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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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Iva Packa Egertov
Aug. 13th, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
People are bit*hes...:-( I hope you can find it and whoever took it will 'pay' for it.
Aug. 13th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
I'm spreading the word. Some people have no fricking respect.
Aug. 13th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
If I see them anywhere, I will let you know.

I tend to come across most GRRM collectibles, for some reason. :D
Aug. 13th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
Sharing this information around the fandom world....will definitely keep eyes on this matter. Simply heartbreaking.
Aug. 13th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry that this happened. I cannot believe that some people have to audacity to steal items via the post. I am appalled by this. My faith in the USPS system had completely gone down the drain.

I don't mean to distract but I wonder if this is becoming a horrible horrible pattern. I personally mailed myself a few books two weeks back and on receiving the package found that almost half were missing.
Aug. 13th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
AUUUGHH!!!!*pouds head againts wall in frsutration*
For what good it will do I shal keep an eye out & spread the word ... Personally, if the thieves are ever caught, I think you should sic Cersei on 'em
Aug. 13th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
That's awful and disgusting. I really hope they turn up.
Aug. 13th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
That's so disheartening. I really hope someone spots them. Some people = real creeps.
Aug. 13th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
That utterly sucks. I had a friend move across the country, and believed he could ship a lot of things via USPS Media Mail, and save some dough on a truck.

What a mistake. He had insured much of it, but the thing is, some of this was out of print things, and stuff he just can't get any longer.

Ninety percent of his boxes had been "damaged" (cut/ripped open, and rifled through) and so many items were just gone. It was an obvious theft ring, but he shipped so many things the same day, he could only wait in agony to see what disappeared next. In one box he was missing several DVDs, but get this--ADDED to the box, that was NOT his: A pair of reading glasses, 3 Nigerian movies, and a pair of men's dress shoes.

After that debacle, I swore to never, ever, trust the USPS again.

How awful, and it feels like we can do nothing. Something in that system is corrupt, and that needs to be stopped. I hope whoever stole these gets exactly what's coming to them, and that the scripts are unharmed and retrievable.
Aug. 13th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
Was one of the stolen scripts of the pilot episode, Winter is coming? Someone has it on Ebay, but a lot cheaper than I suspected. Probably not one of the screenplays, but I figure I'd put the link here just in case:

Aug. 14th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
No, the two missing scripts were for episodes nine and ten.
Carl Anderson
Aug. 14th, 2011 12:40 am (UTC)
Maybe it was the Chinese or a psychopath.....why would someone what to steal your work?
What STAR TREK? I would love to know. I bet it would make a great movie.
Aug. 14th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
I agree with the people who said that contacting the Postal Inspectors was a good idea. Those guys are dedicated to their work, and about as good at it as they can be.

I'd also have a talk with the British version---I don't know as much about them.
Aug. 14th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
Registered mail
If the envelope was sent "Registered" then everyone who handles the envelop at every post office must personally sign for it. They would record if it were received damaged. So those records should be checked and one can find out between what offices the damage/robbery occurred.

If this happened in the U.S., they will investigate. Overseas, I am not sure.

Usually mail in the US is safe and secure. In 3rd world countries, definitely not secure. But this came from Europe where they are usually also very safe and precise in handling envelopes, especiially registered.
Aug. 14th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
getting the word out to your fans on tumblr! if we're all watching out for it, the culprit will be found, and their head put on a spike for all to see!
Aug. 14th, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)
Some people have no shame!

I'll definitely have my eyes open at the convention in two weeks.
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