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John Scalzi

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Robert Heinlein, Dorothy Parker, HL Mencken, Coke Zero

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December 2007


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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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Redshirts

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The Ghost Brigades (Old Man...

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Lock In (Lock In, #1)

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The Last Colony (Old Man's ...

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Fuzzy Nation

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Zoe's Tale (Old Man's War, #4)

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The Human Division (Old Man...

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The Android's Dream

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Agent to the Stars

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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.”
John Scalzi, Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008

“1. Everyone is entitled to their opinion about the things they read (or watch, or listen to, or taste, or whatever). They’re also entitled to express them online.

2. Sometimes those opinions will be ones you don’t like.

3. Sometimes those opinions won’t be very nice.

4. The people expressing those may be (but are not always) assholes.

5. However, if your solution to this “problem” is to vex, annoy, threaten or harrass them, you are almost certainly a bigger asshole.

6. You may also be twelve.

7. You are not responsible for anyone else’s actions or karma, but you are responsible for your own.

8. So leave them alone and go about your own life."

[Bad Reviews: I Can Handle Them, and So Should You (Blog post, July 17, 2012)]”
John Scalzi

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MARCH BOOK CLUB RUNOFF POLL: With too many items tied we need to vote once more, with only the top scorers from the first round. Listed in order of GR rating. (Please remember a vote is a commitment to follow-through if your choice wins.)

Old Man's War by John Scalzi
2007, 314 pages, average GR rating 4.22
$7.99 Kindle, $7ish paperback

Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1) by John Scalzi
 
  7 votes, 50.0%

The Man in the High Castle
1962, 272 pages, average GR rating 3.83
Kindle $7.69, cheap used paperback

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
 
  5 votes, 35.7%

The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell
2010, 225 pages, average GR rating 3.91
$9.99 Kindle, cheap used paperback

The Reapers are the Angels (Reapers, #1) by Alden Bell
 
  2 votes, 14.3%

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Anderson 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 17, 2013 03:44PM)

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


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,
Fran


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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