Short Story or Novel Opening Critique from Fran Wilde

Item Name & Description: Short Story or Novel Opening Critique from Fran Wilde

I’ll provide feedback on a 5k short story, or 5k of a novel first chapter/opening.

My short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Asimov’s, Uncanny, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, and Tor.com. My second novel from Tor, CLOUDBOUND, comes out this September. The first, UPDRAFT, debuted in September 2015.

Starting Bid: 50

Other Notes? Details to be worked out with critique auction winner.

Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Stories of the Raksura Two Volume Set by Martha Wells (trade paper)

Item Name & Description: One signed copy of Stories of the Raksura I: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud and one signed copy of Stories of the Raksura II: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below by Martha Wells, in trade paperback.

Starting Bid: $20.00

Shipping: Worldwide

Other Notes? Excerpts and descriptions are available here for volume one and here for volume two.

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Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Wheel of the Infinite by Martha Wells (audiobook)

coverItem Name & Description: An audiobook CD set of Wheel of the Infinite by Martha Wells, narrated by Lisa Reneé Pitts.

Starting Bid: $25.00

Shipping: Worldwide

Other Notes? First chapter excerpt, description, and other information available here; and on the audio version here.

Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells (signed hardcover)

book coverItem Name & Description: A signed hardcover copy of The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells, the latest novel in The Books of the Raksura series.

Starting Bid: $15

Shipping: Worldwide

Other Notes? See a first chapter excerpt, description, and other information here.

Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Auction offers being accepted now; free con memberships

Hi everyone! I’m slowly digging out from being away for a week, so two reminders.

First: Con or Bust’s online auction is currently accepting offers. What’s more, this year items need to be submitted by May 24, so don’t wait! Find out more about offering things for auction at the main auction information page, or go right to the Submit an Auction form. (I’ve got a bunch of great offers queued up, and more to come. Keep an eye out!) Bidding starts on May 25.

Second: many, many con memberships are now available or will soon be available. Above the jump, I will list the new ones, which will be available during the next request-assistance period of May 27-June 6, 2016; below the jump, I will list all ones available right this very minute. Check out the Request Assistance page for more information on how to request these memberships.

New memberships to be available May 27-June 6, 2016

  • Windycon, November 11-13, 2016, Lombard, IL, USA. Windycon is Chicagoland’s oldest science fiction convention. Its Guests are: Author Guest of Honor: Adam Selzer; Artist Guest of Honor: Art Baltazar; Costuming Guest of Honor: Nerd Circus; Music Guest of Honor: Ookla the Mok; Fan Guests of Honor: Doc & Anne Passovoy; and Toastmaster: Tanya Huff.

    Individuals have donated two memberships to Windycon.

  • ConFusion, January 19th -22nd, 2017, Novi, MI, USA. ConFusion is the longest-running fan-run sf/f convention in Michigan and a premier event for publishing professionals and fans alike.

    ConFusion has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by December 31, 2016.

  • Capricon, February 16-19, 2017, Wheeling, IL, USA. Capricon’s Author Guest of Honor is Beth Revis; Artist Guest of Honor is Nilah Magruder; and Fan Guest of Honor is Meg Frank.

    Individuals have donated four memberships to Capricon.

Memberships available now, first-come first-serve
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James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips

Item Name & Description: James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips; Biography of the writer James Tiptree, Jr., hardcover, 1st edition

Starting Bid: $5

Shipping: U.S. and Canada

Other Notes? Item will be shipped to auction winner on 6/11/16

Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold (signed)

Item Name & Description: A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold; Hardcover, signed first edition.

Starting Bid: $5.

Shipping: U.S. and Canada

Other Notes? Book will be sent to winner by 6/11/16.

Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Assorted Feminist SF/F (books)

Item Name & Description: Memories and Visions: Women’s Science Fiction and Fantasy, Tales of Magical Realism by Women: Dreams in a Minor Key and The Women Who Walk Through Fire: Women’s Fantasy and Science Fiction, Vol. 2, all edited by Susanna Sturgis; 3 out of print feminist sf/f anthologies including stories by Lucy Sussex, Eleanor Arnason, Rachel Pollack, Kathleen de Azevedo, L. Timmel Duchamp and others.

Flying Cups & Saucers: Gender Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy,edited by Debbie Notkin and the Secret Feminist Cabal; Anthology of Tiptree Award-winning short fiction, including works by Ursula Le Guin, Delia Sherman, Carol Emshwiller, Kelley Eskridge and others

Larque on the Wing by Nancy Springer: Novel; Larque Harootunian is having a mid-life crisis. But Larque, wife, mother and painter isn’t like most 40-year-olds. All her life she’s been generating “doppelgangers,” psychic manifestations of her thoughts that can impact and, as she suddenly realizes, impede, the reality of her own life. She embarks on a journey of self-exploration that culminates in her transformation–a common occurrence in this world–into an attractive gay man. In the end, she must weigh the attractions of this existence against the good aspects of her actual life. A 1995 James Tiptree Award winner.

Starting Bid: $10

Shipping: Ship to U.S. and Canada.

Other Notes? Books will be shipped to winner on 6/11/16.

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Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Short story critique from E. Lily Yu

Item Name & Description: Short story critique

I will read and critique a short story of up to 7,000 words. My fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Tor.com, F&SF, McSweeney’s, Clarkesworld, Uncanny, and Boston Review. I am willing to read in almost any genre.

Starting Bid: 50

Other Notes: Would prefer not to read horror, explicit rape/torture scenes, or anything with zombies. I will deliver the critique within 30 days of receiving the story.

PS – If you’ve won a critique from me in the past through the Con-or-Bust auction, and haven’t used it, I’m happy to honor it through the end of this year.

Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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ARC of POISONED BLADE (Court of Fives 2)

Item Name & Description: A signed Advance Reader Copy of POISONED BLADE, book two of the Court of Fives trilogy. Also: a Court of Fives bookmark.

Starting Bid: $18.00

Shipping: Worldwide.

Other Notes “Little Women meet American Ninja Warrior in a setting inspired by Greco-Roman Egypt.” Court of Fives is a Young Adult series with a biracial heroine that includes competitive athletics, family, and an examination of colonialism and the complex lives of women in a patriarchal society.

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Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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