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May 10, 2007

Out on Tour Through May 10

From April 23rd through May 10, 2007, I'm out on a book tour, supporting my latest novel The Last Colony. Here are the tour locations, dates and times.

I will be blogging here during the tour. During the tour entries here may be both shorter and more sporadic than usual, because, you know, I'm going to a different city every day. The most recent entries for the Whatever will be posted directly below this one, which will stay at the top of site until May 10. I will be blogging about the book tour itself daily on the Ficlets Blog, but if you have questions comments about the tour, you can leave them in the comment thread for this entry.

I hope you'll come see me on tour!

Posted by john at May 10, 2007 09:45 PM

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Chang, for rizzle. | April 22, 2007 10:08 PM

Ouchie. A sans-serif font on the Whatever. Like peanut butter with my putanesca. Yech!

John Scalzi | April 22, 2007 10:11 PM

Hush. I wanted to separate it out from the normal entries.

Bryan | April 22, 2007 10:52 PM

Don't forget your computer.

Cassie | April 22, 2007 10:55 PM

Forget the computer. Do you have your towel?

hugh57 | April 22, 2007 11:27 PM

Hush. I wanted to separate it out from the normal entries.

Yeah but Arial?! Butt ugly!! Try Verdana next time. ;-)


Mary Kay | April 22, 2007 11:28 PM

Saturday night was way cool even if I did break. See you in Seattle.


Matt Bodansky | April 23, 2007 12:38 AM

just finished " the last colony" , it rocked!
i already can't wait for the next book you write.
i only have " the androids dream " left to read , so you know, hurry up and write something.

Justin | April 23, 2007 02:12 AM

I'll be there! I like the Arial font myself. :-)

Lee | April 23, 2007 03:46 AM

Hey, John,

Hope to see you here in San Diego. BTW, after you finish your book tour you might want to mark your calendar and schedule a culinary tour in Northern Illinois in late May. They are expecting cicadas to emerge which happens once every 13 or 17 years. It must be an eerie experience to have millions of edible buzzing creatures flying around you.

Alan | April 23, 2007 08:13 AM

Any chance we could get you down to Texas for one of these? It's only a hop, skip, and a jump from Ohio. :-p

Lanna Lee Maheux-Quinn | April 23, 2007 08:49 AM

Dude, you are going to Google? Cool!

Shawn Powers | April 23, 2007 09:53 AM

Right, I understand. You wanted it to stand apart from this post.

Shawn Powers | April 23, 2007 09:55 AM

Right, I understand. You wanted it to stand apart from this post.

The italicized font, you know, I wanted that comment to stand out.

(Yeah, I'm a bass turd. It's Monday)

Joe Rybicki | April 23, 2007 10:58 AM

Safe travels -- see you in Columbus.

Scott Mactavish | April 23, 2007 10:59 AM


I'm doing press in Richmond that week, will try to swing by Fountain.


Hey Chang, Nathan. Been a while.

Chang, the real O.C. | April 23, 2007 11:11 AM


What's up, fellow over-poster! Hope all is well.

Adam Rakunas | April 23, 2007 02:39 PM

LA Whateverians-

The Westwood In-N-Out opens at 10.30. Plan accordingly.

Dan | April 23, 2007 02:53 PM

Outstanding! You'll be just a hop, skip and a stagger from my house on May 4th. Finally, I'll be able to get my copy of TAD all nice and Scalzified. I'm so excited, I may even shave my face for the occasion.

I'll see you when you get here...

Old Jarhead | April 23, 2007 03:45 PM

In view of John's request that we shill for his tour by dragging along everyone we can find to pack the event I will be rolling through downtown Seattle on the way to the Ave picking up rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and Methodists.

Unless they move the event there were only about 30 seats the last time I was there - come early.

Jamie Sidey | April 23, 2007 04:21 PM


As Alan said, we'd love to see you in Austin. And hey, Book People is the top rated independent book store in the country...

WizarDru | April 23, 2007 04:57 PM

John, any chance you'll be coming back around Philly-way again?

hugh57 | April 23, 2007 05:05 PM

Got a question about you Cincinnati appearance. Tor Website sez:

Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Cincinnati, OH
Monday, May 31, 2007

May 31st is a Thursday. Is you appearance actually on Thursday or on Monday, May 28th?

Not too critical for me, as I will see you in any case at the Heinlein Centennial in July.


hugh57 | April 23, 2007 05:10 PM

Just checked JoBeths' website, and they've got it down as Thursday the 31st, not Monday.

Omaha Lisa | April 23, 2007 08:27 PM


Cicadias :: shudder::

I was in Lawrenceville IL in the 70s during one of those manifestations. I was young, naive and thought we were being overrun with mutant bugs. One landed at my feet near my son and I kinda freaked. It gave the neighbors a chuckle.

There were millions and millions of them.
All in my yard.
Coming after me.

Nathan | April 23, 2007 10:24 PM

Yo Scott!

What Chang said. (Only with pants on)

jerry | April 24, 2007 12:42 AM

John, don't you wish C-span's booknotes did fiction and in particular, science fiction? maybe we could get up an email campaign??

