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Stolen Scripts

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Parris and I have always been big supporters of the various charities, both fannish and mundane, that raise funds through auctions at SF and fantasy conventions. It's a great way to raise money for worthy causes, have a little fun, and get some unique items into the hands of collectors. In fact, I just finished shipping off five huge boxes of books, games, t-shirts, and other collectables to our hotel in Reno, to donate to the various charity auctions at worldcon.

(Some items will go to SFWA Emergency Medical Fund auction, some to the BWB fund-raising drive to pay for their party, some to the worldcon's own charity).

Unfortunately, there are a couple items that won't be auctioned at worldcon. We had hoped to bring a couple of signed scripts from the first season of the HBO series GAME OF THRONES with us, and the good folks in Belfast were kind enough to donate them. Dan Weiss sent them across the pond (registered and priority, signature required).

All that arrived was a battered envelope and Dan's cover letter.

The US post office delivered the envelope in a plastic baggie with a pre-printed note apologizing for the "damage." But this was no error in handling. The envelope was torn open at one end, and both scripts were gone, though Dan's letter remained.

I am convinced the scripts were stolen.

Last year we donated a signed STAR TREK script to a charity auction and it brought $1200. These two scripts may not have gone for quite that much, but they would have brought home some significant bucks. Someone in the US Post Office (we believe the package made it across from Belfast relatively unscathed) recognized their value and removed them.

So... I am putting out the word to all my fans and readers. Whoever sold these scripts will presumably try to cash in at some point. So if any of you ever see scripts fitting this description turn up on ebay, one of its competitors, or on some dealer's table -- notify me at once, and report the stolen property to whatever local authorities are appropriate.

Here's what was taken: two teleplays, final shooting scripts for episodes nine and ten of season one, "Baelor" and "Fire and Blood," autographed by writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and director Alan Taylor, printed on white paper.

Like Bloodraven, I have a thousand eyes and one. So let's keep 'em all peeled, boys and girls.

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txgecko
Aug. 13th, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
If you think the scripts were stolen in the US, you should alert the Postal Police if you haven't already. Yes, this would be a federal crime as someone mentioned above, and the Postal Police are armed and very serious. There are also rewards for employees who turn in thieves.

Was there insurance on the package? *hope*

UPS and FedEx are NOT any better. The USPS has 1/9 the theft rate of the private carriers due to the fact that penalties are much higher for stealing mail. I've alerted FedEx to a package being stolen as I watched and they just told me to put in a claim. The post office will actually do an investigation.
wavestar
Aug. 16th, 2011 02:36 am (UTC)
TXGecko, I'd love to know where you're getting your numbers on mail theft rates for various providers. I'm not being snarky, I would genuinely like to know as it would add to my arsenal for defending the usefulness of the public postal system!

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