Apr. 17th, 2009

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For me, that is.

So I was walking to work, about 6am, nearly there, and then what to my wandering eye did appear? A milkcrate on the curb with stuff in it. Now, normally I don't pay such things that much attention, but I glance over as I'm about to pass and I notice there's books inside it. And, I recognize one of the names on the books, it's Iain M. Banks. Now, this is fairly unusual for me, because normally when I find stuff on the curb people are getting rid of, a) it's very rarely books, and b) when it is, it's very rarely SF.

So I start looking through the box, and my excitement grows as I realize, hey, there are a lot of books in there by Iain M. Banks. Hell, it's practically his entire output of SF save for his newest one, and a few of his non-SF (which he writes without the M. initial). There were a few other non-Banks books but they were either not SF or were SF I already owned (To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis, Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven). Still, I wound up taking the following:

Against a Dark Background
Feersum Endjinn
Inversions
The Algebraist
The State of the Art

(For those wondering if maybe it wasn't intended to be given away, the box and books were still there hours later when I left work, so I have to assume it wasn't meant for keeps. And my rule is, if it's by the curb and nobody's around, it's free. That's how I got that new car.)

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