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Awesome author asks assistance

My friend Keith R.A. deCandido (yes, that Keith R.A. deCandido, aka kradical) recently had a bit of a financial snafu that required him to create a GiveForward campaign asking for help to meet expenses. That campaign was a success in substantially less than 24 hours. I myself contributed a small amount—had the campaign lasted until today (pay day) it would have been more.

However, an ongoing problem still exists: writing revenue is often wildly and unpredictably variable. So to help him avoid this situation in the future, I thought I'd help spread the word about how awesome an author he is so as to garner him new fans who will then continue to buy his stuff. With enough of an overall increase in revenue, Keith will be more easily able to keep an emergency fund to cover the lean times.

(Of course, he could also significantly reduce his expenses by, say, moving across the Hudson River‐but I suspect he'd sock me in the jaw for even suggesting such a thing. New Yorkers. Sometimes there's no reasoning with 'em...)

Many of his books are available by directly ordering them from him: the list of titles and instructions for ordering are here.

Of those on that list, I've read A Time for War, a Time for Peace, The Klingon Art of War, and Q&A—they are all awesome. (I've also read a lot of his other Star Trek fiction and a couple of his Cassie Zukov short stories, all of which are excellent, too.)

Q&A is one of my particular favorites, because it actually ties together ALL of Q's appearances throughout TNG, DS9, and Voyager—and makes Q a sympathetic character to boot! (Don't get me wrong: he's still an asshole, just not quite as random and capricious an asshole as previously thought.)

The Klingon Art of War is also a lot of fun, being both an in-depth explanation and analysis of the Klingon psyche and a really effective pastiche* of Sun Tzu. It's more expensive than the others, but in my opinion it's worth it. Believe it or not, but I was actually able to apply some of the philosophy in The Klingon Art of War to my own life. THAT'S how good it is.

Of course you don't have to order straight from him, although doing so means he gets the money right away instead of months or years down the line. But wherever you buy his fiction from, by doing so you make him more valuable to his publishers, which means more contracts with bigger advances and larger royalties, which means fewer incidents of being unable to make rent**.

Thanks, and happy reading to you!


* "Pastiche" is not the same as "parody". A parody is almost always done for comic effect, whereas a pastiche is usually simply intended to evoke a strong sense of the source material. For example: Bored of the Rings is a parody; The Phoenix Guards is a pastiche.

**Yeah, I also found it hard to believe that an author as prolific and well-loved as Keith would ever be in dire financial straits, but it turns out that this is true for most authors, even ones who are world-famous. It's only the really, really huge-name authors—the ones whose work is almost automatically made into movies or TV shows (Crichton, Rowling, Moore, S... S... Ssss... that fucker in Toronto)—who are celebrity-rich. Most authors' incomes are pretty solidly working-class in scope.

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