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Offer: Copy of Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories + Artwork by Shweta Narayan

Item Name & Description: Copy of Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories, as well as a collaboration between two Nebula-Nominated authors: a piece of original Mughal-style art by shweta_narayan, conceived of as a fragment of a diplomatic missive from the Padishah Begum of Shweta's Steam-Powered story to the ruler of the alternate-world Syria featured in mine. Soon to be incorporated into it is a poem of Shweta's (in the Padishah Begum's voice) translated to Arabic by my father.

Starting Bid: $30

Notes: The painting is digitally produced, but Shweta will be hand-assembling the following into a final product:

- printout of the picture + inner ornate borders
- printouts of the poem as three different stanzas-in-boxes
- outer paper, with hand-done ornate border for the rest to be assembled on.

The copy of Steam-Powered will be shipped by JoSelle Vanderhooft.

Here's a low-res version of the image, presently without poem or borders:



You can see a Table of Contents for the book here, read N. K. Jemisin's story here, or listen to my story here, to get a taste of what's between the covers.

E-mail: For image, shweta at shwetanarayan dot org; for book, upstart dot crow at gmail dot com.

EDITED TO ADD! If the bidding reaches $150, Shweta will post the (freakin' AWESOME) poem in English, complete with pedantic Syrian scholar footnotes! If it doesn't reach $150, you'll only get the footnotes. :p

FURTHER... If you're very VERY keen and the bidding reaches $200, I will write my [presently unnamed] Syrian Ruler's poem in response to Jahanara's, and post it publically for free. I will write it out by hand, seal it with wax, and mail it to the auction winner as well.

ETA 2: Bidding's hit $150! Here, as promised, is the English version of Shweta's imaginary Urdu poem, complete with footnotes!

Bidding is now open and ends Sunday, March 6, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. EST (GMT -5).
Tags: 2011 auction, offer: art print, offer: artwork, offer: book, offer: poem
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