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December 10, 2004

The Glorious Appearing -- A Contest

I am reliably informed by one of my many spies that Old Man's War has begun shipping from Amazon, so those of you who have pre-ordered the book from that online vendor should be receiving it fairly soon. It is still not listed as in stock, although I imagine that will change fairly soon. Update, 9:55pm: BN.com has it available for shipping.

In one of the comment threads someone asked what one could get for being the first to spot Old Man's War in the wild (which is to say, in an actual bookstore). What an excellent question. To which I say, the first person who send me actual documentary evidence of Old Man's War out there in the world -- preferably by way of taking a picture of the bookstore employee ringing it up at the cash register -- will receive a CD from me of some of the various musical compositions I've banged together over the years. I used to have some of them up over at Indiecrit, but they went down the same time as Indiecrit did. However, if you're wondering if getting this CD would be a reward or a punishment, here's one of them as a sample. I make music about as well as an author should, I think.

Now, you can't just send me a note that says -- "Hey! I saw it!" and expect to get this oh-so-choice reward. Pictures, please. And don't think I can't tell a Photoshopping when I see one. Not that I expect anyone would actually go through the effort of Photoshopping for a CD of my musical stylings. Even so.

How difficult will this be? Hopefully not terribly so, although as a practical matter this first printing of OMW is fairly small: about 3800 copies, or so I've heard (ah, the life of a first-time genre author!) and so that may represent something of a challenge. On the other hand, if you are a book collector, better snap up a copy (or two!). Those first edition OMWs might actually be worth something one day.

In all seriousness, I'd love to know for sure when OMW hits the stores, so if you see it -- picture or no -- let me know. Thanks.

Posted by john at December 10, 2004 04:42 PM

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Joe Rybicki | December 10, 2004 06:32 PM

Nothing here in the SF Financial district yet...

Anonymous | December 10, 2004 08:28 PM

Did you notice that BN.com says its already for sale and ships within 2-3 days?

John Scalzi | December 10, 2004 09:45 PM

Huh. So it does.

Guy Matthews | December 11, 2004 06:38 AM

Say John, is this a worldwide release or just a US one at the moment?

John Scalzi | December 11, 2004 12:35 PM

I believe it's being released in the US and UK simultaneously.

Melissa | December 12, 2004 03:08 PM

I went to my Waldenbooks last night and inquired about it. They said the book isn't even being published until January.

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