Category: Information

Arcana membership to be available

Catherine Lundoff has offered to donate a membership to Arcana, October 23-25, 2015, St. Paul, MN, USA. Arcana is a small horror/dark fantasy con at which Ms. Lundoff is Guest of Honor. Any interested non-white fan/fan of color can request the membership, along with any other assistance to attend Arcana, from Con or Bust during May 15-25; please see the Request Assistance page for more information.

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administrative note on auction submissions

Dear all,

If you’ve submitted an auction through the online form and you have not gotten an email confirming its publication or seen it go live, please email me (knepveu@steelypips.org)? As of now, all auction offers received through the form have been published, so if you don’t see yours, you must’ve been another unlucky person who tried submitting while I was debugging the applicable plugin.

(If you’re a publisher who’s sent me a big list of stuff to post on your behalf, and it’s not all up yet, don’t worry, it’s coming. This is only for people using the online form.)

Thanks very much.

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Free memberships: WisCon, Archipelacon, PiCon, & 2016 Eastercon

Reminder: Con or Bust has free memberships available now, first-come first-served, for fans of color/non-white fans who’d like to attend the following cons:

  • WisCon, May 22-25, 2015, Madison, WI, USA. WisCon is the world’s leading feminist science fiction convention. Its Guests of Honor are Alaya Dawn Johnson and Kim Stanley Robinson.

    WisCon donated six memberships and a dessert ticket to Con or Bust, (edit) which have all been claimed; and three individuals have also donated memberships, of which one remains.

  • Archipelacon, June 25-28, 2015, Mariehamn, Åland, Finland. Archipelacon is the Nordic SF & Fantasy convention (but its main language will be English). Its Guests of Honor are George R.R. Martin, Johanna Sinisalo, and Karin Tidbeck.

    Archipelacon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.

  • Pi-Con, July 31-August 2, 2015, Windsor Locks, CT, USA. Pi-Con is “the friendliest little convention in New England”; its Guest of Honor is Tanya Huff and its Guest of Awesome is Vikki Ciaffone.

    Pi-Con has donated six memberships to Con or Bust.

And for those who like to plan ahead, add the 2016 Eastercon, Mancunicon (25-28 March 2016, Manchester, UK), to your list! Its Guests are Aliette de Bodard, Dave Clements, Ian McDonald and Sarah Pinborough, and it has donated three memberships to Con or Bust. These will be available in the next request period (May 15-25).

Find out how to claim these at the Request Assistance page, and please spread the word!

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About WorldCon memberships and Hugo voting

In response to this year’s Hugo nominations [*], a few people have inquired on Twitter whether Con or Bust would consider funding supporting (that is, voting but not attending) memberships to WorldCons, or whether Sasqaun (this year’s WorldCon) might consider donating money from supporting memberships to Con or Bust. I am grateful for people’s confidence in Con or Bust, but must decline both suggestions, for the reasons I will put behind a “Read more” cut, so I don’t have to try and break it down to 140-character chunks.

Con or Bust remains committed to helping non-white fans/fans of color attend SFF cons, including Sasquan; here are ways to support that goal, including Con or Bust’s annual auction, which is accepting offers now. In addition, Con or Bust is still looking for a transferred attending membership to Sasquan; please email knepveu@steelypips.org if you have one available. (Edit April 15: a membership has been obtained, thank you, donor.)

Edit: Supporting memberships are now being sponsored by many people and organizations; if this is a thing that interests you, Mary Robinette Kowal has details.

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WorldCon membership still wanted / free con memberships available

Con or Bust is still looking for someone who’s not using their Attending Membership to Sasquan, this year’s WorldCon, and would like to donate it (we’ve already used the memberships that Sasquan directly donated). Please contact me at knepveu@steelypips.org. (Edit April 15: a membership has been obtained, thank you, donor.)

In addition, one individual donated membership remains for WisCon, May 22-25, 2015, Madison, WI, USA. WisCon is the world’s leading feminist science fiction convention. Its Guests of Honor are Alaya Dawn Johnson and Kim Stanley Robinson. Fans of color/non-white fans can request this membership now, first-come first-served.

Donated memberships to the following cons also remain available:

  • Archipelacon, June 25-28, 2015, Mariehamn, Åland, Finland. Archipelacon is the Nordic SF & Fantasy convention (but its main language will be English). Its Guests of Honor are George R.R. Martin, Johanna Sinisalo, and Karin Tidbeck.

