Posted on June 19, 2017
Posted by John Scalzi
You know, just in case you’re curious. Here’s the link.
Bad URL for Safari users. Try this instead: http://ew.com/books/2017/06/19/john-scalzi-head-on-cover-excerpt/. Nice head shot, btw!
No joy on the link. Kaput.
Please correct the link html for the tech-challenged among us. It looks like this at the moment: “http://Over at Entertainment Weekly, there’s a cover reveal for my next book Head On, plus an exclusive excerpt! http://ew.com/books/2017/06/19/john-scalzi-head-on-cover-excerpt“
Looks great. And Mom, of course, calls out the problem.
Second thought – the way Chris goes through threeps, maybe he was the inspiration for the game ;)
April 2018 seems so far away. Why do you tease us John?
Now I wonder if Hadens have their own events in the Paralympics. Of course, while I imagine that’s a big deal for athletic Hadens, the Paralympics gets as much attention as it does nowadays. (read: as an afterthought to the Olympics) So having a sports league of the ‘put posters of the players on the wall’ sort is a big deal.
April 2018?!?!?! Do you know how long its been since I finished End of All Things?
I’m excited to read this! And knowing that, I should probably go and reread Lock In again.
I suppose it’s way too early for Tor to have any guesses about when the large-print edition will come out? My aunt loved “Lock In”, but she has troubles with standard print sizes, and her Kindle battery won’t hold a charge these days.
Here’s hoping your editor fixes the bit where the guy’s last name changes.
Hey there! I noticed that you could pre-order Head On at the Canadian Amazon but not the American one. Any idea when we’ll be able to put in the pre-order here in the states? Thank you for revisiting this world. It’s one of my favorites!
Thanks for the working link; I was getting more and more cross with The Original.
Nice article, Athena! Looking forward to the book.
And just in time for my birthday. Yay!
I kinda like the direction this seems to be going. I’ve spent a probably inordinate amount of time thinking about specialized threeps ever since I read Lock In. Are there military threeps? Industrial threeps? Science threeps? How would, say, a threep with an enhanced visual spectrum affect its user–or a miniaturized threep for superfine detail work–or a threep optimized for undersea operation? Does anyone use non-anthropomorphic threeps? Are they proscribed by convention or law, and is the proscription universally honored?
Interesting how this reveal is happening on EW and not just here on Whatever. A function of your increasing audience/reach? A result of the TOR publicity folks doing a great job?
Can’t wait! “Lock In” is by far my favorite of your novels and I am so looking forward to more in this world. Will be snapping it up as soon as it comes out. Hurray!
The review says ” This isn’t quidditch” but it could be! Threeps on broomsticks, with swords! And hammers!
It’s definitely about the PR people doing great work.
9 Months and 27 days….. Great tease. I am looking forward to it. EVENTUALLY!
I liked the extract – particularly the bit about how the game is problematic for Chris because on the one hand, yeah, it’s getting people with Hadens popularity and representation in the media and posters on peoples’ walls and human things like that. But on the other hand, this is because the game is played by artificial constructs which are able to function around heads ripped off and missing limbs and so on, which argues they aren’t really human. So yeah… problematic. I like it because it does actually cover a lot of what I find is interesting about problematic things in my life – yeah, on the one hand it’s good because X, but on the other hand, not-so-good because Y. One of the things you have to do as a person who spends their lives dealing with problematic media while searching out representation (female, fat, mentally ill, on the autism spectrum, need I say more?) is learn how to balance the good against the bad. Or at least focus on the good while putting the bad to one side for now (and waiting for the inevitable point where the bad outweighs the good and there’s another bloody media property I can’t enjoy any more… *glares in the direction of the MCU*).
@Leah – does your aunt have a laptop or tablet? I use the kindle app on my laptop and it works really well. I believe it’s available for pretty much every OS – I use it on my Windows 10 laptop and Android phone.
Oh man! “April 17, 2018 release” Geez. Ok Mr Scalzi, can you please up your words-written-per-day count? I’ve already re-read everything too many times…
This is one I’ve been looking forward to ever since finishing Lock In – very glad to have a specific date to watch for. Lock In is my favorite of all your fiction works, and I’ve been on eleventerhooks awaiting the next installment.
Amusingly enough, the release date is about a week and a half before my elder kid’s wedding date. Wonder if she’d notice if one parent sort of dropped out of contact for a day or two at about that point…..
Interesting! And interesting that the cover blurb directly compares Mr. Scalzi to Michael Crichton since the excerpt potentially raises similar issues to ‘WESTWORLD’. I liked ‘LOCK IN’ a great deal and look forward to ‘HEAD ON’, even if it is a little far away.
Isabella Biedenharn does a good job avoiding pronouns when it comes to Chris, without drawing attention to it.
I really enjoyed Lock In and look forward to Head On.
how does Athena feel about having a professional photo credit? :D
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