So, This is Happening

You really really really want to click this link. Trust me.

(And yes, this is the Monday news, a little early.)

(And yes, I will write more about it. Probably tomorrow.)

241 Comments on “So, This is Happening”

  1. Sweet! I am so happy for you!

  2. Wow, amazing!

    Do you ever worry about being locked in for what seems like a pretty long period of time? I’d wager that 13 novels is probably, what, half a decade worth of output.

  3. Congratulations, John. For some reason I’m really looking forward to those YA novels.

  4. Looking forward to all these new stories. Congratulations!

  5. Nicola Cameron – Nicola Cameron has had some interesting adventures in her life -- ask her sometime about dressing up as Tietania, Queen of the Bondage Fairies. When not writing, she wrangles cats, makes dolls of dubious and questionable identity, and thanks almighty Cthulhu that she doesn’t have to work for a major telecommunications company any more (because there’s BDSM, and then there’s just plain torture...).

    DUDE! Congratulations!

  6. Ah. we see now what you mean about obscure to be cleared up later. Well!! That’s really exciting (and daunting?) And exciting!!

  7. Or, do you mean to say, you really really really want *us* to click that link?

    Goodness, John, quite the exciting development. Congratulations! And thank God for Krissy, to keep you in check.

  8. I’m happy for you, and for me, too: it’s nice to know I can expect 13 new books!

    Is The End of All Things included in that 13-book number?

  9. From the Times:
    “My celebration, personally, has just been standing around,” exclaiming with profane expressions of delight, he said. “And my wife saying, ‘Yes, now go take out the trash.’ ”

    So, on your personal blog: Care to share what the Times cut out? Inquiring minds want to know John Scalzi’s chosen profane expression of delight.

  10. 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!!
    I’m salivating at the thought of all those lovely books.

  11. Congratulations! Not bad for a writer who, they keep telling me, never actually sells any books! [ducking]

  12. I’m going crazy. I can’t wait to tell my dad and friends! I really hope this means more OMW novels beyond End of All Things.

  13. Congratulations!!! Fantastic news!

  14. Wow, That’s great, Looks like you’re set as long as you keep writing.
    And as a new reader there is the promise of more years ahead… win, win

  15. Very nice. Congratulations to you and your family.

  16. Brian – Santa Rosa, California – Abstract artist. Perennial student. Seeker of connections and hidden worlds.

    Yow! Way to go, John. You totally deserve it. And it’s great to see a writer I actually like doing so well. Congratulations!

  17. Congratulation! Also, yay for at least ten more years of Scalzi books!

  18. So what you’re saying is that there’s a reasonable chance that you’ll be able to pay the light bill next month? Good, good.

    You deserve it, though. Congrats.

  19. Kermit signed his ‘Rich and Famous’ contract with Orson Wells. Who would you have in the scene for your depiction of your contract signing?

  20. This makes absolutely no sense- I have been assured by several top minds that not only does Scalzi not actually sell any books (much less tens of thousands per month) but that Tor is bankrupt (both morally and financially) and could not possibly be handing out millions of dollars rather than selling itself off in despair.

    Now we see how deep the SJW conspiracy goes!

    (Also- so… you bought that hot tub in order to fill it with cash, didn’t you, John “McDuck” Scalzi?)

  21. Congratulations! But I really didn’t want to click on that link.

    Though I am glad to hear that your wife was offering a much updated version of ‘remember, you too, are mortal.’

  22. Yes! Have agree with Tor. I discovered you with the Old Man’s War series, and then scrambled about to find ALL of your other work.

    Congratulations. Also not sure what to make of the “camps”, I just know that I absolutely love Science Fiction, and follow the authors that write it well (full of suspense, mystery, intrigue). There are so many authors that I love to read. You are one of them.

  23. John, I cannot think of anyone who deserves this more than you. Your work as been consistently fun while maintaining a high level of intelligence and engagement.

    You go Guy!!

