# Did You Know March 30 Is International Give Away an ARC of Fuzzy Nation on Whatever Day?

It totally is! I have a proclamation from the United Nations and everything! Actually, it’s not from the UN, it’s from my cat. And he didn’t so much proclaim it so much as stare at me unblinkingly with his implacable predator eyes. But that’s not important now. What is important is that I’m giving away an ARC of Fuzzy Nation here on Whatever. Today. March 30. 2011. I will even sign and personalize it for you, you lucky, lucky dog, you.

How can you win it? Easy:

1. I have thought of a number between 1 and 1,000 and told it to my wife WHO DOES NOT LIE for third party verification of that number.

2. In the comment thread, guess which number I thought of.

3. If you guessed right, you win!

4. You can only guess one number, and you can only guess once.

5. If two people post the same correct number, the first person who posted it wins (if two people post the same wrong number, then, well. You’re both wrong).

6. If no one picks the number, the closest number to the number I picked will win. In the event that there are two people picking numbers equidistant from the winning number (i.e., one higher, one lower), the winner will be the lower number. Because I said so, that’s why.

7. Contest open until 11:59:59pm Eastern, March 30, 2011.

8. I’ll announce the winner sometime tomorrow.

So: Pick a number.

### 1358 Comments on “Did You Know March 30 Is International Give Away an ARC of Fuzzy Nation on Whatever Day?”

1. Sounds like 278 would be the optimal guess to me :)

2. 42 duh!

3. 327

4. 663!

5. 597

6. My guess? 418 (not that you’d stoop to using your wife’s birthday as a way of ingratiating yourself yet again…)

7. 728

8. Did I know? No, no I did not. :)

But the number is obviously, definitely 521. Ish.

9. 665

10. 3

11. I’m going to go with pi.

12. 346.

13. This prime choice: 691

14. 428

15. 47

(I’ve re-read the Fuzzy canon in preparation)

16. 697

17. 432

18. 637

19. Ummm…739?

20. 262

21. Is it 223?

22. 43

23. 333

24. Errr 731

25. 701

26. 11

27. 367

28. 374

29. 229

30. 113

31. 001

As in “Sector” as in “Earth” as in “We will assimilate your culture.”

32. 481…

33. 983

34. 6

35. 263

36. 673

37. 181, and not a penny over.

38. 613

39. 392

40. 21

41. 330

42. The tumor in my colon says it’s 317, but he’s usually wrong.

43. 383!

44. 4

Thanks for having let me win.

45. 735

46. 818

47. 698.

48. 29

49. 282

50. 17

51. 526.

52. 472

because I said so

53. 264

54. I’m going with 412

55. 44

56. 537

57. 401

58. According to my precise and arbitrary calculations based on arbitrary mind control factors… 313!

59. I will say 666 as the dark one is on my team!

60. 869

61. 143

62. Clearly it is #479

63. 594 (thanks, random.org!)

64. 7

65. 471 *crosses fingers*

67. 336

68. 376

69. I’ll stick with my number, but I wanted to say $1 because I love it when people win the price is right’s contestants row with that. 70. 736 71. 782, on the nose. 72. 257 73. 583! 74. 442 75. 387! 76. I’ll stick with 472, but I wanted to say$1 because I love it when people win the price is right’s contestants row with that.

77. 11

78. 777

79. 38

80. 602

81. 227

82. 763!

83. 239

84. 0421

85. 452

86. 744 ! It must be right!

87. 510 (aka Fuzzy Nation release day)

88. 345

89. 842

90. 222

91. 333

92. I know regular expressions!

^([0-9]|[1-9][0-9]|[1-9][0-9][0-9])\$

Legitimate guess, Benford’s Law-compliant: 123.

93. 815

94. Hi,

I’m thinking: 823

95. 843

96. 867

97. There is only one number equidistant between 1 and 1,000, that is 500.

Please send me my book now, I am almost finished with my other one and need something to read.

