Author: Yoon Ha Lee

Novel Critique (by Yoon Ha Lee)

Item Name and Description:

I will critique a complete novel of up to 120,000 words via email (.doc preferred, but I can also read RTF).  I will honor this critique anytime through the end of 2017, and return the critique to you within 60 days after receiving the manuscript.

My short fiction has appeared in Tor.com, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Uncanny Magazine, and other venues; my first novel, Ninefox Gambit, is a finalist for the Hugo and Nebula awards this year.

Starting Bid: $100

Shipping: not applicable

Other Notes: Critique returned within 60 days after receipt of manuscript.

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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SF or Fantasy Novel Critique from Yoon Ha Lee

Item Name & Description:

I will critique a science fiction or fantasy novel manuscript of up to 150,000 words. This is a general critique rather than line editing (although I am likely to mark things I catch as I go, unless you tell me you don’t want me to). I strongly prefer to read a complete work rather than the beginning chunk of a longer one.

My story “Effigy Nights” was a World Fantasy finalist for Best Short Story in 2014. My works have appeared in Tor.com, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, among other venues; my collection CONSERVATION OF SHADOWS came out from Prime Books in 2013, and my space opera novel NINEFOX GAMBIT is forthcoming from Solaris Books this June.

Starting Bid: $200.

Other Notes?

I need the manuscript within 30 days of the end of the auction (in other words, you should plan to have a complete manuscript ready). I will return the critique within 60 days of receiving the novel. I can read RTF or .doc files. I’m happy to send comments through Word’s Track Changes or in a separate email; we can also schedule a one-hour chat about your manuscript over Skype if you’d like. Time-zone-wise I’m in Louisiana, USA, CST, but my schedule is somewhat flexible.

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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Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee (signed)

Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee
Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee

Item Name & Description: one signed copy of Conservation of Shadows from Prime Books.

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: Shipping is on me anywhere on the planet.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 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 bit (or more than a bit) of sf/f, just for you!

Item Name & Description: I will write sf/f to a brief, mutually-agreed-upon prompt for you. I will do my best to accommodate any reasonable prompt, but there are some things that I can’t learn how to do fast enough; for example, strongly historical sf/f is probably out, ditto non-parodic romance. I have to warn you that I write the worst sex scenes ever, in case you were going to go there. But origami spaceships? Metaphysical guns? Anime in-jokes? No problem.

If you like, I can elaborate upon the setting or characters of one of my existing pieces of original fiction (see my website for a list), including the StoryNexus game Winterstrike (but note that I am offering static fiction, NOT a game add-on).

Your fiction will be at least 500 words long.
If bidding goes over $50, it will be at least 1,000 words long.
If bidding goes over $100, it will be at least 2,000 words long.
I will endeavor to be done by the end of March.

In the event that bidding goes over $250, it will be at least 4,000 words long. In this case, I will endeavor to be done by the end of August.

I reserve the right to seek publication for the finished work, but you will see the final draft first. (Heck, if you really want, you’ll see the actual rough draft, before I go back in to fix things. I promise my rough drafts are frequently hilariously bad, for extra entertainment.) Furthermore, 50% of the proceeds from the piece’s first sale, if it happens, will be donated to Con or Bust.

I can attempt to include a dedication to you if you want it, but not all publications will print dedications. (My observation so far is that reprint anthologies never include them.) I will, however, list a dedication on my website listing for the piece in that case (again, if you want; if you don’t want, that’s fine too).

As an example, my story “Ghostweight” [Clarkesworld], which was a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award in 2012 and was reprinted in The Year’s Best Science Fiction 29, ed. Gardner Dozois, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2012, ed. Rich Horton, was written to charibdys’s prompt “origami and consequences.” I have also written a number of pieces of flash fiction to request.

Starting Bid: $15

Notes: See above.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Korean Star Wars movie flyer from 1997

Item Name & Description: This is some kind of flyer/brochure (?) handed out when I went to see the Star Wars trilogy remake (?) in 1997 in Seoul, Korea. (Sorry, I am not a movie person.) It’s a little dinged at the edges and corners, having survived moves every few years since 1997. On the other hand, hey, how many people do you know who have a Star Wars flyer in Korean? In full color? It’s four pages (basically, a single sheet folded in half).

No translation available for the Korean, sorry. I am not fluent in the language.

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: Shipping is on me anywhere in the world. I mean, it’s basically a folded sheet.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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SF and Fantasy Workshop newsletters Feb. 1997 – Mar. 1998

Item Name & Description: SF and Fantasy Workshop newsletters, issues from Feb. 1997 to Mar. 1998. These contains articles for sf/f writers on everything from critiques to writing horses to naming characters. The market news is obviously of no more use (unless you have a historical interest, I suppose) but the articles may be fun to peruse. These are black-and-white printouts or photocopies (I’m not sure which), used, but still in readable condition.

Starting Bid: $5

Notes: Shipping is on me within the USA, but only within the USA.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Box o’ books #7

Item Name & Description: Assorted used books in condition ranging from fair to decent, for your reading bemusement.

