Archive for April, 2017

Mira Grant’s INTO THE DROWNING DEEP (signed galley)

Item Name and Description: a signed galley (advance reading copy) of Mira Grant’s INTO THE DROWNING DEEP, forthcoming, November 2017, donated by Orbit.

Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.

Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves.

But the secrets of the deep come with a price.

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.

 

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Interlaced Dragon Sleep Mask

Item Name and Description:

A black sleep mask made from polyester felt with a simple, stylized dragon embroidered as an interlace pattern on one side. Lined with navy blue cotton. (Spot clean with a gentle detergent, air dry; press with a low heat iron if needed.)

The mask measures approx. 7.5″ x  2.75″ (19 x 7 cm). One size fits most / full circumference 20.5″ (52 cm) with plenty of elastic.

Unique. Made in a pet-free, smoke-free workroom.

Starting Bid: $6.50

Shipping: Worldwide

Other Notes: Ships when auction ends.

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Sleepy Critter Sleep Mask

Item Name and Description:

A sleep mask made from brown polyester felt with felt applique (ears and nose) and embroidery (eyes); lined with a soft linen blend fabric. (Spot clean with a gentle detergent, air dry; press with a low heat iron if needed.)

The mask measures approx. 7″ x 4″ (17.5 x 10 cm). One size fits most / full circumference 19.75″ (50 cm) with plenty of elastic.

Unique. Made in a pet-free, smoke-free workroom.

Starting Bid: $7.50

Shipping: Worldwide

Other Notes: Ships when auction ends.

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free memberships: CONvergence, TGIF/F, Nine Worlds

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

TGIF/F, April 7-9, 2017, Los Angeles, CA, USA. TGIF/F is a multi-fandom femslash convention designed to bring together various fan communities to build connections, encourage discussion, and create art; its programming includes panels on SFF genre works, fantasy, video games, and more topics of SFF interest.

TGIF/F has donated five passes to Con or Bust, to be claimed by April 6, 2017 (tomorrow!).


(new!) CONvergence, July 6-9, 2017, Bloomington, MN, USA. CONvergence 2017: To Infinity & Beyond is a celebration of all things space opera. Its Guests of Honor are Lois McMaster Bujold, Kristopher Carter, Norman Cates, Eric Chu, Tracee Lee Cocco, Naomi Kritzer, Seanan McGuire, Jai Nitz, and Ian Truitner.

CONvergence has donated four memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by May 20, 2017.


Nine Worlds, 4-6 August 2017, London, England, UK. Nine Worlds is a geekfest, or a multi media, multi-genre residential pop culture convention.

Nine Worlds has donated twenty tickets to Con or Bust. Anyone who requests a membership by the end of Thursday, April 6 (also tomorrow!) will be emailed the booking link for the convention hotel that Saturday (more information). Eighteen tickets remain available.


There are lots more memberships available; these are just the newest or the ones with the closest deadlines. For the full list of cons, see the Upcoming Cons page. To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. Thanks, and please spread the word!

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Vampire Hunter D: Message from Mars Kickstarter exclusive comic, posters, pins and stickers

Item Name and Description:

This lot includes:

  • issue 1 of Vampire Hunter D: Message from Mars in the Kickstarter exclusive variant cover by Michael Broussard, unread, bagged and boarded
  • a 7″ X 10.5″ print of the same cover art, minus text, bagged and boarded
  • a set of six stickers featuring the main characters from the comic
  • two pins, featuring Lefty and Cecile
  • three postcard-sized mini-prints featuring panels from the comic

All of these items were exclusively offered during the Kickstarter, and cannot be acquired from the publisher elsewhere, so if you are a Vampire Hunter D fan who missed the KS, didn’t get one of these items, or would like a duplicate, now’s your chance!

Additional photos: one;  two

Starting Bid: $15

Shipping: Worldwide

Other Notes: Will ship within two weeks of auction end.

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new free memberships: NorthAmeriCon ’17 (the 2017 NASFiC)

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

NorthAmeriCon ’17, July 6-9, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA. NorthAmeriCon is the North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC), which is held only in years when the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) is held outside of North America. Its Guests of Honor are Daína Chaviano, Tobias S. Buckell, Brother Guy Consolmagno S.J., Javier Grillo-Marxuach, George Perez, and Paula Smith.

NorthAmeriCon has donated five memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by June 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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Auction reminder and update

First: a reminder that Con or Bust is accepting items for auction now through Sunday, April 23. This is the main way we raise funds to help fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons, so please consider offering something or spreading the word. You can find more information about how to offer at the Auction Information page, and submit something at the web form.

Second: if you’ve submitted something before today and you haven’t received an email telling you it was posted, please check the site to see if it’s up. With one exception that the donor and I have already discussed, everything I’ve received has been posted, and I believe confirmation emails went to everyone too. But I just learned that our recent website glitches extended to eating at least two auction submissions, to my great joy and delight, so please check.

Third: Con or Bust will be moving webhosts in the next day or so. From now until we’re​ all set up, auction submissions will be taken through a trusty Google Form (embedded at the old URL). This will cause a delay in your post being published, but should mean no lost data.

I’m incredibly sorry for the technical difficulties, and look forward to reporting back that they’re solved. Thanks so much.

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Signed copy of Halo: Envoy by Tobias S. Buckell

Item Name and Description: A signed copy of the latest Halo novel by the author.

It has been six years since the end of the Covenant War…and yet on the planet Carrow, a world on the edge of the Joint Occupation Zone, a decisive new battle suddenly erupts. Human colonists and the alien Sangheili have already been living a tension-filled co-existence in this place, with Unified Earth Government envoy Melody Azikiwe attempting to broker a lasting peace between their two species. But as civil war now engulfs the Sangheili settlers, Melody must act on an additional covert assignment courtesy of the Office of Naval Intelligence: find a way to free the SPARTAN-IIs known as Gray Team, held in stasis since the end of the war by a cunning Elite fleetmaster consumed with vengeance. And none can anticipate the ongoing violence leading to the discovery of an even greater, unstoppable threat—one hidden for eons below the surface of the planet….

Starting Bid: $1.

Shipping: anywhere

Other Notes: none

 

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The Harbors of the Sun by Martha Wells (signed hardcover)

Item Name and Description:

A signed hardcover of The Harbors of the Sun by Martha Wells, the last book in the Books of the Raksura series, published by Night Shade Books.

A former friend has betrayed the Raksura and their groundling companions, and now the survivors must race across the Three Worlds to rescue their kidnapped family members. When Moon and Stone are sent ahead to scout, they quickly encounter an unexpected and potentially deadly ally, and decide to disobey the queens and continue the search alone. Following in a wind-ship, Jade and Malachite make an unlikely alliance of their own, until word reaches them that the Fell are massing for an attack on the Reaches, and that forces of the powerful Empire of Kish are turning against the Raksura and their groundling comrades.

See an excerpt here: http://www.marthawells.com/compendium/harborsofthesun.htm

Starting Bid: 10.00

Shipping: Worldwide

Other Notes: Optional personalization available. The book isn’t out until July 4, so may not ship until late June.

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All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells (signed paperback)

Item Name and Description: One signed copy of the paperback 150 page novella All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells, published by Tor.com.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is. But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

Read an excerpt here: http://www.marthawells.com/murderbot1.htm

Starting Bid: $5

Shipping: worldwide

Other Notes: Autograph can be personalized on request.

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