Monthly Archives: October 2017

“Don’t Live For Your Obituary” Review in Publishers Weekly + Subterranean Press eBook Direct Ordering

The first review of Don’t Live For Your Obituary is out and it’s a good one! The full review is here, but the pull quote is thus: “[Scalzi] writes accessibly and so commonsensically that this book should appeal to writers in all disciplines.” Yes! Yes it should! Remember that Obituary will be out in December (i.e., […]

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My Annual Unsolicited Endorsement of WordPress, 2017 Edition

So, nine years ago this week, I switched the Whatever blog over to the WordPress VIP service, after months of access difficulties with both previous blogging software and previous providers. And in the nine years since switching over to WP VIP, the amount of time the site’s been down can be counted in minutes, and […]

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The Big Idea: David Siegel Bernstein

The phrase “science fiction” has two relevant parts to it. In Blockbuster Science, author David Siegel Bernstein delves into the science of the fiction, and separates out the fantasy of the genre from the fact. Here he is to tell you process of his exploration. DAVID SIEGEL BERNSTEIN: Science fiction is driven by fear or […]

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The Big Idea: Felicity Banks

Writing alternate history is fun and interesting, but here’s another interesting thing: Every day, we’re making a history too. What happens when the latter crashes into the former? Author Felicity Banks has some thoughts on that and how it affects her new novel The Antipodean Queen. FELICITY BANKS: Every time there’s a crocodile attack in […]

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New Book and ARCs, 10/11/17

If you don’t mind me saying so, I think we have a particularly tasty stack of new books and ARCs this week. What here is calling to you? Tell us in the comments!

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The Big Idea: Elizabeth Bear

Hey! It’s Elizabeth Bear! She’s my Hugo-winning pal! She’s awesome! And she has a new fantasy series beginning with The Stone in the Skull! That’s aweseome! She’s here to tell you about it! And that’s awesome too! ELIZABETH BEAR: I’m here under false pretenses. Let’s just get that out of the way. I’m here under […]

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Harvey Weinstein and Other Abusers

(For those who need it, a warning: I’m talking rape and sexual assault here today.) First, the latest on Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual abuse of women, from the New Yorker and the New York Times. There are more news stories out there — lots more — but those two cover a lot of ground […]

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The Big Idea: Matt Harry

When Matt Harry set down to write his novel Sorcery for Beginners, he undertook a journey that, as it turns out, had a parallel in the book he was writing. Here he is to tell you about that journey. MATT HARRY: This whole thing started because of Einstein. I know the date exactly, because I […]

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Reminder: Don’t Send Me Story Ideas

Really, that’s it. If you send me story ideas, I immediately dump them unread into the trash, and I won’t acknowledge I’ve received them. The reasons should be obvious, but in case they aren’t: 1. I have lots of ideas of my own, thanks; 2. Seriously, I have more ideas for books and stories than […]

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I Totally Called This

See point four here. I should probably sue! For millions! (Please note: I will not sue.) Also I hope the actual film is better than it appears in the trailer, because the trailer appears fairly… meh.

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Oh, Deer

There were deer in our yard this evening and then suddenly there weren’t, because our neighbor’s dog decided that he really needed to chase them. I managed to get a couple of pictures of them as they sprinted away — this was one of the less blurry ones. Those deer move fast. In other news, […]

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Admire My Warty Gourd

One of the things we and our visitors did this weekend was pick up pumpkins for ourselves and our kids. They got pumpkins. I found this magnificent gourd and decided to call it mine. It is… wartlicious. Are you enjoying decorative gourd season?

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The Mill in the Woods

Historic Bear’s Mill, October 7, 2017. Hope you’re having a very fine weekend.

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The Big Idea: Kat Howard

For An Unkindness of Magicians, author Kat Howard decided to go about things… well, just a little differently. She’s here to tell you why doing it that way made sense for her novel. KAT HOWARD: This is a book that began with an ending. Not the ending of the book–No, that took me a number […]

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The Big Idea: Walter Jon Williams

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but a cover can still tell you a lot about a book. When I saw the Quillifer cover, I felt like I already knew more than a little bit about Walter Jon Williams‘ titular character. In his Big Idea, Williams confirms my suspicions. Read on to find out who […]

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A Brief Addendum to “Word Counts and Writing Process”

Done up in Twitter form, and archived here for posterity. 1. I have some people snarking at my piece about the writing in the Trump era by noting (say) Solzhenitsyn managing to write in Russia… — John Scalzi (@scalzi) October 5, 2017 2. The argument there, presumably, being that if he could do it, I […]

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The Big Idea: David Walton

You want thrown gauntlets? David Walton throws one in the first sentence of this Big Idea piece for this novel, The Genius Plague. Read on to see it, and whether you agree. DAVID WALTON: Zombie books just aren’t creepy enough. They’re exciting, don’t get me wrong. When some drooling dead guy is breaking down your […]

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Amish on the Highway

I often joke to people that in Bradford, where I live, a traffic jam is three cars behind an Amish buggy. It’s not actually a joke; when you see a line of cars going five miles an hour, you know there’s a buggy up on the front of that line. It is not actually a […]

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The Big Idea: Nick Mamatas and Molly Tanzer

Drinking and writing: Two activities that have gone together famously (and occasionally, infamously) over the years. Now here’s Nick Mamatas, co-editor of Mixed Up: Cocktail Recipes (and Flash Fiction) for the Discerning Drinker (and Reader), to add a twist to this celebrated concoction. Yes, I just made a pun. No, I’m not sorry. NICK MAMATAS: […]

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2017, Word Counts and Writing Process

Today I wrote 1,850 words on Head On, my novel which is coming out next year. In any year previous to 2017, 1,850 words from me in a single day would be an okay day — slightly below my general average of 2,000 or so that I can reliably pump out on a daily basis, […]

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