Archive for April, 2015

Story Critique

Item Name & Description: A professional critique of a story (or excerpt) up to 8,000 words. Critique includes line edits, and overall developmental feedback.

Starting Bid: $25

Notes: I’ll do my best to get my notes back to you within a week of receiving your story/excerpt.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Book of Horrors anthology signed by the editor and 8 contributors

book of horrors
Item Name & Description: A Book of Horrors, published in 2011 from Jo Fletcher Books; contains original fiction from Stephen King, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Elizabeth Hand, Michael Marshall Smith, Richard Christian Matheson, Angela Slatter, Lisa Tuttle, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Peter Crowther, Reggie Oliver, Robert Shearman, and others.

Book of horrors Signature

This hardback is signed by editor Stephen Jones, and contributors Lisa Tuttle, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Peter Crowther, Reggie Oliver, Robert Shearman and others.

Starting Bid: $20

Notes: U.S. Shipping only

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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A lot of Chris Ware

Item Name & Description: Two Chris Ware items:

  1. The US hardcover edition of his Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth.
  2. Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #13, which Ware guest-edited. This is a big anthology of comics, mostly new but with some historical pieces, plus a few articles on comics. Contributors include Lynda Barry, Chip Kidd, and too many others to list – see the Wikipedia page for the series for the full list.

These have both been read once and are in excellent condition. McSweeney’s has the jacket, which many cheap copies don’t; the jacket is actually part of the anthology since it unfolds to reveal two comics by Ware. Tucked in the jacket folds are two mini-comics, which are present.

A lot of Chris Ware A lot of Chris Ware

Starting Bid: $40

Notes: I will mail these for free in the US but won’t mail them elsewhere (international shipping has just gotten too expensive). I will mail them within a few days of receiving the donation notification.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

10 old Asimov’s issues with John M. Ford work

Item Name & Description:
Ten issues of Asimov’s containing early stories and articles by John M. Ford. Some of these have never been reprinted and those that have won’t be again, sadly.

10 old Asimov's issues with John M. Ford work

Specifics:

  • April 1979 with story “Double in Brass,” never reprinted
  • May 1979 with story “L’Envoi,” never reprinted
  • July 1979 with article “On Evenings Beyond the Fields we Know,” never reprinted (this is about how RPGs work)
  • September 1979 with story “The Adventure of the Solitary Engineer”
  • October 1979 with story “Mandalay”
  • July 1980 with story “Out of Service,” never reprinted
  • October 1980 with story “The Wheels of Dream,” never reprinted
  • November 1980 with story “Slowly By, Lorena”
  • December 1980 with article “On Playing Roles: A Third Look,” never reprinted (this is a review of some RPGs)
  • February 1981 with “On Opening Night at the Universe,” never reprinted (a review of the Cosmos TV show)

A few of these pieces were presumably not reprinted in Ford’s collections because they are not his strongest work. However, I think they’re still decent, and they are certainly interesting. I also suspect that the un-reprinted and obscurely-reprinted Alternities, Inc. stories, both included here, probably weren’t included in From the End of the Twentieth Century just to have more variety in the book. (“Slowly By, Lorena” was reprinted in an old Baen alt-hist anthology; I have it but I bet most people reading this don’t.)

The magazines are generally in decent shape. Some have mailing labels. They all have some wear. The only one with real damage is November 1980, which has a small tear to the cover and first few pages.

Starting Bid: $40

Notes: I will mail these for free in the US but won’t mail them elsewhere (international shipping has just gotten too expensive). I will mail them within a few days of receiving the donation notification.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Mary Doria Russell: The Sparrow and sequel 1st printings

Item Name & Description: True first printing copies of Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow and Children of God.

For the sequel that isn’t a big deal, but The Sparrow had a first printing with minor errors on the jacket and in a few spots in the text, so they’re valued by collectors (some, anyway).

Both books are unread and in fine shape, although the jacket of The Sparrow does have some rubbing (probably not very visible in the picture, but I did my best).

