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. What an amazing thing.

I think most of you know how much I esteem Krissy and how much better I think my life is with her in it, so I won’t go into huge detail about that again right now. I will say that I love her more now than ever, and that every day I wake up I can’t believe I get to be with her, and I recommit to making her feel the same about me. I think that’s sufficient to say for now.

As an aside, originally I wasn’t going to be home for her birthday — I was supposed to be on a book tour, and today I would have been in Los Angeles, at the LA Times Festival of Books, instead of spending the day with Krissy. When I was told that the book tour — and pretty much every other event under the sun — was cancelled because of the coronavirus, my very first thought, and this is no lie, was, “That’s cool, I get to be home for Krissy’s birthday.” And here I am. Silver linings and all that.

If you would like to wish Krissy a happy birthday in comments, I would not look askance upon it.

113 Comments on “Krissy at 50”

  1. Felicitations to you as you commence the second half of your first century, Ms. Scalzi! I hope the day is full of love and laughter, and that it sets the tone for the months and years to come. Mazel tov!

  2. Happy birthday, Krissy. May you live long and prosper!
    And many thanks for so generously sharing that guy you’re married to with the rest of us.

  3. cypheroftyr – Tanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a non-profit organization based in Chicago, which is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. I Need Diverse Games serves the community by supporting marginalized developers attend the Game Developer Conference by participating in the GDC Scholarship program, helps assist attendance at other industry events, and is seeking partnership with organizations and initiatives. Tanya is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She founded and was the EIC of Fresh Out of Tokens podcast where games culture was discussed and viewed through a lense of feminism, intersectionality and diversity. Now she’s a co-host on Spawn on Me Podcast. Along with all of that, she’s the Programming Coordinator for OrcaCon, she often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality & other topics at multiple conventions throughout the year. Her writing about games and games critique appears in Uncanny Magazine, Polygon, Wiscon Chronicles, Vice Gaming, Paste Games, Mic, and other publications.

    happiest of birthdays to you Krissy!

  4. Happy birthday, Krissy! You’re just a kid (says the old man). Enjoy!

  5. Felicitations! I wish you a wonderful day with your delightful family and that you can really enjoy having them with you.

  6. stillmorewords – Small-town girl, living in a big city. Former Coastie, married with 2 kids. Inveterate reader of all genres, though non-fiction and YA currently rule. Former indie bookstore employee, small business owner, tea drinker.

    Happiest of birthdays, Krissy! You seem like a pretty kick-ass lady, so here’s to you kicking ass and having fun!

  7. Happy birthday, Krissy! Best wishes to you all.

  8. matneym – metro east St. Louis – Mike is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant originally from Blachly Oregon, and now lives in Illinois, just across the river from St. Louis Missouri. He holds a Bachelors of Art in Graphic Design and Media from Southern New Hampshire University and is a volunteer photographer at Partners for Pets, a dog and cat rescue in Troy Illinois. He is the social media director for Photo Flood St. Louis.

    Happy birthday Krissy!

  9. Happy birthday, Krissy! I hope you have a wonderful day, and a great start to your next decade on this Earth.

  10. Happy Birthday! I hope this year (and all the following ones also) include interesting experiences, learning new things and unexpected (but welcome) smiles!

  11. She looks great at 50, she’ll look great at 60, she’ll look great… well, you get the idea. It’s a Nice Thing to have a spouse that just keeps getting better and better. Happy Birthday, Ms. K.

  12. Dear sweet Krissy,
    I am so glad that you chose Johnny to be your very own. You have helped him to create the life he always wanted. I hope it is also the life you always wanted. May your lives be filled with innumerable happy moments for another 25, or even 50, years.

  13. Happy 50th, Krissy, from a random librarian who is working from home ordering lots of ebooks for the library. Including copies of your husband’s latest. Wishing you many more decades of health, happiness, and prosperity!

  14. Happy Birthday Krissy!!! Enjoy the weekend, enjoy your family, and don’t let Mr. S convince you that cake is best served in a burrito!

  15. I got to meet Krissy briefly at the 2016 WorldCon in KC. She is a lovely lady. Happy Birthday to her and welcome to the Quinquagenarian Club!

  16. Krissy, Happy Birthday! It’s wonderful to see such a loving, successful relationship still going strong, half a life later. I don’t know if you remember, but we met at the Hugo reception a few years ago (I think it was the California Worldcon). It was a real pleasure, and you are as gracious and beautiful in person as in John’s posts here. Congratulation on the first 50, and may you have another 50 (or more) that are just as wonderful.

  17. Happy Birthday Krissy. Thank you for all the love and support you’re given to John, the security you’ve given, and the inspiration which has allowed all of us to share his talents. I can’t imagine how he could have shared so much with all of us if not for you.

  18. M.A. Kropp – NH, USA – I am a writer who is also a wife, mommy, and grandmother. I live in MA in the USA. I write mostly fantasy and science fiction. I speak sarcasm fluently. I am Irish and a ginger- that is fair warning. Puppies and kittens are my friends. I like good food, good drink, good friends, and good books.
    M.A. Kropp

    Happiest of Birthdays to Krissy! You have let us come to know her enough to know she is a truly wonderful person. I hope her day is everything she would want it to be!
    P.S. I am an April kid, too, though mine was early in the month. And I saw 50 go by 14 years ago. I can say that it only gets better from there, if you let it!

