite flavors of doughnuts.

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