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. jimrittenhouse – Lisle, Illinois, United States of America – Big, bearish, late 50s guy hip-deep in Family Stuff or researching and writing on his various interests. Junkie for political matters, history and alternative history, space and other sciences, technology, and general assorted weirdness.
    Jim Rittenhouse

    6:15 pm

  2. amandageddon – She is a slacker of the highest order, a geek of not so much, went back to school to become an even bigger geek and possibly get paid for it. She loves it when a plan comes together.

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


  3. Beth Case – Instructional Technologist, Online Accessibility Trainer, Doctoral Student, Knitter, Amateur Genealogist, Lifelong Learner and Overall Geek

    Fingers crossed!

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

  5. Tui Head – Recovering English major. Geek. Born and bred in Newtown, New Zealand. Reader, editor, baker and cook; will talk about all of these things, and more! Also, I like alliteration. Haters to the left. This blog strives to use inclusive, reflective language. If I've screwed up, or if you just want to rant, hit me up: tui(dot)head(at)gmail(dot)com


  6. Looky here, it’s a post!

  7. knightjorge – Utah – I am currently a student at Salt Lake Community College. I am on schedule to graduate with an AA in English in 2011.

    Did I win??

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. itsleeeddy – Murrieta, CA – I'm just some guy with too many interests and not enough time. I read and write. I teach. I play the ukulele. I listen to music. I try and make music. I make a fool of myself. I think a lot, but not always well or to good purpose. I cook. I read about religion and philosophy and other things. I try. I try again.
    Lee Eddy


  11. 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.

  12. 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.)

  13. 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.

  14. Giorgio S. Germanos – NYC – A History buff who learns from the past and ponders the challenges from the future.

    Is it me? Well, at least I tried! Keep writing good stuff John!

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. mgherron – Austin, TX – I'm a science fiction and fantasy author who writes as M. G. Herron. I live in Austin, TX, with my girlfriend and our dog, where I go by Matt among my friends and spend the cooler days rock climbing on the local limestone cliffs. I’m currently working on my third book.
    Matt H

    “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

  18. 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 ?

  19. honugirl1 – Tuscaloosa, AL – NJ native, current AL resident, Hawaiian girl at heart. Passionate about science (particularly geoscience), education, and science communication.
    Denise H.

    How about… NOW??

  20. It’s my birthday, so I should win by default!

  21. Dave Smith – Nerd of various flavors in no particular order: Ducks, Mariners, Harry Potter, Lost, Science Fiction, Fantasy, the law, reading, blogs, and whatever else I like to do on my free time. DFTBA.
    Dave Smith

    I have to admit I don’t really want an ARC, but what the hell, I might as well try.

  22. 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?

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

  24. When will then be now?


  25. 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.

  26. 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? ;)

  27. 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!

  28. 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.

  29. D.A Lascelles – Scientist turned science teacher turned writer. Author of 'Gods of the Sea' in the 'Pirates and Swashbucklers' anthology (http://pulpempire.com/) and the novella Transitions, part of the Shades of Love series from Mundania Press (http://www.mundania.com/) due out in 2012. Does reviews for Cult Britannia and ePublish a Book and can be contacted about reviews on: DALascelles-writing@yahoo.co.uk
    david lascelles

    post. clearly the right time cos its the one I am posting at.

  30. El Guapo – Sunny New York – Went surfing in a hurricane. Now I'm looking for the next thing to do, and a soundtrack to go with it....
    El Guapo

    Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so. Can I have my book now?

  31. I guess now’s as good a time as any to post my comment…

  32. janbca – I'm a 30 year old mom, wife, laundress, cook, maid, chauffeur, tutor, seamstress, daughter, friend, playmate, personal shopper, editor and executive assistant. In my downtime (lol) I like to read, watch tv and enjoy the outdoors.
    Anna Creech

    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

  33. 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?

  34. Lysana – Awfully eclectic for a Celtic Reconstructionist. Or is that the other way around? I've been around the blogosphere before, but I'm reverting to a pseudonym to keep the family peace. Said pseud is my Second Life name. I might still blog that now and again, too. Just because.

    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.

  35. 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?

  36. lindalombardi – Writer, unemployed zookeeper, crazy pug lady. Obsessed with weird animals, dessert, Japan, and the intersections thereof. Follow on Twitter: @wombatarama

    Okay how about now?

  37. wgseligman – I'm a physicist by profession and a witch by belief. My job is administering computer systems, but I read Tarot cards at renaissance festivals. At the heart of this intersection of science and spirit is me: rune carver, cook, teacher, student, amateur astronomer, and cat lover. The central philosophy of my life? "I can't sing. I can't dance. I can't act. But I never let that stop me!" Here are the key phrases for searches and the like: I'm a Wiccan poly pagan gamer (RPG, WoW, LARP) and a(n) SF, science, and computer geek. That's more than fifty years of life experience condensed into a single string of adjectives and nouns. Ain't language wonderful?
    William Seligman

    I will post my entry…. now!

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

  39. 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?

  40. Jen – wife. mother. knitter. unschooler. band geek. fatass. card-carrying socialist. militant breastfeeder. profane. agnostic. ENFP

    Here’s a comment.

