A BRILLIANT IDEA May 15, 2007Posted by Administrator in : Politics , trackback
That’s what we need, a brilliant idea.
A while back, I made an offer concerning the 1500 remaining copies of Forge of the Elders that Baen Books has on hand. I said that if they were sold relatively quickly, I would reward my readers with a science fiction detective story based on the book, and probably featuring P’Nan arbitrator Eichra Oren, his companion and “separable tentacle”, the sapient Samoyed Oasam, and their occasional employer Mr. Thoggosh, a sapient nautiloid or ammonite the size of a Volkswagen Beetle.
Well slap my head and say “D’oh!” I have no idea how sales of Forge are going, but it suddenly occurred to me the other day that I might make the same kind of offer with regard to The Probability Broach: the Graphic Novel. I don’t know how many copies Frank Bieser (Mr. BigHead, himself) still has, but I’ll find out and attach a date to the offer I’m about to make now. I haven’t spoken to Frank about this — he’s finding out at the same time, and in the same way, you are.
As my regular readers know, Clarissa Macdougall Olson Bear, wife of TPB:TNG hero Win Bear, caught a cross-temporal virus — Koman’s Mitochondriasis — that even the advanced medical technology of the North American Confederacy can’t cure. Ever since then, the poor girl has been lying frozen in stasis until a cure can be found. I’ve long wanted to write the story of what happens to her. I have it outlined pretty thoroughly. But I’ve had other — more remunerative — fish to fry.
…Well, here’s the deal: buy up all the current copies of The Probability Broach: the Graphic Novel, in a reasonable amount of time (as I say, I’ll have to check numbers with Frank) and I’ll write that story, and present it as a gift — possibly on this website — to my readers.
Here’s another idea that will work for TPB:TNG and Forge, as well: why not buy multiple copies, or even multiple dozens of copies, and sell them from a table at gun shows and conventions? That way we all prosper.
Naturally the story will involve Win, along with Lucy Kropotkin, Ed Bear, G. Howell Nahuatl, and other characters my readers and I are fond of. Maybe even Agot Edmoot Mav and his amanuensis Mymysiir Offe Woom. I can tell you now that the story involves some truly bizarre aliens, and a view of Earth that hardly anybody has ever thought of before.
So the ball, as they say, is in your park. There’s nothing I’d love more than to write these stories for you, if you help to make it possible.