Mary Doria Russell: The Sparrow and sequel 1st printings Mary Doria Russell: The Sparrow and sequel 1st printings

Starting Bid: $20

Notes:I will mail these for free in the US but won’t mail them elsewhere (international shipping has just gotten too expensive). I will mail them within a few days of receiving the donation notification.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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True first printings of Infinite Jest

Item Name & Description: Two copies of the true first printing of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. These are fairly rare, especially with a first printing jacket (you can tell the jacket is correct because William Vollmann’s name is misspelled).

Both these copies have issues, which is why the starting bids are low; copies in good shape sell for $200 and up. One copy is ex-library. The jacket doesn’t show it, and is in decent condition overall, but the page block has a “withdrawn” stamp and some dirt, the boards have marks from where tape was removed, and there are a few interior signs as well. (These are shown in the pictures.) Otherwise it’s clean and bright.

True first printings of Infinite Jest

True first printings of Infinite Jest

True first printings of Infinite Jest

True first printings of Infinite Jest

True first printings of Infinite Jest

The other copy is not ex-library but has more wear overall. The jacket has a fair amount of edgewear. The spine has creasing and you can see that the lower edge of the front has discoloration from something, but probably not a liquid since it’s not warped and the front endpaper is not damaged (it does have a previous owner’s name and a stamp on it, as shown). The page block has some dirt and discoloration, mostly on the bottom (shown).

True first printings of Infinite Jest

True first printings of Infinite Jest

True first printings of Infinite Jest

True first printings of Infinite Jest

True first printings of Infinite Jest

Starting Bid: $20 each; please indicate whether you are bidding on copy 1 (ex-library) or copy 2 (the other one)

Notes: I will mail these for free in the US but won’t mail them elsewhere (international shipping has just gotten too expensive). I will mail them within a few days of receiving the donation notification.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Dictionary Pendant

Item Name & Description:“Microscope” dictionary pendant – vintage dictionary illustration sealed with clear acrylic in a 2.5″ (4cm) diameter antique brass-toned (zinc alloy) pendant.

for Sam Haney Press' 2015 auction item with the same name.
for Sam Haney Press’ 2015 auction item with the same name.

(US quarter in image shown for scale)

Starting Bid: $15

Notes: Chain/cord not included, can add if desired – if so, please indicate length. Item will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Complete (so far) Raksura Set

Item Name & Description: Signed copies of all four current Books of the Raksura in trade paperback: The Cloud Roads, The Serpent Sea, The Siren Depths, Stories of the Raksura Vol I: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud and Stories of the Raksura Vol II: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below

Descriptions, reviews, and sample chapters are available at www.raksura.com

Reviews:

“Wells is adept at suggesting a long, complex history for her world with economy, and, while her protagonists may not be human as we understand it, they are definitely people, sympathetic figures constrained but not defeated by their environments. Longtime fans and new readers alike will enjoy Wells’s deft touch with characterization and the fantastic.”
– Publishers Weekly

Truly inventive and stunningly imaginative world building perfectly melded with vivid, engaging characters make the Books of the Raksura one of my all-time favorite science-fiction series.
– Kate Elliott

The Cloud Roads has wildly original worldbuilding, diverse and engaging characters, and a thrilling adventure plot. It’s that rarest of fantasies: fresh and surprising, with a story that doesn’t go where ten thousand others have gone before. I can’t wait for my next chance to visit the Three Worlds!
– N.K. Jemisin

Starting Bid: $20

Notes: I’ll personalize the signature for the winning bidder, and I will ship internationally. I may not have author copies of Stories of the Raksura vol II by the time the auction ends, but will have them by June, so shipping may be a little delayed.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Emilie Set

Item Name & Description: Signed trade paperback copies of Emilie and the Hollow World and Emilie and the Sky World

Reviews, descriptions, and sample chapters at www.marthawells.com/emilie.htm

Review:
A swashbuckling escape for avid readers that trades buttoned-up boundaries for unbridled adventure.
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Read it. Give it to your local twelve-year-olds. It’s made of win.”
-Liz Bourke, Sleeps With Monsters

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: I’ll personalize the signatures for the winning bidder, and I will ship internationally.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Star Wars: Razor’s Edge

Item Name & Description: A signed hardcover copy of Star Wars: Razor’s Edge

Description and sample chapters at www.marthawells.com/razorsedge.htm

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: I’ll personalize the signatures for the winning bidder and I will ship internationally.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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