Archive for April, 2015

The Greek Tragedies

Item Name & Description: The Lattimore & Grene / University of Chicago edition of the complete extant Greek tragedies: seven plays by Aeschylus in two volumes, seven plays by Sophocles in two volumes, and nineteen plays by Euripides in five volumes. Sophocles I (the Oedipus plays) and Aeschylus II (the non-Oresteia plays) are stated second editions, revised in the early 1990s; the others were originally published in the late 1950s.

All volumes are slim trade paperbacks, printed in the late 1990s. The spines are tight and uncracked, but the covers show some mild wear and scuffing. These copies were used in college courses: Prometheus Bound has some highlighting, Hecuba some marginal notes.

Greek Tragedies 1-4, Greek Tragedies 5-9

Greek Tragedies 1-4, Greek Tragedies 5-9

Starting Bid: $20

Notes: Shipping worldwide via Canada Post from Vancouver BC, or possibly via USPS from Seattleish if shipping to the US. Other shipping options may be available upon request.

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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Fantasies by George MacDonald

Item Name & Description: Several paperback volumes by George MacDonald, a nineteenth-century English fantasist who was a great influence on CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, and Madeleine L’Engle, among others.

Four collections of stories: The Golden Key, The Light Princess, The Gray Wolf, and The Wise Woman. The first three are mass-market-sized; The Wise Woman is trade-sized.

Penguin Classics editions of The Princess And The Goblin and The Princess And Curdie.

Tor mass-market edition of At The Back Of The North Wind, with an introduction by Nancy Springer.

All are illustrated in black-and-white, except for At The Back Of The North Wind.

For auction item Fantasies By George MacDonald

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: Shipping worldwide via Canada Post from Vancouver BC, or possibly via USPS from Seattleish if shipping to the US. Other shipping options may be available upon request.

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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Chinese & Japanese Folklore

Item Name & Description: Five trade paperbacks of Chinese and Japanese folklore:

  • Myths and Legends of China, by E.T.C. Werner. Dover edition.
  • Myths and Legends of Japan, by F. Hadland Davis. Dover edition.
  • Monkey, by Wu Ch’eng-En, translated by Arthur Waley. Vintage edition. Note that this is Waley’s abridgement of roughly thirty chapters of Journey To The West.
  • Japanese Tales and Legends, retold by Helen & William McAlpine. Oxford UP edition.
  • Japanese Tales, edited/translated by Royall Tyler. Pantheon edition.

China Japan books

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: Shipping worldwide via Canada Post from Vancouver BC, or possibly via USPS from Seattleish if shipping to the US. Other shipping options may be available upon request.

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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The Enchanted Forest Chronicles

Item Name & Description: Paperback editions of Patricia C. Wrede’s four-volume Enchanted Forest Chronicles: Dealing With Dragons, Searching For Dragons, Calling On Dragons, Talking To Dragons. (The lot sadly does not include the short story collection Book of Enchantments.)

These are the Scholastic / Point Fantasy editions from the early nineties. Spines are tight but there is some cover wear, especially on Dealing and Talking (see image).

Enchanted Forest Chronicles

Starting Bid: $5

Notes: Shipping worldwide via Canada Post from Vancouver BC, or possibly via USPS from Seattleish if shipping to the US. Other shipping options may be available upon request.

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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Short story critique

Item Name & Description: Short story critique

I will read and critique a short story of up to 7,000 words. My fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, Clarkesworld, Boston Review, Kenyon Review Online, and both Strahan and Horton’s Year’s Best anthologies. I am willing to read in almost any genre.

Starting Bid: $50

Notes: Would prefer not to read horror and explicit rape/torture scenes. I will deliver the critique within 30 days of receiving the story, which may be sent any time after July 1, 2015. (If sent prior to July, which is fine, be aware that I may not be able to respond until July 30.)

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 Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist Histories Prize pack

book coverItem Name & Description: a prize pack of all five books in Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist Histories series, along with a card game and custom stationery. Donated by Tor Books.

