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August 07, 2006

Daily SF/Writing Blog Reading List

Because it amuses me to do so, allow me to now share the writing and sf-related blogs through which I trundle on a daily basis, arranged in absolutely no order whatsoever. These blogs (and the people who write them) are on the list for varying reasons including but not limited to: They're friends, they write interesting stuff, they're useful, they're enemies and I track their every move, they owe me money, I desire them intensely, I put them on the list without thinking, and the ever-popular I honestly can't remember what possessed me to bookmark this page.

Please allow me to note that if you're not on this list, that does not mean I don't like you/don't read you. You'll note that I have Patrick Nielsen Hayden's friends list as one of the links; the list there includes two hundred forty five LiveJournals/syndicated feeds, so if you're on his friends list, I probably don't have you otherwise linked. Also, there are lots of journals I read occasionally but not daily. Also also, I've been recently accreting journals I read at a disturbingly high pace, so perhaps you'll be on the next update. In any event, please don't take your presence/lack of presence as indicative of my true feelings about you. You know I love you.

I've also added this current list to the sidebar; I'm sure I'll add to that list again at some point in the nebulous future.

In any event, here's the list:

Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden

John Joseph Adams

Christopher Barzak

Elizabeth Bear

Tobias Buckell

Suzy McKee Charnas

Matthew Cheney

Boing Boing

Neil Gaiman

Jed Hartman

SF Signal

Mark R. Kelly

Gwenda Bond

Justine Larbalestier

Scott Westerfeld

Charlie Stross

Marissa Lingen


David Moles

Ken MacLeod

Nick Mamatas

Benjamin Rosenbaum

Jonathan Strahan

Bruce Sterling

Jeff VanderMeer

SH Viehl

With Boots

Alan DeNiro

Nalo Hopkinson

David Brin

Lauren McLaughlin

Lorraine A Malena

Christopher Rowe

Kathryn Cramer

Derryl Murphy

Cheryl Morgan

Andrew Wheeler

Jonathan Carroll

Didi Chanoch

Maureen McHugh

Deep Genre

John Crowley

SFBC Bookblogger

Locus Magazine

Karen Meisner

Jodi Wurl

Nick Sagan

Torque Control

Robert Sawyer

Galley Cat

Neal Asher

Lou Anders

Marjorie Liu

David Marusek

Mary Robinette Kowal


Will Shetterly

Susan Marie Groppi

Irene Gallo

Hal Duncan

Walter Jon Williams

Steve R. Boyett

Book Slut

Deanna Hoak

Gavin Grant

David Louis Edelman

Eos Blog

Paolo Bacigalupi

Miss Snark

John Clute

CaitlĂ­n R. Kiernan

John Picacio

Chris Roberson

Paul Levinson

La Gringa

Jeff Ford

Jeffrey Carver

Charles Coleman Finlay

PNH's LJ Friends List

Vist them all! And don't blame me if you don't get any work done.

Posted by john at August 7, 2006 01:54 PM

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tobias s buckell | August 7, 2006 02:12 PM

That's a heck of a list, honored to be on it!


Kero aka Kevin | August 7, 2006 02:22 PM

Are we still making writing deadline jokes?

John Scalzi | August 7, 2006 02:24 PM

Why do you think I put up a list instead of real content?

Tripp | August 7, 2006 02:50 PM

Yikes a roni!

That list is huge. You must be an incredibly fast reader.

John Scalzi | August 7, 2006 03:02 PM

I am. But also, not each of these sites updates daily, so reading them is simply a matter of establishing they've not update and moving on.

David Louis Edelman | August 7, 2006 03:09 PM

They're friends, they write interesting stuff, they're useful, they're enemies and I track their every move, they owe me money, I desire them intensely

John, thanks for including me on your list. But this intense desire you have for me has got to stop.

Deanna Hoak | August 7, 2006 03:09 PM

Thanks. :-) I enjoy your blog, too.

Oh, I mentioned some aliens from Old Man's War in an answer to a funny question Meme Therapy asked me for their Brain Parade. I'll let you know when it's up. Hope it's not too spoilery. :-)

John Scalzi | August 7, 2006 03:19 PM

David Louis Edelman:

"But this intense desire you have for me has got to stop."

David, all you have to do to stop it is to stop haunting my dreams.

John H | August 7, 2006 03:29 PM

Brokeback Scalzi

Patrick Nielsen Hayden | August 7, 2006 04:27 PM

It should perhaps be explained to readers of the Whatever who are unfamiliar with LiveJournal that "Patrick Nielsen Hayden's friends list" doesn't actually mean Patrick Nielsen Hayden's friends list.

