Monday, November 16, 2015

Alan Black's Metal Boxes Series Mega Giveaway

Coming of age can be hard for anyone. 
For Blackmon Perry Stone it is life threatening
Metal Boxes
by Alan Black

Publication Date: September 20, 2013
Publisher: Alan Black
ISBN-13: 9781482774320
Genre: Science Fiction | Adventure | Space Opera
Print Length: 359 pages
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Coming of age can be hard for anyone. But for Blackmon Perry Stone it is life threatening. At 15, he barely manages to graduate from the empire's cadet training by a talent for unusual problem solving. He has trouble settling into navy life, but life becomes harder when he uncovers a ring of thieves aboard the huge ship. Life becomes difficult when they killed him. Stone is ejected into hyperspace in an escape pod without hyperspace engines. Fully expecting to die, he reconfigures the sub-light engine to escape the inescapable. To his surprise it works, but only well enough to do little more than crash on an uncharted planet. It will surprise him if he can make the engine work again, but not as much as it will surprise everyone else if he can come back from the dead.
 
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Stone is back, still a bit of an awkward teen, 
still capable of accidentally becoming a hero and savior
Metal Boxes
Trapped Outside
by Alan Black

Series: Metal Boxes - Book 2
Publication Date: August 24, 2015
Publisher: Alan Black
Genre: YA Science Fiction - Space Opera
Print Length: 313 pages
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The sequel to #1 best selling science fiction novel Metal Boxes. Blackmon Perry Stone hasn't gotten over his fear of being outside and he still hasn't settled into life in the Empire's Navy. After months of legal wrangling over his last assignment, he has been given a new assignment. He was looking forward to getting an new posting on a spaceship or a station. The problem is that his new job is on a planet. Worse, once there, the base is overrun by the enemy aliens and now Stone is trapped outside on a hostile planet, injured, and hunted by aliens bent of killing him.


Metal Boxes - Trapped Outside
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What IS a Metal Box?
Here is the official definition gleaned from the words of Alan Black, himself
Metal Boxes: space stations, space ships, and intersystem freighters

WHY are they so important to these stories?

Blackmon Perry Stone never stepped into open air until after his twelfth birthday. His agoraphobia is rampant and ceilings are a must. When he joins the space navy he expected to spend his time inside navy ships. When he finds out he has to spend time outside of the metal boxes he is used to, he has more problems than just the people trying to kill him. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

Alan Black is a multi-genre author who writes for young adults on up.
He's never met a good story he didn't want to tell.
I have been writing novels since 1997 when I started ‘Eye on The Prize’. My writing tastes are as eclectic as my reading preferences. I admit that I love writing much more than editing and the whole publishing process. Marketing of my novels leaves me as baffled as the whole string theory thing.
I was born in central Kansas, but grew up in Gladstone, Missouri, graduating from Oak Park Senior High School and eventually earning a degree from Longview Community College. I spent most of my adult life in the Kansas City area (with the exception of a few years in the U.S. Air Force), but my wife and I now live in sunny Arizona. The dry desert air stimulates my creativity more than the juicy air in Missouri (pronounced here as ‘misery’).
I am pretty sure my desire to write started in the second grade. I was given an assignment to write a short story about Greek mythology. My teacher took the time to call my parents. Although neither Dad or Mom remember the incident, it had an impact on me eventually leading me to finally write (and most importantly finish) my first manuscript. It took two years to complete ‘Eye on The Prize’. I have gotten faster since then, completing the last manuscript in three weeks.

One thing Alan LOVES to do is Connect with Readers Online and at Book Signings! Check his website for upcoming events ~ Chat him up at any of his links!
 Website | Facebook | Amazon | Twitter | Goodreads

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"What we think in our hearts is the very essence of who we are and what we will become."

Rev. Steve Longely
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Grand Prize – Kindle Fire 7" Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB, Black

First Prize - $25.00 Amazon Gift Card

Second Prize (US Only) – An autographed copy of ANY of my books

Third Prize (US Only) -  Autographed copy of Metal Boxes & Metal Boxes Trapped Outside

Fourth Prize (two winners)(Intl) – E-version of any of my books.


