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Submission + - Thomas Knight Launches Second Open Source Novel, Legacy (

Synchis writes: Fantasy author Thomas A. Knight announces the launch of his second open source novel, Legacy. Known for his contributions to Reglue, Knight hits home with Linux and Open Source geeks everywhere by using only Free and Open Source Software in the writing and production of his novels. Let's give Mr. Knight a warm Slashdot welcome, and check out his latest work!

Submission + - Giving Back to the Community (

Synchis writes: Fantasy author Thomas A. Knight gets into the spirit of the season by giving the FOSS community a gift: putting his debut novel, The Time Weaver, up on Amazon for free from today until Christmas! For the next several days, you'll be able to pick up this novel 100% free (down from its normal price of $2.99). Knight uses 100% FOSS software in his writing, and wanted to give something back to the community that has done so much for the world. Merry Xmas!

Submission + - An IndieGoGo Campaign For Ken Starks (

Synchis writes: Ken Starks, of Helios Project and Reglue Fame, requires life saving surgery to remove his larynx and right lymph node, but is being denied because he has had his insurance coverage revoked. A few members of the community have put together an IndieGoGo Campaign to help raise the funds to cover this great man's medical expenses. We have about two weeks to save Ken's life.

Submission + - Smashwords Caves to Censorship (

Synchis writes: "Smashwords, a popular portal for indy authors to self-publish their works, has been targetted by Paypal to remove certain objectionable content, "Or Else." Well, it looks like Smashwords has buckled under the pressure, and sent it's members a mass email letting them know that content described by Paypal to be objectionable will be removed. This is the worst kind of censorship."

Submission + - Interview: Author and Game Designer Jeff Grubb (

Synchis writes: Fantasy Author Thomas A. Knight continues his 29-day blogfest today by posting a special interview with Author and Game Designer Jeff Grubb. Jeff has been involved in projects ranging from the original D&D Unearthed Arcana and Monster Manual II, to more recent games such as Guild Wars Nightfall, and is also the author of various novels set in DragonLance, Forgotten Realms, Magic: The Gathering, Warcraft, StarCraft and the Guild Wars shared universes.

Submission + - Gaming History and the People Who Made It (

Synchis writes: "It's not very often that the world changes in a significant way. Often change is rejected, feared, and denied. That's just part of human nature. But some people throughout history defied this nature — innovators in an established industry, and pioneers of entirely new ones. Steve Jobs was one such visionary, whose contributions to the computing and entertainment industry were nothing short of monumental. Others have shared his place at this prestigious level of human accomplishment, though not all of them have been celebrated as widely as Jobs has.

So here is a list of six people who changed the gaming world. A celebration, if you will, of human accomplishment:"


Submission + - Ken Starks: The Unsung Hero (

Synchis writes: "Fantasy author Thomas A. Knight weighs in on one of Open Source's most modest heroes: 'Ken Starks is, by all standards, a normal guy. He lives in the Austin, Texas area, worked hard his entire life, raised a family, and has lived a mostly good life. Around 2005, Ken was pressure washing a building 38 feet in the air, when the lift failed. He came crashing to the ground, fracturing his spine at the neck. Thus ended one career, and began a new one.'"

Submission + - The Time Weaver - Where FOSS meets Fantasy (

Synchis writes: "Ken Starks of the Helios Project has a blog post up today about an author, Thomas A. Knight, who has pledged a generous percentage of every book sale to The Helios Initiative. Thomas has not only written a great book for Fantasy fans, he managed to do it using only FOSS tools to get it done."

Submission + - Burger King Selling Windows 7 Whopper (

Synchis writes: Forget Godzilla. Beginning Thursday, Burger King fans in Japan can get a mega-sized Whopper.

Microsoft is teaming up with Burger King to release the Windows 7 Whopper, our sister site Engadget reports. The burger features lucky-number-seven stacked beef patties and stands 5-inches tall.

"For the love of phlegm...a stupid wall of death rays. How tacky can ya get?" - Post Brothers comics