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Where to get signed copies of "Rule 34"

"Rule 34" comes out this week (officially on Tuesday in the US and Thursday in the UK).

I gather some folks like their copies signed: as I live in Scotland, this might be difficult for US readers.

Anyway, if you want a signed copy you've got a bunch of options ...


* I signed a bunch of stock at the Science Fiction Bookstore in Stockholm, Sweden two weeks ago (including early copies of "Rule 34"). They speak English and they can ship internationally, although the signed copies may already be are now confirmed sold out.

* My local SF specialist bookstore in Edinburgh is Transreal Fiction. Mike, the proprietor, is able to take Paypal and credit cards, and ships internationally, and I have just been signing stock there today. If Mike runs out of copies he can get me back in to sign more. (Note that shipping internationally isn't cheap, so you might want to order more than one book at a time.)

* I will be doing a reading and signing at the University Bookstore in Seattle in late July — probably at 7pm on Tuesday July 26th, but I'm awaiting confirmation.

* I will be doing a reading and signing at Borderlands Books in San Francisco at 3pm on Saturday August 6th.

* I will be doing a reading and signing at Powell's City of Books in Portland at 7pm on Friday August 12th.

* I will be doing a reading/talk and signing at Sci-Fife in Kirkaldy Central Library at 7pm on Wednesday September 21st.

Please note that I don't sign books or bookplates sent to me at home. (I am not a bookshop!)

20 Comments

1:

Just saw Krugman gave you a recommendation last night on his New York Times blog. "A fine addition to the canon."

You have a canon! Be careful where you aim it.

2:

How can I get my ePub version signed? :)

3:

How about if we stalk you at your home?

(Not that I'm planning to. This year.)

4:

I tend to drive past your front door on a daily basis though usually at high speeds and quite noisily (though not as much recently). That said I'd rather wait for a signing in Edinburgh (or hope one day that Alistair Moffat will invite SF authors to the Borders Book Festival).

5:

It may be Thursday officially, but Waterstones in Bluewater had copies on the shelf and a table as part of their '3 for 2' offer today.

I wonder if releasing slightly early is a strategy against Amazon who seen to stick to release dates slightly more rigidly.

6:

As I'm in Portland, Powell's will do nicely,

7:

Have you thought about reading at Changing Hands in Phoenix? If not, consider this encouragement to do so. I realize you might not be in charge of such things, but I'll throw it down here anyway.

8:

Phoenix is a good distance from the other places he's signing.

9:

UPS tracking reports my copy is in Portland and on a truck for delivery. This seems unlikely, as it's 9:30 in the evening, and that's the same status it showed at 2 PM this afternoon. My guess is that, as it's Saturday evening and there's no delivery on Sunday or Monday (it's US Independence Day, when we celebrate being invaded by truly lame aliens who do manage to disintegrate the White House), the package will arrive sometime Tuesday. I can wait (impatiently).

And I'll be at Powell's in August, asking you to sign it, unless I have to go back East to visit my new grandchild then (schedules are still in flux).

10:

Mysterious Galaxies is in the lead for the running of our local coolest bookstore here in San Diego. If you make it down this way I'll buy you and yours dinner, drinks, and (insert object not available in your home country).

If not, I'll suffer through with an unsigned copy, and thank you virtually for your work.

11:

I read in Phoenix once, a couple of years ago. I'm not going there under my own steam ever again: climate sucks, inaccessible without aircraft or a long drive, and so on.

(This might come as a surprise to you, but I've got other things to do than tour small towns a long way from home doing readings. For one thing, I find it very hard to write while I'm travelling. For another, the actual profit from doing a signing in a medium-sized city is probably around 10% of the cost of getting there, staying overnight in a cheap hotel, and arranging the event.)

12:

SD is, alas, about 500 miles south of anywhere I'm going this year. Except possibly Hong Kong.

13:

"Rule 34" comes out this week (officially on Tuesday in the US and Thursday in the UK).

Usual mixup with official release dates? I got my (english, trade paperback, via amazon.de) copy 10 days ago.

(Haven't had time to read it yet, though.)

14:

Usual mixup with official release dates? I got my (english, trade paperback, via amazon.de) copy 10 days ago.

It looks to me as if the embargo on shipping English language copies didn't get applied outside USA/UK. (Not to worry, the SecretBookPolice will be along in a few hours to confiscate your copy ...! :)

15:

I'll get my copy sometime this week at my local Borders.

Charlie @11
I've got other things to do than tour small towns a long way from home doing readings.

Which has wondering even more about your plans for next January. I don't think I'd heard of COSine (You're on their homepage--I wasn't imagining) before seeing an event listing in the newspaper for last years. Cons aren't normally my thing, but I'll do my best to be there, hopefully along with enough people to make it worth your while, and that they'll treat you well.

16:

COSine is my only current planned North America trip of 2012 so far. (I hope to be at the worldcon in Chicago, but I won't be making my usual February trip to Boston because I'm guest of honour at a convention in Glasgow the weekend after Boskone -- the jet lag would be epic).

17:

I just talked to the University Bookstore in Seattle. They're expecting you, no tickets required (very occasionally you need tickets there), and you're on the calendar. I cancelled my Amazon order and I'll pick up a copy there, looking forward to it.

18:

Alright! Delighted to hear you're going to be signing at Borderlands Books--my wife and I live in Sacramento and love to visit Borderlands on occasion just for their awesome hairless cats...a Charles Stross signing is totally icing on the cake.

We both love your work and look forward to seeing you in person. :)

19:

"love to visit Borderlands on occasion just for their awesome hairless cats"

'OK, OK... Which joker drew a giant @ symbol on the cat with a marker pen!?'

20:

it's US Independence Day, when we celebrate being invaded by truly lame aliens who do manage to disintegrate the White House but truly suck at configuring firewalls...

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