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Saladin Ahmed: After the flood…

Written By: Ainy Rainwater - Aug• 13•14

Author Saladin Ahmed’s house flooded and though insurance will cover some of the damage, it will not cover nearly enough. You can survey the disaster on his Tumblr or pics he posted on Twitter (@saladinahmed).

More importantly, you can donate to him through Paypal.

If you don’t want to give money to a total stranger, then get acquainted with his books and boost his royalties by purchasing his novel Throne of the Crescent Moon, and the short story collection, Engraved on the Eye. They’re both really excellent. It takes time — sometimes a long time — for royalties earned on books to trickle down to the author, so I really would urge you to donate in a speedier manner after reading his wonderful stories. By the way, he’s got two pre-schoolers and has, with his wife, just launched a podcast reviewing TV and movies for kids:  Can We Watch It Again?

It really would be good for him and his family to get the house repaired, furniture and computer replaced, kids toys, etc in as timely a manner as possible. The only thing worse than a disaster is to have to camp out in the disaster area for a long time. Any amount you can spare will be greatly appreciated. Usually the only thing readers can do for their favorite authors is buy their books and review them. This is an opportunity for the community of bookworms to show the love in an immediate tangible way at a moment when an author needs it most.

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