Archive for April, 2016

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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Brick from Ray Bradbury’s home.

Item Name & Description: A brick from Ray Bradbury’s demolished home. (Edit:) See photos below.

Starting Bid: $20.

Shipping: Contiguous USA

Other Notes? My provenance: http://file770.com/?p=20397

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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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Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger

Last Call at the Nightshade LoungeItem Name & Description: 1 copy of Paul Krueger’s debut novel Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

Description: Bailey Chen is fresh out of college with all the usual new-adult demons: no cash, no job offers, and an awkward relationship with Zane, the old friend she kinda-sorta hooked up with during high school.

But when Zane introduces Bailey to his monster-fighting bartender friends, her demons become a lot more literal. It turns out evil creatures stalk the city streets after hours, and they can only be hunted with the help of magically-mixed cocktails: vodka grants super-strength, whiskey offers the power of telekinesis, and tequila lets its drinker fire blasts of elemental energy. But will all of these powers be enough for Bailey to halt a mysterious rash of gruesome deaths? And what will she do when the safety of a “real world” job beckons?

This sharp and funny urban fantasy is perfect for fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and grown-up readers of Harry Potter. Includes 15 recipes from a book of ancient cocktail lore.

Starting Bid: $10

Shipping: Ships anywhere.

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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My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady HendrixItem Name & Description: One copy of My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix (Author of Horrostor)

A heartwarming story of friendship and demonic possession. The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act…different. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby. Abby’s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries—and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil? Like an unholy hybrid of Beaches and The Exorcist, My Best Friend’s Exorcism blends teen angst, adolescent drama, unspeakable horrors, and a mix of ’80s pop songs into a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller.

Starting Bid: $10.

Shipping: Ships anywhere.

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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Coder’s Oath (art print)

Image of matted Coder's Oath.
Image of matted Coder’s Oath.

Coder’s Oath Art Print:

State your values and your best intentions as a programmer with this Oath. Border art reads “I will use my powers for good and not for evil” repeated over and over in binary.

Starting Bid: $35

Shipping: Anywhere in the US

Other Notes:
Print is a limited edition out of a run of 200, hand numbered and signed by the artist. Print comes matted with outer dimensions of 11″ x 14″. Ships flat.

Usually ships within 2 weeks. Tracking information will be sent upon shipping.

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 MJ-12: INCEPTION, first of a new series of spy-fi Cold War thrillers from Night Shade Books!

book coverItem Name & Description: Get one of the very first copies of MJ-12: Inception by Michael J. Martinez, a new paranormal Cold War spy-fi novel and first in the MAJESTIC-12 series of thrillers from Night Shade Books.

From the author’s site:

It is a new world, stunned by the horrors that linger in the aftermath of total war. The United States and Soviet Union are squaring off in a different kind of conflict, one that’s fought in the shadows, where there are whispers of strange and and mysterious developments….

Normal people across the United States have inexplicably gained paranormal abilities. A factory worker can heal the sick and injured. A schoolteacher bends emotions to her will. A car salesman alters matter with a simple touch. And there are even stranger abilities than these, all seemingly stemming from a unique and reality-bending anomaly found in the depths of Hiroshima’s rubble.

Now, the government conspiracy known as MAJESTIC-12 has gathered together these individuals, called Variants. The government will use them if it can…and destroy them if it cannot.

This ARC will be signed by the author. MJ-12: Inception isn’t due out until September, so get your copy first!

Starting Bid: $15

Shipping: U.S. only

Other Notes While the book will be released in hardcover, this ARC is in trade paperback.

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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Sanderson: The Bands of Mourning audio CDs (signed)

CD coverItem Name & Description: Brandon Sanderson signed 10 sets of The Bands of Mourning audio CDs narrated by Michael Kramer. Included are special World of Mistborn earbuds. Listening time: 14 hours 41 minutes. I won one of them in a drawing from Macmillan Audio earlier this year but have not opened it.

Starting Bid: US$20

Shipping: No shipping restrictions.

Other Notes? Once the auction has ended, payment is confirmed, and I have your address, I will endeavor to send it within 1-2 weeks.

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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Announcing Con or Bust, Inc. and the 2016 Auction!

