Archive for February, 2013

A Complete Set of Five Bordertown Anthologies

Item Name & Description: Terri Windling and Deb Manning are offfering a complete set of the five anthologies in the Bordertown Series (YA Urban Fantasy), including three rare out-of-print volumes. The Borderland Series, created by Terri, was one of the pioneering works of Urban Fantasy back in the 1980s, recently updated with a new volume, Welcome to Bordertown, edited by Holly Black & Ellen Kushner (2011).

Here’s what the set includes:

* 1 paperback copy of Borderland (2nd edition, Tor Books, 1992, now out of print). This is a new (not used) copy of the book, but it’s been in storage for many years–it’s not pristine, but it’s in good condition.

* 1 paperback copy of Bordertown (2nd edition, Tor Books, 1996, now out of print). This, too, is new but has been in storage, and is in reasonably good condition.

* 1 paperback copy of Life on the Border (1st edition, Tor Books, 1991, now out of print). This is a used copy of this rare book, with a cracked spine. (It was Terri’s personal copy, and got a lot of use over the years!)

* 1 trade paperback copy of The Essential Bordertown (1st paperback edition, Tor Books, 1998). This is a new copy from storage, in good condition.

* 1 trade paperback copy of Welcome to Bordertown (1st paperback edition, Random House, 2012). This is a new book (one of Terri’s author copies), in very good condition.

Click to enlarge.A Complete Set of Five Bordertown Anthologies

“Truthful, realistic, and diverse… More progressive, complicated and adult than many other YA books, and that’s a good thing… Characters deal with everything, from racial tensions (which applies to human constructions of race as well as to fights between elves and humans) to discovering their sexuality to homelessness.This is fantasy for readers who are sick of Eurocentric dragon-and-princess stories. This is fiction for those who want to find characters who are more truthful, realistic and diverse than in mainstream YA.”  – TeenReads

“Bordertown is one of the most important places where Urban Fantasy began.”  – Neil Gaiman

Starting Bid: $25.

Notes: The first four books will be coming from storage in Arizona, and Deb will send them out to the winner. Welcome to Bordertown will be coming from Terri’s studio in Devon, England, and she can personallt inscribe it to the winner (or to whomever) upon request. We’re willing to ship these anywhere.

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ARCs of The Lost by Vicki Pettersson

book coverItem Name & Description: Five ARCs of The Lost by Vicki Pettersson (March 19, 2013).

This is book two of the Celestial Blues and the sequel to The Taken (which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which called it an “irresistibly good yarn proves that there’s still plenty of room for brilliant innovation in urban fantasy”). Description:

Griffin Shaw and his wife were both murdered fifty years ago. Now a minor angel, Grif’s been granted permission to solve the mystery of his own death . . . if he helps the Pure angels guide those souls who might otherwise be Lost.

Souls like Jeap Yang, a drug addict in his final moments of life. Grif knows that death is coming, but he cannot intervene. However, Grif’s mortal lover, reporter Katherine “Kit” Craig, isn’t constrained by angelic protocol. If she can stop a death, she will.

But as Kit is about to find out, there are things more traumatic and evil than murder. A strange new drug is literally eating tweakers’ flesh from their bones, and Kit’s crusade to get it off the streets is set to propel her and Grif into a battle with a vicious drug cartel. They’ll have to scramble to stay alive, stay together, and choose their own fate . . . before it’s chosen for them.

Learn more at the author’s site.

Starting Bid: $10. Five copies available, top five consecutive bids win (edited for clarity 2013-02-23).

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Harper Voyager.

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Cross-stitch bookmark

Iten Name & Description: Subversive cross-stitch bookmark, containing moderately offensive language (see behind the Read more for quote, picture).

Starting Bid: $7

Notes: Kit from Julie Jackson of Subversive Cross Stitch, stitching by yours truly.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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ARCs of Black Feathers by Joseph D’Lacey

book coverItem Name & Description: two ARCs of Black Feathers by Joseph D’Lacey (forthcoming, late March/early April 2013).

Description:

It is the Black Dawn, a time of environmental apocalypse, the earth wracked and dying.

It is the Bright Day, a time long generations hence, when a peace has descended across the world.

In each era, a child shall be chosen. Their task is to find a dark messiah known only as the Crowman. But is he our saviour – or the final incarnation of evil?

Stephen King has said, “Joseph D’Lacey rocks!” Alison Littlewood, author of A Cold Season, calls this book “A bold beginning to a new duology from the brilliant D’Lacey.”

Learn more at the publisher’s site.

Starting Bid: $5. Two ARCs available, top two consecutive bids win (edited for clarity 2013-02-23).

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Angry Robot Books.

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ARCs of The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke

book coverItem Name & Description: two collectable ARCs of The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke (Feb. 2013).

Description:

“Cat, this is Finn. He’s going to be your tutor.”

He looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion… and more.

But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.

Following her acclaimed Young Adult debut for our sister imprint Strange Chemistry, The Assassin’s Curse, the very talented Cassandra Rose Clarke moves on to more adult themes, in a heartbreaking story of love, loss … and robots.

Learn more or read an excerpt at the publisher’s site.

