BYOB As You’ve Never Experienced It Before

Via the estimable Greg van Eekhout (see his recent Big Idea piece here), a picture of how the Mysterious Galaxy bookstore in San Diego is promoting my upcoming author event there:

Note: I will not be signing any bacon you might bring. It’s hard for the meat to take ink very well. Don’t ask me how I know this. Just accept it as truth.

20 Comments on “BYOB As You’ve Never Experienced It Before”

  1. Surely, if a person brought you *packaged* bacon, you could write on the package with permanent marker? I would keep such a treasure in my freezer forever, for the express purpose of pulling it out to show all my friends–“Look! John Scalzi signed this! Isn’t that cool?” Then I could secretly enjoy the crestfallen looks on their faces when they realize they don’t have anything nearly as interesting in *their* freezer!

  2. A culinary torch would probably write on bacon both legibly and tasty. I suspect trying to put this advice into practice at the signing would be a great way to cross “get permanently banned from a bookstore” off one’s bucket list.

  3. Dave Crisp – Suffolk – Shy guy. Gay. Geek. Gymrat. Anarcho-socialist. May not be safe for sanity, let alone work. Life is a constant struggle between fitness and beer.
    Dave Crisp

    If it’s a side of bacon rather than a pack of rashers, you could sign it with a tattoo gun.

  4. 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

    I’ll bet a spaceship shooting lasers could write on bacon.

  5. I really like Mr. van Eekhout’s YA novels, and now I have a new reason to admire him.

    Focusing the shot so that the title “Fuzzy Nation” was, well, fuzzy was a flash of brilliance!

  6. Greg van Eekhout – Greg van Eekhout is the author of <a href="">Norse Code</a>, a novel about Norse gods and Valkyries and the end of the world starting in Los Angeles. He lives in San Diego.
    Greg van Eekhout

    Well, Nick from the O.C., the display was on a high shelf, so while it’s impossible to miss while browsing the store, I had to hold my phone at an awkward angle and … Oh, what? Yeah, I totally did that on purpose!

  7. Dan – Dan Hartensveld, CDIA is President of The EDI Project, a solution provider specializing in healthcare informatics. He has been working with large health insurers, providers and healthcare technology companies since 1996 involving complex data integration, claims automation, risk adjustment, The Affordable Care Act, HIE, HIX, to name a few. Lately, the company has been successful in developing and putting into production massively scaleable, analytics projects for use in processing "Big Data" sets.

    I’ll be there. I already own the e-book, but I’ll buy another one so I have an excuse to be there. Think I will bring my kid (5 years old) just for the heck of it.

  8. Wait a minute, Scott, (#4) there’s already chocolate beer and banana beer(they use banana bread for the yeast) but No bacon beer out there? Some large multinational brewery should just get busy and Make some for us carnivores! And I offer to bring some to John to sign at his book signings.
    Has any brewery come to their senses and offered you cash to be their bacon beer spokesman, John?

  9. Seems like a waste of bacon to me. It’s that whole value added thing. Signed book adds value, signed bacon not so much.

  10. @14 – It’s not strictly bacon beer, but if you can track down some Rauchbier, the smoky flavour can be somewhat reminiscent of bacon.

  11. Mysterious Galaxy is a great store with great people. One of the things I miss about not living in San Diego anymore.

  12. Wow, Clarion instructors are “professors” now? I’d settle for nothing less than “Herr Doktor Professor” if I were you. Or perhaps just “His Grace.”

  13. @4, 14, 16:
    Indeed, if you can find Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, I think you will find it reminds you a great deal of bacon. Malty, frothy bacon.

    I don’t think our host would make a good spokesperson for it, though, given his decision not to drink alcohol.

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