98. 247

99. 242

Because it’s twice as good as 42. In certain numbering systems.

100. 639!

101. 101

102. 414!

103. 901

104. 599

105. I’ll say 768

106. 1

107. Crap. I just saw 510 was taken. I’ll say 509 (Midnight release?)

108. She’s real fine (my 409).

109. Opps, 1 is taken, 600

110. 530

111. 446

112. 430

113. My number is 88.

114. 121

115. 723

116. 912

117. 911!

118. 349

(And thank you!)

119. 813!

120. 279

121. 996.

122. 245

123. Put me down for a 561 please!

124. 749

125. I was going to say 867, but I see that is already taken. I will go with 7 instead

Again, my number is 7.

Also, I just got around to reading Zoe’s Tale yesterday. I am glad I added it to my library!

126. 99

127. 923

128. 231

129. 415

130. my guess is number 11.

131. 994

132. I’m going with 27 as the number.

133. 347. I am win.

134. my guess: 4

135. 689

136. 217

137. 987

138. It is number 1, and I’ll even tell you why – because that was Little Fuzzy’s number. :)

139. 741

It’ll be interesting doing a stat plot of the guesses vice the actual number.

140. 368
John is the best!

141. 826 is still free, so that’ll be mine then.

142. 759.

I think I can, I think I can…

143. 479

144. Gavin says 189

145. 878

146. 525 , because. Just because.

147. I’ll say 358.

148. 718

149. 678

150. 582

151. I’ll guess 997.

I didn’t look at any of the previous comments, either.

152. Here’s my guess for the key to the Fuzzy Nation review copy:
64
(03+30+20+11).
thanks for giving us suckers a chance.

153. 232

154. 702

155. 994

156. 255

157. My guess is 404.

158. 267

159. 384

Thanks!

160. Oh darn, it’s 30 isn’t it?

161. My guess is 434

162. I somehow feel quite sure it’s 327, but since that’s already taken (damn!), I’ll go with 857.

163. 742

164. 872

165. Made my friend pick the number, so it’s her fault when I lose: 738

166. 520

167. 499

168. 768, sir.

I’m a big H. Beam Piper fan, so I’m looking forward to this book either way.

169. 347, no good reason

170. 534. Was going to go with 42, but that’s already spoke for.

171. 462

172. ONE DOLLAR!!!

Wait, I mean… 397.

173. Three, the number of licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop.

174. 1,000

175. 723.

176. 142

177. I humbly submit the number 12.

178. 713, which is my birthday.

179. 386

180. 467

181. 427

182. 42

183. 591

184. 12

185. 127!

186. 3

187. 986

188. 410

189. 639

190. 641

I love you! (kiss kiss). I love your wife! I love your daughter! I even love your cat and his predatory stare!

(and I mean this is in a totally non-creepy way!)

191. 48

192. 783

193. 555

194. 813

195. 6

196. 13

197. 163

198. 117

199. 581

200. 2

201. 573

202. 51

203. 345

204. 714

205. 721

206. 288

207. 141

208. 658

209. 313

210. 337

211. 98.

212. 333 because it is the number of atoms in a hokfusine molecule

213. 332

214. I’m going with 277. Because it’s as awesome as I am.

215. 428
Drat, on iPhone, can’t search to see if it’s been chosen already. :(

216. My first 4 guesses were already taken, so.
992

217. 646

218. 364

219. i’m guessing 346 ?

220. 627

221. 675

222. 886

223. 222 even though you’re not old enough to remember it, but I love the symmetry of the number.

224. 587

225. My guess is 80
I requested #80 for ST press’ special edition of Zoe’s tale. If I win there is something cosmic going on!

226. 532

227. 72

228. pi

229. 454.

(Your wife is the coolest, eveh!)

230. 564

231. 235

232. 178!

233. 927 :)

234. 312

235. 389.

236. 404!

237. 616

238. I’m going to hope my “Find on this page” search was correct and go with 727.

239. 830 my birthday – nice advance present.

