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And on top of thatI wanted to be sure that Zoe reacted to her situation in ways that make scallzi — i. Think this is easy?
One key to this was letting women I trust read some of what I was writing; the first few attempts came back with general thumbs down, so I kept hacking away at it. I will say this, however: Really, it was kind of a pain in the ass.
But it does make the book better. The book takes place in parallel time to the events of The Last Colonywhich presents its own set of challenges. As it turns out, this was not realistic; some scenes in TLC are important enough to Zoe that they had to pop up again in ZT. But the good news is that having this dictum did keep the repeats down to a bare minimum.
Hickory and Dickory also get much expanded roles, as they would have to, given their relationship with Zoe. I think I managed it, and if I do have a continuity flub, I already have my excuse in place: Because, honestly, when was the last time you and anyone you know remembered an event exactly the same way?
Yes, yes, this is an excellent excuse for my failures as an author. So part of my mission with this book was to write a story that would give the longtime fans everything they come to the OMW universe for, and at the same time leave open the door to younger readers.
This is, also and incidentally, why we want to be sure ZT stands on its own; if our master plan works as intended, ZT will in fact be the first point of contact these younger readers have with this universe. So those are all the reasons why this book was hard to write.
Doing just one of these things is tough enough; doing all four made my head hurt. And you know what? Just tell me you blow shit up!
That said, in a previous thread here on Whateversomeone made a comment that I think is worth thinking about:. I think this is an excellent point. And the book lives up to its title. In the short run, a couple of days in which I do nothing but play video games! And, well, of course, blathering here.
As I said, it was a tough one to write, and really did require focus. Just in time, in fact, for my guest of honor appearance at ArmadilloCon. Always nice to get a rundown of what to expect. Looking forward to it immensely. Now go and take a break.
Watch the Superbowl if you must. Not like you need me telling you what to do, but you have earned it.
And I am utterly convinced that I would have the same trouble creating a teenaged male that you had creating svalzi teenaged female. Incidentally, Athena may be showing signs of doing that. I think it may be endemic to the science fiction crowd. John, as usual, thanks for offering insight into your process and teasers on the results. I also think providing an in-road for teens into the OMW universe via another book other than the first one is sound.
Teens, severally and individually, should welcome their OMW book-overlords. On a side note, you might enjoy the plug-in WP-footnotes. Thanks for writing about the writing, John. How can any self-respecting author of speculative fiction find fulfillment in writing novels for young readers? I look forward to reading it myself.
Thank you for maintaining contact with your fans and being so accessible. Might want to get your agent on this. Unless she gets a legal name change somewhere inside the book? Especially if that includes high school libraries. Do we get some hells and damns at least? You said you had to have a space battle because there was one on the cover. Since when do covers of SF novels have anything to do with the story?
But only for the cool kids sscalzi know the super sekrit tle. And Ron Hogan at 12, after reading that link, I wanted to take a shower. Anyone who approaches YA literature the way that reviewer does, has no business reviewing YA novels—he knows zip about the genre.
The Lost Colony lived up to your consisently high level of writing acumen. Enjoy your gaming fun. While I can understand the profanity limiter to get into a high school library I have to wonder if these people have ever wondered how teenagers talk when their are no adults around. I know I knew all seven words and used them when I was a teen.
Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi
I can still taste the soap from when I failed to self censor around my parents. I also have to question the whole Scaliz thing. Kids like a good story just as much as adults. Adults also like a good story YA or not. At least this one does. But what zof heck makes a story YA or not YA? Sort of reminds hohn of the art vs craft and the literature vs fiction.
What makes one piece of work art instead of craft? Why is this piece of writing fiction while that one is called literature? It scalzzi seems pretty subjective to me. Hey, I just turned in a book with a 16 year old girl narrator. We can call it As-if! I am flattered that anybody, much less the author, took note. Well, I know what he meant. I just wondered if a joke could be squeezed out of what he said before he fixed it.
You know, the one where they sell David Cqopperfield silent q by Darles Chickens. Something leapt out at me. I had recently looked at the number of Heinlein-penned TV shows and had wondered if they were collected anywhere. In this case most of the scripts were never produced. I like to hear you talk about your process. Hearing you talk about process does that for me. As a female teen reader, I personally feel that if people would give us more than! Which is an excellent read, and a good stuff.
But does it help? Another thing that would help would be the wider circulation of the poster featuring Orlando Bloom holding a book with the letters READ emblazoned across the top of the poster. For the whole school. I think the theme that year was something about understanding other cultures— and yes, they read the suggested books before putting them on the list. Lastly, the little girl story teller, is a refreshing perspective. I did enjoy a family plot sci fi though.
That said, in a previous thread here on Whateversomeone made a comment that I think is worth thinking about: And there you have it. Just keeping up my lifelong tradition of rooting for the underdog. Those are the people that will get your books into the hands of those readers. And keeping having fun, dude.
I look forwards to the book! I am looking froward to the development of Zoe. John, slow down a little. SOME of us have day jobs. So, John, whatcha gonna be playing for these next few days? Your English teacher has bad aim?
Thanks for taking the time to share all that. I certainly appreciate it. Congrats mohn finishing ZT, John! When is TLC coming out in paperback?