This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
SELECT statements do not alter data in the database. What's more, relational databases have no notion of records in a table being sorted. It's only when some (or all) of them get SELECTed that an ordering is applied to the result.