Archive for April, 2015

Audiobook of Wheel of the Infinite

Item Name & Description: Audio CD set of the book Wheel of the Infinite by Martha Wells, read by Lisa Reneé Pitts

For description, reviews, see www.marthawells.com/wheel.htm and for a description and sample of the audio CDs, see Tantor Audio

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: 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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Amulet Poem

Item Name & Description: I’ll write you an amulet poem to draw something toward you, push something away from you or help you accomplish a task. If you win, you’ll tell me what you want the amulet to do and where to send it, and I’ll write it and make a wearable or portable fabric carrying case for it, about 1″ x 1″ x 2″.

Starting Bid: $5.00

Notes: The amulet can’t affect the physical world. Please allow two weeks from the date of request for me to make and send it.

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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Manuscript Critique

Manuscript Critique (10K or less)

I am one of the Editors-in-Chief and co-Publishers of Uncanny Magazine. I will provide a personal critique of a manuscript up to 10K words, either via email or Google Hangout/Skype (your choice). Either a short story or first few chapters of a novel (please include synopsis of rest of novel if that’s what you’re submitting).

Starting Bid: $100

Notes: I will provide this critique in a timely manner, as negotiated with the auction winner.

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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Tales of the Golden City Set

Item Name & Description: Set of all three Tales of the Golden City novels, signed.

Descriptions can be found here.

The Golden City #1 The Golden City #2 The Golden City #3

Starting Bid: $20

Notes: Cannot deliver third book until July. If in US, will mail separately. If international, will hold to mail all at once.

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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Handmade geeky soap

Item Name & Description: Three bars of handmade soap, named for three of my favourite filk songs: No Hurry by Vixy & Tony, Wicked Girls Saving Ourselves by Seanan McGuire, and Lady Vagabond by SJ Tucker.

(click on the pics for ingredients and stuff)

Starting Bid: $5

Notes: Shipping within the US only, alas.

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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Jewelry for the discerning gentleperson

Item Name & Description: One item of jewelry.

Examples of past projects may be found here.

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: Please let me know if you have color preferences. I can definitely make brooches, necklaces, bracelets, or cufflinks, other items may be available depending on difficulty. If outside US or Canada, you may have to pitch in for shipping.

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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Print from Fallen London comic

Item Name & Description: A signed and framed print of one page from the Fallen London comic A Pinch of Snuff, donated by Failbetter Games.

This comic was created by Paul Arendt and Chris Gardiner. It has never been available in print form and the lot in question is one of a unique set that was printed for Failbetter Games. The page is the second-to-last, “…there are always more monsters.”

Starting Bid: $15.

Notes: Ships worldwide.

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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Signed Map of Sunless Sea‘s Unterzee

Item Name & Description: A signed, high quality, matt-laminated A2 poster (that’s 16.5 x 23.4 inches, for the USians) featuring a map of the Unterzee from the game Sunless Sea, donated by Failbetter Games.

These Unterzee maps were only available to Kickstarter backers of Sunless Sea, and Failbetter Games have barely a handful left. It will be signed by the team and delivered rolled.

Map of the Unterzee; click to see full size
Map of the Unterzee; click to see full size

Starting Bid: $15.

Notes: Ships worldwide.

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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Wheel of Time ebook cover art prints

Item Name & Description: one of three 14″x16″ prints (image size 12″x12″) of a Wheel of Time ebook cover image, your choice, donated by Tor.com. These prints are not available for sale.

These covers were originally commissioned for the ebooks of the series; some have since been used for the trade paperback reissues, and the Memory of Light painting was also used for the hardcover release. Below, you can see some of the images and how they are laid out as a print (click to enlarge). You can see all the covers but AMoL at Tor.com, and see how Michael Whelan’s cover is cropped for the ebook cover of AMoL at Macmillan.

examples of Wheel of Time cover art prints; click to enlarge

Starting Bid: $15. Three prints available, top three bidders win; consecutive bids must still increase.

Notes: will ship anywhere.

(And yes, I still have The Shadow Rising hanging in my living room, and it still looks awesome.)

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About WorldCon memberships and Hugo voting

In response to this year’s Hugo nominations [*], a few people have inquired on Twitter whether Con or Bust would consider funding supporting (that is, voting but not attending) memberships to WorldCons, or whether Sasqaun (this year’s WorldCon) might consider donating money from supporting memberships to Con or Bust. I am grateful for people’s confidence in Con or Bust, but must decline both suggestions, for the reasons I will put behind a “Read more” cut, so I don’t have to try and break it down to 140-character chunks.

Con or Bust remains committed to helping non-white fans/fans of color attend SFF cons, including Sasquan; here are ways to support that goal, including Con or Bust’s annual auction, which is accepting offers now. In addition, Con or Bust is still looking for a transferred attending membership to Sasquan; please email knepveu@steelypips.org if you have one available. (Edit April 15: a membership has been obtained, thank you, donor.)

Edit: Supporting memberships are now being sponsored by many people and organizations; if this is a thing that interests you, Mary Robinette Kowal has details.

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