  24. 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

    Great googamooga!!! Congratulations!!!

  25. isabellesudron – Leeds, United Kingdom – My name is Isabelle and I’m a Marketing Executive for LoveTEFL. (In other words, I write a lot and spend too much time on social media.) Previously, I've taught English in Hanoi, Vietnam where I enjoyed making up fun teaching games - which usually tired out both my students and me. My writing work has been featured on The Culture Trip, Buffalo Tours and Hong Kong Airlines’ magazine, Aspire. I'm also an animal lover, murder mystery enthusiast and aspiring (but so far unsuccessful) ice skater.

    That’s INCREDIBLE! Well done!

  26. Hokey Smokes, Bullwinkle! That’s awesome! Also, you know what this means? A new book every year for the next decade! Hooray for the rest of us, too!

  27. John Hedtke – Eugene, OR – John Hedtke ( is the author of 26 books and a couple hundred magazine articles. He does disaster recovery and business consulting for public and private companies. John has several blogs, notably "Hey, kids! Become an author at home in your spare time and earn big bucks!" ( for would-be authors. He is a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication. John lives in Eugene, OR, with his wife, their youngest daughter, and 4 cats. (Follow him: @johnhedtke).
    John Hedtke

    JFC. I am in complete and total awe! Bravo!!!

  28. Hm. Looks like a legitimate web site. And it looks like it’s really the NY Times site…

    So…congrats! (An advance of a quarter million plus per book is pretty damn good…..).

  29. Daaaaaaamn. Also, I love this characterization: Mr. Scalzi’s hyper-caffeinated Internet presence. ;) Congrats.

  30. Gotta love that last line of the article :)

    Go Scalzi! Although of course everyone knows that writers shouldn’t express their social and political views as that will stop them selling anything… ;)

  31. Congratulations John! Of course, you realize this propels you to the top of the author’s deal hierarchy. Wasn’t it called “The drinks are on me”?

  32. First of all, pavellishin, we see what you did there about Scalzi being “locked in” to producing so many books. But do you realize how many of us would love to be locked in that way, knowing that the books we’d want to write anyway are making that much money and will be put out by a publisher like Tor?

    Congrats to Scalzi! You give the rest of us hope.

  33. Congratulations.

    I don’t really understand how this makes sense – I don’t understand your committing to write a book every 10 months, I don’t understand Tor’s committing to buy more than a dozen books in advance, over the course of a decade – but, then, what I know about this deal could be written on a postcard in very large print, and what I know about publishing in general would comfortably fit in the space remaining.

    So: I’ll just be happy for you, and because I’m not really a nice person I’ll enjoy how very angry this must make a certain person associated with unwell juvenile canids.

  34. Congrats. Will this give you the freedom/impetus to write a work a bit more philosophical? I really enjoy your stories and don’t really want you to change your style. But it seems from your blog and degree that there may be more of an if-you-could-see-what-I-have-seen-with-your-eyes story waiting to be told. I imagine it would be fascinating.

  35. I couldn’t be happier if it were me.
    Well, yes I could.
    I’m almost as happy as your agent. That sounds closer to the truth.

  36. Excellent news. *Love* OMW series. “Agent to the stars” brilliant. I still need to get “Lock In” and the latest. Only thing I did not like was Redshirts, – I will give you one bad one – but congrats on the Hugo for it.

    I do wish you and Doctorow would go in together on a YA.

    I am hoping the OMW series now follows Zoe. I married a Marine, and I am *all for* strong female characters. You do them *very well*. (So puppy *very* sad !!!!!!!!!!! and rabid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

    The puppies are going to see the deal with Tor as *proof* of a conspiracy!!!!!!!!! (woof!!!!!!!!!!!!)

