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Con or Bust now accepting requests for assistance

From now through August 25, 2014, Con or Bust is accepting requests for assistance to attend upcoming SFF cons from fans of color/non-white fans. (Requests must be timestamped on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern; I may or may not be awake to turn the form off.)

Specific assistance is available to attend the following:

  • Maneki Neko Con (October 3-5, 2014, Matteson, IL, USA);

  • Sirens (October 16-19, 2014, Stevenson, WA, USA);
  • World Fantasy Con 2014 (November 6-9, 2014, Arlington, VA, USA);
  • Arisia (January 16-19, 2015, Boston, MA, USA);
  • FOGcon (March 6-8, 2015, Walnut Creek, CA, USA); and
  • (new!) Archipelacon (June 25-28, 2015, Mariehamn, Åland, Finland), which has donated two memberships (more information coming when I’m not in a con panel!).

Learn more about these specific cons at the Upcoming Cons page.

To find out how to request assistance to these cons, or to any upcoming SFF con, head to the Request Assistance page. And please spread the word!

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Last minute: free memberships (two!) to the Discworld Convention!

Fans of color/non-white fans: an individual has donated a free membership to The International Discworld Convention, which is being held this weekend, 8-11 August 2014, in Manchester, UK. DW Con is a gathering of fans of Sir Terry Pratchett that happens in the UK once every two years. This year the con is also The Ankh-Morpork Grand Exhibition, a four-day celebration of the culture, technology and industry of the great city of Ankh-Morpork.

ETA: and DW Con itself has now donated another. Thanks very much!

This membership is available first-come first-served at the Request Assistance page (you’ll pick up your badge at Ops at the con). Please spread the word!

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Reminder: request assistance August 15-25

Fans of color/non-white fans can request assistance to attend upcoming SFF cons from August 15-25, 2014.

Specific assistance is available to attend Maneki Neko Con (October 3-5, 2014, Matteson, IL, USA); Sirens (October 16-19, 2014, Stevenson, WA, USA); World Fantasy Con 2014 (November 6-9, 2014, Arlington, VA, USA); Arisia (January 16-19, 2015, Boston, MA, USA); and FOGcon (March 6-8, 2015, Walnut Creek, CA, USA). Learn more about these specific cons at the Upcoming Cons page.

To find out how to request assistance to these cons, or to any upcoming SFF con, head to the Request Assistance page. And please spread the word!

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Last call for free Nine Worlds memberships; plus child memberships to Loncon 3

Fans of color/non-white fans: there are still five donated memberships available to Nine Worlds Convention (8-10 August 2014, London, England, UK). These must be claimed by August 1st—that’s tomorrow—so get them now!

Also, there is still an abundance of free memberships to Loncon 3 (August 14-18, 2014, London, England, UK), this year’s Worldcon. These can be claimed even while the con’s in progress! But also available now are two child memberships, for attendees aged between 6 and 15 years on 14 August 2014, thanks to an individual donor. There’s a track of really great workshops for kids and a programming track specifically about Young Adult fiction, so if you are between 6 and 15 years old, or your friends or family include someone who is, this is a great opportunity.

Finally, two memberships are still available to Shamrokon (22-24 August 2014, Dublin, Ireland), this year’s Eurocon.

Claim these through the Request Assistance page, and please spread the word!

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In Other Words review (pre-order now!)

At Strange Horizons, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz reviews In Other Words, a chapbook anthology created and edited by Saira Ali and Julia Rios to benefit Con or Bust. Loenen-Ruiz calls it “an impressive chapbook . . . [with] poems and fictions that you will want to read for yourself. They are in conversation—not just with the reader but also with each other and with the world.”

Check out the review (or the table of contents, behind the jump), and then pre-order! The print edition will be hand-printed on a nineteenth century letterpress and is $25 plus $3 for shipping, and 6.25% sales tax if your shipping address is in Massachusetts. The ebook alone is $8, and will come for free with the print edition. Pre-order by emailing orders@kitabiyatpress.com to receive a PayPal invoice.

