In the spirit of this gaming post, and the current promotional grant here, I'd like to ask, what else do you think we might be able to give away, in an effort to help this site? Specifically, I would like to see names of upcoming books/ movies/ etc which numerable people might be interested in, which if we can seed several copies around, might work for us.

Off the top of my head, I can think of these:

It would also be interesting to do the same for movies which are currently in a theater (Providing tickets to watch, I'm assuming minimum 2 at a time).

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    Thor just came out today on Blu-ray/DVD. Captain America will be released in October.
    – user1027
    Commented Sep 13, 2011 at 20:27

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A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire was released a few months ago, but is very high profile because (a) Martin took forever to finish this book, and (b) the Game of Thrones TV series that's based on this series of books.

A grant could potentially be for the entire series (or what's published so far), or just for the latest book.


It's nearly a month since the announcement, and these were all published some time before that, but a grant for the "2011 Hugo Award Winners" would be neat:

The Nebulas were slightly longer ago, but might also be good choices. Alternatively, something could be done next year with either winners or nominees.

  • I think doing something with next year's Hugo nominees after they're announced would be more useful -- this year's winners have already been heavily discussed online. Since most of the nominees are usually made available in electronic form to members of the Worldcon where the voting will take place, it would be simplest just to buy supporting memberships to the Worldcon for the grant recipients (around $50).
    – Mike Scott
    Commented Sep 16, 2011 at 19:32

Tickets to:

In Time


Apollo 18

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Conan The Barbarian

Fright Night

DVDs of:


Captain America

X-Men First Class





Star Wars: Heir to the Empire: The 20th Anniversary Edition has recently (September 6, 2011) been released. This is an old book, obviously, but it's a great place to start reading the wider Star Wars universe, and coincides nicely with the current Blu-ray release of the films.


io9 has a fairly comprehensive list of September's sci-fi releases. I assume they do this every month. It might be helpful to publish this list here as it is made available, and let the community decide from it. Unless it turns out to not be as comprehensive as it looks from first glance.


Orson Scott Card:


Next week, Batman: Year One is released on Blu/DVD. Week after that, *Captain America: The First Avenger is released on Blu/DVD as well. I think these would make good promotional grant material, especially Batman, as the DC Animated Universe movies have been good sources of questions and this one covers the origins of Batman, an extremely popular character.


New Discworld novels:

Note that the Area51 Pratchett/Discworld proposal was merged with the site, so in theory there are many Discworld fans around. Unfortunately, given Pratchett's health, it's likely that these are among the last Discworld books he'll publish, which does make them higher profile.

  • I'm a bit of a Discworld fan, but I tend to lag a few years behind. Given my schedule, there is no way I can promise a timely response even if I was to read the book as soon as it is released.
    – user56
    Commented Sep 20, 2011 at 0:59

Goodkind's latest Sword of Truth novel was recently (August 16, 2011) relased: Omen Machine.

Like A Song of Fire and Ice, a series that had a TV series based on it, although it was cancelled last year.


The biggest forthcoming SF novels are likely to be:

  • Reamde by Neal Stephenson, published next Tuesday (20 September).
  • The Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge, published on October 11.

On February 10th, 2012, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 3D will hit the theaters. This would be a good opportunity to give out movie tickets.

Also, when it is eventually released on Blu-ray and DVD, there could be another giveaway for those. (It will be available other than in theaters, right?)

  • However, I can't say whether or not most of these StackExchange Star Wars fans would want this stuff, seeing as many of them pretend the prequel trilogy is non-existent ... ;-) Well, I guess I'll just have to rely on @Brett White loving 3D movies so much that his gravatar will start wearing 3D glasses like Tony Meyer's! :-) Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 14:45

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