    (He said PUPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – sorry, I have a bad twitch)

  37. OUTSTANDING! One of my favorite authors now guaranteed to provide me another 13 books! Congratulations!

  38. CRash – Fledgling writer still trying to figure out how to properly flap those wings. Occasionally I draw things.


  39. FU(k, yeah! Good on yah, John. Well, as long as you keep producing the high quality work you have been for the last few years. You’re on my “buy in hardcover” list now, but if you star writing crap I’ll put you on the “just rip the drm from the library” list. Still, congrats. You definitely deserve this.

  40. Wow. Just, wow. Not at all bad for a writer who never actually sells any books.

    Very nice indeed, and hearty felicitations on reaching this point so quickly in your career. May it bring you great happiness, and may it bring an equal measure of annoyance to those who wish you ill.

  41. Awesome! Congratulations! (and selfishly I am quite glad to get a sequel to lock-in because that felt like a world that had an awful lot of stories which I wanted to hear). Really looking forward to seeing what you can do.

  42. Hillary Rettig – Author of The 7 Secrets of the Prolific and The Lifelong Activist. Vegan, kidney donor, foster mom, and lover of people and animals. Visit to learn more about me and my work.
    Hillary Rettig

    Nice to see good people succeed!

  43. 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.

    I saw this and thought “Oh, that’s what he was going to talk about on Monday. And hey, today’s Monday!” Then I realised for you, it’s still Sunday night, and thought “hmmm…”

    So I’m chuffed for you, and even more chuffed that the universe appears to have heard my pleas and is making the rest of the world comply with the One True Timezone (i.e. GMT +8, where I’m living) *grin*.

    (For a writer who, if you listen to the Right People[1], doesn’t sell any books, you’re doing particularly well. Clearly this is more evidence of the Evol Librul Plot[2] running Science Fiction publishing).

    [1] As self-described by themselves, of course.
    [2] From which certain self-described Right People are attempting to save the genre.

  44. Congrats John! Wonderful news. Look forward to all those books!

  45. Robert: Kudos, sir.
    Well earned.
    But, ouch, taxes…

    Well, he could always try skipping out of the country and become a tax exile mooching around Europe or something. But I think John’s got too much integrity and grace to do that.

  46. Awesomeness! Maybe that long-lost (or never found, actually) sequel to The Androids Dream will appear. :D

  47. Wow, TOR taking a risk on a non-seller of books! But seriously, that is fantastic!

  48. So well deserved, John. Mega congrats.
    Unfortunately you’re now going to have to buy a platoon of Marines to guard your lawn. But, what the heck, man, ENJOY!!!

  49. Wow! After skipping the boring stuff at the beginning of the page (some pinko midlist hack rewarded for pushing the SJW agenda, probably subsidized by George Soros), I found the link you must have meant. I was _very_ interested to read about the Verge releasing the original contract between Sony and Spotify. I’m very concerned about the economics of the relationships between the music streaming services, the labels, and the artists. I fear that as the revenue flow decreases, the scraps that the labels leave to the artists won’t be enough to support them. So it was really interesting to get some actual numbers. Thanks for pointing out this important story.

    Seriously, congratulations. PNH’s statement about your backlist is spot on. Just last week I bought the first 3 OMW ebooks (after having originally read library copies, no less). At least the flow of Scalzi won’t dry up!

  50. Marcelo – Ribeirao Preto, SP - Brazil – I’m an 80’s kid, so videogame is Sega, RPG is HeroQuest and snickers ar Converse All Stars. I read speculative fiction anytime I can. My favourite authors are David & Leigh Eddings, Anne McCaffrey, and John Scalzi, but I don’t dispense Ursula Le Guin, Michael Crichton, or Karen Traviss when I find them. I had lost the habit of watching TV, but Netflix and Hulu solved that. I prefer dogs and gats to people (who never?) and, despite my profession as a middle- and high school history teacher, it’s been years that my occupations actually are homemaker and video creator por the sundry social channels maintains.
    Marcelo Ferrari

    Does Kristine follow you as you take out the trash whispering to your ear “remember you are only a man”?

