Con Or Bust: Helping Fans of Color Attend SFF Cons


[sticky post]Sticky Post: Welcome to Con or Bust!
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kate_nepveu
Welcome to Con or Bust, which helps fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF conventions. Con or Bust now has its own website. Its annual fundraising acount runs from Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5) and end Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern; auction items and announcements are crossposted here but all bidding and offering happens in comments at the original post. Come check it out—all you need is an email address, no logins necessary.

Con or Bust is administered by kate_nepveu under the umbrella of the Carl Brandon Society. Learn more about its history.

If you are a fan of color/non-white fan, here is how to request assistance.

You may donate money to Con or Bust at any time with a PayPal account or credit card (more information):







If you represent a convention and would like to donate memberships or otherwise support Con or Bust, please contact knepveu@steelypips.org.

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The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells (signed hardcover)
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kate_nepveu
Originally posted at Con or Bust by Martha Wells. All comments must be made there.

book coverItem Name & Description: A signed hardcover copy of The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells, the latest novel in The Books of the Raksura series.


Starting Bid: $15


Shipping: Worldwide


Other Notes? See a first chapter excerpt, description, and other information here.



Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


Auction offers being accepted now; free con memberships
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kate_nepveu
Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

Hi everyone! I’m slowly digging out from being away for a week, so two reminders.


First: Con or Bust’s online auction is currently accepting offers. What’s more, this year items need to be submitted by May 24, so don’t wait! Find out more about offering things for auction at the main auction information page, or go right to the Submit an Auction form. (I’ve got a bunch of great offers queued up, and more to come. Keep an eye out!) Bidding starts on May 25.


Second: many, many con memberships are now available or will soon be available. Above the jump, I will list the new ones, which will be available during the next request-assistance period of May 27-June 6, 2016; below the jump, I will list all ones available right this very minute. Check out the Request Assistance page for more information on how to request these memberships.


New memberships to be available May 27-June 6, 2016



  • Windycon, November 11-13, 2016, Lombard, IL, USA. Windycon is Chicagoland’s oldest science fiction convention. Its Guests are: Author Guest of Honor: Adam Selzer; Artist Guest of Honor: Art Baltazar; Costuming Guest of Honor: Nerd Circus; Music Guest of Honor: Ookla the Mok; Fan Guests of Honor: Doc & Anne Passovoy; and Toastmaster: Tanya Huff.

    Individuals have donated two memberships to Windycon.



  • ConFusion, January 19th -22nd, 2017, Novi, MI, USA. ConFusion is the longest-running fan-run sf/f convention in Michigan and a premier event for publishing professionals and fans alike.

    ConFusion has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by December 31, 2016.



  • Capricon, February 16-19, 2017, Wheeling, IL, USA. Capricon’s Author Guest of Honor is Beth Revis; Artist Guest of Honor is Nilah Magruder; and Fan Guest of Honor is Meg Frank.

    Individuals have donated four memberships to Capricon.




Memberships available now, first-come first-serve



  • Satellite 5, 28th – 29th May 2016, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Satellite focusses on the interface between science fact and science fiction; Satellite 5 heads back into orbit to look at science and SF relating to space stations, orbiting habitats, floating cities etc. The Guest of Honor is Jaine Fenn.

    Satellite has donated one membership to Con or Bust.



  • Au Contraire 2016, 3-5 June, 2016, Wellington, New Zealand. Au Contraire is the 37th National Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention for New Zealand (NatCon for short). Its Guests include Stephanie Paul (Iron Sky), Martin Wallace (Treefrog Games), and A.J. Fitzwater.

    Au Contraire has donated one membership to Con or Bust.



  • LepreCon 42, June 23-26, 2016, Phoenix, AZ, USA. LepreCon is Arizona’s Annual Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention with an art emphasis. Its 2016 theme is “Life, the Universe & Everything” and its currently-announced guests of honor are Jennie Breeden and Ben Woerner.

    LepreCon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.



  • CONvergence, June 30 – July 3, 2016, Bloomington, MN, USA. CONvergence is an annual convention for fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy in all media: a 4-day event with more than 6,000 members, and the premiere event of its kind in the upper mid-west. Its Guests of Honor are Amal El-Mohtar, Amy Shira Teitel, Cam Banks, Christopher Jones, Daren Dochterman, Joseph Scrimshaw, Khary Payton, Mark Oshiro, and Ytasha Womack.

    CONvergence has donated four memberships to Con or Bust, of which one has been claimed.



  • Westercon 69, July 1-4, 2016, Portland, OR, USA. Westercon is an annual West Coast convention. Its 2016 Guests of Honor and Special Guests are: Writer Guest of Honor: John Scalzi; Special Guest: Charles Stross; Fan Guest of Honor: David D. Levine; Artist Guest of Honor: Theresa Mather.

    Westercon 69 has donated ten attending memberships to Con or Bust.



  • Motor City Steam Con, July 22-24, 2016, Livonia, MI, USA. This year’s guests at Michigan’s steamiest con are Steampunk Eddie, Karianne Gottschalk, James Neathery, Charles E. Manson II, Kevin Steil, Diana M. Pho (Ay-leen the Peacemaker), and Bethalynne Bajema.

    Motor City Steam Con has donated five passes to Con or Bust.



  • CON.TXT, July 29-31, 2016, Arlington, VA, USA. CON.TXT is a media convention with a focus on fanworks; the theme for its tenth anniversary is “Ten years. Five cons. All the feels.”

    CON.TXT has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed before May 2016. In addition, all attendees must be 18 or older on July 29, 2016.



  • Myths and Legends Convention, August 12-14, 2016, Denver, CO, USA. MALCon Denver celebrates our modern myths and legends, and in 2016, is focusing on Firefly, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Supernatural, Game of Thrones, and Dresden Files. Its featured Guest of Honor is Jim Butcher.

