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

  2. Science Fiction Librarian – Just your local librarian who loves Sci Fi. I work in my library's makerspace and with the digital media offerings that we make available.


  3. crotchetyoldfan – The Crotchety Old Fan is Steve Davidson, also know as Rimworlder on many SF forums. Steve maintains the Rim Worlds Concordance project which is devoted to the works of A. Bertram Chandler and his most enduring character - Commodore John Grimes of the Rim Worlds Naval Reserve. Grimes is science fiction’s original ‘Horatio Hornblower of Space’. More information about Chandler, Grimes and the Rim Worlds can be found at www.rimworlds.com. Steve also maintains a visual index of volume 1, number 1 pulp science fiction magazines on the same website and is a devoted collector of the same. ‘I’m an ‘old’ SF fan, which you can take whichever way you like, as I love the old masters (Heinlein, Clarke, Asimov, E.F. Russell, Piper, Cordwainer Smith) and I’m well beyond the age you’re not supposed to trust anymore’. This blog is devoted to an investigation of the growing divide between ‘old’ - or ‘classic’ science fiction and the moderan literary genre that is currently sold under the same name. Steve has also begun writing reviews for www.SFReader.com, expects to be doing the same for www.SFSignal.com, and is contributing various non-fiction pieces to various other websites, all of them concerned with science fiction of one stripe or another. Early in 2008 he became completely disappointed with the SciFi Channel and created The Classic Science Fiction Channel website that gathers links to public domain radio, television, film and literary properties. Steve had a successful non-fiction writing career - writing articles and books dealing primarily with the paintball industry (Four books and several hundred articles including editorializing, product reviews, sports reporting, educational and more) - which he has since given up in favor of blogging and fiction. (Leaving the paintball industry after 25 years.) One final book on this subjected is scheduled to be released in early 2009 (A Parent's Guide To Paintball). Current work on fiction includes several completed novellettes/novellas curently in submission hell and various chapters of three novels. Freely distributed current work - including several chapters of a science fiction/paintball novel and a pulp/comic book/fairy tale mashup can be found on his website.
    steve davidson


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

  4. 001

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

  5. RenegadeScribe – Orlando, FL – I'm a blogger, photographer, writer, coffee freak, bio-metrics consultant, VoIP connoisseur and info tech person. I also enjoy long walks on the beach....


  6. ozarkwriter – I am a retired city dweller who bought a hobby farm years ago who enjoys the quiet and charm of rural living. I write a blog because it is way for my to express myself to someone other than my partner and cats. My interests are science fiction, travel, pop culture and technology. I am a proud geek and believe in live and let live.
    Stephanie Young

    I like 451

  7. midlistcrisis – Remember those childhood dreams of bestseller lists? Or tiny, artistic presses? And now you look in the mirror each day and find yourself stuck firmly in the middle? Welcome to the authorial midlist crisis. Buy a fancy pen, sleep with a younger book and join the club.


  8. John P. Murphy – I'm an engineer and writer living in New England. My research background is in robotics and computer security; my writing is primarily science fiction and mystery.
    John P. Murphy


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

  10. Constance – Wyoming – I am a poet, writer and artist currently living in the wide open spaces of Wyoming. You can connect with me on Twitter - @constancebrewer, Facebook - ConstanceBrewer, Instagram - constancegbrewer, or on my webpage www.constancebrewer.com or blog - http://peripheryarts.blogspot.com


  11. 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.

  12. Dan Hirschman – I am a sociologist interested in the use of numbers in organizations, markets, and policy. For more info, see <a href="http://danhirschman.com/">here<a>.
    Dan Hirschman


  13. 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.

  14. adeafmanhearsmusic – I was born deaf in Brazil to two wonderful hearing parents. I have an older hearing brother, and a younger hearing brother. I was not discovered to be deaf until I was around 5 and 1/2 years old, at which point I obtained my first hearing aid and discovered the world of sounds. In the early 80's, during the advent of MTV's Friday Night Videos, I fell in love with music and more that life offers in the way of media. I am now married to a wonderful hearing wife and have two wonderful step-kids.


