Con or Bust Newsletter for April 3, 2017

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Dear all,

Welcome back to the Con or Bust newsletter, which, approximately twice a month, updates you on Con or Bust events and deadlines and brings you news related to diversity in SFF fandom (scholarships, workshops, calls for submissions, awards, and the like). Your email address will always be kept private and you can unsubscribe at any time, at the bottom of the email.

Con or Bust News

Upcoming Deadlines

  • April 6, 2017: request a membership to Nine Worlds, 4-6 August 2017, London, England, UK, in order to be registered in time to receive the hotel booking link (more information).
  • April 20, 2017: request a membership to Ice & Fire Con, April 28-30, 2017, Pembroke, VA, USA.
  • April 23, 2017: donate items to Con or Bust’s annual online auction.

New Conventions

The following cons have recently donated memberships to Con or Bust:

Here is the full list of conventions to which memberships are available, and here is how to request a membership.

Upcoming Conventions

The following cons donated memberships to Con or Bust (or, occasionally, an individual donated memberships), and are happening now or soon, in case you’re looking for last-minute plans. Unless otherwise noted, memberships are not available to these cons.

  • TGIF/F, April 7-9, 2017, Los Angeles, CA, USA (five passes available).
  • Lunacon, April 7-9, 2017, Tarrytown, NY, USA.
  • Norwescon, April 13–16, 2017, Seattle, WA, USA.
  • Ice & Fire Con, April 27-28, 2018, Mt Sterling, OH, USA (two tickets available).
  • StokerCon, April 27-30, 2017, Long Beach, CA, USA.

Other News

Fandom News

  • Silvia Moreno-Garcia is tracking “all short fiction and novels published during 2017 only in English-language speculative markets by Latin American authors.” Here is the list, which also has a link to a form for people to submit data.
  • Jack Jones Literary Arts, a multifaceted book publicity company, is hosting its first annual writing retreat in Eureka Springs, AR, from October 16–30, 2017. It is open exclusively to women of color; there are available nine fully-funded scholarships, travel stipends, and admissions fee reimbursements. The application deadline is May 1, 2017.
  • Lethe Press is seeking reprint submissions for two anthologies with approaching deadlines: Heiresses of Russ 2017, edited by Dayna Ingram and Steve Berman, will publish “quality works of the fantastic, the weird, the wondrous involving women (cis- and trans-) who identify as lesbian” (deadline April 30, 2017); and Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, edited by Bogi Takács, will publish “the best work of transgender-themed fiction with elements of the strange, the weird, the fantastic, horror and science-fiction” (deadline May 30, 2017).

And finally, here is a soothing link, to an article about the 3D abstract fractal art of Silvia Cordedda.

Thanks for reading! See you in a couple of weeks.

​Kate Nepveu

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new free memberships: Ice & Fire Con; Beach City Con

Fans of color/non-white fans: Con or Bust has the following new memberships available, first-come first-serve:

Ice & Fire Con, April 28-30, 2017, Pembroke, VA, USA. Ice & Fire Con is a convention themed around George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Ice & Fire Con has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by April 20, 2017. Note that attendees must be 18 years or older.


Beach City Con, October 13-15, 2017, Virginia Beach, VA, USA. The first Steven Universe convention is a fan-run non-profit event that will offer traditional convention programming with a Crystal Gem twist.

Beach City Con has donated two tickets to Con or Bust, to be claimed by October 6, 2018.


And for planning-ahead purposes, the following memberships will be available during May 15-25, 2017, when fans of color can next request monetary assistance to cons as well as memberships:

Ice & Fire Con, April 27-28, 2018, Mt Sterling, OH, USA. Ice & Fire Con is a convention themed around George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Ice & Fire Con has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by April 20, 2018. Note that attendees must be 18 years or older.


To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by SL Huang (limited edition)

Item Name and Description: A limited print edition copy of The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by SL Huang (only 100 copies printed), donated by Book Smugglers Publishing.

A dark retelling of The Little Mermaid from the author of HUNTING MONSTERS 

I suppose if this is going to be recorded somewhere for posterity, I should set the record straight. The ghostwriter will probably cut it all, but hey, it’s the principle of the thing.

Dr. Cadence Mbella is the world’s most celebrated scholar of the atargati: sentient, intelligent deep-water beings who are most definitely not mermaids. When Cadence decides to release a captive atargati from scientific experimentation and interrogation, she knows her career and her life is forfeit. But she still yearns for the atargati–there is still so much to know about their physiology, their society, their culture. And Cadence would do anything to more fully understand the atargati… no matter what the cost.

Starting Bid: $10.

Shipping: Worldwide.

Other Notes: None.

Bidding is now CLOSED on all items. Here's what to do next.

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The Beatriceid by Kate Elliott (limited edition)

Item Name and Description: A limited edition print copy of The Beatriceid by Kate Elliott (cover art by Julie Dillon, only 100 copies printed), donated by Book Smugglers Publishing.

