Monday, December 15, 2008


Today is officially Do It For Thelma Day - the day declared by Daryl Gregory as the day to buy his book, Pandemonium (US, UK, Canada, my review). It's gained some traction - below are a couple of groups that have sprung up in support of idea to buy Pandemonium on December 15th.

The story behind Do It For Thelma Day is below:

I recently did a Questions Five interview with author Daryl Gregory. Below in an excerpt from the interview:

Why should Pandemonium be the next book that everyone reads?

DJG: Do it for my mother. When I started my writing career, she said, You know what you ought to do, DJ? (My family calls me DJ.) You should write a best-seller.This seemed like excellent advice. But how to execute it?

Your question, Ken, points the way. If everyone—and I mean everyone, each man, woman, and child on this planet, plus any Russians and billionaires currently in orbit—makes Pandemonium the next book they read, then my mother’s dream can become a reality. You don’t even have to read the book, you just have to buy it. Let’s pick a day in December. December 15th. On that day, go out or get online and buy a copy for yourself and one for any relative that is bed-ridden and/or computer illiterate.

Come on, people, we can do this. If we can just put aside our petty excuses—for example, that you don’t like science fiction, or that you don’t read English, or that your refugee camp doesn’t have a decent internet connection—if we can just stop all that whining for a minute and buy my book, then, finally, my mother, ThelmLinka Gregory, will
know I’m a success. For more information on Do It For Thelma Day, see my website.

So, go forth and buy Pandemonium (US, UK, Canada), and come back and share your Do It For Thelma Day story here.

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