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August 27, 2006

Look What I Got


Hi, I'm John Scalzi, and I'm the winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

Exciting night. Now it's late and I'm very tired, and I'm going to sleep. But I thought you'd all like to know.

See you all on Monday.

Posted by john at August 27, 2006 05:01 AM

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Mike | August 27, 2006 05:15 AM

Congratulations, John!

Nikitta | August 27, 2006 05:56 AM

Hurra! Congratlations!

Patrick | August 27, 2006 06:22 AM

Congratulations, John!

I recently found a copy of "Old Man's War" at a local B&N. I haven't had a chance to read it, yet, but it's definitely moving higher up on my priority list!

Mary Robinette Kowal | August 27, 2006 06:43 AM

Woo-hoo-hoo!!! That's wonderful news. Now I have yet another reason to buy you a drink.

Adam Lipkin | August 27, 2006 07:09 AM

Woohoo! Congrats!

BIll Marcy | August 27, 2006 07:14 AM

Yeah, thats all and good, but Pluto is still not a planet, what about that?

Mark J Musante | August 27, 2006 07:18 AM

Congrats, John.

Mris | August 27, 2006 07:42 AM

Congrats! Very cool.

Jude | August 27, 2006 07:44 AM

Wow. That's beautiful.

Matt | August 27, 2006 07:49 AM

Congrats, John. You would have been my vote for the award, hands down. Of course, it helps not having read any of the other authors who were nominated.

Jason Erik Lundberg | August 27, 2006 08:16 AM

Conga rats, John!

wil | August 27, 2006 08:16 AM

My hearty congratulations to you. And how cool was it to have Krissy (and Athena?) along to witness this triumph, eh? That's pretty impressive, no doubt about it.

Thirty years from now, I'll be able to look back in the archives (from the mind over matter interface installed just before they put me into cryo-stasis) and remember this night.

Too cool.

Joe Hass | August 27, 2006 08:21 AM

Congratulations on your win!

Kevin Q | August 27, 2006 08:24 AM

Congratulations, John. Must be pretty cool. No pressure on your next book, now. :)


Jeff VanderMeer | August 27, 2006 08:26 AM

Hey--HUGE congrats!! You deserved it!!!

And it couldn't happen to a nicer guy, either.


Mary | August 27, 2006 08:31 AM

Awwww! As soon as you got back to your hotel room, you propped it up near the door and took its picture.

Congratulations, John!

Captain Slack | August 27, 2006 08:42 AM

Gratz, John! Now you have something tangible to point to if a certain pirate of our acquaintance ever again asks "So dude-- like how many people signed aboard yer literary revolution today?"

Dave Klecha | August 27, 2006 08:51 AM


Stephen G | August 27, 2006 08:57 AM

Congratulations, Scalzi!

Matt | August 27, 2006 09:03 AM


Christopher | August 27, 2006 09:06 AM

Good for you, man!

Cassie | August 27, 2006 09:20 AM

Congrats, John!

Cathy | August 27, 2006 09:28 AM

Congratulations! Glad to hear that you've finally gotten the book writing thing down well enough to get a new writer award, after what, your fifth book?
I'm sure it's the first of many!

Josh Jasper | August 27, 2006 09:30 AM


In honor of you winning, and because I work there, I'm crediting your eMusic account for 65 downloads. You missed downloading over a few months, and the tracks don't accumulate. We're allowed to credit a month's missed downloads for customers on a one time basis, and I figured hey, why not.

Meg | August 27, 2006 09:57 AM

woo hoo! way to go!

Dave | August 27, 2006 09:58 AM

Congratulations, and richly deserved!

Jon | August 27, 2006 09:59 AM

Wonderful. Well-deserved. Now, when do we get The Last Colony? I am eagerly awaiting its appearance.

Wakboth | August 27, 2006 10:10 AM

Many congratulations!

Luke | August 27, 2006 10:17 AM

Congratulations, John. I've thoroughly enjoyed your books and your blog. Congrats.

Janice in GA | August 27, 2006 10:20 AM

Very happy to see a worthy writer get recognized! Congratulations!

bill blum | August 27, 2006 10:21 AM


Therese Norén | August 27, 2006 10:24 AM


I eagerly await more sweet, sweet, award-winning crack.

Steve Brady | August 27, 2006 10:25 AM


Neil Clarke | August 27, 2006 10:32 AM

Congratulations! That's great news.

Mark K. | August 27, 2006 10:35 AM


Clearmoon | August 27, 2006 10:39 AM

Outstanding! May this award be the first of many!!

Chad Orzel | August 27, 2006 10:45 AM


Diplomachismo | August 27, 2006 10:48 AM

Ha-ha! They think you're new to writing...

But seriously, Congratulations...