    Archipelacon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.

  • Pi-Con, July 31-August 2, 2015, Windsor Locks, CT, USA. Pi-Con is “the friendliest little convention in New England”; its Guest of Honor is Tanya Huff and its Guest of Awesome is Vikki Ciaffone.

    Pi-Con has donated six memberships to Con or Bust.

Find out how to receive these memberships at the Request Assistance page.

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Announcing Con or Bust’s 2015 Auction!

I’m pleased to announce Con or Bust’s annual auction, which is its principal source of funds to help fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons. You can offer items for auction now; bidding will begin Monday, April 20, 2015, and run through Sunday, May 3, 2015. See the Auction Information page for full details. Read on for a summary, and please spread the word!

Offering Items for Auction

Fill out the form on the Submit an Auction page; all you need is an email address. (I’ll even host your images for you, if necessary!) Here are some suggestions and notes.

Bidding

Bidding will begin in three weeks, specifically, at 12:01 a.m. Eastern on Monday, April 20, 2015 (time zone conversions). It will end Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown): except this year, last-minute bids on a specific item will automatically extend bids for that item (details). I hope that this, along with some technical changes I’ve made to the website, will make the end of the auction smoother and more satisfying for everyone.

Auction Wranglers

Finally, I’m extremely grateful to note that the excellent Jaymee and Yoon Ha Lee will be helping wrangle the administrative side of the auction, so it’s possible that you’ll see them around and about in comments or emails.

Questions? Concerns? If they aren’t answered by the full Auction Information page, leave them in a comment. (And if you have a question or problem with an auction from a prior year, please feel free to email me at knepveu@steelypips.org; I will gladly do all I can to help.)

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WorldCon membership wanted / free memberships to other upcoming cons

First: Con or Bust is looking for someone who’s not using their Attending Membership to Sasquan, this year’s WorldCon, and would like to donate it (we’ve already used the memberships that Sasquan directly donated). Anyone who can do that, please contact me at knepveu@steelypips.org.

Second: free memberships are currently available, first-come first-served, to the following upcoming cons:

  • Edit: these memberships have all been claimed. WisCon, May 22-25, 2015, Madison, WI, USA. WisCon is the world’s leading feminist science fiction convention. Its Guests of Honor are Alaya Dawn Johnson and Kim Stanley Robinson.

    WisCon has donated six memberships and a dessert ticket to Con or Bust.

  • Edit: this membership has been claimed. Diversicon 23, July 24-26, 2015, Saint Paul, MN, USA. Diversicon provides great panels, discussions, readings and a really fun auction with a strong literate focus. Its Guest of Honor is Ytasha L. Womack and its Special Guest is Rob Callahan.

    An individual has donated one membership to Con or Bust in Ytasha L. Womack’s honor.

Head to the Request Assistance page to claim these memberships. Memberships are also immediately available for Archipelacon and Pi-Con; see the Upcoming Cons page for details.

Third: the following cons have donated memberships that will be available during the next assistance request period (May 15-25) and thereafter, if unclaimed, so make your plans now:

  • GeekGirlCon, October 10-11, 2015, Seattle, WA, USA. GeekGirlCon celebrates and honors the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design by connecting geeky women world-wide and creating community to foster continued growth of women in geek culture through events.

    GeekGirlCon has donated six passes to Con or Bust.

  • Boskone, February 19-21, 2016, Boston, MA, USA. Boskone is New England’s longest running science fiction and fantasy convention. Its Guest of Honor is Garth Nix; its Official Artist is Richard Anderson; its Special Guests are Arnie & Cathy Fenner; its Featured Filkers are Vixy & Tony; and the NESFA Press Guest is Bob Eggleton.

    Boskone has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.

Thanks for reading, and pass the word!

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Request assistance through TOMORROW, Feb. 25

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

Here’s how to request assistance, and here’s the list of upcoming cons for which specific assistance is available. Please spread the word!

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Con or Bust now accepting requests for assistance; auction coming soon

From now through February 25, Con or Bust is accepting requests for assistance from fans of color/non-white fans to attend upcoming SFF cons. Here’s how to request assistance; and here’s the current list of upcoming cons for which specific assistance is available.

In addition, Con or Bust’s annual online auction will take place in April this year, tentatively April 13-26. I will announce firm dates and the opening of auction item submissions in the next few weeks.

Please spread the word!

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