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October 24, 2006

SCI FI Interview re: Android's Dream

The industrious John Joseph Adams has interviewed me about Android's Dream, in which I talk about how Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard were touchstones for the book. The interview is here.

Unrelated: The University of Chicago has the best business school in the country, according to Business Week. Go U of C!

Yes, yes. Look, everyone else in the country can get excited if their stupid college football team is doing well. Excuse me for being excited about my university being recognized for actually teaching people.

Posted by john at October 24, 2006 06:38 AM

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Steve Buchheit | October 24, 2006 07:42 AM

Universities still "teach" people? Wow, with all the MBAs I've met I though they were just becoming document issuing agencies with a really long que line.

John Scalzi | October 24, 2006 07:46 AM

Clearly, they didn't go to Chicago.

Jenny Rae Rappaport | October 24, 2006 08:02 AM

Hey, the Tepper business school at my university (Carnegie Mellon University) comes in 16th... that's got to count for something! =) Then again, our computer science school kicks ass, and that's the program I originally entered in, so it's all good.

Steve Buchheit | October 24, 2006 08:15 AM

I also like how the article keeps refering to them as B-schools. That's just funny.

Steve Buchheit | October 24, 2006 11:08 AM

So will the Slush God, praised be his name, post extra material from your interview on his blog? 'Cause that small morsel of Scalzi goodness only arroused my appetite but didn't bed it back down.

John Scalzi | October 24, 2006 11:16 AM

I think that's a question better asked to him, don't you?

ship | October 24, 2006 11:18 AM

i went to rutgers u. in new brunswick and people who know that always want to talk to me about football. if i'm feeling ornery i'll tell them i went there for a degree, not to watch a bunch of guys roll around in the mud and beat the crap out of each other. after that no one talks to me about rutgers football anymore...

Jeff Beeler | October 24, 2006 11:20 AM

Hey John if they want to talk college football you can always bring up Amos Alonzo Stagg.

The University of Chicago helped create football and the Big Ten for that matter.

John Scalzi | October 24, 2006 11:26 AM

Yes, we were national champions in 1908!

Pete | October 24, 2006 11:44 AM

Scalzi -- I know you're into a wide range of music, but I've never heard you mention anything about blues. Are you a blues fan? If you went to school in Chicago, surely you must have encountered it at least a few times...

John Scalzi | October 24, 2006 12:02 PM

I like the Blues although I'm only a casual listener. And indeed, the first night I was ever in Chicago a friend took me to a blues club. It was fun.

Bryan Price | October 24, 2006 12:26 PM

No OSU tickets for you! </soup nazi>

Anonymous | October 24, 2006 01:02 PM

I remember my first quarter at the U of C. The Maroon had a full page ad indicating that homecoming would be celebrated that weekend. My reaction? "We have a football team here? Where do they play?"

histrogeek | October 24, 2006 01:41 PM

Not only do we have a football team, but we must be the only football team with such awesome gridiron power that the Big Ten (or whatever they call themselves these days, non-counting mfers) actually pays us not to be in their league. At least that's the story I heard. Go Maroons!

Actually being the number 1 B-School is far more important.

Scott Mactavish | October 24, 2006 02:30 PM

I went to NYU and we were the Fightin' Violets!!

No football team, but we could outrun Rastafarian drug dealers in Washington Square Park, and do 'jazz hands' like nobodies' business.

MWT | October 24, 2006 07:23 PM

Hmmmm.

Indiana University has a world-famous music school.

People within the U.S. think "basketball" and (non-music) people outside it think "Indy 500."

*sigh* Someone ought to draw up some analogies about that with the popularity of bacon taped to cats.

handdrummer | October 25, 2006 02:00 AM

Me, I'm a grad student at Penn State (geography). What does anyone know about PSU? Joe Paterno, football. Not that we have the #1 geography department in the world or that 25% of all the meteorologists and atmospheric scientists in the US graduated from here. Or that we have a top 5 rated engineering school or built and regularly implant the Penn State artificial heart at our med school. Or even that Ben and Jerry learned to make ice cream here. Football. Meh.

Steve Buchheit | October 25, 2006 08:05 AM

Handdrummer, you also have the best forensic science department in the country.

Todd Stull | October 25, 2006 01:47 PM

Don't forget, U of C also has one of the top five social work programs at the School of Social Service Administration! Nerds of the world, unite and take over!

Nikitta | October 26, 2006 03:23 AM

I just read the interview.
Crime fiction?
*screams in horror*

Sorry, but now you've really put me in a dilemma: I really like what I've read by you so far and I want to read more, but I still haven't read a crime story that didn't make me want to kill the protagonist, myself - just to make him shut up.

To read it or not to read it. Gah!

You did this to confuse people, didn't you? ;0)

John Scalzi | October 26, 2006 08:34 AM

I think Harry Creek, the lead character, is a fairly nice guy. Not too much of a smart-ass. Which my lessen your urge to kill.

The simple solution is to borrow it from the library, and then if you like it, you can go out and get a copy of your own.

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