  51. That’s a whole lotta churros.

    And the world’s largest Schadenfreude Pie.

    Congrats! Buy a fancier can to take out the trash with or something.

  52. I’m so happy for you I have tears in my eyes! Congratulations!

  53. PhoenicianRomans Well, he could always try skipping out of the country and become a tax exile mooching around Europe or something.
    I hear you can get a pretty good deal in Finland,

  54. Congratulations!

    It is so good to see our genre recognized. ;) Oh, and it’s very good for you and your family!


  55. So a couple more OMW books, a sequel to Lock In aaaaaand eight Stargate: Universe books to close that storyline out, right?

  56. Oh, and that’s the kind of deal where you should have to buy the next round for everyone on the internet! Srsly, Congratulations!! :-)

  57. Has anybody said, “Wow!” yet?

    Oh, ok. How about, “Congrats”?

    Hmm, well…

    Anyone mention how busy 13 books in 10 years is gonna keep you?

    Covered, huh?

    Well, severn figures sure buys a lot of several mentions already, ok, fine.


    Thumbs ups, man.

  58. Way to go! Your name and quote in the NYT! You’ve arrived now!

    Also, that’s a nice income for the next while, and a home for all those books you want to write. Fab.

  59. Most wonderful. Congratulations on being that rarest of things – a full time fiction writer who knows where his next meal is coming from. Write All The Things!!

  60. Fantastic news! I look forward to seeing how you continue to evolve as a writer.

    (The financial security aspect ain’t bad, either.)

  61. That’s 1.3 books per year, right? About one book every 9 months and six days or so. Good, I like it when my favorite authors produce a lot of stuff for me.
    Oh, and Yeah! Congrats!

  62. Mazel tov! I’m not Jewish, but that expression is always filled with so much joy…it seems appropriate.

  63. Congratulations! The reward for good hard work is more good hard work.

  64. 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

    Hee Yaah! You gotsta write 13 more books!
    Also, Oh noes! 13 books I have to buy!
    Dude, so awesome.

  65. Congratulations to you and your family! That’s a lot of work, and I so look forward to reading it. My wife (comments around here as Happyturtle) introduced me to OMW a while ago and I am hooked.

    The puppy types are so going to implode over this latest chapter in The Great Conspiracy.

    Did you take the trash out?

  66. You know, at first I was like, that’s so much money! And then I was like, spread out over ten years, writing over a book a year, and selling the backlist consistently? That’s well-fucking-deserved.

    Many congratulations! May your luck and hard work continue to intersect in ways that benefit you!

  67. MattMikalatos – United States – I'm the author of a variety of books, most recently THE SUNLIT LANDS, and GOOD NEWS FOR A CHANGE, and SKY LANTERN. I'm also the co-host and co-founder of the StoryMen podcast, and I live near Portland, Oregon.
    matt mikalatos

    Wow, congratulations, John!

  68. Congratulations! This is wonderful news — such a treat for all of us who love your work! And such marvelous compensation for doing what you love! (Krissy is my hero; it’s terrific that she’s so level-headed.)

  69. Congratulations, you lucky, hardworking dawwg!

    Now your nose shall be against the grindstone, because you will feel compelled to earn every Washington Tor is obliged to pay you if you succeed! Because of course they won’t be bound to pay you if you fail.

    Good luck, John, you deserve it if anyone does.

  70. CONGRATS, JOHN!!! You deserve it. If there was more proof needed to show your awesomeness, well, there it is. Now just remember not to spend all that millions in one go. Lol.

    Also….get to writing!

  71. This was the mysterious thing you referred to on twitter a few days back? Definitely bigger (and better) than a bread box. Well done and congratulations.

  72. Hah! Can’t wait to see what certain people on the Internet will make of this. Probably something stupid like:

    Mr. Scalzi has never had a “No. 1 best seller,”
    — Patrick Nielsen Hayden, executive editor for Tor

  73. Congratulations, Scalzi. Tor knows a sure thing when they see it.
    Is 101 Uses for a Spare Goat going to be adult or YA?