MORE books by Alan Black  


Chasing Harpo, Eye on the Prize, Other Times & Other Worlds Anthology
Metal Boxes, Metal Boxes - Trapped Outside (Metal Boxes Series)
Empty Space, Titanium Texicans, Chewing Rocks, Steel Walls and Dirt Drops,
The Friendship Stones, The Granite Heart, The Heaviest Rock and The Inconvenient Pebble, Jasper's Courage (An Ozark Mountain Series)
A Cold Winter
&
How to Start, Write, and Finish Your First Novel

121 comments:

  1. I'll pass on living in a metal box. I have added it to my TBR list and look forward to reading it. Thank you for the opportunity.

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    1. Jennifer,
      I'm all for living in a metal box considering that is my short cut phrase for space ships, space stations, and interstellar freighters.

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  2. No I would never ever live in any kind of box. Who is your go to author when you want to read of buy a book.

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    1. Felicia,
      No carboard boxes for you?
      I am an eclectic reader. Lately I have been reading a lot of Gini Koch and her Kitty Kat scifi series.
      Alan Black

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  3. We live in boxes for most of our lives.

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    1. Richard,
      That is true. Some of our boxes are nicer than others.
      Alan Black

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  5. I think it would be exciting to live in a metal box :). Thank you for the invitation. The book sounds great. I would love to win it. Kind regards, Butterfly :)

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    1. Butterfly,
      Lot of books available to win. You might even get a choice of any book from my portfolio. Which would you choose then?
      Alan Black

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    2. I would love to read "Metal Boxes" (book 1). It sounds so intriguing :).

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    3. Butterfly,
      Intriguing is a good description. I was trying for fun, but I'll take that.
      Alan Black

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  6. I admire those with the guts to ride a metal box into the aether, but I couldn't do it.

    Happy Reading, everybody!
    ~Icky. :-)

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    1. Icky,
      We could put you to sleep in one of those statis boxes and not defrost you until we got to another planet. How about that?
      Alan Black

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  8. never thought about living in an metal box but i would say no way..lol

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    1. Jodi,
      What if we offered to populate the metal box with the celebrity of your choice?
      Alan Black

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  9. I've added Metal Boxes to my TR list on GR. Love sci fi! And no, I wouldn't want to live in a metal box unless it's big enough to move around, which I hope it was for the sake of poor Mr. Stone.

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    1. Ginette,
      The size of the metal box is definitely relative. Need a swimming pool in your livingroom in your metal box?
      Alan Black

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    1. Nadene,
      Think of your metal box as bigger.
      No. Bigger still.
      No. The size of your local mall...all for you.
      There you go.
      How about now?
      Alan Black

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  11. I have lived in a trailer, what a lot of people call a "metal box", I wouldn't want to live in one again, it was way too small. What got you into writing and taking that final step to being an author? Thank you for the chance.

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    1. Bobbi,
      I lived in a trailer once, too.
      Stones is a little nicer.
      I wanted to be a writer since the 2nd grade and a teacher complimented me on a short story. I just decided one day that I was going to finish that manuscript that I started. It wasn't hard to finish as it was to start.
      Alan Black

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    1. Nadene,
      What if I guaranteed it would be a nice metal box with a big door?

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  13. Although it wouldn't bother me to be in a metal box most of the time, assuming it has most of our modern conveniences, there are always going to be times when I want to be out in the fresh air under an open sky. Thanks for the chance to win one of the fantastic prizes!

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    1. Ty,
      I can do without open sky for a week or so, but I need my vitamin D every now and again.
      Good luck on the drawing.

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  14. It sounds like an interesting story, but it depends on the size of the box. I'm way too claustrophobic for a small box. If it's the size of an elevator then no.

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    1. Fee,
      Think of a metal box the size of a small town. The size of a spaceship is only limited by the ship's power source.
      Alan Black

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  15. If it has an ac, toilet, shower, hot water, and food sure why not?
    Thank you for the chance. Your books a look intriguing. I enjoy SciFi fantasies very much. Thank you for sharing, and for the chance to win.

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    1. Corey,
      When I come by to pick you up in my spaceship, I will bring the one with all of that stuff.
      Good luck in the drawing.
      Alan Black

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  16. It might be fun to try living in a box!!

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    1. Kim,
      I'm with you on the fun thing.
      Alan Black

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  17. I live in a brick box, but don't really fancy a metal one. :)


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    1. Rainne,
      I'm thinking the brick might leak air when you take it to space.
      Alan Black

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    2. You could be right about that!!

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    3. Still, we could put a nice French country style brick on the interior of your metal box. Might make you feel right at home.

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  18. I do not want to ever live in a metal box but I think they are actually doing this more as of recently.

