I am a big fan of David Weber’s Honor Harrington Series, which is on book 11, with several side novels* and 4 short story anthologies.
To the dismay of his Honor fans, Mr. Weber writes in other worlds than just that one. I think we’re on a two and a half year hiatus (something like that) since the last one was released. In the interim, rabid fans of his other work are slavering over another of his series, which has been getting most of his time. Book number two is being released in July, but if you’re really interested, you can go to ebay and bid on an Advance Readers Copy (ARC) of By Schism Rent Asunder which someone is selling. Current price, with one day left, $200.
Crazy people. Mr. Weber’s books are good, and for genre readers they are a gold mine, but I don’t think they’ll ever be worth that much. And from the comments I’ve heard in various places, the people bidding on this book aren’t looking for a collectible, they merely want to read it 3 months early.
Geeks with too much disposable income.
3/16/08 Update: As of right now, the bidding is up to $270 with twelve hours to go. We’ll see what it does in the last 5 minutes.
*Actually, in the Honor Harrington universe, the side novels are really parallel mainline novels that take a great deal of the political and other maneuvering out of the main novels and keep them to a reasonable page count.