John Scalzi has signed a $3.4 million deal with Tor Books that covers his next 13 books the New York Times reports.
Some of the books will extend the popular “Old Man’s War” series, building on an existing audience, and one will be a sequel to “Lock In.” Mr. Scalzi said he hoped books like “Lock In” could draw more readers toward science fiction, since many, he said, are still “gun-shy” about the genre.
Patrick Nielsen Hayden, the executive editor for Tor, said the decision was an easy one. While Mr. Scalzi has never had a “No. 1 best seller,” he said, “he backlists like crazy.”
“One of the reactions of people reading a John Scalzi novel is that people go out and buy all the other Scalzi novels,” Mr. Hayden said.
Though busy celebrating, Scalzi did not neglect to send this cryptic tweet for no particular reason at all —
I'd like to thank @torbooks for taking a chance on me even though I don't actually sell any books.
— John Scalzi (@scalzi) May 25, 2015