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John Scalzi

(John Michael Scalzi)
USA flag (b.1969)

John Scalzi won the 2006 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and his debut novel Old Man's War was a finalist for the Hugo Award. His other novels include The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony, and The Android's Dream. He lives in southern Ohio with his wife and daughter.

Genres: Science Fiction
New Books
March 2023

Travel by Bullet
(Dispatcher, book 3)
Series contributed to
Non fiction
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Hugo Best Novel nominee (2006) : Old Man's War
John W. Campbell Best Book winner (2006) : Old Man's War
Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (2007) : The Ghost Brigades
Hugo Best Novel nominee (2008) : The Last Colony
Hugo Best Novel nominee (2009) : Zoe's Tale
Andre Norton Award Best Book nominee (2010) : Zoe's Tale
Hugo Best Novel winner (2013) : Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (2015) : Lock In
Hugo Best Book nominee (2018) : The Collapsing Empire

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Empyre (2007)
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"Josh Conviser's near future is fascinating to imagine - and terrifying, because we might just be heading for it."
Devil Said Bang (2012)
(Sandman Slim, book 4)
Richard Kadrey
"Richard Kadrey's 'Sandman Slim' series is one of my favorite sets of fantasy books from the last few years."
Ancillary Justice (2013)
(Imperial Radch, book 1)
Ann Leckie
"Unexpected, compelling and very cool. Ann Leckie nails it...I've never met a heroine like Breq before. I consider this a very good thing indeed."
Hurricane Fever (2014)
(Arctic Rising, book 2)
Tobias S Buckell
"Tobias Buckell is stretching the horizons of science fiction."
Quantum Night (2016)
Robert J Sawyer
"Cracking open a new Robert J. Sawyer book is like getting a gift from a friend who visits all the strange and undiscovered places in the world. You can't wait to see what he's going to amaze you with this time."
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The End of Magic (2017)
(Echo Park Coven, book 3)
Amber Benson
"Amber Benson's got it."
Fata Morgana (2017)
Steven R Boyett and Ken Mitchroney
"Action, adventure, cool speculative events, well-drawn characters, and an ending that sticks the landing. Fata Morgana pushes all my happy buttons."
The Delirium Brief (2017)
(Laundry Files, book 8)
Charles Stross
"Charles Stross is awesome and his books are awesome and his Laundry Files series in particular is a hell of a lot of fun."
The Merry Spinster (2018)
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"Mallory Ortberg has the sloe gin wit of Dorothy Parker and the soul of a Classics nerd. It's like both of them sat next to each other in THE MERRY SPINSTER and gossiped away. The result is an absolute delight."
Space Opera (2018)
Catherynne M Valente
"As if Ziggy Stardust went on a blind date with The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, then they got smashed and sang karaoke all night long. Cat Valente is mad and brilliant and no one else would have even thought of this, much less pulled it off."
Blood Orbit (2018)
(Gattis File, book 1)
K R Richardson
"That thing they say about a book grabbing you and just not letting go? Yeah, that's the thing Blood Orbit does really well."
The Calculating Stars (2018)
(Lady Astronaut, book 1)
Mary Robinette Kowal
"Simply enchanting...You're going to love this."
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (2018)
(An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, book 1)
Hank Green
"Funny, thrilling, and an absolute blast to read. I knew Hank would be good at this, but I didn't know he would be this good on the first try."
How Long 'til Black Future Month? (2018)
N K Jemisin
"Arguably the most important speculative writer of her generation... She's that good."
This Is How You Lose the Time War (2019)
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"An intimate and lyrical tour of time, myth and history, with a captivating conversation between characters - and authors. Read it."
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(Captain Future , book 1)
Allen Steele
"The first writer I wrote a fan letter to. I'm no less of a fan of his work now!."
The Human (2020)
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"Neal Asher's books are like an adrenaline shot targeted directly for the brain."
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"So much fun. Lindsay Ellis's experience as one of our sharpest cultural observers gives Axiom's End an edge of realism that makes it both cutting and compelling. Close encounters have a whole new look."
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"Breathtaking in scope and ambition. With Byrne as your assured guide, The Actual Star offers so much to discover from the first read, and invites returning to over and over."
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"Delightful and heartbreaking. An unexpected mashup of science fiction and fantasy that will make you love music, crave donuts, and wish to read it all again."
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"There is magic in Nicola Griffith's words. Prepare to be enchanted."
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"I don't think it's any secret that I think she's one of the best speculative fiction writers of the last decade."

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