Category: 2017 Auction

reminder: auction items are intended for personal use

Dear all,

Just a quick reminder that, as it says on the auction page,

publishers, authors, and other donors have generally donated books and other items on the understanding that they will be bid on by fans for their personal use, and not by resellers. Please respect this so that people will feel comfortable continuing to donate to the auction.

That’s not to say that if, for instance, a few years from now you are moving and need to reduce the size of your library, you can’t include your Con or Bust winnings in the stack of books you bring to any local used bookstore that still exists; but please go into bidding with your personal use and enjoyment as the goal.

Thanks very much for your understanding, and let me know if you have any questions.

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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improvements to auction comments (and action needed on email subscriptions)

Dear all,

The site is loading much faster than it did when the auction first went live! That’s the good news.

The bad news is that even after all my efforts, it was taking me well over 20 seconds to post test comments: which is flatly ridiculous. (I’m very grateful to all of you who have been commenting anyway! But obviously this is suboptimal, even though the ending of bidding is a more leisurely affair with the automatic time extension (see the footer for an explanation).)

Therefore, I have changed the commenting system, and while comment speeds are still not blazing, they are considerably improved from before. I have ideas for further improvements, but they will take more time and testing.

Unfortunately, this means that your subscriptions to new comments on this year’s auction almost certainly no longer work–the very slow system we were using won’t even let me see comment subscriptions, so I can’t test this, or migrate your subscriptions for you.

I’m very sorry about this. Here’s what I’ll do: leave a comment to this post, or email me, and at your request, I’ll either find everywhere you’ve commented on this year’s auction and re-subscribe you, or I’ll email you a list of where you commented so you can decide what to re-subscribe to on your own. This is my error in trusting that particular comment system, and you shouldn’t have to do extra work on account of it.

Thanks, everyone, and go forth and bid!

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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Bidding now open for Con or Bust’s annual auction!

Bidding is now open for Con or Bust’s annual auction, which is the main way that we raise funds for the entire next twelve months to help fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons. Bidding will end Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversionscountdown), EXCEPT that last-minute bidding on an item will extend the bidding for that item (details).

Find things to bid by browsing all 2017 auction posts, looking at the 2017 auction tags, or sorting/filtering the Google Docs index. (Later in the bidding period, I’ll update the spreadsheet with the current high bids and number of bids, to make it easier to find overlooked bargains; I’ll also eventually flag items I feel aren’t getting enough love.)

Once you find something you’d like to bid on, just leave a comment with a working email address (edit: in the email field; you don’t also have to put it in the comment text) and a bid in U.S. dollars that is higher than any previous bid. You can also subscribe to comments to get notified of later bids.

If there’s nothing that catches your eye, but you’d still like to support Con or Bust, there are several ways you can. Here’s the full list, and here is a handy PayPal donation button for your convenience (requires a PayPal account, but using this means that PayPal covers all the fees).

(If you need to use a credit card, there’s a button on the Support page; also a handy form for a recurring PayPal donation and an Amazon Smile link, among other things.)

Finally, the auction submission form is now closed; please email me to discuss if you’d like to offer, because we have only a very limited ability to add items after bidding has started.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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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Custom Aromatherapy Massage Oil

Item Name and Description:

You get two 4oz bottle of masssge oil. They may be the same scent or 2 different ones. For aching muscles, to restore serenity, de-stress, create an aura of sensuality. Whatever purpose you like. After the auction we’ll confer about your skin type (to determine proper carrier oil) and desired effects (to determine proper essential oils). I’ll make them and send them to you. When possible I use organic products & all my essential oils are 100% natural oils. Price is for both bottles not for each.

Starting Bid: $10.00

Shipping: Shipping in this galaxy only.

Other Notes: I don’t see why it should take longer than a month. If I have to special order an oil that might hold things up s bit, otherwise within s month.

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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The Language of Power, by Rosemary Kirstein, trade paperback. Volume 4 of the Steerswoman Series, with map

Item Name and Description:

The trade paperback version of The Language of Power¸ Volume 4 of the Steerswoman Series, with a map printed on parchment calligraphy paper.

The steerswoman Rowan has learned much about the master-wizard Slado: how his spells are devastating the distant lands known as the Outskirts, and how they will ultimately threaten even the Inner Lands. But she knows nothing else about him –and he must be found, and stopped.

Now, following the slimmest of clues, Rowan arrives in the city of Donner hoping to learn more about Slado’s plans. But when the answers begin coming in faster than the questions can be asked, a strange tale from the past emerges, a tale behind all the secrets of the present…

Fortunate that Rowan has the Outskirter warrior Bel on hand to watch her back. Because there’s one sure way to know that the steerswoman is on the right track: Someone will try to kill her.

“The world Kirstein creates is captivating.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“If you haven’t read Kirstein’s Steerswoman books I envy you the chance to read them now for the first time…. I think they have a very good claim to be my favorite thing still being written. […] If you like science, and if you like watching someone work out mysteries, and if you like detailed weird alien worlds and human cultures, if really good prose appeals… you’re really in luck.” — Jo Walton, Hugo and Nebula Awards winner, author of Among Others, My Real Children and the Thessaly series.

