Monthly Archives: September 2020

Armchair Quarterbacking the Dragon Awards

It’s now been a couple of days since The Last Emperox won the Dragon Award for Best Science Fiction novel, and thus, as we can see from this File 770 post and thread, there has been some commentary on how I and my book won this particular award (and how some other winners might have […]

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The Big Idea: Chris Panatier

In a near-future irradiated America, blood still runs red, but its value has changed. In The Phlebotomist, author Chris Panatier takes us through a post-war world where human’s tendencies towards altruism, prejudice, and control all pivot on the tip of a butterfly needle. Read on as he explains more about its conception and evolution. CHRIS […]

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A Genuine Labor Day Miracle

As I just noted on Twitter: FOLKS FOLKS A LABOR DAY MIRACLE HAS HAPPENED After more than a dozen years my internet provider has finally upgraded my DSL speed My chronically shitty rural internet speeds are now ADEQUATELY MEDIOCRE RURAL INTERNET SPEEDS I may weep with joy pic.twitter.com/yyVjo9JXSH — John Scalzi (@scalzi) September 7, 2020 […]

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The Last Emperox Wins the Dragon Award for Best Science Fiction Novel

And I’m more than a little surprised about it, because the finalist list in the Best Science Fiction Novel category was so absurdly strong. I mean, Margaret Atwood? Martha Wells? Tamsyn Muir? Chuck Wendig? Just as examples? Come on. Embarrassment of riches, there. But, you know. I like trophies. I will take it. Thank you […]

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Behold, a Poem From My Youth

Someday (hopefully) I will be a famous author, but in the meantime I thought it would be entertaining to show you all a poem I wrote when I was sixteen, because someday these will be lost relics of my youth! Before you read it, just know it’s not actually about anyone or anything I experienced […]

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This Morning’s Moon, 9/5/20

What it looked like from Ohio this morning. Maybe it’s the science fiction author in me talking, but one day I think people will live there, not just on a base but on a permanent basis. And as wild as that (still) is, for them, it will just be… life. That’s the interesting part to […]

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Here Is Quite Possibly the Coolest AMV You Will Ever See

To start off with, for those of you who don’t know, an AMV is an animated music video. Basically, you take art or clips from animated shows or anime, and put it to music. I used to watch a lot of AMVs when I was a teenager, and over the years of watching them I […]

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The Big Idea: Simon Stephenson

Not too long ago, Simon Stephenson had a chance encounter that rocked him to his core and made him question some of his long-held assumptions. No, it’s (probably) not what you think. But it was an event that set him on the path to his novel, Set My Heart to Five. Are you prepared to […]

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A Quick Note on the Malleting of Comments

Folks: I’ve recently begun to see an upswing in comments which begin with some variation of “I expect this comment to be deleted/malleted/otherwise expunged, but…” I think this is done for two reasons. About five percent of the time it’s someone genuinely not knowing whether what they’re about to write is going to cross the […]

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Your Unabashed Support of Trump Will Embarrass Your Bloodline for Generations

Where I live, Trump flags and signs are extremely common, to the point where it’s almost weird to see a Biden sign. The other day, however, I saw a new kind of Trump flag I’ve never seen before, but I saw two in the same day and thought it was so incredibly bizarre I just […]

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My 2020 (Virtual) Dragon Con Schedule

This was the year I was meant to be the literary Guest of Honor at Dragon Con in Atlanta, but then the plague happened, so this weekend I will be at home. But! I will also be at Dragon Con! As literary Guest of Honor! Because it like every other convention has gone virtual this […]

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The Big Idea: Tim Akers

There’s the book you’re meant to write, and then there’s the book you write because it just seems like it would be more fun. Guess which book Knight Watch is! Author Tim Akers is here to explain how it came to be. TIM AKERS: Knight Watch wasn’t the book I was supposed to be writing. […]

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Occasional Reminder: Don’t Send Me Story and/or Collaboration Ideas

I’m getting an uptick of these recently, and apparently people don’t read the policy I have linked on every page of this site, so: Hey, you have a great idea that you think I would be awesome if I wrote, either something new or as part of an existing series I write, and you want […]

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The Big Idea: Alice James

How can someone without a heartbeat find true love? Take a walk between life and death with author Alice James’ latest novel, Grave Secrets, and find out what zombies have that living men just don’t. ALICE JAMES: What’s in the brain of a brain eater? Why on earth did I write Grave Secrets? I had […]

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