  74. Bruce Diamond – Flyover Land on the teeming Mississippi River – Despicably proud old man. Text-extruding asshole (thank you, John Scalzi) with a skewed vision on life, pop culture, writing and general assholiness. Not a scholar, not a gentleman, not Martin or Lewis. But still trying to make life fun and funny.
    Bruce Diamond

    Holy fucking shit! Congrats! And yay, more Scalzi to read!

  75. Jules Jones – I'm a writer of romance and science fiction/fantasy. My main blog is at Dreamwidth, since that's where a lot of my friends are, but some of the less inane wibble gets mirrored on WordPress.
    Jules Jones

    That, sir, is magnificent news. Congratulations. :-) And may your success as a gateway drug for sf long continue.

  76. “One of the most widely-read e-mail lists in publishing is Publisher’s Lunch, in which various book deals are announced with certain euphemisms to describe what sort of money was involved. For example, book deals that get the writer up to $100,000 are known as “a nice deal.” $100K to $250 is “a good deal,” and so on up past the $1 million point, at which you have “a major deal.” And well, yes, if you’re up at that point, it certainly is a major deal, you bastard.”

    One can assume that Scalzi is getting the next round.

  77. karlcook1 – Centreville, VA – I do computer support, read science fiction, & was a professional photographer in my first career. Still make images for fun (and money).

    Oh, goody! More Scalzi to add to my already groaning book shelves!
    Congratulations, good sir!

  78. Well, that is pretty fan-flipping-tastic. I guess I should look into reading your work….

    Also. SO jealous. I hate you. :P

  79. Nice. Sweet. Awesome.

    Congratulations, Mr. Hyper-Caffeinated.


    (Sound of Puppies running heads into walls repeatedly)

  80. Okay, so how many of these 13 books have you actually written? Started?

    Hmm, thought so, another G.R.R.M. who’s probably gonna cark it before he finishes what he owes us… I mean, have you seen what the guy eats!? And The Times says he’s “hypercaffinated”, that doesn’t sound good.

    On a more serious note, congrats and may your pen stay strong for many years to come.

  81. longeyesamurai – I have transferred here from Vox (where I was known as Caprandom and La Canneberge Masquée) when it went all Atlantis on us. My unofficial title at work is Corporate Troubleshooter at BigMediaCo cable tv outfit, trying to stay one step ahead of my mouth ... Aside from being probably the world expert on divination through Magic: the Gathering cards, here's a (partial) list of my varied interests: 2 Frères, Alan Moore, Alicia Keys, anime, archaeology, Ariana Grande, art, Bachman Turner Overdrive, baseball, beaches, Bebe Rexha, Bernie Krause, Beyoncé, biking, Billy Idol, Billy Joel, biology, Bob Marley, books, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Bryan Adams, Buffy, cars, cats, Celine Dion, cheese, Chicago, Coeur de Pirate, Coldplay, computer, computers, concerts, cthulhu, Dan Gibson, David Bowie, David Usher, Dire Straits, Disturbed, Don Henley, Douglas Quin, dpchallenge, dragons, Drake, Duran Duran, Eagles, economics, Eddie Money, Ed Sheeran, Electric Light Orchestra, Ellie Goulding, Elton John, Eminem, Enrique Iglesias, Eric Lapointe, fantasy, Fiona Apple, Fleetwood Mac, Flo Rida, Foo Fighters, food, football, Foreigner, Frank Sinatra, Ghostbusters, Halsey, Heart, history, hockey, Huey Lewis and the News, ice cream, illustration, Ima, Imagine Dragons, intelligence, Japan, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Jerome Couture, Johnny Depp, Joseph Edgar, Journey, jrock, Judas Priest, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, King Melrose, Kiss, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, landscapes, learning, Led Zeppelin, Les Soeurs Boulay, Life, Linkin Park, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Madonna, Magic!, Mariah Carey, Marie-Mai, Maroon 5, Mary J Blige, Matchbox Twenty, Meghan Trainor, Mika, Mother Goose Club, movies, music, Natasha St-Pier, nature, Neil Gaiman, Nirvana, No Doubt, Norah Jones, Oasis, One Direction, Pat Benatar, Patricia Kaas, people, Phil Collins, photography, Pierre Lapointe, Pink, Pink Floyd, poetry, pop, Prince, Queen, Radiohead, reading, remodelling, Richard Anthony, Rod Stewart, roleplaying, Roxette, Rush, Sam Smith, Sara Bareilles, Sarah McLachlan, Selena Gomez, Serge Gainsbourg, Shaggy, Shakira, Shawn Mendes, Sheryl Crow, Shinedown, Sia, Simple Plan, sleep, sleeping, Slipknot, soccer, Steely Dan, Steve Winwood, Sting, Stray Cats, Styx, sushi, theater, The Chainsmokers, The Cure, The Rolling Stones, The Weeknd, Tori Amos, travel, travelling, Tricot Machine, TV, U2, Usher, video, Vulgaires Machins, words, writing, Yann Perreau, Zayn

