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To be clear, the "stupid" in my comment in no way references Gene Wolfe, who is a wonderful writer (and to whom I, as president of SFWA, was pleased to give the organization's Grand Master award).
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 10:35 AM on August 18, 2014
Re: withdrawing from awards consideration:

It happens with reasonable frequency. After I won the Fan Writer Hugo in 2008, as part of my acceptance speech I explicitly asked people to not to nominate the next year (as context, the previous winner of the award had won it 19 years in a row). The person who won it the year after me did the same, as did Jim C. Hines when he won it in 2012. David Hartwell withdrew himself for consideration for Best Long Form Editor after three... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 11:50 AM on August 18, 2014

Dialect isn’t just people talking funny
Ladies and gentlemen, MeFi's own maryrobinette.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 6:24 AM on August 7, 2014

"the sound of a man whose deepest wish is to erase himself"
Sounds kinda Blue Nile to me, personally.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 7:18 PM on August 2, 2014

DUDE, You have got to stop listening to your mom.
If I remember correctly (and I might not), "Run, Forrest! Run!" took off because of Fight Club, and Brad Pitt yelling it at Raymond K. Hessel.

At least, I don't remember hearing it a lot before Fight Club, and then after Fight Club, I heard it all the time.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 10:34 AM on July 9, 2014

Hollywood Magic: impossibly young mothers, ageism against women
On the topic of Marvel movies, Rene Russo is 30 years older than Chris Hemsworth, and thus entirely credible as his mother.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 5:52 AM on July 8, 2014

"Everybody gets it. This is a singular voice."
"mefi's own and sci fi author Dan Scalzi"

Dan's here?!? That bastard owes me money!
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 9:14 AM on June 28, 2014

...and then I *tried* to have a shit.
Give each other days off for a little solo time and develop a network of sitters (or couples in a similar situation) so the two parents can see a movie, or sit in a library or a coffee shop or whatever together.

After our daughter was born our friends assumed that they would never see us again, but we did the "one stays home, one goes out thing," so that each of us would still have adult human contact. Our friends were honestly amazed that... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 1:40 PM on June 22, 2014

Service with a Swipe
I don't see this being of much benefit for picky eaters. I don't like jalapenos on my nachos, or onions on my cheeseburgers, for example. Unless there's a way to note that on the tablet -- or to ask for substitutions, etc -- then my customer satisfaction is going to go way down.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 7:52 AM on June 21, 2014

Following your heart is another tolerable option
I let her pick me. Worked pretty well.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 7:48 AM on June 21, 2014

Give it 30 years and the overstuffed chair becomes hip and high brow...
Honestly, I have no idea what kind of bowl the servants use to make the salad. I wonder what class that makes me.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 10:19 AM on June 14, 2014

"If you can read this, I have cancer again."
Hasteur:

"Now we won't have a follow up from METAtropolis and METAtropolis:Cascadia..."

Actually, there's METAtropolis: Green Space.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 7:10 AM on June 2, 2014

Ginger Baker is quite the interviewee
I did a phone interview once with Barry Levinson that was that sort of monosyllabic unhelpfulness; I cut it short after a few minutes and then called the publicist and told her I wouldn't be running the interview. She wasn't happy about it but didn't blame me; apparently Levinson had been cranky to interviewers all day. To be fair, he was doing interviews for Jimmy Hollywood, which was terrible, so I guess he had reason to be cranky.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 9:32 AM on May 15, 2014

Surrender to The Void in style!
Chris and I went to the same high school. I knew him when!
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 11:32 PM on May 11, 2014

Reclaiming Heinlein
The "Heinlein couldn't win a Hugo today" argument is predicated on the idea that Robert Heinlein, a man who rather famously and successfully tuned his career to escape the poorly-paid ghetto of pulps by tuning his works to "the slicks" -- magazines like Collier's and The Saturday Evening Post -- would be writing the same books today as he did in the 40s, 50s and 60s. Which is, in my not uninformed... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 10:49 AM on May 9, 2014

Typewriters v. Computers: the argument revisited (again).
Sonascope:

"I think computers kill writing careers"

Yeah, no. I've written exclusively on computers since I was fourteen. I can't imagine not writing on a computer; indeed, the idea of writing on a typewriter fills me with dread. There are so many things about my process that are native to writing on a computer that writing on a typewriter would be excessively detrimental. I mean, shit. The idea of... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 7:07 PM on May 8, 2014

The novel is dead!
(Checks royalty statement)

Nope, the novel's not dead yet.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 8:06 PM on May 2, 2014
LarryC:

Then more the fool he.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 1:33 PM on May 4, 2014

Oh God, we don't have to build a football field now, do we?
I'm in the "Bull Durham" camp, I gotta say. Great dialogue, fantastic characters, hell of an interesting story.

