Author: Kate Nepveu

Con or Bust is looking for donated WorldCon memberships

Con or Bust is looking for at least one donated attending membership to WorldCon 75. If you have one that you will be unable to use, and would like to transfer it to Con or Bust to be donated to a fan of color/non-white fan, please drop an email to katenepveu@con-or-bust.org, and I will arrange the transfer.

(If there’s more than one person out there, we can arrange to offer your membership for a certain period of time, after which you can reclaim possession of it to sell or otherwise dispose of. But demand for donated memberships to WorldCons generally, and WorldCons outside North America specifically, is always pretty high, for what that’s worth.)

Thanks, and please spread the word!

Edit: one kind person has offered a membership, so that’s the immediate need met, but as I said above, there will almost certainly be more demand!

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Auction reminder and update

First: a reminder that Con or Bust is accepting items for auction now through Sunday, April 23. This is the main way we raise funds to help fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons, so please consider offering something or spreading the word. You can find more information about how to offer at the Auction Information page, and submit something at the web form.

Second: if you’ve submitted something before today and you haven’t received an email telling you it was posted, please check the site to see if it’s up. With one exception that the donor and I have already discussed, everything I’ve received has been posted, and I believe confirmation emails went to everyone too. But I just learned that our recent website glitches extended to eating at least two auction submissions, to my great joy and delight, so please check.

Third: Con or Bust will be moving webhosts in the next day or so. From now until we’re​ all set up, auction submissions will be taken through a trusty Google Form (embedded at the old URL). This will cause a delay in your post being published, but should mean no lost data.

I’m incredibly sorry for the technical difficulties, and look forward to reporting back that they’re solved. Thanks so much.

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new free memberships: NorthAmeriCon ’17 (the 2017 NASFiC)

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

NorthAmeriCon ’17, July 6-9, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA. NorthAmeriCon is the North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC), which is held only in years when the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) is held outside of North America. Its Guests of Honor are Daína Chaviano, Tobias S. Buckell, Brother Guy Consolmagno S.J., Javier Grillo-Marxuach, George Perez, and Paula Smith.

NorthAmeriCon has donated five memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by June 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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free memberships: CONvergence, TGIF/F, Nine Worlds

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

TGIF/F, April 7-9, 2017, Los Angeles, CA, USA. TGIF/F is a multi-fandom femslash convention designed to bring together various fan communities to build connections, encourage discussion, and create art; its programming includes panels on SFF genre works, fantasy, video games, and more topics of SFF interest.

TGIF/F has donated five passes to Con or Bust, to be claimed by April 6, 2017 (tomorrow!).


(new!) CONvergence, July 6-9, 2017, Bloomington, MN, USA. CONvergence 2017: To Infinity & Beyond is a celebration of all things space opera. Its Guests of Honor are Lois McMaster Bujold, Kristopher Carter, Norman Cates, Eric Chu, Tracee Lee Cocco, Naomi Kritzer, Seanan McGuire, Jai Nitz, and Ian Truitner.

CONvergence has donated four memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by May 20, 2017.


Nine Worlds, 4-6 August 2017, London, England, UK. Nine Worlds is a geekfest, or a multi media, multi-genre residential pop culture convention.

Nine Worlds has donated twenty tickets to Con or Bust. Anyone who requests a membership by the end of Thursday, April 6 (also tomorrow!) will be emailed the booking link for the convention hotel that Saturday (more information). Eighteen tickets remain available.


There are lots more memberships available; these are just the newest or the ones with the closest deadlines. For the full list of cons, see the Upcoming Cons page. To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. Thanks, and please spread the word!

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Mira Grant’s INTO THE DROWNING DEEP (signed galley)

Item Name and Description: a signed galley (advance reading copy) of Mira Grant’s INTO THE DROWNING DEEP, forthcoming, November 2017, donated by Orbit.

Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.

Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves.

But the secrets of the deep come with a price.

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. Optional personalization available.