    Hear, hear!!! Well deserved!

    Although the “He backlists” sounds kind of dirty LOL

  82. Wow, congrats John! This is great news for you, but I also think it’s great news for Tor and for the genre. It means Those Who Hold the Pursestrings consider both author and audience reliable enough to make some long-term plans.

  83. So awesome! Congratulations!

  84. First: Congratulations, I am happy for you (and us for 1.3 books/year over a decade).

    Second: Perseverance FTW! I am pretty sure you went through some rough times to become the writer you are today. I am glad to see that effort rewarded.

    Third: Please take a look into how you secure your home and family. Such news will inspire some people to think there is a lot to money to get from you :-(.

  85. Congratulations. The cats are probably making lists of things they want to be properly worshiped. Solid gold drinking fountains to start. Nice that hard, steady work is recognized.

  86. Major congratulations to you on the deal – and ABSOLUTELY HUGE congrats on having such a great agent!!!!

  87. FAAAAAA-ntastic!! That is marvellous! Congratulations :). And please, pretty please, let Shadow War be one of the books … ;).

  88. Mazel Tov! And thank you! Now my husband John Scalzi’s Christmas gifts are guaranteed for the next 10 years! Happy all around! WTG!!

  89. Many congratulations, Mr. Scalzi! I’ve enjoyed your books, and based on your internet presence, think you’re a upstanding guy. Enjoy the success, you’ve earned it.

  90. Wow! Congratulations! That’s a VERY healthy figure! I don’t say obscene because, well, I think you’re being paid what you’re worth and on top of that will make other people lots of money too.

    I imagine having some “in writing” security about the next 10 years is comforting and not something you’ve been used to… I hope it provides some peace of mind.

    Looking forward to the next 10, and my kids may be old enough for the YA ones by the time they come out.


  91. Now I understand why my comment on Friday was held for moderation.

    Congratulations! I’m delighted for you, and pleased as punch to know I will have the opportunity to read your new work for years to come.

  92. Awesome! This is great news, and well deserved. Are you taking requests? I’ll have more in the Android’s Dream line, please.

  93. THAT’S AWESOME! Many congrats to you. You’ve earned this and I hope your work brings many more fans to the genre. Mostly so I can be as successful one day ;)

  94. Oh, well done! Congrats! And good on Krissy for helping you keep a level head on your shoulders. Handshakes all ’round, assuming you all want them.

  95. Well, holy puppies! George Soros came through with the money, so we will be getting all 10 volumes of the “Shadow War” trilogy after all …

    Should be almost enough for Athena’s college tuition. (That one I’m serious about.)

