How to choose the winning entry in my Guess the Fate of the Earth and the Human Race! Win a Free Book! contest?
Any one of at least fifteen entries could easily be deemed best.
So, basically, I’m choosing these at random:
The #1 spot goes to Brian Shields, whose two entries are here and here.
The #2 spot goes to Larry Long, whose very funny answer is here.
I was pretty shocked (and not a little gratified) by the quality of answers I got in. You guys really wrote
stuff. A lot of it was extremely funny (radioactive zombies!); a lot of it was intelligently reasoned; a great deal of it was sobering. (I’m especially fond of the optimistic answer offered by one “John” here.
) Almost all of it was extremely well-written. I’ve long said that the comment threads left on my blog are as smart, funny, and thoughtful as any such material anywhere in the blogosphere, and here (again) you guys definitely proved me right. (And even though I sure don’t mean this to sound as … proprietary as I know it might, I really like the way you guys all support one another; reading your exchanges about
your different answers was as rewarding as reading the answers themselves.)
As I say, I could have easily picked as “best” any one of fifteen or so other entries.
Anyway, thanks again for … well, rewarding me for blogging, basically. You guys really make this worth my while.
Brian and Larry, you’ll be hearing from me!
(P.S. You know, I just thought of something. If you entered the contest, and really did want a copy of my book “Penguins, Pain and the Whole Shebang,” I’ll send you a autographed, inscribed copy for five bucks. See the “Donate/Purchase” button on the right for payment instructions. Cool. Thanks.)