Category: 2017 Auction

The System of the World by Neal Stephenson (signed first edition)

Item Name and Description: a signed first edition, first printing of The System of the World by Neal Stephenson, volume three of the Baroque Cycle. Donated by Harper Voyager.

Starting Bid: $25.

Shipping: Donated by Harper Voyager, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore if shipping costs will exceed $5, I will ask for a donation of the difference; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate costs.

Other Notes: The photos are from last year, because Harper Voyager sent me a giant box of books; but an unsold copy with the same details exists, I promise.

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Isaac Asimov’s Gold (lettered limited edition)

Item Name and Description:  a slipcased, lettered (“L”) limited edition of Gold by Isaac Asimov. Donated by Harper Voyager.

Gold is a collection of Asimov’s stories and essays; the title story won a Hugo Award for Best Novelette. This limited lettered edition was published by Harper Prism in 1995, and is still shrink-wrapped (this highly-reflective picture of “H” is from last year, because somehow every picture I tried to take this year of “L” was even worse).

Starting Bid: $50.

Shipping: Donated by Harper Voyager, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore if shipping costs will exceed $5, I will ask for a donation of the difference; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate costs.

Other Notes: None.

 

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Wheel of Time ebook cover art prints

Item Name and Description: one of three 14″x16″ prints (image size 12″x12″) of a Wheel of Time ebook cover image, your choice. These prints are not available for sale and have been donated by Tor.com.

These covers were originally commissioned for the ebooks of the series; some have since been used for the trade paperback reissues, and the Memory of Light painting was also used for the hardcover release. Below, you can see some of the images and how they are laid out as a print (click to enlarge). You can see all the covers but AMoL at Tor.com (scroll down), and see how Michael Whelan’s cover is cropped for the ebook cover of AMoL at Macmillan.

Starting Bid: $25.

Shipping: Worldwide.

Other Notes: Three available; top three bids win. Consecutive bids must still increase.

 

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The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch (signed limited edition)

Item Name and Description: a signed copy of the limited numbered edition of The Furthest Station, a Rivers of London novella by Ben Aaronovitch, forthcoming, June 2017, from Subterranean Press. Donated by the author.

There have been ghosts on the London Underground, sad, harmless spectres whose presence does little more than give a frisson to travelling and boost tourism. But now there’s a rash of sightings on the Metropolitan Line and these ghosts are frightening, aggressive and seem to be looking for something.

Enter PC Peter Grant junior member of the Metropolitan Police’s Special Assessment unit a.k.a. The Folly a.k.a. the only police officers whose official duties include ghost hunting. Together with Jaget Kumar, his counterpart at the British Transport Police, he must brave the terrifying the crush of London’s rush hour to find the source of the ghosts.

Joined by Peter’s wannabe wizard cousin, a preschool river god and Toby the ghost hunting dog their investigation takes a darker tone as they realise that a real person’s life might just be on the line.

And time is running out to save them.

Starting Bid: $15.

Shipping: worldwide.

Other Notes: Shipped by the author, and therefore personalization is available.

 

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Disability sensitivity read by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Item Name and Description: a disability sensitivity read of your novella (or novel, if the bidding goes high enough) by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry,  Assistant Editrix at Fireside Magazine.

With a BA in Theater & History, and an MA in Women’s History, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is a unique professional working as a writer, editor, historian and theatre professional. Through her education and experience, she can provide services as a writer, editor, dramaturge, public speaker and disability consultant. She was an Industry Insider Guest of Honor at GenCon 2015, and an ENNie Winner 2016 for her work in DRACULA DOSSIER. Her piece “Seeking Truth” was mentioned in the starred review for UPSIDE DOWN in Publishers Weekly.

Elsa will read a work of genre fiction (scifi, fantasy, horror, or romance). No projects in which the disabled person is being victimized because of their disability.

Starting Bid: $200 (for a novella; if bidding reaches $250, the winner may choose to have a novel read instead).

Shipping: n/a.

Other Notes: It will take 4-6 weeks for a response.

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Four trade paperbacks of Atomic Robo

Item Name and Description:

The first four trade paperback collections of the Atomic Robo comic, by Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener:

Atomic Robo and the Fightin’ Scientists of Tesladyne

Atomic Robo and the Dogs of War

Atomic Robo and the Shadow From Beyond Time

Atomic Robo and Other Strangeness

All are in excellent condition.

In 1923, Nikola Tesla’s career is in its twilight… until he unveils a robot with automatic intelligence — ATOMIC ROBO! After decades of dealing with all manner of weirdness, Atomic Robo and the so-called Action Scientists of Tesladyne become the go-to defense force against the unexplained!

Starting Bid: $20

Shipping: worldwide

Other Notes: For shipping outside North America, please add an additional $20 donation to Con Or Bust.

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Five Promethean Age books by Elizabeth Bear

Item Name and Description:

The Promethean Age sequence, five novels by Elizabeth Bear

Blood and Iron

Whiskey and Water

Ink and Steel

Heaven and Earth

One-eyed Jack

All are trade paperbacks, first printings. The first four are by Roc; One-eyed Jack is by Prime. Some edge wear on the spines.

Starting Bid: 10

Shipping: worldwide

Other Notes: For shipping outside the US, please add an additional $20 donation to Con Or Bust.

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Signed copy of Scenting The Dark by Mary Robinette Kowal

Item Name and Description:

A signed limited edition (224/500) of Mary Robinette Kowal’s collection Scenting The Dark.

… seven beautiful, wounded landscapes of Scenting the Dark, the first collection from Campbell Award-winner Mary Robinette Kowal. Her lean, vigorous style has been satisfying readers since 2006, including multiple appearances in Year’s Best lists. The stories here lay bare the ways we try to prevent, contain and repair the damaged world around us, the further harm we can cause by trying, and why every moment of joyous, defiant struggle is worth it–if you have love enough, and hope.

Starting Bid: $10

Shipping: worldwide

Other Notes: For shipping outside North America, please add an additional $15 donation to Con Or Bust.

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Signed copy of Idlewild first edition by Nick Sagan

Item Name and Description:

A signed first edition hardback of Idlewild, Nick Sagan’s first novel. In excellent condition.

Idlewild is stylish and clever fiction set in the day after tomorrow. It opens with a young man awaking with amnesia; the only thing he knows is that his memory loss has been caused by an attempt to kill him. Unsure who he can trust, he is reacquainted with eight companions, all of whom are being trained at a special school, run by an enigmatic man named Maestro. As he tries to uncover the identity of the person who has tried to murder him, he will quickly begin to unravel a series of truths, making it clear that there is much more than his life at stake.

Starting Bid: $5

Shipping: worldwide

Other Notes: For shipping outside North America, please add an additional $15 donation to Con Or Bust.

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Short story critique from E. Lily Yu

Item Name and Description:

I will read and critique a short story of up to 7,000 words. My fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Tor.com, F&SF, McSweeney’s, Clarkesworld, Uncanny, and Boston Review, and my stories have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards, among others, as well as anthologized in multiple best-of-the-year collections. I am willing to read in almost any genre.

Starting Bid: 50

Shipping: not applicable

Other Notes: Would prefer not to read horror, explicit rape/torture scenes, or anything with zombies. I will deliver the critique within 30 days of receiving the story.

PS – If you’ve won a critique from me in the past through the Con-or-Bust auction, and haven’t used it, I’m happy to honor it through the end of this year.

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