Archive for May, 2016

Assorted Feminist SF/F (books)

Item Name & Description: Memories and Visions: Women’s Science Fiction and Fantasy, Tales of Magical Realism by Women: Dreams in a Minor Key and The Women Who Walk Through Fire: Women’s Fantasy and Science Fiction, Vol. 2, all edited by Susanna Sturgis; 3 out of print feminist sf/f anthologies including stories by Lucy Sussex, Eleanor Arnason, Rachel Pollack, Kathleen de Azevedo, L. Timmel Duchamp and others.

Flying Cups & Saucers: Gender Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy,edited by Debbie Notkin and the Secret Feminist Cabal; Anthology of Tiptree Award-winning short fiction, including works by Ursula Le Guin, Delia Sherman, Carol Emshwiller, Kelley Eskridge and others

Larque on the Wing by Nancy Springer: Novel; Larque Harootunian is having a mid-life crisis. But Larque, wife, mother and painter isn’t like most 40-year-olds. All her life she’s been generating “doppelgangers,” psychic manifestations of her thoughts that can impact and, as she suddenly realizes, impede, the reality of her own life. She embarks on a journey of self-exploration that culminates in her transformation–a common occurrence in this world–into an attractive gay man. In the end, she must weigh the attractions of this existence against the good aspects of her actual life. A 1995 James Tiptree Award winner.

Starting Bid: $10

Shipping: Ship to U.S. and Canada.

Other Notes? Books will be shipped to winner on 6/11/16.

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Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 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 Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold (signed)

Item Name & Description: A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold; Hardcover, signed first edition.

Starting Bid: $5.

Shipping: U.S. and Canada

Other Notes? Book will be sent to winner by 6/11/16.

Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips

Item Name & Description: James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips; Biography of the writer James Tiptree, Jr., hardcover, 1st edition

Starting Bid: $5

Shipping: U.S. and Canada

Other Notes? Item will be shipped to auction winner on 6/11/16

Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Auction offers being accepted now; free con memberships

Hi everyone! I’m slowly digging out from being away for a week, so two reminders.

First: Con or Bust’s online auction is currently accepting offers. What’s more, this year items need to be submitted by May 24, so don’t wait! Find out more about offering things for auction at the main auction information page, or go right to the Submit an Auction form. (I’ve got a bunch of great offers queued up, and more to come. Keep an eye out!) Bidding starts on May 25.

Second: many, many con memberships are now available or will soon be available. Above the jump, I will list the new ones, which will be available during the next request-assistance period of May 27-June 6, 2016; below the jump, I will list all ones available right this very minute. Check out the Request Assistance page for more information on how to request these memberships.

New memberships to be available May 27-June 6, 2016

  • Windycon, November 11-13, 2016, Lombard, IL, USA. Windycon is Chicagoland’s oldest science fiction convention. Its Guests are: Author Guest of Honor: Adam Selzer; Artist Guest of Honor: Art Baltazar; Costuming Guest of Honor: Nerd Circus; Music Guest of Honor: Ookla the Mok; Fan Guests of Honor: Doc & Anne Passovoy; and Toastmaster: Tanya Huff.

    Individuals have donated two memberships to Windycon.

  • ConFusion, January 19th -22nd, 2017, Novi, MI, USA. ConFusion is the longest-running fan-run sf/f convention in Michigan and a premier event for publishing professionals and fans alike.

    ConFusion has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by December 31, 2016.

  • Capricon, February 16-19, 2017, Wheeling, IL, USA. Capricon’s Author Guest of Honor is Beth Revis; Artist Guest of Honor is Nilah Magruder; and Fan Guest of Honor is Meg Frank.

    Individuals have donated four memberships to Capricon.

Memberships available now, first-come first-serve
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The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells (signed hardcover)

book coverItem Name & Description: A signed hardcover copy of The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells, the latest novel in The Books of the Raksura series.

Starting Bid: $15

Shipping: Worldwide

Other Notes? See a first chapter excerpt, description, and other information here.

Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 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 the Infinite by Martha Wells (audiobook)

coverItem Name & Description: An audiobook CD set of Wheel of the Infinite by Martha Wells, narrated by Lisa Reneé Pitts.

Starting Bid: $25.00

Shipping: Worldwide

Other Notes? First chapter excerpt, description, and other information available here; and on the audio version here.

Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Stories of the Raksura Two Volume Set by Martha Wells (trade paper)

Item Name & Description: One signed copy of Stories of the Raksura I: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud and one signed copy of Stories of the Raksura II: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below by Martha Wells, in trade paperback.

Starting Bid: $20.00

Shipping: Worldwide

Other Notes? Excerpts and descriptions are available here for volume one and here for volume two.

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Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 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 or Novel Opening Critique from Fran Wilde

Item Name & Description: Short Story or Novel Opening Critique from Fran Wilde

I’ll provide feedback on a 5k short story, or 5k of a novel first chapter/opening.

My short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Asimov’s, Uncanny, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, and Tor.com. My second novel from Tor, CLOUDBOUND, comes out this September. The first, UPDRAFT, debuted in September 2015.

Starting Bid: 50

Other Notes? Details to be worked out with critique auction winner.

Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 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 copy of ARCHIVIST WASP by Nicole Kornher-Stace

book coverItem Name & Description: Signed copy of Norton-nominated novel ARCHIVIST WASP by Nicole Kornher-Stace (Big Mouth House/Small Beer Press, 2015).

Wasp’s job is simple. Hunt ghosts. And every year she has to fight to remain Archivist. Desperate and alone, she strikes a bargain with the ghost of a supersoldier. She will go with him on his underworld hunt for the long-long ghost of his partner and in exchange she will find out more about his pre-apocalyptic world than any Archivist before her. And there is much to know. After all, Archivists are marked from birth to do the holy work of a goddess. They’re chosen. They’re special. Or so they’ve been told for four hundred years.

Norton Award finalist
Kirkus starred review
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults 2016
Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books of 2015
Book Riot Best of 2015
Buzzfeed 32 Best Fantasy Novels of 2015
ABC Best Books for Young Readers
Los Angeles Times Summer Reading
Locus Recommended Reading

“A ravishing, profane, and bittersweet post-apocalyptic bildungsroman transcends genre into myth … Difficult, provocative, and unforgettable—the most dangerous kind of fiction.” (Kirkus, starred review)

“With understated skill, Archivist Wasp twists myth, fantasy and science fiction into a resonant tale of erasure and absence — and an aching reminder that regaining what has been lost isn’t always the answer.” (NPR)

“Young adults will be able to relate to Wasp’s inner turmoil and her battle to understand a world full of inexplicable hatred and violence. The fast pace and graphic action will draw in reluctant readers. VERDICT: A must-have for dystopian fans who prefer to avoid love stories and pat endings.” (School Library Journal)

“I don’t even know where to begin telling you how much this book rocks. I loved many, MANY books this year but this one is maybe the one I wish to hand-sell the most … a story about agency, freedom and revolution. All of sudden, this book Mad-Max-Fury-Roaded me, like a boss. SO! Incredible characters – fleshed-out, human, complicated: check. Beautiful writing: check. Plot that develops like it was written for me: check. A cool mixture of Fantasy and Science Fiction, because ghosts but also super-soldiers: check and check. Reminiscent of everything I love but completely its own thing, a SF YA like I haven’t read in a while, Archivist Wasp is a book I will treasure.” (The Book Smugglers)

“In the past few years, there’ve been a handful of books I count it a privilege to have read … Nicole Kornher-Stace’s Archivist Wasp has added itself to that list.” (Tor.com)

More reviews here.

Starting Bid: $10

Shipping: ships wherever!

Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Con or Bust, Inc., Is Officially a Tax-Exempt Organization

I’m delighted to announce that the Internal Revenue Service has determined that Con or Bust, Inc., is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, which means that donations to Con or Bust are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Here’s the determination letter; the IRS’s online database updates monthly, so we’re not in it yet, but in a couple weeks you can search for our name or our EIN, which is 81-2141738.

Con or Bust does its utmost to minimize its ongoing administrative expenses and to pass as much of every donation as possible on to fans of color/non-white fans to help them attend SFF cons. It is entirely funded by donations, either made directly or through its annual online auction. If you’re in a position to donate, that would be extremely welcome (especially since, though I hate to say it, it cost $510 in fees to New York State and the IRS to incorporate and apply for tax-exempt status). Or perhaps consider offering something in this year’s auction–accepting items now through May 24!

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