Thursday, August 17, 2006

Links: John Scalzi, Old Man's War

I just finished reading Old Man's War by John Scalzi (his blog's here), and I have to say it's one of the most enjoyable bits of science fiction I've read in a while.  Why?  Because it's smart, funny, and entirely lacks the bits of science fiction I have come to fucking hate over the years.   Either he's got a good editor, or he's frickin' brilliant, or both.  I stayed up late finishing it.

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Cory Doctorow gushes all over it, characterizing it as "Starship Troopers without the lectures. It's Forever War with better sex" and that's a fair assesment.  I'm sure the fact that at one point Scalzi serialized the book on his blog before Tor picked it up didn't hurt, since Mr. Doctorow seems to get a great big Creative Commons / Copyleft bulge in his pants when people give away their writing for free online. No doubt due to some personal bias. (Really, go read his stuff. Good + Free = click the damn link)

It's available in trade paperback, and the mass-market paperback is due out in the next month or so.  Also, there's a sequal out that I'm itching to pick up, Ghost Brigade.

And now back to your regularly scheduled radio silence.

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