Con or Bust Newsletter for April 27, 2017

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Dear all,

Welcome back to the Con or Bust newsletter, which, approximately twice a month, updates you on Con or Bust events and deadlines and brings you news related to diversity in SFF fandom (scholarships, workshops, calls for submissions, awards, and the like). Your email address will always be kept private and you can unsubscribe at any time, at the bottom of the email.

Con or Bust News

Upcoming Deadlines

  • ASAP: request a last-minute free membership to StokerCon, April 27-30, 2017, Long Beach, CA, USA.
  • May 3, 2017: request free membership to MISTI-Con, May 18-22, 2017, Laconia, NH, USA.
  • now through May 7, 2017: bid on the auction!
  • May 15-25, 2017: request assistance to attend upcoming cons.

New Conventions

Memberships are newly available to the following cons:

Here is the full list of conventions to which memberships are available, and here is how to request a membership.

Upcoming Conventions

The following cons donated memberships to Con or Bust (or, occasionally, an individual donated memberships), and are happening now or soon, in case you’re looking for last-minute plans. Unless otherwise noted, memberships are notavailable to these cons.

  • StokerCon, April 27-30, 2017, Long Beach, CA, USA (one membership available).
  • Ice & Fire Con, April 28-30, 2017, Pembroke, VA, USA
  • MISTI-Con, May 18-22, 2017, Laconia, NH, USA (two memberships available).
  • WisCon, May 26-29, 2017, Madison, WI, USA.

Fandom News

  • The Writing in the Margins Mentor Program pairs an emerging author from a marginalized social group with an experienced editor or traditionally published author in order to work closely on preparing an unpublished manuscript to submit for publication. This program is free of charge to the emerging author. Applications open twice a year, and are currently being taken through May 1 at the program’s website.
  • The Speculative Literature Foundation is currently raising funds for the next five years of its Diverse Worlds & Diverse Writers Grants.

And finally, here is a hypnotic animated gif of an armadillo curling up (source).

Thanks for reading! See you in a couple of weeks.

Kate Nepveu

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free memberships to Worldcon 75 available now

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following free memberships are available now, first-come first-served:

Worldcon 75, 9-13 August, 2017, Helsinki, Finland. Worldcon 75 is the annual World Science Fiction Convention for 2017. Its Guests of Honor are John-Henri Holmberg, Nalo Hopkinson, Johanna Sinisalo, Claire Wendling, and Walter Jon Williams.

Newly donated by individuals are two first-time attendee and three regular attending memberships. Previously claimed: 25 attending memberships and 25 hotel room nights donated by Worldcon 75; and five memberships donated by individuals.

To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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last-minute free membership: StokerCon, April 27-30, CA, USA

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following free membership is available now, first-come first-served:

StokerCon, April 27-30, 2017, Long Beach, CA, USA. StokerCon is the annual convention of The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy. This will be its second annual convention and will be held aboard the legendary (and haunted) Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. The Bram Stoker Awards (R) Banquet takes place on the evening of Saturday, April 29th. Guests of Honor include George R.R. Martin, Elizabeth Hand, Chuck Wendig, Peter Crowther, Bill Bridges, Tananarive Due, Gretchen McNeil, Becky Spratford, Stephen Graham Jones and Toastmaster Nancy Holder.

Currently available is one membership donated by an individual. Previously, StokerCon donated six memberships to Con or Bust; four were claimed by the deadline of March 15, 2017.

To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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improvements to auction comments (and action needed on email subscriptions)

Dear all,

The site is loading much faster than it did when the auction first went live! That’s the good news.

The bad news is that even after all my efforts, it was taking me well over 20 seconds to post test comments: which is flatly ridiculous. (I’m very grateful to all of you who have been commenting anyway! But obviously this is suboptimal, even though the ending of bidding is a more leisurely affair with the automatic time extension (see the footer for an explanation).)

Therefore, I have changed the commenting system, and while comment speeds are still not blazing, they are considerably improved from before. I have ideas for further improvements, but they will take more time and testing.

