July 13th, 2009

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I have a good friend named Cherie Priest. She and I were part of the same sort of Bohemia meets southern industrial decline scene that was Chattanooga back in the day. She has written several books at this point and gotten some well deserved acclaim. Cherie is in fact quite a good writer. She has a new series of books coming out set in a steampunk alternate world.

The novels are being promoted at The Clockwork Century. You should go check it out and also check out the freeby novelette called Tanglefoot.

Steampunk + a good writer + an old friend = WIN!

Game designer and writer Aaron Allston needs help.

Aaron Allston is best known for the long string of New York Times-bestselling Star Wars novels that he's written for Del Rey Books. He's also a game designer and an independent filmmaker.
A couple of months ago, while in the middle of a book tour, Aaron suffered a massive heart attack and had to have emergency quadruple-bypass surgery. Aaron's heart problems were compounded by the fact that he is a diabetic. You can read the details here. Although Aaron came through his surgery and rehab with flying colors, he's now faced with a new dilemma: Like many writers, Aaron has no health insurance. His medical bills are staggering and he needs our help.
The Fandom Association of Central Texas has set up The Aaron Allston Donation Fund and Auction, a 501(c)(3) organization that exists to collect donations for Aarons' medical bills.