Monthly Archives: April 2020

The Big Idea: Adrian J. Walker

For his new novel The Human Son, author Adrian J. Walker decided to get into a different mindset entirely. A very very different mindset. ADRIAN J. WALKER: Human beings make terrible decisions. I wrote The Human Son in the shadow of Brexit, so I know what I’m talking about. Don’t worry, that wasn’t a political […]

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Webb School Days, Vol. 1: A Playlist

I made a playlist of some songs I listened to, when I went to @TheWebbSchools back in the 80s. Care to take a listen? The Spotify link awaits you below.https://t.co/1vzGUikCZ7 pic.twitter.com/OWSBelznyQ — John Scalzi (@scalzi) April 29, 2020 And in case you don’t have Spotify, here’s the playlist in YouTube form:

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And Now, The Most Terrifying Self Portrait I’ve Done This Week

It’s the “kaleidoscope” setting on a camera app I was playing with. Yeah, that’ll stick with you when you’re trying to get to sleep tonight. Oh, and just for good measure, here it is in black and white: Sweet dreams!

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The Big Idea: A.J. Hartley

If we’re lucky, we don’t come to close to thing that might terrify us. A.J. Hartley did not have that luck, and the encounter he had informed what would become his latest novel, Impervious. A.J. HARTLEY: How do you make fantasy out of real life horror? It happened 51 weeks ago, my personal glimpse of […]

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The Big Idea: S.L. Huang

Characters these days often have extraordinary abilities that make them seem almost more than human. The protagonist of S.L. Huang’s new novel Critical Point has one. It may not be the one you expected. S.L. HUANG: So, I’m a nerd. I’ve always been a nerd. By middle school, I had all the Star Wars movies […]

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Quarantine, Six Weeks In

Thoughts on six weeks of quarantine (so far): * I had a really good week last week, with The Last Emperox hitting a bunch of best seller lists and some other good things which I can’t talk about yet falling into place, and aside from that life at home continuing on in a generally pleasant […]

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Zeus, Majestic

Those of you who remember when we first got Zeus might, like me, be a little amazed he is now the senior cat of the Scalzi household. But it turns out he wears the title well. Also, he still takes a pretty grand photo, from time to time.

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My Online Tour Setup

When it became clear that for this tour I’d be doing all my events from my office, I went out and got a fairly nice webcam for streaming and whatnot. But it turns out that it plays only fitfully with my computer and also that my sound card kind of hates it. So this is […]

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Additional Thoughts on Emperox’s First Week

Because I have them! And this is my site, where I can talk about them! In no particular order: * I’m still a little stunned by where Emperox ended up on the NYT list. Bluntly and honestly speaking, given the global pandemic, which makes the getting of books rather harder than it usually is, I […]

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The Last Emperox a NY Times and USA Today Best Seller

So, there is this: And also, there is this: And in case you can’t see that, The Last Emperox is #6 on the New York Times Combined Print & E-Book Fiction Best Seller list, and #14 on the USA Today Best Seller list. The NYT list is looking at new fiction specifically; the USA Today […]

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The Last Emperox Spoiler-Filled Discussion Post (WARNING: Spoilers!)

Now that The Last Emperox has been out for a full week, I think it’s time to open up a place for people who have read the book to be able to discuss it without worrying that they will spoil the plot points for others, so for the next few days at least I will […]

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A 30-Day Song Challenge in One Day

Because I’m not patient enough to do this over 30 days. It’s a list that features a different mood/idea/whatever for each of 30 days, and then I added an extra one, because some months have 31 days. Let’s go through the whole thing at once, shall we? 1. A song you like with a color […]

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Week Five of Quarantine and Ugh, I Have Nothing Useful to Say About It, So Here’s a Picture of a Puppy Instead

This labradoodle showed up in the yard yesterday and I got to play with it a little bit while its human loitered a socially responsible distance away. It was adorable. And yes, before you ask, we’re thinking about getting another dog sometime soonish. Not this one, cute as it is. Anyway, uhhhh, another week of […]

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My Online Event at the Commonwealth Club, 4/17/20

There’s about seven minutes of hold music at the beginning; you can forward to the 7 minute point in the video where the event actually begins. There’s a couple minutes of announcements and then I start blathering, and I go on for about an hour. Enjoy.

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Krissy at 50

It’s Krissy’s birthday today, and it’s one of those round number ones: She’s 50 now, which is kind of wild to think about. It means (among other things) that she and I have been married for half of her life now, and have known each other and been in love for even longer than that. […]

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Me and NPR’s Scott Simon

Doing a little thing on the Twitters. Enjoy. (If you can’t see it, hit that link.) Tonight’s Open Book with @Scalzi and Thornton Wilder! https://t.co/4w1PO5dnkD — Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) April 17, 2020

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The Sneeze

Not Sugar’s most dignified moment, but it makes for a striking picture. Hope your Thursday is going well, folks.

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Checking In On TLE Sales (Kind Of)

I’m a big proponent of reminding people to take Amazon ranking numbers with a grain of salt, for all sorts of reasons. With that said, they can be a fun if distorted mirror to get an idea where one’s sales might be. And at the moment, The Last Emperox is: #1, #3 and #40 New […]

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The Last Emperox is Out!

If you’re reading this, then The Last Emperox, my latest novel and the conclusion to the Interdependency Trilogy, is now out in the US and Canada in hardcover, eBook and audiobook editions (UK folks: You have two more days for the UK print edition). I’m happy to say the book has been a hit with […]

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Sunset, April 13, 2020

The next time I see this glowy orb, my new book will be out.

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