Booking Through Thursday: Author Blogs


Do you read any author’s blogs? If so, are you looking for information on their next project? On the author personally? Something else?

I currently subscribe to the blogs of four authors in my RSS reader, three of them science fiction writers. While it is intriguing to hear what the authors are working on, I subscribe to these blogs because they go beyond that. The posts, ideas and concepts in each blog cover a huge range. The blogs are:

  • John Scalzi’s Whatever (and I consider his post Being Poor, quoted below, to be one of my favorite blog posts of all time).
  • The Scott Adams Blog by — you guessed it — Scott Adams. Even though “General Nonsense” is the most used tag, Adams goes far beyond the material that inspires the Dilbert comic strip (although Wally is one of my heroes) and delves into some fascinating stuff. Adams also has written far more than just comic strips.
  • Charlie’s Diary by Charles Stross. As I’ve said before, Stross writes SF that can “make your brain hurt — but in a good sort of way.” His blog ranges from what he’s doing to what he’s working on to his opinions on all sorts of things.
  • Ken MacLeod’s The Early Days of a Better Nation. MacLeod doesn’t post a lot but, like his books, it tends to be a mix of SF related material with the views of a Scottish leftist.

Being poor is thinking $8 an hour is a really good deal.

John Scalzi, Being Poor

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