One More Fuzzy Nation Giveaway
Posted on May 7, 2011 Posted by John Scalzi 410 Comments
Just a couple of days before the release of Fuzzy Nation, and what better time to give away a signed, personalized copy of the hardcover first edition? No better time, I say! None!
Here’s how to win it:
I am thinking of a place on the planet. What place am I thinking of?
* It is not within 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) of my home in Bradford, Ohio.
* No one lives in it or on it.
* It’s on a continental land mass, but not a water feature (i.e., not a river, lake, etc).
* It is something most people could visit, if they made the effort.
There you go. Have fun guessing.
And now, the rules!
1. Contest runs between when I post the entry and noon eastern time on Sunday, May 8, 2011.
2. One entry per person, one guess per entry. Multiple entries/guesses will disqualify you.
3. The first person to guess the place wins. It has to be the specific place, not (for example) the country or state/province/city/other governmental division it is in/near. Just saying “India!” won’t help you, even if the place I’m thinking of is in India.
4. In the event no one guesses the place to my satisfaction, I will take the total number of entries by noon eastern time on May 8 and ask my daughter to pick a number between one and that number. The comment that has the same number as the number she picks will win.
The pyramids of Giza!
I mean Antarctica! sorry about that!
Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, Australia
Spaceport Launch Pad, French Guiana!
I would have to say that the initials are DV. Do we post it here or send you the e-mail direct? Oh, hell, it’s Death Valley! Boo-Yah?
Mt. McKinley/Mt. Denali
Chokpori, the ‘Iron Mountain’, one of the four holy mountains in Tibet.
There’s a medical school on it, but I’m guessing nobody actually lives there. :)
The geographical center of the world’s population, which is deep in the Hindu Kush so I doubt anyone’s there.
Devil’s Tower, Wyoming – very Fuzzy landscape-y
The geographic south pole, which, given the climate, being exceedingly fuzzy would be an excellent adaptive response, though I hope you’d like the taste of penguin.
Old Faithful Geyser, WY
Groom Lake/Area 51 NV
Carlsbad Caverns NM
Great wall of china
The island of Pirallahi, Azerbaijan. At the very least, it’s really fun to say. ;)
Out Stack, Shetland
The top of Mount Everest.
The Colosseum in Rome
Ayres Rock, Australia?
Oh Darn, just saw that Mr Briggs got there first with that particular guess….
Both Little Fuzzy and Fuzzy Nation begin with scenes near cliffs.
You are thinking of the Grand Canyon.
Bonneville Salt Flats
I’m sure I’m simply way off and besides I have no idea if it even fits the criteria or may fail on one or more technicalities, but what the heck, I’ll say…
The La Brea tar pits
Oh crud, #7 beat me to my guess. You know what? I don’t WANT this book. I WANT to wait until May 10th. Yes. Yes I do.
I’m taking my sunstones and going home…
The 2000-year-old ancient fort in the sheep grazing fields near my cousin’s home in Penicuik, Scotland. (Presuming “no one lives there” means people. Should this include sheep, please feel free to disqualify me and send me a signed copy of Highlander 2 instead.)
I guess Rockall.
How about the Cave of Swallows in Mexico?
Ayers Rock, Australia?
The Gobi Desert.
Golden Gate Bridge
Mt Rainier, I don’t think anyone “lives” on it, just visits.
Heck, you can’t even see it half the time.
Meteor Crater, AZ
Espanola Island, part of the Galapagos chain.
El Capitan, Yosemite Valley, California.
Ayre’s Rock, Australia
The Mountains of Madness!
Kerguelen Island (in the Indian Ocean).
Most of us could visit there, but it would be expensive and inconvenient.
Inside the dome of Mt. St. Helens
I mean Detroit
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
The Taj Mahal.
Big Ben, London
The Eiffel Tower
Sydney Opera House?
Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii.
McMurdo Station, Antarctica
Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá
I think I may have misinterpreted rule #3. The Taj Mahal sits on the banks of the Yamuna River, but it is not a river or water feature, so I’m just sort of hoping I did rightly. I suspect that Chris used the same logic when he guessed the Golden Gate Bridge. Of course, if I guess wrong, it doesn’t matter anyway.
The Pisa tower
The Whey Pat Tavern, on Bridge St., in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
The Eiffel Tower
Crap, too close. :(
Mont Blanc, in the Alps
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Trinity test site
If I can post this as a replacement (instead of as a double entry), then I’d change that to Iqualuit, Nunavut.
Three Gorges Dam in China.
