It can take five years for a piece of news to go from one end of space to the other, and the story’s going to change in the telling. So you don’t listen to the story. You listen to the pattern. And right now, the pattern is weird …
Almost from page one, it’s easy to see why Scalzi has such huge devoted fanbase, and why he’s met with such success since his entry onto the scene with a self-published novel in 1997. He’s known for his humor, and I was prepared for silliness. What I found was so much more.
I’m not always a fan of a lot of intentional humor in my fiction, and usually shy away from authors “known for their humor”. My feelings on Scalzi were no different. I knew friends who loved Old Man’s War, and Redshirts, but I didn’t see anything that appealed to me – until The Collapsing Empire hit the shelves. I don’t know why, but I had to read it!
And I’m so glad I did.