Category: 2017 Auction

Signed copy of Scenting The Dark by Mary Robinette Kowal

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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

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Signed copy of Idlewild first edition by Nick Sagan

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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

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Short story critique from E. Lily Yu

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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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Tie bar with hand-painted space scene by Jeliza

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One of a kind tie bar in gold tone with a 20mm glass cabochon which is reverse-painted with a sparkling blue space scene.

Starting Bid: 15

Shipping: north america

Other Notes: will ship in 3 days.

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hand-painted space necklace by Jeliza

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One of a kind space pendant, reverse-painted onto glass and set into a silver-tone alloy bezel. The pendant is about the size of a scrabble tile, and comes with your choice of matching chain or black cord.

Starting Bid: 12

Shipping: north america

Other Notes: Will ship within 3 days.

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Signed Copy of ENEMY Hardback First Edition by Betsy Dornbusch

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This is a signed copy of ENEMY, an epic fantasy.  I will mail the book, labeled pens, swag, and a surprise desk toy to the winner.

Everything Draken thinks he knows is wrong.

The last time Draken traveled Akrasia, he was the highest lord in the land. His journey before that was eased by royal favor and the grace of the gods. This time is different. His adopted country buckling under attack from religious fanatics and his Queen presumed dead, Draken must flee a deadly coup by an upstart lord. Bitter from fighting an insurmountable war and losing the life he’s built, he lets the ghosts of past mistakes drive him into vigilante revenge. But Draken is about to learn gods and wars have a way of catching up to a man.

Starting Bid: $5

Shipping: US only please

Other Notes: N/A

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Signed hardcover of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Item Name and Description: One of four signed hardcovers of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Donated by DAW Books.

Discover #1 New York Times-bestselling Patrick Rothfuss’ epic fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle.

“I just love the world of Patrick Rothfuss.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda • “He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.” —George R. R. Martin • “Rothfuss has real talent.” —Terry Brooks

OVER 1 MILLION COPIES SOLD!

DAY ONE: THE NAME OF THE WIND

My name is Kvothe.

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

You may have heard of me.

So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature—the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

These signed hardcovers are from the eighteenth printing, with the original cover.

Starting Bid: $7.

Shipping: Worldwide.

Other Notes: Personalization of the signature is not available. Four available; top four bids win. Consecutive bids must still increase.

 

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Otherland by Tad Williams (hardcover)

Item Name and Description: One of four copies of the hardcover edition of Otherland  (volume 1, City of Golden Shadow) by Tad Williams. Donated by DAW Books.

Otherland…

Surrounded by secrecy, it is home to the wildest dreams and darkest nighmares. Incredible amounts of money have been lavished on it. The best minds of two generations have labored to build it. And somehow, bit by bit, it is claiming the Earth’s most valuable resource–its children.

This is a first printing of the hardcover, which is no longer available.

Starting Bid: $7.

Shipping: Worldwide.

Other Notes: Four copies available; top four bids win. Consecutive bids must still increase.

 

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Auction items needed by this Sunday, April 23

Con or Bust’s annual auction is its principal source of funds for the next twelve months, and right now the auction does not have nearly enough things on offer. If you’d like to submit something for auction—please do!—you should do so by this Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (time zone conversionscountdown).

Anyone at all can offer something to be auctioned; all you need is an email address. Con or Bust tends to run heavy on books and writing-related offers, for obvious reasons, but crafts, care packages, that good-condition piece of clothing or jewelry that you just never wear—anything legal, practical, and morally and ethically appropriate is welcome. Here’s more information, or you can jump right to the Submit an Auction form. We’ll even host your images for you!

Again, this is the main way that we raise funds for the entire year, and right now the list of things on auction is pretty short compared to prior years (browse through a Google Docs index, or view all the tags). It’s full of cool stuff, don’t get me wrong! But not nearly as much of it as I would like, considering that in 2016, Con or Bust was able to commit to providing $19,237.00 in direct monetary assistance to fans of color/non-white fans—an amount that did not come anywhere near meeting the requests that we received. We do everything we can do keep administrative expenses at a minimum, and everyone who works on Con or Bust is a volunteer. (You can find the full details of our 2016 finances at the annual report, or learn more about Con or Bust generally.)

So: if you can offer something for auction, that would be extremely welcome; here’s more information and the Submit an Auction form. If not, here are some other ways you can support Con or Bust—including, as always, spreading the word.

Thanks very much!

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Redder than Blood by Tanith Lee

Item Name and Description: one of two trade paperbacks of Redder than Blood by Tanith Lee. Donated by DAW Books.

A vampiric Snow White whose pious stepmother is her only salvation….

A supernatural Cinderella who strikes at midnight, leaving behind a prince mad with desire….

A sleeping beauty never meant to be woken…

In her World Fantasy Award-nominated short story collection, Red as Blood, Tanith Lee deconstructed familiar fairy tales, recapturing their original darkness and horror in haunting new interpretations. Behind gilded words and poised princesses, she exposed a sinister world of violence, madness, and dangerous enchantments.

With Redder than Blood, Lee resumes the tradition of twisting tales. Among its nineteen tales, this volume explores unnerving variations of Beauty and the Beast, The Frog Prince, Snow White, and other classics, including three never-before-published stories.

A recognized master fantasist, Tanith Lee has won multiple awards for her craft, including the British Fantasy Award, the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, and the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Horror.

Starting Bid: $5.

Shipping: Worldwide.

Other Notes: Two copies available; top two bids win. Consecutive bids must still increase.

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