Monthly Archives: May 2015

Lock In a Finalist for the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel

This makes it a nice Monday, for sure. Even better, it’s with an amazing peer group of novels and writers. The entire category: The Peripheral, William Gibson (Putnam; Viking UK) Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK) The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor) Lock In, John Scalzi (Tor; Gollancz) Annihilation/Authority/Acceptance, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals; […]

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My New Film Column Debuts on Sundance.TV! This Week: Star Wars Showdown

Here’s a little something I’ve been keeping a lid on until this very moment: I’m back in the film commentary business. The folks at Sundance asked me to write an occasional column on film (every couple of weeks or so), and I said, “heck, yeah,” because, well. I started writing professionally as a film critic, […]

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I’d Rather Like Men Than To Be a Sad Puppy

And to be clear, it wouldn’t be anything close to a difficult choice. Hur hur, homophobia's a gas when you're a Sad Puppy! pic.twitter.com/naUdpcOr2m — John Scalzi (@scalzi) May 4, 2015 Again: I'm mostly sad for the Sad Puppies. So much insecurity and envy and anger and need. For their own sakes, I wish they […]

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The Legion of Scalzi Smartphones

I upgraded my cell phone yesterday; as with the previous times that I upgraded, the former phone was left in my custody. So here is the entire history of my smartphone usage, going back to the Blackberry Storm, which I acquired in late 2008, followed by the Droid X, the Nexus 4 (which died an […]

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The Myth of SF/F Publishing House Exceptionalism

(This is not specifically Hugo neepery, but it is related, so again, ignore if the subject bores you.) Recently author John Ringo (in a Facebook post previously available to the public but since made private) asserted that every science fiction house has seen a continuous dropĀ in sales since the 1970s — with the exception of […]

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