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John Scalzi is an American science fiction author and popular blogger living in Ohio.

Scalzi was already a successful published non-fiction author and movie critic when he launched his career as a novelist by publishing his first book, Old Man’s War, as a series of online chapters on his personal website starting in 2002. The novel was a hit almost immediately and was subsequently picked up by science fiction imprint Tor Books. His second published novel Agent to the Stars was likewise first released on his website on a donation based model before being published by Subterranean Press.

Order of Old Man's War Series

1Old Man's War 2005Description / Buy
2The Ghost Brigades 2006Description / Buy
3The Last Colony 2007Description / Buy
4Zoe's Tale 2008Description / Buy
5The Human Division 2013Description / Buy
6The End of All Things 2015Description / Buy

Order of Old Man's War Short Stories/Novellas

1Questions for a Soldier (Short Story) 2005Description / Buy
2The Sagan Diary (Short Story) 2007Description / Buy
3After the Coup (Short Story) 2008Description / Buy

Order of Shadow War Of The Night Dragons Short Stories/Novellas

1Dead City (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy

Order of Lock In Series

1Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome 2014Description / Buy
2Lock In 2014Description / Buy
3Head On 2018Description / Buy

Order of The Interdependency Series

1The Collapsing Empire 2017Description / Buy
2The Consuming Fire 2018Description / Buy
3The Last Emperox 2020Description / Buy

Order of The Dispatcher Series

1The Dispatcher (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy
2Murder By Other Means 2021Description / Buy

Order of Human Division Series

1The B-Team 2013Description / Buy
2Walk the Plank 2013Description / Buy
3We Only Need the Heads 2013Description / Buy
4A Voice in the Wilderness 2013Description / Buy
5Tales From the Clarke (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
6The Back Channel (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
7The Dog King (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
8The Sound of Rebellion (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
9The Observers 2013Description / Buy
10This Must Be the Place (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
11A Problem of Proportion (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
12The Gentle Art of Cracking Heads (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
13Earth Below, Sky Above (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy

Order of End of All Things Series

1The Life of the Mind 2015Description / Buy
2This Hollow Union 2015Description / Buy
3Can Long Endure 2015Description / Buy
4To Stand or Fall 2015Description / Buy

Order of METAtropolis Series

1METAtropolis 2008Description / Buy
2Stochasticity ( By: , Tobias S. Buckell) 2009Description / Buy
3Byways ( By: , Tobias S. Buckell) 2014Description / Buy
4Tensegrity (Short Story) ( By: Tobias S. Buckell) 2016Description / Buy

Order of Uncle John's Presents Series

1Uncle John's Presents: The Book of the Dumb 2003Description / Buy
2Uncle John's Presents Book of the Dumb 2 2004Description / Buy

Order of Whatever Series

1Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded 2008Description / Buy
2The Mallet of Loving Correction 2013Description / Buy

Order of John Scalzi Standalone Novels

1Agent to the Stars 2004Description / Buy
2The Android's Dream 2006Description / Buy
3The God Engines 2009Description / Buy
4Dead City (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
5Redshirts 2012Description / Buy
6Virtue Signaling and Other Heresies 2018Description / Buy
7A Very Scalzi Christmas (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy

Order of John Scalzi Short Stories/Novellas

1How I Proposed to My Wife: An Alien Sex Story (Short Story) 2006Description / Buy
2The Tale of the Wicked (Short Story) 2009Description / Buy
3Judge Sn Goes Golfing (Short Story) 2009Description / Buy
4The President's Brain is Missing (Short Story) 2010Description / Buy
5An Election (Short Story) 2010Description / Buy
6Muse of Fire (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
7Everything but the Squeal (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy

Order of John Scalzi Short Story Collections

1Miniatures 2016Description / Buy

Order of John Scalzi Non-Fiction Books

1Rough Guide to Money Online 2000Description / Buy
2The Rough Guide to the Universe 2003Description / Buy
3The Rough Guide to Sci-Fi Movies 2005Description / Buy
4You're Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop: Scalzi On Writing 2007Description / Buy
524 Frames into the Future 2012Description / Buy
6Don't Live For Your Obituary 2017Description / Buy

Order of Black Tide Rising Series

1Under a Graveyard Sky ( By: John Ringo) 2013Description / Buy
2To Sail a Darkling Sea ( By: John Ringo) 2014Description / Buy
3Islands of Rage & Hope ( By: John Ringo) 2014Description / Buy
4Strands of Sorrow ( By: John Ringo) 2014Description / Buy
5Black Tide Rising ( With: John Ringo, Jody Lynn Nye, Sarah A. Hoyt, Eric Flint, Michael Z. Williamson) 2016Description / Buy
6The Valley of Shadows ( By: John Ringo) 2018Description / Buy
7Voices of the Fall ( By: John Ringo) 2019Description / Buy
8River of Night ( By: John Ringo) 2019Description / Buy
9At the End of the World ( By: Charles E. Gannon) 2020Description / Buy
10At the End of the Journey ( By: Charles E. Gannon) 2021Description / Buy
11We Shall Rise ( By: John Ringo, Gary Poole) 2021Description / Buy

