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March 07, 2005

Reviews & Interviews, 3/7/05

I'll be scarce around here today, but here's some alternate Scalzi for you: An interview of me over at Strange Horizons, in which I discuss Old Man's War (naturally enough) but also Agent to the Stars and my writing process in a general sense. I think SH may have accidentally posted an early version of the article, since the article I see now doesn't include updated information I sent in that reflects that Agent to the Stars is coming out in book form. But on the other hand, you probably already know this, by dint of frequenting this site, so this will not be an issue for you. The interviewer is Dawn Burnell, who you may have seen in the comment threads here.

(Update, 7:19am: They've now posted the edited version.)

Also, if you're not horrifyingly burnt out on OMW reviews, please to find this one, from the Harrisburg Patriot-News, and a longer-form version on Planet Peschel, the Web site of the book reviewer Bill Peschel. I'm pleased with both, although I regret to say that the line "Old Man's War is the best Heinlein novel Heinlein never wrote" is not in the actual newspaper review, because if it were, it would so be going onto the paperback's back cover. Personal blogs, alas, are still no man's land for book blurbage purposes. Rats.

Have a good Monday.

Posted by john at March 7, 2005 12:43 AM

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Kyle N | March 7, 2005 01:42 AM

The version of the interview that went live was an older version, but the article now includes all the known edits from Mr. Scalzi, Ms. Burnell, and our proofreaders. Apologies to anyone who might have been confused by errors that slipped through initially.

Kyle Niedzwiecki
Senior Articles Editor
Strange Horizons

Soni | March 7, 2005 01:45 AM

They've updated the article to include that info on ATTS.

Bryan W | March 7, 2005 12:38 PM

John: OK, I won't be posting here today. OK, here are 15 other things I'm thinking about and posting on.

Those are my favorite days, when he's not really posting here... Random thoughts and OMW pimping. My OMW comes tomorrow, I think. Pimp Pimp.

John Scalzi | March 7, 2005 01:02 PM


Dawn B. | March 7, 2005 01:03 PM

'Twas fun to interview you, John, and thanks for working with Kyle & I at the last minute.

John Scalzi | March 7, 2005 03:00 PM

No problem!

Bryan W | March 7, 2005 04:19 PM

Upon rereading my earlier comment, I realize to my embarrassment that I have no idea what I was saying. I'll vote for the alien-ate-my-brain defense on that one.

I'm still glad that my second printing edition of OMW is coming, but that may be the alien talking again.

sGreer | March 7, 2005 10:10 PM

Personal blogs, alas, are still no man's land for book blurbage purposes. Rats.

Why not? Doesn't it still count as something the person said? When books are sent to authors to get their reviews, I thought they sent back a review and a quote was pulled from their response. And then it's listed along with whatever newspaper or magazine reviewed, as well. Have I misunderstood the process, and why isn't it okay, if the person's willing to stand by their comment?

Bill Peschel | March 8, 2005 12:25 PM

sGreer; what John means is that the actual line doesn't appear in the newspaper review, only on my Web site.

Tell you what: if Tor sends "Ghost Brigades" to review and it's as good as "OMW," I'll use the line in the paper then. mkay?

John Scalzi | March 8, 2005 12:28 PM

if Tor sends "Ghost Brigades" to review and it's as good as "OMW"...

There you go, putting conditions on everything...

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