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John Scalzi, having declared his absolute boredom with biographies, disappeared in a puff of glitter and lilac scent.

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John Scalzi My mortgage. Which sounds like I'm trying to be a smartass, but which is actually true. Writing is my job; I don't do anything else. If I don't write,…moreMy mortgage. Which sounds like I'm trying to be a smartass, but which is actually true. Writing is my job; I don't do anything else. If I don't write, I don't get paid, and like everyone else, I have to make money to get along. I like my house; I want to keep it. So I am inspired to write. (less)
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John Scalzi at the Seminary Co-Operative Bookstore
Author appearance, October 21, 2014 06:00PM
Seminary Co-Operative Bookstore, 5751 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL, US
John Scalzi discusses and signs copies of his new science fiction novel Lock In.


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“Here's a quick rule of thumb: Don't annoy science fiction writers. These are people who destroy entire planets before lunch. Think of what they'll do to you.”
John Scalzi

“If you want me to treat your ideas with more respect, get some better ideas.”
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“I am not responsible for actions of the imaginary version of me you have inside your head.”
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May 2013 Science Fiction Run-off

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  24 votes 44.4%

54 total votes

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Travis Applebaum Thanks for the add. Have been a fan since I read Fuzzy Nation. It made me laugh out loud while alone in my room. Kind of weird to break the silence of being alone by hearing yourself laugh. I actually read Fuzzy Nation after I read Cosmic Computer.

message 4: by Eric (last edited Jan 16, 2013 11:44PM)

Eric Birk Thanks for becoming my Goodreads friend.You are a huge influence.

message 3: by Dmack

Dmack love what i've read so far; my son really really loved the ending and the whole philisophical side; i liked the action but i'm a simpleton

message 2: by Fran

Fran Friel Many thanks, John!

Happy Thursday,

message 1: by Wes

Wes Your books are responsible for my brother getting into Science Fiction.
I sent him Old Man's War when he was in Iraq. He loved it, and it soon got passed around to the guys in his unit, who loved it as well.
You can't go wrong sending Military Sci-Fi to a bunch of ground-pounders :)

Now he has started reading Asimov, Clarke, and many more of the classics. Mwuhahaha, I had the last laugh. He used to razz me when we were teenagers for being a science fiction nerd :)

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