Scalzi and I talk about our latest books -- video

Tor Books and Expanded Books produced a funny interview/trailer thing for John Scalzi and me in honor of our latest books -- he's bringing out a young adult novel in the Old Man's Warverse in August called Zoe's Tale that I've read a little from and it's dynamite! Link


  1. Xodarap, I think you’re wrong, sorry! Take “Scalzi” out of the sentence and see how it reads.

    Torrance — yeah, I keep podcasts on the iPod and pop the bead in whenever I’ve got a few seconds; it’s the only way I can keep up.

  2. For some time I have wondered what it would take to get Scalzi, Charlie Stross, Doctorow, Robert Charles Wilson, Connie Willis and Neal Stephenson locked in the same room at the same time, and then film the interactions.

    …I imagine it would be pretty boring, because my impression is that all of these are polite, well-adjusted people. (no Harlan Ellisons, in other words)

    On the other hand, often big talent = big ego, so perhaps there would be some sort of awesome fight to the death, like Neal talks about with Bill Gibson. (question number 4)

    My money’s on Connie. Just sayin’.

  3. I’m implying it, perhaps, but I don’t know Cory–never met him–so I can’t answer the question. (I think just about the worst thing about being in the public eye would be for random strangers to act like they know you, just because they know your work)

    Even if he does, well, most of my favorite people have/had big egos: it takes balls the size of cantaloupes to set forth to create a meaningful work of art in this day and age.

  4. That was very nice. I would like to see a whole interview series on BoingBoing TV where Cory takes questions from someone or something. You admitted to being an internet “rabble rouser.”

  5. MKultra, I don’t know Neal Stephenson, but Bill Gibson is a laid-back and peaceable guy. He’s also a head taller than anyone but Bill Brazell.

    “For some time I have wondered what it would take to get Scalzi, Charlie Stross, Doctorow, Robert Charles Wilson, Connie Willis and Neal Stephenson locked in the same room at the same time, and then film the interactions.”

    It depends. Is this a comfortable room with lots of chairs, and an adjoining bathroom? Is there food and drink, plus modest quantities of wine and beer? If so, and if you’re willing to subtract Neal Stephenson, I can tell you what would happen: they’d talk a lot, very fast, and have a good time doing it.

  6. Teresa, I was hoping for something with a little more drama, but I imagine it would be quite an evening nonetheless. I am more and more convinced that this is a new golden age for the genre.

    …btw, I was obliquely referring to Neal’s answer to the question, ‘who would win in a fight, you or Bill Gibson?’

    His answer was a classic, reading in part:

    “… Gibson stopped by to say hello and extended his hand as if to shake. But I remembered something Bruce Sterling had told me. For, at the time, Sterling and I had formed a pact to fight Gibson. Gibson had been regrown in a vat from scraps of DNA after Sterling had crashed an LNG tanker into Gibson’s Stealth pleasure barge in the Straits of Juan de Fuca. During the regeneration process, telescoping Carbonite stilettos had been incorporated into Gibson’s arms. Remembering this in the nick of time, I grabbed the signing table and flipped it up between us. Of course the Carbonite stilettos pierced it as if it were cork board, but this spoiled his aim long enough for me to whip my wakizashi out from between my shoulder blades and swing at his head. …”

  7. Jebezus…now I need to tape meat to my pets in exchange for eyeballs.

    Sigh…the chinchilla won’t like it. The dog will. The bunnies will be ambivalent. The iguana, amused. I’m not sure it’s even possible with the coral.

  8. Completely idiotic. (so why can’t I stop laughing?)

    Also, do you have a full on review of Scalzi’s new book? I thought Zoe was the weakest character [read as: the least likely to interest me as a main character], but Card managed to pull off a partial retell with a semi-main character quite decently (Alright, I like Ender’s Shadow better than Ender’s Game, I admit it) so I know it can be done, and done well. I’m still skeptical, though.

  9. Hah. That’s great. I’m reading Little Brother right now and enjoying it. :-)

    Possibly-useful technical comments — I could have done without the dramatic music on the intertitles, which was much louder than the interview audio, and, speaking of which, the audio on the interview was rather too soft for me. I turned the sound on my computer all the way up and could still just barely hear them talking. (Which is what it’s all /about/, right?)

  10. Antinous, I agree with your use of the word Ego. I think it’s interesting how celebrities, artists, politicians, average Joes, require a healthy ego, but when the line is crossed it can create drama, which itself can help feed the ego. We are nothing without ego, but we can also loose everything because of it. Cory Doctorow’s ego seems fine. He -is- charismatic, a “great attractor.”

  11. A big ego is the opposite of a strong ego. A strong ego is mostly appropriate self-confidence. A big ego is mostly an attempt to cover a complete lack thereof. Mostly.

  12. Did anyone notice how much Cory resembles the Big Brother poster next to him? I guess Big Brother is really Cory’s big brother.

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