Hey, I Have Another Signed Fuzzy Nation ARC to Give Away

This time, I am thinking of a particular moment of time between RIGHT THIS SECOND and 11:59pm Eastern time tonight (that being April 8, 2011), and have told my wife WHO DOES NOT LIE what time it is. If you are the person who posts a comment in this thread at, or closest to, that moment (as recorded by the timestamp on the comment), then you will win. How absurdly easy, right? Right.

If you win, I will sign it! And personalize it! To you! Unless you want me to personalize to someone else. In which case I will personalize it! To them!


1. One entry per person. Duplicate entries will disqualify you.

2. In the event two or more people post at the same correct minute, whoever posts first wins. Because I said so.

3. In the case that someone doesn’t post at that exact moment, the first person to post after that exact minute will win. Again, because I said so.

4. If you post after 11:59pm Eastern time, you may not be paying attention to the details of this particular contest.

Update: 5. When you post your entry is the minute you choose — if you try to guess the time I’m thinking of in your comment, it won’t do you any good.

Got it? Go!

973 Comments on “Hey, I Have Another Signed Fuzzy Nation ARC to Give Away”

  1. Well, since I don’t usually win anything, and am going to be busy until the time the contest closes.


  2. What the hey. I don’t expect to be on the internet later, so this time is as good as any.

  3. Hey, pick me!

    Looking forward to being able to buy this if I don’t win.I have been a big Piper fan for decades.


  4. Hey, the combination of #1 and #2 causes people to be disqualified at random, though no fault of their own. At least on the last challenge, a clever person could search the above posts to be sure of not duplicating a number someone else had already guessed.

  5. Love all of your books, and looking forward to this. I read the original when you first spoke about this project. I can’t wait to see what you have done.

  6. See, I figured 7:58 pm, but I guess I’ll just have to go with whatever time it is right now.

  7. This isn’t going to work because I won’t be able to post any later than…. right now!

  8. rightttttttttt NOW!

    And, for the record, when I read LF, the fuzzies I imagined looked more like the old 60’s Little Fuzzy cover rendition than the bug-eyed version that seems to have become the canonical cover-fuzzy.

  9. 8:40pm? (saw that my 6:15 guess had been posted while I was posting. Hope this overrides my duplicate as my one entry, if not, ’tis cool.)

  10. I figure that I won two Skafish CDs a few months ago so maybe I’m on a roll…

  11. Once again, people, when you post is your contest entry — if you try to guess a time in your comment, it won’t help you win. I mean, do it if you want to. It just won’t do you any good.

  12. I’ll forget if I try and post later. I’ll just have to hope that Mrs. Scalzi forgets the original time, and instead chooses this one, right… now!

  13. I’m reading Little Fuzzy right now and enjoying it, thanks to your recommendation, so I’m looking forward to reading Fuzzy Nation. A signed ARC would make it even better!

  14. “When you post is when your entry is the minute you choose — if you try to guess the time I’m thinking of in your comment, it won’t do you any good.” That is confusing, sir but 4:01 EST will do

  15. Well, why NOT?

    Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed
    A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed,
    Then one day he was shootin at some food,
    And up through the ground came a bubblin crude.

    Seriously, how bad a shot do you have to be ?

  16. Come on. I’m reading Android’s Dream right now. That’s got to add to the Karma points, Right?

  17. I never win these things but being an optomist, I just. keep. trying. C’mon karma!

  18. Since you John Scalzi have now posted twice, does that mean you are now disqualified? This of course is my guess!

  19. I would love an arc but I have trouble working out what time it is EST. I’m either early or late!

  20. If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
    And when I am for myself, what am ‘I’?
    And if not now, when?

  21. What have I got to lose? I ‘ll post now………………………………………………………………………………………………………………emmm……………………………………….

  22. OK. Why not? If I get it, I’ll review it. Otherwise, well, I’ll buy it. And probably review it. Sheesh. The universe can be so random.

  23. All I have stuck in my mind is Ye Old “Papa Smurf, Papa Smurf, are we there yet?” trope.

    You’re not feeling blue by any measure, are you? ;)

  24. Darn it. I wasn’t the first to post at my minute.

    However, double posting won’t now help, hinder, or banish me to Aristophanes’ cloud cuckoo land.

    I might even triple post later on tonight. If I feel like it!

  25. I read the post so my guess of 06:37 on Wednesday April 6, 2011 is merely filler.

  26. Because the only thing I’ve ever won in my life was a 50 lb bag of cat food my cats would not eat, I won’t set my hopes too high.

  27. Love your books andwould especially like to win a personalized one! Hope the contest is a giant success!

  28. Keeping time, time, time, In a sort of Runic rhyme, To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells, From the bells, bells, bells. -Edgar Allan Poe

  29. OK.

    But about the previous contest: did anyone do a search and discover how many numbers were unguessed at all, and what the most popular guesses were?

  30. Gotta take a chance on this one. I may be wrong, but I may be right. And no, I don’t know why my brain is picking on 70s pop for this comment.

  31. Hmmm – so to improve my chances of winning, I have to convince everybody else not to post a comment after me for as long as possible.

    Consider this – Knowing the authour, the time will be significant, not random.
    Knowing the topic, there always was a happy hour….
    So, everybody should post at exactly 4pm Mountain Time to try and get it right.

    And nobody should post anything between now and then. Got it?

  32. Loved Piper’s Fuzzy books and would love this incarnation. Hope the time is NOW!

  33. I got nothing better to do with this second than to post some silly comment on your blog. also, hai I can haz copee of buk naow?

  34. It would help me figure out the spellings of names and places as I listen to the audiobook. So I would like to enter this drawing… NOW.