Starting Bid: $10

Shipping: I will ship anywhere in the northern hemisphere

Other Notes: n/a

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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The Lost Steersman by Rosemary Kirstein, trade paperback. Volume 3 of the Steerswoman Series, with map

Item Name and Description:

The trade paperback version of The Lost Steersman¸ Volume 3 of the Steerswoman Series, with a map printed on parchment calligraphy paper.

The steerswoman Rowan has discovered that the fall of the Guidestar and the massacre of Outskirter tribes were caused by one man: the secret master-wizard, Slado. But until now, no steerswoman had known of his existence, nor knew that the wizards answered to any single authority. Now, Rowan must find him.

She comes to the seaside town of Alemeth, where centuries of records might help her find clues for her search. Then, an unexpected encounter with a lost friend: Janus, a steersman who had resigned his membership in the Steerswomen, giving no explanation. Rowan has hope for help in her search — but Janus has changed. The bright intellect is now shrouded in a dark, shattered spirit…

Then death comes to sleepy Alemeth, monsters from the Outskirts, and Rowan can not help but wonder: are all these strange events connected?

“An original and fascinating take on the tensions between science and belief, observation and expectaion, courage and fear. Highly recommended.” — Suzy McKee Charnas, author of Motherlines and Walk to the End of the World.

“Kirstein’s striking portrait of an innovative woman who is scientist, judge, historian, and adventurer makes for a good, thought-provoking read.” — Publisher’s Weekly

Starting Bid: $10

Shipping: I will ship anywhere in the northern hemisphere

Other Notes: n/a

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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The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein, mass market paperback, including map

Item Name and Description:

The Steerswoman, mass market paperback, British edition, with a map printed on parchment calligraphy paper.

If you ask, she must answer. A steerswoman’s knowledge is shared with any who request it; no steerswoman may refuse a question, and no steerswoman may answer with anything but the truth. And if she asks, you must answer. It is the other side of tradition’s contract — and if you refuse the question, or lie, no steerswoman will ever again answer even your most casual question. And so, the steerswomen — always seeking, always investigating — have gathered more and more knowledge about the world they traveled, and they share that knowledge freely. Until the day that the steerswoman Rowan begins asking innocent questions about one small, lovely, inexplicable object… Her discoveries grow stranger and deeper, and more dangerous, until suddenly she finds she must flee or fight for her life. Or worse — lie. Because one kind of knowledge has always been denied the steerswomen: Magic.

“If you like science, and if you like watching someone work out mysteries, and if you like detailed weird alien worlds and human cultures, if really good prose appeals… you’re really in luck.” —- Jo Walton, Hugo and Nebula Awards winner, author of Among Others and My Real Children.

“[Kirstein] walks the tightrope between fantasy and science fiction with precision and grace… [her] compassion for even minor characters is evident on every page, and her prose is measured and alluring without being overworked.” — Damien Broderick & Paul Di Filippo, in Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010

Starting Bid: $7

Shipping: I will ship anywhere in the northern hemisphere

Other Notes: n/a

 

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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Beth Cato’s Call of Fire (signed galley)

Item Name and Description:

An advance reading copy of Call of Fire by Beth Cato (forthcoming, August 2017). This is the sequel to Breath of Earth (out now).

When an earthquake devastates San Francisco in an alternate 1906, the influx of geomantic energy nearly consumes Ingrid Carmichael. Bruised but alive, the young geomancer flees the city with her friends, Cy, Lee, and Fenris. She is desperate to escape Ambassador Blum, the cunning and dangerous bureaucrat who wants to use Ingrid’s formidable powers to help the Unified Pacific—the confederation of the United States and Japan—achieve world domination. To stop them, Ingrid must learn more about the god-like magic she inherited from her estranged father—the man who set off the quake that obliterated San Francisco.

When Lee and Fenris are kidnapped in Portland, Ingrid and Cy are forced to ally themselves with another Ambassador from the Unified Pacific: the powerful and mysterious Theodore Roosevelt. But even his influence may not be enough to save them when they reach Seattle, where the magnificent peak of Mount Rainier looms. Discovering more about herself and her abilities, Ingrid is all too aware that she may prove to be the fuse to light the long-dormant volcano . . . and a war that will sweep the world.

Starting Bid: $10

Shipping: U.S. only, please

Other Notes: Optional personalization available.

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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Summer shawl

Item Name and Description:

The yarn for this shawl came from the very first Con-or-Bust auction – bids on a piece of paper in the lobby of the Wiscon hotel. It was time to destash it, so I knit most of it up into this shawl and here it is! It’s a cotton-rayon blend, but I don’t remember anything else about the fiber content as I lost the ball band quite a while ago.

Wingspan on it is about 80 inches, but it is lightweight and folds up pretty small.

Starting Bid: $20

Shipping: will ship anywhere

Other Notes: Shipping from Canada so it make take a week or so to get to you.

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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Tolkien Ensemble CDs

Item Name and Description:

Contains 2 Cds: An Evening in Rivendell and A Night in Rivendell. Poems by JRR Tolkien, music by Caspar Reiff and Peter Hall, interior art by HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

Starting Bid: $10.00

Shipping: will ship anywhere

Other Notes: Shipping from Canada, so it make take a week or so to get to you.

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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