Writer, blogger, New York Times bestselling author and former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, John Scalzi is possibly best known for his Hugo-nominated and award-winning Old Man’s War series but there’s much more to discover.
With a degree in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, Scalzi has been writing professionally since 1990. Inspired by his early love of mystery and science fiction, he knew he would write a novel one day, but a flip of a coin quite literally chose which genre he would choose. His early experience as a film critic had a strong influence on much of his writing and he later became Creative Consultant for the TV series Stargate Universe.
In 1999, Scalzi’s first novel, Agent to the Stars, was published on his website asking for donations if readers enjoyed it. His second novel, Old Man’s War, was published by Tor in 2005, promptly gaining him a Hugo Award nomination for Best Novel in 2006. The same year, he also received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer of 2005 and in 2013 gained a Best Novel Hugo Award for Redshirts.
A keen and long-term blogger, he also writes non-fiction on a range of diverse topics from astronomy to video games and bacon-wrapped cats. Writing from Whatever, his blog, has earned Scalzi two additional Hugos, for Fan Writing and Best Related Work. Scalzi’s advice to to budding authors amounts to “sit down and do it!”
In May 2015, Tor Books announced a book deal with Scalzi spanning ten years and thirteen books and the first of this contract, The Collapsing Empire, was published in March 2017. There’s a lot still to come….