Order of Fuzzy Sapiens Series by H. Beam Piper, Ardath Mayhar

1Little Fuzzy ( By: H. Beam Piper) 1962Description / Buy
2The Other Human Race ( By: H. Beam Piper) 1964Description / Buy
3Fuzzy Sapiens ( By: H. Beam Piper) 1964Description / Buy
4The Fuzzy Papers ( By: H. Beam Piper) 1977Description / Buy
5Golden Dream ( By: Ardath Mayhar) 1982Description / Buy
6The Adventures of Little Fuzzy (Short Story) ( By: H. Beam Piper) 1983Description / Buy
7Fuzzies and Other People ( By: H. Beam Piper) 1984Description / Buy
8The Complete Fuzzy ( By: H. Beam Piper) 1998Description / Buy
9Fuzzy Nation 2011Description / Buy

John Scalzi Anthologies

1 Rip-Off!2012Description / Buy
2 Black Tide Rising2016Description / Buy
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John Scalzi graduated from the University of Chicago in 1991 with a degree in philosophy. During his time in college he was the editor-in-chief of The Chicago Maroon, and also did freelance writing for the Chicago Sun-Times while still a student. After graduation he would move back to California where he would work for the Fresno Bee. He wrote opinion columns and film reviews before eventually being hired as an in-house writer and editor for AOL. He was laid off in 1998 and went to full-time freelance work after that experience.

Since becoming a full time novelist Scalzi has continued to maintain his popular blog, Whatever, where he published his popular 2005 essay “Being Poor” which was later republished in newspapers across the country. He is also active on social media, often being asked to weigh in on controversial topics and using his site as a place to promote other authors and creatives through his Big Idea series of promotional posts as well as for regular blog entries on his life and family, and even cat pictures such as his now infamous “bacon cat” meme.

Scalzi’s first book, Agent to the Stars was written in 1997 and published free to read on his website in 1999. Instead of charging, he asked readers to donate whatever they would like if they enjoyed the book and he ended up making about $4,000 from the book. The book was later released in paperback by Tor.

After this, his first published novel was Old Man’s War which was released one chapter a day in December of of 2002 before being scooped up by Tor Books for publication.

In 2015 he signed a multi-million dollar deal with Tor Books which will cover his next 13 books, making him one of the best paid authors in the science fiction genre. The deal includes the sequel to “Lock In”, titled “Head On” which was released in 2018.

John Scalzi Awards

Scalzi’s work has been well received by critics and readers alike. He picked up the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer at the 2005 World Science Fiction convention and since then has also taken home several more Hugos across a range of categories as well as the Nebula, Locus, Seiun, and Kurd Lasswitz awards. He regularly appears as a guest at science fiction conventions and other literary events.

In 2016, he was awarded the Ohio Governor’s Award by the Ohio Arts Council in the Individual Artists category. Scalzi currently resides in Bradford, Ohio as his family moved there to be closer to his wife’s family.

Also in 2016, he was named as a Critic-at-Large by the Los Angeles Times and would begin contributing to the paper as a columnist covering culture and literature.

John Scalzi Books Turned Into Movies/TV

Scalzi worked as a consultant for the television series Stargate Atlantis and currently three of his books are under development for the small screen as well.

Legendary Television is working on an adaptation of his thriller Lock In, while FX is adapting the bestselling comic novel Redshirts into a miniseries. Meanwhile Syfy has tapped Wolfgang Petersen to create a series set in the Old Man’s War universe, entitled Ghost Brigades after the second book in that series.

Best John Scalzi Books

Old Man’s War: Scalzi’s first novel launched what is still his most popular series of books, which now includes six novels and multiple short stories. The books consistently tops readers polls of the best science fiction books of the past few decades.

The novel is set in a space-faring future in which wars a fought by volunteers recruited from people past retirement age. These volunteers are given new bodies in exchange for their military service off-planet defending the human Colonial Defense Forces from alien threats.

John Perry is one such volunteer who joins up at the age of 75 after the sudden death of his wife. As he navigates this strange new life he finds the universe is far bigger and scarier than he could have imagined before joining up and he will need every bit of his lifelong experience and wisdom to get him through this second shot at life.

Lock In: This near future thriller follows the aftermath of a new viral epidemic that leaves a small percentage of those exposed with a debilitating condition known as Haden’s Syndrome. Those affected by it are in a state of paralysis and can only interact with the outside world by using sophisticated robotic interfaces. Decades after the epidemic a series of possibly Haden-related murders baffle the FBI and a team of agents, one of whom is a Haden herself, must figure out who the killer really is before it’s too late.

Redshirts: This comic novel follows the misadventures of five new ensigns serving on a disaster prone starship whose crew seems to be dropping life flies. They slowly become aware of a strange pattern; the command staff seem to be immune to the incredibly high death rate among the enlisted crew. As they dig into this strange statistical anomaly they discover the shocking truth, which is that the universe they inhabit is absurd in a way that can only be explained by one thing; they are the fictional creations of bad television writers!

When Does The Next John Scalzi book come out?

John Scalzi doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Murder By Other Means and was released on April, 30th 2021. It is the newest book in the The Dispatcher Series.

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