David | April 24, 2007 04:19 AM

See you at UCLA John!

Lee | April 24, 2007 04:38 AM

Omaha Lisa,

I mentioned the cicadas only to pique John's and other reader's curiosity. I try to experience things that are not in your regular "normal" life like having been to almost all the tallest skyscrapers in the world, riding the fastest trains, etc. I do not seek out extreme sports but going to events such as solar eclipses and volcanic eruptions gives me a perspective that is kind of out-of-this-world. It will change your view of things especially watching the "aurora borealis" or northern lights is like seeing another planet. I'm sure being in the midst of a cicada bloom will give someone the same sensation of encountering an alien invasion.

Dr. Phil | April 24, 2007 11:01 AM

When I was at Clarion in 2004 and the cicadas were buzzing, I wrote what was intended as a humorous piece about a city dealing with the 17 year cycle of giant cicadas -- automobile/truck sized ones. I thought it terribly clever. The story crashed and burned in the group. (grin)

Still, the image of homeowners using ground penetrating radar to map where the bugs are in their lawn, in case they were too close to the foundation or under the driveway, still sticks with me.

When I was in high school in North Carolina, we had a particular strong cicada bloom -- what is really freaky is finding the empty husks of the insects still gripping tight to the tree bark when they molt, with these two clear bubbles for the eyes, like the gunners' blisters on the sides of WW II bombers...

Definitely alien invasions -- when we moved to West Michigan I'd never been inundated by June bugs before... and in May yet! They tend to run into things, so it looks and feels like you are being attack by swarms of nasty insects. The local kids just stomp on them.

Guess they showed dem bugs who's on top of the food chain.

Dr. Phil

Jim Wright | April 24, 2007 12:35 PM

Dr. Phil, yeah Michigan June Bugs. Ugh! I once got hit by one in the throat while tooling down a MI farm road on my motorcycle. It was like getting hit with a baseball. I thought I was going to suffocate as my throat swelled, I spent an hour sitting on the side of the road gasping for breath. You bet I stomp on every june bug I see when I visit my folks in MI (hey, the bugs declared war on me! It's their own dammed fault!)

Carl V. | April 24, 2007 12:40 PM

Wow! Are you going to be busy! I'm excited for you though and hope the turn out for each signing is fantastic and financially beneficial to you.

Loved Last Colony, by the way. My glowing review will go up on for the May issue of the Estella's Revenge magazine next week. In addition to feeling very fulfilled by the closing chapter of the trilogy, I really enjoyed your acknowledgements at the end. Very touching, very cool.

Old Jarhead | April 24, 2007 01:07 PM

Dr Phil & bugs:

In our tent in RVN we had an invasion by a male rhinoceros beetle (they can get 4-6" in length). One of my tentmates was a helo pilot with many many combat missions. He saw this beetle and began to shriek like a little girl and grabbed the nearest weapon - a wood saw - and began to run around the tent bashing and screaming and swearing while everyone else lay on the ground and laughed until they hurt.

It was a BIG bug, though.

Christopher Davis | April 24, 2007 03:18 PM

I hope you'll come see me on tour!

With no stop closer to Boston than DC? Sheesh. Are you at least planning to make it to Readercon again?

Anonymous | April 24, 2007 04:18 PM

Got The Last Colony yesterday from Amazon.

Finished it yesterday. Great job, as usual.

This now brings my collection of first editions of yours to a perilously high number: Old Man's War, Ghost Brigades, Last Colony, Android's Dream, Sagan Diary, and the special signed versions of Agent to the Stars and the other short thingy in the Old Man's War universe.

I want these to be a point of pride someday, like my dad's huge collection of Heinlein first editions. Don't fuck up.

TCO | April 24, 2007 09:09 PM

Who won the election?

John Scalzi | April 25, 2007 07:16 PM


We don't know yet. Last day for the ballots to come in is the 28th.


Indeed, not fucking up is the goal.

Christopher Davis:

No Readercon this year, I have the Heinlein Centennial to go to.

Mark | April 25, 2007 07:16 PM

TCO wrote:

Who won the election?

The SFWA site stated in February that:

The ballots must be returned by April 28 to be counted. The results will be formally announced at the Nebula Award Weekend. [May 11th - 13th]

So nobody knows yet.

Jeff Carlson | April 27, 2007 02:28 AM

I saw John reading tonight at Borderlands Books in San Francisco, people. He bugs his eyes! He waves his hands and raises his voice! (He's a pretty good writer, too!) It's fun and amazing!

Go see him if he's passing through your neck of the woods. It's worth the four-drink minimum.

Jess | April 27, 2007 01:03 PM


In case you haven't seen this already George Bush got funky.

The best part of the video is watching Laura's reaction.

Dirigibletrance | April 27, 2007 10:06 PM

Gah! Why can't you come to Texas? Please come to Texas.

Christopher Davis | April 28, 2007 06:09 PM

Oh well. Enjoy the Centennial, and I guess those of us in Massachusetts will have to live without you until next Boskone or whenever.

