That's sad to hear. I hope she's okay. This news is a bit aggravating since mine isn't shipped yet, but I suppose another week or two isn't that big of a deal.2) All of the pre-orders are NOT yet out. My shipping manager has been in the hospital since Thursday and I have been at Gen Con. She hopes to be back at it on Wed and it will be 2-3 more days after that before she and the crew finishes.
For a big number you cold go with a googolplex. Alternatively, using Knuth's Arrow Notation never hurts.3) I see that there are jillions (or whatever is bigger than jillions - quintjillions?) of "where's my book" emails in my Inbox. I'm not sure I'll actually get to answer them all - I just ask that you hold your horses. We said this could take 2 weeks, and even with the lost time due to illness we think we'll still hit 2 weeks.