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April 04, 2007

Don't Say I Never Did Nothing For You

Hey. Wanna see an excerpt from the first chapter of The Last Colony? Turns out that Tor has posted the first half of the first chapter on its Web site. Be warned that it has mild spoilers regarding The Ghost Brigades so if you've not read that book, you might want to sit tight. Otherwise, go nuts. It's got goats!

It looks like the Tor site is also featuring the entire first chapter of The Ghost Brigades as well, just in case you've somehow missed that. And if you have: Shame. Shame, my friend.

Posted by john at April 4, 2007 09:41 PM

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Sarah Barlow | April 4, 2007 10:18 PM

You're killin' me. I *hate* only seeing part of a chapter. because I wannna finish the darn thing...oh, *heck* [goes to look]

Sarah Barlow | April 4, 2007 10:19 PM

*man* that was good. Still, you're killin' me 'cause now I gotta wait until I get my grubby paws on a copy.

Jon | April 4, 2007 10:31 PM

Dammit, John, this isn't fair! I'm not strong enough to handle this temptation.

Jim Wright | April 4, 2007 11:27 PM

Ook ook! Looking forward to the rest of it. Observation: the wickedly smart daughter seems to have a passing resemblance to a certain youngster that appears around the whatever on occasion (at least my mental image of both is very similar), I assume that's by design? You don't have an actual set of Obin around the Scalzi manse too do you? That dog of yours...hmmmm

Cassie | April 5, 2007 12:08 AM

It's official, John. You're the best first-chapter-writer out there.

John Scalzi | April 5, 2007 05:52 AM

Jim Wright:

The daughter is not intentionally modeled after Athena, no; she just happens to be a reasonably smart kid, like mine is. The family in the book is not meant to be an analogue to my family out here in the real world, superficial resemblances notwithstanding.

Also, I took out a spoiler in your comment. No point warning people against spoilers in the link if I keep 'em here in the comments.

Adam Ziegler | April 5, 2007 07:43 AM


Harvey | April 5, 2007 08:02 AM

Nice tease John...BUT...what's the name of the goat?

Jeremiah | April 5, 2007 10:35 AM

Hey Savitri is from Questions for a Soldier unless I'm mistaken. Yay

Jim Wright | April 5, 2007 10:47 AM

Urf, thanks, John, didn't even realize it was a spoiler until you said something. Sorry about that. Won't happen again, please don't sic the Obin on me.

John Scalzi | April 5, 2007 11:23 AM


You are correct!


Thanks! Wait until you read the first chapter to The High Castle. It's a fun one.

Norayr | April 5, 2007 12:31 PM

I guess the upcoming sequel to TAD will be known as THC, this is interesting since THC is also short for tetrahydrocannabinol (marijuana). Anybody getting high in the upcoming book ?

Bryan Price | April 5, 2007 12:45 PM

"It erodes my authority."

That's Cartman's voice I hear when I read that. That usually doesn't happen. Especially when I'm not even thinking about South Park.

Your cat is the Obin obviously, since it allows taped bacon. Now I understand why I have six of them. It's all part of that damn treaty.

Blaine | April 5, 2007 12:56 PM


I hate waiting.....

Adam Rakunas | April 5, 2007 07:10 PM

Hey, another Scalzi book that starts with a conflict over a ruminant? This is gonna rock.

John | April 6, 2007 08:38 AM

Wow, that's great! Love the witty repartee between John and Savitri.

Ted | April 7, 2007 04:59 PM

I was hoping TLC would also be in first person! I'm so excited to read the rest.

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