Unfortunately, this means that your subscriptions to new comments on this year’s auction almost certainly no longer work–the very slow system we were using won’t even let me see comment subscriptions, so I can’t test this, or migrate your subscriptions for you.

I’m very sorry about this. Here’s what I’ll do: leave a comment to this post, or email me, and at your request, I’ll either find everywhere you’ve commented on this year’s auction and re-subscribe you, or I’ll email you a list of where you commented so you can decide what to re-subscribe to on your own. This is my error in trusting that particular comment system, and you shouldn’t have to do extra work on account of it.

Thanks, everyone, and go forth and bid!

Bidding is now open and will end Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown), EXCEPT that last-minute bidding on an item will extend the bidding for that item. More information.

Did you subscribe to new comments in the first day of bidding? Please update your subscriptions.

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Bidding now open for Con or Bust’s annual auction!

Bidding is now open for Con or Bust’s annual auction, which is the main way that we raise funds for the entire next twelve months to help fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons. Bidding will end Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversionscountdown), EXCEPT that last-minute bidding on an item will extend the bidding for that item (details).

Find things to bid by browsing all 2017 auction posts, looking at the 2017 auction tags, or sorting/filtering the Google Docs index. (Later in the bidding period, I’ll update the spreadsheet with the current high bids and number of bids, to make it easier to find overlooked bargains; I’ll also eventually flag items I feel aren’t getting enough love.)

Once you find something you’d like to bid on, just leave a comment with a working email address (edit: in the email field; you don’t also have to put it in the comment text) and a bid in U.S. dollars that is higher than any previous bid. You can also subscribe to comments to get notified of later bids.

If there’s nothing that catches your eye, but you’d still like to support Con or Bust, there are several ways you can. Here’s the full list, and here is a handy PayPal donation button for your convenience (requires a PayPal account, but using this means that PayPal covers all the fees).

(If you need to use a credit card, there’s a button on the Support page; also a handy form for a recurring PayPal donation and an Amazon Smile link, among other things.)

Finally, the auction submission form is now closed; please email me to discuss if you’d like to offer, because we have only a very limited ability to add items after bidding has started.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

Bidding is now open and will end Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown), EXCEPT that last-minute bidding on an item will extend the bidding for that item. More information.

Did you subscribe to new comments in the first day of bidding? Please update your subscriptions.

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Custom Aromatherapy Massage Oil

Item Name and Description:

You get two 4oz bottle of masssge oil. They may be the same scent or 2 different ones. For aching muscles, to restore serenity, de-stress, create an aura of sensuality. Whatever purpose you like. After the auction we’ll confer about your skin type (to determine proper carrier oil) and desired effects (to determine proper essential oils). I’ll make them and send them to you. When possible I use organic products & all my essential oils are 100% natural oils. Price is for both bottles not for each.

Starting Bid: $10.00

Shipping: Shipping in this galaxy only.

Other Notes: I don’t see why it should take longer than a month. If I have to special order an oil that might hold things up s bit, otherwise within s month.

Bidding is now open and will end Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown), EXCEPT that last-minute bidding on an item will extend the bidding for that item. More information.

Did you subscribe to new comments in the first day of bidding? Please update your subscriptions.

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The Language of Power, by Rosemary Kirstein, trade paperback. Volume 4 of the Steerswoman Series, with map

Item Name and Description:

The trade paperback version of The Language of Power¸ Volume 4 of the Steerswoman Series, with a map printed on parchment calligraphy paper.

The steerswoman Rowan has learned much about the master-wizard Slado: how his spells are devastating the distant lands known as the Outskirts, and how they will ultimately threaten even the Inner Lands. But she knows nothing else about him –and he must be found, and stopped.

Now, following the slimmest of clues, Rowan arrives in the city of Donner hoping to learn more about Slado’s plans. But when the answers begin coming in faster than the questions can be asked, a strange tale from the past emerges, a tale behind all the secrets of the present…

Fortunate that Rowan has the Outskirter warrior Bel on hand to watch her back. Because there’s one sure way to know that the steerswoman is on the right track: Someone will try to kill her.

