I don’t usually blog items that are already in boingboing, because I think most of my (few) readers have already seen things there anyhow.

But this one is just too excellent, and deserves all the extra credit it can get. SF author John Scalzi and his excellent publisher Tor Books are offering his novel Old Man’s War as a free download to any troops stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan. They just have to email him and they get it for free. A new SF novel, at the right price, for some folks who probably really need some good reading material. I like the idea very much, and I’ll be supporting the idea by buying the book for myself.