Monthly Archives: March 2016

I’m In the Mood For a Huge Chunk of 80s-Flavored Cheese

How about you? I mean, there is nothing about this video that is not 80s. It may be one of the most 80s videos ever. That hair! That synth! That hair! Those clothes! That hair!

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The Thing About That Photo From the Trump Rally

First, the photo, and my commentary about it on Twitter: When grandma is perfectly cool letting a Nazi salute fly outside a GOP candidate's event, we've got some problems. pic.twitter.com/ESlVLUr7A3 — John Scalzi (@scalzi) March 12, 2016 (Here’s a direct link to the photo on the Chicago Tribune site if for some reason you can’t see […]

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New Books and ARCs, 3/11/16

And now, to usher you into the weekend: Look! New books and ARCs! Which of these tomes speak to you? Share in the comments.

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Black Tide Rising eARC Now Available

As some of you may remember, I co-authored a short story to go into the Black Tide Rising zombie apocalypse anthology, edited by John Ringo and Gary Poole, which will be out in bookstores on June 7th. But if you just can’t wait that long, you should know that Baen Books, the publisher, is offering the […]

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Blue Monday, ’30s Style

Seriously cool and kinda really creepy all at the same time.

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The Big Idea: Elizabeth Bonesteel

How is solving a crime like debugging a computer program? Elizabeth Bonesteel knows — and uses that knowledge for her novel, The Cold Between. Here she is now to tell you. ELIZABETH BONESTEEL: I worked as a software engineer for a long time. For the most part, it was great fun: I was being paid […]

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Michigan and Mississippi and Those Other States Too

Thoughts on last night’s political festivities: 1. Wow, the pollsters surely humped the proverbial bunk last night in Michigan, didn’t they? Hillary Clinton was in most polls up by double digits in the state against Bernie Sanders, and yet at the end of the day, Sanders squeaked by with a victory, 49.8% to 48.3%. What’s interesting […]

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Catching Up With New Books and ARCs, 3/8/16

I’m a little behind on showing off the new books and ARCs that have arrived at the Scalzi Compound, so today, here are two — yes, two!! — stacks of new books and ARCs for you peruse and lust after. And you say, wow, now you’re all caught up, right? Nope, because here are the […]

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Warning: I’m Behind With Email

And that includes April Big Idea slots (March is all filled up). I hope to catch up soon. As you were.

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Become a Midnight Star: Renegade Beta Tester!

I mentioned the other day that Midnight Star: Renegade, the sequel to last year’s Midnight Star video game, is on its way, and will be a bunch of fun to play for mobile gamers. But as it turns out, you don’t have to take my word for it — Industrial Toys is looking for a few […]

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The Wilicious Burrito

Dear @wilw, this burrito is a hot dog, American cheese, a pickle, pasta salad and mayo. I call it the "Wilicious." pic.twitter.com/XuQTOOoCla — John Scalzi (@scalzi) March 4, 2016 Some of you may be aware of the existential battle that Wil Wheaton and I are currently engaged in, involving burritos. I am of the opinion […]

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A Political Disclaimer, 2016: I’m (Sometimes) Wrong

I’m seeing a fair amount of pushback, on the site and off it, to my suggestion the other day that in the wake of Hillary Clinton inevitably winning the Democratic nomination for President, a certain number for “BernieBros” will ragequit and find their way over to the Donald Trump camp. Well, two things here: 1. […]

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The Big Idea: David Lubar

Fun fact: Back in the day, I edited a humor area for AOL, and one of my regular contributors was a fellow named David Lubar, who wrote reliably funny and interesting stuff (this is a more rare talent than you might expect). Here in the future, both David and I are authors, him primarily of […]

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The Big Idea: Mark Tompkins

In The Last Days of Magic, author Mark Tompkins has a novel way of looking at the legends, myths and fairy tales many of us grew up with – a way that changes what they mean for the world into which he writes a few new tales of his own. MARK TOMPKINS: Legends, myths, faery tales, […]

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Five Thoughts on Super Tuesday 2016

Do I have Super Tuesday thoughts? Sure I do. * The real question I have after last night is: In the general election will the Democratic defections when enraged BernieBros decide to vote for Trump over Clinton be counteracted by the Republican defections when despairing neocons decide to vote for Clinton over Trump? Because, yes, I think that’s […]

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The Big Idea: Ryk E. Spoor

Ryk E. Spoor has a lot to say today about his Balanced Sword Trilogy, of which Phoenix Ascendant, his new novel, is the final installment. I’m going to let him get right to it. Except to say, for those of you who want it, here’s Spoor’s summary of everything that’s gone on before. Got it? […]

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Announcing Midnight Star: Renegades!

So here is today’s super-cool news I get to share with you: a new video game I’m involved with is on its way! It’s Midnight Star: Renegade, a sequel to Midnight Star, last year’s mobile-based shooter from the fine folks at Industrial Toys. It’s a ton of fun. Here’s a bit from the press release […]

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Dear GOP: We Can’t Save You If You Won’t Save Yourself

And now is the part of the election cycle where the pundit class comes forward and begs the rest of the US electorate to help save the GOP from itself. In the Atlantic, Peter Beinart argues that liberals should support Marco Rubio over Trump, and over in the Washington Post, Michael R. Strain of the […]

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The Big Idea: Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer is one of the most prolific and celebrated modern authors of science fiction (with Hugo, Nebula and Campbell awards among others to his name), but recently Sawyer took some time between books. It was not time idly spent, as Sawyer relates in this Big Idea: It laid much of the groundwork for […]

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