Tag Archive: John Scalzi

Aug 21

So, who should have won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel

Because you’ve forgotten, here were the nominees (with handy links to my reviews): Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK) The Peripheral, William Gibson (Putnam; Viking UK) The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor) Lock In, John Scalzi (Tor; Gollancz) Annihilation/Authority/Acceptance, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals; Fourth Estate; HarperCollins Canada) The winner was Ancillary Sword.  I …

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Aug 20

Book Review: Lock In by John Scalzi

What’s It About Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselves “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. Representative …

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May 12

And the John W. Campbell Award finalists have been announced…

… I had no plans of reading the shortlist for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award until Jonathan Strahan pointed it out to me this morning. Here are the finalists: The Race by Nina Allan A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias The Peripheral by William Gibson Afterparty by Daryl Gregory Europe in Autumn by …

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May 05

The Locus Award Nominees Have Been Announced

I’ve been hanging out for the announcement of the Locus Award nominees.  This Award has always been an excellent snapshot of the state of (mostly) American SF&F and because my tastes have clearly drifted away from core genre, I’m curious to see how I react to the 20 novels listed below (or at least the …

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Jan 23

My Hugo Nominees For Best Novel

January is here and people are talking about their Hugo nominations. As has become tradition I’m going to make a half assed attempt to tell you what I’ll be nominating. I’ll even have a wild crack at predicting who will actually appear on the ballot. By the way, anyone else not yet received their Hugo …

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Nov 10

What I’ve been reading – the late September / October edition

I have a love / hate relationship with this blog.  Deep down I want to be writing long, ponderous reviews about the stuff I’ve been reading.  But living in the real world, with kids and work and Fifa 14 and pod-casting taking up my time I’ve come to the realisation that I don’t have that …

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Oct 01

Book Review: The Last Colony by John Scalzi

Stolen from Goodreads: Retired from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up. That is, until his and Jane’s past reaches out to …

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Sep 02

13 random and rambling thoughts about the Hugo Awards and one HUGE THANK YOU!

The Hugo Awards were announced earlier today.  The winners can be found here and the all important stats can be found here. In no particular order here are my thoughts on the results: Apparently I’m not allowed to blame Ustream for the shitty video coverage.  It had something to do with the Hotel’s WiFi… I …

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Aug 13

Book Review: The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi

It’s a sequel to Old Man’s War and Wikipedia describes it thusly: The colonial defense forces (CDF) finds out that one of its consciousness transfer scientist, Charles Boutin, has turned traitor and sparked an unprecedented alliance between three other species to wipe out humanity… The CDF creates a CDF soldier body with Boutin’s DNA to …

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Aug 11

The Hugo Mishigas – WSFS edition

Due to the effort of Cheryl Morgan and Kevin Standlee I’m aware of these proposed changes to the Hugo Award rules — Agenda Section 4 – New Business WSFS members may submit new business for consideration by the Business Meeting. Motions submitted prior to the convention will be published here as they become available. 4.1 …

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