    MALCon has donated five memberships to Con or Bust.



  • Salt City Steamfest, August 12-14, 2016, West Valley City, UT, USA. Salt City Steamfest is a steampunk convention in its fifth year. The theme for 2016 is The Festival of Friendship.

    Salt City Steamfest has donated two memberships (Nomad Passports) to Con or Bust.



  • Nine Worlds, 12th-14th August 2016, London, UK. Nine Worlds is about gaming, film, cosplay, fandom, literature, science, geek culture, meeting people and having a really big party.

    Nine Worlds has donated twenty (20) tickets to Con or Bust, of which 7 remain.



  • MidAmeriCon II, August 17-21, 2016, Kansas City, MO, USA. MidAmeriCon is the 2016 WorldCon; its Guests of Honor are Kinuko Y. Craft, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Tamora Pierce, and Michael Swanwick, and its Toastmaster is Pat Cadigan.

    Individuals have donated two attending memberships, of which one remains; it should be claimed by July 31, 2016. (Previously, MidAmeriCon donated four memberships to Con or Bust; an individual donated one membership; and an individual donated one hotel reservation, all of which have been claimed.)




James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips
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kate_nepveu
Originally posted at Con or Bust by Catherine Lundoff. All comments must be made there.

Item Name & Description: James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips; Biography of the writer James Tiptree, Jr., hardcover, 1st edition


Starting Bid: $5


Shipping: U.S. and Canada


Other Notes? Item will be shipped to auction winner on 6/11/16



Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold (signed)
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kate_nepveu
Originally posted at Con or Bust by Catherine Lundoff. All comments must be made there.

Item Name & Description: A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold; Hardcover, signed first edition.


Starting Bid: $5.


Shipping: U.S. and Canada


Other Notes? Book will be sent to winner by 6/11/16.



Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


Assorted Feminist SF/F (books)
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kate_nepveu
Originally posted at Con or Bust by Catherine Lundoff. All comments must be made there.

Item Name & Description: Memories and Visions: Women’s Science Fiction and Fantasy, Tales of Magical Realism by Women: Dreams in a Minor Key and The Women Who Walk Through Fire: Women’s Fantasy and Science Fiction, Vol. 2, all edited by Susanna Sturgis; 3 out of print feminist sf/f anthologies including stories by Lucy Sussex, Eleanor Arnason, Rachel Pollack, Kathleen de Azevedo, L. Timmel Duchamp and others.


Flying Cups & Saucers: Gender Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy,edited by Debbie Notkin and the Secret Feminist Cabal; Anthology of Tiptree Award-winning short fiction, including works by Ursula Le Guin, Delia Sherman, Carol Emshwiller, Kelley Eskridge and others


Larque on the Wing by Nancy Springer: Novel; Larque Harootunian is having a mid-life crisis. But Larque, wife, mother and painter isn’t like most 40-year-olds. All her life she’s been generating “doppelgangers,” psychic manifestations of her thoughts that can impact and, as she suddenly realizes, impede, the reality of her own life. She embarks on a journey of self-exploration that culminates in her transformation–a common occurrence in this world–into an attractive gay man. In the end, she must weigh the attractions of this existence against the good aspects of her actual life. A 1995 James Tiptree Award winner.


Starting Bid: $10


Shipping: Ship to U.S. and Canada.


Other Notes? Books will be shipped to winner on 6/11/16.


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Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


Short story critique from E. Lily Yu
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kate_nepveu
Originally posted at Con or Bust by E. Lily Yu. All comments must be made there.

Item Name & Description: Short story critique


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. I am willing to read in almost any genre.


Starting Bid: 50


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.



Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


ARC of POISONED BLADE (Court of Fives 2)
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kate_nepveu
Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Elliott. All comments must be made there.

Book coverItem Name & Description: A signed Advance Reader Copy of POISONED BLADE, book two of the Court of Fives trilogy. Also: a Court of Fives bookmark.


Starting Bid: $18.00


Shipping: Worldwide.


Other Notes “Little Women meet American Ninja Warrior in a setting inspired by Greco-Roman Egypt.” Court of Fives is a Young Adult series with a biracial heroine that includes competitive athletics, family, and an examination of colonialism and the complex lives of women in a patriarchal society.


Bookmark



 


Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


Brick from Ray Bradbury's home.
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kate_nepveu
Originally posted at Con or Bust by John King Tarpinian. All comments must be made there.

Item Name & Description: A brick from Ray Bradbury’s demolished home. Photo available upon request.


Starting Bid: Up to you.


Shipping: Contiguous USA


Other Notes? My provenance: http://file770.com/?p=20397



Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
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kate_nepveu
Originally posted at Con or Bust by Quirk Books. All comments must be made there.

Last Call at the Nightshade LoungeItem Name & Description: 1 copy of Paul Krueger’s debut novel Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge


Description: Bailey Chen is fresh out of college with all the usual new-adult demons: no cash, no job offers, and an awkward relationship with Zane, the old friend she kinda-sorta hooked up with during high school.


But when Zane introduces Bailey to his monster-fighting bartender friends, her demons become a lot more literal. It turns out evil creatures stalk the city streets after hours, and they can only be hunted with the help of magically-mixed cocktails: vodka grants super-strength, whiskey offers the power of telekinesis, and tequila lets its drinker fire blasts of elemental energy. But will all of these powers be enough for Bailey to halt a mysterious rash of gruesome deaths? And what will she do when the safety of a “real world” job beckons?


This sharp and funny urban fantasy is perfect for fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and grown-up readers of Harry Potter. Includes 15 recipes from a book of ancient cocktail lore.


Starting Bid: $10


Shipping: Ships anywhere.



Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


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