Books and Other Projects by John Scalzi

**You may have heard: I write books. Here’s what I’ve published.

The Old Man’s War Novels

This series of books is what I’m currently best known for.

Old Man’s War (2005)
The Ghost Brigades (2006)
The Last Colony (2007)
Zoe’s Tale (2008)
The Human Division (2013)
The End of All Things (2015)

Old Man’s War, The Last ColonyZoe’s Tale were each nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in their respective years. Zoe’s Tale was additionally nominated for the Andre Norton Award for Best Young Adult Science Fiction/Fantasy. The Ghost Brigades was nominated for the Prometheus Award. Old Man’s War was the winner of the Geffen Award in Israel; The Last Colony the recipient of the Seiun Award in Japan.

Old Man’s War was ranked #1 on the reader poll of the best science fiction and fantasy novels of 2000 – 2010, and #1 on the Locus Online reader poll of the best science fiction novels of the 21st Century. It is listed on the reader poll of the Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books/Series.

Other Novels

Agent to the Stars (2005)
The Android’s Dream (2006)
Fuzzy Nation (2011)
Redshirts: A Novel With Three Codas (2012)
Lock In (2014)
The Collapsing Empire (2017)
Head On (sequel to Lock In, 2018)
The Consuming Fire (sequel to The Collapsing Empire, 2018; upcoming)

Redshirts won the Hugo Award for Best Novel, the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, the Geffen Award and the RT Booklovers’ Critics Choice Award. The Android’s Dream was the winner of the Kurd Lasswitz Preis in Germany and the Seiun Award. The Audiobook version of Fuzzy Nation won the Audie Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Lock In won the Alex Award and was a finalist for the Locus and Campbell Awards. The Collapsing Empire was a finalist for the Hugo Award.

Novellas, Novelettes and Short Story Chapbooks

Shorter works, usually published in special limited editions for fans and collectors. This is an incomplete list, limited to works for which physical copies were published.

Questions for a Soldier (2005; short story chapbook)
The Sagan Diary (2007; novelette)
How I Proposed to My Wife: An Alien Sex Story (2007; short story chapbook)
The God Engines (2009; novella)
Judge Sn Goes Golfing (2009; short story chapbook)
Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome (2014; novella)
The Dispatcher (audio, 2016; print, 2017; novella)

The God Engines was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for Best Novella. The Dispatcher was a finalist for the Locus and won the Audie Award in the category of Best Original Work.


Collections I’ve authored and anthologies to which I have contributed.

METAtropolis (2008; story: “Utere Nihil Non Extra Quiritationem Suis”)
The New Space Opera 2 (2009; story: “The Tale of the Wicked”)
21st Century Science Fiction (2013; story: “The Tale of the Wicked”)
Black Tide Rising (2016; story: “On the Wall,” co-written with David Klecha)
Mash Up (2016; story: “Muse of Fire”)
Loose Lips (2016; story: “Malcolm Long”)
Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi (2016)
Robots Vs. Fairies (2018; story “Three Robots Experience Objects Left Behind From the Era of Humans for the First Time”)

METAtropolis, for which I was also the editor, was originally published in audiobook form and in that format was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form.

Non-Fiction Works

I wrote non fiction before I started writing fiction and have kept doing so.

The Rough Guide to Money Online (2000)*
The Rough Guide to the Universe (2003, 2nd edition 2008)*
The Book of the Dumb (2003)
The Book of the Dumb 2 (2004)
The Rough Guide to Sci-Fi Movies (2005)*
You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop: Scalzi on Writing (2007)
Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998–2008 (2008)
24 Frames Into the Future: Scalzi on Science Fiction Film (2012)
The Mallet of Loving Correction: Selected Writings, 2008 – 2012 (2013)
Don’t Live For Your Obituary: Advice, Commentary and Personal Observation on Writing 2008-2017 (2017)

Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded won the Hugo Award in the category of Best Related Book.

The books marked with an asterisk are out of print. Otherwise, each of these is available on,,, iTunes and, as well as other online retailers. If you have a favorite local bookstore, however, consider purchasing these books there. It’s fun to support local businesses.

Other Projects

Midnight Rises (2015): An interactive graphic novel for mobile platforms, currently available on iTunes.

Midnight Star (2015): A first person shooter video game for mobile platforms, currently available on iTunes.

Music for Headphones (2015): Electronic music album, available via streaming and download services.