(Not my first three guesses, but as other people already guessed those… I’ll be excited if they win!)
My guess is the Rock of Gibraltar.
Darn, #42, you got me. So, I’ll try this:
Gunnbjørn Fjeld Mountain in Greenland (tallest mountain), in the province of Ittoqqortoormiit.
So first I was going to pick Uluru/Ayers Rock, but lots of people beat me to it.
Then I was going to guess an In-and-Out location in Southern California, but there are far too many of them.
Therefore, my guess is: the Lascaux cave in southwestern France.
Sublime, ridiculous, sublime.
White House Ruins in Canyon de Chelly
Piper Pass, Nunavut, Canada (in the very northern part of the Great White North). Seemed an appropriate place :-)
How about the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral ?
Matterhorn or Cervino depending on the side you are seeing it.
The formerly lived n compound in which Osama bin Laden used to live Abbottabad, Pakistan.
The leaning tower of Pisa ;o)
Grand Canyon National Park
Smith Rock, Oregon
Mt. St. Helens. But not inside the dome. Just up to the summit.
I was going to pick Yosemite National Park, but I know for a fact people live there.
The big trees in Sequoia National Park.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
Probably way off the mark, but what the hell – nobody else will have guessed it. Is it Sable Island?
Everyone beat me to my original guesses, stupid sleeping!
Olduvai Gorge (I don’t think I saw that one above)
Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania
Schipol airport, Netherlands.
How about the Delicate Arch in Arches National Park in Utah?
Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, site of the Tunguska event
The Alamo (Texas). Because I just remembered it.
The Very Large Array radio telescope site near Socorro, New Mexico.
That is my guess because I finally got to visit it last weekend. I’ve wanted to see it for 30+ years, ever since I saw one of the dishes being built in my home town. If you are into science, it is a must-see site.
And yes, they have a little display case about the movie CONTACT.
Good luck on your guesses everyone!
The South Pole? (I don’t know if it has a real name. And maybe scientists live there. But that’s my guess.)
Chief Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills, South Dakota?
My first guesses were already taken,
so I’m going with Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The monument of the largest head of Lenin in the world (body not included), Ulan-Ude, Siberia.
The giant Jesus statue in Rio de Janeiro.
Mt. Kilomanjaro? :>
White Cliffs of Dover
Darn, Mike @123….I wanted to guess that. (Although most Utahns just call it Delicate Arch, no “the” appended to the front.) And I thought about Sunset Crater but somebody upthread has Meteor Crater and I think they’re both part of the same national monument….so, alas.
But after much searching, I see nobody has mentioned Waitomo’s glow worm caves in New Zealand. So I will make that my guess. :)
Also I cracked a grin at Susan’s guess of an In’N’Out in California. :)
Cape Krusenstern National Monument in Alaska
Mt. Whitney, highest point in the contiguous U.S. and not all that far from Bakersfield.
Spaceport America, near Las Cruces, NM.
The Grand Canyon!
Antelope Canyon, Navajo Nation (Arizona)
St. Basil’s on Red Square.
The Delhi Pillar (a.k.a the Iron Pillar of Delhi, a.k.a the Ashoka Pillar) in Delhi, India.
Pere Lachaise cemetary in Paris.
Yeah, no actual idea so what the heck … Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Denali (mt. McKinley, I think), Alaska. :)
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
The Continental Divide in Colorado
Mount St. Helens in WA.
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Neat place but a great name. Funny, my first thought was Uluru.
The Kennedy Gold Mine
Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican
Uluru or Ayers Rock. Looking forward to the book.
My guess: Mt. Kilimanjaro.
You folks are way too clever! Took all of my guesses early on. But people do live in those national parks – rangers, care-takers, etc. So, I’m still thinking.
Lombard Street in San Francisco, California, the crookedest street in the city.
I’m thinking Macchu Picchu, Peru.
Balanced Rock, Arches National Park, Utah
The recently erupted Tungurahua volcano, Ecuador!
Sorry if this is a repost, but I tried to post half an hour ago and I think I failed :)
Ok, Athena’s Temple.
Griffith observatory, Los Angeles, CA.
(cuz my first nine choices were taken…)
Observatories at Mauna Kea in Hawaii
I bet you are thinking about your trip to Germany, specifically you think of the Hofbräuhaus in Munich.
If not – good guesses, all of the others! Still, it might be everything!
Whoops. That’s not on a continental land mass. No book for me.
Mt. Baldy, CA
the mayan ruins of tikal.
