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By Anonym 13 Sep

John Scalzi

I didn't mind getting old when I was young. It's the being old now that's getting to me.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Scalzi

Libertarians secretly worried that ultimately someone will figure out the whole of their political philosophy boils down to “Get Off My Property.” News flash: This is not really a big secret to the rest of us.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Scalzi

I did two things on my seventy-fifth birthday. I visited my wife's grave. Then I joined the army.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Scalzi

If you want me to treat your ideas with more respect, get some better ideas.

By Anonym 18 Sep

John Scalzi

The failure mode of clever is “asshole.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Scalzi

If your flirting strategy is indistinguishable from harassment, it's not everyone else that's the problem.

By Anonym 18 Sep

John Scalzi

Simply put, she was the one who had to put up with me. That she did so with love and patience and encouragement instead of strangling me, throwing my remains into a wood chipper, and then pretending she had never been married to me at all is a testament to the fact that she is, in fact, the single best person I know.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Scalzi

Fear sits and smiles and is predatory, immobile and silent and serene; an observer who conserves his energy and is content to wait.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Scalzi

Do what you need to do and enjoy life as it happens.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Scalzi

I can describe to you the taste of government cheese.

By Anonym 16 Sep

John Scalzi

Hiding the past never works as well as simply neglecting it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Scalzi

Fear is a scavenger who feeds on the future; on what may be and what is possible, extending down the line of our lives.

By Anonym 16 Sep

John Scalzi

Here’s a hot tip: If you think calling someone a social justice warrior is an insult, you might be a horrible person.

By Anonym 19 Sep

John Scalzi

Trust your weapon, it is almost certainly smarter than you are. Remember this and you may yet live.

By Anonym 17 Sep

John Scalzi

Making people change because you can’t deal with who they are isn’t how it’s supposed to be done. What needs to be done is for people to pull their heads out of their asses. You say ‘cure.’ I hear ‘you’re not human enough.

By Anonym 19 Sep

John Scalzi

The universe isn't going to be conquered by legions of geriatrics. No offense.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Scalzi

I do think people of good will can have different opinions but still be coming not from a place of malice.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Scalzi

All of us have people who saw weaknesses, who saw pressure points, and who saw ways to use of own ways and stubbornness against us. This threat is real. This treat is both practical and existential. It it isn't met by all of us, all of us are likely to be destroyed.

By Anonym 19 Sep

John Scalzi

The universe is a big place. Maybe we're not in the best neighborhood.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Scalzi

Reddit is not a public utility or a public square; its a privately owned space on the Internet.

By Anonym 18 Sep

John Scalzi

The idea of spending another six hours with Leon and his farts was more than I could take.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Scalzi

The original sin of Republicans is greed. Everyone understands greed. Everybody wants to get theirs. The original sin of Democrats is pity. Greed is more attractive, and a better motivator, than pity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Scalzi

Christianity is a fine religion and I wish more Christians practiced it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Scalzi

I know a little bit about deaf culture because a friend of mine has been in the deaf culture for awhile. Over the course of 25 years, she and I have talked about many of the issues and concerns for deaf people and deaf culture.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Scalzi

If the universe is bigger and stranger than I can imagine, it's best to meet it with an empty bladder.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Scalzi

Sooner or later the Narrative will come for each of us.

By Anonym 20 Sep

John Scalzi

You say ‘cure.’ I hear ‘you’re not human enough.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Scalzi

Destiny gets compressed, you know, into just that small fraction of a second you have right in front of you at any one time. And there’s nothing romantic about keeping your head down to avoid getting shot, or trying to save a friend who’s been injured, or coming face to face with a creature who is as smart and mean and as terrified of dying as you are, and who wants to make sure that if someone is left on the ground there, it’s you and not it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Scalzi

When you're a teenager and you're in love, it's obvious to everyone but you and the person you're in love with.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Scalzi

You do what you have to do to give people closure; it makes them feel better and it doesn't cost you much to do it. I'd rather apologize for something I didn't really care about and leave someone on Earth wishing me well.

By Anonym 16 Sep

John Scalzi

It's not an effective protest if it's not pissing people off.

By Anonym 16 Sep

John Scalzi

It is sort of remarkable to me how much grief can well up when a pet dies, until one remembers that they are in fact people, who just happen not to be human.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Scalzi

There's a difference between the fact that the universe is inherently unfair on a cosmic level, and the fact that life is unfair because people are actively making it so.

By Anonym 19 Sep

John Scalzi

What is it like when you lose someone you love?" Jane asked. "You die, too. And you wait around for your body to catch up.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Scalzi

The Scooby gang doesn't travel because they are looking for crimes to solve. They travel because they're one step ahead of the deprogrammers. Somehow, Fred's got them all snookered. It probably has something to do with the Scooby Snacks.

By Anonym 16 Sep

John Scalzi

[I]t was designed to operate with minimal assistance from humans, who were without exception the moving part most likely to fail.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Scalzi

I don't care whether I really exist or don't, whether I'm real or fictional. What I want right now is to be the person who decides my own fate.

By Anonym 18 Sep

John Scalzi

Sani's family lived in a well-kept double-wide in an otherwise less-than-spiff trailer park outside of Sawmill.

By Anonym 16 Sep

John Scalzi

I'm more interested in becoming a commercial writer, and unfortunately, commentary on my writing from a bunch of other unpublished writers is of little utility in that regard. Being a better writer is something of a moot point, since if you're not a commercial writer to some extent, very few people will know whether your writing is any good or not.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Scalzi

Ultimately the first, best step in getting your work noticed is to write good work. If people don't engage in your writing, no amount of serialization or free downloads is going to matter. You have to write something worth reading, and often it takes time to get at that level.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Scalzi

When you're a kid all you want to do is be somewhere else.

By Anonym 16 Sep

John Scalzi

Enzo showed a flair for words early and wrote his first story when he was seven, entitled "The horrible sock that smelled bad and ate Pomona Falls except for my house," in which a large sock, mutated by its own horrible unwashed smell, started eating its way through the contents of an entire town and was thwarted only when the heroes Enzo and Magdy first punched it into submission and then threw it into a swimming pool filled with laundry soap.

By Anonym 16 Sep

John Scalzi

I can't believe you just quoted a Steve Miller tune to the leader of an alien race," Van Doren, standing next to me, muttered under his breath. "Shut up," I muttered back. "It worked.

By Anonym 20 Sep

John Scalzi

You do what you have to do to give people closure; it makes them feel better and it doesn’t cost you much to do it. I’d rather apologize for something I didn’t really care about, and leave someone on Earth wishing me well, than to be stubborn and have that someone hoping that some alien would slurp out my brains. Call it karmic insurance.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Scalzi

Damn real live people, getting in the way of peaceful ideals.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Scalzi

I'm not insane, sir. I have a finely calibrated sense of acceptable risk.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Scalzi

Here's a quick rule of thumb: Don't annoy science fiction writers. These are people who destroy entire planets before lunch. Think of what they'll do to you.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Scalzi

I both love and am terrified by Greg Van Eekhout's vision of Los Angeles. I already want to go back.

By Anonym 18 Sep

John Scalzi

Rich people show their appreciation through favors. When everyone you know has more money than they know what to do with, money stops being a useful transactional tool. So instead you offer favors. Deals. Quid pro quos. Things that involve personal involvement rather than money. Because when you're that rich, your personal time is your limiting factor.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Scalzi

Now, you may think that this is some sort of generalized hatred that I will carry for the lot of you. Let me assure you that this is not the case. Each of you will fail, but you will fail in your own unique way, and therefore I will dislike each of you on an individual basis.