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February 26, 2006


As I mentioned earlier in the week, I was interviewed by Glenn and Helen Reynolds for their podcast series. The podcast is now up, and you can get the relevant links to it through this Instapundit entry (or this Dr. Helen entry, if you prefer). Also on the podcast is Tim Minear, the producer of Firefly and Angel and other SFnal delights. So all around it's a pretty nifty listen, although after hearing myself blabber on I've made a note to myself not to use the word "basically" so damn much. It's always something.

Posted by john at February 26, 2006 12:30 PM

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suzanne | February 26, 2006 12:49 PM

JOhn I thought you and your readers
should be informed


from steve barnes blog darkush


Octavia Butler died Saturday
I just got this note
Yesterday Octavia Butler fell outside her house during what neighbors thought was a stroke. A neighbor kid found her outside her house. They rushed her to the hospital, and found blood had pooled in her brain, they operated but she passed away today.

John Scalzi | February 26, 2006 12:52 PM

Oh, dear.

Thanks for passing that along, Suzanne.

Michael G. Richard | February 26, 2006 05:42 PM

Great podcast. It would be very cool if Tim Minear could work on adapting your stuff, John.

John Scalzi | February 26, 2006 06:14 PM

Well, the odds of my work getting to hollywood in any sort is small, merely as a matter of course -- thousands of books come out every year. We're shopping stuff now. We'lll just have to see how it goes.

Michael G. Richard | February 26, 2006 07:33 PM

Of course, you're right. But it's still encouraging to know that Tim Minear knows about you.

What I'd really like to see adapted to the big screen is Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks. Chances are it would suck, but if by chance it did justice to the book, it probably would be one of the best sf movies ever.

Jeff | February 26, 2006 10:11 PM

John, I just heard the podcast and am about to buy your book as a result.

I admire people like you who come up with brilliant ideas like the premise for Old Man's War. There are a million angles to explore with that idea. Not having read it, I'm interested in stuff like, How does an old man change when he's given a new body without the limitations of is old body? Does he throw back to the rashness or foolishness of a young man? Does he retain the caution or wisdom of an old man? How would such a change affect a man in the long run?

Anyway, it's a cool idea and I'm on my way to Amazon now!

Martin Wagner | February 27, 2006 12:32 AM

Just returned from ConDFW in Dallas where I plugged your books mightily on panels with names like "Great Writers You've Never Heard Of" and "Who Are We Reading Now?" You can consult my homepage for the address to send the check.

Sucks, sucks, sucks about Octavia Butler. And Darren McGavin. Ms Butler's was unfair and untimely, though.

John Scalzi | February 27, 2006 12:40 AM

Martin Wagner:

"You can consult my homepage for the address to send the check."

Hey, you already got the books for free. But thanks.

Dave Washke | February 28, 2006 11:42 AM

Finished Old Man's War last night and listened to the Instapundit Podcast this morning. I was already looking forward to reading The Ghost Brigades and now I get the happy news that there will be a third book (The Last Colony) in the CDF series. Huzzah! I just ordered Ghost Brigades and Agent to the Stars from Amazon. Although I had already read Agent for free online, it was a great story and one that I'd like to add to my collection (and the autograph only sweetens the deal). Thanks for providing hours of enjoyable entertainment. Keep up the good work!

Chris D. | March 1, 2006 07:03 PM

Great interview,John. You sound very intelligent and down-to-earth at the same time.

Also, I'm thrilled to hear that Tim Minnear is adapting The Moon is a Harsh Mistress! I'm a huge Firefly and TMIAHM is probably my favorite Heinlein novel.

Chris D. | March 1, 2006 07:09 PM

Oops, I mean Firefly fan.

Also, saddened to read about Octavia Butler dying so young. I've only read Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents but I thought they were fantastic. I remember thinking of writing her a letter after reading the first book but never got around to it. I admired her elegant prose writing style too. Very sad.

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