The GPF Book #2 FAQ

Last updated April 24, 2008



Another book? Already? Didn't the last one just come out?
Yep! Book #1, Mating Call of the North American Computer Geek came out in mid March of 2000. But, lo and behold, we've already got enough material for the second book, and it's already available for your reading enjoyment. [Top]
When's the new book coming out?
It's out right now! You can order it through the Plan Nine website. Alternatively, you can order through Amazon.Com. Better start clicking, gang! [Top]
So what's going to be in the book?
The book is a compilation of strips from our second year, starting from November 1, 1999, all the way through October 2000. It includes great stories from this year, including "Brotherhood of the Twisted Pair," the "Time Machine," "Y2k: The Phantom Menace," the "Safe Dropping Incident," the "Team Building Hike," "The Date," "Secret Agent Geek," and much more. There is also another special bonus story in this book, even bigger and better than the last. [Top]
Another special story? This one isn't more super heroes, is it?
Nope! The special story in the second book will be much different than the last. It's an exciting semi-sequel to "Secret Agent Geek," featuring everyone's favorite "slacker hacker turned secret agent" Fooker and his gelatinous sidekick, Fred. This time, the special story will be even longer, spanning a whopping twelve pages and featuring some of the most exciting GPF adventure yet. Oh, yeah... and it's in color, too. :) [Top]
Will any of the strips be in color?
Sorry, but like the last book, all the strips are in gray scale, not color (with the exception of the special bonus story). Again, this is to help keep the cost down, for both us and you. But everything should still be crisper and smoother than what you'll see online. [Top]
Is it true some strips had to be left out?
Unfortunately, yes. Do to space limitations, a few weeks worth of strips had to be left out of this book. We've carefully analyzed the stories and dropped only those strips that we felt were absolutely non-essential. Some day, we hope to include these stories in a book of their own, say a "lost episodes" volume. [Top]
So which strips didn't make the cut?
Due to the reasons listed above, the following Year Two stories were cut from the second book: [Top]
How much will the book cost?
The book costs US $12.95, not including shipping and handling. This price is the purchase price directly from Plan Nine USA; I don't know if there will be any variations if you try and purchase the book through places like Amazon.Com or your local book store. Of course, we get more money out of the book if you buy it from Plan Nine directly, so guess where we'll send you to get it. :) [Top]
How can I order the book?

All orders can be placed through the Plan Nine web site. They'll be handling all the dirty work, and can ship all over the world. The quickest way to get the book will be to purchase it via credit card, but they'll take checks and PayPal as well. While you're there, buy some of the other great titles they offer!

Technically, you can also order the book through sites such as Amazon.Com, but we won't get as much money out of it, so if you want to support the strip better, buy it from Plan Nine. [Top]

What will the book be called?
The title of the book is General Protection Fault: Gone with the Windows. Believe it or not, this was actually a rejected title from the first book, but we felt the cover (a parody of the Gone with the Wind movie poster) was more appropriate given recent events and the book's subject matter (which includes Nick and Ki starting to date.) [Top]
When's the book coming out in my native (non-English) language? When will it be available in my country?

Currently, the book is available in any country that accepts shipping from the United States. Plan Nine USA has already shipped thousands of books all over the world, although the shipping has been a tad expensive.

If all else fails, you can always order the book from Amazon.Com or one of its international affiliates. We can't guarantee that all Amazon affiliates will carry the book world wide, or how much their shipping costs will be. Combine that with the fact that we get more money if you buy it direct, and you're probably better off buying from Plan Nine anyway.

>As for translations, we've had an offer or two over the years to translate the books, but they've all fallen through. Thus, the books are only available in U.S. English for the time being. [Top]

Why should I spend money on a book when I can always read the strip online?
Mostly because there may be a time, in the far, distant, dim future when you can't find GPF online. Yes, someday time will catch up with and I'll be gone, or the Internet will transform into something different and incompatible with our format, or aliens from a distant galaxy will wipe out our resources and we'll have no electricity and thus no Web. Either way, a physical, printed copy of GPF will keep the dream alive, where it might pass into oblivion elsewhere. It's also handy to have around, when a 'Net connection isn't available. Want to introduce someone next to you in the doctor's office to GPF, but you can't because your cellular modem on your laptop isn't working? Or you completely forgot your laptop? Show them the book! It's the easy, compact, cost-effective way to get them up-to-speed on the strip without a cable modem. [Top]
Will there be a contest again like last year, where you gave away some books for free?
Not likely. Right now, there are no plans to hold a contest of any kind in conjunction with the release of Book 2. However, we have kicked around the idea of another general contest, where we may give away a copy of both books, a T-shirt or two, and maybe some original GPF art. We'll keep you posted if and when such a contest comes into being. [Top]
So... when's the next book coming out?
Book #3, And the Geek shall Inherit the Earth, was released in February of 2002. Check out the Book #3 FAQ if you have questions about it. [Top]

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