Category: 2016 Auction

Bidding now live on Con or Bust auction!

Support Con or Bust as it helps fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons: check out its annual online auction, on which bidding is now live! There are three ways to browse items: scroll through all the posts by viewing the 2016 auction category; browse the 2016 auction tags; or see a Google Docs spreadsheet indexing all offers.

To bid, all you need to do is leave a comment stating the amount of your bid in U.S. dollars, with a working email address (which will not be displayed). If you like, check the box that says “Notify me of followup comments via e-mail” to make sure you don’t miss any later bids. You can also enter your email address where it says “Subscribe without commenting.” Bidding will end Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown), unless last-minute bids are received (more details). This auction is Con or Bust’s principal source of funds for the entire year, so please take a look!

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The Silver Eel – one-shot Lankhmar fanzine

silvereelItem Name and Description: The Silver Eel was a one-shot fanzine devoted to Fritz Leiber and Harry Otto Fischer’s Lankhmar stories. It was published by Robert Barger in 1978. It contains an interview with Leiber, essays by Karl Edward Wagner, Ken St. Andre, Fischer, and others, and artwork by people such as Tim Kirk, Gene Day, and Liz Danforth. (The cover is by Kirk and depicts Leiber as Fafhrd and Fischer as the Grey Mouser.)

For reasons not convenient to explain I have 11 extra copies of this. You may bid on one or more copies as you prefer – please specify how many. You do not need to outbid anyone unless and until all 11 copies have been bid on – I will post here in the unlikely event this occurs.

None of these copies have been read and all are in fine shape, though some have a little yellowing of page edges and such.

Starting Bid: 20.00

Shipping: United States for free, outside the US for an additional donation which could be steep (please ask first)

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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Thirteen Aubrey-Maturin books by Patrick O’Brian

Item Name and Description: All are US editions. All have been read and the trade paperbacks have a little wear.

  • Master and Commander. Trade.
  • Post Captain. Trade.
  • H.M.S. Surprise. Trade.
  • The Mauritius Command. Trade.
  • Desolation Island. Trade.
  • Treason’s Harbour. Trade.
  • The Reverse of the Medal. Trade.
  • The Thirteen Gun Salute. Trade.
  • The Wine-Dark Sea. Hardcover.
  • The Commodore. Hardcover.
  • The Yellow Admiral. Hardcover.
  • The Hundred Days. Hardcover.
  • Blue at the Mizzen. Hardcover. This has a mylar jacket cover, and was apparently was a review copy as it has promotional material laid in.

Starting Bid: 80.00

Shipping: United States only (shipping this elsewhere would cost a small fortune)

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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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Books by Butler, Okorafor, McHugh, and Brackett

Item Name and Description: Four books:

  • Dawn by Octavia Butler. This is a first edition hardcover. It has a little jacket wear.
  • The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor(-Mbachu). Also a first edition hardcover. This is in excellent condition but does have a remainder mark on one edge. It has been read.
  • Mothers and Other Monsters by Maureen F. McHugh. First edition trade. It has been read but is in excellent shape.
  • The Halfling and Other Stories by Leigh Brackett. Mass-market paperback, has a fair amount of wear but is intact.

Starting Bid: 25.00

Shipping: United States only (shipping this elsewhere would cost a small fortune)

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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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Jeffrey Ford’s The Well-Built City trilogy

Item Name and Description: Ford made his reputation with short stories and these, his second, third, and fourth-published books. They are all first editions.

  • The Physiognomy. It has a little cover wear.
  • Memoranda. The page edges show some discoloration from age; Avon’s paper was not all it might have been.
  • The Beyond. The jacket has some rubbing.

Starting Bid: 15.00

Shipping: United States only (shipping this elsewhere would cost a small fortune)

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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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Poster signed by Frank Herbert

herbertItem Name and Description: A poster of the cover art to Frank Herbert’s The White Plague, signed by Herbert.

As can be seen the poster has been folded (it came that way) and is somewhat rough around the edges. On the other hand, items signed by Herbert are a bit thin on the ground these days.

The poster is 18″x24″.

Starting Bid: 10.00

Shipping: United States for free, outside the US for an additional donation which could be steep (please ask first)

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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Signed and numbered Michael Whelan print

whelanItem Name and Description: A signed and numbered (102/150) print of Michael Whelan’s cover for Isaac Asimov’s The Robots of Dawn.

This was purchased not long after the book came out, hung on a wall out of direct sunlight for a few years, then stored. Unfortunately the storage area had a brief humidity issue. The print was not badly affected, but there are a few rough areas on the mat where spots were removed, and the surface of the print is slightly warped (re-matting it might or might not fix this).

The flaws are honestly nearly invisible when the print is behind glass as it should be. (Note that the original frame is not included.)

The size (with the mat) is 16″x20″,

Starting Bid: 50

Shipping: United States for free, outside the US for an additional donation which could be steep (please ask first)

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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Two Chris Ware-related books

Item Name and Description: Two books:

  • The US hardcover edition of his Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth.
  • Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #13, which Ware guest-edited. This is a big anthology of comics, mostly new but with some historical pieces, plus a few articles on comics. Contributors include Lynda Barry, Chip Kidd, and too many others to list – see the Wikipedia page for the series for the full list.

These have both been read once and are in excellent condition. McSweeney’s has the jacket, which many cheap copies don’t; the jacket is actually part of the anthology since it unfolds to reveal two comics by Ware. Tucked in the jacket folds are two mini-comics, which are present.

Starting Bid: 20.00

Shipping: United States only (shipping this elsewhere would cost a small fortune)

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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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True 1st of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest

Item Name and Description: A copy of the true first printing of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. These are fairly rare, especially with a first printing jacket (you can tell the jacket is correct because William Vollmann’s name is misspelled).

It has issues, which is why the starting bid is low; copies in good shape sell for $200 and up. The jacket has a fair amount of edgewear. The spine has creasing and you can see that the lower edge of the front has discoloration from something, but probably not a liquid since it’s not warped and the front endpaper is not damaged (it does have a previous owner’s name and a stamp on it, as shown). The page block has some dirt and discoloration, mostly on the bottom (shown).

Starting Bid: 40.00

Shipping: United States only (shipping this elsewhere would cost a small fortune)


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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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Personal Training Session – For Writers

Form 4 Entry 141 Fileupload 1Item Name and Description: Or maybe it’s book therapy? Story coaching? Whatever you want to call it, that’s what I’m offering. I’ll read up to 20,000 words of your original work – any combination of pages, outline, synopsis, query, whatever you have – and then we’ll talk about it. Phone, Skype, email, whatever you want to do – up to 2 hours. We can perfect your submissions package for an agent, work through a plot problem, clean up your first chapter – you know what you need better than I do! And I’d like to help you get there.

As for me, I’m a ‘rural fantasy’ author, writing instructor, and comma placement specialist. I’m the author of the Children of the Drought series – represented by Jennie Goloboy of Red Sofa Literary and published in the US and UK by Solaris. I teach for the Writers Path at SMU in Dallas, and make my living as an editor and professional speaker. I have a master’s in English from the University of Dallas, and am just devastatingly cool and personable and hilarious. Just ask my mom. Or failing that, my schedule.

So there you have it: I’m cool, you’re cool, and together we’ll be AMAZING. Hit me up, and I’ll help you out!

Starting Bid: $25

Shipping: no shipping

Other Notes: Will be happy to correspond as soon as the auction ends, and available to start work on June 15th or anytime afterwards. (This offer will not expire until I do.) Photo is an example of my own notes – I promise not to make you read my handwriting.

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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