Gary Boyd | August 27, 2006 10:49 AM

Congratulations...I bet this means nose to the grindstone, right? Naaaaa...

Nonny | August 27, 2006 10:50 AM


Annalee Flower Horne | August 27, 2006 10:56 AM


Michele | August 27, 2006 11:16 AM

Awesome! I loved that book.

I.V. | August 27, 2006 11:20 AM

Excellent. Glad you won that award. I voted for you for the Campbell *and* the Hugo. Wish you'd won both!

ilona | August 27, 2006 11:24 AM

Congratulations :)

Chris Gerrib | August 27, 2006 11:52 AM

Congratulations! Always nice to see somebody get some well-deserved recognition.

Jon Hansen | August 27, 2006 12:01 PM


Melanie Fletcher | August 27, 2006 12:05 PM

Woohoo -- congratulations! Now, I know from Kris Smith that you can easily attach a chain to the back of the plaque and wear it around your neck if you like...

Hugh | August 27, 2006 12:06 PM

Congratulations, John.

Alan DeNiro | August 27, 2006 12:26 PM

Many congrats, John!

claire | August 27, 2006 12:29 PM

wow, scalzi, that is sooo cool! congrats!

James Nicoll | August 27, 2006 12:34 PM


Back in the early days of the Campbell, George RR Martin edited a series of anthologies with stories by the other nominees. I think since in some ways your fiction is a tribute to classic SF, you're pretty much obligated to restart this particular tradition and all the voices in my head agree.

Elizabeth McKinstry | August 27, 2006 12:42 PM


Doug M. | August 27, 2006 12:47 PM

Are you a big enough nerd for me to say "w00t!"?

Ahh, who cares. w00t! w00000t!!


Doug M.

Joe Rybicki | August 27, 2006 01:04 PM

John -- congratulations. So very glad to hear.

Everyone else: If you're interested, full results are here, and I found a flicker set you might enjoy here. John, that is some crown.

Again, congrats to the John W. Campbell award-winning, Hugo-nominated John Scalzi.

Ron | August 27, 2006 01:09 PM

Pirates! Oh, does that take me back! "How many people have you
ever attempted to lend the consoling voice of Truth too in this world made dim by the money-hungry morally-indifferent corporate liberals?" Avast!

Way to go, Scalzi!

Jim Hall | August 27, 2006 01:11 PM

Fantastic John. I am sure this is the first of many awards.

cherie priest | August 27, 2006 01:12 PM

If this were an LJ entry, I'd use my happy flailing Kermit icon. But since it is not, you merely get textual, non-animated congrats :)

Harry Connolly | August 27, 2006 01:12 PM

Congrats, John!

John | August 27, 2006 01:18 PM

Congrats. You earned it!

Lisa | August 27, 2006 01:21 PM

Oooh! Pretty.

Yea, YOU!! Congratulations, John.

mythago | August 27, 2006 01:22 PM



Jenny Rae Rappaport | August 27, 2006 01:24 PM

I already congratulated you in person, but I'll say it again here. =)

Congratulations! And it was great to get to meet you and your family this weekend.

Janiece | August 27, 2006 01:27 PM

Well deserved - karma at work.


SAP | August 27, 2006 01:34 PM

YAY! Congratulations, John.

Johnny Carruthers | August 27, 2006 01:40 PM


Gabriel Malor | August 27, 2006 01:59 PM

W00t W00t.

Dave Schwartz | August 27, 2006 02:01 PM

Congratulations, John!

Lynn Siprelle | August 27, 2006 02:01 PM

I saw your name on the list this morning and thought, hey, I sorta kinda know that guy, I remember when he was just starting the book! Big congrats from a long ago sometime correspondent!

Dave Smith | August 27, 2006 02:06 PM


Christopher Barzak | August 27, 2006 02:08 PM

Congrats, John!

Jason | August 27, 2006 02:41 PM

Congratulations John, we never had any doubt!!

Holly Black | August 27, 2006 02:44 PM

Congratulations, John! Nice plaque.

Byron | August 27, 2006 03:18 PM


Burns! | August 27, 2006 03:40 PM

Congratulations, John. Well deserved.

It would seem that now people will want to touch me for the famous people I know.

cisko | August 27, 2006 03:41 PM

Congratulations, sir! Well done!

Alison B. | August 27, 2006 03:55 PM

Congratulations John!

Brad Selbst | August 27, 2006 04:30 PM

Every now and then, the right person gets an award! Congratulations!

James Goodman | August 27, 2006 04:40 PM

That's awesome, John. Congrats!

Bruce Adelsohn | August 27, 2006 05:22 PM

Congratulations, it's well-deserved!

