John Scalzi Sings

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June 17 2014 12:07 PM

Danke Schön

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Your host and John Scalzi at DragonCon 2008. Later, bacon flavored jelly beans were involved.

Photo by Phil Plait

Phoenix Comicon is now part of history, but one part of it will haunt me until my final days. At my first panel, “The Science of Science Fiction,” multiple-Hugo-award-winning author John Scalzi noted the stage was set up like a runway. Ty Franck—also a popular sci-fi author—engaged Scalzi in a series of dares that escalated quickly into a promise of a dollar if Scalzi walked the runway and sang, “Danke Schön.”

This is what happened next.

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I believe the feedback is clear proof that gods exist, and they watch over those of us who sing a cappella.

Franck gave Scalzi a dollar, and the gods were appeased.

(N.B.: Yes, I know I held the phone the wrong way. I was in a hurry and panicked.)

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

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