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October 14, 2006

Things I Wasn't Expecting to Get in the Mail, Example Number One


It's a commendation from the Ohio General Assembly for being nominated for the Hugo and for winning the Campbell. I honestly have no idea where this came from (aside from, you know, the Ohio General Assembly). I certainly didn't alert the government. I got a large envelope from State Senator Tom Roberts, and my first thought was that it was just another bit of election detritus, so I'm glad I didn't just trash it.

Anyway, it's lovely to be saluted as one of "Ohio's finest citizens," especially first thing on a Saturday morning. Hopefully the rest of the weekend will be equally surprisingly pleasant.

Posted by john at October 14, 2006 09:45 AM

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Jamilyn | October 14, 2006 10:18 AM

Wow John... that's really neat! Do you have a "wall of fame" for these awards and commendations?


Steve Brady | October 14, 2006 10:38 AM


Kurt | October 14, 2006 10:42 AM


this means that you are now prominent enough to be on the radar.....which could be a good thing or a bad thing.

As long as the next official mailing isnt from the IRS.......

Sorry, 23 years in the service has made me a bit paranoid I guess!!!!!

Chang, stealing the internet from his car! | October 14, 2006 10:42 AM


That is awesome. Nice to get noticed by the state for a good thing.

Does this get you into a special club with Drew Carrey, Paul Newman and Jonathan Winters? It should!

Nathan | October 14, 2006 10:46 AM

Take that George Lucas!

Anne KG Murphy | October 14, 2006 11:24 AM

Hey, that's actually pretty cool. Congratulations!

Naomi | October 14, 2006 12:07 PM

Whoa. That's cool, bizarre, and cool. And kind of funny. But mostly cool. Where do you put things like that? Do you hang them up in your office, or put them in a drawer?

Steve Buchheit | October 14, 2006 12:11 PM

Congrats, man. Of course, given Ohio's budget, they probably didn't spring for the frame, but nice gold-foil stamp!

Mike G. | October 14, 2006 12:24 PM

It's so you won't mind so much when they pass a new tax affecting only Campbell-winning authors who blog...

Mike, who has little faith in politicians of any stripe...

Annalee Flower Horne | October 14, 2006 12:28 PM

hey cool-- impressive stuff for your personal wall of fame. Congrats.

Kevin Q | October 14, 2006 12:47 PM

Congratulations, John. That's really neat.


Eric | October 14, 2006 01:07 PM

That is awesome. Nice to get noticed by the state for a good thing.

I agree with him, John: most people I know who get noticed by the State for something end up on probation.

Danielle | October 14, 2006 01:48 PM

Congratulations you fine citizen you! You're a credit to Ohio, I'm sure. The only problem is, now you're on the radar. Ohio is watching you. The public eye can be such a burden.

Cassie | October 14, 2006 02:27 PM

Congratulations from the NE corner of the state.

My son picked up OMW from his school library yesterday. He said he recognized your name, rather than being interested in the blurb. You've made the big time, John.

bensdad00 | October 14, 2006 02:28 PM

Congrats John,

some pols are better about this kind of thing than others - are you in his state seate district? Especially here in Philadelphia (Killer Heroin capital of the US! (Killer as in deadly not complimentary surf-speak)) the state and local pols who get continuously reelected despite utter incompetence arer those who show up at ever wedding, ethnic feast and youth sports banquet. Perhaps the good senator sees the Hugo as a glorified Eagle Scout Award?

Penny Hill | October 14, 2006 02:31 PM

I honestly have no idea where this came from (aside from, you know, the Ohio General Assembly). I certainly didn't alert the government.

Your state senator (Tom Roberts, D-5th district) has minions in field offices who read local papers and clip news items such as the lovely profile your local paper did of you. Having been advised of your outstanding achievement, the good senator probably would have introduced a resolution full of whereas-es and such, and his colleagues in the state senate would have voted "yes" and ... voila. You are commended.

Way better than a form letter signed by a minion!

PixelFish | October 14, 2006 02:32 PM

Very very nifty.

Has it happened to other non-Ohioan writers? Do other states commend their writers? Or should we all just pack up and head for Dayton and establish writing communes.

I hope he (and the other Senators) read the book and enjoy it. Or that maybe other Senators see it (or one of your others) and think: Scalzi....oh, that guy....and then pick up one of your books.

John Scalzi | October 14, 2006 02:33 PM


OMW is in a school library? Interesting.


Yes, he's my state senator. It's entirely possible he read about it in the newspaper.