  • French for Home Study by Charles Duff.
  • The Life and Mysterious Death of Ian Mackintosh by Robert G. Folsom–of interest to Sandbaggers fans.
  • Flowers in the Snow: The Life of Isobel Wylie Hutchison by Gwyneth Hoyle
  • Painless Writing by Jeffrey Strausser. Aimed toward middle/high schoolers writing essays, I think.
  • Shame: The Power of Caring by Gershen Kaufman. Psychology/self-help?
  • Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America by Mike Rose.
  • Sun Tzu at Gettysburg: Ancient Military Wisdom in the Modern World by Bevin Alexander.
  • The Mindful Way through Depression by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Starting Bid: $5

Notes: Shipping within the USA is on me, but I will only ship within the USA. Book boxes are heavy and international shipping has gotten too expensive.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Box o’ books #6 (big!)

Item Name & Description: Assorted fiction and nonfiction, used (reader-grade condition). If you are bored and in need of random entertainment, this is for you! Take a look at the opening bid–you could get a lot for a little!

  • Freedom Evolves by Daniel Dennett. A philosophy book on in/evitability, and one of the major inspirations for my short story “Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain” [Lightspeed].
  • The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II. This is about diet and weight loss or something.
  • Germany: 1866-1945 by Gordon A. Craig. Magisterial, but I have no more need for it.
  • Modern Chinese: A Basic Course by the Faculty of Peking University. I no longer have the cassette tapes that went with this, sorry, but I believe Dover Publications will let you order the CDs?
  • Star*Line 30.4. Speculative poetry zine issue.
  • Great Masters: Tchaikovsky–His Life and Music, taught by Prof. Robert Greenberg. From the Teaching Company. Audiobook set.
  • Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner. Hardcover, missing the jacket.
  • The Titan’s Curse. Rick Riordan.
  • Perdido Street Station by China Miéville.
  • Metamagical Themas by Douglas R. Hofstadter.
  • Claymore vol. 17 (manga, high teens for violence).
  • Planetes vol. 1 (manga).
  • Mind and Body ed. Cecilia Tan. I think this is erotica from the back cover copy, never read it.
  • The Magic of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Library discard, paperback; front cover is terribly tattered but the rest will stand up to a read if you’re curious. This is the book that made me want to run away from home and take up woodworking for about two days before sanity took hold again.
  • Blackwork by Becky Hogg (a type of embroidery, I take it).
  • Transformational Geometry by Richard G. Brown. Middle school level math text.
  • Super Finishing Techniques for Crocheters by Betty Barnden.
  • Cross Stitch Collection #191. Magazine with some beautiful patterns; I picked it up for the palomino mare and foal pattern, but in real life I will never have time to get around to this. Joan Elliott’s “Air Goddess” also looks very pretty.
  • The Italic Way to Beautiful Handwriting by Fred Eager. Whoever had this book before me wrote in some of it (mostly pencil, I think), but it should still be usable.
  • Better Homes & Gardens: Embroidery.
  • Crewelwork by Jacqui McDonald.

Starting Bid: $5. I mean it! Just think.

Notes: Shipping is on me within the USA but I will only ship within the USA. (This box being especially big and heavy doesn’t help. Yay for media mail.) International mail has just gotten too expensive.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Box o’ books #5

Item Name & Description: A box of assorted (mostly?) sf/f, used, condition worn to decent. You could get a lot of fun reading for very cheap–take a look at the starting bid!

  • Heat of Fusion and Other Stories by John M. Ford. This appears to be a library discard, with the plastic sheath and stuff. Book itself is fine as long as you’re aware of that.
  • Blue and Gold by K.J. Parker. Another library discard with the plastic sheath, etc.
  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. I suppose it was inevitable that my household would end up with spare copies of this.
  • Tales of the Slayers (graphic novel, Buffyverse).
  • A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle.
  • The Drag Queen of Elfland by Lawrence Schimel. I assume this could be adult but I have no idea; I picked it up at a con and never opened it.
  • Dragon of the Lost Sea by Lawrence Yep. I love this book but we don’t need two copies of it! Another library discard, this time a paperback.
  • Archer’s Goon by Diana Wynne Jones. Hardcover library discard with sheath and a really uninspired goon cover.

Starting Bid: $5

Notes: I will ship for free anywhere within the USA but only within the USA. Book boxes are heavy and international shipping is very expensive these days.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Box o’ books #4

Item Name & Description: Assorted used sf/f, in decent but not pristine condition (reader copies):

  • On Basilisk Station by David Weber
  • Fortress of Lies by J. Steven York (Mechwarrior: Dark Age tie-in novel)
  • Malicious Intent by Michael A. Stackpole (Battletech tie-in novel)
  • Le Monde Obscur by Henry Kuttner (a French translation of Kuttner’s The Dark World–link goes to a page where you can download the public domain English-language ebook; I love this novel, which I believe was an influence on Zelazny’s Amber, but I don’t need it in French as well)
  • Peter S. Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn Vol. 2, ed. Peter S. Beagle & Janet Berliner
  • Crossroads by Barbara Hambly (Star Trek tie-in, really wonderful and not just because it includes an alien species called the Yoons for short)

Starting Bid: $5

Notes: I will ship for free anywhere within the USA but only within the USA. Book boxes are heavy and international shipping is very expensive these days.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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