A stunning new short story, written in verse, set in Kate Elliott’s Spiritwalker Universe

Before Andevai, the waking of dreaming dragons, the war for Europa, and the cruel treachery of the Wild Hunt, cousins Catherine and Beatrice Hassi Barahal were novice students at the Academy. Here, Cat and Bee learned of mathematics and politics, history and storytelling. But not all stories are told or remembered in the same way–particularly where the tale of Dido and Aeneas, and the fate of Carthage and Rome are concerned.

To the victors go the spoils–only this time, it is the gilded-tongued Bee and the quick-footed Cat who will collect the winnings.

Set before the start of Cold MagicThe Beatriceid is a brand new, standalone short story written in Iambic Pentameter that reimagines The Aeneid in a feminist, Phonecian light.

This limited edition is out of print.

Starting Bid: $10.

Shipping: Worldwide.

Other notes: None.

Bidding is now CLOSED on all items. Here's what to do next.

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Portfolio review (by Pablo Defendini)

Item Name and Description:

I’ll perform a professional review and critique of your portfolio of illustration, graphic design, or digital product design work (no more than 20 pieces), bringing to bear more than 15 years’ worth of experience in the design field as an art director, digital product designer, and graphic designer. I’ll help you identify strong or weak work, cull your selection down to a manageable size that’s representative of your body of work, and give you an overall assessment of where you stand in relation to the rest of the professional field. I’ll be kind, but honest and straightforward—I’ll identify your strong work, but I’ll also call out weak work, and articulate what you can do to improve it.

Starting Bid: $50

Shipping: not applicable

Other Notes: none

Bidding is now CLOSED on all items. Here's what to do next.

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new free memberships: Nine Worlds (London, UK)

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following con has donated new free memberships, available first-come-first-serve:

Nine Worlds, 4-6 August 2017, London, England, UK. Nine Worlds is a geekfest, or a multi media, multi-genre residential pop culture convention.

Nine Worlds has donated twenty tickets to Con or Bust. Anyone who requests a membership by the end of Thursday, April 6 will be emailed the booking link for the convention hotel that Saturday (more information).

Please note: money to pay for the convention hotel can be requested only during May 15-25. Requesting a membership now just gets you on the list for the booking link.

To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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Personalized copy of REBEL, The Change #3, by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith

Item Name and Description: Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith will decorate and personalize a copy of REBEL,  the forthcoming third book in the YA Dystopia series THE CHANGE.

Welcome back to Las Anclas, a frontier town in the post-apocalyptic Wild West. In this perilous landscape, a schoolboy can create earthquakes, poisonous cloud vipers flock in the desert skies, and the beaches are stalked by giant mind-controlling lobsters.

The tyrant king Voske has been defeated, but all is not peaceful in Las Anclas. Ross’s past comes back to haunt him, Jennie struggles with her new career, Mia faces her fears, Felicite resorts to desperate measures to keep her secrets, Kerry wonders if Las Anclas has really seen the last of her father, and shy Becky Callahan may hold the key to a dangerous mystery.

In Rebel, long-held secrets of past and present are revealed, family ties can strangle as well as sustain, and the greatest peril threatening Las Anclas comes from inside its walls.

 

Starting Bid: 10.00

Shipping: anywhere

Other Notes: Book comes out mid-May, so as soon as we obtain our copies, we will send it out.

Bidding is now CLOSED on all items. Here's what to do next.

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free memberships available to Westercon 70

Fans of color/non-white fans: Con or Bust has available now, first-come first-serve, the following new memberships:

Westercon 70, July 1-4, 2017, Tempe, AZ, USA. Westercon is the most prestigious regional science fiction and fantasy convention on the west coast; Westercon 70 is also Leprecon 43 (an annual Arizona con). Its Guests of Honor are Julie Dillon, Tom Deadstuff, Larry Elmore, Connie Willis, Gini Koch, Tim Griffin, and Weston Ochse.

Westercon 70 has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by June 15, 2017.

To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle (signed ARC)

Item Name and Description: Beloved author Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn) returns with this long-anticipated new novel, a beautifully bittersweet tale of passion, enchantment, and fate.

It was a typically miserable Puget Sound winter before the arrival of Lioness Lazos.  An enigmatic young waitress with strange abilities, when the lovely Lioness comes to Gardner Island even the weather takes notice.

As an impossibly beautiful spring leads into a perfect summer, Lioness is drawn to a complicated family. She is taken in by two disenchanted lovers—dynamic Joanna Delvecchio and scholarly Abe Aronson—visited by Joanna’s previously unlucky-in-love daughter, Lily. With Lioness in their lives, they are suddenly compelled to explore their deepest dreams and desires.

Lioness grows more captivating as the days grow longer. Her new family thrives, even as they may be growing apart. But lingering in Lioness’s past is a dark secret—and even summer days must pass.

Starting Bid: 5

Shipping: United States

Other Notes: Shipping by USPS media mail; please expect 7-10 for delivery, less on the West Coast.

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