Specifically:

  • Trade paperbacks of the first four books (Shades of Milk and Honey, Glamour in Glass, Without a Summer, and Valour and Vanity);
  • A galley (advance copy) of the fifth, Of Noble Family (to be published April 28, 2015);
  • A copy of the Shades of Glamour card game (more info); and
  • Thirty sheets of stationery featuring the cover art from Without a Summer for your own Month of Letters campaign.

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Starting Bid: $30.

Notes: Ships anywhere.

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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Informational interview with editor Liz Gorinsky

Item Name & Description: an informational interview with editor Liz Gorinsky.

Interested in getting into publishing? Liz Gorinsky, who has been a speculative fiction editor at Tor Books for over a decade, will take you out for a coffee/tea/adult beverage and answer your questions about editorial careers, applying for jobs, and the SF field in general. It can be a tough road, but far better to embark on it informed.

Starting Bid: $20.

Notes: Please note that to claim this you must be able to get to New York or meet Liz at a convention (WisCon, ReaderCon, WorldCon, and a few others.)

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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The Doll Collection, edited by Ellen Datlow

book coverItem Name & Description: A hardcover of The Doll Collection: Seventeen Brand-New Tales of Dolls, edited by Ellen Datlow. Donated by Tor Books.

Description:

Master anthologist Ellen Datlow has assembled a list of beautiful and terrifying stories from bestselling and critically acclaimed authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Seanan McGuire, Carrie Vaughn, Pat Cadigan, Tim Lebbon, Richard Kadrey, Genevieve Valentine, and Jeffrey Ford. The collection is illustrated with photographs of dolls taken by Datlow and other devoted doll collectors from the science fiction and fantasy field. The result is a star-studded collection exploring one of the most primal fears of readers of dark fiction everywhere, and one that every reader will want to add to their own collection.

Starting Bid: $7.

Notes: Ships anywhere. It may be possible to have this book signed by Ellen Datlow; the winner, if interested, should inquire.

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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Free memberships: WisCon, Archipelacon, PiCon, & 2016 Eastercon

Reminder: Con or Bust has free memberships available now, first-come first-served, for fans of color/non-white fans who’d like to attend the following cons:

  • WisCon, May 22-25, 2015, Madison, WI, USA. WisCon is the world’s leading feminist science fiction convention. Its Guests of Honor are Alaya Dawn Johnson and Kim Stanley Robinson.

    WisCon donated six memberships and a dessert ticket to Con or Bust, (edit) which have all been claimed; and three individuals have also donated memberships, of which one remains.

  • Archipelacon, June 25-28, 2015, Mariehamn, Åland, Finland. Archipelacon is the Nordic SF & Fantasy convention (but its main language will be English). Its Guests of Honor are George R.R. Martin, Johanna Sinisalo, and Karin Tidbeck.

    Archipelacon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.

  • Pi-Con, July 31-August 2, 2015, Windsor Locks, CT, USA. Pi-Con is “the friendliest little convention in New England”; its Guest of Honor is Tanya Huff and its Guest of Awesome is Vikki Ciaffone.

    Pi-Con has donated six memberships to Con or Bust.

And for those who like to plan ahead, add the 2016 Eastercon, Mancunicon (25-28 March 2016, Manchester, UK), to your list! Its Guests are Aliette de Bodard, Dave Clements, Ian McDonald and Sarah Pinborough, and it has donated three memberships to Con or Bust. These will be available in the next request period (May 15-25).

Find out how to claim these at the Request Assistance page, and please spread the word!

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, signed by translator Ken Liu

book coverItem Name & Description: Hardcover of The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by award winning author Ken Liu. This copy is signed by the translator. Donated by Tor Books.

Description:

The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple award winning phenomenon from China’s most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin. Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.

The Three-Body Problem received starred reviews from both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly; NPR called it “a science-fiction epic of the most profound kind.” (Edit April 16: it is now nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novel.)

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: ships anywhere.

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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