December 2009

The Story of Science Fiction Novels This Decade

When history looks back on this decade (which I guess we have agreed to call "the oughts") I think what will be remembered most vividly is the break-out stars of the genre who came to literary fame through alternate routes.  Routes which - not to put too fine a point on it - heavily involved the internet.

John Scalzi, Old Man's War

John Scalzi had a wildly successful blog first, and his fiction career only came later.  Scalzi was a professional author long before penning Old Man's War and several other hits of the decade.  As one of the earliest wave of professional bloggers, he successfully built up an audience for his blog, which also happens to be where he archived copies of his then-shareware (now-freeware) book, Agent to the Stars.