John Scalzi
John Scalzi
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John Scalzi

John Scalzi on Diving into Sci-Fi:

It’s kind of a funny thing—despite the decades-long massive success of science fiction in film, television and video games and culture in general, people are sometimes hesitant to dive into science fiction as literature. It’s the final frontier, as it were.

Hey: Dive in! The good news is, there’s never been a better time to dive into the written (and spoken!) world of the genre. The field is wide and deep—there’s a huge diversity of writers, writing more variations of genre than ever before. Whatever you thought science fiction literature was, it is...and it’s so much more than that, too.

As a writer, I love working alongside some amazing creators. And as a fan of the genre, I love getting a chance to explore the unexpected worlds they’ve put into words.

So don’t be shy: Worlds await. I’ll see you out there.

John Scalzi on Listening:

I admit that as an author it was strange to listen to the first audiobook narration of one of my works—those were my words, being spoken in someone else’s voice! It was different than what I imagined in my head.

But as it turns out, “different” was interesting. For the first time it gave me a chance to experience my work from the outside: As a listener, instead of a writer. It changed my relationship to my own work. Plus, I’ve had amazing narrators: Wil Wheaton, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris and Zachary Quinto among others.

So, when you’re listening to my audiobooks, remember: we’re all sharing this new experience of them together. And that’s kind of cool.

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The Universal Appeal of John Scalzi

When I was first getting into sci-fi, I felt a bit of imposter syndrome. There was a sense that I had a whole lot of catching up to do with a genre that had been establishing itself for decades—with so-called founding fathers and massive lists of classics you had to experience before you die. But then I discovered a little listen called Old Man’s War, and with it, the wonderful, inviting world of John Scalzi. It had all the hallmarks that made the classics so compelling—but it also made me laugh, and think, and, most importantly, feel right at home in the wonderful, weird community this genre has created.

So, fellow listener, and (I hope) future fellow sci-fi nerd—I now welcome you into this genre the same way: through the incredible, vast universe of John Scalzi, a modern-day master of fun, irreverent, and versatile sci-fi. Plus—check out some thoughts on sci-fi and listening from Scalzi himself in his bio above! —Sam, Audible Editor

Explore the full Scalzi collection

    • The Dispatcher

    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
    • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48,689
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45,105
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44,973

    One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good Grief This Was Good

    • By Matthew on 11-09-16

    Regular price: $7.95

    • Old Man's War

    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18,481
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16,474
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16,482

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fun and Witty Military Sci-Fi

    • By M. Spencer on 10-21-12

    Regular price: $31.93

    • The Consuming Fire

    • The Interdependency, Book 2
    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,325
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5,891
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,875

    The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Building upon a collapse, this follow-up exceeds!

    • By C. White on 10-16-18

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Ghost Brigades

    • Old Man's War, Book 2
    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,364
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,253
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,261

    The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Starts slow but comes together in the end.

    • By Lore on 02-15-14

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13,193
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,382
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,357

    A blazingly inventive near-future thriller from the best-selling, Hugo Award-winning John Scalzi....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fun! Things you might want to know:

    • By Alexis on 08-29-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Collapsing Empire

    • The Interdependency, Book 1
    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14,955
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14,024
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13,978

    Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Definitely not my favorite scalzi

    • By pat on 03-25-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Last Colony

    • Old Man's War, Book 3
    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,963
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,186
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,191

    Retired from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. That is, until his past reaches out to bring his family back into the game....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Scalzi lets off the gas pedal a little, still good

    • By Rick Kintigh on 04-29-14

    Regular price: $23.93

    • Redshirts

    • A Novel with Three Codas
    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17,360
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16,266
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16,240

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing, but somehow still worth a listen.

    • By Bradford on 03-06-13
    • A Novel with Three Codas
    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Release date: 06-05-12
    • 4 out of 5 stars 17,360 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Head On (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,456
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,122
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,104

    Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • THIS is why I read SciFi! Scalzi gets into your head (be it on or off)

    • By C. White on 04-17-18

    Regular price: $39.95

    • Agent to the Stars

    • By: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,084
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,049
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,035

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanitys first interstellar friendship. Theres just one problem....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A stay-up-all-night-reading kind of book

    • By Katya A on 03-06-13

    Regular price: $24.95

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