240. 629

241. 435

242. 497

Just skimmed through many comments before I realised I could ctrl-F my number …

243. 745 FTW!

Well, probably not, but…

244. 314. I like pie, too.

245. I’d guess 1223 (Athena’s birthday) but that doesn’t work. So I’ll say 223.

246. 997
Although I probably should choose a number that Daisy can bark out, just as an extra confirmation of your beautiful wife’s veracity. But the existence of such a back-up plan was not mentioned in the text, so 997.

247. 107

248. 768

249. I’m going to go with 950.

250. Oh, great. All the good numbers are gone. I guess I’ll have to pick 437.

251. I’ve just realize that number 3 was already taken :( (fist guess post #329 )
my new guess is the number 111

252. 517

253. 433

254. 824

255. 258

256. 227!

257. 859

258. 956.

259. 105

(My son’s birthday is 5/10/2000 … but as that # has already been picked (! Left Coast penalty !) I’ll go w/ another version of it & hope for the best.

Good luck all!

260. 2

Which has the advantage that nobody else has picked it, anyway. ;)

261. 789

262. 510

263. I’m going with 3.

264. 623

265. 315

266. 424

267. 249

268. 683

269. 82.

I can’t believe I had to try 6 different numbers until I found one not already taken.

270. 737. Like the jet. But not, because it’s just a number and not in fact an airplane.

271. 129

272. My guess – 922.

In the unlikely event of winning, I’m quite happy to chip in for international shipping!

273. 626?

274. 487

275. 337

276. 649

277. 511!

278. i didn’t hear anything about whole numbers…

3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510
58209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679
82148086513282306647093844609550582231725359408128
48111745028410270193852110555964462294895493038196
44288109756659334461284756482337867831652712019091
45648566923460348610454326648213393607260249141273
72458700660631558817488152092096282925409171536436
78925903600113305305488204665213841469519415116094
33057270365759591953092186117381932611793105118548
07446237996274956735188575272489122793818301194912
98336733624406566430860213949463952247371907021798

279. 69

280. 486

281. 812

282. 918

283. 502

284. the answer is clearly 413. (unless it is 612. But 1st answers only)

285. 601.

286. 3.1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 5820974944 5923078164 0628620899 8628034825 3421170679 8214808651 3282306647 0938446095 5058223172 5359408128 4811174502 8410270193 8521105559 6446229489 5493038196 4428810975 6659334461 2847564823 3786783165 2712019091 4564856692 3460348610 4543266482 1339360726 0249141273 7245870066 0631558817 4881520920 9628292540 9171536436 7892590360 0113305305 4882046652 1384146951 9415116094 3305727036 5759591953 0921861173 8193261179 3105118548 0744623799 6274956735 1885752724 8912279381 8301194912 9833673362 4406566430 8602139494 6395224737 1907021798 6094370277 0539217176 2931767523 8467481846 7669405132 0005681271 4526356082 7785771342 7577896091 7363717872 1468440901 2249534301 4654958537 1050792279 6892589235 4201995611 2129021960 8640344181 5981362977 4771309960 5187072113 4999999837 2978049951 0597317328 1609631859 5024459455 3469083026 4252230825 3344685035 2619311881 7101000313 7838752886 5875332083 8142061717 7669147303 5982534904 2875546873 1159562863 8823537875 9375195778 1857780532 1712268066 1300192787 6611195909 2164201989 3809525720 1065485863 2788659361 5338182796 8230301952 0353018529 6899577362 2599413891 2497217752 8347913151 5574857242 4541506959 * 3.1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 5820974944 5923078164 0628620899 8628034825 3421170679 8214808651 3282306647 0938446095 5058223172 5359408128 4811174502 8410270193 8521105559 6446229489 5493038196 4428810975 6659334461 2847564823 3786783165 2712019091 4564856692 3460348610 4543266482 1339360726 0249141273 7245870066 0631558817 4881520920 9628292540 9171536436 7892590360 0113305305 4882046652 1384146951 9415116094 3305727036 5759591953 0921861173 8193261179 3105118548 0744623799 6274956735 1885752724 8912279381 8301194912 9833673362 4406566430 8602139494 6395224737 1907021798 6094370277 0539217176 2931767523 8467481846 7669405132 0005681271 4526356082 7785771342 7577896091 7363717872 1468440901 2249534301 4654958537 1050792279 6892589235 4201995611 2129021960 8640344181 5981362977 4771309960 5187072113 4999999837 2978049951 0597317328 1609631859 5024459455 3469083026 4252230825 3344685035 2619311881 7101000313 7838752886 5875332083 8142061717 7669147303 5982534904 2875546873 1159562863 8823537875 9375195778 1857780532 1712268066 1300192787 6611195909 2164201989 3809525720 1065485863 2788659361 5338182796 8230301952 0353018529 6899577362 2599413891 2497217752 8347913151 5574857242 4541506959