  15. I know regular expressions!


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

  16. 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.

  17. chelsea – I am soil ecology PhD student at the University of Idaho. I am particularly interested in the intersection between soil ecology, agriculture and climate change.


  18. alacarde – I'm a father, husband, business owner. I am also a Toastmaster of 5 years. Currently I hold a CL (old version) and am 1 speech away from ATM-B. (I think - the new educational designations are still a bit confusing to me - which isn't good as I'm also the VP of Education for my club) My current goal Toastmasters goals are as follow: 1) Achieve 2 educational accomplishments before June (ATM-B and a second CL (old)) 2) Win the Best Website award for District 45 for the 3rd year in a row 3) Win the 2007 World Championship of Public Speaking.
    Rob Evans


  19. 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!

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

  21. seekatesing – I am a mezzo-soprano with a degree in Vocal Performance, currently employed as an English teacher in South Korea. I aim to work my way back into the musical field after about four years away. Watch me go!


  22. halkeye – Burnaby, BC, Canada – I'm a software developer. I do a bunch of other random open source development. I also play games, both board and video games and love to read. You can usually find me on various services as halkeye

    Gavin says 189

  23. idreamofthee – Age: 27 Height: 5'4" Weight: Yeah, right. Hair: Blonde, brown, something like that. Eyes: Blue with green splotches (seriously, it's weird) Skin: Arctic white. Glaring white. Blinding white.
    Erin Thompson


  24. Bill MK – Nashville, TN – A writer, an avid consumer of soccer, music, media, books and games, a poorly self-taught handy man, a nom de plume.


  25. athersgeo – Who am I? It's a good question. I'm eccentric. I'm bitchy. I'm a writer. I'm a music lover. I'm keeper of the cookies. Sometimes, I'm all five at once. Sometimes, I'm none of them. I'm apolitical and non-religious - so don't come here looking for life's great debates and don't come here looking to convert me to this cause or that belief. But if you want to talk writing, if you want to see the thought process, the frustrations, trials and tribulations of what goes into what I write then pull up a chair. These are the words I've never said, these are the contents of my head.


  26. Shedrick – Denton, TX – I am a professional librarian and a part-time writer that's working to do that the other way around. I currently live in North Texas in the lovely city of Denton (“The Home of Happiness“) with my lovely wife and the obligatory demon-spawn cats. When not writing, gaming, or watching cheezy kung-fu flicks, I can sometimes be found in a pub (or the American equivalent) enjoying a fine brew.


  27. Holy crap there are a lot of numbers! I choose 217.

  28. 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!)

  29. Tayluca Brown – Tayluca Brown is an independent author (when she's not shoving vegetables into the mouths of her three children or making doe eyes at her hot husband-in-uniform). Her fiction works include science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal romances. She is working on her first novel-length work, due for publication in Fall 2014. Learn more about Tayluca and her work at: http://www.tayluca.com
    Jamie Brown


  30. Isa – I am a PhD student at the University of Toronto studying food, hunger, consumption, and food waste. Feel free to browse my blog.

    555 :)

  31. Dave H – I can see Canada from my house – Aging dad, electronics nerd, embedded software developer. (I'm the guy who makes your microwave blink 12:00.)
    Dave H

    668 – the Neighbor of the Beast.

  32. tv10step – I'm a 41-year-old child of the TV generation living in Georgia in the good ol' US of A. I live by myself with two lovely dogs: Maddy and Chloe. I have wonderful friends, cool and not-too-crazy family and lots of hobbies that I used to do. Hopefully this profile can be changed in not too long...
    Paula Rosenberg


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

  34. My first 4 guesses were already taken, so.

  35. dawnwolfe – Dawn Wolfe is an experienced journalist, editorialist, and business writer. Her fields of expertise range from labor and business writing to alternative spiritual expression and LGBT civil rights. She has written everything from full-page newspaper editorials to promotional brochures and legislative packets. From Web content to E-newsletters to full-length, feature articles in print or on the Net, let WolfeWords help you find the right words for your needs.
    Dawn Wolfe

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

  36. 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!

  37. 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.

  38. 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!