I’m going to go for Pir-e Sabz (Chak Chak). Little Fuzzy came from the planet Zarathrustra. Which is the Avestan version of the Greek name Zoroaster. Pir-e Sabz is the holiest shrine of Zoroastrianism.
That’s bound to be an irrefutable chain of logic rather than a haphazard series of suppositions….
Death Valley – Scotty’s Castle
Mesa Verde National Park?
The ferris wheel in Vienna, Austria.
Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
The Svalbard global seed vault. (Well, *I’d* like to visit it!)
Walt Disney World! (they say stick with what you know, and that’s what I know!)
Eyjafjallajökull — the volcano in Iceland that erupted last year.
the caves of altamira in spain
The Dry Valleys of Antarctica.
The London Eye.
Since other poeple brought up caves… Luray Caverns.
The tomb with the terra cotta warriors in China.
Yellowstone national park,
Grand canyon would have been my first guess but that’s been taken.
The summit of Ben Nevis.
The Space Needle.
The Grand Tetons!
Your contest does end on mothers’ day…
Mount Kilimanjaro – just because it sounds cool.
Scara Brae, neolithic stone village, Main Island, Orkney Islands, off the north coast of Scotland
Brimstone Head, Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada. It’s one of the four corners of the world, according to the Flat Earth Society. ^_^
The Great Pyramid at Giza.
Red Fort in Delhi, India.
This is the first time I have ever googled Bradford, OH. You do live in a small community.
My first thought was Devil’s Tower, but I see that #13 has beat me to it. I’ll go with Craters of the Moon National Monument in my ol’ homestate of Idaho, instead. Both have sufficiently sci-fi-y natures.
Thank you for the links to the public domain works earlier.
Hmm. I thought Uluru/Ayers Rock at first, only to find over a half dozen people already picked that. My next few guesses have also been picked. So I’ll go with Angkor Wat.
Wizard Island, Oregon
Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
In & Out Burger in Los Angeles
The Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria.
Devils Tower National Monument
Darwin Island, the Galapagos Islands.
Ben Reifel Visitor Center in the Badlands National Park, Interior, South Dakota.
Mana Bar in Brisbane, Australia
Or my number!
Either is fine with me!
Kashgar, China (trading market extraordinaire)
The Trinity site in New Mexico.
I think it is Mount Kilimanjaro.
Cape Froward, Chile
I skimmed, so I don’t know if this has been said before: Devil’s Tower.
Nothing to lose from guessing, so I’ll take a stab at the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.
The Rock and Sole Plaice, London, England
The Mayan ruins at Tulum.
That place by the thing?
The Windscale Pile in Sheffield, England
My first guess was Macchu Pichu, but everyone else seems to have guessed that…
The Keys View lookout in Joshua Tree National Park.
U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C.
Cinderella’s Castle in Disneyland
The Nazca lines.
The South Pole.
Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
The Hollywood sign.
The Hoover Dam?
Vulcan Point within Crater Lake, on Taal Island within Lake Taal, on the island of Luzon, in the Phillipines.
The Fukushima nuclear plant.
Sadams’ former bunker is far away…
No one living there…anymore.
Looks to be an arid location.
And I suppose you could visit it with some effort!
Osama’s bunker?!? :^p
Sitting Bull Monument
The Golden Spruce on Haida Gwaii, though it no longer exists.
Doh! Meant Crazy Horse. DQ’d.
Petra in Jordan, as we all know how much you loved transformers 2
And now I see that three others beat me to to Petra, so I guess I will have to be content with getting a copy signed on May 17th in Seattle where John has promised us something special.
Hmmm, The Statue of Liberty?
The Statue of Liberty?
Nyiragongo Crater (Africa)
sorry – connection farted there for a moment….
Four Corners (NM/AZ/UT/CO).
Only in eighth grade,
knowledge of the world is small,
(National Park in Arizona.)
It is not within 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) of my home in Bradford, Ohio.
Well heck, that rules out the site of the Big Butter Jesus.
I guess I’ll go with Glastonbury Tor
Only 11 yrs old. Just wanted to brag about that.
I say its the soonest place due
north and more than 1000 miles away
from Bradford Ohio that is not on a body
of water and that nobody lives on.
Mt. Erebus (Antarctica)
I’m going to guess the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Djoser’s Step Pyramid. Giant polyhedra scare me.
The Black Hole of Calcutta?
How about the great wall of China?
The great wall of China
The Washington Monument
Reading this, I had three guesses ready. Then I read the comments and all three went in the first six comments. Yikes.
Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota
Hang Song Doong (Mountain River Cave in english) in Vietnam. Believed to be the largest cave system on the planet.