"Field of Dreams," on the other hand, just never did anything for me. It's not a bad film by any means, and has good individual moments, but at the end of the day it never seemed anything more than a nice little bit of wish fulfillment for dudes and their dads, and I guess maybe I don't have that relationship with my dad or something.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 2:59 AM on April 22, 2014

The 2014 Hugo Nominees
Justinian:

"jscalzi or cstross would be in a better position to answer that however."

Depends on the work and particular circumstances. I suspect the nomination helped Old Man's War a bit in sales, as I was a debut author and the first in a couple of decades to be nominated for Best Novel and the Campbell at the same time. I don't think it helped Redshirts much because that book was already... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 4:46 PM on April 19, 2014
Ancillary Justice has been nominated for just about every award it is possible for it to qualify for, so at this point the Hugo nod is just more momentum behind it.

(Disclosure: I blurbed AJ, know Ann Leckie and served with her on the SFWA board, and gave her her first professional sale, so I have considerable bias here.)
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 4:57 PM on April 19, 2014
PinkMoose:

The essay you note is written by Kameron Hurley. It was hosted by Moher, however.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 8:28 PM on April 19, 2014
I don't care what any of you say, I fucking love Pacific Rim. After that fight that ended in the stadium, I turned to my wife and said, "this is just the best movie ever." I could watch it a hundred times in a row. It's totally getting my vote.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 8:59 AM on April 20, 2014
"The popularity contest nature of the hugos is why I prefer the nebulas."

Speaking as someone who intimately knows the process by which Nebulas are voted, this statement amuses me.

Functionally speaking the primary difference between the two awards is the voting pool.

From a personal point of view, I will note that there are years where I've found the Hugo to be a better reflection of what I consider quality... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 5:35 AM on April 21, 2014
CStross:

Is he attending? He's not in the member database as far as I can see. For various reasons I will be deeply surprised if he attends.

But yes. In a field that features Mary Robinette Kowal, Aliette de Bodard and Ted Chiang, all with good stories, he probably shouldn't get his hopes up.

Related: Damien Walter livetweets Vox Day's nominated story.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 7:17 PM on April 21, 2014

Sci-Fi Spoilers!
turbid dahlia:

"I didn't read The Last Colony, is it really space werewolves?"

OF COURSE NOT. That description is nothing but DISPICABLE LIES. The werewolves NEVER ONCE go into space.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 11:30 AM on April 4, 2014

A wholesome response
ook:

"The cynical part of me thinks they probably had the 'response' planned before they even filmed the original ad."

You don't have to be cynical to think that Honey Maid's ad firm was not aware that showing same-sex couples would arouse the public wrath of bigots. Nor is it cynical to be prepared for the inevitable public bigotry. What might be cynical is if they created the first set of ads only so they could do... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 5:15 AM on April 4, 2014

Nickel Creek
I met Sara Watkins on this year's JoCo cruise. She was delightful and gave what's generally acknowledged as the best performance on the boat this year. Went home, bought all her solo work, the Nickel Creek "best of," and pre-ordered this new album. It's a great thing to hear someone new to you and realize that they already have a bunch of stuff out.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 7:10 AM on March 25, 2014
Uh, I should note that Sean Watkins was also on the boat and accompanied Sara on several songs. He was of course very good, too.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 7:25 AM on March 25, 2014
uberchet:

"so you'll have to take my word for it that 'The Gambler' was awesome."

Can confirm. Source: Me.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 8:59 AM on March 25, 2014

Are we real fans yet?
Justinian:

"You can't understand modern milSF without understanding Haldeman."

If modern milSF includes Old Man's War, you can, since I didn't read Haldeman until well after I wrote that novel. I was aware of it; I hadn't read it.

Which brings up a point I think is not often brought up in these discussions, which is that the people who write in genre... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 7:05 AM on March 21, 2014
Aught:

"I think it's a little unseemly to be self-servingly thumping about how dispensable great works of your genre are in a public forum."

Just because I (or anyone else) doesn't read them doesn't mean they aren't good, Aught (although they might not be, depending on one's tastes) or that they shouldn't be acknowledged as classics in the genre. It does mean that they are not required either to... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 7:19 AM on March 21, 2014
Slap*Happy:

"You don't need to read the Forever War to write or enjoy milSF. You do if you want to understand it."

But again, not necessarily, if the modern milSF has no real point of contact with the Haldeman -- and trying to infer a contact there when it doesn't exist won't lead to understanding, merely to assertions about the field that have no basis in fact.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 8:32 AM on March 21, 2014
Justinian:

"jscalzi: You hadn't read Haldeman, but had you read Starship Troopers?"

