I don't think I've ever read anything written by Charles Dickens. It seems like I probably should have somewhere along the line, but for some reason I feel like it's too late to now.
I discovered last night that a student-authored book to which I was a contributor a few years back has been available via torrent for at least a couple of months now. Mininova lists the torrent as having been downloaded 1500+ times, which I dare say is more than the number of copies sold—the book's sales rank on Amazon is somewhere around a gazillion. I signed any possible royalty rights away to some stupid scholarship fund, but nonetheless, damn you pirates!
And, with the act being perhaps illegal and all, I absolutely did not download the book for myself just to check the quality. So, I did not learn that it was merely a mediocre scan job. Damn you pirates!
There are two kinds of science fiction fans: those who have read the Mars trilogy, and those who suck. Either can find some food for thought in this interview with Kim Stanley Robinson.