Sunday, June 28, 2015

Pack Your Bags Giveaway

From time to time we all need to escape, but when you can't get out of town in person you can always let a great story take you away. I think that's what I've always loved about great SF adventure stories -- they're guaranteed to whisk you off to new worlds.

To celebrate the release of LJ Cohen's new novel Ithaka Rising, and because I love traveling through her Halcyone Space universe, I'm having a giveaway:



I packed one of you a getaway bag, which consists of this nifty SF-ish tote (one of my rare quilting experiments), an unsigned trade paperback copy of LJ's Derelict, a traveler edition of Gimble for hands-free reading, a blank journal called The Anti-Social Network (couldn't resist that one) and a quilted bookmark made by yours truly. There will also be an unsigned trade paperback copy of Ithaka Rising by LJ Cohen (which is not pictured because it's still en route to me with my own copy from the bookseller.)

If you'd like to win it all, in comments to this post name one thing you'd like to bring back after a trip to the future (or if you're afraid of customs, just toss your name in the hat) by midnight EST on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015. I will pick one name at random from everyone who participates and send the winner the getaway bag. This giveaway is open to everyone on the planet, even if you've won something here at PBW in the past.

38 comments:

  1. Since I am a fabric and fiber 'nut', I would bring back fabric. But then, I'm also a reader and writer, so maybe a book, paper and pen. By the way, I have a road trip this week and Derelict is on my audible list to listen to on the 2400 miles I will be doing.

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  2. clairecherven9:53 AM

    I'd bring back a rock from every planet I visited and arrange them in a shadow box which I will make into a coffee table. Hope none are radioactive or otherwise harmful!

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  3. Just tossing my name into the hat :)

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  4. I would bring back a memorable magnet, and a book which I would treasure.

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  5. A robot butler. I'd name him Jeeves and never clean my kitchen - heck, the whole house! - again. He also cooks and does yardwork and laundry. And politely reminds me to exercise, since obviously without all those chores, I'd need to!

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  6. Photos...lots and lots of photos. ;D

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  7. From the future I would bring back a collection of the most popular stories from the years in between... and some info about the stock market so I can make my money go make more money for me and give me time to read it all.

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  8. I'd love to bring back a small spaceship. Just a little interplanetary hopper, though interstellar capability would be cool. :-)

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  9. I would bring back knowledge of which team won the World Series for random years likely to still be in my lifetime. Also probably some rocks. And I'm wondering if I should take my Rock with me to the future.

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  10. Besides the obvious winning lotto numbers I love Deb's idea of a small spaceship. I would use the winnings from the lottos to operate the spaceship. And pay for landing/launch space at the Space Spaceport.

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  11. Margaret1:20 PM

    A book! It'd be fascinating to see what's being published in the future. :)

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  12. I'd bring back the formula for the cure of diabetes; I have friends who died from complications and I'd like to wipe it out permanently.

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  13. I'd like to bring back lots of pictures of my wonderful time

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  14. Photos, flowers, and lots and lots of fabric! Hopefully, I wouldn't bring back any plants that eat people...

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  15. Lotto numbers!!! of course!!

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  16. Pictures of where I grew up and how much it has changed.

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  17. Hmm ... Only one thing?
    Lottery numbers, although the butterfly effect might render them invalid.
    A book from an author I enjoy (but I'd be tempted to show it to the writer, and then you've got one of the problems in _Lightning_ by Koontz to deal with)
    I'll bring a book back:
    "Cancers and how to cure them", including formulae for the meds, and explanations of why genetics plays such a role in it. Reasons, as with the diabetes cure, but with my family and friends, it's the big effing-C.

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  18. Cures for what ails me, books and sweetness, love and happiness.

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  19. I'd love to bring back a new spine for myself and upgrades for my loved ones, but honestly I'd probably spend all my futurebucks on futuristic make up and nail polish. ;)

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  20. I would bring back cures for every disease that they know how to cure, both explanations and the actual pills/shots/whatever.

    Also, duh, Lotto numbers. Just a few of them, don't want to throw the whole system off.

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  21. I'd bring back my own personal spaceship and whatever passes for a kindle in the future chalk full of books to read.

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  22. I would love to bring back a cure for Alzheimer's disease.

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  23. Pictures, so many pictures.

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  24. Peace and wonder and some rocks or sand... :)

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  25. Lets try this again. I apologize if you get multiple entries. My cat likes walking on the keyboard while I'm typing.

    I like picking up what's popular or seems to be popular where I travel to. In Ireland I picked up a lot of coasters from the pubs I visited, a free souvenir. In Belize, I collected stones hand-carved to represent gods, or calendars. I also picked up seashells.

    Within the United States I do the same. In New Orleans, I picked up a lot of voodoo paraphernalia. A friend of mine asked for cemetery dirt.

    If I go to a different country, I bring back the smallest dollar that's available in that country, and the change they have. I try to bring back enough for everyone in my family.

    Pictures are taken at every opportunity.

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  26. Apart from bringing back cures for diseases etc, I'd just really like to see if any of the quilts I've made survived in the future. I've only been quilting for about 18 months, but I've made a couple of wedding quilts and it'd be lovely to know they've become the treasured heirlooms I hoped for.

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  27. I would bring back photos of my descendants, to remind me to do everything I can to ensure the world stays habitable for them.

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  28. bluebamboo8:42 AM

    A full set of knitting needles (sizes 0 to 17), plus the case they come in and any included futuristic doo-dads.

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  29. I'd have to go all Back To the Future II and bring something back that allows me to profit from the future. Why yes, I am feeling quite mercenary today, why do you ask??

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  30. Anonymous3:32 PM

    A fully loaded Kindle

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  31. Definitely the Lotto numbers and stocks to invest in. I also want to know what art that is being created now will be popular in the future.

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  32. Anonymous10:07 PM

    I'd fill my backpack with as much knowledge as I could- in whatever form we can read today- books, digital, or ???

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  33. Anonymous5:50 AM

    I would bring back knowledge, medical, technological, all of it :)

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  34. For my souvenir, I'd like postcards with place names on them to add to my collection.

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  35. I would just take lots of photos!

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  36. I would love to bring back a my other self from the future. Everyone says there is 6 degrees of separation and doppelgängers out there and all of that, so I would like to find mine (maybe).

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  37. I think google ate my comment so trying again. I would bring back a cure-all that has been invented if it doesn't break the universe. If not, just the knowledge i've gained from my trip. Seeing the future of humanity and how far they've grown would be amazing.

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