Archive for April, 2017

The Beatriceid by Kate Elliott (limited edition)

Item Name and Description: A limited edition print copy of The Beatriceid by Kate Elliott (cover art by Julie Dillon, only 100 copies printed), donated by Book Smugglers Publishing.

A stunning new short story, written in verse, set in Kate Elliott’s Spiritwalker Universe

Before Andevai, the waking of dreaming dragons, the war for Europa, and the cruel treachery of the Wild Hunt, cousins Catherine and Beatrice Hassi Barahal were novice students at the Academy. Here, Cat and Bee learned of mathematics and politics, history and storytelling. But not all stories are told or remembered in the same way–particularly where the tale of Dido and Aeneas, and the fate of Carthage and Rome are concerned.

To the victors go the spoils–only this time, it is the gilded-tongued Bee and the quick-footed Cat who will collect the winnings.

Set before the start of Cold MagicThe Beatriceid is a brand new, standalone short story written in Iambic Pentameter that reimagines The Aeneid in a feminist, Phonecian light.

This limited edition is out of print.

Starting Bid: $10.

Shipping: Worldwide.

Other notes: None.

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.

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The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by SL Huang (limited edition)

Item Name and Description: A limited print edition copy of The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by SL Huang (only 100 copies printed), donated by Book Smugglers Publishing.

A dark retelling of The Little Mermaid from the author of HUNTING MONSTERS 

I suppose if this is going to be recorded somewhere for posterity, I should set the record straight. The ghostwriter will probably cut it all, but hey, it’s the principle of the thing.

Dr. Cadence Mbella is the world’s most celebrated scholar of the atargati: sentient, intelligent deep-water beings who are most definitely not mermaids. When Cadence decides to release a captive atargati from scientific experimentation and interrogation, she knows her career and her life is forfeit. But she still yearns for the atargati–there is still so much to know about their physiology, their society, their culture. And Cadence would do anything to more fully understand the atargati… no matter what the cost.

Starting Bid: $10.

Shipping: Worldwide.

Other Notes: None.

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.

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new free memberships: Ice & Fire Con; Beach City Con

Fans of color/non-white fans: Con or Bust has the following new memberships available, first-come first-serve:

Ice & Fire Con, April 28-30, 2017, Pembroke, VA, USA. Ice & Fire Con is a convention themed around George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Ice & Fire Con has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by April 20, 2017. Note that attendees must be 18 years or older.


Beach City Con, October 13-15, 2017, Virginia Beach, VA, USA. The first Steven Universe convention is a fan-run non-profit event that will offer traditional convention programming with a Crystal Gem twist.

Beach City Con has donated two tickets to Con or Bust, to be claimed by October 6, 2018.


And for planning-ahead purposes, the following memberships will be available during May 15-25, 2017, when fans of color can next request monetary assistance to cons as well as memberships:

Ice & Fire Con, April 27-28, 2018, Mt Sterling, OH, USA. Ice & Fire Con is a convention themed around George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Ice & Fire Con has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by April 20, 2018. Note that attendees must be 18 years or older.


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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Con or Bust Newsletter for April 3, 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

  • April 6, 2017: request a membership to Nine Worlds, 4-6 August 2017, London, England, UK, in order to be registered in time to receive the hotel booking link (more information).
  • April 20, 2017: request a membership to Ice & Fire Con, April 28-30, 2017, Pembroke, VA, USA.
  • April 23, 2017: donate items to Con or Bust’s annual online auction.

New Conventions

The following cons have recently donated memberships to Con or Bust:

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 not available to these cons.

  • TGIF/F, April 7-9, 2017, Los Angeles, CA, USA (five passes available).
  • Lunacon, April 7-9, 2017, Tarrytown, NY, USA.
  • Norwescon, April 13–16, 2017, Seattle, WA, USA.
  • Ice & Fire Con, April 27-28, 2018, Mt Sterling, OH, USA (two tickets available).
  • StokerCon, April 27-30, 2017, Long Beach, CA, USA.

Other News

Fandom News

  • Silvia Moreno-Garcia is tracking “all short fiction and novels published during 2017 only in English-language speculative markets by Latin American authors.” Here is the list, which also has a link to a form for people to submit data.
  • Jack Jones Literary Arts, a multifaceted book publicity company, is hosting its first annual writing retreat in Eureka Springs, AR, from October 16–30, 2017. It is open exclusively to women of color; there are available nine fully-funded scholarships, travel stipends, and admissions fee reimbursements. The application deadline is May 1, 2017.
  • Lethe Press is seeking reprint submissions for two anthologies with approaching deadlines: Heiresses of Russ 2017, edited by Dayna Ingram and Steve Berman, will publish “quality works of the fantastic, the weird, the wondrous involving women (cis- and trans-) who identify as lesbian” (deadline April 30, 2017); and Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, edited by Bogi Takács, will publish “the best work of transgender-themed fiction with elements of the strange, the weird, the fantastic, horror and science-fiction” (deadline May 30, 2017).

And finally, here is a soothing link, to an article about the 3D abstract fractal art of Silvia Cordedda.

