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[UPDATE #3] SF Signal Contest: Win a Free Book!

UPDATE: Rules updated to not require postal address. We don’t care where you live unless you win.

UPDATE #2: Changed submission email address while we change web hosts.

UPDATE #3: Changed submission email after web host move.

At SF Signal, our motto is: “We got so many books, they’re comin’ out of our – whoa, hey kids!” And what better way to clean house than to give some books away for free! Well, almost free. There is some effort involved. Just answer the questions below and you could win a free book!


A brand spankin’ new trade paperback copy of Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow.


I’ll give you a hint: All answers can be found on

  1. Which author wrote the book that was the basis for the movie The Iron Giant?
  2. What book was the basis for the TV show The Six Million Dollar Man?
  3. Name three science fiction authors who wrote for the TV show Land of the Lost.
  4. What was C.J. Cherryh’s original last name?
  5. Which author was nominated for two Hugo awards in 2006?
  6. What three novellas make up Robert Silverberg’s book Nightwings?
  7. The SF Signal review of which sf book featured a snippet of dialogue from Woody Allen’s Love & Death?
  8. Who wrote the short story “I, Robot”.
  9. What’s the name of the Google-like H.P. Lovecraft search engine?
  10. What participant on the TV show Mythbusters has been honored multiple times on SF Signal by Pete?

For fun: Name your favorite feature of SF Signal. (It is, after all, all about us!)


All entries should be submitted to contest*AT*sfsignal*DOT*com.


One entry per person. All entries should include a name and valid email address. We will not sell or otherwise distribute your email address; we probably hate spammers more than you do. The single winning entry will be the one with the most correct answers. In the event of a tie, the single winner will be chosen at random (or pseudo-random) from the entries with the most correct answers. If you win, you must reply within 48 hours of being notified so we can get your U.S. mailing address to mail the prize. After 48 hours with no reply, we pick another winner. Only U.S. postal address will be accepted. (What, we wanna spend a small fortune in postage?) Submision emails must be received when the contest ends: July 10th, 2006 at midnight (Central Time). The winner will be announced shortly thereafter. All decisions of the judges are final. So there.
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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

9 Comments on [UPDATE #3] SF Signal Contest: Win a Free Book!

  1. Hmm… Do you really expect submissions with less than 10 correct answers?

    Apart from #7 and #10 (and, most importantly, the for-fun part), answers can be found even without looking here in particular. Added to the fact that everything can be answered just by searching here (I didn’t check, but you have no reason to deceive all your greedy readers, do you? ) and there’s really no excuses for a less than a perfect score.

    I won’t be participating myself due to a lack of a US postal address. But I’m curious, how expensive is it really to ship something of paperback-weight out of the US?

    I’m curious because sending something like that from here (Israel) to the US would be rather cheap (Though everything is relative), and it’s not every day (or year. Or decade, to be honest) I find a reason to actually be happy with our postal service.

  2. Yaron, our intention was make it fun and not difficult; this is a giveaway. We didn’t want to exclude anybody but that conflicted with our deep-seated fondness for being cheap. We are an ad-free fan blog that asks no money from our readers and mailing overseas would cost about $15 more. We’d like to put that money towards more contests.

  3. I think I know the answer to #5… πŸ™‚

  4. Obviously you didn’t intend to make it difficult, John.

    I guess I just didn’t make myself clear enough, it wasn’t that I thought you thought you made it into a big challenge, it was more that I was amused to see you specify in the rules that more answers get priority. Because it was obvious you intended it as light fun.

    And wow, I see that I really do have a reason to appreciate our postal service. I’ve sent to the US stuff that was roughly similar in weight and bulk to a medium-thick paperback book, and the cost was about 2.5$, including a padded envelope.

    Which is still more money than a local shipment, but at least much saner.

  5. Hey guys,

    Number 10 took some time.

    Yaron, if I win, then when I’m done with “Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town” I’ll drop it in the mail to you, just email me your address πŸ™‚

  6. ben bova and larry niven wrote for “Land of the Lost”

    That is wierd…

  7. Hi Julia,

    That’s very very generous for someone who doesn’t actually know me. Though now you’re obviously my preferred candidate for winning. Not that it will do you any good, I’m not in the judging committee, so can’t ‘nudge’ things in your direction. πŸ˜‰

  8. The contest is now closed!

    The winner will be announced shortly…

  9. The winner has been announced and the answers posted.

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