Category: 2014 Auction

Signed Copy of The Apocalypse Ocean, Limited Edition Hardcover

Item Name & Description: One Copy of The Apocalypse Ocean, Limited Edition Hardcover (signed and personalized how you wish)

Starting bid: $5

Notes: This is one of the 200-copy limited edition print run created for the 2011 Kickstarter. It’s the 4th Xenowealth novel (comes after Crystal Rain, Ragamuffin, and Sly Mongoose). Once bidding is finished, I’ll mail it out anywhere in the world and sign it however you wish (within reason, right?)

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


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steel bauble necklace

Item Name & Description: made in India and donated by a friend of Con or Bust, a steel bauble necklace on a 32 inch chain, quite light and delicate.

Pictured here against the traditional background of my dining room table; click to enlarge.

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Starting Bid: $5.

Notes: It’s light, I’ll ship it anywhere.

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Knit bookmarks

Item Name & Description: One pair of knit bookmarks in very fine, 100% cotton, yarn. They have been lightly stiffened with starch, but will soften with handling and use. The white bookmark measures 8 inches by 1.5 inches. The green bookmark measures 7 inches by 1.5 inches and is more of a pale sage green than it shows in the image.

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Starting Bid: $5

Notes: I am happy to ship internationally, but I won’t be able to get this in the mail until early March.

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Knit Scarf

Item Name & Description: One knit scarf. This scarf is more of a decorative accessory than something to keep you warm in the winter. It is knit from a wonderfully textured cotton blend yarn that is much more of a dusty blue with sage and purple highlights than it looks like in the image.

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Starting Bid:$10

Notes: I am happy to ship internationally, but I won’t be able to get this in the mail until early March.

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Knit Infinity Cowl

Item Name & Description: One infinity cowl – this cowl was knit on both sides at the same time to make it a true, seamless, infinity loop. The fiber is a wool or wool blend and is very light, stretchy, and warm. The colors are much more bright and cheerful than the images give them credit for.

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Starting Bid: $10

Notes: I am happy to ship internationally, but I won’t be able to get it into the mail until early March.

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ARC of Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal (plus custom stationery)

Valour and Vanity cover
Valour and Vanity cover
Item Name & Description: advance reading copy of Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal, plus 15 pages of custom stationery, donated by Tor Books.

Description:

Valour in Vanity is a Regency version of a heist movie with a healthy dose of magic sprinkled in.

After Melody’s wedding, the Ellsworths and Vincents accompany the young couple on the their tour of the continent. Jane and Vincent plan to separate from the party and travel to Murano to study with glassblowers there, but their ship is set upon by Barbary corsairs while en route. It is their good fortune that they are not enslaved, but they lose everything to the pirates and arrive in Murano destitute.
Fortunately, one of the gentlemen from the ship is a local banker and arranges for a line of credit and a place to live. Relieved, the Vincents begin the work for which they have come to Italy.

All is proceeding apace until a solicitor arrives at their house and charges them with illegal trespass. Jane and Vincent produce letters from their banking friend, but they are all forgeries, and worse, he has used their forged letters to clean out their funds in England. Now, Jane and Vincent owe money to a number of people in town and are forbidden from travel. They manage to find some small work, but it is obvious to both of them that this path will not maintain them for long.

Instead, Vincent hatches a reckless plan to get their money back. The ensuing adventure is a glorious envisioning of all the best parts of heist narratives, but in a Regency setting with magic.

This book will be published on April 29, 2014. The ARC is pictured below with the custom stationery (click to enlarge):

ARC and stationery
ARC and stationery

Starting Bid: $25.

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Johnny Hiro: Half-Asian, All Hero & Johnny Hiro: Skills to Pay the Bills by Fred Chao

Item Name & Description: Johnny Hiro: Half-Asian, All Hero & Johnny Hiro: Skills to Pay the Bills by Fred Chao (two volumes), donated by Tor Books.

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Cover of Half-Asian, All Hero
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Cover of The Skills to Pay the Bills

Description of Half-Asian, All Hero:

Johnny Hiro, a hardworking busboy, lives in Brooklyn with his flighty but lovable girlfriend Mayumi. Every day, he struggles to make ends meet while fighting giant monsters, running over rooftops from crazed waiters, fending off businessmen-turned-samurai, or having the occasional conversation with Judge Judy, Coolio, or Alton Brown. With Fred Chao’s signature style and laugh-out-loud humor, Johnny Hiro presents the quirky trials and misadventures of a modern-day hero trying to find his slice of the good life.

This delightfully absurdist romp through the trials and chores of living in New York was nominated for four Eisner Awards, including for best new series, and for the Russ Manning Award. It was selected for the anthology Best American Comics 2010. Prepare to be blown away by the greatest adventure of them all: being an adult.

Description of The Skills to Pay the Bills:

After a couple of years as an underpaid sushi chef for his incredibly stingy and negative boss, Mr. Masago, Johnny Hiro doubts his abilities to provide his girlfriend Mayumi with the kind of life he thinks she deserves. Though their relationship is happy, he wonders if he can create something more stable for the long term: a partnership she can find a lasting happiness in.

