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March 01, 2005

Cool Book Club News Which Segues Into Shameless Shill

The cool book club news: The Science Fiction Book Club has sold out of its entire first printing of Old Man's War and is whipping up a second print run. I'm pleased. If you bought a SFBC copy, thanks.

The segue: There is no segue. I thought there would be, but then, suddenly, there wasn't. I know, false advertising. Sorry about that.

The shameless shill: Agent to the Stars, pre-order, limited edition, donation to Child's Play charity, shiny shiny, Athena's college education, yadda yadda yadda. Oh, you know already. But remember that today is the final day for the guaranteed super-secret extra gift with your purchase (remember to put "I Came Here From the Whatever" in the comment space when you make the purchase). So click here to pre-order, and be transported to a place where warm ocean breezes caress your body and soul! Or the Subterranean Press online store. It's one or the other. You won't know until you click.

Posted by john at March 1, 2005 05:36 PM

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RooK | March 1, 2005 07:10 PM

If I hadn't just blown my last 30 bucks on a ThinkGeek t-shirt with a picture of Einstein with a Che Guevara hat the label "Viva la Relativity!", I'd be all over that. Maybe if you grew out some wild mutton chops...

John Scalzi | March 1, 2005 07:21 PM

The thought of me with muttonchops is so appalling that my brain is bleeding just trying to conceive of the image.

However, that t-shirt does sound pretty cool...

RooK | March 1, 2005 08:43 PM

Oh, yeah baby. Check it out: http://www.thinkgeek.com/images/products/front/vivala_relativity.jpg

By the way, the Verisign security for Subterranean Press is expired. It might put people with actual money or credit off their prospective purchase.

John Scalzi | March 1, 2005 09:04 PM

Yeah, I'll mention that to Bill.

PiscusFiche | March 1, 2005 09:05 PM

I can't order it now. I'm moving in three weeks to San Francisco proper, and I don't know what any of my addresses will be, not a PO Box, not a street address, or even a work address. I wish I could, because I would love Penny Arcade, and I've contributed to Child's Play, and Athena is a girl who obviously will enjoy the academic challenges of college life once she gets there.

John Scalzi | March 1, 2005 09:10 PM

Heh. I'm sure you could call/e-mail Subterranean Press and ask them to hold off mailing it until you have an address -- it's a small enough press that they might actually do that for you.

PiscusFiche | March 1, 2005 09:24 PM

I could try having it sent to my parents house, I guess. Hrm. That's an idea.

It's probably not available through Barnes and Noble, is it? Because I've been making my contract design jobs pay me with Barnes and Noble gift certificates. I'm probably going to get Old Man's War with one of them.

John Scalzi | March 1, 2005 09:31 PM

It's not available there yet, although it probably should show up on their system at some point -- it already has an ISBN number and such. I know it's on the Amazon system, for what little good that bit of information does you.

PiscusFiche | March 1, 2005 09:35 PM

Okay. I got it..and eet is going to the 'rents haus. (I also had to take a screenshot of the order screen since my printer is broken.)

PiscusFiche | March 1, 2005 09:36 PM

PS. I hope Athena enjoys college.

John Scalzi | March 1, 2005 09:37 PM

Ha! Well, for that matter, so do I.

flymolo | March 2, 2005 12:57 AM

Sweet. Got my preorder in at the 11th hour for the Special Super Secret Scalzi Gift. Good thing I looked at the site today, or I would've missed out.

John Scalzi | March 2, 2005 01:17 AM

Well, we wouldn't have wanted that!

RooK | March 2, 2005 01:54 AM

I find myself wondering if the SSSSG is actually a certificate that proclaims the recipient to be an Official Scalzi Sycophantâ„¢ under John's thrall.

flymolo | March 2, 2005 02:26 AM

super-secret extra gift?
Scalzi Action Figures.

Tom Nixon | March 2, 2005 03:55 AM

Hey John,

I know you've been rather subtle about book sales :), but I wondered if you had some idea of how many books you've sold thus far in all venues put together? It seems like the book is doing quite well.

John Scalzi | March 2, 2005 06:17 AM

"super-secret extra gift?
Scalzi Action Figures."

With awesome Procrastinating Grip!

Tom: Dunno the exact figures at the moment. Enough that Subterranean is pleased with early sales.

rocco mastrangioli | March 2, 2005 02:49 PM

Just read Old Man's War. Excellent as an middle aged man who grew up on Star Trek I found your book fun for all us aging men!

John Scalzi | March 2, 2005 03:18 PM

Glad you liked it, Rocco!

Soni | March 3, 2005 12:47 AM

Scalzi Action Figures. With awesome Procrastinating Grip!

Yeah, but it's being able to pull fully fleshed publishing contracts out of the dolls ass at will that makes it the favorite amongst the kiddies!

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