Repost | April 28, 2007 10:56 PM

John - Come to Atlanta also. The Last Colony rocks!

Logan | April 29, 2007 12:59 PM

Just found this earlier this morning. Thought it might be of interest, especially to those who might not be able to get to see him in person, because he isn't coming to certain states.... like New Jersey... *cough*cough*


Mack | April 29, 2007 11:09 PM

You're going to Jo-Beth in Cincy and not Lexington. Hate that. I'd drive up, but I'm flying out the next morning at 6am to go to Book Expo. Is Tor bringing to NY for that? I got to talk to David Hartwell last month, and he's very high on your stuff. I have to say I've enjoyed them greatly--finished The Last Colony a couple of days ago.

John Scalzi | April 29, 2007 11:17 PM

Hi, Mack. No, I won't be at BEA this year. Maybe next year, though.

TJ | April 30, 2007 08:44 AM


WoW - figured I'd jump on your blog because I bought Old Mans War Saturday night. I'm sitting here bleary eyed at work because I'm on Ghost Brigade now.

What a ride. Haven't read a book like that in a while and I really enjoyed it!

Thanks man!

Steve H | May 1, 2007 03:59 AM

Wish I could make it to this coming Wednesday at the Beaverton Oregon Powell's Books.

(And I think the layout there is bizarre.)

I'd send books to be blessed with ink but I think it's kind of rude to do that and not even be there.

John Scalzi | May 1, 2007 08:29 AM

Steve H:

Don't be silly. Have someone bring your books.

Frankie | May 1, 2007 10:08 AM

I really liked the interview you wrote for the Tor/Forge Books newsletter featuring Sameer Desai via bottom of a well.
I haven't read your books before but now I think I should pick up a copy just to see what a "twit" Sameer Desai really plays out to be.

John Scalzi | May 1, 2007 10:22 AM

Well, you know. He's not actually in the book, because I disliked him so much. But I'm glad you liked the newsletter!

RitaInHood | May 3, 2007 01:03 AM

Portland Report
Just got home from seeing John and his entourage. No interpretive dance. Jay Lake appeared with the Campbell Tiara, and John modeled with lots of photos flashing. He signed my book, but I've been told I'm not to stay up all night reading TLC - nor read it first thing in the morning because Tomorrow Will Be A Busy Day. Wah. But a good time was had by all.

Matt | May 3, 2007 05:10 PM


Your itinerary reminds me of an episode of "Monk" where his dad was sent on a wild goose chase to erase evidence of a crime. Anyway, the upside to this is that you will probably log more frequent flyer miles than you would have if it was organized differently.

Joe Hass | May 4, 2007 11:06 AM

Question: I haven't seen an answer to this (forgive the noobness if I missed it): how long is your show? I'm planning to be at Detroit-Novi.

John Scalzi | May 4, 2007 11:23 AM

I usually read for a half hour, answer questions for up to a half hour and then sign until everyone's got signatures. But it depends on the venue.

Ann S. | May 4, 2007 03:06 PM

Less than 24 hours until you are at Uncle Hugo's in Minneapolis! Yippeee!

Ann S. | May 4, 2007 03:07 PM

Less than 24 hours until you are at Uncle Hugo's in Minneapolis! Yippeee!

Fred Kiesche | May 4, 2007 06:35 PM

And week two is just about done...will John hold out? How about his laundry? His sanity? His frequent flyer miles?

Stay tuned for week three!

CmdrSue | May 5, 2007 03:11 PM

John, how can you come as close as Richmond and *not* come on over to Charlottesville? Inconceivable!

Paul | May 6, 2007 09:47 PM

I was feeling this crappy this weekend, and decided to try and avoid giving you my virus, John, so I eschewed the visit to Uncle Hugo's.

Maybe next time.

Emily Weise | May 7, 2007 04:37 PM

Hey, John. I'm coming to see you tomorrow night in DC. You got dinner plans?

Matt | May 7, 2007 06:01 PM

Hey, John, are you going to be in D.C. in time for the queen's visit? Did you get invited for dinner? Everyone is cringing what the "Bart Simpson" prez is going to do to embarrass all Americans (at least Bart has an excuse).

George | May 9, 2007 01:23 AM

Saw you in Minneapolis and much enjoyed the books I got.

FYI, it looks like someone's spamming old threads recently. For example, check out:


John Scalzi | May 9, 2007 01:32 AM

George, thanks, but it's not necessary to tell me when people are spamming. They're always spamming around here. I root them out when I see them, and I usually check frequently.

Sean L. | May 10, 2007 02:17 AM

Hey John, just wanted to say, Happy Birthday :P

JerolJ | May 10, 2007 10:35 AM

John, sorry I didn't get to see you at Uncle Hugo's but next time. Hopefully they took you across the street to the World Market for food.

And re: your last entry in the Ficlets blog. Yes, Led Zeppelin levels of road insanity are not in your makeup. I just don't see you racing up a hotel hallway on a motorcycle or throwing TVs off the balcony (they don't make rock bands like they used to).

TCO | May 11, 2007 01:50 PM

Hope you had fun in the Slip.

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