  96. Live long and prosper!
    But write quickly while you’re doing it – what a busy decade… how will you ever find time to write and promote and go to conferences and all that?

  97. “with world English language rights acquired by Tor”

    Does this mean your next 13 books will have simultaneous worldwide releases?
    As an Australian, this makes me very, very happy.

  98. Bravo and Congratulations! Now git yerself on with taking out the trash… ;-)

    Seriously, happy for you and your family. And for everyone else who’ll have all those cools books to read.


  99. Congratulations! It’s so nice to see a work ethic pay off!

    I’m happy for you because, well, job security.

    I’m happy for us because books!

    Everybody wins.

  100. Now I see that you can’t even get dropped by a publisher correctly ;)

    Wow. Well done John, I’m sure it’s really nice to get the financial security to be able to try new things and write what you want. Tor definitely wanted to keep you, I think they see the upside from the optioned TV shows letting them sell the backlist, and to get a deal of that size, another publisher must have been interested.

    I’m really interested in the new space opera series, that could be super fun.

    Just imagine how much the advance would have been if you actually sold books, and didn’t just have pictures of pnh in a hottub full of mayo :)

    Now get writing and entertain us.

  101. Wow. Just… yeah. But really, such a serious photo for NY Times. What’s with that?

  102. Wow! Congratulations!! What fantastic news! And that quote about buying up your backlist is so true for me :) I’ve been cruising through your entire catalog via audiobooks for the last six months! Just writing up a blog post about how much I loved FUZZY NATION. <3

  103. Why has the word ‘sell-out’ not been used in this discussion yet? Am I the only dinosaur who remembers when artists who signed big buck deals were accursed of selling out, of turning commercial? Whatever happened, John, to those days of living in a garret (or the functional equivalent thereof, the Lower East Side) surrounded by junkies and alkies, scraping by day to day, eating for breakfast flour paste left over from gluing up handmade posters, going weeks without showering while on tour? Whatever happened to those days, John? Now you’re going to be swanning around with the elite SJW crowd, eating finger foods and being all liberal and everything.

    Oh, wait. You say you’ve already got a nice big house in Ohio? And a charming good-looking intelligent wife and daughter? And you already eat finger foods (assuming churros count)? Damn you Scalzi, you sold out years ago and you didn’t even TELL us. That’s it, I’m never buying another one of your albums. You’ve been going downhill for years already, anyway.

  104. Squee! Lock In sequel! I’m more a Fantasy reader than SF, and Lock In was the first novel of yours I tried, and I loved it! Yay!

    And my husband will be most happy to hear about more OMW novels, though he will be less happy about the further experiments in serialization, since he enjoyed that less than the previous novels. Too bad for him; I’m still bouncing at Lock In sequel.


  105. Bravo … couldn’t happen to a better author.
    And yay for me … 13 more books to read in the coming decade!

  106. Pulls nose out of Lock In, blinks.
    Oh good, a sequel is coming.
    Carry on.

  107. I have nothing to say that hasn’t been said, but I’ll say it anyway: Congratulations! Well deserved! More Books For Me!

  108. Excellent news and congratulations. Your publisher was absolutely right. When I read my first Scalzi book (after being introduced to Whatever), I then went and bought them all and read them, too. So, the future nightstand reading heap is secure. Best wishes in getting these 13 projected books out the door — I am assuming you are doing 1 or 1 1/4 book per year?

  109. Congratulations, fantastic news both for you and for me! Now I just wish you could write your brilliant novels as fast as I can read them. :)

  110. so this is part of that upcoming flood? Or is this stuff previously discussed?

    The Life of the Mind
    Release Date: June 9

    To Stand or Fall: The End of All Things
    Release Date: June 30

    This Hollow Union: The End of All Things
    Release Date: June 16

    Can Long Endure: The End of All Things
    Release Date: June 23

    So you’re writing a book a week, on average?
    Faster, please. I am finishing them in a day …

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