Scott Meyer

After an unsuccessful career in radio, and a middling-successful career as a stand-up comic, Scott Meyer found himself middle aged, working as a ride operator at Walt Disney World. 

In his spare time, he produced the successful web comic Basic Instructions. He slowly built a following of fans all over the world, to whom he sold his first self-published novel, Off to Be the Wizard. The book’s success brought him a publishing deal. 

Scott Meyer is the bestselling author of seven novels. He lives in Arizona with his wife, their cats, and his most important possession, a working air conditioner.

Find Scott on his website, or follow him on Twitter @binstructions.

Bibliography

  • Standalone
    Run Program
    Scott Meyer
  • Standalone
    The Authorities
    Scott Meyer
  • Standalone
    Master of Formalities
    Scott Meyer
  • Magic 2.0 Series
    Off to be the Wizard (#1)
    Scott Meyer
  • Magic 2.0 Series
    Spell or High Water (#2)
    Scott Meyer
  • Magic 2.0 Series
    An Unwelcome Quest (#3)
    Scott Meyer
  • Magic 2.0 Series
    Fight and Flight (#4)
    Scott Meyer
  • Magic 2.0 Series
    Out of Spite, Out of Mind (#5)
    Scott Meyer
  • Magic 2.0 Series
    The Vexed Generation (#6)
    Scott Meyer
  • Basic Instructions Comic Collections
    Help is on the Way (#1)
    Scott Meyer
  • Basic Instructions Comic Collections
    Made with 90% Recycled Art (#2)
    Scott Meyer
  • Basic Instructions Comic Collections
    The Curse of the Masking-Tape Mummy (#3)
    Scott Meyer
  • Basic Instructions Comic Collections
    Dignified Hedonism (#4)
    Scott Meyer
     

Reviews

Standalone

Run Program
“RUN PROGRAM is a comedy, though not of the wacky Hitchhicker’s Guide variety.”

Kahn’s Corner

“I very much enjoyed the many humorous references, puns, and all-around wittiness of the book. Many times, I found myself laughing out loud while listening.”

Audio Book Reviewer

Master of Formalities
“Funny and entertaining.”

SFFWorld

Magic 2.0 Series

Off to be the Wizard (#1)
“This is one of the more offbeat ideas for a novel we’ve come across lately. Martin Banks discovers that reality is a computer program, and he can hack it, tweaking reality to make it more to his liking. Unfortunately, his edits to the universe haven’t gone unnoticed, and he faces prosecution for reality-hacking. So he goes back in time to the Middle Ages and becomes a wizard in the time of King Arthur. Bet you’ve never seen that story before.”

io9

“[This novel has] a lot of computer geek humor as well as some pop culture humor from the 80s and 90s that reminded me a bit of Ready Player One, a book I absolutely love. I think fans of that book may find similar things to like here. Scott Meyer does for fantasy geeks what Ernest Cline did for gaming geeks.”

SFF Audio

“OFF TO BE THE WIZARD is a very easy read. It’s light-hearted and completely entertaining. Meyer knows what he’s writing and the story doesn’t take itself too seriously, hitting just about every note you’d want. Reading this novel reminded me of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, giving me that same feeling and putting a big smile on my face at every turn. It’s full of love, pokes fun at many, many things, and is simply a joy to read. I can’t recommend this novel highly enough, and the sequel — SPELL OR HIGH WATER — is at the top of my anticipated list. A must-read.”

SFFWorld

Spell or High Water (#2)
“Mr. Meyer does a great job of handling [time travel stories] [...] This was another great entry in this series. Almost everything was nicely wrapped up, while the epilogue planted the seeds for a possible third book. I hope he does write a third because I’ll happily listen to it.”

SFF Audio

“What a fantastically entertaining story. It was full of humor from start to finish. Although classified for and said to appeal to fantasy/sci-fi gamer geeks, the comedy is sure to appeal to just about anyone.”

Short Book Reviews, 5 out of 5 stars

An Unwelcome Quest (#3)
“If you want a fun and light series, look no further. While probably not as funny as the first book, it’s definitely the best written. The characters are more developed, the plot is tighter, and in general I was always excited to to start listening again. If you liked the first two books, definitely give this one a try. And if you haven’t given this series a try yet, you really should. It’s a lot of fun, and I really hope we’ll get more of them.”

SFF Audio

“AN UNWELCOME QUEST is an easy book to recommend as it’s a quick read, full of action and entertainment, and has some proper laugh-out-loud moments [...] Hopefully this won’t be the last we’ll see of the Leadchurch Wizards (the ending certainly leaves plenty of room for more stories), but as it stands I can completely and utterly recommend these books. Great stuff.”

SFFWorld

Basic Instructions Comic Collections

Awards & Accolades

Standalone

Magic 2.0 Series

An Unwelcome Quest (#3)
Fight and Flight (#4)
USA

#2 Audible Bestseller List

Basic Instructions Comic Collections