  41. Jen – wife. mother. knitter. unschooler. band geek. fatass. card-carrying socialist. militant breastfeeder. profane. agnostic. ENFP

    How about this one?

  42. jackcameron – Jack Cameron is a technical writer and Kickstarter Consultant. Jack has also written a book call Ruin Your Life. It's a book about the right way to do wrong things. If you want to drink, do drugs, go out with teenagers, get arrested, host an insane party, or any combination thereof, you'll want this book. You can find information on the book and all things Jack Cameron at jackcameron.com. Jack himself can be found somewhere near Tacoma, Washington...most of the time. Official Site: http://www.jackcameron.com

    How about now?

  43. Adam Scott – Olympia, WA – “One day you will tell a story about your life. Every decision you make today will determine the story you tell tomorrow. Live a story that’s worth telling.” ~Jason Heilpern Owner of Geek and Gamer Fitness, personal trainer, speaker, author, lover of coffee, dog owner, Gamer, & Geek
    Jason Heilpern

    And here is my comment that I am posting while watching back episodes of Scrubs!

  44. 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.

  45. shartyrant – The Planet Earth in the Sol System – I am a 30something (depends on what year you read this I guess) female who loves to read. I have a book addiction that would scare many. I adore urban fantasy, paranormals, dark fantasy, science fiction, steam punk, fantasy and science fiction as well as young adults books. I also read mystery, thrillers, horror, erotica, non-fiction, historical fiction and biographies.

    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.

  46. 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.

  47. Jen – wife. mother. knitter. unschooler. band geek. fatass. card-carrying socialist. militant breastfeeder. profane. agnostic. ENFP

    How about now?

  48. 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!

  49. "Greg" – Orange County, CA – I am at the moment writing a lengthy indictment against our century. When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip.
    Greg Adkins

    Wait for it… wait for it…


  50. 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.

  51. bradzooks – Brooklyn, NY – Bradley has been writing fantastic fiction for as long as he can remember, and still has his acclaimed tale of junior-high cafeteria mayhem and heroism, “Red Jello from Outer Space,” tucked away in a file cabinet at home. Bradley is dedicated to writing gay-tinged fantasy and science fiction literature, with the intent of breaking into the mainstream with subversive characters that resonate with authentic gay and lesbian experiences, regardless of the setting. Which doesn't mean you expect exclusively gay/lesbian stories -- for Bradley, the story dictates the characters, and their sexuality is integral to spinning a compelling tale. Bradley lives in Brooklyn, works in Manhattan, and writes anywhere and everywhere in between. He’s thinking he might have to dedicate his first book to the MTA, but would much rather dedicate it to his supportive husband Michael. In 2007, Bradley expatriated from the rest of the world and moved to New York City, Over Achievement Capital of the World. So, in addition to holding down a relationship (or two) and a job, he writes, runs a successful critique group, sings occasionally and narrates stories for podcasts. People wonder how he does it. This is how.
    Brad Parks


  52. 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.

  53. techsweat – Tallahassee, FL – I work in IT by day and do group-based personal training by night. This is where I will post stuff that interests me in both fields.b
    Brad D.


  54. 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.

  55. Jen – wife. mother. knitter. unschooler. band geek. fatass. card-carrying socialist. militant breastfeeder. profane. agnostic. ENFP


  56. Bianca – I'm a student, studying English (I speak it, yes...) and German for funsies. I'm also a wannabe writer. I say wannabe because I write, only when inspiration hits me like a brick in the face. But then, like all bricks do, it falls and I notice other things that need to be done. This blog is dedicated to writing and other sorts of wonderful things... and all sorts of non-wonderful things.

    ? Indeed.

  57. 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).

  58. shaunduke – Shaun Duke is a podcaster, a reviewer, a blogger, and a writer. He is a host on the Hugo-nominated Skiffy and Fanty Show, a blogger at The World in the Satin Bag, a freelance editor at The Duke of Editing, and a co-owner of Young Writers Online. He also co-hosts Totally Pretentious, a movie discussion podcast, with David Annandale. Outside of fandom activities, he is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Florida, where he studies science fiction, postcolonialism, and Caribbean literature.

    Well, let’s hope this is the right time…maybe it will be.

  59. 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.

  60. riiiiight about….now.

  61. I enjoy cheese. It is a delectable substance.

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

  63. Kiara – Cincinnati – Kiara possesses a dry wit, a sharp sarcasm, and a towering intellect. Her secret alter ego has a boring™ day job, but at night she writes and reviews speculative fiction. She carries the keys to dozens of hearts in her pockets and jumps puddles in a single bound. Her superhero power is losing her socks before they've even made it into the dryer. She also likes to tell stories, so parts of this bio may be exaggerated. Waiting for Fairies is not responsible for any credulity that may be lost in the reading of this bio.
    Melissa T

    Pick me, pick me, pick me! :)

  64. 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, who isn't going out like that!

    Well, clearly I won’t win…

  65. 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?

  66. 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.

  67. 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…???

  68. 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?

  69. 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.


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

  71. 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.