by wjw on May 30, 2016

BundleCover650The sale for the StoryBundle is in its final three days, so I thought I’d gin up some interest by running a contest.

Identify these objects:

First person to identify the subjects of one of the two photos below will receive a free StoryBundle— which means you get eight whole books for zero money!

There’s no point in identifying both subjects, because that wouldn’t get you any more books than identifying one, and would deny someone else a lot of reading pleasure.

If you win, I’ll send you a code that will allow you a free download.  But use it within three days, because the StoryBundles will disappear after that time.

These photos feature objects I’ve seen on various trips I’ve taken in the last couple decades.  Here’s the first.


And here’s the second:


Good luck!

fragomatik May 31, 2016 at 12:41 am

The first pic is the “Venus” of Anatolia, from the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara, Turkey.

Jimmie Blue May 31, 2016 at 7:55 am

I’m thinking the second is a planetarium projector. I’ve no clue as to which particular one it might be, however.

Urban May 31, 2016 at 1:09 pm

Hint for the first: Makes me think it’s probably Turkish.
Second: At first I wanted to think it was a gyroteodolite, but probably not and too many extensions to reasonably be an INS. But I think I was on the right track and that it is something aligned with Earth’s axis. And then there’s something skewed a bit. Planetarium projection core?

Lektu May 31, 2016 at 6:57 pm

First one is the Venus of Anatolia.
Second one is an Spitz star projector (a planetarium projector).

Lektu May 31, 2016 at 6:58 pm

Shit, sorry.
I acted before reading the full rules… 🙁

wjw May 31, 2016 at 9:14 pm

Fragomatic and Jimmy Blue both posted their answers first.

I’ll be sending the rewards in their direction momentarily . . .

wjw May 31, 2016 at 9:15 pm

. . . Or maybe I won’t, because I don’t have email for either. Drop me a line, fellas, will you?

Theophylact June 1, 2016 at 11:48 am

It’s a Spitz 1-A; you can see it (in 3D) at The Planetarium Museum. Don’t know where the one you posted is.

wjw June 1, 2016 at 4:32 pm

I didn’t know the model myself, so I could hardly expect any of y’all to identify it. This was at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, KS, and it was their original projector.

Bruce Lewis June 1, 2016 at 8:32 pm

First one is my mother in law. Do I win??

Just finished Hardwired, after reading the Metropolitan books. So glad I found you. It’s great to come across well imagined, science infused action packed stuff like yours. I intend to get to all of it.


Bruce Lewis

wjw June 2, 2016 at 7:08 pm

Thanks, Bruce! I wish you many happy hours of reading!

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