I hoped to write about some geeky boardgames this week, but I just didn't have time to purchase and seriously play enough new ones to make it worthwhile, so instead, I did a column about John Scalzi, who many of you already know is an author I really admire and respect.
I didn't realize it at the time, but apparently I'm one of those readers who authors love: if I like one thing an author writes, I'm pretty much guaranteed to exclusively read that author's entire catalogue until it's finished or I encounter more than one work that lets me down (I'm looking in your direction, Piers Anthony.) When I picked up The Caves of Steel, it started an Asimov phase that lasted for well over a year before I grudgingly admitted to myself that I was never going to be able to finish his collected works, and there was probably a whole other world out there that I was missing out on (I'm looking in your direction, World of Warcraft obsessives . . . and now I am ducking and fleeing from you. Hey, at least I've got chicken.)Shorter version: Scalzi is a hell of a writer, and an awesome guy. I promise you that you'll love [i]Old Man's War[/i] and [i]The Android's Dream[/i]. Longer version: Wil Wheaton's Geek in Review: John Scalzi.
Eventually, I achieved escape velocity from Wheaton's Author Singularity, and became a much more well-rounded bibliophile. I recently flew too close to the Alan Moore Nebula and went in for a closer look at Supernova Warren Ellis Sigma, but still managed to dock at Starbase Vanity Fair and Deep Space The Onion at least twice a month. Right around the end of December, I got too close to John Scalzi's event horizon, and I've been happily stuck here ever since.
Silly wordplay that is probably only amusing to me aside, John Scalzi is an author -- who does much more than SF -- that I've recently grown very fond of, not just because he writes great stories that appeal to the geek in me, but also because he's a very accessible, humble, real, unpretentious guy who truly loves what he does. I don't think it's a coincidence that his writing, whether on his blog or in his fiction or non-fiction books, is equally accessible and unpretentious.
Oh, it's also really fucking good, and today I'm going to share a little about some of Scalzi's work, and a little bit about the man himself, who I don't know well enough to call "friend," but as well as one can know someone from reading his blog and trading a couple of e-mails, where I try my best (and frequently fail) to not sound like the eponymous host of The Chris Farley Show.
The geekwire is SFW today, though the usual caveats apply. In fact, they are so usual, I'm not going to bother issuing them anymore after today. FREEDOM!