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Free memberships to Shamrokon (Eurocon) and others

The following memberships are currently available free, first-come first-served, to fans of color/non-white fans. Please see the Request Assistance page to claim them.

  • (new) Shamrokon, 22-24 August 2014, Dublin, Ireland. Shamrokon is the European science fiction convention (Eurocon) which is held in a different country each year. Its Guests of Honor are Michael Carroll, Jim Fitzpatrick, Seanan McGuire, Andrzej Sapkowski, and Ylva Spångberg.

    An individual has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by August 10.

  • Nine Worlds Convention, 8-10 August 2014, London, England, UK. It’s about gaming, film, cosplay, fandom, literature, science, geek culture, meeting people and having a really big party.

    Nine Worlds has donated ten memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by August 1, 2014; (edit) five memberships remain.

  • Loncon 3, August 14-18, 2014, London, England, UK. Loncon is the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon). Its Guests of Honor are Iain M Banks (in Memoriam), John Clute, Malcolm Edwards, Chris Foss, Jeanne Gomoll, Robin Hobb, and Bryan Talbot.

    Loncon has donated five attending memberships to Con or Bust and has matched up individuals’ donations of attending memberships up to another twenty. At present, eleven attending memberships have been claimed and thirty-six remain available.

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In Other Words anthology: pre-order special

nettlestungteaser2 An announcement regarding a project to benefit Con or Bust:

Saira Ali and Julia Rios are pleased to announce the table of contents for In Other Words, a chapbook of poetry and flash fiction to benefit Con or Bust. The chapbook will be hand-printed on a nineteenth century letterpress, and includes work from Hugo Award winning and nominated authors.

We are also opening pre-orders now, and for this weekend only, we are offering a special for pre-orders made during Readercon: all print edition pre-orders will receive a special broadside of Shweta Narayan’s stunning poem “Nettle-stung,” illustrated by the poet [teasers for which are included in this post]. The broadsides are printed and will be mailed next week, or you can flag Saira down at Readercon to get one.

nettlestungteaserFor now, you can pre-order by emailing orders@kitabiyatpress.com, and we’ll send you a PayPal invoice. The print edition is $25 plus $3 for shipping, and 6.25% sales tax if your shipping address is in Massachusetts. The ebook alone is $8, and will come for free with the print edition.

Table of Contents:

  • “Nettle-stung” by Shweta Narayan
  • “A Corpse Full of Birds” by John Chu
  • “If They Catch Me, I’m Using Your Name” by Nisi Shawl
  • “Volcano Woman” by Kiini Ibura Salaam
  • “Self-Portrait” by Emily Jiang
  • “The Bean Between the E and the I” by LaShawn Wanak
  • “Every Day of the Dead” by Sabrina Vourvoulias
  • “The Adventures of Ja’far al-Barmaki” by Sofia Samatar
  • “Ce Qu’on Dit Du Vent” by Amal el-Mohtar
  • “What is Said of the Wind” translated by Amal el-Mohtar
  • “Crystal” by Ken Liu
  • “Ancestors” by JT Stewart
  • “After the Near-Miss by the Planet Destroying Asteroid” by Rahul Kanakia
  • “Stolen” by David Findlay
  • “Pretty Apocalypse” by Lisa Bradley
  • “Eating Words” by Yoon Ha Lee
  • “Drive Careful” by Tom Greene

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Memberships now, memberships (and other assistance) later!

Memberships now: Con or Bust still has lots of free memberships for fans of color/non-white fans to attend Nine Worlds Convention and Loncon 3 in London, England this August. Request them now! See the Upcoming Cons page for more details.

Memberships (and other assistance) later: From August 15-25, Con or Bust will take requests for assistance from fans of color/non-white fans to attend all upcoming SFF cons. Here’s how to request assistance.

A full list of cons for which specific assistance has been donated can be found at the Upcoming Cons page, but I wanted to highlight the following additions and important information.