Throw in the aftereffects of Johnny’s past relationships and Mr. Masago’s prior business ventures with his current rival Shinto Pete, and it’s all a big case study in how each decision influences the next and can create vast differences in the way life develops. Figuring all of this out is even harder in New York City, with its giant gorillas, sumo wrestlers, Japanese gangsters, and rogue catering companies.

And within this crazy day-to-day existence, Hiro must find a way to look beyond the fact that he can barely make rent…and figure out how to have faith in his future.

Starting Bid: $20.

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ARC of The Time Traveler’s Almanac, edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer

Item Name & Description: an advance reading copy of The Time Traveler’s Almanac, edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer, donated by Tor Books.

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Time Travelers Almanac ARC
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Time Travelers Almanac cover

Description:

The Time Traveler’s Almanac is the largest and most definitive collection of time travel stories ever assembled. Gathered into one volume by intrepid chrononauts and world-renowned anthologists Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, this book compiles more than a century’s worth of literary travels into the past and the future that will serve to reacquaint readers with beloved classics of the time travel genre and introduce them to thrilling contemporary innovations.

This marvelous volume includes nearly seventy journeys through time from authors such as Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, William Gibson, Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin, Michael Moorcock, H. G. Wells, and Connie Willis, as well as helpful non-fiction articles original to this volume (such as Charles Yu’s “Top Ten Tips For Time Travelers”).

In fact, this book is like a time machine of its very own, covering millions of years of Earth’s history from the age of the dinosaurs through to strange and fascinating futures, spanning the ages from the beginning of time to its very end. The Time Traveler’s Almanac is the ultimate anthology for the time traveler in your life.

This book will be published on March 18, 2014.

Starting Bid: $20.

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ARC of Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson

Item Name & Description: an advance reading copy of Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson, donated by Tor Books.

Unwrapped Sky cover
Unwrapped Sky cover
Unwrapped Sky ARC
Unwrapped Sky ARC

Description:

A hundred years ago, the Minotaurs saved Caeli-Amur from conquest. Now, three very different people may hold the keys to the city’s survival.

Once, it is said, gods used magic to create reality, with powers that defied explanation. But the magic—or science, if one believes those who try to master the dangers of thaumaturgy—now seems more like a dream. Industrial workers for House Technis, farmers for House Arbor, and fisher folk of House Marin eke out a living and hope for a better future. But the philosopher-assassin Kata plots a betrayal that will cost the lives of godlike Minotaurs; the ambitious bureaucrat Boris Autec rises through the ranks as his private life turns to ashes; and the idealistic seditionist Maximilian hatches a mad plot to unlock the vaunted secrets of the Great Library of Caeli-Enas, drowned in the fabled city at the bottom of the sea, its strangeness visible from the skies above.

In a novel of startling originality and riveting suspense, these three people, reflecting all the hopes and dreams of the ancient city, risk everything for a future that they can create only by throwing off the shackles of tradition and superstition, as their destinies collide at ground zero of a conflagration that will transform the world . . . or destroy it.

This book will be published on April 15, 2014.

Starting Bid: $20.

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Signed copy of The Anatomy of Steampunk by Katherine Gleason

book coverItem Name & Description: a copy of The Anatomy of Steampunk by Katherine Gleason, with an introduction by Diana M. Pho and a Foreword by K.W. Jeter, signed by Katherine Gleason and Diana M. Pho and donated by Katherine Gleason (edited to correct donor).

Description:

From formal outfits to costumes crafted for the stage, from ensembles suited to adventure to casual street styles, steampunk fashion has come to encompass quite a few different looks. But what exactly is steampunk? Originally conceived as a literary genre, the term “steampunk” described stories set in a steam-powered, science fiction-infused, Victorian London. Today steampunk has grown to become an aesthetic that fuels many varied art forms. Steampunk has also widened its cultural scope. Many steampunk practitioners, rather than confining their vision to one European city, imagine steam-driven societies all over the world.

Today the vibrance of steampunk inspires a wide range of individuals, including designers of high fashion, home sewers, crafters, and ordinary folks who just want to have fun. Steampunk fashion is not only entertaining, dynamic, and irreverent; it can also be colorful, sexy, and provocative. Most of all, steampunk fashion is accessible to everyone. Illustrated throughout with color photographs of the dazzling creations of numerous steampunk fashion designers, Anatomy of Steampunk is an inspirational sourcebook. In addition to presenting the looks and stories of these creative fashion artists, the book also details ten steampunk projects for the reader to try at home. Allow steam to power your imagination!

Designers and steampunk groups featured in the book include–Airship Isabella, Ali Fateh, Berít New York, Black Garden, Blasphemina’s Closet, Brute Force Studios, Clockwork Couture. DASOWL, Dawnamatrix, The Extraordinary Contraptions, Festooned Butterfly, Harvash, Hi Tek by Alexander, House of Canney, KMKDesigns, Kristi Smart, Kristin Costa, KvO Design, Lastwear, The League of S.T.E.A.M., Marquis of Vaudeville, Megan Maude, Michael Salerno, Morrigan New York, Ms. Purdy’s, Muses Well, Redfield Design, RockLove, Sidharta Aryan, SkinzNhydez, Spyder Designs, Tokyo Inventors Society, Tom Banwell, and The Uprising of the Gin Rebellion.

Starting Bid: $20.

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