John Scalzi
Hugo Award-Winning Science Fiction Author

John Scalzi is a New York Times bestselling science fiction author. His novel Redshirts, an intergalactic sci-fi adventure, won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel. His other works include the popular Old Man’s War series (three novels of which have also been nominated for Hugo Awards), The Android’s Dream, Agent to the Stars, and Lock In. In addition to the Hugo, John is also the recipient of awards including the Locus, the Seiun, the Kurd Lasswitz, and the Geffen.


John is the former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and he served as a creative consultant for the television series Stargate Universe. His blog Whatever is a forum for all things sci-fi and even includes writing on topics such as finance, film, and video games. He won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2008 based predominantly on that blog, which he has also used for several charity drives.


John Scalzi is also a writer for the video game Midnight Star and executive producer for Old Man’s War and The Collapsing Empire, both currently in development for television. Though best known for his science fiction works, John Scalzi has also written several nonfiction books, including The Rough Guide to Money Online The Rough Guide to the Universe, and The Rough Guide to Sci-Fi Movies. He writes the “Book of the Dumb” series of books from Portable Press, which chronicle people doing stupid things. He adapted blog entries into the craft book You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop: Scalzi on Writing, then into the volume Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever 1998–2008, which won the Hugo Award for Best Related Book in 2009. The third and fourth collections of blog content are The Mallet of Loving Correction (2013) and Don’t Live For Your Obituary (2017).


Born and raised in California, John Scalzi studied at the University of Chicago before settling in Ohio with his wife, daughter, and several pets. You can follow John on Twitter and Facebook.

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Tor Books

The Last Emperox is the thrilling conclusion to the award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling Interdependency series, an epic space opera adventure from Hugo Award-winning author John Scalzi.

Tor Books

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Then Andrew stumbles on information that transforms his and his colleagues' understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is...and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.

Tor Science Fiction

The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce—and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So: we fight. To defend Earth, and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

Tor Science Fiction

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most…unusual…way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony.

Lock InA Novel of the Near Future
Tor Science Fiction

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

Head OnA Novel of the Near Future
Tor Books

Chilling near-future SF with the thrills of a gritty cop procedural, Head On brings Scalzi's trademark snappy dialogue and technological speculation to the future world of sports.

Live Long and Prosper Drawing on his experience as a science fiction author, Scalzi discusses sci-fi in the modern era, his own writing process, and living with his head in the stars.

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Listen to a review of Head on on Genre Junkies

Check out these reviews of Head on on Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus

Visit Cooking the Books for an interview with John Scalzi

The New York Times and the Washington Post on Scalzi’s recent book deal with Tor.

Scalzi’s own take on his Tor book deal.

Scalzi wins 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel for Redshirts.

"John was absolutely fantastic! He was engaging, witty and thoughtful speaker who held the attention of more than 600 attendees. The feedback from our attendees was great and working with him was a personal and professional pleasure."
- National Council on Problem Gambling

Praise for Redshirts

"John Scalzi sets his imagination to STUN and scores a direct hit. Read on and prosper.”
― Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box

“I can honestly say I can't think of another book that ever made me laugh this much. Ever.”
― Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind

“Scalzi takes apart the whole Star Trek universe and puts it back together far more plausibly--and a lot funnier too.”
― Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians

“A real joy to read… It's hard to imagine a reader who wouldn't enjoy this one.”
Booklist, starred review

Praise for The Old Man's War

“Though a lot of SF writers are more or less efficiently continuing the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein, Scalzi's astonishingly proficient first novel reads like an original work by the late grand master...This virtuoso debut pays tribute to SF's past while showing that well-worn tropes still can have real zip when they're approached with ingenuity.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Solid…[Scalzi] sidesteps most of the cliches of military science fiction, delivers fast-paced scenes of combat and pays attention to the science underpinning his premise.”
San Francisco Chronicle

Entertainment Weekly