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John Scalzi

Author of Old Man's War

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About the Author

John Michael Scalzi was born May 10, 1969 in California. He attended the University of Chicago. During his 1989 -1990 school year he was the editor-in-chief of The Chicago Maroon. After graduating in 1991, Scalzi took a job as the film critic for the Fresno Bee newspaper, eventually also becoming a show more humor columnist. In 1996 he was hired as the in-house writer and editor at America Online. When he was laid off in 1998, he decided to become a full-time freelance writer and author. His first published novel was Old Man's War. His other works include Agent to the Stars, The Ghosts Brigades, The Androids Team, The Sagan Diary, The Last Colony, and Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas. In 2014 his title, Locked In, made The New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by John Scalzi

Old Man's War (2005) — Author — 8,598 copies
The Ghost Brigades (2006) 4,572 copies
The Last Colony (2007) 3,742 copies
Lock In (2014) 2,986 copies
Zoe's Tale (2008) 2,566 copies
The Collapsing Empire (2017) 2,445 copies
The Android's Dream (2006) 2,337 copies
Fuzzy Nation (2011) 1,777 copies
Agent to the Stars (2005) 1,703 copies
The Human Division (2013) 1,556 copies
The Kaiju Preservation Society (2022) 1,455 copies
The End of All Things (2015) 1,260 copies
The Consuming Fire (2018) 1,227 copies
Head On (2018) 1,081 copies
The Last Emperox (2020) 1,023 copies
The Dispatcher (2016) 832 copies
The God Engines (2009) 799 copies
The Sagan Diary (2007) 777 copies
Starter Villain (2023) 718 copies
Metatropolis (2008) — Editor; Contributor — 574 copies
After the Coup (2008) 271 copies
Murder by Other Means (2020) 253 copies
Questions for a Soldier (2005) 229 copies
Judge Sn Goes Golfing (2009) 159 copies
Travel by Bullet (2022) 144 copies
The Tale of the Wicked (2012) 105 copies
An Election (2012) 97 copies
Everything but the Squeal (2016) 76 copies
Slow Time Between the Stars (2023) 75 copies
A Very Scalzi Christmas (2019) 65 copies
The Life of the Mind (2015) 61 copies
Clash of the Geeks — Editor; Contributor — 56 copies
This Hollow Union (2015) 48 copies
Muse of Fire (2013) 44 copies
To Stand or Fall (2015) 44 copies
Can Long Endure (2015) 44 copies
Redshirts: Chapters 1-4 (2012) 30 copies
The Origin of the Flow (2019) 24 copies
Subterranean Magazine, Issue #4 (Spring 2006) (2006) — Editor — 12 copies
The High Castle 10 copies
Pluto Tells All 7 copies
Extras 3 copies
The Statue 2 copies
Sarah's Sister 2 copies
A model Dog 1 copy
Eternal 1 copy

Associated Works

The Martian Chronicles (1950) — Introduction, some editions — 16,483 copies
The Forever War (1974) — Foreword, some editions — 9,344 copies
Always Coming Home (1985) — Introduction, some editions — 2,116 copies
Robots vs Fairies (2018) — Contributor — 228 copies
Twenty-First Century Science Fiction (2013) — Contributor — 180 copies
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014 Edition (2015) — Contributor — 153 copies
The Best of R. A. Lafferty (2019) — Contributor — 152 copies
Black Tide Rising (2016) — Contributor, some editions — 94 copies
The Art of John Harris (2014) — Foreword — 88 copies
The Best of Subterranean (2017) — Contributor — 73 copies
Escape Pod: The Science Fiction Anthology (2020) — Contributor — 68 copies
Rip-Off! (2012) — Contributor — 65 copies
Scenting the Dark and Other Stories (2009) — Introduction — 62 copies
Mash Up (2012) — Contributor — 61 copies
Resist: Tales from a Future Worth Fighting Against (2018) — Contributor — 56 copies
The Stories: Five Years of Original Fiction on tor.com (2013) — Contributor — 38 copies
A Better Way to Die (2015) — Introduction, some editions — 30 copies
Love, Death + Robots: The Official Anthology, Volume 1 (2021) — Contributor — 21 copies
First-Person Singularities: Stories (2017) — Introduction — 18 copies
Love, Death + Robots: The Official Anthology, Volume 2+3 (2022) — Contributor — 11 copies
Tor.com: Selected Original Fiction, 2008-2012 (2013) — Contributor — 11 copies
The Paulandstormonomicon — Contributor — 2 copies
MidAmeriCon II Souvenir Book — Contributor — 1 copy
Subterranean Magazine Summer 2008 — Contributor — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Scalzi, John Michael, II
Fairfield, California, USA
Places of residence
Covina, California, USA
Glendora, California, USA
Claremont, California, USA
Fresno, California, USA
Bradford, Ohio, USA
University of Chicago (BA|1991)
film critic
humor columnist
In-house writer/editor (America Online)
Professional blogger (America Online)
business consultant
Booth, John Wilkes (distantly related)
Blauser, Kristine Ann (wife)
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA)
Fresno Bee
America Online
Awards and honors
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (2006)
Hugo Nominee (Fan Writer ∙ 2007)
Hugo (Fan Writer ∙ 2008)
Hugo (Novel ∙ 2013)
Ethan Ellenberg (Ethan Ellenberg Agency)
Bibi Lewis (Ethan Ellenberg Agency)
Joel Gotler (film/TV)
Short biography
John Michael Scalzi II (born May 10, 1969) is an American science fiction author and former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He is best known for his Old Man's War series, three novels of which have been nominated for the Hugo Award, and for his blog Whatever, where he has written on a number of topics since 1998. He won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2008 based predominantly on that blog, which he has also used for several charity drives. His novel Redshirts won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel. He has written non-fiction books and columns on diverse topics such as finance, video games, films, astronomy, writing and politics, and served as a creative consultant for the TV series Stargate Universe.



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This book was so much fun! I love the way it's both down-to-Earth and over-the-top all at the same time (and often in the same paragraph). The cats are my favorite part of the book, but some of the villain competitors are fun as well. I really enjoyed my time with this book.
ca.bookwyrm | 64 other reviews | Feb 29, 2024 |
A great story that moves across the legal rights of sentient beings. An entertaining banter that flips into a tour de force legal trial.
yates9 | 115 other reviews | Feb 28, 2024 |
Perfect world deaign but the story is not as interesting because the characters are often cliché.
yates9 | 207 other reviews | Feb 28, 2024 |
Charlie is man down on his luck, living in his dead father's house after losing his job as a journalist, working as a substitute teacher in a middle school, and fending off the pressure from his older half-siblings to sell the house so they can get a little inheritance money and he can be homeless. He has no money and only a cat to keep him company.

...until his shady maternal uncle dies and he gets a visit from his associate, "Til", who tells him he has been given control of the business as his uncle's only heir. His business, though, aside from parking garages, is as a Villain with his own private island in the Caribbean and a significant group of competitors who may want Charlie dead. After a bizarre funeral service and an explosion that levels his (well, his father's) house, he is whisked away to the private island and undergoes a rapid orientation to the life.

The book is not particularly serious, written in a jocular tone. It features intelligent cats and dolphins, and frankly the talking dolphins are the best part of the book, as they are trying to form a union and are quite rude to humans. Lots of fun.
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DanTarlin | 64 other reviews | Feb 25, 2024 |



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