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

​Kate Nepveu

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Original Flash Fiction by Stephanie Burgis

Item Name and Description:

I’ll write an original flash fiction story (up to 1,000 words) about any character you choose from any of my published novels. I’ll write it within 1 month of the commission and email the finished story to you. It won’t be shown to anyone else for at least one month after it’s sent to you. Afterwards, it will be shared with newsletter subscribers and later offered as a 99c ebook for general distribution, but in every incarnation, it will be publicly dedicated to you.

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Stephanie Burgis writes fun, funny MG fantasy novels and wildly romantic adult historical fantasy novels. Her first MG series was the Kat, Incorrigible trilogy, followed by The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart. Her first novel for adults, Masks and Shadows, was included in the Locus 2016 Recommended Reading List, and was followed by Congress of Secrets. You can find out more on her website: www.stephanieburgis.com

Starting Bid: $15

Shipping: N/A

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.

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Lila Bowen’s WAKE OF VULTURES and CONSPIRACY OF RAVENS (signed)

Item Name and Description: a signed set of Lila Bowen’s WAKE OF VULTURES and CONSPIRACY OF RAVENS, the first two books in the Shadow series — plus swag! — donated by Orbit.

WAKE OF VULTURES:

Nettie Lonesome dreams of a greater life than toiling as a slave in the sandy desert. But when a stranger attacks her, Nettie wins more than the fight.

Now she’s got friends, a good horse, and a better gun. But if she can’t kill the thing haunting her nightmares and stealing children across the prairie, she’ll lose it all — and never find out what happened to her real family.

CONSPIRACY OF RAVENS:

Nettie Lonesome made a leap — not knowing what she’d become. But now her destiny as the Shadow is calling.

A powerful alchemist is leaving a trail of dead across the prairie. And Nettie must face the ultimate challenge: side with her friends and the badge on her chest or take off alone on a dangerous mission that is pulling her inexorably toward the fight of her life.

When it comes to monsters and men, the world isn’t black and white. What good are two wings and a gun when your enemy can command a conspiracy of ravens?

Starting Bid: $10.

Shippingto the United States and Canada only, because of publishing rights.

Other Notes: WAKE will be in paperback; the winner can choose whether to receive a hardcover of CONSPIRACY or to wait for the forthcoming paperback for a matched set. Optional personalization available.

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.

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K.B. Wagers’s BEHIND THE THRONE and AFTER THE CROWN (signed)

Item Name and Description: a set of signed paperbacks of K.B. Wagers’s BEHIND THE THRONE and AFTER THE CROWN, the first two books in the Indranan War trilogy, donated by Orbit.

BEHIND THE THRONE:

Hail Bristol has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan Empire.

When she is dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir, she finds that trading her ship for a palace is her most dangerous move yet.

AFTER THE CROWN:

Former gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to fill her rightful position in the palace. With her sisters and parents murdered, the Indranan empire is on the brink of war. Hail must quickly make alliances with nearby worlds if she has any hope of surviving her rule.

When peace talks turn violent and Hail realizes she’s been betrayed, she must rely on her old gunrunning ways to get out of trouble. With help from an old boss and some surprising new allies, she must risk everything to save her world.

Starting Bid: $10.

Shipping: to the United States and Canada only, because of publishing rights.

Other Notes: Optional personalization available.

 

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.

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BLACK WOLVES by Kate Elliott (signed)

Item Name and Description: a signed paperback of BLACK WOLVES by Kate Elliott, donated by Orbit.

An exiled captain returns to help the son of the king who died under his protection in this rich and multi-layered first book in an action-packed new series.

Twenty two years have passed since Kellas, once Captain of the legendary Black Wolves, lost his King and with him his honor. With the King murdered and the Black Wolves disbanded, Kellas lives as an exile far from the palace he once guarded with his life.

Until Marshal Dannarah, sister to the dead King, comes to him with a plea-rejoin the palace guard and save her nephew, King Jehosh, before he meets his father’s fate.

Combining the best of Shogun and Vikings, Black Wolves is an unmissable treat for epic fantasy lovers everywhere.

Starting Bid: $7.

Shipping: to the United States and Canada only, because of publishing rights.

Other Notes: Optional personalization available.

 

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.

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N.K. Jemisin’s THE STONE SKY (signed galley)

Item Name and Description: a signed galley (advance reading copy) of N.K. Jemisin’s THE STONE SKY, forthcoming, August 15, 2017, donated by Orbit.

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS… FOR THE LAST TIME.

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.

Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe.

For Nassun, her mother’s mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.

The remarkable conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed trilogy that began with the multi-award-nominated The Fifth Season.

Starting Bid: $7.

Shipping: to the United States and Canada only, because of publishing rights.

Other Notes: Optional personalization available.

 

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.

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Ann Leckie’s PROVENANCE (signed galley)

Item Name and Description: a signed galley (advance reading copy) of Ann Leckie’s PROVENANCE, forthcoming, October 2017, donated by Orbit.

A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned.

Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating intergalactic conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray’s future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good.

Starting Bid: $10.

Shipping: to the United States and Canada only, because of publishing rights.

Other Notes: this will be delivered at a later date, as Orbit doesn’t have the galleys yet. Optional personalization available.

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.

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