Archive for April, 2015

Saga Press launch list signed first editions

Item Name & Description: A signed first edition set of all four of Saga Press’s launch titles. Includes

  • The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
  • Persona by Genevieve Valentine
  • City of Savages by Lee Kelly
  • The Darkside War by Zachary Brown.

Saga Press launch list signed first editions Cover images for Grace of Kings, Persona, City of Savages, Darkside War Saga Press launch list signed first editions Saga Press launch list signed first editions

Starting Bid: $25

Notes: Will ship anywhere.

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Memoirs of Lady Trent, #1-3, by Marie Brennan

Item Name & Description: signed UK trade paperbacks of the first three Memoirs of Lady Trent, A Natural History of Dragons, The Tropic of Serpents, and Voyage of the Basilisk

Starting Bid: $30

Notes: no shipping restrictions.

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Adventure Time #15 Cover C Signed

Item Name & Description: Adventure Time #15 Cover C signed by cover artist Nidhi Chanani.

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: Will ship USPS first class in USA only. Personalization available.

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Misty: The Proud Cloud Signed Children’s Book

Item Name & Description: A hardcover copy of Misty: The Proud Cloud. Signed by both author Hugh Howey and illustrator Nidhi Chanani.

This is the first children’s book from best-selling science fiction writer Hugh Howey.


Starting Bid: $15

Notes: Will ship USPS first class in USA only.

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The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (signed hardcover)

book coverItem Name & Description: a hardcover of The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, donated and signed by the author.

This standalone fantasy novel has been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novel.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Ships anywhere. Personalization is available.

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Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold (signed hardcover)

Item Name & Description: a hardcover of Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold, donated and signed by the author.

This is the second book of the Chalion series and won the Hugo Award for Best Novel, the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel, and the Nebula Award for Best Novel.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Ships anywhere. Personalization is available.

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Custom chocolate order, your choice of flavor and shapes

Item Name and Description: Custom chocolate order in one flavor of your choice: 80+ custom truffles, 3+ pounds of molded chocolates, 60 pieces of handmade chocolate-dipped marzipan… Your imagination is the only real limit.

Why the quantity variation in this offering? You will get one full batch of anything I make, and the size will depend on what you order and how much you need. The quantities listed are the absolute minimum. If your sole priority is chocolate volume, the maximum order size is approximately 120 truffles or roughly 5 lbs of molded chocolate. If you want your order to consist of 30+ gourmet chocolate bars so you can stock up for a year, that can be done.

I’m a small-scale, Massachusetts-licensed chocolatier who specializes in geeky chocolates. Want ginger scald truffles with spicy ginger and pear brandy inspired by the Lies of Locke Lamora? Done that. Chocolate daleks, R2D2s, giant dice? Done. I can do decorated chocolates; my Daleks are metallic and my solid two-pound Millennium Falcon is starship grey on a black cake board with white chocolate stars. I’ll even make custom molds for you, if you make it worth my time by donating a lot. (For context, I usually charge about $200 for a new mold design. Pay for someone’s entire con visit, and I’ll help you make your chocolate dreams come true.)

Flavor inspiration at my website, although I am always inventing new flavors and will be happy to work with you on new ideas; pictures of a few of my molded chocolates can be found here.

Starting Bid: $125

Notes: Due to weather constraints (aka chocolate melting during shipping) this item will be delivered in the fall or winter; exact dates are flexible, so if you want custom chocolates for Halloween or Thanksgiving or Christmas, that can be done. Summer orders are negotiable but will require additional payment to cover the much higher summer shipping expenses.

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matching gift; auction updates

Want to help fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons? The auction is happening now, of course (more on that in a moment), but if you don’t see anything that strikes your fancy, I have good news:

I’m excited to announce a matching gift of $250 from an anonymous donor, which will run until Monday, May 4, 2015! Any regular donation (not an auction payment or a T-shirt order) received from the time this post goes live will be matched until the gift of $250 is met. Donations of any amount are always welcome, but through May 4, they will be doubled!

(Or if you’d like to add to the matching gift itself, that would also be wonderful; email me at knepveu@steelypips.org to arrange it.)

You can donate with a PayPal account or a credit card (after you click the orange button below, click “Continue” on the left side of the screen, above the credit card logos). On the “review your donation” screen, please click “Add special instructions to the seller” and state that this is for the matching gift. (Soon there will be many, many auction payments to process and this will make bookkeeping immensely easier.)




In auction news, the Google Docs index has been updated to include high bids and number of bids. There are some great things, especially from early in the auction, that have no bids; sort the index and check it out! (The index is manually updated about once a day; check the bottom for the timestamp.)

And it’s not too late to contribute items to be auctioned! Crafts, food, books; it’s all welcome. You can post items through the end of the auction, Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern (time zone conversions, countdown), though of course items posted extremely close to the end of the auction might not get as much notice.

If you have questions, please check the Auction Information Page, and feel free to comment if your question remains unanswered. Thanks!


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Original illustration for Alphabet of Embers

Item Name & Description: Through the kindness of Rose Lemberg, editor of Alphabet of Embers — an anthology of lyrical, surreal, unclassifiable fiction — I can offer one of the illustrations I created for the anthology. This art is the accompanying illustration for “Five Lessons in the Fattening Room” by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali.

The illustration is 23 x 32 cm, ink on paper. It was rendered using pointed pen and brushes and will be signed and dated (year only) on the lower right corner.

Starting Bid: $100.00

Notes: Please note, the publisher will be shipping the artwork to you, once you provide me with your contact details. Please allow for several weeks’ delay.

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Handbound blank book (made by Rosemary Kirstein)

Item Name & Description: hand-bound blank book, 4.5″ by 6″.

Cover is white and gray, reminiscent of clouds; end-papers are dark sliver-gray.

Internal paper is the sort that is called “parchment”, as found in art stores generally. Silk ribbon tie closure, with decorative charm of planets and star.

Starting Bid:$15

Notes: I will ship anywhere in North America, Europe or Asia.

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