As I mentioned last week, the fabulous Dragon Con convention wrapped their 30th anniversary event early last month. To celebrate, they inaugurated the Dragon Awards, in which fans of scienfictional pop-culture fun voted for the genre books, movies, TV-shows, and games they loved the best in the 2015 -2016 season.
This is part 2, the part where you (mostly) can't quite get them at KCLS. (Part 1 is here.)
For example, I think it would be amazeballs if KCLS could put Fallout Shelter or Fallout 4, the winners of the best mobile and best PC/console game respectively, in our patrons' hands. But that's not really in the cards. (Although, a play-through of the Best Board Game Winner, Pandemic Legacy, will be coming to a Game On event near you*)
But it's not just games. Believe it or not, there are some books we'd like to purchase and make available to the public, but can't. Sometimes it's because of what distributors who work with libraries can handle: for example, Overdrive Media, who supply us with a large part of our popular e-book collection, have a metric for independent publishers--not all qualify. Some indie publishers (particularly of e-books) won't work with public libraries. Like most relationships: it's complicated.
And sad to say, the Best Science Fiction book, Somewhither, an over-the-top epic adventure by John C. Wright is one of those indie-published novels that are only available for purchase, not for check-out. Book 1 of The Tales of the Unwithering Realm, is a coming of age by-trial-by-interdimensional-fire in the universe-conquering Space Elevator from Hell. It even has evil Oobleck
Another one of the self-published books that we don't have--yet--is the winner for Best Horror Novel: Brian Niemeier's Souldancer. The Soul Cycle began with Nethereal, the eerie adventures of a team of would-be revolutionaries and pirates in a strange micro-universe who team up with totalitarian religious fanatics to send a manned probe into their cosmos' version of Hell. Book 2 follows the survivors of the worlds-changing events of Book 1.
Nick Cole's rise-of-the-machines-meets-the-walking dead, Ctl-Alt Revolt, ironically ended up in self-published indie limbo (for libraries: readers bought it in droves) when the publisher dumped the title post-contract. Apparently one editor discovered that a motivation for the evil AI to go all Terminator on humanity was how we handle abortion.
It won the Dragon in the Best Apocalyptic Novel category.
But just because we don't have them right now, doesn't mean your King County Library won't ever get them. The publishing universe is in flux: things change.
For e-books, check out the "how to suggest a purchase" at the Overdrive.com page. For old-school books-on-dead-tree, log into Your Account and click on that "Suggest a Purchase" button on the left-hand side of the computer screen. Even if we can't buy it, we can often send away to another library or library system for the item (via "ILL," aka interlibrary loan).
At the end of the day, we want to help you get the books, media and information you want and need. Just ask!
(*For values of near you = the Carnation Library)