As noted in the thread, yes. Nor was this is a stealth influence, as I took pains to thank Heinlein in the OMW acknowledgements.

Straight:

"And yet. Old Man's War is clearly a product of that tradition. You've obviously either read Asimov and Heinlein, or you've read books by... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 12:44 PM on March 21, 2014
"Third prize is you're fired. Out of an electromagnetic catapult formerly used to export wheat from the Moon to the Earth."

I love you. That is all.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 7:58 PM on March 21, 2014

Your New Coffee Overlord
I don't drink coffee.

ENJOY YOUR SHITTY BROWN CORPORATE SLUDGE DRINK SUCKAS

(downs another Coke Zero)
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 7:18 PM on March 10, 2014

10 Famous Writers Who Don't Use Modern Tech to Create
I started writing on computers -- the first Mac came out my Freshman year of high school -- and the idea of writing anything longer than a short poem by hand fills me with existential terror. I just can't imagine how people do it.

But, to the point of Harlan Ellison, what works works, and you'd be foolish to do what doesn't work for you. So if longhand works, use longhand. If a typewriter works, use a typewriter. Right now, I use a computer and Word or Google Docs.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 7:22 AM on February 21, 2014

"What a bunch of a-holes."
The collector was in Thor 2 to set up GOTG.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 5:43 AM on February 19, 2014

All players die after about 29,000 days.
Meh. It's been done before.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 6:04 PM on February 6, 2014

Oddly enough Dhalgren wasn't mentioned.
"I read the first page of Old Man's War and thought 'This guy is a dick' and put it down never to be lifted again."

No gonna lie. I kind of love this comment.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 3:17 PM on January 30, 2014

"Age is a weapon society uses against women."
gertzedek:

Ms. Crabapple is an average artist and an average writer who happens to also be a very attractive, free-spirited young woman. Remove the sex appeal from the package and all of a sudden the emperor has no clothes.

I don't think you've put quite enough dismissively sexist contempt into your comment, gertzedek. The asshole curator in her opening sentence still has you beat, although not by much.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 3:09 PM on January 27, 2014

What is a Million "Likes" Worth?
My Song Got Played On Pandora 1 Million Times and All I Got Was $16.89, Less Than What I Make From a Single T-Shirt Sale! -- From David Lowery, formerly of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker.

If you want to support a musician, actually buy their albums. Spotify and Pandora ain't gonna cut it.

My personal rule of thumb is that if I listen to an album (or a significant chunk of it) more than three times on a streaming service, then that means I like... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 7:28 PM on January 26, 2014

The Expert's Expert
Also an actual expert doesn't mind being challenged, because they actually have the answers, and can back them up.

Actual experts mind being challenged when they have the answers and can back them up, and the person they are having the discussion with ignore that points to plow ahead anyway, reasserting their points as if the expert had said nothing at all, certain in the knowledge that they just keep talking eventually they will... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 8:57 AM on January 25, 2014

Right-Wing Jesus Wants an Oscar
Well, at least this will take the heat off the Hugos for a bit.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 11:40 AM on January 22, 2014

Other People Make Mistakes, Slow Down
I have always assumed everyone else is a complete fucking idiot on the road. Result: No accidents so far.

I sincerely hope everyone else on the road assumes I am a complete fucking idiot as well.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 12:01 PM on January 10, 2014

What to do with the freebie heebie jeebies
Work for free? Hell. I don't even work for cheap.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 7:02 PM on January 6, 2014

The Daily Routines of Famous Writers
It's not that difficult.

1. Find a process of writing that works for you.
2. Do that process.
3. Tweak process when necessary.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 11:09 AM on December 29, 2013

Yuletide 2013
Found fanfic there based on Redshirts. That's kind of awesome.
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 7:26 PM on December 26, 2013

Look at all these people, liking a thing!
I get a fair number of people in the spec fic community who are varying levels of confused and/or exasperated that my work has been as successful as it has been. I deal with it in a couple of ways:

1. I recognize that anything that is popular will have detractors, so why would my work be any different;

2. In a perverse way it's nice to be notable enough to have a loud detractor class;

3. The people who do like my work... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 11:59 AM on December 24, 2013

Sadly entirely too accurate
"most sci-fi is awful."

IT IS TERRIBLE and all the people who write it should feel terrible. "Back to word school with you!" I'd say! "Come back when you can verbinate and nounify like a grownupian!"
posted to MetaFilter by jscalzi at 4:52 AM on November 29, 2013

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