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John Scalzi '87

Science fiction author John Scalzi '87 works as a film critic, columnist, writer and editor, freelance writer and novelist. He is best known for his series of "Old Man's War" novels.

His novel "Redshirts: A Novel With Three Codas" won awards including the Hugo award for Best Novel in 2013, and the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. He has also received other accolades for his work including the Audie, the Seiun and the Kurd Lasswitz. In 2008, his novel The Last Colony was on the New York Times bestseller list, and in 2009 he was hired as a Creative Consultant for the television show Stargate: Universe.
 
Scalzi has a blog, Whatever, which he has written daily on a number of topics since 1998. 

"Old Man's War" is also on its way to becoming a Netflix original film. The novel is currently in development at the widely popular entertainment company. Scalzi revealed he is excited because he would love to see the book as a movie, but also because "Netflix is a place where a lot of fantastic entertainment is happening these days," he wrote on his website.

He has returned to speak at Webb multiple times, most recently for a reading and Q&A with alumni, students and faculty over Alumni Weekend 2017.
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