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What the authors are blogging: Scalzi, Gessen, Fry

August 18, 2008 | 12:53 pm

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Keith ("All The Sad Young Literary Men") Gessen, who knows something about Russia, weighs in on the Russia-Georgia conflict. Plus, he's reading tonight in Boston and Tuesday in NYC.

Wil ("Just a Geek") Wheaton, who knows something about "Star Trek," blogs about the enthusiastic response to his story in the new Star Trek manga. Also, he's got a broken rib or two.

Stephen ("The Liar") Fry geeks out over software that turns voicemail to text.

Duane ("Severance Package") Swierczynski is excited that his book has been optioned by Lionsgate and he's co-writing the screenplay: His one "diva" request, he says, is some Loverboy over the end credits.

Tayari ("The Untelling") Jones may die if she doesn't get her hands on the new book by Toni Morrison, "A Mercy."

John ("The Last Colony") Scalzi is funny: "At this very second, 'The Last Colony' being #3 on the Amazon SF list, behind 'Fahrenheit 451' and 'The Road.' Stupid Pulitzer Prize winners, always in my way."

Can you believe it? Laura Albert -- the woman who created JT LeRoy -- has contacted Janice "Girlbomb" Erlbaum, claiming that they were roommates in a NY group home way back when.   

Diarist Samuel Pepys, who's been dead for 343 years, took a lovely summer's-end yacht tour with friends, resting on velvet cushions and watching out for a meteor.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo credits (clockwise): Stephen Fry by Steve Forrest/Rex Features; Keith Gessen by Carolyn Cole for the L.A. Times; John Scalzi; Laura Albert from the cover of the LA Weekly; Samual Pepys; Tayari Jones by Kleopatra Jones via Flickr.

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