 

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Ann Leckie’s PROVENANCE (signed galley)

Item Name and Description: a signed galley (advance reading copy) of Ann Leckie’s PROVENANCE, forthcoming, October 2017, donated by Orbit.

A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned.

Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating intergalactic conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray’s future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good.

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. Optional personalization available.

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N.K. Jemisin’s THE STONE SKY (signed galley)

Item Name and Description: a signed galley (advance reading copy) of N.K. Jemisin’s THE STONE SKY, forthcoming, August 15, 2017, donated by Orbit.

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS… FOR THE LAST TIME.

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.

Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe.

For Nassun, her mother’s mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.

The remarkable conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed trilogy that began with the multi-award-nominated The Fifth Season.

Starting Bid: $7.

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

Other Notes: Optional personalization available.

 

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BLACK WOLVES by Kate Elliott (signed)

Item Name and Description: a signed paperback of BLACK WOLVES by Kate Elliott, donated by Orbit.

An exiled captain returns to help the son of the king who died under his protection in this rich and multi-layered first book in an action-packed new series.

Twenty two years have passed since Kellas, once Captain of the legendary Black Wolves, lost his King and with him his honor. With the King murdered and the Black Wolves disbanded, Kellas lives as an exile far from the palace he once guarded with his life.

Until Marshal Dannarah, sister to the dead King, comes to him with a plea-rejoin the palace guard and save her nephew, King Jehosh, before he meets his father’s fate.

Combining the best of Shogun and Vikings, Black Wolves is an unmissable treat for epic fantasy lovers everywhere.

Starting Bid: $7.

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

Other Notes: Optional personalization available.

 

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K.B. Wagers’s BEHIND THE THRONE and AFTER THE CROWN (signed)

Item Name and Description: a set of signed paperbacks of K.B. Wagers’s BEHIND THE THRONE and AFTER THE CROWN, the first two books in the Indranan War trilogy, donated by Orbit.

BEHIND THE THRONE:

Hail Bristol has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan Empire.

When she is dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir, she finds that trading her ship for a palace is her most dangerous move yet.

AFTER THE CROWN:

Former gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to fill her rightful position in the palace. With her sisters and parents murdered, the Indranan empire is on the brink of war. Hail must quickly make alliances with nearby worlds if she has any hope of surviving her rule.

When peace talks turn violent and Hail realizes she’s been betrayed, she must rely on her old gunrunning ways to get out of trouble. With help from an old boss and some surprising new allies, she must risk everything to save her world.

Starting Bid: $10.

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

Other Notes: Optional personalization available.

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Lila Bowen’s WAKE OF VULTURES and CONSPIRACY OF RAVENS (signed)

Item Name and Description: a signed set of Lila Bowen’s WAKE OF VULTURES and CONSPIRACY OF RAVENS, the first two books in the Shadow series — plus swag! — donated by Orbit.

WAKE OF VULTURES:

Nettie Lonesome dreams of a greater life than toiling as a slave in the sandy desert. But when a stranger attacks her, Nettie wins more than the fight.

Now she’s got friends, a good horse, and a better gun. But if she can’t kill the thing haunting her nightmares and stealing children across the prairie, she’ll lose it all — and never find out what happened to her real family.

CONSPIRACY OF RAVENS:

Nettie Lonesome made a leap — not knowing what she’d become. But now her destiny as the Shadow is calling.

A powerful alchemist is leaving a trail of dead across the prairie. And Nettie must face the ultimate challenge: side with her friends and the badge on her chest or take off alone on a dangerous mission that is pulling her inexorably toward the fight of her life.

When it comes to monsters and men, the world isn’t black and white. What good are two wings and a gun when your enemy can command a conspiracy of ravens?

Starting Bid: $10.

Shippingto the United States and Canada only, because of publishing rights.

Other Notes: WAKE will be in paperback; the winner can choose whether to receive a hardcover of CONSPIRACY or to wait for the forthcoming paperback for a matched set. Optional personalization available.

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