Monthly Archives: September 2020

New Books and ARCs, 9/18/20

This just in: A new stack of books and ARCs that have come to the Scalzi Compound! What here is ringing your proverbial bells? Share in the comments! — JS

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Pass the “Ammunition”

I don’t always listen to albums, but when I do, there are usually only a couple of songs on it that I enjoy. Usually one or two, sometimes three, and on rare occasion, maybe four or so. But I have never in my life enjoyed an album in its entirety. Until I came across Ammunition […]

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Put a Ring On It

I have been doing rather a lot of virtual events and other video-related things this year, and thus is was decided that I should have a ring light, in order to light my face flatteringly and otherwise even out things, in terms of basic luminosity. It arrived today and I have installed it behind the […]

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The Big Idea: Hannah Abigail Clarke

Hey, remember all those teen movies with the girl cliques? So does Hannah Abigail Clarke. Their new novel The Scapegracers is one of the things that happened when these films and the author collided. HANNAH ABIGAIL CLARKE:  I wrote The Scapegracers when I was 19 because I was lonely and pissed. Let me elaborate. At […]

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The Reagan Test and Donald Trump

In 1980, which is now — Jesus — 40 years ago, Ronald Reagan asked a question of the American people: “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” Reagan asked this question because he was running for president against Jimmy Carter, and it was in his interest to make the election a […]

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The Big Idea: J.R.H. Lawless

Everybody come on down to The Rude Eye of Rebellion! In today’s prize package we have: dark comedy, torture based reality entertainment, and a slow-brewing Marxist revolution! Now please put your hands together for your host, J.R.H. Lawless! J.R.H. LAWLESS:  If The Rude Eye of Rebellion, the second book in the General Buzz series, could […]

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So I Was Going to Post This Picture of Spice Stretching Last Night, But I Guess I Got Distracted By, You Know, STUFF, So Here It Is This Morning, Hello

And as you can see, it is a very important picture of Spice stretching. Sorry to make you wait for this vital information. — JS

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The Big Idea: Mark Oshiro

Sometimes, it takes a try or two, or a rewrite here and there, to really nail down a story. Author Mark Oshiro tells us about just that as he takes us through his Big Idea, Each of Us a Desert, and shows us that we shouldn’t be afraid of reframing our narratives. It might turn out […]

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Woman’s Weekend at Camp Willson

When I was a kid, I went to Camp Willson, a YMCA summer camp in Bellefontaine, Ohio. I went for nine years. The first time I went, I was seven, and the last time I went, I was sixteen, and I was a counselor in training that time around rather than a camper. I had […]

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The Big Idea: Paul Michael Anderson

Assassination isn’t always personal, sometimes it’s just business. And sometimes the people carrying out the business are from a different dimension and are dressed like nightmarish monsters. It’s all part of the gig in author Paul Michael Anderson’s newest sci-fi/horror novel, Standalone. PAUL MICHAEL ANDERSON: At the kick-off of what I’ve been calling The Standalone Promo […]

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“Murder By Other Means” #1 on Audible’s “Top Audible Plus Listens” List

Well, this is a lovely way to start the week: Murder By Other Means, the sequel to The Dispatcher, has topped Audible’s new “Top Audible Plus Listens” chart, across all categories, not just science fiction and fantasy. This is the equivalent of topping the best seller chart, since the Audible Plus service includes access to […]

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22 Years

Once again it is September 13 and once again I am reminded that on this day in 1998, I decided to start writing on my website on a regular basis, writing about whatever came to mind that day — thus “Whatever.” Twenty two years is a fairly long time; in fact, it’s long enough that […]

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It’s Been a While Since I’ve Posted a Picture of Krissy, So, Hey, Look, It’s Krissy

Just hanging out in my office, you know, like she would, because she is my spouse and all. I don’t mind. Quite the opposite, in fact. Hope you’re having a good September weekend. And if you’re on the west coast, I hope you and your loved ones are safe. — JS

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Dude, That’s My Jam: A Review of Four Fancy Jams

Here at the Scalzi Compound, we are big believers in jam. My mom and I just made homemade peach jam two nights ago, and my dad is a frequent buyer of “Frog Jam” at a local place, and it’s a general rule we don’t buy cheap jam in this household. Maybe it’s a little bougie, […]

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The Big Idea: Elaine Mongeon and Glen Zipper

Doing the right thing isn’t always easy, and a lot of the time, it’s easier just to do nothing. But when you decide to make a stand, are you willing to risk everything, even your life, for the cause? Authors Glen Zipper and Elaine Mongeon explore this idea of self-sacrifice for the greater good in […]

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Here’s Me and Zachary Quinto Interviewing Each Other About “Murder By Other Means”

Audible asked me, “Hey, wanna talk to Zachary Quinto about your novella that he is narrating?” and I was, all, like, “Why yes, yes, I do.” And so here we are, talking about it. Enjoy. — JS

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Murder By Other Means is Out on Audible + The World Premiere of “The Dispatcher” by Ted Leo

Today’s the day! Murder By Other Means, the second installment of the the “Dispatcher” series, is now available on Audible! Like The Dispatcher, it is performed by the estimable Zachary Quinto, and once again the story is filled with intrigue and danger, in a world where murder is a near-impossibility. What is this one about? […]

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The Big Idea: Dan Hanks

There’s a line, made famous from the movies, that Dan Hanks is thinking about with his newest novel, Captain Moxley and the Ember of the Empire. The problem is… that line doesn’t go far enough. DAN HANKS: “It belongs in a museum.” That’s the quote we all know and love, uttered as the bad guys […]

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Trying New Places: Schmidt’s Sausage Haus und Restaurant

(photo is from before pandemic, don’t worry) This past weekend I took a stroll down to German Village in Columbus, Ohio. My pals and I perused some shops, admired the architecture, saw two super cute cats, and best of all, ate at Schmidt’s Sausage Haus und Restaurant, which from here on out I will be […]

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The Big Idea: Caitlin Starling

For her story Yellow Jessamine, author Caitlin Starling comes up with an interesting definition of the word “family.” She’s here to tell you why this particular definition works, in this particular case. CAITLIN STARLING: When I was first drafting Yellow Jessamine, I described it in meme-terms to a friend as: “Sometimes a family is a […]

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