John Fiala's blog

Fuzzy Madness!

With the upcoming release of John Scalzi's fanfic of "Little Fuzzy", Sf is doing reviews of all of the previously existing Fuzzy books.

Check it out at

Foreclosure and Cross-Country Moving - Book Sale

(Copied from .)

This is a difficult post for me to write, since I am once again asking for help.

But... I'll try to make it short and only bittersweet.

As many of you know, I am losing my home to foreclosure. (Some of the almost-unbelievable hellish details of these past 4 years can be seen here.)

First Look at Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

Well, it seems that BBC Four is doing an adapatation of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, and there's a teaser now available out on the web:

The New Kid

So, the Penny Arcade guys are playing with expectations again. Usually they do a three panel strip poking fun at something to do with gaming - and usually it's video gaming - but this doesn't stop them from taking a side trek into Scifi, such as with

  1. Automata,
  2. Automata, Page 2
  3. Page 3
  4. Page 4

Local Artist & Writer Laura Givens Reviewed by AllPulp

Our local artist, writer, and friend was recently reviewed by AllPulp blog, and you can read about it here:

There's also a gallery of her work there at

When the Yogurt Took Over: A Short Story by John Scalzi

An amusing story about intelligent Yogurt, written by John Scalzi.

Hugo Winners 2010

Cheerfully copied from the blog post at

Presented at: Aussiecon 4, Melbourne, Australia, September 2-6, 2010

Orbit Books' "The Charts of Fantasy Art: 2009"

The folks at Orbit Books have gone over Fantasy art covers and made a series of fantastic charts out of them.

  1. Trends in Fantasy Cover Art shows the differences between art between 2008 and 2009.
  2. Changing Fashion in Urban Fantasy Heroines shows how the female protagonists are dressed and posed this year, again in comparison to last year.

Ray Bradbury Birthday Greetings Wanted

Received from the web:

Hi, there.

When I was about 12 years old, I bought a hardbound book with my own money for the first time. That book was Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, a dark fantasy about youth and coming of age, about yearning for the impossible, and about good versus evil and how the latter could seize and destroy you if you yearned for too much. After finishing that book 47 years ago, I was hooked on reading (and dark fantasy) for the rest of my life.

Picture of the Aurora Austrialis--taken from the *outside*