Quick Personal Pimp: 50% Sale on “Sagan” and Others

Subterranean Press is having a short sale on the latest reprints of “The Sagan Diary” and three other titles (Rude Mechanicals by Kage Baker, Promises to Keep by Charles de Lint and D.A. by Connie Willis): Each is 50% off through tomorrow (that’s 2/1/08). That means you can pick up the book version of “Sagan,” including Bob Eggleton’s excellent cover and interior art, for just $10 (plus shipping), and get equally great deals on those other equally great books. Here are the details — do pay attention to them, because you’ll need to specify the sale when you order.

Okay, unplugging the DSL now. Later.

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  1. booksellerbynight – This is Patty Cryan's book blog, a place for her to put her book reviews and things. It is a mirror site for her LiveJournal site at http://booksbynight.livejournal.com. ["What's a JOATAMON?", you may ask. And many of you do. It's an acronym for "Jack Of All Trades and Mistress of None", and was the name for my hypothetical rock band, back when everyone and their brother had a hypothetical band.] [Some of my Gentle Readers actually have not-so-hypothetical rock bands. But this is a book blog.] ABOUT THE BLOGGER: Patricia M. Cryan is, by turns, a retailer who never sleeps, a walking library of children's literature, and a freelance editor who makes strong folk cry at regular intervals. She serves as General Partner for Mike's Comics [http://www.mikescomics.com], a mail order and Internet company in its 31st year of operation, which carries comic books, science fiction and fantasy books and collectibles, roleplaying game supplies, fantasy greeting cards, and much, much more. She has been active in bookselling since 1987 and is a member of The New England Children's Bookselling Advisory Council. Her most current literary project involves editorial work on THE EDGECLIFF STORYBOOK; an excerpt can be found at http://www.edgecliffabbey.com. Please feel free to comment, or to e-mail me.
    Patty Cryan

    Nifty! Thanks, John.

  2. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang in boots


    How do I increase the guilt stack without raising the ire of the wife?

    And I’m expecting some ‘Shop action any minute now.

  3. $10 + (international) shipping + Canada’s GST (5 %) + the over $7 Canadian Customs charge so that they can collect and process the GST. Yes, they want to charge me over $7 to collect $0.50.

    I really like John’s books, and have even ordered stuff from Subterranean before. But I just can’t bring myself to give the Canadian government almost $8 in “taxes” to buy something that costs $10. This does not make me happy.

  4. Yes,

    Go buy it! I’m memorialized in it. (Well with 185 or so other members of the 16th Brigade / Company D.) We died with our Anti-Gravity boots on.

  5. DJL: You can get it on Amazon.ca Not that I’m in Canada, mind you.

    The Sagan Diary (Hardcover)
    by John Scalzi (Author)
    No customer reviews yet. Be the first.
    US List Price: $20.00
    CDN Equivalent: CDN$ 20.59
    Price: CDN$ 14.66 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over CDN$ 39. Details
    You Save: CDN$ 5.93 (29%)
    Availability: In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.

    Only 1 left in stock–order soon (more on the way).

    Of course they don’t mention taxes… (grin)

    Me? I ordered a copy for myself while ordering Christmas presents for other people — my generosity to myself has apparently cost me. (grin) Damn you, Scalvi!

    Dr. Phil

  6. Have The Sagan Diary, but am intrigued by the mention of “The Sagan Dairy.” Hope it’s homogeneous with Diary and doesn’t skim too many sales. Maybe there’s an opportunity for cross-marketing: Got Scalzi?

  7. The Sagan Dairy – sounds a bit on the cheesy side. Is this Scalzi milking his fanbase or what? Trying to cream a bit more off our bank balances, I say. Well he’s not going to butter me up with such blandishments.

    (If it were earlier in the day I could mine this lactic seam good and proper . . . .)

  8. I purchased a copy, and had SubPress send it to my uncle, who really enjoyed Old Man’s War. At that price, it’s too good a read not to disburse widely.

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