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February 05, 2007

Speaking of TSD...


Literally a minute after I uploaded the audio version, the UPS dude showed up at the door with my own copies. This is the limited edition, which is all leathery and and has my signature and stuff, although I'll admit having my own autographed copy of a Scalzi original is possibly less exciting for me than it is for others.

In any event, if I've got mine, that means many of you will be receiving yours soon as well -- if in fact you don't have yours already.

Posted by john at February 5, 2007 03:10 PM

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Chang, father of pangolins | February 5, 2007 03:18 PM

Crap, mine's being delivered to my old address! I needs it now! It burns us not to have it now!

John Scalzi | February 5, 2007 03:19 PM

Deep breaths, Chang. Over the course of these last two threads, I've begun to worry about your blood pressure.

Chang, father of pangolins | February 5, 2007 03:26 PM

Dude! I do yoga, my BP's fine. I can even make it drop on command. I'll show you at Boskone.

Ahem. Truth be told, I've got far too much on the guilt stack that has yet to be read. It's just thwt I enjoy the books and I devoured Questions for a Soldier in seconds flat.

I must go now. Mrs. Chang hand delivered hot cocoa and cookies. I must do as I am told.

Douglas | February 5, 2007 04:21 PM

I've wondered about this for some time, but your mention of having an autographed copy of your own work brought it to the surface...

...and I know you're no copyright lawyer...

...but can you re-write your own work after it's been published? Like computer books issue corrections? Would you be allowed to re-issue a chapter that for what ever reason hadn't read as well/elegant/clear as you had originally thought?

Lurked here long enough to use the word 'can' rather than 'want' (or 'need').

John Scalzi | February 5, 2007 04:25 PM


"but can you re-write your own work after it's been published?"

Sure. People have done it.

Steve Buchheit, still spunged | February 5, 2007 04:28 PM

Chang, I hear ya on the guilt stack. My lovable wife brought home a bag (a whole frickin' bag) of SF/F stuff from the college library (books being removed form the collection). And bless her heart, there was a copy (well beaten, but still in mostly one piece) of "Those Who Can" which I've been looking for since a certain Tor Editor mentioned it. Not to mention many Kurt Vonegaut hardcovers. Now my guilt stack overflows 2 copy paper boxes (and these had 12x18 in them, so they're bigger).

But very cool on your own piece of history there, John.

Carl V. | February 5, 2007 04:28 PM

So sad mine wasn't in the mail today and will be even more anxiously on the lookout for it the rest of the week!

Ray | February 5, 2007 08:53 PM

Und wann wird das deutschsprechende für meine österreichischen Freunde freigegeben?

Don't worry about Chang's bp, he does Yoga. Chang as a matter of fact I co-own a Yoga studio in CA. "www.theyogacompany.com". Check it out.

Ray | February 5, 2007 09:02 PM

Und wann wird das deutschsprechende für meine österreichischen Freunde freigegeben?

Don't worry about Chang's bp, he does Yoga. Chang as a matter of fact I co-own a Yoga studio in CA. "www.theyogacompany.com". Check it out.

Bryan Price | February 5, 2007 10:03 PM

It was a no-show here. Not surprised. It takes forever to get stuff delivered here in JAX. I miss CMH where I could send and receive anything I wanted to via USPS/UPS/FedEx at most in three days.

I had to discover JAX where it's more typical to be 7 to 8 days.

Sucks to be me.

Mary Robinette Kowal | February 6, 2007 12:32 AM

Curses. I leave for NYC tomorrow and there's no sign of it. I know, I know, I've gotten to read it already, but I haven't gotten to fondle it.

Mark | February 6, 2007 12:55 AM

Damn you mortgage company! Do you not see the mighty goodness of this book? I could have ordered one were it not for you!


Chris | February 6, 2007 06:10 AM

I really hope this doesn't take too long to reach me over here in the UK. I had to wait an age for the hardback copy of OMW to arrive.

Damn overseas shipping and customs, grumble, grumble.

Andrew L | February 6, 2007 11:38 AM


One of the more notable examples in SFF of what you're asking about is the changes that J.R.R. Tolkien made to later editions of The Hobbit in order to make it more consistent with The Lord of the Rings. See here.

Amanda J | February 6, 2007 06:40 PM

I don't have my pretty pretty shiny shiny book yet. Rats.

wanders off, wondering if spells would work in this situation...

Randy | February 8, 2007 03:08 PM

TSD came in today's mail. Hooray!

Randy | February 8, 2007 03:10 PM

TSD came in today's mail. Hooray!

Bill Blum | February 10, 2007 08:00 AM

TSD came yesterday in the mail....

Nicely done, Scalzi.

My son asked about the list of names in the book when he looked thru it--- I then he saw my wife's name listed. "Mommy.... it says here you're dead... in the FUTURE. YOU ARE FROM THE FUTURE!!!!"

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