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Choose the Form of the Scalzi

Yesterday, the Aicardi Syndrome Foundation fundraiser crossed the $10,000 line, with twelve days left to go. I admit, I’m wincing a little in anticipation of all the poses yet to do, but mostly I’m just amazed and grateful and stunned and happy. Thank you all! I’m working on details of the $10,000 goal, and will post that as soon as things are finalized.

Yesterday also saw the end of the first Jim Hines vs. John Scalzi pose-off, in which Mister Scalzi SHAMELESSLY tried to buy people’s votes by offering to donate more money to ASF. The NERVE of that guy! I’m happy to say I still won the pose-off, with 54% of the roughly 6500 votes. Here in the U.S., we call that a MANDATE! Score one for democracy

But John Scalzi is not one to accept defeat. He has already challenged me to a rematch. A CHRISTMAS-THEMED rematch, to be posted on December 25!

I considered challenging him to do the cover of his own book The God Engines [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy], mostly for the amusement factor. Then I thought about pulling something off of Escher Girls, like maybe this illustration of Wonder Woman. And then I found myself looking at some anime covers that made the Wonder Woman illustration look positively tame.

Then I realized my brain was still pudding after hitting $10,000, and that I clearly needed help. So I turn to you for help, oh Internet!

WHAT COVER SHOULD WE INFLICT UPON MISTER SCALZI? And also myself, since we’ll both be doing this one. Leave your suggestion in the comments, and if yours is chosen, I’ll send you an autographed copy of the Heroes in Training [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy] anthology I edited a few years back.

(I may also steal a few suggestions for the other cover poses I need to do. If I choose your idea for one of those, I’ll send you my undying gratitude!)


And in other awesome charity news, Peter Brett is once again organizing a Dungeons & Dragons game at ConFusion with me, Saladin Ahmed, Myke Cole, Pat Rothfuss, Mary Robinette Kowal, Diana Rowland, and Sam Sykes. And he’s auctioning off one additional spot in the game, with the proceeds going to Worldbuilders for Heifers International.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


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Dec. 19th, 2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
Also, I just want to let your readers know that ConFusion is giving a badge to whoever wins the auction. I mean, it's already over $300... the least we can do is give the winner free entry to the con!!

Edited at 2012-12-19 03:18 pm (UTC)
Dec. 19th, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
In the category of men's poses that may look silly but aren't as hard to pull off (and easier on Jim's spine), this one could be entertaining for the masses. All three poses, including christmas lingerie and a giant candy cane instead of a sword, photoshopped back together :)
Dec. 19th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
It appears to be vampires trapped in a snowglobe:


I bet if they had on reindeer antlers, they could use them to break their way out. Yep.
Dec. 19th, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
Or maybe this one. Although I guess an image of the two of you (un)dressing from the back might be a bit too... ummm... disturbing:

Dec. 19th, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
Thought you might be interested in this:


Owww. I thought at first her posterior was the wings but then ... I am not sure now. http://www.amazon.com/Earthdawn-Talisman-Sam-Lewis/dp/0451454448

Might be an easy one, or not. http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/bankswicked.jpg

Dec. 20th, 2012 01:48 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link! I hadn't seen that one.
Dec. 19th, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
I like Seanan McGuire's Discount Armageddon.

It's a great fun, and I think you could have fun Christmassing it up.
Dec. 19th, 2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
I was just going to bring that one up. :)
Dec. 19th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
To give your chiropractors a break, but allowing you both to be ridiculous - the "robin williams in a funny hat" cover of Joe Haldeman's "The Forever War."
Dec. 19th, 2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
I vote for Raven Cursed by Faith Hunter. A link for a visual http://www.amazon.com/Raven-Cursed-Jane-Yellowrock-Novel/dp/0451464338/ref=pd_sim_b_5
Dec. 19th, 2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
How about we leave it Christmas themed, but use a cat instead of an EscherGirl - http://www.amazon.com/Cat-Bearing-Gifts-Grey-Mystery/dp/0061806943/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1355939284&sr=1-1&keywords=joe+grey+cat+mysteries have fun finding a box large enough :)
Dec. 19th, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
How about this one, an upcoming book by the lovely C. E. Murphy--it looks just awkward enough to be uncomfortable (with or without the santa suit) without causing you to actually dislocate anything.
Dec. 19th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
Ohohoho. Ho ho ho, even.

This will be the best unicorn chaser for my Christmas dinner with the parents...
Dec. 19th, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
Maragaret Ball's Mathemagics. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/0671877550/ref=dp_image_text_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books Not sure how she can do this without landing on her face or taking out her knee and/or back or freezing to death.
Dec. 19th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
Jim, I thought of you when I saw this one at the bookstore the other day. So since you're asking for suggestions:


Good luck to you and your spinal cord.
Dec. 20th, 2012 02:10 am (UTC)
YES! This is the one! I have issued the challenge to John over on Twitter.

Could you please email me at jchines -at- sff.net to let me know how you'd like your anthology signed and where I should mail it to?

Dec. 19th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
for truly challenging covers, why not do a Writer of Gor cover? based on J. Normans works.. leather and chains would be mandatory.
Dec. 20th, 2012 04:04 am (UTC)
Dec. 20th, 2012 05:12 am (UTC)
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I did some too, with a bored corgi standing in for a dead dragon.
Dec. 24th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
Nice :-) How's your back doing?

I had thought about trying to bring some of our beasts into the cover poses, but I wasn't brave enough to try. Kudos for getting the corgi to hold still long enough to play dragon!
Dec. 24th, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
It was fine until I attempted the Laurell K. Hamilton pose, the one where my elbow is in line with my breasts and my other shoulder is dislocated. OW.
Dec. 20th, 2012 03:55 pm (UTC)
I cast my vote for the Escher Girls. The God Engines seems a bit too tame. ;)
Dec. 22nd, 2012 07:42 am (UTC)
More book cover poses
How about the cover of Barbara Hambly's Dragonsbane? You might get a dragon fur-suiter to stand in for the dragon.

The Escher Girls might finally do your spine in.
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