  19. Happy birthday, Krissy! May you and John enjoy many more birthdays and anniversaries together. As Robert Heinlein said, “May you live as long as you wish, and love as long as you live.” Cheers!

  20. Michael R. Johnston – Sacramento, CA – Father of an eighth grader, high school English teacher, writer. Forty-nine years old and feeling almost every bit of it on some days, and not a bit of it on others. Based in Sacramento, California, USA
    Michael R. Johnston

    Happy Birthday, Krissy!

  21. Happy Birthday, Krissy, and keep yourself, Miss Athena, all cats, oh, and that guy safe. To steal a line from “Joe Versus the Volcano”, upon purchasing the very best steamer trunk, “May you live to be 1000 years old” As long as it doesn’t feel that long.

  22. Looking back, 50-something was a truly awesome decade. The kids all headed out to college, and graduated!, my professional life was awesome and fun — much to celebrate.

    May you and Krissy drink this stretch to the dregs and savor the memories. Sixty-something has been a blast too, but you’ll have to wait to find out about that.

  23. Hope you have a wonderful birthday week, Krissy!

  24. Scott H. Spencer – Philadelphia, PA – In the second grade I managed to draw a reasonable facsimile of Mickey Mouse’s head. I’ve been hooked on cartooning since. My latest project is a free webcomic, "Chimera Spoor Comix," an experimental, improvised and entirely silly comic.
    Scott H. Spencer

    Happy birthday, Kristen, and May you have many more!

  25. Scott H. Spencer – Philadelphia, PA – In the second grade I managed to draw a reasonable facsimile of Mickey Mouse’s head. I’ve been hooked on cartooning since. My latest project is a free webcomic, "Chimera Spoor Comix," an experimental, improvised and entirely silly comic.
    Scott H. Spencer

    Happy birthday, Kristen, and May you have many more!

  26. Happy belated returns. I was thinking about good times at past Eastercons last week when I was missing being at one; and one of those was meeting you and John last Ytterbium.

  27. A very, very happy birthday Krissy! And thank you for being the inspiration for at least half the wonderful, powerful, rolemodel-stuff women in your husband’s books. Continue to have fun!

  28. Happy (belated) Birthday, Krissy! You continue to age most gracefully, and become even farther out of your husband’s league every year. Remember that 50 is the new 40.

  29. Dave Creek – Dave Creek is the author of the novels ALL HUMAN THINGS, CHANDA'S AWAKENING, and SOME DISTANT SHORE, novellas TRANQUILITY and THE SILENT SENTINELS, and short story collections A GLIMPSE OF SPLENDOR and THE HUMAN EQUATIONS. He's also published the Great Human War trilogy, including A CROWD OF STARS (2016 Imadjinn Award winner), THE FALLEN SUN, and THE UNMOVING STARS (2018 Imadjinn Award winner). Dave also edited TRAJECTORIES, an anthology of stories about space exploration and its many challenges, and is the author of MARS ABIDES: RAY BRADBURY'S JOURNEYS TO THE RED PLANET, a non-fiction look at Bradbury's Martian stories. His short stories have appeared in ANALOG SCIENCE FICTION AND FACT, AMAZING STORIES, and APEX magazines, and the anthologies FAR ORBIT APOGEE, TOUCHING THE FACE OF THE COSMOS, and DYSTOPIAN EXPRESS. He's also been published in the Russian SF magazine ESLI and China's SCIENCE FICTION WORLD. In the "real world," Dave is a retired television news producer. Dave lives in Louisville with his wife Dana, son Andy, Corgi/Jack Russell Terrier mix Ziggy Stardawg, and polydactyl cat Hemmie.

    Happy birthday, young one!

  30. Belated Happy Birthday to Krissy Scalzi today, my wife’s 71st birthday. You take care and stay healthy!

    John, give her a hug from here in So WVa.

    We’re big huggers and are feeling the loss of being able to hug friends and neighbors. So many friends are nurses, no hugging them for some time now!

  31. Happy birthday, Krissy! It sure is nice to be with one’s true soulmate, isn’t it? I used to hate that word, though it was silly, until I met mine — not quite 22 years ago. You are lucky to have longer than we so far, and probably overall (as we’re in our so-called golden years). Stay happy and healthy!

  32. Sneaking in before comments close to send belated birthday wishes. Met you both for five seconds at HawaiiCon in 2016 and hope you have many more wonderful years together…and perhaps another chance to have a malasada the size of John’s head. :p

  33. A happiest of birthdays to Krissy. I hope you had a great day (since I’m a day late with this).
    I’m 51 this year, so allow me to share how I describe being 50 to my younger friends. “It feels a lot like being 20, but your hips hurt more.”

  34. Happy Birthday Krissy. 50 is a great age, my wife is 52 and still more remarkable than 25 years ago. Best Birthday and hoping you get a better celebration when all this craziness is safely over.

  35. Happy Birthday, Krissy! 50 is the new 40 so life still has much to offer. John, it’s wonderful to see and hear you talk about your wife with so much respect and love. I envy you both on that and wish you both many more wonderful years together. Cheers!

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