Daily Archives: January 27, 2014

For Auction: EXTREMELY RARE Bound, Signed Outtakes from LOCK IN, Plus Signed 1st Edition of LOCK IN, for the Worldbuilders Charity

The wordy headline says it all! But in case it doesn’t, this bit from the auction page:

“A signed copy of Lock In by John Scalzi, and a signed copy of seven chapters cut from that book, (Not) Lock In–one of only four copies in existence

“(NOT) LOCK IN: The seven chapters John Scalzi didn’t use in his latest novel’s final version.

“You will be bidding on a particularly rare piece of ephemera: Seven chapters originally written for the novel Lock In, by John Scalzi, but ultimately not used for the book. These seven chapters feature two lead characters who were ultimately turned into featured characters in the final novel, to make way for a new protagonist. As a result these chapters were put aside and the beginning of the novel rewritten. The final novel keeps some but not all of the events, characters and situations and is ultimately substantially different from what you’ll find here.

“These seven chapters have been printed in an extremely limited perfect bound, paperback edition (four copies only) with only one copy intended for public release: The one here for auction. The cover features a photograph taken by the author. Scalzi will sign and (if desired) personalize the copy to the winner of the auction (or whomever he or she chooses). In addition, Scalzi will sign and personalize a first-edition hardcover copy of Lock In, so the auction bidder will be able to compare and contrast the two versions.”

Note the hardcover copy of Lock In will be provided when the book is published in August. But (Not) Lock In already exists, as you can see from the picture above.

Bidding is open between this very instant and 5pm Pacific, February 2. Here’s the link to the auction page. Good luck!

(P.S.: While you’re there, check out the other auctions Worldbuilders is running. There is some cool stuff there.)

(P.P.S.: For those of you who don’t know what Worldbuilders is, here are the details.)

A Convention Harassment Policy in Action

Arisia is a convention with a harassment policy. So what happened when a woman quite reasonably felt she was harassed, and complained to convention about it? Why, it was handled quickly and efficiently, of course, because there was a process in place to handle it, and that process was followed.

Read about the event here.

Shira Lipkin has further thoughts here.

Good on Arisia for being a convention where someone who felt they were being harassed knew how, and felt comfortable with, reporting the event.

Notes on My Nexus 7

I bought myself the latest generation of Nexus 7 tablet as a post-Christmas gift, and I’ve gotten a couple of people asking me what I thought about it.

Briefly: I like it a whole lot, and in fact would probably say that of all the tablets I have or have tried, it’s probably my favorite. It’s fast, has an excellent 1080p screen, and really is the right size for travel and for my personal set of hands. It was also relatively inexpensive (under $260 for the 32MB version, which makes it $240 less than the most recent iPad mini with the same memory), which doesn’t hurt. I’m also reasonably well integrated into the Google ecosystem, as opposed to the Apple ecosystem, so in terms of the basic apps that I use on a day to day basis, this tablet is better tuned for that.

(Please don’t imagine this is me trying to start a Google vs. Apple war — I have a recent generation iPad, use it frequently and am working on a video game that will initially appear on the iPad before it goes to Android.)

The only reservation I have with the Nexus is not about it, but about me, which is that when I read magazines off it from Next Issue, the text is usually too small. The text, I should note, is perfectly sharp and clear on the Nexus screen; it’s just tiny, and my eyes get cranky these day when I have to look at tiny text. I end up using my iPad or Nexus 10 for magazine reading. If you have better eyes than mine, this will not be a problem for you.

(update: wait, remembered one other thing — the power and volume buttons are a little too flush with the side of the tablet, making them harder to use than I would like. This may aslo be an issue of personal taste.)

With that caveat noted, the Nexus 7 is otherwise just about perfect for me. It’s become my travel tablet, and I also end up carrying it around the house with me from room to room. If you’re in the market for a smaller tablet, I can definitely recommend it to you.