Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Best Selling Authors Provide Autographed Books to Support Project Valour-IT

Best-Selling Authors Provide Autographed Books to Support Project Valour-IT

Seven noted authors have stepped up to support Project Valour-IT by
donating autographed books for auction, and more are anticipated to
join them. The books are being auctioned on eBay to help raise money
to help Soldiers' Angels provide adaptive laptops to wounded or
disabled service members.

David Weber, David Drake, John Ringo, David J. Williams, Dean Ing,
Mark L. Van Name, and Travis "Doc" Taylor have all agreed to provide
works for auction as part of the annual fundraiser, which kicked off
on Veterans Day and ends Thanksgiving Day. The works are being
auctioned on the eBay Giving Works listings ( seller spliffslips ) with
the money raised going directly and fully to the Project Valour-IT
fund.

Currently, there are seven items up for bid on eBay:

The
Last Centurion
by John Ringo.

The
Quantum Connection
by Travis S. Taylor.

Warp
Speed
by Travis S. Taylor.

Von
Neuman's War
by John Ringo and Travis S. Taylor (autographed by
Travis S. Taylor only).

The
Complete Hammer's Slammers Volume 1
by David Drake.

Vorpal
Blade
by John Ringo and Travis S. Taylor (autographed by Travis
S. Taylor only).

Slanted
Jack
by Mark L. Van Name.

Works by David Weber, Dave Williams, and Dean Ing will be posted for
auction soon. The end time for each auction is different, so please
check each listing to determine its end date.

John Ringo is a New York
Times best-selling author with more than a million copies of his
works in print. A veteran (Airborne!), he is known for his solo "Posleen"
and "Ghost"
series, as well as his "Empire of Man" series co-authored with David
Weber.

Travis S. "Doc" Taylor is
a rising light in the science fiction sky. He's earned not only a
Ph.D. in optical science and engineering, but Master's degrees in
physics, aerospace engineering, and astronomy and a Bachelor's degree
in electrical engineering as well. The author of several
books
, he may be best known for the "Looking
Glass
" series co-authored with John Ringo. The start of a series
of video interviews with Taylor can be found here.

David Drake is the New York
Times best-selling author of the "Hammer's
Slammers
" series. Having written on a variety of subjects, his
Hammer's Slammers work is based on his service in Vietnam and he is
known to describe the series as the 11th Armored Cavalry with ray
guns. The start of a series of video interviews with Drake can be
found at here.

Mark L. Van
Name
is an author who also runs a technology assessment company
in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. A former Executive
Vice President for Ziff Davis Media and national technology
columnist, he's published over a thousand computer-related articles
in addition to his "Slanted
Jack
" series and numerous short stories. The start of a series
of video interviews with Van Name can be found here.

David Weber is the New York
Times best-selling author of the acclaimed "Honor
Harrington
" series. The author of multiple best-selling books
and series, he has seen his works develop a world-wide reach and
following. The start of a series of video interviews with him can be
found here.

David
J. Williams
is another rising star in the science fiction
universe. Born in Hertfordshire, England, he now resides in
Washington, DC. Mirrored
Heavens
is his first novel.

Dean Ing is the
author of multiple science
fiction
and techno-thriller
novels. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he earned a doctorate
in communications and worked in aerospace engineering. He served on
the Citizen's Advisory Council on National Space Policy.


Project Valour-IT, in memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss, helps
provide voice-controlled/adaptive laptop computers and other
technology to support Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines
recovering from hand wounds and other severe injuries. Technology
supplied includes:
Voice-controlled Laptops - Operated by speaking into a microphone or
using other adaptive technologies, they allow the wounded to maintain
connections with the rest of the world during recovery.

Wii Video Game Systems - Whole-body game systems increase motivation
and speed recovery when used under the guidance of physical
therapists in therapy sessions.

Personal GPS - Handheld GPS devices build self-confidence and
independence by compensating for short-term memory loss and
organizational challenges related to TBI and severe PTSD.

The experience of Major Chuck Ziegenfuss, a partner in the project
who suffered serious hand wounds while serving in Iraq, illustrates
how important these laptops and other technologies can be to a
wounded service member's recovery.

Established in 2003, Soldiers' Angels is a volunteer-based 501(c)(3)
non-profit providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the
United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, as well
as veterans and military families. For more information, see http://www.soldiersangels.org/ or
call 626-529-5114. Tax ID# 20-0583415
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