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The Canadian vs. the American Editions
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If you purchase a copy of Hominids from my
website, you will receive the Canadian edition of the book. "Why?" you may ask.
I buy my stock through H. B. Fenn, the
Canadian distributor for Tor Books (I have an account with them, just like
any other vendor). But, since my last book was a top-ten national
mainstream bestseller in Canada, Tor and Fenn decided to do slightly
different covers for the Canadian and the U.S. marketplace. The wonderful
art, by Donato Giancola, is the same, but the review quotes are different
(mostly Canadian mainstream sources on the Canadian edition; mostly US
genre sources on the US edition), and only the Canadian price appears on
the Canadian edition. The actual book is identical, but the covers are
As to which state is more valuable to a collector, I haven't a clue. I had
reported bookstore sightings of the book in Canada before any in the U.S.,
which would make the Canadian state the true first edition. Also, the
Canadian cover is a variant, and therefore sometimes considered more rare.
On the other hand, in sports trading cards, the Canadian versions (with
French and English text) are usually less valuable than the American ones,
so who the heck knows? .
Anyway, I'm selling autographed copies with the Canadian cover at the
US cover price through my web site. If you'd prefer to send me an
American copy for signature, send me an E-mail and that can be arranged.
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