I’m excited to announce that (1) Con or Bust is now a not-for-profit corporation with the official name of Con or Bust, Inc., and (2) the annual online auction to support Con or Bust is now accepting items for auction, with bidding to take place from May 25 through June 5.

Con or Bust, Inc.

As you may know, Con or Bust started on extremely short notice in 2009, so short that I literally was using my personal bank account to temporarily hold the funds. Obviously that was not a long-term solution! But I did not want to create a separate corporation at that early stage, and so I was immensely grateful to the Carl Brandon Society when it agreed to act as the fiscal agent for Con or Bust. Con or Bust would never have made it past the very first auction with the CBS’s help and support.

Thanks to that help and support, Con or Bust has kept growing over the years, and here at the start of its eighth year, Con or Bust has become large enough that I and the CBS have mutually agreed that it makes sense for it to become its own organization. As a result, on April 6, 2016, Con or Bust, Inc. was formally created as a not-for-profit corporation, when its certificate of incorporation was filed with the New York State Department of State (search its database).

The inaugural Board of Directors is:

Our application for federal tax-exempt status under 501(c)(3) was submitted on April 17, 2016, and once approved, the tax-exempt status will be retroactive to the date that Con or Bust, Inc., was created. (The IRS says we should expect to hear within 90 days.) As a small charity, Con or Bust, Inc., is exempt from registration with New York State, but we will also be submitting an application to confirm that exemption. You can read all of our corporate documents at the updated About page.

As for the Carl Brandon Society, it is filing the tax returns necessary for its re-application for tax exempt status, and looks forward to having that in place later this year.

Before I move on to the auction, a final thank-you for the Carl Brandon Society for supporting Con or Bust until it was ready to strike out on its own. Be sure to check out the CBS’s ongoing projects: the Parallax and Kindred Awards, which honor works of speculative fiction by people of color and about issues of race and identity; the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship, which enables writers of color to attend one of the Clarion writing workshops; and scholarships to the annual Writing Excuses Retreats.

2016 Auction

Con or Bust is principally funded through its annual online auction. There are (edit) three changes this year, one major and two minor.

First, people cannot submit items to the auction AFTER bidding has started, because under New York State law, having different bidding periods for items opens us to the possibility of having to collect sales taxes. [*] Bidding starts May 25, which gives a little more than a month to offer items; I hope this will be plenty of time.

[*] The state tax department guidance says that “the occasional late addition” is okay, as long as the additions have the same end date (PDF); that’s squishy enough that I prefer to err on the side of caution and save those “occasional” additions in case we are fortunate enough to have (insert very famous person here) offer us (insert too-good-to-be-refused thing here).

Which leads me to the minor changes: as usual, anyone can offer something for auction, by filling out a form on the website–all you need is an email address. This year the form allows you to upload pictures at the same time you submit your auction, which should be more convenient for those of you who aren’t linking to pictures hosted elsewhere. (There are also some backend improvements to make my life easier.) In addition, so that we can send proper receipts to winners, when you submit an auction, you are asked to give a good-faith estimate of the fair market value of what’s being auctioned; this won’t display in the post, it will just be added to the winner’s thank-you email.

You can find out more about offering things for auction at the main auction information page, or go right to the Submit an Auction form. Please note that posts may be a little slow getting approved, as next week my Internet access will be dubious at best; but you’ll get an email with the link to the post once it’s published (from a new address, katenepveu@con-or-bust.org).

Note: because of the later start to the auction, the next period for fans of color to request monetary assistance will be May 27-June 6, rather than the usual May 15-25. There will be more announcements in May.

Thanks again for all your help and support, and please spread the word!

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two free memberships to MidAmeriCon II

Con or Bust has two free memberships available, first-come first-serve, to fans of color/non-white fans, for MidAmeriCon II, August 17-21, 2016, Kansas City, MO, USA. MidAmeriCon is the 2016 WorldCon; its Guests of Honor are Kinuko Y. Craft, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Tamora Pierce, and Michael Swanwick, and its Toastmaster is Pat Cadigan.

In addition, as noted yesterday, there is a hotel reservation available at the Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown.

(Edit: hotel reservation claimed; one membership left.)

Plus there are lots and lots of other free memberships currently available; please check out the Upcoming Cons page for details. To request any first-come first-serve membership, see the Request Assistance page. And please spread the word!

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