Author: Kate Nepveu

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch (signed limited edition)

Item Name and Description: a signed copy of the limited numbered edition of The Furthest Station, a Rivers of London novella by Ben Aaronovitch, forthcoming, June 2017, from Subterranean Press. Donated by the author.

There have been ghosts on the London Underground, sad, harmless spectres whose presence does little more than give a frisson to travelling and boost tourism. But now there’s a rash of sightings on the Metropolitan Line and these ghosts are frightening, aggressive and seem to be looking for something.

Enter PC Peter Grant junior member of the Metropolitan Police’s Special Assessment unit a.k.a. The Folly a.k.a. the only police officers whose official duties include ghost hunting. Together with Jaget Kumar, his counterpart at the British Transport Police, he must brave the terrifying the crush of London’s rush hour to find the source of the ghosts.

Joined by Peter’s wannabe wizard cousin, a preschool river god and Toby the ghost hunting dog their investigation takes a darker tone as they realise that a real person’s life might just be on the line.

And time is running out to save them.

Starting Bid: $15.

Shipping: worldwide.

Other Notes: Shipped by the author, and therefore personalization is available.

 

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Disability sensitivity read by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Item Name and Description: a disability sensitivity read of your novella (or novel, if the bidding goes high enough) by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry,  Assistant Editrix at Fireside Magazine.

With a BA in Theater & History, and an MA in Women’s History, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is a unique professional working as a writer, editor, historian and theatre professional. Through her education and experience, she can provide services as a writer, editor, dramaturge, public speaker and disability consultant. She was an Industry Insider Guest of Honor at GenCon 2015, and an ENNie Winner 2016 for her work in DRACULA DOSSIER. Her piece “Seeking Truth” was mentioned in the starred review for UPSIDE DOWN in Publishers Weekly.

Elsa will read a work of genre fiction (scifi, fantasy, horror, or romance). No projects in which the disabled person is being victimized because of their disability.

Starting Bid: $200 (for a novella; if bidding reaches $250, the winner may choose to have a novel read instead).

Shipping: n/a.

Other Notes: It will take 4-6 weeks for a response.

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new free memberships: MISTI-Con (May 18-22, NH, USA)

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

MISTI-Con, May 18-22, 2017, Laconia, NH, USA. MISTI-Con is a Harry Potter fan convention sponsored by The Group That Shall Not Be Named (HP-NYC), in cooperation with the Margate Hotel in Laconia, New Hampshire. The third MISTI-Con, MISTI-Con 2017 will be held in May of 2017. Designed to fill the need for smaller, more intimate HP conventions, MISTI-Con will transform the Margate into an immersive magical experience. Its theme for 2017 is Coming Home.

An individual has donated two memberships to MISTI-Con, to be claimed by May 3, 2017.

To learn how to request a membership, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

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reminder: request free memberships to Ice & Fire Con by April 20 (tomorrow)

Fans of color/non-white fans: a reminder that the following memberships are available, first-come first-served, by tomorrow, Thursday, April 20:

Ice & Fire Con, April 28-30, 2017, Pembroke, VA, USA. Ice & Fire Con is a convention themed around George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Ice & Fire Con has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by April 20, 2017. Note that attendees must be 18 years or older.

To learn how to request a membership, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

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