Monthly Archives: April 2017

Spring Has Sprung, 2017

Some pictures from the Scalzi Compound, today, when spring was in bloom.

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Reader Request Week 2017 #3: Utopias

Ken Baker asks: If you don’t mind a question about another writer’s work: The Culture in Iain M. Banks’ series of novels is depicted as a Utopia. There is no need for money or laws, virtually any material thing anyone wants is available for the asking, everyone is beautiful and lives a long, happy life […]

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Today’s New Books and ARCs, 4/10/17

Catching up on some books that arrived while I was away on tour. What here looks intriguing to you? Tell me in the comments!

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Reader Request Week 2017 #2: Those Darn Millennials

Srs asks: Many people over a certain age have the opinion that Millennials think they know it all/have overly inflated self-esteem/etc because they were given participation trophies when they were young. Do you think this opinion has any basis in fact? Nah. One, of course, an older generation being angry at the Millennials for the […]

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Reader Request Week 2017 #1: Punching Nazis

It’s time to begin this year’s Reader Request Week, and let’s start with something punchy, shall we? Janne Peltonen asks: What do you think of the whole ‘punching Nazis in the face’ phenomenon? I found it very confusing. It seemed to me to be mostly about performance (‘let’s show the power-hungry extremists that we resist’) […]

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Today’s View From a Window

Not from a hotel window, from one of my house’s windows. Because I get to be home for a whole week! Whatever shall I do with myself? (Sleep, mostly.) Also, remember that I am doing the Reader Request Week starting tomorrow, so get your questions in — here’s the place to do that. And also, […]

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View From a Hotel Window 4/8/17: Madison

A lovely, sunny day in the Midwest. Tonight Madisonians and those who choose to come into the city will have the opportunity to see me at 7pm at the Central Library. Why not take advantage of the opportunity? It will be lovely to see you! Tomorrow, I am home. For a whole week! It’s Holy […]

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View From a Hotel Window 4/7/17: Northampton

Perhaps the most inspiring view yet! Don’t worry, the hotel room itself is pretty nice. I’m in Northampton at the moment but tonight’s event is in South Hadley, at Odyssey Bookstore, at 7pm, with me, Elizabeth Bear and Scott Lynch. Our plan as I understand it is to sit around and talk about the writing […]

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Reader Request Week 2017: Get Your Questions In!

Next week, rather than being on tour for some or all of the week, I will be home the entire time, which makes it the perfect time to have my annual Reader Request Week! So let’s do this thing, shall we? For those of you just catching up, Reader Request Week is when you suggest topics […]

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View From a Hotel Window, 4/6/17: Concord

Today, another parking lot, but an extra-fancy parking lot because it has Tesla chargers in it. I’m getting all the swank, people. Tonight: Gibson’s Bookstore in currently rainy Concord, New Hampshire. 7pm. My understanding is that there will be pie. Oh, yes. Pie. Tomorrow: South Hadley, Massachusetts, and Odyssey Bookstore, where, if you attend the […]

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View From a Hotel Window, 4/5/17: Brookline

Today’s view is an interior one, into a little courtyard that features a large chess set. Wacky! Tonight’s event: Brookline, Massachusetts, at the Brookline Booksmith bookstore. Boston, bring yourself and every single human you’ve ever met. Tomorrow: Concord, New Hampshire and Gibson’s Bookstore. Come along! I understand there will be pie.

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View From a Hotel Window, 4/4/17: Cleveland!

Ah, the classic parking lot view. So relaxing. We had a bit of excitement today when my connecting flight into Cleveland was delayed until 5pm (from 2:30 pm originally), which means as I write this, it still hasn’t taken off. It leaving then would have meant I would have missed commitments, so I ended up […]

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The Big Idea: Griffin Barber

Never sass Eric Flint about his bestselling “1632” universe — or you might find yourself co-writing a book with him! Or so Griffin Barber tell us in this Big Idea, about the genesis of his collaboration with Flint: 1636: Mission to the Mughals. GRIFFIN BARBER: About eight years ago, I met Charles Gannon at The World […]

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Kristine, 4/3/17

She photographs well. Also, if the writing thing doesn’t work out, I think I might have a future in department store portrait photography. Presuming there are any department stores left in the near future.

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“What? You’re Going Back On Tour? Again?”

As you can see, Sugar is shocked, shocked, that I will once again be leaving the house to head out into the world for more tour stops. Trust me, that’s the cat version of very concerned. Tonight’s stop: Dayton! This is a hometown stop at Book & Co. in Beavercreek. 7pm. Tomorrow: Parma (near Cleveland) […]

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Your April Fool’s Day Fun: Build Your Own Fake Collapsing Empire Cover

As you may know, recently a fellow with more ineffectual rage than sense recently attempted to cash in on The Collapsing Empire by rushing out a “me too” book with a “me too” cover. I don’t suspect it fooled very many people, or did much other than to confirm some people have too much time on […]

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