How to Get Signed and Personalized Scalzi Books for the Holidays, 2013

Once again the holiday season is approaching, and once again I am teaming up with Jay & Mary’s Book Center, my local independent bookseller, to offer signed and personalized books for gift-giving. It’s a great way to get a unique gift for someone you love (even yourself!) while at the same time supporting a great local business that does a fantastic job in its community.

So: How do you get signed and personalized books from me this year? It’s simple:

1. Call Jay and Mary’s at their 800 number (800 842 1604) and let them know you’d like to order signed copies of my books. Please call rather than send e-mail; they find it easier to keep track of things that way.

2. Tell them which books you would like (For example, The Human Division), and what, if any, names you would like the book signed to. If there’s something specific you’d like written in the books let them know but for their sake and mine, please keep it short.

3. Order any other books you might think you’d like, written by other people, because hey, you’ve already called a bookstore for books, and helping local independent bookstores is a good thing. I won’t sign these, unless for some perverse reason you want me to, in which case, sure, why not.

4. Give them your mailing address and billing information, etc.

5. And that’s it! Shortly thereafter I will go to the store and sign your books for you.

If you want the books shipped for Christmas, the deadline for that is December 12. That way we can make sure everything ships to you on time. Hey, that’s a month; more than enough time for you to make your selections.

Also, this is open to US residents only. Sorry, rest of the world. It’s a cost of shipping thing.

What books are available?

CURRENT HARDCOVER: The Human Division, The Mallet of Loving Correction (The latter is already signed but I will be happy to personalize it). Also in hardcover: The 21st Century Science Fiction anthology, which contains my story “The Tale of the Wicked.” I’ll be pleased to sign the anthology for you.

CURRENT TRADE PAPERBACK: Redshirts (this year’s Hugo Award winner!), Metatropolis (out 11/19/13). There may be hardcovers of both of these still around if you ask. But both are definitely in trade paperback.

CURRENT MASS MARKET PAPERBACK: Fuzzy Nation, Old Man’s War, The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony, Zoe’s Tale, The Android’s Dream, Agent to the Stars, The New Space Opera 2.

CURRENT NON-FICTION: Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded (essay collection, Hugo winner), Book of the Dumb, Book of the Dumb 2 (both humor books) are all still in print. The Rough Guide to the Universe, second edition (Astronomy), and The Rough Guide to Sci-Fi Movies (film) are now officially out of print but there may still be some extra copies in warehouses so they may still be able to order it.

AUDIOBOOKS: The Human Division, Redshirts, Fuzzy Nation, The God Engines, Metatropolis and Agent to the Stars are all available on CD and/or MP3 CD, and Jay & Mary’s should be able to special order them for you. Two things here: First, if you want these, you should probably call to order these ASAP. Second, and this is important, because the audiobooks come shrinkwrapped, I will have to remove the shrinkwrap in order to sign the cover. You ordering a signed audiobook means you’re okay with me doing that and with Jay & Mary’s shipping it to you out of its shrinkwrap.

If you have any other questions, drop them in the comment thread and I’ll try to answer them.

Happy shopping and especially thanks for supporting Jay & Mary’s. They’re good people and every year they do a good job with this. I’m happy to be working with them again on this.

And thank you!


Today’s Picture, 11/11/13

At the Art Institute of Chicago, November, 2013. 


Small Commenting Change

I’ve noticed an uptick recently both in general spam, and also spam that’s getting past the automatic filters on the site. A lot of that spam targets posts that are deep in the archives, so I’ve decided to go ahead and close off commenting on older posts.

Right now the commenting threshold is set to 21 days. I think this is a reasonable amount of time to get comments in. One, the vast majority of comments on any post happen within the first few days anyway. Two, comments that arrive after the first couple of weeks tend to be by flyby cranks who are adding nothing useful in anyway (sometimes good comments get added on late. But there’s much more of the former than the latter).

Because most comments happen in the first few days, I don’t really expect this to present a major change in the site’s utility for most commenters. However, if for some reason it does, drop me a line and let me know; I’ll factor it in for any later tweaks.


Veteran’s Day


I like Veteran’s Day as a holiday because it’s about what people do for our country (I like Labor Day pretty much for the same reason). If you’re a veteran, thanks for the service you gave. I appreciate it.

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