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John Scalzi
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This week, and starting today, I'm at the Phoenix Comic Fest, doing panels, signing books and saying hello to people. My schedule is now up on my site. If you'll be at the convention, I hope you'll come say hello to me!

https://whatever.scalzi.com/2018/05/23/scalzi-at-phoenix-comic-fest-this-weekend/
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Hey, it's my birthday! And I made you a gift! A brand new never-before-published short story called "Regarding Your Application Status," over on my site. Share and enjoy!

https://whatever.scalzi.com/2018/05/10/happy-birthday-to-me-heres-a-story-for-you-regarding-your-application-status/
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Every year over on my personal site, Whatever, I do a Reader Request Week, where I invite readers and fans to ask me questions about topics they're interested in me writing about, and then I go through and select several to write about in length. Today and for the next few days I'm collecting these questions, so if there's a question you've ever wanted me to write about, now's your chance to ask.

NOTE: Please follow the link below and put your question in the comment thread there, not here -- if you ask it here, I am unlikely to use it (because I've set up a specific place for questions, you see). Also I recommend reading the guidelines and checking out the list of previous years' questions there, to make sure you're not asking a question that's recently been asked.

Thanks and I look forward to your questions!

https://whatever.scalzi.com/2018/05/03/reader-request-week-2018-get-your-questions-in/
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This is a nice bit of news to close out April on: The Collapsing Empire and Don't Live For Your Obituary are both finalists for the Locus Award this year (in the categories of Science Fiction Novel and Non-Fiction, respectively). It's always nice to be a finalist in one category, but popping up in two is pretty great. The other finalists, both in my categories and in general, are also very excellent. Follow the link to find out who and what else are finalists, and congratulations to everyone who is!

http://locusmag.com/2018/04/2018-locus-awards-finalists/
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Like most of the world, apparently, I saw Infinity War this weekend. I liked it very much! BUT at the end I was not as emotionally engaged in it as I suspect I was intended to be. I know why this is, and I have written about it over on my personal site. Come check out my thoughts on the movie (and WARNING: There are spoilers, in the piece and in the comments, and, I suspect, in the comments here, too).

https://whatever.scalzi.com/2018/04/30/thoughts-on-avengers-infinity-war-and-yes-there-are-spoilers/
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Today's the day: Head On, my latest book and the stand-alone sequel to Lock In, is now out in North America! (UK/Commonwealth folks, it comes out on Thursday for you.) The book is available in print, ebook and two audio versions (one with Wil Wheaton and the other with Amber Benson). It's available at your favorite bookstores online and off.

Today is also the day I'm starting my book tour, which will take me to Ann Arbor, Iowa City, Minneapolis, Los Angeles (for the Festival of Books), St. Louis, New York, Washington DC and then back home for Troy, Ohio. I'll put the tour date information in the comments. If you're near those cities, I hope I get to see you!

I'm very excited. I like this book and I hope you'll like it too.
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It's exactly one week until Head On is out in North America (UK, you'll have an extra two days to wait after that). Two quick notes:

1. Today (4/10), Lock In, the predecessor novel to Head On, is available in the US/Canada as an ebook for $2.99 at most electronic retailers. It's not necessary to read Lock In to enjoy Head On, but of course the world is fuller if you do.

2. If you want a signed hardcover but don't live where I'll be stopping on my tour, I'll remind you that Barnes & Noble has signed editions available through their online site. If you order now, you'll probably have it for release date.

One week!
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I'm delighted to announce my novel The Collapsing Empire has been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel this year, joining novels by Kim Stanley Robinson, Yoon Ha Lee, NK Jemisin, Ann Leckie and Mur Lafferty. This is an impossibly great peer group to be part of and I am immensely honored to stand among them this year. Additionally many other friends and/or people I admire have been nominated for Hugos this year. This is a very excellent year for the genre.

I've posted the entire ballot for the year on my site, if you want to see the whole list!

https://whatever.scalzi.com/2018/03/31/2018-hugo-award-finalists-plus-campbell-and-ya-award-finalists/
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Over at the Verge, Head On narrators Wil Wheaton and Amber Benson talk about the challenges of narrating their individual versions of the novel. It's a really interesting article, and also features an excerpt that mashes up their narrations, which is, honestly, really cool. Check it out (and also, pre-orders for both audio versions are now open and links are available in the article).

https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/29/17175904/audible-john-scalzi-head-on-wil-wheaton-amber-benson-science-fiction-gender
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See that ARC of Head On? I'm giving it away, possibly to YOU, if you enter over on my site (and follow the directions there):

https://whatever.scalzi.com/2018/03/20/hey-i-feel-like-giving-away-this-arc-of-head-on-if-you-want-it-let-me-know/

Yes, it's open to everyone on the planet. Yes, I will sign and personalize. No, the cat's not included.
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