Monthly Archives: January 2018
New Books and ARCs, 1/12/18
Posted on January 12, 2018 24 Comments
What a very fine stack of new books and ARCs we have going on here. Do you see anything that calls to you here? Tell us in the comments!
Trump is a Racist. Stop Pretending Otherwise.
Posted on January 12, 2018 184 Comments
Here in January of 2018, this is the deal: I’m gonna judge you if you can’t admit openly and without reservation that Donald Trump is a racist. Not just racist, which is to say, he has some defense in the idea that we live in a racist society so we all participate in its racism […]
My Wacky Video Game Mouse/Keyboard Control Scheme
Posted on January 11, 2018 59 Comments
I mentioned on Twitter that when it comes to PC-based video games, I have a keyboard/mouse control scheme that horrifies and mystifies everyone who learns about it, because it is so far deviant from the traditional “WASD” setup that people don’t know what to think about it. This of course meant I was immediately asked […]
The Big Idea: Michael Moreci
Posted on January 11, 2018 10 Comments
Today on the Big Idea: Author Michael Moreci, with his novel Black Star Renegades, shows you how to write a media tie-in that’s not a media tie-in and in fact becomes something else entirely in the telling. MICHAEL MORECI: A lot of writers will probably hate me for this, but the idea for Black Star […]
Posted on January 10, 2018 64 Comments
One of those days where my brain is aggressively stuck in neutral, probably brought on by bad sleep, early errands, more bad sleep and possibly on the road to becoming ill. Add it all up: No deep thoughts today, kids, sorry. How are you? Are you one of the 90% or so of all humans […]
Four Views of the Same Short Story
Posted on January 9, 2018 41 Comments
I had a short story come out today: “Three Robots Experience Objects Left Behind From the Era of Humans for the First Time,” as part of the Robots Vs. Fairies anthology. And here’s something I would like to show you, regarding the story: Four takes on “Three Robots,” from four different Goodreads reviews of RvF, each […]
Robots Vs. Fairies is Here!
Posted on January 9, 2018 8 Comments
Reminder to all and sundry that Robots Vs. Fairies, an anthology of eighteen stories featuring robots and/or fairies, is out today. I have a story in it, entitled “Three Robots Experience Objects Left Behind From the Era of Humans for the First Time,” in which, well, three robots experience objects left behind from the era […]
The Big Idea: Marieke Nijkamp
Posted on January 9, 2018 2 Comments
We’re back with Big Ideas for 2018! And to kick us off, author Marieke Nijkamp talks to us of her new novel Before I Let Go, and takes us below the cold surface of a community that holds its secrets close. MARIEKE NIJKAMP: “Lost has created new legends since you left. It’s such a human […]
Posted on January 7, 2018 17 Comments
As with much of North America, around here it’s been single digits (Fahrenheit) and below for several days, which means the cats are spending almost all of their time indoors. As the days have ground on they’ve started getting crankier with each other, and so we have more-than-usual moments like this, where they tussle with […]
Obnoxious Twits and Conventions
Posted on January 6, 2018 80 Comments
I wrote this tweet the other day about a minor dustup in the science fiction community: So a convention pulled an obnoxious twit's attending membership and as a result a bunch of other obnoxious twits are boycotting the convention, and now I think every convention has an easy template for ridding itself of obnoxious twits. […]
New Books and ARCs, 1/5/18
Posted on January 5, 2018 24 Comments
A new year, a new stack of books and ARCs that have come to the Scalzi Compound. Which of these works would you like to be one of your first reads of 2018? Tell us in the comments!
Thoughts on My 30th High School Reunion
Posted on January 5, 2018 6 Comments
This last October I went to my 30th reunion at my high school, and had a very lovely time of it; I did a reading for my former classmates and others, hung around with old friends and generally enjoyed the company of people I had known for decades now. My school asked me to write […]
Hey, You Know What’s Fun?
Posted on January 4, 2018 21 Comments
Reading a TV script based on something you wrote and thinking, “that’s a bit of all right, that is.” Can’t tell you more at the moment, I’m afraid. But I think you’re going to enjoy it one day. Enjoy your Thursday!
The 2018 Awards Consideration Post
Posted on January 3, 2018 3 Comments
Another year, another quick post to let you know what work I have for you to consider for awards and such. Ready? Here we go: Best Novel: The Collapsing Empire (3/21/17; Tor Books; Patrick Nielsen Hayden, editor) Best Related Work/Non-fiction/Collection: Don’t Live For Your Obituary: Advice, Commentary and Personal Observations on Writing, 2008-2017 (12/31/17; Subterranean […]
The Collapsing Empire Out in Paperback Today
Posted on January 2, 2018 8 Comments
Well, here’s a nice way to start the new year: The mass market paperback version of The Collapsing Empire is out today in the US and Canada, available at your local indie and chain bookstores as well as through your favorite online retailers. If you’ve got gift cards or certificates to burn, this is a […]
Hey, Scalzi, Got Any New Year’s Resolutions?
Posted on January 1, 2018 52 Comments
I’m so glad you asked! Yes, I have a few. In no particular order, these are the things I’m going to try doing here in 2018. 1. Better diet and exercise. I’m up above 190 pounds, which is not great on my particular frame, and a good general description for me in 2017 was tired. […]
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