Steve Buchheit | August 27, 2006 05:31 PM

Fantabulous. That gives you enough experience points to make it to a Level 4 Writer, right? So now you're able to cast level 2 allusions and get two attacks per round on half hit-dice critics. :)

And you still have that new writer smell to boot. Congrats, John.

Stephanie | August 27, 2006 05:49 PM

Woohoo! I was hoping you would get it. I think it was well deserved too. Part of me now wants to go na-na-boo-boo to all those that wrote reviews about you only writing knock-offs.

Nicole | August 27, 2006 06:05 PM

Congrats, John!

Stripes | August 27, 2006 06:13 PM

2006, not "Snakes on a Year" at all, but "Year of the Scalzanator".

Whooda thunk?

Alexandre Lemieux | August 27, 2006 06:14 PM

It might not be the most original comment but here it is anyway: Congratulation!

marty | August 27, 2006 06:19 PM


Now hopefully they'll start shipping your books to the Borders here in Adelaide, Australia :)

Anonymous | August 27, 2006 07:21 PM

I just know you are having a giggly geekasm right now if the smiles form the photos are any indicator.

Steve | August 27, 2006 07:24 PM


Derryl Murphy | August 27, 2006 07:29 PM

Great news! But what the hell was that on your head in the pic at Kathryn Cramer's blog? Something your lovely daughter made for you, I assume?


Tolladay | August 27, 2006 07:31 PM

Couldn't have happened to a more deserving fellow. Congrats

Lawrence Schimel | August 27, 2006 08:02 PM

Mazel tov!

Bryan Price | August 27, 2006 08:24 PM


Anne C. | August 27, 2006 08:42 PM

Congratulations! Well deserved!

Adam Rakunas | August 27, 2006 08:57 PM

Hot damn and congrats!

Unhinged | August 27, 2006 09:07 PM

Woo-hoo, ewwwww-yaay, foo-yay!

Karl | August 27, 2006 09:15 PM


Congratulations, good work, etc.

Ian Randal Strock | August 27, 2006 09:15 PM

Nifty. Congratulations! It's nice when it goes to someone I actually know.

Chang | August 27, 2006 09:42 PM



Maybe they'll name a dwarf planet after you?

B Zeman | August 27, 2006 10:58 PM


Ars Novus Triumphus!

Caseus affluere! ;)

And Congratz John...


Cathy | August 27, 2006 11:07 PM

Congratulations! Your speech, in which you urged the Hugo audience to go buy all the other nominees' books, was very classy.

HalDuncan | August 27, 2006 11:45 PM

Ya dancer!

Nice one, mate!

Bobarino | August 28, 2006 12:29 AM

You win a prestigious award just a few days after Pluto is demoted from planethood? I smell quid pro quo here.

JT | August 28, 2006 12:54 AM

Congrats! Was hoping to see you get the Hugo, too, but I'm glad to see you got some recognition for your work. Keep up the good work!

Djscman | August 28, 2006 01:03 AM

Yay, you! Now you can start working on bagging the other Hugo awards, category by category. Congrats!

Say, though, wasn't there a chapter you were supposed to finish?

Wickedpinto | August 28, 2006 02:21 AM


though I always thought that sci fi awards should have like hologram projections, or laser light robots attached to them.

mahogany and ivory is so non-sci-fi. I think we need a field of research that will allow sci-fi awards to be made of some rare metal that is only used for scientific purposes, and can destroy large urban area's. That would be an award fitting for Sci-fi.

Although, truthers be told, I would kill for the priveledge of an award that is only awarded once a year. It could be made of pig intestines, and embossed with dog poo, and it's still a beautiful beautiful thing to own, to hold, and especialy, to have earned.

I don't doubt that you earned it, loved OMW, and haven't gotten around to "Ghost Brigades" yet, only cuz I wanna dedicate much of a day to reading it in whole.

Good for you hoss, and once again, Whee Yay Whee.

Paul | August 28, 2006 02:23 AM

what the hell was that on your head in the pic at Kathryn Cramer's blog?

Isn't that the special mating headdress worn by Lieutenant Ilia in Star Trek: The Motion Picture?

Melissa | August 28, 2006 02:24 AM

Congratulations! You deserve it!

Todd B. | August 28, 2006 02:31 AM

Congratulations Mr. Scalzi. I have recently read OMW and thoroughly enjoyed it. So much so that I paid my wife $20 to read it (she's not the SF type). In retrospect, she read the book so fast and enjoyed it so much I could have saved the $$.

So here's to your successful career with, hopefully, many more books to come for us to enjoy. And here's to me saving some money!

mensley | August 28, 2006 03:01 AM


A toast to Mr. Scalzi, all of the other winners, and all of the nominees!

[taps glass against monitor] *tink*

Rob | August 28, 2006 03:13 AM

Dude, that's AWESOME! YOU ROCK!!!