Starting Bid: $5. Two ARCs available, top two consecutive bids win (edited for clarity 2013-02-23).

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Angry Robot Books.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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Request assistance now for April-June cons

If you are a fan of color/non-white fan, from now through February 25 you can request assistance from Con or Bust to attend cons in April, May, and June 2013.

These cons include—but are not limited to!—

  • Balticon, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, which has donated two memberships to Con or Bust. Balticon takes place from May 24-27, 2013 in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Its guests are: Joe Haldeman (Guest of Honor); Rick Sternbach (Artist Guest of Honor); Nnedi Okorafor (Special Guest); Ada Palmer (Music/Filk Guest of Honor); and Sassafrass (Featured Filkers). Balticon will have sign language interpreters at all major events and on call as needed.
  • The Steampunk World’s Fair, which has donated twenty (yes, two-zero) memberships to Con or Bust. The Steampunk World’s Fair takes place from May 17-19, 2013, in Piscataway, New Jersey. It is the world’s largest steampunk event and welcomes steampunk veterans or total curious bystanders, “no matter how you’re dressed, no matter what your background is, and no matter how much or little you’ve ever played with Steampunk!”

Con or Bust’s fundraising auction is now live and ends Sunday, February 24, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. It is not too late to offer things to be auctioned, so please do if you’ve been thinking about it! (I will be putting a few items up later today, myself.)

Please spread the word that assistance is available!

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Assortment of BPAL perfumes (bottles)

Item Name & Description: Bottles of the following BPAL (Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab) perfumes: Akuma (General Catalogue, half-full, devoid of label); Atomic Luau Lounge: Screeching Parrot (half-full); Pumpkin Patch #3 (pumpkin and pomegranate; sadly I cannot remember the year and the label doesn’t say; full to label); Kunstkammer (full to label); The Green Apple of Venus (full to shoulder); Blackbear Moon (2012; full to shoulder); Halloween: Pomona (2012; full to shoulder); and Halloween: Suck It (2012; full to shoulder). You can usually find reviews and note lists at BPAL.org‘s Reviews forum. Note that a number of these were limited editions and are not currently available, so here’s your chance to try them out!

Starting Bid: $50.00.

Notes: USA only. Will ship using USPS Priority.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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Days Missing vol. 1, from Roddenberry Productions

Item Name & Description: Days Missing vol. 1, from Roddenberry Productions (hardcover). Written by Phil Hester, David Hine, Ian Edginton & Matz; illustrated by Frazer Young, Chris Burnham, Lee Moder & Hugo Petrus.

Ay-leen the Peacemaker says, “Created by Gene Roddenberry’s son, Days Missing is a time travel graphic novel that features beautiful artwork and a compelling story about the immortal Steward, who is granted the ability to turn back time one day after an event occurs, and his role in stopping the apocalypse several times throughout human history. Genre-bending, intelligent, and gripping work.” Booklist said, “Brought to vivid and colorful life by a selection of first-rate artists and writers, the Steward’s exploits constitute compelling entertainment with near-limitless story potential.” Learn more at the official site.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Donated by Ay-leen the Peacemaker (Diana M. Pho). (If you’re reading this on or before February 19, check out Beyond Victoriana’s giveaways to celebrate its fourth anniversary!) Ships anywhere.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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A Family Secret by Eric Heuvel

book coverItem Name & Description: A Family Secret by Eric Heuvel (paperback).

Description:

While searching his grandmother’s attic for likely items to sell at a yard sale, Jeroen finds a photo album that brings back hard memories for his grandmother, Helena. Helena tells Jeroen for the first time about her experiences during the German occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War, and mourns the loss of her Jewish best friend, Esther. Helena believes that her own father, a policeman and Nazi sympathizer, delivered Esther to the Nazis and that she died in a concentration camp. But after hearing her story, Jeroen makes a discovery and Helena realizes that her father kept an important secret from her.

Ay-leen the Peacemaker says “it was a strong blend of historical fact and documentation with clean drawing style and perfect for reluctant readers.” In a starred review, Booklist said that the secrets revealed “in all their complexity . . . stay with readers forever.”

Starting Bid: $5.

Notes: Donated by Ay-leen the Peacemaker (Diana M. Pho). (If you’re reading this on or before February 19, check out Beyond Victoriana’s giveaways to celebrate its fourth anniversary!) Ships anywhere.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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Titanium Rain vol. 1 by Josh Finney and Kat Rocha

book coverItem Name & Description: Titanium Rain vol. 1 by Josh Finney and Kat Rocha (hardcover).

Description:

In the year 2031, mankind’s survival instinct is put to the test when a civil war in China spirals into global conflict. Nations are destroyed. Millions are killed. And for many, like US Air Force pilot Alec Killian, survival will mean shedding some of his humanity in exchange for biotech and machine.

Learn more at the publisher’s site.

This hardcover collects the first four chapters of the series, along with over 50 pages of extras including two bonus stories.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Donated by Ay-leen the Peacemaker (Diana M. Pho). (If you’re reading this on or before February 19, check out Beyond Victoriana’s giveaways to celebrate its fourth anniversary!) Ships anywhere.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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