287. 92

288. 722

289. 228

290. 177

291. 556

// Instant win? I do this to avoid flooding the messages here and help you do it quickly,
for( int i = 0 ; i < 1000 ; i++ )
PostNumberMessage( "whatever.scalzi.com", i );

292. 527

All the other numbers have been picking on my number and making it feel bad.

There, there, 527, don’t cry.

You’ll show them.

293. 304

294. 982.

Also, I have a friend who works at the UN and he assures me that they call your cat for help with those proclamation things.

295. 832

296. $\int_{-1}^{7}\left( 6x+14 \right) \ dx$.

297. 777

298. i’ll take whatever’s left.

299. 422!

300. 683. Not clever enough by half, but at least no-one else guessed it yet. I hope.

301. 734

302. 766

303. 579

304. 417

305. 414

306. 429

307. 310

308. 21

309. 212

310. Jober, your regex covers 0-999, not 1-1000. Perl hacker fail.

311. I’ll go with 49.

312. 876

313. 102

314. And I’ll take 147 because nobody else has yet.

315. 674!

316. 864 – I feel it in my water…

317. Although, The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything is…42. It has already been given.

I choose 123. (No, it is no the combination to my luggage).

318. 892

319. 293

320. 577

321. 153 is the ticket!

322. 911.

323. 187

324. 316

325. 743

326. 765
Seven Hundred and sixty-five

327. 51

328. 730

329. 902, days since “Day Zero”

330. my guess is 668
(The Neighbour of the Beast)

331. 925 for me if you please, sir!

332. 198! Not my first choice but I wanted to pick one that wasn’t used yet!

333. This would be easier if everyone just guessed their comment number, which is what I’ll do.

334. 921!

335. 720

(My first guess was 437, but someone’s beaten me to it :-))

336. 615

337. 893 … primarily because it hasn’t been chosen yet according to Firefox’s find functionality ;-)

338. 938

339. 373

340. John, given that the # of posts is going to (easily) be over 1000, can we have a consolation prize? How about the person whose post-index-number(you know what I mean) matches your number gets an autographed cat photo?

341. 985

also, will you post a graph of picks? it would be interesting to see if there is a skew towards a specific point (s) ..

342. 556 :)

343. 398

344. 371. If you didn’t pick that number, you know you meant to, so go ahead and change your mind – I won’t tell.

345. 495

346. 726… since my other guesses were already taken…

347. 326

348. 534

349. 341

350. 248

351. 325

352. 213.

353. 946

354. 88

355. 311

356. 822

357. 992

And now I grovel for a free book. I have left my dignity at the door.

358. 736.

Because “42” is too obvious.

359. 523!

360. 439. So there.

361. Awesome! I was post 666, which was my first choice until I saw someone else had already taken it.

363. 872 – Congrats to the winner, and tell your cat thanks, too!

364. 575

(Following the haiku idea of previous contests.)

365. 687

366. 433.

367. 742.
It’s not the taking part – it’s the winning that counts…

368. 679

369. 418

370. 275 ftw

371. 769.

