Scott Sigler is CONTAGIOUS

By Phil Plait | December 16, 2008 9:00 am

… and I want to help infect you.

Regular readers may remember Scott from The Night of Silliness at Dragon*Con, or you may know him as a famous writer and podcaster.

I know he’s a talented guy, so when I found out he had written a science-based horror novel called Infected, I had to read it. I love scary stuff, and this did not disappoint. It’s fast-paced, well-developed, and many times gave me the heebie-jeebies. Turns out, chicken scissors can be used with great effect in the hands — so to speak — of a writer like Scott.

Now he has written a sequel called Contagious, and my copy has not yet arrived (it comes out December 30), but I’m thinking it’s going to be really good. He’s already started podcasting it on his site, so if you’re some kind of young kid who likes to listen to books instead of hold them in your hands like you’re supposed to, GET OFF MY LAWN and go to his site to download the episodes.

To help promote his book, he roped me into this actually pretty cool idea: he has created a dozen posters with plot hints on them, but you need to collect all 12 to figure it out. He set up one poster each for twelve of the bestest, well-writtenest, all-around-awesomest websites he could find, and whaddyaknow, I made the cut. So here’s the poster from Scott to me to you:

Click it to download the hi-res version, or you can grab a PDF of it from Scott.

But wait! There’s more! Some creative soul made a trailer for the book. This is maybe a little NSFW and probably NSF young ‘uns, too.

So, you want the other 11 posters? Then you’ll have to go to these blogs:

Ask a Ninja
Accident Hash
Chris Brogan
Keith and the Girl
Epic Fu
Scott Sigler
J. C. Hutchins

Only then will the secret be revealed. Go get ’em all!

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Comments (16)

  1. I’m sorry, I’m still chuckling over the photo. :)

    Thanks for the book recommendation. I’ll probably have a lot of time on my hands when I deploy, and I am stocking up.

  2. Thanks for the promo, Philly-P. However, it should be noted that is NOT a picture of me, that is my cousin, Soupbone the Wonder Pimp. I would never dress in such a fashion.

  3. John Powell

    Check out his other (free!) podcast novels on, or iTunes:

    Earthcore – Something subterranean and deadly is protecting a ridiculously rich platinum deposit from an ambitious mining company. What’s really going on?

    Ancestor – A project to genetically engineer animals to produce human compatible transplant organs creates a vicious predator instead.

    Infected – “Scary” Perry Dawson, ex football player, now computer IT guy, becomes infected with growths that develop into blue triangles, that tell him to do things… bad things.

    Contagious – Sequel to Infected.

    The Rookie – Football, aliens and organized crime 700 years in the future. My favorite Sigler novel so far (and I don’t even like Football!)

    Nocturnal – a San Francisco police detective battles monsters, mobsters, corrupt police, a vigilante and his own nightmares that are all somehow connected.

  4. BethK

    Some of us old folks like to read in hand (and out loud to our families – we’re wrapping up Heinlein’s ‘The Moon is a Harsh Mistress’ tonight). But it’s handy to have audio books and podcasts to listen to in the car. I’m not sure if ‘Contagious’ is something I’d enjoy, but the poster plot hints idea is intriguing.

  5. I think you need to rib Scalzi a bit about not being one of those websites…

  6. Exordium

    Sweet, can’t wait to check this out, and curse you phil for linking to Scott’s site way back when as I now am just another junkie constantly awaiting his my next fix.

  7. tf

    Please – no more Scott Sigler. I’d say more, but I think it would just come off as rude.

  8. John Powell


    Scott also has free PDFs on his website and dead tree versions (not free) in stores. I wouldn’t read or play any of his stories to children. They contain, “…adult language, situations, and lots and LOTS of Violence!”*

    *Scott Sigler’s disclaimer at the beginning of his podcasts.

  9. alfaniner

    Just wondering if Scott ever corrected that date in Ancestor. I dunno, perhaps it was done intentionally, but on the current calendar November only has 30 days… (read the online version and loved it, btw).

  10. BethK

    Thank you, John Powell. My kids are 13 and 15, so I’d read through these before trying them with the kids. I consider such warnings. But it sounds like these are not my sort of reading material.

    So many books, so little time. I think our next one is Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” – checked out of the university library – recycle the dead trees.

    Phil said “if you’re some kind of young kid who likes to listen to books instead of hold them in your hands like you’re supposed to …”

    There are other reasons for listening than being a young kid. Have you ever driven across Kansas on I-70? 425 miles that’s fairly boring in the summertime. It goes by a lot faster if someone is reading to you. And if you don’t have someone who will do that in person, audio books are handy.

    Reading to your kids is one of the best family things you can do. But it sounds like Scott Sigler’s aren’t appropriate.

  11. Thanks for the promo, Philly-P. However, it should be noted that is NOT a picture of me, that is my cousin, Soupbone the Wonder Pimp. I would never dress in such a fashion.

    Well, I was chuckling at the poorly dressed individual in that picture. Your Cousin dresses SMASHINGLY! 😀 How I envy his fashion sense!

  12. Darrin

    Holy FSM, it’s Thoupbone! That was one of my favorite blog posts of all time, Phil.

    You should really get ol’ “Thoup” to write some stuff for you :)

  13. Alfaniner – damn, man, that’s jumping in the Wayback Machine and calling out an early faux pas. You make one damn typo as you’re rearranging the time line to make for a thrilling finish, and it haunts you like a dawg …

    tf – Please, no more comments from you. I’d say more, but you’ve set a nice, civil tone, so I’ll follow suit.

    LarianLeQuella – I’ll let Soupbone know you like his threads.


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