Author: Kate Nepveu

Con or Bust Newsletter for April 27, 2017

[Crossposted from Tinyletter. Get future newsletters delivered to your inbox by subscribing.]

Dear all,

Welcome back to the Con or Bust newsletter, which, approximately twice a month, updates you on Con or Bust events and deadlines and brings you news related to diversity in SFF fandom (scholarships, workshops, calls for submissions, awards, and the like). Your email address will always be kept private and you can unsubscribe at any time, at the bottom of the email.

Con or Bust News

Upcoming Deadlines

  • ASAP: request a last-minute free membership to StokerCon, April 27-30, 2017, Long Beach, CA, USA.
  • May 3, 2017: request free membership to MISTI-Con, May 18-22, 2017, Laconia, NH, USA.
  • now through May 7, 2017: bid on the auction!
  • May 15-25, 2017: request assistance to attend upcoming cons.

New Conventions

Memberships are newly available to the following cons:

Here is the full list of conventions to which memberships are available, and here is how to request a membership.

Upcoming Conventions

The following cons donated memberships to Con or Bust (or, occasionally, an individual donated memberships), and are happening now or soon, in case you’re looking for last-minute plans. Unless otherwise noted, memberships are notavailable to these cons.

  • StokerCon, April 27-30, 2017, Long Beach, CA, USA (one membership available).
  • Ice & Fire Con, April 28-30, 2017, Pembroke, VA, USA
  • MISTI-Con, May 18-22, 2017, Laconia, NH, USA (two memberships available).
  • WisCon, May 26-29, 2017, Madison, WI, USA.

Fandom News

  • The Writing in the Margins Mentor Program pairs an emerging author from a marginalized social group with an experienced editor or traditionally published author in order to work closely on preparing an unpublished manuscript to submit for publication. This program is free of charge to the emerging author. Applications open twice a year, and are currently being taken through May 1 at the program’s website.
  • The Speculative Literature Foundation is currently raising funds for the next five years of its Diverse Worlds & Diverse Writers Grants.

And finally, here is a hypnotic animated gif of an armadillo curling up (source).

Thanks for reading! See you in a couple of weeks.

Kate Nepveu

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free memberships to Worldcon 75 available now

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

Worldcon 75, 9-13 August, 2017, Helsinki, Finland. Worldcon 75 is the annual World Science Fiction Convention for 2017. Its Guests of Honor are John-Henri Holmberg, Nalo Hopkinson, Johanna Sinisalo, Claire Wendling, and Walter Jon Williams.

Newly donated by individuals are two first-time attendee and three regular attending memberships. Previously claimed: 25 attending memberships and 25 hotel room nights donated by Worldcon 75; and five memberships donated by individuals.

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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last-minute free membership: StokerCon, April 27-30, CA, USA

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following free membership is available now, first-come first-served:

StokerCon, April 27-30, 2017, Long Beach, CA, USA. StokerCon is the annual convention of The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy. This will be its second annual convention and will be held aboard the legendary (and haunted) Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. The Bram Stoker Awards (R) Banquet takes place on the evening of Saturday, April 29th. Guests of Honor include George R.R. Martin, Elizabeth Hand, Chuck Wendig, Peter Crowther, Bill Bridges, Tananarive Due, Gretchen McNeil, Becky Spratford, Stephen Graham Jones and Toastmaster Nancy Holder.

Currently available is one membership donated by an individual. Previously, StokerCon donated six memberships to Con or Bust; four were claimed by the deadline of March 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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improvements to auction comments (and action needed on email subscriptions)

Dear all,

The site is loading much faster than it did when the auction first went live! That’s the good news.

The bad news is that even after all my efforts, it was taking me well over 20 seconds to post test comments: which is flatly ridiculous. (I’m very grateful to all of you who have been commenting anyway! But obviously this is suboptimal, even though the ending of bidding is a more leisurely affair with the automatic time extension (see the footer for an explanation).)