Omaha Beach, Normandy, France
The ossuary at the Verdun battlefield.
About seventy-‘leven people guessed my first choice, so what the heck: Vasquez Rocks near Santa Clarita, California. Because it’s within an hour’s drive of my fiancee’s apartment, and it’s where Kirk fought the Gorn!
You are thinking of the Spanish Stairs in Rome.
The empty lot, a 1,001 miles away from your home in Bradford, Ohio; where no one lives, because it wouldn’t be worth the effort.
Taupo Bay, Northland, New Zealand
Chaco Canyon, New Mexico
The Coliseum in Roime
Salar de Uyuni or the Bolivian Salt Flats. Not sure if anyone else said that, but I’ve thought it was a cool place to go after seeing the WherethehellisMatt video.
The atlas mountains!
Cadillac Ranch, in Amarillo Texas – or whatever number this happens to be – I’m not choosy!
Devil’s Tower, Wyoming
Custer battle field, Montana
Castel Sant’angelo (Castle St. Angelo) in Rome
Palisades Sill, Cimarron Canyon State Park, New Mexico…
Lots of good guesses here :)
Ellis Island, New York.
Uluru or Ayers Rock in Australia
The Sistine Chapel
How about Giants Causeway
Valley of the Gods, Utah
The Dome of the Rock
The Cliffs of Insanity!
Or maybe Svalbard.
I’m going to say the In-N-Out Burger on West Sunset Blvd.
Well apparently I don’t know enough places because everything I can think of is already said. So I’ll hope that the post-number tiebreaker kicks in and say the vacant lot on 2200 W in Taylorsville UT.
This feels like the riddle “What kind of room has no windows or doors?”
I’m going with The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, AZ, where John will be appearing on May 28th at 5pm.
I wouldn’t put it passed John to promote the book and the book tour simultaneously.
All of my initial guesses were either within 1000 miles of Bradford, had people living there (albeit in very small numbers) or were guessed previously by others (Chaco Canyon, Machu Picchu, etc.). Of what is left, I’ll try Pike’s Peak in Colorado.
um, 30 Rock
The Allen Telescope Array, Hat Creek Radio Observatory, University of California Observatory, Hat Creek, Shasta County, California, USA.
The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany!
The Island of Misfit Toys.
Because the North Pole is just too obvious.
The Corn Palace, Mictchell South Dakota
Zion National Park
Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. No one lives there PERMANENTLY, right?
Ground Zero, NYC
Because I can’t be sure that nobody’s still living in that compound in Abbottabad.
What I have thought of has already been guessed, so I’ll say The Cavern Club in LIverpool, England, and hope that the power of random guessing scores a book.
I vote for Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Park, British Columbia. No one is permitted to live there by law but you can camp in it is you have proper camping gear, a vehicle to get you there, and the belief that you do not taste appetizing to bears and wolves.
Wolf Creek Crater. Western Australia.
Stonehenge, Great Britain!
and my fingers are crossed!
Theodore Roosevelt’s head on Mount Rushmore.
Preah Vihear temple, on the Thai-Cambodia border.
The Wailing Wall.
The Gateway Arch.
The Blarney Stone.
The Temple of Apollo at Delphi, where the Oracle of Delphi was based?
I’m thinking Scalzi is trying to come up with some interesting vacation destinations, in addition to promoting the book.
I’ll pick the fjords of Norway, as I’m a big fan of both Monty Python and Douglas Adams… (and my first pick, the Vasquez Rocks, was taken upthread already)
Christ of the Redeemer status
The Rock of Gibraltar?
How about the rock formation where they filmed the ending of Star Trek V (where “God” lived). It’s somewhere near China Lake, California in the Desert. Been there once but seriously doubt I could ever find it again.
The original KFC in Corbin, KY.
If I’m right I expect hand delivery at your Columbus tour stop and complimentary smile to go with our photo.
Antelope Island, Utah
Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico.
3 mile island
The first McDonald’s Restaurant in Des Plaines, IL.
Erta Ale volcano.
Great Wall of China
The Roman Catacombs?
The Large Hadron Collider
I’m putting this in for the number, as odds are someone has guessed it already.
My guess is the Bone House, in Halstatt Austria, cause it’s way cool.
Was going to guess Statue of Liberty (too close), Niagra Falls (water feature), or stonehenge (chosen a half dozen times already).