First: World Fantasy Con 2014 (November 6-9, 2014, Arlington, VA, USA) has donated a hotel room for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, as well as two banquet tickets. WFC has reached its preliminary membership cap and is in the process of establishing a wait list for memberships, but it is holding two membership spots for Con or Bust attendees. Therefore: (1) the hotel room and banquet tickets will not be available after the August request period; (2) if you’re interested in requesting any Con or Bust assistance to attend WFC, and you do not already have a membership, you should monitor WFC’s website for information on a waiting list.

(Con or Bust also happily accepts donations of transferred memberships from individuals! Email knepveu@steelypips.org if you have a membership to WFC you can’t use.)

Second: two cons have donated assistance to Con or Bust that can be requested from August 15-25. They are:

  • Arisia, January 16-19, 2015, Boston, MA, USA. Arisia is New England’s largest and most diverse science fiction and fantasy convention. Its Author Guest of Honor is N. K. Jemisin; its Artist Guest of Honor is Lee Moyer; and its Fan Guest of Honor is Colette H. Fozard.

    Arisia has donated two memberships and a hotel room to Con or Bust.

  • FOGcon, March 6-8, 2015, Walnut Creek, CA, USA. Friends of the Genre (FOGcon) is a literary-themed San Francisco Bay Area SF/F con in the tradition of Wiscon. Its 2015 theme is The Traveler and its Honored Guests are Kim Stanley Robinson and Catherynne M. Valente.

    FOGcon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.

Additional cons have donated assistance that can be requested in August; check the Upcoming Cons page for details. And please spread the word!

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Free con memberships available immediately!

Con or Bust currently has available free memberships to five SFF cons, first-come first-served, for fans of color/non-white fans.

  • (new) Readercon, July 10-13, 2014, Burlington, MA, USA. Readercon is an annual conference or convention devoted to “imaginative literature” — literary science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the unclassifiable works often called “slipstream.” Its Guests of Honor are Andrea Hairston & Kit Reed and its Memorial Guest of Honor is Mary Shelley.

    Readercon has donated three memberships to Con or Bust, of which two remain. These must be claimed by July 1, 2014.

  • ConGregate, July 11-13, 2014, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. ConGregate is a new general SF convention being organized by a group of highly experienced convention runners. The featured guests are Larry Correia (Writer GoH), Mark Poole (Artist GoH), Toni Weisskopf (Special Literary Guest), and Jennifer McCollom (Special Media Arts Guest).

    ConGregate has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.

  • Detcon1, July 17-20, 2014, Detroit, MI, USA. Detcon1 is the 2014 North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC), which is held in years when the Worldcon is held outside of North America. Detcon1′s Guests of Honor are Steven Barnes (Author), John Picacio (Artist), Bernadette Bosky (Fan), Arthur D. Hlavaty (Fan), Kevin J. Maroney (Fan), Helen Greiner (Scientist), Bill Sutton (Musician), and Brenda Sutton (Musician). (Updated:) Its Special Guests are Nnedi Okorafor (YA Author) and Jon Davis (Video Games Developer).

    Detcon1 has donated three memberships to Con or Bust, which have all been claimed; BUT interested fans should check out its FANtastic Detroit Fund, which provides free memberships to individuals who would otherwise be unable to attend Detcon1, with priority given to Detroit and Wayne County residents.

  • (new) Nine Worlds Convention, 8-10 August 2014, London, England, UK. It’s about gaming, film, cosplay, fandom, literature, science, geek culture, meeting people and having a really big party.

    Nine Worlds has donated ten memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by August 1, 2014, of which nine remain.

  • Loncon 3, August 14-18, 2014, London, England, UK. Loncon is the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon). Its Guests of Honor are Iain M Banks (in Memoriam), John Clute, Malcolm Edwards, Chris Foss, Jeanne Gomoll, Robin Hobb, and Bryan Talbot.

    At present, between donated memberships and matched donations by Loncon, there are (edit) twenty-three attending memberships available.

If you’re interested, see the Request Assistance page for the request form, and please spread the word!

In addition, a number of other cons have donated assistance that will be available during the next request period (August 15-25, and thereafter if not claimed). So people can make plans, those are listed behind the cut (and a full list is always at the Upcoming Cons page):

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