For those planning ahead, I’m pleased to announce what I believe is Con or Bust’s first donation from a Southern Hemisphere con: 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. Fans of color/non-white fans can request it during the next request assistance period, August 15-25; see the Request Assistance page for more information.
And for the other memberships to be available in August, and lots available right this minute, check out the Upcoming Cons page. Thanks, and please spread the word!
Fans of color/non-white fans: thanks to the incredible generosity of a private donor, Con or Bust has available twenty-three (23) free attending memberships to Sasquan (August 19-23, 2015, Spokane, WA, USA). Sasquan is the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon). Its guests of honor are Brad Foster, David Gerrold, Vonda N. McIntyre, Tom Smith, and Leslie Turek.
These must be claimed in time for the recipients to make the August 2 pre-registration deadline; please go to the Request Assistance page to learn how. And please spread the word!
Through Sunday, June 7 (11:59pm Eastern time), John Scalzi will donate $1 for every picture of your happy pup posted over at his blog. If you have a dog, go post a picture! If you don’t, or if you just need a happy-dog pick-me-up, go enjoy the thread!
Many thanks to John, and to all who’ve already posted and spread the word. And as a reminder, Con or Bust currently has a whole lot of free memberships available for fans of color/non-white fans, so check it out!
Con or Bust currently has the following free memberships available, first-come first-serve, for fans of color/non-white fans:
Archipelacon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.
Pi-Con has donated six memberships to Con or Bust.
Nine Worlds has donated twenty (20) passes to Con or Bust, to be claimed by 1 August, of which 16 remain.
BristolCon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which should be claimed by the end of August.
Sirens has donated three registrations and shuttle tickets to Con or Bust, of which one remains. In addition, an individual has donated another registration & shuttle ticket. These should be claimed by September 12, the registration deadline.
JOFCon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.
Maneki Neko Con has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.
Octocon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, of which one remains.
GeekGirlCon has donated six passes to Con or Bust.
Wincon has donated ten memberships to Con or Bust.
Ms. Lundoff has offered to donate one membership to Arcana.
Go to the Request Assistance page to claim a membership, and please spread the word!
The following free memberships are now available for fans of color/non-white fans:
Sasquan donated three attending memberships to Con or Bust, which have been claimed. An individual has also donated an attending membership to Con or Bust.
BristolCon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.
Sirens has donated three registrations and shuttle tickets to Con or Bust.
These can be requested individually or, through May 25, as part of a broader assistance request. Please see the Request Assistance page for more information, and please spread the word!
Reminder: Con or Bust will be accepting requests for assistance from fans of color/non-white fans to attend SFF cons through Monday, May 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.)
From now through May 25, 2015, Con or Bust is accepting requests from fans of color/non-white fans to attend upcoming SFF cons. Here’s how to request assistance; here’s the list of upcoming cons for which specific assistance is available.
Please spread the word!
Jim C. Hines today announced publication of Invisible 2, a ebook anthology of essays about representation in science fiction and fantasy, all proceeds from which benefit Con or Bust.
The anthology contains 19 essays; an introduction by Aliette de Bodard; and a list of all the suggested books and stories from the comments and conversations online (full Table of Contents is behind the jump). The cover art is by Mark Ferrari.
It can be purchased at:
(iBooks availability is apparently forthcoming.)
Check it out, and thanks to Jim and all the contributors for agreeing to benefit Con or Bust!
Here’s the full Table of Contents:
I’m very pleased to report that the final total of pledged bids in the 2015 Con or Bust auction stands at $10,139. Donations during the auction, including the matching gift, bring the total for the Con or Bust’s 2015-2016 funds to $12,726. This doesn’t beat last year’s record, but is still the second-highest amount raised during the auction period in Con or Bust’s existence.
If you haven’t paid for your auction item yet, check out this post for information and to ask any questions. And if you have feedback about the auction, I would be very glad to hear it. I’m particularly interested in what people thought of the new last-minute bidding—in terms of the load the website was under, it seemed to work pretty well to me—and any suggestions for people who might donate items next year.
I’m also pleased to report on Con or Bust’s activity since the last auction. From March 2014 through May 2015, Con or Bust provided assistance 95 times to help 85 different people attend 25 different cons. Of those 95 times, 41 did not include monetary assistance, only donated memberships (or, in one case, a hotel room donated by a convention). Monetary assistance was provided 54 times, sometimes in conjunction with donated memberships. The awards ranged from $25 to $2,300; 34 of the 54 awards were $500 or less.
Thanks again for all your help and support during the auction and over the past year. And, of course, you can always support Con or Bust by donating money or con memberships and by spreading the word about the availability of assistance, including free memberships available now and monetary assistance to be requested from May 15-25.