Cory Doctorow's review of the ARIEL reissue linked to a pic of his ganked-out copy of the original paperback, which he has read possibly more times than I have read A Wrinkle in Time (which I think I've read more times than any other novel). Curiously, over the years readers have sent me a few other pics of ganked-out copies of ARIEL.
Clearly these ARIEL-retentives need a nice shiny brandspankingnew copy.
Clearly the thing to do is to hold a contest.
So here's the deal. Send me a picture of your own ganked-out copy of the original edition of ARIEL. The owner of the most nasty, gnarly, beatup dogeared puppychewed copy will win an autographed copy of the bright shiny new purty purty paperback edition of ARIEL, courtesy of Yrs. Truly.
Send your pix to . Deadline is noon, Sept. 17. I will be the sole arbiter of gankiness (no photoshopping, you clever devils you), and I'll post the pic when I announce the winner.
It's worth mentioning that the original edition in good condition is worth a bit nowadays, so you might want to think hard before you ganking-out that pristine copy just to win a new one.