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December 24, 2006

Whatever Best of 2006

We're now officially in the final week of 2006, which means it's time for my annual "Best Of" list of Whatever entries, highlighting the entries I think were the most notable of the last calendar year. As it happens, this year's list seems to be heavy on entries about writing, but all things considered I don't suppose that's all that surprising. I do think overall it was a good year for the Whatever, but as BaconCat reminds us above, all Internet dreams of fame -- and pretensions of quality -- are fleeting.

I suspect I may be doing a couple more end of the year compilation entries over the next week; beats having to think, you know?

Anyway, for your reading edification, in chronological order:

January is National Literary Fraud Month!
There is Always Another Way
The John Scalzi Agent FAQ
Writing Tips for Non-Writers Who Don't Want to Work at Writing
The Money Entry
Interesting But Unverifiable Facts About the 2006 Campbell Class
Purity Balls
The 2006 Stupidest FanFic Writer Award Gets Retired Early
10 Things Teenage Writers Should Know About Writing
Why There Are No Great Video Game Critics (Yet)
How (And How Not) To Market To Me When I'm in Blogger Mode
The Value of (Long) Fiction Online
A Special Message for Scott "Pluto Hayta" Westerfeld
How I Spent My Summer Vacation
Clearly You People Thought I Was Kidding (The BaconCat Entry)
Thinking About The God Delusion
How to Make a Schadenfreude Pie
On Moral Cowardice
The Lie of Star Wars as Entertainment
The Occam's Razor Theory of Literary Rejection
On Theocracies
You Can Get This Book For Free. You Should Buy It.
On Carl Sagan
On the New York Times Sunday Book Review Piece

If there's a Whatever piece from 2006 you've enjoyed but I've not put on this reading list, by all means give it a shoutout in the comments.

Enjoy!

Posted by john at December 24, 2006 11:48 AM

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Comments

Jim Wright | December 24, 2006 02:58 PM

"Purity Balls" Gack! No no no! I can NOT read that again. In fact, I'll be happy if I never hear the term ever again.

CaseyL | December 25, 2006 12:48 PM

Thanks for printing this list. I didn't find your blog until the Pluto Controversy, so I really appreciate a Greatest Hits roundup that pre-dates when I started dropping in.

Have a great hols!

Brad Selbst | February 1, 2007 04:12 PM

John, you recently made a list of writers who grab you from the first sentence of their story. I have been looking in vain for that entry as I have some money to burn at Barnes & Noble today (in between my son's Karate and spelling words). Which entry was it? Thank You for your help. (If you are too busy or miss this email, then it is no big deal.)

Brad Selbst | February 1, 2007 06:41 PM

John, you recently made a list of writers who grab you from the first sentence of their story. I have been looking in vain for that entry as I have some money to burn at Barnes & Noble today (in between my son's Karate and spelling words). Which entry was it? Thank You for your help. (If you are too busy or miss this email, then it is no big deal.)

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