Last call for free Nine Worlds memberships; plus child memberships to Loncon 3

Fans of color/non-white fans: there are still five donated memberships available to Nine Worlds Convention (8-10 August 2014, London, England, UK). These must be claimed by August 1st—that’s tomorrow—so get them now!

Also, there is still an abundance of free memberships to Loncon 3 (August 14-18, 2014, London, England, UK), this year’s Worldcon. These can be claimed even while the con’s in progress! But also available now are two child memberships, for attendees aged between 6 and 15 years on 14 August 2014, thanks to an individual donor. There’s a track of really great workshops for kids and a programming track specifically about Young Adult fiction, so if you are between 6 and 15 years old, or your friends or family include someone who is, this is a great opportunity.

Finally, two memberships are still available to Shamrokon (22-24 August 2014, Dublin, Ireland), this year’s Eurocon.

Claim these through the Request Assistance page, and please spread the word!

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In Other Words review (pre-order now!)

At Strange Horizons, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz reviews In Other Words, a chapbook anthology created and edited by Saira Ali and Julia Rios to benefit Con or Bust. Loenen-Ruiz calls it “an impressive chapbook . . . [with] poems and fictions that you will want to read for yourself. They are in conversation—not just with the reader but also with each other and with the world.”

Check out the review (or the table of contents, behind the jump), and then pre-order! The print edition will be hand-printed on a nineteenth century letterpress and is $25 plus $3 for shipping, and 6.25% sales tax if your shipping address is in Massachusetts. The ebook alone is $8, and will come for free with the print edition. Pre-order by emailing orders@kitabiyatpress.com to receive a PayPal invoice.

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Free memberships to Shamrokon (Eurocon) and others

The following memberships are currently available free, first-come first-served, to fans of color/non-white fans. Please see the Request Assistance page to claim them.

  • (new) Shamrokon, 22-24 August 2014, Dublin, Ireland. Shamrokon is the European science fiction convention (Eurocon) which is held in a different country each year. Its Guests of Honor are Michael Carroll, Jim Fitzpatrick, Seanan McGuire, Andrzej Sapkowski, and Ylva Spångberg.

    An individual has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by August 10.

  • Nine Worlds Convention, 8-10 August 2014, London, England, UK. It’s about gaming, film, cosplay, fandom, literature, science, geek culture, meeting people and having a really big party.

    Nine Worlds has donated ten memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by August 1, 2014; (edit) five memberships remain.

  • Loncon 3, August 14-18, 2014, London, England, UK. Loncon is the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon). Its Guests of Honor are Iain M Banks (in Memoriam), John Clute, Malcolm Edwards, Chris Foss, Jeanne Gomoll, Robin Hobb, and Bryan Talbot.

    Loncon has donated five attending memberships to Con or Bust and has matched up individuals’ donations of attending memberships up to another twenty. At present, eleven attending memberships have been claimed and thirty-six remain available.

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In Other Words anthology: pre-order special

nettlestungteaser2 An announcement regarding a project to benefit Con or Bust:

Saira Ali and Julia Rios are pleased to announce the table of contents for In Other Words, a chapbook of poetry and flash fiction to benefit Con or Bust. The chapbook will be hand-printed on a nineteenth century letterpress, and includes work from Hugo Award winning and nominated authors.

We are also opening pre-orders now, and for this weekend only, we are offering a special for pre-orders made during Readercon: all print edition pre-orders will receive a special broadside of Shweta Narayan’s stunning poem “Nettle-stung,” illustrated by the poet [teasers for which are included in this post]. The broadsides are printed and will be mailed next week, or you can flag Saira down at Readercon to get one.

nettlestungteaserFor now, you can pre-order by emailing orders@kitabiyatpress.com, and we’ll send you a PayPal invoice. The print edition is $25 plus $3 for shipping, and 6.25% sales tax if your shipping address is in Massachusetts. The ebook alone is $8, and will come for free with the print edition.

Table of Contents:

  • “Nettle-stung” by Shweta Narayan
  • “A Corpse Full of Birds” by John Chu
  • “If They Catch Me, I’m Using Your Name” by Nisi Shawl
  • “Volcano Woman” by Kiini Ibura Salaam
  • “Self-Portrait” by Emily Jiang
  • “The Bean Between the E and the I” by LaShawn Wanak
  • “Every Day of the Dead” by Sabrina Vourvoulias
  • “The Adventures of Ja’far al-Barmaki” by Sofia Samatar
  • “Ce Qu’on Dit Du Vent” by Amal el-Mohtar
  • “What is Said of the Wind” translated by Amal el-Mohtar
  • “Crystal” by Ken Liu
  • “Ancestors” by JT Stewart
  • “After the Near-Miss by the Planet Destroying Asteroid” by Rahul Kanakia
  • “Stolen” by David Findlay
  • “Pretty Apocalypse” by Lisa Bradley
  • “Eating Words” by Yoon Ha Lee
  • “Drive Careful” by Tom Greene

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Memberships now, memberships (and other assistance) later!

