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April 04, 2007

TAD2 Title; Wikipedia Picture

As you know, I've been busy writing the followup to The Android's Dream; what you might not know is that until earlier today, it didn't have an official title. Well, now it does: Henceforth TAD2 is to be known as:

The High Castle.

Philip K. Dick fans among you will note that this is yet another sampling of one of Dick's novel titles, in this case his Hugo-winning novel The Man in the High Castle. The conceit worked well for The Android's Dream, so we decided to try it again. As with the first book, the title is also at least somewhat relevant to the story, although again in an indirect way and not in the manner in which PKD himself used his "High Castle" in his book.

As I've noted before, the book is coming along pretty well; I look forward to showing it to you all in early 2008.

Unrelated, but amusing: I put up a picture of myself in my Wikipedia entry. I sort of wonder how long it will stay up.

Posted by john at April 4, 2007 04:25 PM

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Jeremiah | April 4, 2007 04:32 PM

That's a freaky picture. They should have used that for your Geek Monthly spread.

hugh57 | April 4, 2007 04:52 PM

The picture's still there, but somebody apparently took down the Trivia item about how you find pointlessly fussy Wikipedia editors highly annoying. :)

Old Jarhead | April 4, 2007 05:16 PM

I'll bet Athena had nightmares for a month!

John Scalzi | April 4, 2007 05:23 PM

Old Jarhead:

You've clearly never seen this picture, then.

John H | April 4, 2007 05:46 PM


That's not a Freudian slip is it?

John H | April 4, 2007 05:55 PM

btw, nice background photo - are those cherry blossoms?

John Scalzi | April 4, 2007 05:56 PM


Jim Winter | April 4, 2007 06:16 PM

LOL! John, after the week I've been having, I needed that.

Steve Buchheit | April 4, 2007 06:26 PM

High Castle? Oh John, the ghost of P. K. Dick is gonna be mad at you (per my scathing review).

Jim Wright | April 4, 2007 06:38 PM

The really cool part is that PKD wrote a whole shitload of books, so I'm thinking that means Scalzi has a whole series of TAD sequels lined up.

Old Jarhead | April 4, 2007 07:04 PM

"Old Jarhead:

You've clearly never seen this picture, then. "

If you can get into a gross out contest with your 8 y/o daughter you have a cool daughter!

T.M. Wagner | April 4, 2007 07:14 PM

Will book 3 be The Crying Policeman?

John Scalzi | April 4, 2007 07:25 PM

T.M. Wagner;

What, you expect me to think that far ahead?

deCadmus | April 4, 2007 08:21 PM

I had imagined your ears somewhat more pointy.

Karen Funk Blocher | April 4, 2007 08:52 PM

The photo will probably stay if you follow directions on how to attach the proper licensing info to the image file. The 'bots that kill unlicensed images don't read your word descriptions; they need the tagging.

I like the photo choice for the article, though.

John Scalzi | April 4, 2007 08:55 PM

What? You expect me to follow directions?!? Madness!

Karen | April 5, 2007 12:20 AM

Yeah, that's what I used to think. But unlike me, you've made a career of producing to specifications.

Simon Proctor | April 5, 2007 04:14 AM

John, I hate to post here but I can't think of anything else. I've been trying to sign into Ficlets using my OpenID (the URL I've given here) since yesterday and it keeps telling me there is an error.
I would use the feedback form but I need to be logged in to do that, bit of a Catch 22 there. So I figured I'd drop a note here and you could pass it on.
Good luck with the new book, it's on my list of books for next payday.

John Scalzi | April 5, 2007 09:32 AM


The Ficlets tech people are aware of the problem and are working on it!

Dave Munger | April 5, 2007 09:33 AM


If I ever get a wikipedia page, I know *exactly* the picture I want!

Chris S. | April 5, 2007 11:34 AM

Love the new photo. Have you lost weight? Something seems a little different... did you cut your hair?

toadstar | April 5, 2007 03:43 PM

That is a great picture. While at your wiki page I couldn't help but notice that you said that you are related to John Wilkes Booth. My wife is also said to be related to him, so I guess that makes us kin, like 75 times removed or something.

J | April 12, 2007 12:51 PM

You should start ripping off Stanislaw Lem titles next. Here, I'll help get you started:

Immortal Engines

Memoirs Found in a Back Rub

Hospital of the Transubstantiation

Piece of Earth


The Sexological Congress

Eden II

Karen | April 14, 2007 04:09 AM

The image has been deleted because of the lack of rights tagging. I've re-uploaded it, but it may not stick, depending on whether someone doesn't believe my claim that you released it for use. If you have any interest in this thing being on Wikipedia, you may want to say something somewhere where it won't get deleted (say, on this site, or maybe appended to my upload) about releasing it for use. Or I can take your picture on the 30th, sans horns. Your choice.

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