Ted Lemon | October 14, 2006 03:06 PM

They're grooming you for the 2012 presidential election.

JimW | October 14, 2006 04:02 PM

Carefull Scalzi, this is how it begins. First, flattery in the mail, then you starting getting Instant Messages from somebody like Mark Foley...

I'm just saying..

Joe Hass | October 14, 2006 04:11 PM



I'd keep it in the car as a free pass in case some hot-handed state trooper nails you doing 82 on I-75. "Why, yes, I have proof of insurance, sir. Just let me reach across my commendation by the (dramatic, one-beat pause) Ohio General Assembly!"

Or in your office. Either way would be cool.


Steve Thorn | October 14, 2006 05:29 PM

Congrats John!

Irregardless of any political slants, it is surely something to proudly hang on the wall.

Scott Mactavish | October 14, 2006 06:19 PM

OK, that's it, dude.

You've now outranked Warren G. Harding on my 'favorite guys from Ohio' list.


Only Ted Turner and George Armstron Custer rank higher.

Scorpio | October 14, 2006 06:21 PM

It can join the Campbell Award on your Attaboy Wall. Soon you will just have to move to a bigger house with bigger walls.

Chris Beck | October 14, 2006 06:41 PM

Hang on a minute. How was this delivered on Saturday morning? It must be some sort of Trojan horse thingy. Check to see if there are any very small warriors hiding under the seal.

Barbara | October 14, 2006 06:45 PM

wow,good for you.Way to go.

Steve Buchheit | October 14, 2006 06:52 PM

Chris, I don't know about SW Ohio, but here in the NE the Pony Express delivers on Saturday. They're all Amish now, but still reliable. :)

PixelFish | October 14, 2006 07:54 PM

If it's not too much trouble, could you post a link to a larger version (with important info redacted, of course) that we could read? I have Teh Curiosity. :)

PixelFish | October 14, 2006 07:56 PM

(Aw, nevermind. I dragged eet into photoshop and slogged my way through the blurry pixels. Very cool still.)

Tom Nixon | October 14, 2006 08:21 PM

I can attest that OMW is in more than one school library. I gifted our library with my copy. School library budgets being what they are, there is little money for science fiction. Often when I have finished reading books (in several different genres), I give the book to the school library.


Jerry | October 14, 2006 09:04 PM

John, I contacted Karl Rove and had him order up the commendation. We'll make a good Republican Party member out of you yet!!

John Scalzi | October 14, 2006 09:15 PM


Heh. Well, Tom Roberts is a Democrat, so I'm not entirely sure I see the Rovian connection there. But I appreciate the thought.

Jon H | October 14, 2006 09:21 PM


You should try putting it in the window of your car the next time you have to double-park or don't want to feed a meter, in case a cop wants to give you a ticket.

Hey, you never know.

Actually, you could probably use it, through the OH congressional delegation, as a credential to get a fat contract to rebuild Iraq.

AliceB | October 14, 2006 11:20 PM

Congratulations, John. That's just really nice. Nice nice.

Nathan playing Karnak the Magnificent | October 14, 2006 11:24 PM

Jon H.

So you propose that:

A. Scalzi makes a gazillion because all of his books are translated into Iraqi and made required reading in all Iraqi schools.

B. Scalzi's name briefly replaces "Haliburton" as the symbol of all that is wrong with American policy.

C. Iraqi children see the OMW series as a metaphor for their situation (a foreign government who won't talk to anyone, including their own people, sends soldiers to wipe out an enemy of their choice/invention) and they create an inscrutable cult of Jane Sagan which for some reason unites all Iraqis in peace, love and understanding

D. All of this was sparked by an intern reading a clipping and passing it on to a State Senator's office.

Works for me.

Brian Greenberg | October 15, 2006 12:14 AM

Clearly, they found out about your awards while listening to your private phone conversations.

See, even the most nefarious policies have their benefits...

Josh Jasper | October 15, 2006 12:35 PM

Congrats! You should suggest to Tor that they use it in promoring your books next to the positive reviews quotes.

La Gringa | October 15, 2006 02:51 PM

Yeah, but did you get a dirty text message from the governor????

Mark DF | October 15, 2006 09:22 PM



Oh. Heh. Cool no matter how they found you!

Ginny | October 16, 2006 12:24 AM


If it were me, it would have been trashed without opening it; so I would have never known.

I'm anti-social that way. I'd have assumed it was junk mail.

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