John Scalzi, with an able assist from Sam Sykes, delivers a crazed rant during his appearance Saturday at the Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale, AZ.
I've been following John's blog, Whatever, for years, and even sold him a story for the issue of SUBTERRANEAN MAGAZINE he guest-edited back in 2006, but it was the first time I've met him in person. Very much like his online persona: outgoing, level-headed, able to laugh at himself, and frighteningly quick-witted.
The Poisoned Pen is a mostly-mystery bookstore that hosts frequent author signings and events, and has well-stocked shelves and knowledgable employees. If it wasn't a 60-mile round trip from home, I'd get there a lot more frequently.