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The Philosophy of Baen's Universe, or Whatinhell are we doing this for? Part 4
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Baen’s UNIVERSE, 4th post: the Universe Club



(This was written in November, and we've gone ahead. The poll (now closed) referenced below helped us to choose the "universe theme" instead of the "circus" theme...but the idea is still the same...and in fact, we've attracted a large number of Andromeda members, and the first of the Con Parties are scheduled...)

The UNIVERSE CLUB will have four levels of membership, depending on the size of the contribution. (Just like fancy museums and such.) Each level will have ascending degrees of benefits, as explained below.

We haven’t decided whether to use a “circus theme” or a “universe theme” as titles for the various levels of membership. In the end, we just figured we’d let the contributors decide. What’ll happen is that we’ll offer each membership under either title, and whichever the buyer selects will constitute a vote for that theme. Once the first round of buying is over – Big round! Big round! – whatever the majority wants will henceforth be Ye Official Monickers.

Here they are:


I) Runaways (circus theme) or Titan Class members (universe theme):

Cost: $50. What you get:

1) A six-issue package of Baen’s Universe (the first year of the magazine).

2) A free electronic copy of The World Turned Upside Down, a very large anthology of classic F&SF stories edited by David Drake, Eric Flint and Jim Baen.

3) Three electronic book packages of your choice among the many we offer (see previous post).

5) One “special goody,” to be determined later after polling the Barflies. (see below)



II) Roadies and Roustabouts (circus theme) or Saturn Class members (universe theme)

Cost: $100. What you get:

1) A six-issue package of Baen’s Universe (the first year of the magazine).

2) A free electronic copy of The World Turned Upside Down, a very large anthology of classic F&SF stories edited by David Drake, Eric Flint and Jim Baen.

3) Five electronic book packages of your choice among the many we offer (see previous post).

4) Vouchers for three free e-ARCs, to be selected as they are produced.

5) More of whatever special goodies we select after polling the Barflies.



III) Elephant-handlers and Magicians (circus theme) or Polaris Class members (universe theme)

Cost: $250. What you get:

1) A six-issue package of Baen’s Universe (the first year of the magazine).

2) A free electronic copy of The World Turned Upside Down, a very large anthology of classic F&SF stories edited by David Drake, Eric Flint and Jim Baen.

3) Ten electronic book packages of your choice among the many we offer (see previous post).

4) Vouchers for five free e-ARCs, to be selected as they are produced.

5) Still more of whatever special goodies we select after polling the Barflies.



IV) Clowns and Acrobats (circus theme) or Andromeda Class members (universe theme)

Cost: $500. What you get:

1) A six-issue package of Baen’s Universe (the first year of the magazine).

2) A free electronic copy of The World Turned Upside Down, a very large anthology of classic F&SF stories edited by David Drake, Eric Flint and Jim Baen.

3) All the electronic book packages we offer (see previous post).

4) All e-ARCs produced by Baen in the course of one year since the membership is bought.

6) A one-year subscription to Webscriptions, comprising all twelve monthly packages.

5) All of whatever special goodies we select after polling the Barflies.


SPECIAL GOODIES

There are any number of possible “special goodies” that we can add to this. Most of these won’t have any large or set monetary value, but they’d be things that members might want for personal reasons.

We’ve put together a long list of things we can think of, and created a poll. In addition, we’ve left room for people to add other things that would matter to them, but we overlooked.

If you want to indicate which things would matter to you, please go to the URL below and cast your vote (and add any new items). You can vote on as many categories as you choose.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=682461552435


Finally, as always in the Bar, the opinion of the Barflies are not only welcome, they are actively encouraged.

Do try to keep the wisecracks at the expense of the ursus to a minimum, though. Granted, he’s thick-skinned, even leaving aside all the fur.

Still.

Eric

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