It can be a revelation to see an author in the place where he or she invented your favorite fantasy worlds. Out of these humble machines and cluttered studies come alternate realities.

Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) with an IBM Selectric

(via Isaac Asimov's Universe and io9)

Neil Gaiman (1960-) in his garden office at his home in western Wisconsin, 2010

(via Craig Lassig/Associated Press and Shedworking)

Ursula Le Guin (1929-)

(via Universe)

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HG Wells (1866-1946)

(via Conway Hall)

Andre Norton at her desk in Winter Park, Florida (1912-2005)

(via Andre Norton website)

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

(via Tiki-Toki and Carnage and Culture)

Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008)

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(via Wikimedia Commons and Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP)

CJ Cherryh's idea of desk work (1942-)

(via Closed Circle)

Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) with his IBM Selectric

(via The Infozombie)

Stanislaw Lem (1921-2006)

(via splay.pl)

Terry Pratchett (1948-) with his double-row of six computer screens

(via Independent/George Wright)

Douglas Adams (1952-2001)

(via Matt Blick and BBC)

Cory Doctorow (1971-)

(via Flickr/Joi Ito and Cory Doctorow/Flickr, photo by Jonathan Worth)