Show #112: Boiled Leather, Scrimshaw and Heartwings

The hunnerdtwelfthfth episode of our podcast, Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.

This week’s episode: we are joined by bestselling sci-fi author John Scalzi for a chat about his new book Fuzzy Nation, for which we were commissioned to write the official power ballad. We also discuss: the rigors of touring; boiled leather; riding coattails; grafting songs onto movies; questions that suck; counterintuitive publishing practices; and Master Blaster and hastily-made headshots.

Post-show song: “Fuzzy Man (Fuzzy Nation)”, Paul and Storm

Show #112: Boiled Leather, Scrimshaw and Heartwings



  1. Simalot
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    I’m rather late to the party in my awareness of John Scalzi. Any suggestions to where you would bring a new reader into the Scalzisphere?

    It was well worth the 4-week wait for the latest podcast (don’t do it again, please!).

  2. Posted May 10, 2011 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Whoa, long show today! It might take me a week to listen to this one all the way through. You guys are lucky you’re awesome enough for me to stick with you, despite my short attention span!

  3. Posted May 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Simalot: Most people would suggest Old Man’s War, the first of four novels set in the same universe. OMW was his first published novel, and gets him comparisons to Robert Heinlein.

    Or, you can check out The Scalzi Creative Sampler (, which contains a long list of pieces available free online. The novels and novel excerpts should give you an idea of his writing style.

    I am mostly a fan of his non-fiction writing, which is in evidence on his blog, Whatever. Right now the blog is packed with self-promotion for Fuzzy Nation, but he is in general one of the best bloggers I’ve ever read–due in part to having been doing it since long before “blogging” existed. I would link to some specific pieces but putting more links in this comment in will definitely get me flagged as spam.

  4. Simalot
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Sara.

    That should definitely give me a good start.

  5. Posted May 16, 2011 at 4:47 am | Permalink

    For the scent, you can just sniff Jonathan Coulton’s beard while listening to/reading it.

    (Well, would you look at that! I listened to this one only 6 days after its release! But if I get that audiobook, as I’m very tempted to do, I might get even more behind on my podcasts than usual.)

  6. Clay
    Posted June 21, 2011 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    Hey, if you want to play Fuzzy Man @ a San Francisco appearance or even a local WooT, I’d be happy to play drums… if you can get me the drum track in Rockband… I can even play it on expert if you want.

  7. fred
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    Very cool of Mr Scalzi to include the Piper Estate on a cut of the action. Fuzzy Bones by William Tuning is another good read by someone playing in that universe.

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