John Scalzi

(b. 1969)

A pro writer and blogger who was first published in 2005. He was elected president of the SFWA in 2010 after losing as a write-in candidate in 2007. He is probably best known for his blog, Whatever, but in only a half-dozen years he became one of the best-known (and most award-winning) writers in SF.

He has gotten some criticism for using his enormously popular blog to win nominations and awards in unrelated areas, and for accepting Best Fan Writer Hugo nominations for work which seems to be part of his professional output. In defense, there is no question that what he writes would, if done by an unpaid fan, be considered fan writing, and he would be far from the first pro (or fan to capitalize on popularity to win awards.

2006 Campbell Award <winner>
2007 Best Fan Writer Hugo
2008 Best Fan Writer Hugo <winner>
2008 Best Novel Hugo
2009 Best Related Book Hugo <winner> for Your Hate Mail Will be Graded
2009 Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form Hugo
2009 Best Novel Hugo
2010 Best Novella Hugo
2012 Best Short Story Hugo
2013 Best Novel Hugo <winner>

Other Awards, Honors and GoHships:

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