Mitch Wagner | August 28, 2006 03:35 AM

Congratulations, John! Well-deserved!

Peter | August 28, 2006 05:11 AM

Congratulations, John!

RONW | August 28, 2006 06:04 AM

Congradulations, Scalzi.

Jim | August 28, 2006 07:20 AM


CoolBlue | August 28, 2006 08:07 AM

Congratulations! That is very exciting

John League | August 28, 2006 08:41 AM


John H | August 28, 2006 08:54 AM

That's just Scalztacular! Well done and well deserved!

Jeff Hentosz | August 28, 2006 09:07 AM

Congratulations. And despite some rain, there was a picture-perfect sunset over southwestern Ohio last night!

Tripp | August 28, 2006 09:46 AM

Wow, that is really something. Congratulations!

Lee Murdock | August 28, 2006 09:59 AM

Congratulations John! And to think they called us generation X. Looking forward to reading The Last Colony and The Android's Dream.

Paul | August 28, 2006 10:05 AM

Congratulations! Woohoo!

Bearpaw | August 28, 2006 10:08 AM


Andrew | August 28, 2006 10:29 AM


AliceB | August 28, 2006 10:31 AM

Congratulations! That's wonderful!

Justin Berrell | August 28, 2006 11:00 AM

John, I finally got around to visiting your site after reading OMW and TGB. Serious congrats on the award, amigo! The words "well deserved" seems horribly inadequate.

I think I read something about a final book for the OMW series here. All I can say is that Ray Feist had a great run with Midkemia and his Rift War series across a generational story line. If you choose not to venture there again, I hope you'll let other writers visit the OMW universe akin to the Man-Kzin Wars.

Please don't hold it against me if I love your work. ;)

Rich | August 28, 2006 11:01 AM

Congrats on the award!!

SladeJ | August 28, 2006 11:12 AM

It seems kinda funny to think of you as a "new writer" after the other books and the ur-blog...Many congratulations, John! And hey, someone I voted for actually WON this time...

John | August 28, 2006 11:29 AM


Carol Elaine | August 28, 2006 12:11 PM

Ooh, so shiny and pretty!

Congrats, John! An award well deserved!

Now I've got to read me some Ghost Brigades...

Jack Scheer | August 28, 2006 12:50 PM

Late to the party, but let me add a "w00T!!!!!1!" and big honkin' congrats!

Julia Spencer-Fleming | August 28, 2006 01:03 PM

Congratulations! Now you know how part of your obituary will read...

Matt D | August 28, 2006 01:20 PM

Congrats, dude. You deserve it.

Adiaha | August 28, 2006 01:41 PM

You are my idol Mr. Scalzi!

I enjoy your imagination, writings and blog.

Congratulations. :)



Kristy | August 28, 2006 02:05 PM

YAY!! *throws confetti*

RooK | August 28, 2006 02:42 PM


Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little | August 28, 2006 03:06 PM

Congratulations! Happy Dance! Squeeee!

Zeynep | August 28, 2006 04:10 PM

One more set of congratulations from this corner.

Claude Muncey | August 28, 2006 06:51 PM

A well deserved award, and the classiest acceptance speech of the evening. Congratulations!

Joe | August 28, 2006 10:05 PM

This is so cool! And well-deserved!
Yasher Koach!

Laurie Mann | August 29, 2006 12:43 AM


You deserved it!!

The only Hugo that made me smile more was David Hartwell's!

And I love the tiara; what a GREAT idea!

David Louis Edelman | August 29, 2006 01:26 AM

I would like to be the 324th to offer you my heartiest congratulations. You rock, John Scalzi!

Tim Walters | August 29, 2006 03:11 AM

That thing on his head was the brand-new Campbell Award tiara, and while I haven't seen the picture, it looked damn good on him in person.

Congratulations, Scalzi!

Electric Landlady | August 29, 2006 10:37 AM

Many congratulations!

Becky | August 29, 2006 10:52 AM


monolithfoo | August 29, 2006 11:32 AM

A very very tardy Congratulations!

PaulM | August 29, 2006 12:03 PM

This rocks! You're in very good company over the last couple of uears!

John Scalzi | August 29, 2006 12:46 PM

I agree entirely, PaulM.

Also, to every other single person in this thread, honestly and humbly:

Thank you.

darren | August 30, 2006 01:11 AM


Anonymous | August 30, 2006 01:12 AM

Sorry that was kind of late.

John Scalzi | August 30, 2006 01:13 AM

No worries. I still thank you.

Todd Derscheid | August 31, 2006 04:02 PM

Amazing and gratifying to see you get the success you deserve. Congratulations from another fan.

Chris Barrus | September 1, 2006 01:08 AM

Fanbloodytastic and congrats!

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