I think Ian has gone beyond the call of duty by sending out the books as compensation for a missed mailing. After all, it’s his company’s stock he’s depleted to do this. Personally, I’d be happpy if the BSFA just told us there would be delays and wouldn’t mind waiting; such instances haven’t exactly been infrequent over the years, it’s what happens when an organisation relies on a few volunteers.
I received a limited signed edition of Eric Brown’s “Starship Fall” (2009). Now, I already owned a similar signed copy – and this is the really worrying bit. The copy I had bought was #122 of 350, the copy I’ve been sent was #260. Maybe it’s a bit of an assumption that they’d be sold in number order, but if so to have only sold 200+ copies of a book by a well-known British author in three years seems a pretty sad state of affairs for UK sf, and it makes you wonder how both author and publisher get by.