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Today on my blog I write about Impostor Syndrome, which is a thing that often affects writers and other creative folks, and my own thoughts about it. It's a long read but might be interesting to writers/creatives/others.

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2016/01/30/impostor-syndrome-or-not
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I used to be a professional movie critic, and every year when the Oscars are announced I make a first-pass guess at what I think will win. At the link, my guesses for 2016.

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2016/01/15/early-oscar-predictions-2016/
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I really didn't watch enough movies this year.....
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Awww, that's awesome news, John. 'Grats!

We all need to buy you an extra drink at Fusion. :)
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As explained by me to my wife as we drove home last night from The Force Awakens: Me: See, the reason the bad science in Star Wars films doesn't really bother me is because the movies tell you right up front that they're based on legends, right? “A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far Far Away.
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+Scott Mortimer I think that it's rather unproductive to try to draw such a sharp line between "science fiction" and "science fantasy". Isaac Asimov's Foundation, for example, is broadly recognized as science fiction, but it involves elements which are clearly not a part of our scientific reality (telepathy) and has no real basis in any science. Even the mathematical basis of its central conceit is more fantasy than science.

My definition of science fiction is any storytelling that is inspired by scientific or technological progress. As such, Star Wars and Foundation clearly have a right to claim membership in the genre as do more science-centric stories such as Diamond Age, Ringworld or The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. Simply having fantastic elements does not cause me to reject a story as science fiction, and the line is infinitely broad and grey (e.g. with much of the "modern fantasy" subgenre also qualifying as science fiction).

There are terms that are less widely used but narrow the scope the way you suggest. For example, "hard science fiction" or "speculative fiction".
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My Christmas story for the year: An Interview with Santa's Reindeer Wrangler. Enjoy and feel free to share. Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2015/12/21/interview-with-santas-reindeer-wrangler
Photo by bisongirl, used via Creative Commons. Click picture for original. Q: Your name and occupation, please. A: I'm Naseem Copely, and I'm the Reindeer Corps Manager for Santa Claus. Q: What does that title mean? A: Basically I'm responsible for recruiting, outfitting and caring for the ...
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Hmm. Well, now we understand Santa's waste management aspects a bit better. But I'm still rather curious about the reindeer's. I mean, at normal flight altitudes and speeds, it wouldn't be safe to just jettison that, would it? 

Maybe the pit crews swap out tanks?

(This is what happens when engineers read your Christmas stories, +John Scalzi. They start asking technical questions.)
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Dear People of Google Plus: The most important poll you will ever take in this or any other life awaits you on the other side of the link provided below.

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2015/11/29/the-stamos-connection/
For years I've been told that a certain picture of me as a teenager (on the left) suggested that I was (and suppose am) an unauthorized clone of actor John Stamos. I have never really seen it, personally, but then over Thanksgiving John Stamos released his prom picture (on the right; ...
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You were a cute kid, John. 
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An epic poem involving battles, sunlight, sibling rivalry and, of course, kittens. With pictures. Lots and lots of pictures.

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2016/01/28/the-battle-of-the-scamperbeasts-an-epic-poem-translated-from-the-cat-tongue/
Once upon a time. There was a kitten on a stairwell. Basking in the light of the sun. As kittens are known to do. And all was peaceful in the land of kittens. Or so it seemed. But then another kitten. Jealous of her sister's place in the light. Decided that the light should be hers alone ...
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Your poetic style reminds me of the old epics like Beowulf or the Kalevala!
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This weekend I'm author guest of honor at Arisia, a science fiction/fantasy convention in Boston. It will be a fabulous time and you should come. At the link you'll find my convention schedule. If you see me there, say hello!

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2016/01/11/my-arisia-schedule/
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Stay warm!
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The first sentence of my (absolutely ridiculous) Hugo-nominated story "Shadow War of the Night Dragons: Book One: The Dead City: Prologue," done as a Star Wars opening crawl. You're welcome.

http://www.starwars.com/games-apps/star-wars-crawl-creator?cid=5679f105e4b0fc2477bf7973
Create and Share your own Star Wars Crawl!
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None More Black.  Of my favorite first sentences ever, you've got two.  This one, and the start of "The Android's Dream".
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I saw The Force Awakens last night, and have posted a review of it. NO spoilers at all. Short version: I had fun!

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2015/12/18/my-non-spoilery-review-of-the-force-awakens/
Super-short version: It's not bad! Best since the original trilogy and arguably better than at least one of those. You'll probably have a whole lot of fun with this film. Non-super-short version: Star Wars is that friend of yours who you haven't seen in a while, who was in a long-term ...
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Oh man, just saw it yesterday. Daughter (15) who has been "too old" for Star Wars for a few years now; she finally gets it. This is the fun/exciting Star Wars with unanswered questions that she can discuss with friends (and us) for next couple of years until VIII is out. So glad she gets this experience.

For myself; this was the sequel to original Star Wars that please both 9 year old and adult me. Really want to catch it again, in theater. Haven't had that happen since Empire!
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Dear folks:

I have recorded a Thanksgiving prayer for you. If you find it useful, you may use it at your own Thanksgiving. You are welcome!

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2015/11/25/a-science-fictional-thanksgiving-prayer-for-you
Photo by Josh Wedin. Used via Creative Commons license. To go to the original, click on the photo. So it's Thanksgiving tomorrow, when the family will be all around the table, ready to dig in — but someone will have to say grace first! And it might be you! And if you're worried that you will ...
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