Therefore, I have changed the commenting system, and while comment speeds are still not blazing, they are considerably improved from before. I have ideas for further improvements, but they will take more time and testing.

Unfortunately, this means that your subscriptions to new comments on this year’s auction almost certainly no longer work–the very slow system we were using won’t even let me see comment subscriptions, so I can’t test this, or migrate your subscriptions for you.

I’m very sorry about this. Here’s what I’ll do: leave a comment to this post, or email me, and at your request, I’ll either find everywhere you’ve commented on this year’s auction and re-subscribe you, or I’ll email you a list of where you commented so you can decide what to re-subscribe to on your own. This is my error in trusting that particular comment system, and you shouldn’t have to do extra work on account of it.

Thanks, everyone, and go forth and bid!

Bidding is now open and will end Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown), EXCEPT that last-minute bidding on an item will extend the bidding for that item. More information.

Did you subscribe to new comments in the first day of bidding? Please update your subscriptions.

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Bidding now open for Con or Bust’s annual auction!

Bidding is now open for Con or Bust’s annual auction, which is the main way that we raise funds for the entire next twelve months to help fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons. Bidding will end Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversionscountdown), EXCEPT that last-minute bidding on an item will extend the bidding for that item (details).

Find things to bid by browsing all 2017 auction posts, looking at the 2017 auction tags, or sorting/filtering the Google Docs index. (Later in the bidding period, I’ll update the spreadsheet with the current high bids and number of bids, to make it easier to find overlooked bargains; I’ll also eventually flag items I feel aren’t getting enough love.)

Once you find something you’d like to bid on, just leave a comment with a working email address (edit: in the email field; you don’t also have to put it in the comment text) and a bid in U.S. dollars that is higher than any previous bid. You can also subscribe to comments to get notified of later bids.

If there’s nothing that catches your eye, but you’d still like to support Con or Bust, there are several ways you can. Here’s the full list, and here is a handy PayPal donation button for your convenience (requires a PayPal account, but using this means that PayPal covers all the fees).

(If you need to use a credit card, there’s a button on the Support page; also a handy form for a recurring PayPal donation and an Amazon Smile link, among other things.)

Finally, the auction submission form is now closed; please email me to discuss if you’d like to offer, because we have only a very limited ability to add items after bidding has started.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

Bidding is now open and will end Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown), EXCEPT that last-minute bidding on an item will extend the bidding for that item. More information.

Did you subscribe to new comments in the first day of bidding? Please update your subscriptions.

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Null States by Malka Older (ARC)

Item Name and Description: An advance reading copy of Null States by Malka Older (forthcoming, September 2017). Donated by Tor Books.

Null States continues Malka Older’s Centenal Cycle, the trilogy beginning with Infomocracy

The future of democracy is about to implode.

After the last controversial global election, the global infomocracy that has ensured thirty years of world peace is fraying at the edges. As the new Supermajority government struggles to establish its legitimacy, agents of Information across the globe strive to keep the peace and maintain the flows of data that feed the new world order.

In the newly-incorporated DarFur, a governor dies in a fiery explosion. In Geneva, a superpower hatches plans to bring microdemocracy to its knees. In Central Asia, a sprawling war among archaic states threatens to explode into a global crisis. And across the world, a shadowy plot is growing, threatening to strangle Information with the reins of power.

Starting Bid: $10.

Shipping: Worldwide.

Other Notes: A copy of this is also in the 10-title Tor.com Publishing prize pack.

 

Bidding is now open and will end Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown), EXCEPT that last-minute bidding on an item will extend the bidding for that item. More information.

Did you subscribe to new comments in the first day of bidding? Please update your subscriptions.

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The Delirium Brief by Charles Stross (ARC)

Item Name and Description: an advance reading copy of The Delirium Brief by Charles Stross (forthcoming, July 2017). Donated by Tor Books.

