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Stolen Scripts

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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Aug. 13th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's terrible. I'm appalled that USPS tried to pass that off as "damage".
Aug. 13th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, they always do that. If anything gets stolen, or if they royally screw the pooch in some way-- "sorry, it was 'damaged.' We aren't liable. Couldn't have been avoided."

Makes me sick. Use UPS.
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You can't trust UPS either... - jonm61 - Aug. 13th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Aug. 13th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
The world disgusts me at times. I hope some honest fan spots them on ebay when this thief tries to cash in, and reports it to you so that you can have them returned.
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Aug. 13th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
I can, but that's probably because I have little to no faith in humanity. Unless the thief is planning on keeping the scripts in a personal collection, he/she/it/they will be found - and then Sweetrobin will have his fun.
Aug. 13th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
Did you ever recover your sword which was stolen a couple years ago?
Aug. 13th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
Alas, no.
Aug. 13th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
This time they have gone too far. If you catch the thief hand him over to Ser Ilyn. Or do you mete out your own justice?
Aug. 13th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.
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Aug. 13th, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
That is terrible! I'll keep an eye out at conventions.
Aug. 13th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
Like Varys and Petyr you also have lots of little birds too.
Aug. 13th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
How should we contact you if we see them?
Aug. 13th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
Write a press release, send it out and see if USPS responds any differently. ;) At least you have that power, to some degree, compared to the people I know who've had empty boxes and ripped open envelopes delivered.
Aug. 13th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
I agree. Use what clout you have. If this gets into the newspapers, the scripts might be mysteriously "found".
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Aug. 13th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
This has happened to me before (on a much smaller scale). My stepdad would always send me a birthday card with $5 in it when I was a kid. One year I received a card with an envelope that had been torn to shreds and then taped back together with the card inside. Only the money was missing. Obviously the value doesn't compare, but I remember the feeling.

At such times, a Dothraki threat seems most appropriate:

Goshas, zhey filkak: Anha vezak yera. Anha arissak foth ma vidrik qoraes anhoon memras ma vassok ven yera ven yallish. (Me vemma anna, jini.) Majin anha vanneva khadokh she sorfosor majin jano laz vosti chenoon ma jadro laz anasi tihoa. Yer otihi Rhaeshis Ajjalani avvos! Anha astak asqoy ki jini. Hethkas!

Which is roughly:

"Be certain, coward: I will find you. A will slice your throat and shove my hand inside it and make you talk like a small child. (This will amuse me.) And then I leave your corpse on the ground and the dogs will bite at your liver and the vultures will peck at your eyes. You will never see the Night Lands! I swear this. Be prepared!"
Aug. 13th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
Give the SOBs to Ramsay.
Aug. 13th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
I doubt that the stolen copies would pop up somwhere in my part of the world.
Though, I promise I keep my eyes on the every corner of the web.
Some says I am pretty good as a web-spy.
So, sorry that happened.
Aug. 13th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
Request an investigation
Given the profile of the material and the fact that it was for charity, you should be able to get some traction if you politely and formally request an investigation. There's a 24 hour contact number for the Inspector General of the postal service (from the USPS website):
If you witnessed or are currently witnessing a postal employee discarding or destroying mail, immediately contact the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at:

1-866-644-5696 (available 24 hours a day)

I'd also write to the postmaster general and CC the equivalent office on the other side of the pond (which I could not find quickly on the website, but hopefully the folks in Belfast can get that info easily.)

Postmaster General

Pat Donahoe
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW
Washington DC 20260-0010
Aug. 13th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
My deepest sympathies. My sister sent me a gold pendant in a little jewelry box in a padded envelope. When she called me three weeks later to see if it had arrived, I said, "What package?"

Luckily it was insured, and the day after she filed an insurance claim it *magically* appeared in my mail box.

Next time have them insured for their value. Once you file a claim, the scripts may *magically appear* next time. Also a claim like that gets the post master looking within the post office for thievery.

You should have someone post notice to some of the big memorabilia web sites and brick & mortars of the theft.

Sucks to hear about the theft. Maybe you can paint the postal system/messengers as thieving scum in your next book.
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.
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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