Memberships now: Con or Bust still has lots of free memberships for fans of color/non-white fans to attend Nine Worlds Convention and Loncon 3 in London, England this August. Request them now! See the Upcoming Cons page for more details.

Memberships (and other assistance) later: From August 15-25, Con or Bust will take requests for assistance from fans of color/non-white fans to attend all upcoming SFF cons. Here’s how to request assistance.

A full list of cons for which specific assistance has been donated can be found at the Upcoming Cons page, but I wanted to highlight the following additions and important information.

First: World Fantasy Con 2014 (November 6-9, 2014, Arlington, VA, USA) has donated a hotel room for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, as well as two banquet tickets. WFC has reached its preliminary membership cap and is in the process of establishing a wait list for memberships, but it is holding two membership spots for Con or Bust attendees. Therefore: (1) the hotel room and banquet tickets will not be available after the August request period; (2) if you’re interested in requesting any Con or Bust assistance to attend WFC, and you do not already have a membership, you should monitor WFC’s website for information on a waiting list.

(Con or Bust also happily accepts donations of transferred memberships from individuals! Email knepveu@steelypips.org if you have a membership to WFC you can’t use.)

Second: two cons have donated assistance to Con or Bust that can be requested from August 15-25. They are:

  • Arisia, January 16-19, 2015, Boston, MA, USA. Arisia is New England’s largest and most diverse science fiction and fantasy convention. Its Author Guest of Honor is N. K. Jemisin; its Artist Guest of Honor is Lee Moyer; and its Fan Guest of Honor is Colette H. Fozard.

    Arisia has donated two memberships and a hotel room to Con or Bust.

  • FOGcon, March 6-8, 2015, Walnut Creek, CA, USA. Friends of the Genre (FOGcon) is a literary-themed San Francisco Bay Area SF/F con in the tradition of Wiscon. Its 2015 theme is The Traveler and its Honored Guests are Kim Stanley Robinson and Catherynne M. Valente.

    FOGcon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.

Additional cons have donated assistance that can be requested in August; check the Upcoming Cons page for details. And please spread the word!

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Free con memberships available immediately!

Con or Bust currently has available free memberships to five SFF cons, first-come first-served, for fans of color/non-white fans.

  • (new) Readercon, July 10-13, 2014, Burlington, MA, USA. Readercon is an annual conference or convention devoted to “imaginative literature” — literary science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the unclassifiable works often called “slipstream.” Its Guests of Honor are Andrea Hairston & Kit Reed and its Memorial Guest of Honor is Mary Shelley.

    Readercon has donated three memberships to Con or Bust, of which two remain. These must be claimed by July 1, 2014.

  • ConGregate, July 11-13, 2014, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. ConGregate is a new general SF convention being organized by a group of highly experienced convention runners. The featured guests are Larry Correia (Writer GoH), Mark Poole (Artist GoH), Toni Weisskopf (Special Literary Guest), and Jennifer McCollom (Special Media Arts Guest).

    ConGregate has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.

  • Detcon1, July 17-20, 2014, Detroit, MI, USA. Detcon1 is the 2014 North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC), which is held in years when the Worldcon is held outside of North America. Detcon1′s Guests of Honor are Steven Barnes (Author), John Picacio (Artist), Bernadette Bosky (Fan), Arthur D. Hlavaty (Fan), Kevin J. Maroney (Fan), Helen Greiner (Scientist), Bill Sutton (Musician), and Brenda Sutton (Musician). (Updated:) Its Special Guests are Nnedi Okorafor (YA Author) and Jon Davis (Video Games Developer).

    Detcon1 has donated three memberships to Con or Bust, which have all been claimed; BUT interested fans should check out its FANtastic Detroit Fund, which provides free memberships to individuals who would otherwise be unable to attend Detcon1, with priority given to Detroit and Wayne County residents.

  • (new) Nine Worlds Convention, 8-10 August 2014, London, England, UK. It’s about gaming, film, cosplay, fandom, literature, science, geek culture, meeting people and having a really big party.

