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the bright lights of science fiction [Apr. 21st, 2009|11:43 am]
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I just saw that the The Philadelphia Inquirer has an awesome article about Chip Delany in which he says "You should see my home office!" -- which I'm lucky to have seen and photographed.

One of my favorite things is that he repaired a broken shelf by shoving Nebula awards under it like some of the rest of us might shore up an uneven table leg with an old romance novel or appropriately sized magazine.

(The article quotes Michael Freaking Swanwick but calls him "Michael Swankier" -- I hope intentionally).

Chip was super awesomely fun most astoundingly kind and generous. He's one of my favorite people.



Also, Tom Freaking Purdom wrote a review of the Society of Ancient Instruments concert we went to.

Thirdly, if you can't afford The Big Book of Who Killed Amanda Palmer and you're kicking yourself that you didn't rob that liquor store when you had the chance, you can win a book or even something cooler by going to We Killed Amanda Palmer dot com and writing your own story about one of the photos there that didn't make it into the book or taking your own photo. I was so impressed by all your mad writing skillz a few weeks ago I called Neil and Amanda and said "holy crikies, we need to let people write their own stories, these are great!" so Olga Freaking Nunez made it happen.

To submit a story or a photo, just email it to stories@wekilledamandapalmer.com

Fame and fortune cannot be far away. Judging by the amazing stories y'all posted here before.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-04-21 04:19 pm (UTC)

Re: You are so freakin awesome, Kyle.

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No deadline.

I'm going to email you some other photos of Chip's books -- don't want to leak everything to the world so I've been holding back on the good stuff -- but you'll appreciate it.
[User Picture]From: sunpony
2009-04-21 04:30 pm (UTC)

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Wow, that Delany photo is rather awe-inspiring. That shelf blows me away too!
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-04-23 02:29 am (UTC)

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He was just super cool. And not just his bibliophilic decorating style!
[User Picture]From: the_hatstand
2009-04-21 05:05 pm (UTC)

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Are we allowed to submit the stories we'd already written on your earlier entry? After maybe tidying up some of the writing that was done in a rush over lunchbreak? :-)
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-04-21 05:46 pm (UTC)

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absolutely.
[User Picture]From: i
2009-04-21 05:46 pm (UTC)

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i am loving these pics of my favorite authors!
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-04-22 09:58 pm (UTC)

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as am i! it's a swell trip to be taking.
[User Picture]From: yagathai
2009-04-21 05:58 pm (UTC)

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Does this mean that the werewolf will make an appearance? That costume was facemeltingly warm. I'd hate to think all that sweat was completely wasted.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-04-23 12:18 am (UTC)

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he's in the que. i'd heard he was in the que for a calendar too, but that was a while back and I haven't heard more about that.
[User Picture]From: holyoutlaw
2009-04-21 06:42 pm (UTC)

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Those eyes! That gaze!
[User Picture]From: katranna
2009-04-21 08:21 pm (UTC)

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If we take our own photos, do we have to make ourselves look like Amanda? I am very pro slathering myself in red gloop and zombie makeup, but less so on shaving my eyebrows. I like my eyebrows. And I'm not sure I'm willing to dye my hair, either. :-P
[User Picture]From: saru_kage
2009-04-21 09:29 pm (UTC)

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His beard is epic! He looks like he should be out sacking villages with Alan Moore.
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2009-04-22 02:52 pm (UTC)

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Small children have mistaken Chip for Santa Claus.

Marianne
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-04-22 09:58 pm (UTC)

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wait -- he's not?!
[User Picture]From: trippywalnut
2009-04-22 01:25 am (UTC)

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that is a mighty beard of awesome!
[User Picture]From: lois2037
2009-04-22 05:12 am (UTC)

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Awesome! I was so envious of my friend who went to Clarion awhile back where he was a featured instructor. His office is kind of perfect, too. I love his creative use of those pretty awards.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-04-22 09:58 pm (UTC)

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i think his office is my favorite so far -- though it's so hard to choose.
[User Picture]From: tripodella
2009-04-22 11:57 am (UTC)

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I haven't read any Delaney yet, but this photo makes me a fan.
[User Picture]From: snej
2009-04-22 10:03 pm (UTC)

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I too am boggled by the casual stack of Nebulas! And I love how in the photo they look like little jars with brains inside.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-04-22 10:09 pm (UTC)

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You don't even want to know where the Hugo was....
[User Picture]From: hellziggy
2009-04-24 11:59 pm (UTC)

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Well now that you've said that, I do...
[User Picture]From: cinnamonspite
2009-04-23 02:02 am (UTC)

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I love that there is this opprotunity. I've been trying my hand at short stories lately (I usually write long fiction). On that note, I haven't told you I think the photography is positively amazing for this so far :D
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-04-23 02:27 am (UTC)

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there are some photos i'm just jumping up and down about -- and some of them didn't even make it in, so you'll see them on the contest page.
[User Picture]From: cinnamonspite
2009-04-23 04:14 am (UTC)

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I'm actually trying my hand at all of photos that are up so far, maybe attacking more. I'm already very inspired and over the past little while after staring at all the pictures I think the first story is starting to form :)

May I ask whose idea it was to slip the graphic novel The Watchmen in there? Brilliant.

I thought all the photos up so far are beautiful, the one you have up there is one I'm trying to come up with something that does the photograph justice.

So, there's no actual deadline? I'm curious because in about a month or so I can have some professional photographs taken for free by someone who does an amazing job. I think he'll have a field day with this one.

[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-04-23 01:43 pm (UTC)

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if there is a deadlline, we'll post it -- but most likely not until the book actually ships.

as for the watchman -- i should actually devote a whole post to that. it's a very good story.
[User Picture]From: compactstars
2009-04-23 02:20 am (UTC)

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What a cool contest. Do we have to represent Amanda Palmer if we do photos, or can we just go crazy and do anything?
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-04-23 02:26 am (UTC)

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you can do whatever you want.
[User Picture]From: ms_violet
2009-04-29 12:25 am (UTC)

WHAT???

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To submit a story or a photo, just email it to...

why didn't I see this sooner? AAAGGGHHH!!!!
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-04-29 12:34 am (UTC)

Re: WHAT???

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believe me, it's all I'm going to be talking about for months now....
[User Picture]From: humanoid27
2009-05-01 02:01 am (UTC)

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that's a great portrait! i've heard of him (at the sf cons), haven't read him yet. can i assume the other 'science fiction & fantasy authors in their creative spaces' pics are at your website?

i'm gonna go ahead and click the 'add you as a friend' button, mainly cos i'd like to keep abreast of your photography, and partly cos silveringridd says good things about you.