Author: Kate Nepveu

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.

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Con or Bust Newsletter for April 18, 2017

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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

New Conventions

The following cons have recently donated memberships to Con or Bust:

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.
  • Ice & Fire Con, April 28-30, 2017, Pembroke, VA, USA (two memberships available by April 20).
  • WisCon, May 26-29, 2017, Madison, WI, USA.

Other News

  • As mentioned in the deadlines section, Con or Bust is accepting items for auction now through Sunday, April 23. Bidding will run from April 24 through May 7. This is Con or Bust’s principal fundraiser for the entire year, so please consider offering something for auction, bidding, or spreading the word.

Fandom News

  • Anathema has published its first issue; it is a free, online tri-annual magazine publishing speculative fiction (SF/F/H, the weird, slipstream, surrealism, fabulism, and more) by queer people of colour on every range of the LGBTQIA spectrum.
  • The African Speculative Fiction Society has announced the short list nominees for the 2017 Nommo Awards, awarded to speculative fiction published in 2015 or 2016 by Africans. The awards will be announced and presented at the Aké Festival in Nigeria in November 2017.
  • Cat Rambo has increased the number of Plunkett scholarship slots for her online classes, with three now available for each, “the third of which is specifically reserved for QUILTBAG and POC applicants.”

And finally, here is a cute picture of a sea otter.

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

Kate Nepveu

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new free memberships: GeekGirlCon

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

GeekGirlCon, September 30 & October 1, 2017, Seattle, WA, USA. GeekGirlCon celebrates and honors the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design by connecting geeky women world-wide and creating community to foster continued growth of women in geek culture through events.

GeekGirlCon has donated ten passes to Con or Bust.

To learn how to request memberships, 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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Fonda Lee’s JADE CITY (signed galley)

Item Name and Description: a signed galley (advance reading copy) of Fonda Lee’s JADE CITY, forthcoming, November 2017, donated by Orbit.

JADE CITY is a gripping Godfather-esque saga of intergenerational blood feuds, vicious politics, magic, and kungfu.

The Kaul family is one of two crime syndicates that control the island of Kekon. It’s the only place in the world that produces rare magical jade, which grants those with the right training and heritage superhuman abilities.

The Green Bone clans of honorable jade-wearing warriors once protected the island from foreign invasion–but nowadays, in a bustling post-war metropolis full of fast cars and foreign money, Green Bone families like the Kauls are primarily involved in commerce, construction, and the everyday upkeep of the districts under their protection.

When the simmering tension between the Kauls and their greatest rivals erupts into open violence in the streets, the outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones and the future of Kekon itself.

Starting Bid: $10.

Shipping: to the United States and Canada only, because of publishing rights.

Other Notes: this will be delivered at a later date, as Orbit doesn’t have the galleys yet.

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.

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Tor.com Publishing prize pack of 10 titles

Item Name and Description: one of three prize packs from Tor.com Publishing, containing the following ten titles, some of which have not been released yet:

  1. Infomocracy by Malka Older
  2. Null States by Malka Older (ARC; forthcoming, September 2017)
  3. River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
  4. The Delirium Brief by Charles Stross (ARC; forthcoming, July 2017)
  5. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  6. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (ARC; forthcoming, June 2017)
  7. Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman
  8. Agents of Dreamland by Caitlin Kiernan
  9. Fortress at the End of Time by Joe M. McDermott
  10. Standard Hollywood Depravity by Adam Christopher

Cover copy and cover images behind the read more.

Starting Bid: $40.

Shipping: Worldwide.

Other Notes: Three sets available; top three bids win. Consecutive bids must still increase.

Edit: single copies of Null States and The Delirium Brief have also been donated by Tor Books, if you’re interested in those specifically and don’t want to bid on all ten titles.

Read More →

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Dead Set by Richard Kadrey (signed first edition)

Item Name and Description: a signed first edition, first printing of Richard Kadrey’s Dead Set. Donated by Harper Voyager.

The New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim series delivers a wonderful stand-alone dark fantasy in which a young girl is caught between the worlds of the living and the dead.

After her father’s funeral, Zoe moved to the big city with her mother to start over. But change always brings trials, and life in the city is not so easy. Money is tight, and Zoe’s only escape, as has always been the case, is in her dreams—a world apart from her troubled real life where she can spend time with her closest companion: her lost brother, Valentine.

But something or someone has entered their dreamworld uninvited. And a chance encounter at a used record store, where the vinyl holds not music but lost souls, has opened up a portal to the world of the restless dead. It’s here that the shop’s strange proprietor offers Zoe the chance to commune with her dead father. The price? A lock of hair. Then a tooth. Then . . .

Starting Bid: $20.

Shipping: Donated by Harper Voyager, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore if shipping costs will exceed $5, I will ask for a donation of the difference; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate costs.

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.

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The System of the World by Neal Stephenson (signed first edition)

Item Name and Description: a signed first edition, first printing of The System of the World by Neal Stephenson, volume three of the Baroque Cycle. Donated by Harper Voyager.

Starting Bid: $25.

Shipping: Donated by Harper Voyager, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore if shipping costs will exceed $5, I will ask for a donation of the difference; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate costs.

Other Notes: The photos are from last year, because Harper Voyager sent me a giant box of books; but an unsold copy with the same details exists, I promise.

 

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Isaac Asimov’s Gold (lettered limited edition)

Item Name and Description:  a slipcased, lettered (“L”) limited edition of Gold by Isaac Asimov. Donated by Harper Voyager.

Gold is a collection of Asimov’s stories and essays; the title story won a Hugo Award for Best Novelette. This limited lettered edition was published by Harper Prism in 1995, and is still shrink-wrapped (this highly-reflective picture of “H” is from last year, because somehow every picture I tried to take this year of “L” was even worse).

Starting Bid: $50.

Shipping: Donated by Harper Voyager, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore if shipping costs will exceed $5, I will ask for a donation of the difference; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate costs.

Other Notes: None.

 

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Wheel of Time ebook cover art prints

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

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 (scroll down), and see how Michael Whelan’s cover is cropped for the ebook cover of AMoL at Macmillan.

Starting Bid: $25.

Shipping: Worldwide.

Other Notes: Three available; top three bids win. Consecutive bids must still increase.

 

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.

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new free memberships: Sirens (CO, USA); Imaginarium (KY, USA)

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

Imaginarium Convention, October 6-8, 2017, Louisville, KY, USA. Imaginarium is a unique all-genre creative writing convention. Its 2017 Guest of Honor is John Gilstrap.

Apex Magazine has donated one Imaginarium membership to Con or Bust, to be claimed during pre-registration.


Sirens, October 26-29, 2017, Vail, CO, USA. Sirens is a conference dedicated to the diverse, remarkable women of fantasy literature: readers, authors, scholars, librarians, educators, publishing professionals, and characters. Its 2016 theme is women who work magic, and its guests of honor are Zoraida Córdova, N. K. Jemisin, and Victoria Schwab.

Sirens has donated three scholarships to Con or Bust (one remains available), which include a full registration to Sirens and a Sirens Shuttle ticket. The registration gives attendees access to everything from Thursday afternoon to Sunday, including all Guest of Honor keynote addresses and accompanying meals. The shuttle ticket covers ground transportation to and from the Denver airport to the Hotel Talisa (more info, including schedule). The scholarships do not include tickets to the pre-conference events of the Sirens Studio and Sirens Supper; transportation to Denver; or hotel costs. These should be claimed by September 23, 2017.


To learn how to request memberships, see the Request Assistance page (this also provides information on requesting monetary assistance during May 15-25). 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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