Ian Irvine has offered a copy of The Headless Highwayman and The Grasping Goblin. Here’s what he says:
Tricky, very tricky. Who doesn’t feel the pain of all those suffering from floods in Queensland, NSW and Victoria? Should the prize therefore go to Cels for selflessly using magic for the greater good in cleaning away all the flood damage? Or to Louise – what’s not to love about a maniacal villain who wants to take over the world? And then there’s Chris, who just wants to slay dragons and protect his kids, not to mention impress them a little, a hard thing to do in these troubled times. Ian wipes away a sentimental tear.
Sean, that old iconoclast, was under serious consideration despite not answering the question, until he undid all that good work by slagging off my mates in the Wizards Guild who are, in fact, gentle as baa lambs. A vile slur on a noble profession, sir.
But the prize must go to Thoraiya for the plan to bring Gliese 581g into orbit somewhere out past Mars, as a replacement for Earth once we’ve totally wasted it, which could be any day now. At first sight this seems utterly noble, selfless and good, and my wicked authorial heart choked at the thought of rewarding such a plan. But then I thought: this proposal isn’t good at all. It’s just about the ultimate wickedness. Not content with ruining our own planet, Thoraiya plans to bring in a bigger, richer, more diverse and more beautiful substitute so we we can pillage and plunder and ruin it too.
Oh villainy! Oh Machiavellian cunning! Oh consummate evil! Thou must be rewarded!
Thoraiya please contact Ian on: irvinei(at)bigpond(dot) to organise postage of your prize!