"Friend" is a term of art on LiveJournal that merely means "person whose LiveJournal posts you've subscribed to." The fact that LiveJournal chose to use the word "friend" to describe this relationship has led to metric tons of unnecessary angst.

Armchair Anarchist | August 7, 2006 04:28 PM

Got about half of those in the feedreader...glad to know you read Futurismic; sometimes you wonder why you're bothering when all you get is comment replies from rabid climate-change-denial people. (sigh)

I hope you'll forgive a blatant self-plug, and allow me to suggest popping over to Velcro City once in a while. It's like what I do at Futurismic, plus book reviews and ranty bits, often sf related, but science/tech/future/culture gubbins makes a heavy showing too. Shameless, yes, but meek and retiring doesn't get a guy anywhere...

By the way, I'm assuming (hoping?) you use an RSS reader to go through that list? The thought of someone clicking through that many sites by hand makes me want to cry and call the carpal tunnel specialist... ;)

And double by the way, nice new graphics in the background...or am I just showing how long it's been since I clicked through from the feed?

will shetterly | August 7, 2006 04:34 PM

Apologies if you linked to this and I didn't notice. John Stewart has made a commercial for Old Man's War.

shana | August 7, 2006 04:36 PM

that'd be david moles, btw.

Chang | August 7, 2006 04:50 PM

Oh, thanks. No I have even more places to piss away my free time. Friggin' Scalzi with his superhuman powers of comprehension and multitasking.

Adam Lipkin | August 7, 2006 05:10 PM

Armchair Anarchist -- I can't speak for Scalzi, but for my own similar lists of blogs, I've found that RSS readers don't work as well as simply creating a bookmark folder, and then opening the folder in a massively tabbed window in Safari or Firefox. I can then read through my food/sci-fi blogs as I get other things done (like, y'know, work) in other windows, flipping back to the blog window and command-w closing (or control-w if I'm stuck on a non-Mac) each blog as I'm done with it. RSS readers (even the one built in to Safari) tend to slow me down (because not all blogs feed longer posts and picutres, forcing me to click over anyway) and useful content like the "recent comments" is lost in the feeds.

John Scalzi | August 7, 2006 05:21 PM

Shana: D'oh! I knew that. Fixing now.

La Gringa | August 7, 2006 06:01 PM

I'm on the list! I'm on the list!

I feel squishy happy with joy, Mr. Scalzi. (Going off to blush intensely now...)

monolithfoo | August 7, 2006 06:29 PM

I've googled and you've got comments about del.icio.us, and I'm sure you've seen the referer logs from me and others, do you have a public collection of links there?

Mary Robinette Kowal | August 7, 2006 06:32 PM

"...I track their every move..."

Keen! I've got a stalker.

John Scalzi | August 7, 2006 06:33 PM

No. I'm not entirely convinced of the utility of del.icio.us for me, and if there is indeed something I want to bring to the attention of others, I'll just write about it.

Niall Harrison | August 7, 2006 07:05 PM

I'm going to assume Torque Control falls into the "interesting" category rather than the "what was I thinking?" category, in which case: glad you like it.

(I admit I'm surprised not to see Coffee & Ink or Asking the Wrong Questions on your list, though ...)

elizabeth bear | August 7, 2006 07:57 PM

You may be interested to know, John, that Truth Laid Bear ranks the Whatever as the top SFF blog by number of inbound links.

Cassie | August 7, 2006 08:06 PM

I hate you. I hate you. I hate you. I hate you.

How on earth am I ever going to get anything done now?

Ok, I'm really grateful for all the cool links, but man, I got a deadline.

Diana | August 7, 2006 10:44 PM

Wow. I don't want to know which category we're in, but I'm definitely flattered. Thanks!

(Hmm. Guess that means I need to update things, huh?)

La Gringa | August 7, 2006 11:31 PM

I'm just hoping I'm not in the "owing John money" category...

Jenny Rae Rappaport | August 9, 2006 05:00 AM

That is an impressive list. I think I shall delude myself into thinking that you vaguely know who I am from JJA's blog, which would be lovely since I adored OLD MAN'S WAR and THE GHOST BRIGADES. =)

(And to think, I would have gotten the chance to meet you at Readercon, and had the bad luck to be dreadfully ill with a stomach virus instead.)

Dan Geiser | August 10, 2006 04:19 PM

Why no Cherie Priest on your regular reading list?

John Scalzi | August 10, 2006 04:21 PM

She's on PNH's friends list.

Dan Geiser | August 10, 2006 04:56 PM

Ah hah! :-)

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