“The world Kirstein creates is captivating.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“If you haven’t read Kirstein’s Steerswoman books I envy you the chance to read them now for the first time…. I think they have a very good claim to be my favorite thing still being written. […] If you like science, and if you like watching someone work out mysteries, and if you like detailed weird alien worlds and human cultures, if really good prose appeals… you’re really in luck.” — Jo Walton, Hugo and Nebula Awards winner, author of Among Others, My Real Children and the Thessaly series.

Starting Bid: $10

Shipping: I will ship anywhere in the northern hemisphere

Other Notes: n/a

Bidding is now open and will end Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown), EXCEPT that last-minute bidding on an item will extend the bidding for that item. More information.

Did you subscribe to new comments in the first day of bidding? Please update your subscriptions.

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The Lost Steersman by Rosemary Kirstein, trade paperback. Volume 3 of the Steerswoman Series, with map

Item Name and Description:

The trade paperback version of The Lost Steersman¸ Volume 3 of the Steerswoman Series, with a map printed on parchment calligraphy paper.

The steerswoman Rowan has discovered that the fall of the Guidestar and the massacre of Outskirter tribes were caused by one man: the secret master-wizard, Slado. But until now, no steerswoman had known of his existence, nor knew that the wizards answered to any single authority. Now, Rowan must find him.

She comes to the seaside town of Alemeth, where centuries of records might help her find clues for her search. Then, an unexpected encounter with a lost friend: Janus, a steersman who had resigned his membership in the Steerswomen, giving no explanation. Rowan has hope for help in her search — but Janus has changed. The bright intellect is now shrouded in a dark, shattered spirit…

Then death comes to sleepy Alemeth, monsters from the Outskirts, and Rowan can not help but wonder: are all these strange events connected?

“An original and fascinating take on the tensions between science and belief, observation and expectaion, courage and fear. Highly recommended.” — Suzy McKee Charnas, author of Motherlines and Walk to the End of the World.

“Kirstein’s striking portrait of an innovative woman who is scientist, judge, historian, and adventurer makes for a good, thought-provoking read.” — Publisher’s Weekly

Starting Bid: $10

Shipping: I will ship anywhere in the northern hemisphere

Other Notes: n/a

Bidding is now open and will end Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown), EXCEPT that last-minute bidding on an item will extend the bidding for that item. More information.

Did you subscribe to new comments in the first day of bidding? Please update your subscriptions.

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The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein, mass market paperback, including map

Item Name and Description:

The Steerswoman, mass market paperback, British edition, with a map printed on parchment calligraphy paper.

If you ask, she must answer. A steerswoman’s knowledge is shared with any who request it; no steerswoman may refuse a question, and no steerswoman may answer with anything but the truth. And if she asks, you must answer. It is the other side of tradition’s contract — and if you refuse the question, or lie, no steerswoman will ever again answer even your most casual question. And so, the steerswomen — always seeking, always investigating — have gathered more and more knowledge about the world they traveled, and they share that knowledge freely. Until the day that the steerswoman Rowan begins asking innocent questions about one small, lovely, inexplicable object… Her discoveries grow stranger and deeper, and more dangerous, until suddenly she finds she must flee or fight for her life. Or worse — lie. Because one kind of knowledge has always been denied the steerswomen: Magic.

“If you like science, and if you like watching someone work out mysteries, and if you like detailed weird alien worlds and human cultures, if really good prose appeals… you’re really in luck.” —- Jo Walton, Hugo and Nebula Awards winner, author of Among Others and My Real Children.

“[Kirstein] walks the tightrope between fantasy and science fiction with precision and grace… [her] compassion for even minor characters is evident on every page, and her prose is measured and alluring without being overworked.” — Damien Broderick & Paul Di Filippo, in Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010

Starting Bid: $7

Shipping: I will ship anywhere in the northern hemisphere

Other Notes: n/a

 

Bidding is now open and will end Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown), EXCEPT that last-minute bidding on an item will extend the bidding for that item. More information.

Did you subscribe to new comments in the first day of bidding? Please update your subscriptions.

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