Monthly Archives: January 2020

Dispatcher 2: Done!

For those of you who were wondering if there would ever be a sequel to The Dispatcher, the answer is: Yes. I have literally just now finished writing it, and it is good, if I do say so myself. Like the original, it is a novella, and it will be an Audible exclusive audiobook first, […]

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First Photos of Athena for 2020

They’re good ones, too. Uhhhhh, says the photographer, but anyway. Have a happy Sunday, folks.

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Smudge Wants to Know Just What, Exactly, It Is You Think You Are Doing

To be fair, it’s a totally valid question. Don’t lie to Smudge. He’ll know.

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Why, Yes, In Fact, Old Man’s War Could Make a Very Fine Movie

This morning I came across this blog post, by a fellow who read Old Man’s War and loved it, which is lovely, and then discovered that it’s been optioned as a movie and thinks this is a mistake, that it should be a series instead, which, meh. He also determines that the reason I optioned it […]

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RIP, Neil Peart

What a drummer. A dab hand with lyrics, too. He will be missed. In memorial of his passing, my favorite Rush song. Lyrically very appropriate for the day.

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New Books and ARCs, 1/10/20

A new year and a new stack of books and ARCs that have come to the Scalzi Compound! What here is calling to you? Share in the comments!

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The Big Idea: Jess Nevins

If you think you know the horror genre — or at least, you know the greats of the genre — then Jess Nevins has news for you: You’ve probably only scratched the bloody, screaming surface of a genre that goes back literally millennia. He’s here now to tell you what he uncovered while writing his […]

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Mike Resnick, RIP

Laura Resnick has posted that her father Mike Resnick has died, which means that it’s a very sad day for his friends and fans in the science fiction community. Give the length of his remarkable career, and the honors that were given to him (including five Hugo Awards as well as a Nebula and a […]

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Scamperbeasts 2020: More and Better Naps

“More and better naps” is, I think, a campaign platform we can all get behind. In other news it’s been a little surprising to me how busy my first week of business in 2020 has been. I’m writing, which is to be expected, but I’m doing a bunch of other things too, including setting up […]

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The Big Idea: Niki Smith

A life of adventure for some often involved pretending to be someone other than you were… but was it possible in some cases that what was being pretended was closer to who that person always was meant to be? It’s a thought that Niki Smith has considered for The Deep and Dark Blue. NIKI SMITH: […]

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Smudge Brings His Nap Game Into 2020

And what a high-level nap game it is! Also, hello, folks. Today I wrote a chapter and replied to notes on a treatment and now I’m about to go run a bit because I bought new running shoes and I have to justify spending more on them than I think I have for any other […]

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What I Am Doing With My Bachelor Weekend

BEHOLD MY GUITAR STYLINGS TRULY I AM A GENIUS THE THINGS I DO WITH THIS INSTRUMENT ARE BEYOND DESCRIPTION pic.twitter.com/Ec54L4CCEW — John Scalzi (@scalzi) January 4, 2020 You can’t tell me I don’t know how to live. How’s your Saturday?

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A Cat Picture to Take You Into the First Weekend of 2020

And as you can see, Sugar is thrilled. As for me, Krissy and Athena are off on a spa weekend, so I am left to my own devices. It’s going to be a wild weekend, and by “wild” I mean I am likely to sleep through most of it. The cats are good role models […]

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The 2020 Awards Consideration Post

What things of mine are available for award consideration this year? Well, if nominating for awards is your thing, here’s what I have available for the 2020 awards season.   Best Collection A Very Scalzi Christmas (November 2019; Subterranean Press; Yanni Kuznia, editor)   Best Short Story “A Model Dog” (January 2019; The Verge) “The […]

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Old Man’s War: 15 Years!

Fun fact: Today is not only the first day of the ’20s, it is also the 15th anniversary of the release of Old Man’s War, my first published novel and still the one I’m best known for. Five years ago I wrote a ten year retrospective on the novel, the details of which still stand, […]

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My Personal Project for 2020: Time to Register to Vote

For the last few years, the subhead for Whatever has remained the same: “This Site Mocks Fascists.” I thought it was a good subhead, since it both set the tone for the site, and also, made people aware of the sort of person the proprietor of the site was. But now it’s 2020, an election […]

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