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    1. Sandra,
      If we don't make spaceships out of metal, what are we going to use?
      Alan Black

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  19. No i would not like to live in a Metal box.. Thank you for the chance !

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    1. Lisa,
      Not even a real nice metal box? Maybe a mansion just made out of metal?
      Alan Black

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  20. I'd rather not live in a metal box but your book sounds great!

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    1. Hi Betty,
      The book is great. Thanks for noticing.
      Is it the metal you don't like or the box part?
      Alan Black

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    1. Larry,
      Thanks for the kind words. Just as an FYI, I am 89.3% done with writing the first draft to Metal Boxes - Rusty Hinges, the 3rd book in this series. It should be available in June 2016.

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  22. I would prefer not to live in a metal box, but if that was all I knew then I would probably feel different about living in one. Thanks for your books Alan and for the contest.

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    1. Betty,
      You are the best. Blessings to John and the boys.
      We all live in boxes, but most are made of plywood and plaster instead of metal. And plywood spaceships just don't make sense.

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    2. It is called science fiction. You could write a convincing theory where wood could fly and the book would probably be a best seller.

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    3. Betty, might be a good twist on a fantasy novel where magical trees defy gravity when you cut them from the roots holding them to the ground. It might make a fireplace a dangerous thing to hang around, tho.

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  23. I think I'll stick with my townhouse! This sounds like an awesome series, very unique and suspenseful. Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Collenga,
      I think townhouses are nice, too.
      And yes, it is an awesome series.

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  24. I would love to visit and travel in a metal box but I don't think I could stay on one for very long periods of time.

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    1. Gabrielle,
      Just from one strange planet to the next? Sounds like fun. Save a seat for me.

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  25. I'm a bit claustrophobic, so NO! LOL

    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. Sherry,
      The protagonist in these books is the opposite. Having grown up in metal boxes he is more than a little agoraphobic.

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  26. I have no desire to live in any kind of box except the brick one I already have lol. Thank you Alan and Dianne for helping to sort the email issue

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    1. Patanne,
      All of the fixes are Dianne's doing. I can't fix my way out of an unlocked closet.

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  27. I used to think a box would be cool - I could hide and pretend to be anyone I liked, and read all day, and dream. But I think I'll pass. I'd love to read the books though.

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    1. Sheila,
      Boxes are cool, but it just depends on the size of the box. Good luck on the raffle.

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  28. I cold live in a metal box. My life is one FML to SMH. But no worries. Please have it is a cool area.

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    1. Brian, I lived in a cold metal box once in west Texas. It was fun, but unpleasant at times.

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  29. I think it'd be neat to live on a metal box, though I don't think I'd want to live on one forever. For a year or two, sure; but eventually, I'd want to feel the Earth beneath my feet.

    Thanks!

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  30. I would hate to live in any type of a box! I am planning on reading/ reviewing more of your books Alan! Keep up the good work!

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    1. Good to hear from you again. You write wonderful reviews...even if you don't want to live in a metal box.

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  31. no wouldnt want to live in a box, except for the one Im living in now( a house) lol. Looks like a good giveaway. thanks for the chance :)

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    1. Pamela, good luck on the giveaway. It sounds like a good thing we didn't offer to give away a metal box, huh?

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  32. First of all, Harpo could stand a shower -- those armpits -- WHEW!!!
    Second, no metal boxes for me. I sweat too much as it is. If I had to live in one I'd give ol' Harpo a run for his money. Thirdly, thanks for the invite, Dianne. Any chance to get some $$$ back from Alan is a most worthy cause! :)

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    1. Michael, no Harpo is not much on showering. But, no money back for you. Maybe you will win the Kindle.

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    2. Now THAT would just break my little pea-pickin' heart! (Hmm, what's a Kindle?) :)

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    3. Michael,
      A Kindle is one stick of kindling. I think.

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  33. No, I would not like to live in any type of box, metal or otherwise! I am very claustrophobic! I didn't mind Harpo's hug, he was preferable to my ex-husband.. lol. Best of luck on the giveaway! I could use another Kindle. :) Thanks for thinking of me! :)

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    1. Rebecca,
      Okay. No boxes for you.
      Harpo says to say hello.
      Alan Black

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  34. I would love to read this fantastic book, it is different than a lot of Sci-Fi so that really intrigues me. I think I would like to try living in a metal box, since you can design it the way you want. Thank you for this great opportunity.

