|A few autographed copies from my collection.|
It started innocently enough with a Jasper Fforde novel several years ago. The copy I received from Amazon just happened to be signed. Then, a few years later I saw Charlaine Harris and, even though I wasn't a fan of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, I figured I should get a signed copy since I was there. A year or so later, William Gibson came to town and I just had to get his autograph. I mean, I've loved Neuromancer ever since I first read it in my Sci Fi, Tech and Cyberpunk class in undergrad so of course I was going to take the opportunity to meet him. (We had a deep and meaningful 30 second discussion about his watch while he signed and I tried not to faint.) And well, now the whole thing has just snowballed.
I was trolling the internet for a first edition of Good Omens the other day when I realized it might be becoming a bit of a problem. I'd like to have a copy signed by Neil Gaiman when I meet him in June, but if you look at the stack of books in the photo above, you'll see I already own an autographed copy. That's when it dawned on me: if I keep this up, there's a statistically significant chance I'll be one of those people found crushed to death in their home under a toppled stack of books.
So, what's the big deal about getting them signed? I love collecting autographed books because of the tenuous connection it represents. For this brief moment, I get to share the same space with the minds I love so much. I've never cared about meeting actors or other types of celebrities; it's the amazingly creative writers behind my favorite worlds that I worship. Taking home a signed copy is a bit like getting to keep a piece of them with me always...
WHICH SOUNDS UBER DISTURBING. SERIOUSLY, WHEN DID I TURN IN TO SUCH A CREEPER?
So, I'm in search of your advice. What do you collect and how do you manage your treasures? How do you not sound like a total lunatic when talking about your prized possessions?