  35. Argh! Silly cat is fighting against me typing comment due to his being disturbed from favored resting position across my forearms and hands. Must win battle for control of own body…*sigh* It is pathetic that he is winning the fight.

  36. Why do cats make a point of throwing up, turning or walking, throwing up some more, etc.? It means several messes to clean up, not just one.

  37. Should people who guess times be disqualified for not paying attention?

    Okay, that’s draconian and not strictly in keeping with the rules, but I’m trying to emulate Congress by my density regarding the actual requirements for moving forward.

    No ARC shutdowns!

  38. Watch the flood of comments overload the site’s backend at exactly the winning moment.

  39. I think it might be later, but if I wait to comment, I’ll forget.

    Unless this is the correct answer, in which case, I knew it all along.

  40. Would the fact that today is my 38th birthday at all resonate backwards in time to the point where you selected the time stamp, ensuring I win and have the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER?

    Of course, my wife also got me a signed copy of Judge Sn Goes Golfing, so can’t complain if I don’t get Fuzzy.

  41. I guess the question is, has posting slowed down to less than one per second? And, will it, since that has the minimum odds of being knocked out because someone posted slightly earlier than me?

    Heck, I’ll forget if I don’t post now. So I’ll take my chances with now.

  42. This post will earn me the same return I get from MegaMillions and PowerBall tickets.

  43. If I don’t win, that means that (A) time travel will never exist, (B) I won’t be able to afford it, or (C) I will be able to afford it but the cost of the trip will not outweigh the cost of obtaining a signed copy of Fuzzy Nation in the future. I’m thinking (A).

  44. This is the time, this is the place, as we look to the future…
    Well, it’s at least the place.

  45. Hey, with this rule I might just win. It’s a one in a million chance but it might just work.

  46. When you go onstage to accept your Oscar for best screenplay, Old Man’s War, Taylor Swift is going to charge up, grab the podium from you, and rant about how Justin Beiber wuz robbed, robbed of glory by your win.

  47. Me!! Me!!!
    Otherwise there had better be copies at Minicon even though the release date is 2 weeks later! Gotta get it signed!!!! :-)

  48. Any point in saying anything other than NOW? See you in Lexington perhaps? Is anyone actually reading these anyway?

  49. Being outside of the USA won’t disqualify me, will it? This is my entry, if it be a valid one, in any case.

  50. It’s beer ‘o clock and the perfect time to enter. Also, if I don’t enter now I won’t remember to later.

  51. Wow; over 400 entries already….and now mine. Wonder how many we’ll have by midnight.

  52. I’m going to go ahead and post this now, because although I believe that if I were John Scalzi I would want to reward those that have the pateince to wait until closer to the deadline I am quite convinced that I will forget to do so later, and hey, doesn’t cost nothin, right?

  53. I think that you’re just trying to set a Whatever record for most comments and yet have none of be because of controversy. In fact, you’re going to have the most comments and have no person comment twice nor will you have to use the mallet of loving correction on them. Interesting.

  54. the worst part about commenting on your blog? all your other commentators sound way too literate and smart and give me an inferiority complex. I’m just not clever enough, damn it! Maybe I don’t even deserve the damn ARC.. Maybe it’s not a complex… maybe I really am inferior… Wow — a breakthrough! An epiphany! Right here… on your page! Doesn’t that deserve a little something…???

  55. Time zones, how do you deal with having so many? I get confused just with BST and GMT, I presume 11.59 is EDT rather than EST. EDT is -4 GMT and BST is at +1 GMT which makes you 5 hours? behind me?

  56. What a fun contest …. Good wy to pasd the time as i wait for armagedon in DC. Now two good reasons for midnight.

  57. Please let it be me because I may not be getting paid to work for a while and I need something to help me clear my head

  58. Cleveland.

    Aethelred the Unready.


    I’m pretty sure there is going to be another competition, so I want to have these answers ready to go.

  59. I love how everyone thought you had to post the time, which I almost did as well.

  60. Worth a shot!

    And what do you do if more than one person has the winning time? I’ve seen at least three people with the same time stamp on their post.

  61. A persistent stream of comments on a blog post continues; another drop falls in the Chinese Water Torture that is the ARC giveaway contest.

  62. how about now? there doesn’t seem to be any posts in the last 5 minutes or so either…

  63. So this post is just going to have hundreds of comments containing nothing meaningful?

    …okay, that actually sounds pretty normal for the internet.

  64. Hi,
    Name is “Mario”, from Austria… not that it matters ;-)

    Actually i don’t give a poo-poo if i win a book here or not, I just like to use this opportunity to tell you something…:

    I’ve read Sci-Fi Books for a better part of my 35 year young/old life,
    but never was my “reading experience” more feck**g awesome as when i dive into the pages of your Books!
    “Old Man’s War”, “The Ghost Brigades”, “The Last Colony”, “Zoes Tale, “Agent to the Stars” & “The Androids Dream”
    are the best (insert divine being’s name of your choice & some colorful words)
    damn Sci-Fi books that one could ask for and that i’ve ever read.

    Mr. Scalzi,
    From the bottom of my heart i thank you for the books you’ve wrote and hope more “good stuff” will follow!

  65. I’m going to be a grammar troll, but just for amusement.

    Leaving out the commas around the clause “who does not lie” makes it sound like you have another wife who does. Compare:

    and have told my wife WHO DOES NOT LIE what time it is.

    and have told my wife, WHO DOES NOT LIE, what time it is.

    See what I mean?

    NOT that I think you do have another wife, who lies, or anything like that – obviously from the context that wasn’t what you meant, so there wasn’t really a problem. I just wanted to have something to say in my comment…

  66. “Like he said…NOW!”
    (quote from Charles Napier as Adam, “The Way to Eden”)

  67. Is it now? Huh? Is it? Is it? Huh? (that’s me channelling my 10 year old)