K

372. 541.

373. 483

I was going to guess 691 since that was the next comment number, but it was taken.

374. 225

375. 246

376. 104

377. 41; hey, it was Ben-Hur’s number in the galley. “Row well and you will live.”

378. 532

379. 501

380. 2

381. Darn it! All the good numbers are already taken, so…

59

382. 2

383. 829. Woooo

384. 522

385. Gotta be kidding me! Dude picked 2 right before I did. What are the odds of that?

Do we get a prize just for being cosmically in tune on your website?

386. 433?

388. 437

389. 303

390. 135

391. 723 !

392. 574

393. 397

394. 719

395. 622 Yeah, baby!

396. 584

397. 33

398. 1998

399. 45

400. 30?

401. 827

402. 775

403. 317

405. 512

406. Hmmmmmm……999

407. opps that’s more than a 1000…. (91)

408. 259 (First string of numbers that my find function didn’t show as already having been chosen. I would also like to win a bonus prize for MOST AWKWARD SENTENCE.)

409. 978

410. 745

411. 929!

413. 912

414. 369, sounds like a winning number to me.

415. 378!

416. I’m going to go with 237.

This is because when I began this comment 732 people had responded.

417. 513.

Which cat?

418. 682

419. 78

420. 685

421. 458

Cheers & thanks for the contest!

422. 66

423. 487

424. 308

425. John,

Outside of taking a road trip to Bradford and knocking on your door, how can we verify that the number you wife knows, and would not lie about, is accurately reported on this blog by you?

426. Lucky numbers will already be chosen, as will unlucky numbers (if you are the superstitious type). Of course Douglas Adams has been invoked a few times…

So since I can’t use any of the numbers I would normally have used, lets just go with 667.

427. By now, it’s too late to read all these hundreds of comments to check for duplicates, so I will guess the ultimate 3-digit number. It just has to be 666.

428. 784

429. 612

430. 894…Love your work. Plowing through Old Man’s War and can’t wait to read them all!!!!

431. 972. Can’t wait for the new book and hope to meet you in Columbus during your “world tour.”

432. 173

433. 108

All of my usual guesses were taken… Dastardly number-stealing psychics, snatching my favorite numbers right out of my mind like that!

434. 145

435. 710; please and thank you are the magic words.

436. 253. I think that’s not been picked, but that guy who decided to enter that long string of decimals made it a little more difficult to tell. Boo!

437. NOW I find my number. So much for that. Y’know John, maybe 1 to 1000 wasn’t a large enough spread.

Oh well, you know I’ll be here for the next giveaway!

438. 331.
Because my birthday is 3/31, and then you could announce me the winner ON my birthday, WITH my birthday.

439. 362

440. 458

441. 576

442. 916

443. 809.

And…wow. Maybe it shoulda been a number between 1 and 10,000.

444. 510
The publication date is 5/10/11.

445. 503

446. 539

447. @bcarrigan

If you mean “i” as the imaginary number, then remember that complex numbers cannot be ordered, so a complex number between 1 and 1000 will not work.

448. 524

449. Let’s try… 119.

450. 2! Thats right, two!

452. 747

453. 362

454. 620 is not taken!!! Well now it is, whew…

455. 291

456. 399

457. 791

458. There are already 803 comments (not, I think, completely nonredundant), and I’m not going to go through them searching for vacancies. Iconoclasm is therefore my recourse; I choose not to assume the number is an integer (Scalzi doesn’t appear to have said it is, after all). I would choose pi, but a few people have gone there before me – a couple spammed large numbers of digits, and one even spelled it “pie”. I’ll therefore go for 33 1/3. Just for the record.

459. 371

460. 777

461. I’ll play… 216.

462. 774

463. 9

464. 20… as the age of your lovely wife

465. 692!

466. 359

467. 773

468. Darn – someone took pi already.

S’all good, though. I already got one.

469. 840

470. 315

471. 462

472. 335