Monthly Archives: August 2015

View From a Hotel Window, 8/23/15: Aurora, Colorado

Ahhhhh, yes. Parking lot, I missed you so. Today: As noted previously, Fort Collins at 3pm. Be there or be square. Seriously, you’ll turn into a cube if you don’t go, Fort Collins. An evil wizard has cast a spell on your town, you see. Tomorrow: Bay Area, you have two  — yes, two! — […]

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A Brief Comment on the Hugos

I remember, when the Hugo nominations came out, Brad Torgersen crowed that the Puppies had taken over the Enterprise. So, to extend the metaphor, this is what happened to the Puppies last night at the Hugo Awards: And if you remember, afterwards the Federation built the Enterprise back up again, just as good as, if not […]

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View From a Hotel Window, 8/22/15: Spokane

For Sasquan, this year’s Worldcon, I splurged on a penthouse suite (I’m paying for it, not Tor). It has a view not of a parking lot. Also, today the sky is actually blue, as opposed to being mainly composed of smoke and ash, as it was yesterday. A very pretty day to have a Hugo […]

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View From a Hotel Window, 8/20/15: Boise

Parking lot in the foreground, state capital in the background. Basically, this view has got it all. Tonight! I am at the Boise Downtown Library! (I understand it has an exclamation point in its name) at 7pm, with the event sponsored by The Rediscovered Bookstore. I’m very excited, because this is my first time in […]

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The Big Idea: Aliette De Bodard

Aliette De Bodard’s Big Idea piece for The House of Shattered Wings may have the best first line of any Big Idea piece yet. That’s all I’m going to say. Get to reading. ALIETTE DE BODARD: My novel didn’t come together until I nuked Paris. After I finished Obsidian and Blood, my trilogy of Aztec […]

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View from a Hotel Window, 8/19/15: Seattle

There is no place where the parking lots cannot reach! Tonight: Seattle, at the Downtown Public Library, at 7pm. You know the downtown public library; it’s the one that looks all funky. Co-sponsored by the Elliot Bay Books. Come by, it’s going to be a lot of fun. Tomorrow: Boise! For the first time ever, […]

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The Big Idea: Charlie Fletcher

How to suss out the intricacies of a new idea, not just for a story, but for an entire world? For Charlie Fletcher, author of the Oversight series, of which The Paradox is the latest installment, the answer was simple: Go for a walk. CHARLIE FLETCHER: The setting for The Oversight and The Paradox began […]

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View From a Hotel Window, 8/18/15: Portland

If you look closely, you’ll see a parking lot in the picture. Tonight: Powell’s in Beaverton, OR, at 7pm. Be on time because the Doubleclicks are opening! Tomorrow: Seattle! I will be amongst you, for my event at the Seattle Public Library, co-hosted by Elliot Bay Books. 7pm!

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The Big Idea: Linda Nagata

In today’s Big Idea, Linda Nagata explains how short stories were the gateway to her “Red” series of novels, of which The Trials is the second. Short stories! Gotta keep an eye on ’em! LINDA NAGATA: Stories can be dangerous, demanding things. The Trials is the middle book in a trilogy of military thrillers that took […]

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View From a Hotel Window 8/17/15: Madison

No parking lot. I hardly know what to do with myself. Also, very modern. Feels like Piet Mondrian might have a pied a terre here. Tonight! 7pm! Madison Central Library, and sponsored by A Room of One’s Own. Very much looking forward to tonight’s event. Tomorrow! I leave the middle of the United States and […]

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My Sasquan Schedule

It’s here. I’m doing five events: A reading, a signing, two panels and a kaffeklatche. I’m only there on Friday and Saturday, however, so if you’re looking for me before or after then, I regret to say it will be in vain. I’ll be in Seattle on Wednesday, Boise on Thursday, and Fort Collins on […]

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Notes For New (and Potential) Twitter Followers

  Dear New (and Potential!) Twitter Followers: Hi there, I’m John Scalzi, and if you’re reading this, you may have just decided to follow me on Twitter, or may be thinking about doing so. If this does in fact describe you, here is what you should know before clicking the “follow” button. 1. If you […]

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View From a Delta Sky Club, 8/16/15: Detroit

It’s not a hotel window. It is, however, in a sense, a view of a parking lot. Today: I’ll be in Lansing, Michigan, at Schuler Books & Music, at 4pm. A good time will be had! By me, at least. And hopefully, you too. Tomorrow: I’ll be in lovely Madison, Wisconsin, for an event at […]

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View From a Hotel Window, 8/15/15: Cleveland/Westlake

Parking lot? But of course! (The room is lovely. I do not wish to imply complaint. It’s just that parking lots out my window really do seem to be a recurring theme this tour.) Today! The Barnes & Noble in Westlake, OH at 2pm (i.e., not long from when I am writing this). Hey, they […]

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View From a Hotel Window, 8/14/15: Lexington

Another very fine parking lot. Which, you know, is perfectly fine with me, actually. I don’t demand gracious views from my hotels. I want a nice bed, a distinct lack of bedbugs and/or soiled linens, and an Internet connection. Everything else is optional. Also this hotel has the distinct advantage of being a minute’s walk […]

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View From a Hotel Window, 8/13/15: Atlanta

Parking lots are beautiful, man. My event tonight is in Athens, GA, but my hotel room is in Atlanta, in part because it’ll be easier to get to the airport in the morning this way. Ah, tour logistics! As noted, my event tonight is in Athens, Georgia, and although it’s being hosted by the fabulous […]

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The Big Idea: Stephen Moore

  As a person with some infamous ancestors in his family tree (ever hear of John Wilkes Booth? Yeah, he’s an uncle), Stephen Moore’s Big Idea for Graynelore speaks to me in several ways. Read on to discover why. STEPHEN MOORE: When I talk about a big idea in relation to Graynelore I find myself […]

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The Big Idea: David Nabhan

Energy is on author David Nabhan’s mind, and in The Pilots of Borealis, it’s on the mind of a lot of his characters too. What do they all know about energy that you might not? The author explains below. DAVID NABHAN: The Pilots of Borealis is many things: a study in athleticism and strength, experiencing […]

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View From a Hotel Window, 8/11/15: Memphis

This part of Tennessee is apparently quite lush.  Reminder to everyone: Tonight! I will be at The Booksellers at Laurelwood! Event starts at 6:30pm. Don’t be late! You’ll miss the puppet show! (Note: There will not actually be a puppet show. Sorry). Tomorrow: Raleigh and Quail Ridge Books. There are a lot of reasons I really […]

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The End of All Things is Out! The End of All Things Tour Begins!

Today is the day! The End of All Things, the sixth novel in the Old Man’s War universe and my eleventh novel overall is now out and available at your favorite local bookstore or online retailer. Get it! Get a copy for your friends! Get a copy for the people you would like to be […]

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