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John Scalzi
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If you're in the Washington DC area, be advised I'll be participating in the National Book Festival the first weekend in September. I'll be reading and signing books. See you there!

https://www.loc.gov/bookfest/

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Via my pal Ramez Naam, I find that Old Man's War is on Goodread's list of Top 50 Science Fiction Books, as chosen by ratings of Goodreads members. It's in there with some pretty good company, old and new, so if you're looking for something science fictional to read, this list isn't a bad place to start.

https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/987-top-50-science-fiction-books-on-goodreads

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If you're a subscriber to Locus (or would like to be), I'm one of the two featured interviews this month. I discourse on writing, humor, my place in science fiction and why choosing a Grand Master might become a difficult thing soon. For those of you who have not heard of Locus before, check out their Web site at: http://www.locusmag.com/ It's an excellent resource if you want to be in the know about what's happening in science fiction and fantasy publishing.
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Another cover reveal, this time for the UK edition of Head On. It's pretty damn cool in my opinion. Follow the link for more --

http://www.torbooks.co.uk/blog/2017/7/24/cover-reveal-head-on

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I'm giving away an ARC (that's an early version mostly for reviewers) of "Don't Live For Your Obituary" my upcoming collection on writing, over at my site. It's open to everyone everywhere, but only for the next two days. Go over and enter for your chance to get it!

(Oh, and maybe pre-order the signed, limited hardcover edition while you're at it...)

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2017/07/21/win-this-arc-of-dont-live-for-your-obituary/

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The JoCo Cruise -- the cruise I'm part of every year, filled with music, comedy and general nerdery -- has announced its initial lineup for the 2018 voyage, which next year takes place in February. It's an excellent adventure every year, and if you've never been (and if you like nerd-based fun) it's something I highly suggest. More acts are certain to be added later. If you want to be part of it -- or just want to learn more -- visit the cruise site at https://jococruise.com/ See you on the seas!
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Some big news for the day: Subterranean Press announced "Don't Live For Your Obituary," my forthcoming collection of essays about writing and the writing life. It'll be out in December in a signed limited hardcover edition and also in ebook. There will be just 1,000 copies of the signed hardcover, so if you want one, pre-ordering now is an excellent idea. Just follow the link!
http://subterraneanpress.com/dont-live-for-your-obituary

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On the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, I have thoughts on the series and what it means today, from the point of view of someone who initially assumed (incorrectly!) that it wasn't for him. Enjoy.

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2017/06/26/harry-potter-and-the-initially-dismissive-but-ultimately-appreciative-fan/

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Something for fans of the Midnight Star video games I helped put together: a serialized story set in that universe, written by novelist and lyricist John Shirley. It's available on Bound, an app for serialized fiction (iOS). I think this is pretty cool. All the details are at the link.

http://www.getbound.io/new-sci-fi-series-purgatorio-launching-today/

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Over at Entertainment Weekly, there's a cover reveal for my next book Head On, plus an exclusive excerpt!

http://ew.com/books/2017/06/19/john-scalzi-head-on-cover-excerpt
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