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Sun, Oct. 3rd, 2004, 12:22 am
aktuation: Well...

I’ve been thinking that this is as good a time as any to tell you what I want to happen to this community; I’ve already told just about all of you about it, anyway, so...

Anyway, when I created this community, I had planned on building the foundation of a communal library: an informal group where its members can borrow everybody else’s book(s), subject to a few rules, of course.

I still plan on going ahead with this.

This is why I posted a list of the books my wife and I own (and will continue to update that list as long as I feel someone could benefit from my doing so).

I’ve been gone about a month, and that list has lengthened (to say the least; it’s been a long month). Here it is now, as it stands:

Robert A. Heinlein

The Puppet Masters
Stranger in a Strange Land
Methuselah’s Children
Door into Summer
To Sail Beyond the Sunset
Expanded Universe

Larry Niven

Three Books of Known Space
The Man-Kzin Wars

Jerry Pournelle

High Justice
Exiles to Glory

Poul Anderson

The Dancers from Atlantis

Charles Sheffield

The Mind Pool

Bruce Sterling

The Artificial Kid
Heavy Weather

Anne McCaffrey

The Death of Sleep
Generation Warriors

William Gibson

Burning Chrome
Mona Lisa Overdrive
Virtual Light

Those are the more popular authors; I’m cutting it short (that’s about two-fifths or so of our library) because I’m tired, and I have to get up early tomorrow. If you’re interested in loaning them (none of them are for sale), let me know.

I usually finish a book somewhere between a day and a week (unless it’s a really big book, like Niven’s Three Books of Known Space--my wife takes a bit longer; she still has a life, and I don’t); even so, my wife and I have a backlog of a couple of dozen or so books.

We didn’t buy it to hoard the books--that runs totally against what I’ve learned through reading SF--that’s why we’re willing to loan it to everyone. There are a few rules, however: One, is that we have to trust you; that is, we have to trust that you’ll take good care of them, and that you’ll return them while we’re still able to read and remember.

If we don’t trust you, we’ll tell you, and we hope you won’t take it personally. After all, we’re building this library for our children, as well. And our children’s friends, and our children’s children, and our children’s children’s friends, and so, and so forth, ad infinitum. If we don’t trust you, you’d have to get one of the people we do trust to vouch for you. Either that, or loan us the books you own and we like.

Secondly, the Heinlein books may NOT be taken outside of our home. If he were alive, and could read this, Heinlein would probably beat me to death; I’ll have to take that chance. These books are simply too valuable for me; I’ll only consider allowing others to take a Heinlein home if I owned another copy of the same book. If you’d like to borrow a Heinlein from me, you’d have to read it inside our home. Lodging, if you want it, is available for a nominal fee.

Thirdly, if the books you loan are harmed in any substantial way while under your care, you will be required to pay at least 300 hundred pesos (about 5 or 6 U.S. dollars, as currencies currently stand); prices go up as subjective value goes up. Anything earned through this arrangement will only be used to buy new books. This is as much as to teach irresponsible people how to be responsible, as it is to ensure that, one day, we won’t find ourselves out of books to loan to people, due to those who do not love books.

All terms are negotiable, of course. If you’re interested, let me know.