“Smart, literate, funny.” —Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians

Someone is dead set to air the spy agency’s dirty laundry in The Delirium Brief, the next installment to Charles Stross’ Hugo Award-winning comedic dark fantasy Laundry Files series!

Bob Howard’s career in the Laundry, the secret British government agency dedicated to protecting the world from unspeakable horrors from beyond spacetime, has entailed high combat, brilliant hacking, ancient magic, and combat with indescribably repellent creatures of pure evil. It has also involved a wearying amount of paperwork and office politics, and his expense reports are still a mess.

Now, following the invasion of Yorkshire by the Host of Air and Darkness, the Laundry’s existence has become public, and Bob is being trotted out on TV to answer pointed questions about elven asylum seekers. What neither Bob nor his managers have foreseen is that their organization has earned the attention of a horror far more terrifying than any demon: a British government looking for public services to privatize.

Inch by inch, Bob Howard and his managers are forced to consider the truly unthinkable: a coup against the British government itself.

Starting Bid: $10.

Shipping: Worldwide.

Other Notes: A copy of this is also in the 10-title Tor.com Publishing prize pack.

 

Bidding is now open and will end Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown), EXCEPT that last-minute bidding on an item will extend the bidding for that item. More information.

Did you subscribe to new comments in the first day of bidding? Please update your subscriptions.

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The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi trade paperback (signed)

Item Name and Description: A signed trade paperback of The Quantum Thief by . Donated by Tor Books.

Jean le Flambeur gets up in the morning and has to kill himself before his other self can kill him first. Just another day in the Dilemma Prison. Rescued by the mysterious Mieli and her flirtatious spacecraft, Jean is taken to the Oubliette, the Moving City of Mars, where time is a currency, memories are treasures, and a moon-turned-singularity lights the night. Meanwhile, investigator Isidore Beautrelet, called in to investigate the murder of a chocolatier, finds himself on the trail of an arch-criminal, a man named le Flambeur….

Indeed, in his many lives, the entity called Jean le Flambeur has been a thief, a confidence artist, a posthuman mind-burglar, and more. His origins are shrouded in mystery, but his deeds are known throughout the Heterarchy, from breaking into the vast Zeusbrains of the Inner System to stealing rare Earth antiques from the aristocrats of Mars. In his last exploit, he managed the supreme feat of hiding the truth about himself from the one person in the solar system hardest to hide from: himself. Now he has the chance to regain himself in all his power―in exchange for finishing the one heist he never quite managed.

Hannu Rajaniemi’s The Quantum Thief is a breathtaking joyride through the solar system several centuries hence, a world of marching cities, ubiquitous public-key encryption, people who communicate via shared memory, and a race of hyper-advanced humans who originated as an MMORPG guild. But for all its wonders, The Quantum Thief is also a story powered by very human motives of betrayal, jealousy, and revenge. It is a stunning debut.

One of Library Journal’s Best SF/Fantasy Books of 2011

Starting Bid: $10.

Shipping: Worldwide.

Other Notes: This is being shipped by the publisher, so inscription to a particular person is not available.

Bidding is now open and will end Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown), EXCEPT that last-minute bidding on an item will extend the bidding for that item. More information.

Did you subscribe to new comments in the first day of bidding? Please update your subscriptions.

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Autonomous by Annalee Newitz (ARC)

Item Name and Description: An advance reading copy of Autonomous by Annalee Newitz (forthcoming, September 2017). Donated by Tor Books.

The highly anticipated science fiction debut from the founder of io9!

Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can’t otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane.

Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack’s drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understand.

And underlying it all is one fundamental question: Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned?

Starting Bid: $10.

Shipping: Worldwide.

Other Notes: none.

Bidding is now open and will end Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown), EXCEPT that last-minute bidding on an item will extend the bidding for that item. More information.

Did you subscribe to new comments in the first day of bidding? Please update your subscriptions.

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