First, a bit about Clash of the Geeks from John Scalzi:
Holy crap, is this a great little chapbook.
I’m not just saying that. Look, like probably the rest of you, I figured that when the stories for this thing came in, they would be cute and silly, and that we’d all just bask in the glow of doing something useful, namely, raising money to help folks afflicted with lupus. But then the stories did come in, and, well, damn, y’all:
We’ve got an actual epic poem by Patrick Rothfuss. We’ve got a one act play by online gaming community legend Stephen Toulouse. We’ve got Wil having a ball playing with his own image (and mine). We’ve got a song, complete with notation, from John Anealio (listen to it here). We’ve got Cat Valente hitting one completely over the wall with her awesome. We’ve got a surprise special guest appearance by Rachel Swirsky, who submitted to the fanfic contest, and who I took out of contention because that’s just not fair for the other kids. And speaking of the fanfic contest, Bernadette Durbin and Scott Mattes’ pieces are going to just knock you out. Oh, and yeah, I put a little something in there, too.
Seriously, people. This is great stuff. And the fact it is great stuff about the most ridiculous picture that has ever existed in the world just makes it that much more amazing.
You can download the chapbook for free here, but you are requested to donate $5 to “the Michigan/Indiana affiliate of the Lupus Alliance of America.” And that’s where our contest comes in.
Mandolin — also know to some by her meatworld tag “Rachel Swirsky” — donated $50 to the Michigan/Indiana affiliate of the Lupus Alliance of America this morning. That’s enough to cover ten downloads of the Clash Of The Geeks. So who gets those ten downloads?
Why, you do, dear readers of “Alas,” “TADA,” and “That Which Deranges…”! Those ten already-paid downloads are for the ten lucky readers who win our UNICORN PEGASUS KITTEN CONTEST.
So how do you enter the contest?
Just leave a comment on this post — on any of the three blogs it appears on — before Mandolin and I wake up on Monday morning (September 27th).
A perhaps more important question: How do you win the contest?
The winners will be the ten people who leave the best historical or biological facts about unicorn pegasus kittens in comments, on any of the three blogs.
You do not have to have previously commented on “Alas,” “TADA” or “That Which Deranges….” Winners will be determined by the fickle combined tastes of Mandolin and Amp. You may enter the contest as many times as you wish, but each person may win only once.