John Scalzi, author of the bestselling “Old Man’s War” series, is the former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. His novel “Redshirts” won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel. In addition to publishing more than a dozen books, Scalzi served as creative consultant on the television series “Stargate: Universe” and was writer for the video game Midnight Star. Raised in the eastern San Gabriel Valley, Scalzi now lives in Ohio.
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