Scalzi’s The Human Division Audiobook to be Serialized?

John Scalzi, author of Redshirts, Fuzzy Nation, and Old Man’s War has just announced that he’s completed his new novel (set in the Old Man’s War universe): The Human Division.

Scalzi has been talking for a while how this book is made up of a series of interlocking stories, and will be released serially as eBook episodes, with the collected edition coming out around the same time as the final story. But in his post today, Scalzi mentions that this might not only happen for the eBook, but for the audiobook as well:

[T]here will be an audio version, from Audible. My understanding is that they will also be doing the book in episodes, concurrent to the electronic episode release schedule.

This isn’t a revolutionary thing, exactly. Novelists like Mur Lafferty, Scott Sigler, and a bunch of others have been podcasting their books (typically for free download) for years now. But this is the first time I can think of an author of Scalzi’s status releasing an audiobook in this format.

And it sounds like a good fit for this particular book. I wouldn’t have wanted to listen to any of Scalzi’s previous novels on weekly basis, but since The Human Division was intended to be serialized from the get-go, with each episode essentially being a complete story, I’m pretty curious.

I love me some Scalzi. I read Old Man’s War about five years ago, loved it, and immediately gave it to my dad knowing it’d be the kind of thing he’d dig. We’ve been trading Scalzi books back and forth since, although I listened to both Fuzzy Nation and Redshirts in audio. The more I think about it, the more I’m tempted to pick up these episodes individually. Scalzi tales on a weekly basis? It’s better than television! (Hopefully, there will be some kind of subscription offer from Audible.)

So, yeah. Put me down for the serials! And, you know, I’ll probably set my dad up with a hard copy of the book in it’s entirety when it comes out too, so we can grin like idiots when talking about it.

How about you?

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2 Responses to Scalzi’s The Human Division Audiobook to be Serialized?

  1. montsamu says:

    I’m pretty curious about pricing, etc. What would be really interesting is if you could “subscribe” for one credit, and then get all the episodes automatically as they are published…

  2. Dave Thompson says:

    Yeah, pricing is an issue. And shorter stuff is almost always overpriced at Audible, now that you mention it. I love your credit subscription idea, though – I’d be in for that. Paying $5 x 13 episodes? Not such a promising prospect after all.

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