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John Scalzi

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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

Polls

Here are the nominees for the Science Fiction book for July. Since they are all Hugo Award Nominees, I've added the year because I felt like it. :)

 
  3 votes, 33.3%

 
  2 votes, 22.2%

2004 - Ilium by Dan Simmons
 
  2 votes, 22.2%

 
  1 vote, 11.1%

 
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2008 - Brasyl by Ian McDonald
 
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message 4: by Eric (last edited Jan 16, 2013 11:44PM)

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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