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    1. Christy,
      Some of the Metal Boxes in book one even have malleable metal walls, so you could change your layout any time you wanted.
      Alan Black

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    1. Jolanda,
      What if we got you a huge metal box with a library full of books and lots of windows?
      Alan Black

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  36. I love that this is about someone with agoraphobia. I actually have panic disorder with agoraphobia. I haven't left my house since June because the fear is so intense. I had to switch to online college classes and everything. I would love to read about someone with the same disorder I have. ♥♥♥

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    1. Jaclyn,
      Please forgive me when I wrote a character with your disorder. I know it is not something to laugh at, but I did use it with humorous intent. I hope you understand that I wrote this book for entertainment purposes, not to poke fun of your disorder. Panic attacks can be severe and quite debilitating.

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    2. It's quite alright! I'm not bothered by that at all. I often joke about my agoraphobia myself. The disorder is obviously upsetting, but sometimes you just need to laugh at yourself. Thanks for clarifying to me though, in case I would have actually been bothered by it!

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    3. Jaclyn,
      Yeah. I'm that kind of guy.
      Sometimes I come across as a tad bit insensitive, often just downright glib, but that is because I really don't have a sense of humor and I'm just trying too hard.

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  37. I guess I would not mind living in a Metal Box provided its not my coffin lol, also it would need central heat, tv, wifi, laptop and my kindle with lots of books to keep me busy.

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    1. Lilian,
      In my scifi I define metal boxes as any spaceship or space station. Since I deal in fiction, we can make your metal box any size you want and fill it with everything you want.

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  38. I think living in a metal box would send me over the edge.

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    1. um...okay. How close are you to the edge now?

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  39. No metal box for me thank you, but happy to read about it.

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    1. Mary,
      Whew! Reading about it is good for me. Isn't that what fiction is all about? Reading about things, places and people that we don't, won't, or can't have real contact with?

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  40. As long as I had my laptop and could write, I would live in a metal box! How long does it take you to finish a book?

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    1. Claudette,
      I'll invite you along on my next ride in a metal box. Laptops are REQUIRED.
      I generally go from idea generation to publication in six months. How about you?

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  41. I don't think I could live in a metal box. I enjoy outside too much. Thank you for the chance.

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    1. Kathy,
      Well, metal boxes do have their limitations. It is hard to put much outside inside one.

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  42. No. No thank you! I enjoy nature far too much..

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    1. Maari,
      Okay...this time. No metal boxes for you, young lady.

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  43. If it wasn't for goodreads, I would never find more cool looking and sounding books to read. Yes, you can peruse Amazon but it's not the same!

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    1. Melissa,
      However you found this site, it's a great place to read good reviews and Dianne has some of the best giveaway raffles out there.

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  44. I don't think anyone would want to live in a metal box.. definitely not me.

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    1. Steve,
      What if we don't limit the size of the box?

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  45. Not unless Earth was in danger of dying.

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    1. Anne,
      Isn't the Earth always in danger of dying?

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    1. Jodi,
      Are you sure? I think if we put our heads together, we could imagine some pretty wonderful boxes.

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  47. I'm claustrophobic, so it would depend on the size of the box.

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    1. Jeanna,
      Big box! Really, really BIG box.

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  48. no to living in a metal box

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    1. bn100,
      Okay. But, you don't know what you'll be missing.

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  49. The metal box may be to small for all my stuff. :-)

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    1. Deb,
      I have metal boxes in all sizes. We will just get you a bigger one.

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  50. I would love to spend some time in a metal box. Not sure about actually LIVING in one long-term though. Maybe an extended holiday...for science. :D

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    1. Emily,
      Science...yeah...uh huh...that's why I'd go too.

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  51. I'm pretty adventurous, so I would love to try one of your metal boxes! It sounds like a interesting experience. Thank you for visiting and the great giveaways!!

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    1. Bonnie,
      I have your name penciled in for my first crew...as soon as I get my opwn spaceship.

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  52. I also have agoraphobia so I pretty much live in a box, but with brick and drywall instead of metal. The books sound great and the giveaway is awesome, thank you!

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    1. Judy,
      I like brick and mortar boxes, too. Buy I'll bet they leak something awful when you take them into space.

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  53. I can't see myself living in a metal box,i would probably go crazy

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    1. Shakeia,
      How close are we to that crazy now?

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  54. Yeah, I don't think I'd want to live in a metal box. But this book sounds quite interesting and intriguing! Looking forward to reading this book!

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  55. I would never like to live in a metal box..

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