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October 12, 2006

"The Android's Dream" Review in Booklist

I've seen it. It's very nice. I don't think I can quote the whole thing yet, but here's the first line:

Scalzi’s third ingenious novel in less than two years speeds his transition from rising star to major player in the sf community.

Somebody better get down here with a whole box of pins, because my head's getting pretty damn big.

Seriously, though, the reviews for Android are making me happy, not necessarily because they're good so far (although I'm glad for that), but because the book is different from the "Old Man" books, and I was wondering (re: worrying) whether folks would want to see something from me other than that particular universe. So far the answer seems to be yes. Excellent.

Posted by john at October 12, 2006 01:10 PM

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Steve Buchheit | October 12, 2006 01:30 PM

"Ingenious" isn't that better than genus? Like infamous is better than famous and inflammable is a bigger boom than flammable?

(pin to the side, pop!) :)

AliceB | October 12, 2006 01:59 PM

Wait, they're naming a genus after John?

[Rereads sentence]

Nope. Too bad.

Steve Buchheit | October 12, 2006 02:19 PM

Sorry, typing too fast as I actually have a day job and have been wasting too much time today, but I had to do the El Whapo joke.

AliceB | October 12, 2006 02:47 PM

No, no. I kind of like the idea of naming a genus after John. Of course, Krissy would have to buy some major sandbags to tie around his waist so that he wouldn't float away every time he left the house. Those little ones can only hold down so much, y'know...

Steve Buchheit | October 12, 2006 02:59 PM

AliceB, or could you use a plethora of the little sand bags?

Plus I did a typo in the other thread after correcting somebody else.

Steve Buchheit | October 12, 2006 03:15 PM

And, another typo. Damn. Color me shamed. :(

Jason | October 12, 2006 04:13 PM

Android's Dream was what made me go back and read Old Man's War and Ghost Brigades. It really reminded me that really good sci-fi is still out there.

Chang | October 12, 2006 04:17 PM


I ordered a copy at my local bookshoppe. Can't wait to read it.

I am proud to be a fan. Even prouder to be a stalker.

Scott Mactavish | October 12, 2006 04:52 PM


Congrats, that's some damn fine ink.

I must confess, I'm not a SF fan, but may turn on and tune in, especially since finding Bacon Cat and the whatever.

Keep up the good work and enjoy your 'playa' status.

Speaking of 'playas' a friend/neighbor who is considered a 'top 5' seller of all time (mass market)just donated 20 Million to a university.

May we all reach those lofty perches, and one day provide a cat and some bacon to every household.


Tripp | October 12, 2006 05:02 PM

Wow, congratulations!

Over the years I have found that one of the unexpected blessings of having a spouse is that they are very good at deflating an expanded ego.

Yup. Very good indeed.

Adam | October 12, 2006 08:40 PM

Congrats John,
can't say I like SF all that much anymore either, burned out of it a long time ago, but your writing on this blog is damn good, and it's quite a bit of time before YNFAWYTYL2aCS:SoW (yeah-yeah, I know, but I wasn't going to type all that) is released, so I'll be picking up one of your fiction books and giving it a try.

What the heck, enjoy your praise; you earned it.

Michael G. R. | October 13, 2006 12:25 AM

Congrats for the good reviews, John!

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