    Nine Worlds has donated ten memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by August 1, 2014, of which nine remain.

  • Loncon 3, August 14-18, 2014, London, England, UK. Loncon is the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon). Its Guests of Honor are Iain M Banks (in Memoriam), John Clute, Malcolm Edwards, Chris Foss, Jeanne Gomoll, Robin Hobb, and Bryan Talbot.

    At present, between donated memberships and matched donations by Loncon, there are (edit) twenty-three attending memberships available.

If you’re interested, see the Request Assistance page for the request form, and please spread the word!

In addition, a number of other cons have donated assistance that will be available during the next request period (August 15-25, and thereafter if not claimed). So people can make plans, those are listed behind the cut (and a full list is always at the Upcoming Cons page):

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Reminder: Geek Chic Fashion Show on 6/21

chicquarter Reminder: on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., Fantom Comics and PollySue’s Vintage Shop will be hosting a Geek Chic Fashion show at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church in Washington, DC! The organizers of the show are generously donating a portion of the event tickets to Con or Bust.

According to the organizers, expect “nerdy street style, casual cosplay, steampunk couture, Hogwarts riot grrls, high-fashion superheroes, tiny princess supervillains, Carol and Kamala Corps, and more!”

Tickets are $5. Check out the event’s Facebook page for more information. If you’d like to participate as a model (all shapes, creeds, sizes, ages, and ethnicities sought), stylist, makeup artist, costume designer, seamstress, or vendor, please contact hollimichele@gmail.com.

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Con or Bust accepting assistance requests through May 25

Reminder: Con or Bust’s quarterly period for fans of color/non-white fans to request assistance to attend upcoming SFF cons will end May 25, 2014. (Requests must be timestamped on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern; I may or may not be awake to turn the form off.)

Specific assistance is available to attend ConGregate (July 11-13, 2014, Winston-Salem, NC, USA); Detcon1 (July 17-20, 2014, Detroit, MI, USA); Loncon 3 (August 14-18, 2014, London, England, UK); GeekGirlCon (October 11-12, 2014, Seattle, WA, USA); Sirens (October 16-19, 2014, Stevenson, WA, USA); and World Fantasy Con 2014 (November 6-9, 2014, Arlington, VA, USA). Learn more about these specific cons at the Upcoming Cons page.

To find out how to request assistance to these cons, or to any upcoming SFF con, head to the Request Assistance page. And please spread the word!

Con or Bust now accepting requests for assistance

Now through May 25, 2014, Con or Bust is accepting request for assistance to attend SFF cons from fans of color/non-white fans.

Specific assistance is available to attend ConGregate (July 11-13, 2014, Winston-Salem, NC, USA); Detcon1 (July 17-20, 2014, Detroit, MI, USA); Loncon 3 (August 14-18, 2014, London, England, UK); GeekGirlCon (October 11-12, 2014, Seattle, WA, USA); Sirens (October 16-19, 2014, Stevenson, WA, USA); and World Fantasy Con 2014 (November 6-9, 2014, Arlington, VA, USA). Learn more about these specific cons at the Upcoming Cons page.

To find out how to request assistance to these cons, or to any upcoming SFF con, head to the Request Assistance page. And please spread the word!

Con or Bust: request assistance soon; Worldcon memberships; Invisible anthology

Hello, all. Three pieces of news for you today.

First:

From May 15-25, Con or Bust will take requests for assistance from fans of color/non-white fans to attend all upcoming SFF cons. A list of cons for which specific assistance has been donated can be found at the Upcoming Cons page. Here’s how to request assistance.

Second:

Free memberships only to Loncon 3, the 2014 WorldCon, may be requested at any time (accompanying monetary assistance must be requested during May 15-25). Currently fifteen memberships remain available, so request away.

Further, thanks to a generous donation from Loncon, if you have an attending membership to Loncon 3 that you can’t use, you donate it to Con or Bust and can get a supporting membership in return (meaning, you keep your voting rights); Loncon will match the first twenty donated memberships. If you’d like to donate a membership, email memberships@loncon3.org with your membership number and some other non-public identifying information, such as your address, and state that you wish to transfer your membership to Con or Bust.

Third:

Earlier this year, Jim C. Hines hosted a number of blog posts about representation in SFF. You can still read them online, of course, but they’ve also been collected in an ebook titled Invisible, along with bonus essays and an introduction by Alex Dally MacFarlane. All proceeds from the ebook are being donated by Con or Bust. Find out more at Jim’s site.

Thank you for your support, and please spread the word!