Monthly Archives: November 2015

The Big Idea: Emma Newman

Is there space within a genre of big ideas for a little thing called “characters”? Emma Newman sought to find out in her novel Planetfall. Here she is with a report on what she discovered. EMMA NEWMAN: Science-fiction is a genre of big ideas. When I think back to the science-fiction I have read and […]

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Kitten Update, 11/5/15

Because I know what you really want. Kitten One conquers the Evil Sock of Evil. Meanwhile, Thing Two takes on both the Banjolele of Not-Niceness, and the Feather Duster Streamer of Ill Repute. This one ended in a draw. The Things, totes adorbs. Incidentally, if you want to experience full on kitten overload, I’ve made […]

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The Big Idea: Kate Elliott

Change always happens, but as Kate Elliott explains in this Big Idea for Black Wolves, the opening novel in a new fantasy trilogy, not all change happens at once. KATE ELLIOTT: For years I’ve hung on to a rotary dial phone, one that plugs into the wall jack and needs no power to run. We […]

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Post-Election Day Thoughts, 2015

Here in Ohio, aside from some local races, the only things I had on my ballot to vote for were state initiatives. Here’s how I voted: Issue One: This one changed the state redistricting process so that it’s handled by a non-partisan committee rather than by whoever’s in the majority in the state government when redistricting comes along. […]

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Kitten Update, 11/4/15

Because we all need more adorable in our life.  Thing One. Thing Two. Thing One and Thing Two, posing as if for a formal portrait. Thing Two meeting Lopsided Cat, very briefly. It went reasonably well. It may have helped that Lopsided Cat is still maybe a little stoned. People have been asking if/suggesting that […]

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The Big Idea: Jason Denzel

In this Big Idea piece for Mystic, author Jason Denzel is about to tell you more about martial arts origin stories than you probably already knew. But don’t worry, it’s going somewhere — specifically, it’s going to tell you how his novel came about. JASON DENZEL: The Big Idea behind my debut novel, Mystic, is […]

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In Other Cat News

Here’s Lopsided Cat in a cat carrier, looking very mellow. He looks mellow because he’s stoned. He’s stoned because he just overnighted at the vet’s, where we booked him a room after we found him in the garage covered in detritus and drool, limping and looking like he’d been in a hell of a fight. […]

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Kitten Update 11/3/15

They’re adorably all kittened out here, probably because earlier they had round two of their cat fight: That leaves things all tied up. Will there be a tie-breaker? Stay tuned!  

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“The End of All Things” an Opening Round Nominee for the Goodreads Choice Awards

In the science fiction category, which should be obvious, and kind of nice. It’s there along with other excellent books from fine authors, as you can see above. It’s always nice to be nominated for this particular award, and last year in this category my book Lock In came in second, rather distantly behind The Martian, […]

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The Big Idea: Adam Christopher

Adam Christopher has written a novel called Made to Kill, which features a robot private investigator in an alternate noir Los Angeles. Yep, that’ll do. Here he is to talk about how it all came together. ADAM CHRISTOPHER: Ideas, as they say, come easy. Big ideas, small ideas; ideas that stand on their own, ideas […]

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By Request: Kitten Video

Cat fight! Yup. Adorable.

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Your Kitten Pictures, 11/2/15

Don’t say I never do anything for you.  Thing One, among the cords (and yes, I’m actively discouraging chewing). Thing Two, mid grooming. The two both seem to be adjusting well to life at the Scalzi Compound. I’m happy to say that both also took to the litter box with alacrity, so that’s one less […]

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No, the Kids Aren’t Reading the Classics and Why Would They

Writer Jason Sanford kicked a small hornet’s nest earlier today when he discussed “the fossilization of science fiction,” as he called it, and noted that today’s kids who are getting into science fiction are doing it without “Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein and Tolkien.” This is apparently causing a moderate bit of angina in some quarters. I think […]

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Introducing the Newest Members of the Scalzi Clan

Please say hello to: Thing One, and Thing Two. Note these are temporary names; at some point we will give them more formal titles. The story here is that my mother-in-law’s neighbor has cats who had kittens, and I’d been wanting to get another cat since Ghlaghghee had passed on. Now that I’ll be home […]

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