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The Jump 225 Jumbo Mega-Bonanza Summer Giveaway

“The Summer of Jump 225” is here! Or at least, I’m declaring it “The Summer of Jump 225,” because I really want people to buy the books from my Jump 225 trilogy this summer. Towards that end, I’m starting a four-week-long Jumbo Mega-Bonanza Giveaway contest.

Summer Giveaway Book StackHere’s how it works. Every week for the next four weeks, I’m going to hold a contest here on my blog. You, the anonymous denizens of the Internet, will send me your contest entries. And every week, I’m going to pick one winning entry who will win the stack of books pictured to the right, namely:

  • One copy of the Solaris edition of Infoquake
  • One copy of the Pyr edition of MultiReal
  • One copy of The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume Two (containing my story “Mathralon”)
  • One copy of Overlook Press’ new edition of Mervyn Peake’s Titus Alone (containing my introduction to the book)

Yes, that’s right: I’m giving away four sets of four books each. That’s a total of… uh… hold on, let me dig out my calculator… forty-two sixteen books! And not only that, but you’re winning the entire David Louis Edelman ouevre to date. The “DLE Canon,” as it were.

So here’s the first contest.

You may be aware that I’ve gotten some nice advance blurbs from authors. Kate Elliott said that Infoquake was “inventive and provocative, with a surprisingly emotional kick.” Peter Watts called MultiReal “a thoroughly-successful hybrid of Neuromancer and Wall Street.”

But did you know that there were a number of author and celebrity endorsements that my publisher decided to turn down? For instance, President George W. Bush weighed in on Infoquake with this advance blurb:

“David Louie Eldermint’s Info-Quake just might be a weapon of mass destruction all by itself. If Eldermint was out to eliminate all my free time trying to finish his book, then mission accomplished! All I can say is, heckuva job, Davey!” — George W. Bush, Presimadent of the US of A

Pyr wisely decided that they didn’t want to publish an endorsement from such a controversial public figure. Likewise, they turned down this one from DNC Chairman Howard Dean:

“Edelman’s gonna sell books in Borders! And then he’s gonna sell books in Barnes & Noble! And then he’s going on to Books-a-Million, Waterstone’s, Powell’s, Waldenbooks, and B. Dalton… AND ALL THE WAY TO WAL-MART! YEEEEEEEEHAAAGH!” — Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee

Jar-Jar Binks Holding \'MultiReal\'I can understand why my publisher decided to turn down blurbs from such political figures as Bush and Dean. You don’t want to go around alienating half of your potential audience. But why would they have turned down this perfectly acceptable blurb from lovable ol’ Jar-Jar Binks?

“Meesa bustin’ with happiness at readin’ dis-a book, MultiReal! My afraid that my not been reading such good tings for a long ol’ time! Infinito possibiliteez is only a state in da mind, indeed!” — Jar-Jar Binks, Irritating Orange Asshole

So your mission for this week is: email me some more blurbs that were too controversial to print on the jackets of my books at dedelman@gmail.com. Whoever submits the best, funniest, most offensive, most shocking, or just plain weirdest blurb between now and 11:59 PM Eastern time on Sunday, June July 6 will win the complete David Louis Edelman book set. Put “Summer Giveaway Contest 1” in the subject line so I know what you’re emailing me about.

You can enter as many times as you see fit, but you can only win one set of books. I’ll be the sole judge, jury, and executioner (but let’s hope it doesn’t come to that). I’ll post the best blurbs here on the blog. Unfortunately, due to the prohibitive cost of shipping, I’m going to limit this contest to the United States and Canada.

(And no, in case you’re wondering, I’m not going to use your email for nefarious marketing purposes. Unless, I suppose, you count this contest as a nefarious marketing purpose, which is fair.)

Ready? Go!

Update, July 7 @ 10:06 PM: The winner for this week’s contest has been announced, and details of the next giveaway contest are available.

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  1. Yaron on June 30, 2008 at 6:45 am  Chain link

    Err… Next time June 6 falls on a Sunday will be in 2010. So maybe you can manage to squeeze the third book of the trilogy in as well? Or at least an early ARC, if you plan to take your time finishing it? I’m sure the winners will appreciate the complete trilogy.

    In the meantime, I need to cancel my order of MultiReal. If Jar Jar likes it, then something has to be seriously wrong with it…

  2. Yaron on June 30, 2008 at 6:50 am  Chain link

    Off-topic, but your per-post comment feed links seem to be broken. The poor thing tries to encode a second anchor tag inside the main one.
    The feed itself works fine, it’s just the link from the posts’ pages which are bad.

    (Wasn’t there a similar problem sometime in the past here? My memory is just as bad as it used to be, apparently, so I’m not sure)

  3. David Louis Edelman on June 30, 2008 at 9:54 am  Chain link

    Err… Next time June 6 falls on a Sunday will be in 2010.

    Oops… fixed.

    Off-topic, but your per-post comment feed links seem to be broken. The poor thing tries to encode a second anchor tag inside the main one.

    Wow, thanks for pointing that out. The new site’s been up for a couple months now, and I had no idea that was broken. Should be fixed now.

  4. Yaron on June 30, 2008 at 1:48 pm  Chain link

    Oops… fixed.

    I actually liked the idea of a two years long competition, it somehow appealed to my sense of humor (Not to mention giving me a potential small hope of a chance to move to the US and become eligible for participation. Then again, buying even all of the remaining books would still cost much less than the plane ticket and mailbox.)

    The new site’s been up for a couple months now, and I had no idea that was broken. Should be fixed now.

    I guess there are less people who think comment feeds are convenient than I thought there were.

  5. David Louis Edelman on June 30, 2008 at 2:01 pm  Chain link

    I guess there are less people who think comment feeds are convenient than I thought there were.

    May be that they all use the “Notify me if anyone else comments on this article” feature now. It seems like just about everyone who comments checks that box now.

  6. Yaron on June 30, 2008 at 3:28 pm  Chain link

    Email notifications are alright, but they’re problematical for very active discussions, and can also be more complicated when you decide to stop following up sometime in the future.
    Then again, whatever makes people happy…

  7. SQT on July 3, 2008 at 3:07 am  Chain link

    Oh hell. I gotta think of a blurb on a book I haven’t read? I’m just not that imaginative.

    Great contest though. I came here by Fantasy Book Critic. I will defnitely spread the word.

  8. David Louis Edelman on July 3, 2008 at 8:41 am  Chain link

    SQT: I was actually trying to come up with a contest that people could enter without having already read the books. So seriously, no knowledge of the books required.

    And thanks for spreading the word! (You know, if you need review copies for Fantasy & Sci-fi Lovin’ Book Reviews, I’m sure that can be arranged too…)

  9. Summix on July 7, 2008 at 6:28 pm  Chain link

    When does Contest #2 start?

  10. David Louis Edelman on July 7, 2008 at 10:08 pm  Chain link

    Ack. Sorry, forgot to update this post with a link to the post about the winner and the next contest. Here’s the link.

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