Good luck all, congrats to the winner, and thank you, Mr. Scalzi, gracious host, for one last scramble. :)
Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Krak des Chevalier, Syria
Keet Seel Canyon, Arizona; roughly midway between the trading posts Shonto and Kayenta. Vacated for centuries, IIANM it contains cliff dwellings formerly called home by Pueblo Indians and a strangely inverted climate (odd to find birch and willow amid miles and miles of flat-out desert). Access can be intermittent but feasible if you’re willing to do some wading.
The local water is quite alkaline; don’t drink if you can possibly avoid doing so, and plan to shed a layer or two of skin if the wading is at all lengthy (which it frequently is).
The snows of Kilimanjaro.
1. I’m sad that you specified “on the planet.” Although you didn’t say which planet…
2. Reading this thread was a great way to brush up on my geography
3. A lot of people seem to like Ayers Rock/Uluru, a place I had never heard of until today
4. Wow, I guess there aren’t as many unique notable locations in the world as I thought…I guess the Tower of London
Badlands, South Dakota.
I wanted to choose the Allen Telescope Array, a part of the SETI program which has recently lost funding, but comment 307 beat me to it. Therefore, I choose
The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, also known as Mission Control, in Houston, Texas.
I’m going to have to go with Fern Canyon, in the Humboldt Redwoods. Only because my first 87 guesses were spoken for, and it’s next on my list of Places to Go.
Eyjafjallajökull, also known as that volcano in Iceland that erupted but no one can pronounce the name of!
Kicking Horse Pass
Whistler Mountain, BC.
Des Moines, Iowa
Reichenbach Falls. (It’s a rock formation that happens to have water running over it, NOT a water feature. Also, everything else I guessed was either mentioned above and/or within 1,000 miles of Bradford.)
Hanging Rock, Victoria, Australia
Shackleton Crater, Luna.
Hey, it’s a Water Feature.
I’m going to say the volcano Katla, in Iceland, because it was the first thing that popped into my head.
Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Kings Cross Station, (London) Platform 8.
Genghis Khan’s tomb.
The Keck Observatory in Hawaii #longshot
The old Volkswagon Beetle graveyard in my backyard in Osan, South Korea? Punch Buggy . . . rusty orange!!
The Science Fiction Museum in Seattle, WA.
Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock, above Lysefjprden in Norway
Something made me think of caves, but it turns out there really aren’t very many famous caves in the world. I’ll go with #1 on the list I found, the Mulu caves in Malaysian Borneo. And here’s a link because the photos are cool:
I’ll bet you’re thinking of a glacier.
I wouldn’t consider a glacier a water feature.
Fox Glacier, New Zealand?
The site in New Hampshire where the Old Man of the Mountain used to be:
2nd entry, but I hadn’t realized my 1st entry had already been guessed. Apparently Mt Kilimanjaro is really popular. Anyway, Old Man of the Mountain feels appropriate given Old Man’s War.
Ayers Rock in Australia?
Cheyenne Mountain? I looked, but I’m not clear on whether people actually live there or not.
Karel Čapek’s grave, Vyšehrad cemetery, Prague, Czech Republic.
The ruins of Olympia in Greece.
I can’t for the life of me remember the name of the place, so I’m hoping a description will suffice:
The precise location is the graveyard in which John Perry’s wife Katy is buried.
KATHY! darned typos
Cathedral Rock, Sedona, Arizona
The Kaaba inside the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
fiddlesticks, read the rules dummy
Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona
Very interestig way to pick your nrxt vacation spot!
Mauritania – Eye of Africa
The temples of Angkor, in Cambodia.
The open-pit diamond mine in MIrny, Russia.
Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa
It’s Mount Everest, of course.*
*In the event that my “of course” is incorrect, I would like the answer retroactively changed to Mount Everest. Thank you.
Lover’s Beach at Lands End in Cabo.
Devon Island, Baffin Bay, Nunavat, Canada– the world’s largest uninhabited Island.
It’s also home to a neat crater, and where we test Mars landers since it’s one of the most mars-like places on earth– definitely a cool place for a Scifi author to be thinking of!
The Mariana Trench
“on a continental land mass”. Never mind. I can think of nothing that hasn’t been guessed already.
The Ronne Ice Shelf
Long’s Peak, Colorado.
Why there? Cause I can see it out my window right now.
Pretty sure I’m wrong, but….the St. Louis Arch….
Here’s hoping for the luck of Athena. =P
The base of Mount Everest
Devil’s Tower? It’s around 1200 miles from you, no one lives on it, and no one seems to have guessed it yet . . .
Whoops. Someone had guessed it. I must have put a typo in the search box. Never mind.
Guys, the contest is over.