February 28th, 2011


Offer: Wire Wrapped Antique Key Pendant -- Small Dragonfly Winged Clockwork Key

Item Name & Description: Handmade wire wrapped key pendant with watch gears, brass dragonfly wings with a subtle rainbow patina, vintage bronze enameled copper wire, and fire polished glass beads. The auction is for the exact pendant shown below, and comes with an 18" antique brass plated steel chain with an antiqued brass lobster clasp. The chain is fully adjustable up to its maximum length.

This pendant is just under 3" long including the bail, approximately 3/4" across at the top of the key, and slightly over 1 3/8" across at the wingspan. It can be worn or hung as an ornament.

Starting Bid: $20

Notes: I will cover shipping via First Class or First Class International anywhere in the world, with delivery confirmation in the United States, and expect to ship within four days after receiving confirmation of your donation.

More photos of this pendant can be seen here.

Silver Owl Creations Etsy Shop
Silver Owl Creations Website

E-mail: silverowlcreations at gmail dot com

Bidding is now open and ends Sunday, March 6, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. EST (GMT -5).

Offer: An ARC of "The Sleeping Partner"

An Advance Reading Copy of The Sleeping Partner, the new Sarah Tolerance Investigation:

Starting Bid: $15

Notes: After seven years, I have a publisher for the new Sarah Tolerance mystery; I have the book; and in a few months there will be ARCs. Be the first one on your block to follow Miss Tolerance down the mean streets of her Regency London. It's 1811, the war with Napoleon is wearing on, and Miss Tolerance is hired to find a missing girl--a case that strikes very very close to home.

Note: I will not be able to ship the ARC until late spring (the book is scheduled to come out in the Fall).

madrobins at gmail dot com

Bidding is now open and ends Sunday, March 6, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. EST (GMT -5).

Offer: Paper Cities & Sybil's Garage full run

Item Name & Description: A print or e-copy of the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology, Paper Cities, and a full run of Sybil's Garage 1-7. Issues 3 and 7 are available in print or PDF. Issues 1,2,4,5 and 6 are PDFs.

Starting Bid: $20

Notes: Shipping to US & Canada only please for print versions. If you are outside of the US & Canada, I will send you PDFs of all issues.

E-mail: matt [at] senses five [dot com]

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Three signed Evie Scelan / Hunt books by Ronald

Item Name & Description: Signed copies of Spiral Hunt, Wild Hunt, and Soul Hunt by Margaret Ronald.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Delivery by Priority Mail within US; delivery outside US to depend on cost. Personalization available.

E-mail: mlronald at gmail dot com

Bidding is now open and ends Sunday, March 6, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. EST (GMT -5).

OFFER: Curry Powder and Cookbook by previous GOH Mary Anne Mohanraj

Curry powder and cookbook, made by last year's Guest of Honor Mary Anne Mohanraj (born in Sri Lanka): One large jar of Sri Lankan curry powder, freshly hand-roasted and ground by yours truly, accompanied by a signed copy of my Sri Lankan cookbook, A Taste of Serendib. I'll either bring them to WisCon or mail them to you, your choice.

The curry powder works great as an easy, mildly-spicy rub for roast or grilled meats, and of course, for cooking curries. It's traditionally used for meat or fish recipes, but I've successfully used it with seitan in the past, if you prefer vegetarian options. I think small cubes of baked tofu would work too.

More about me: http://www.mamohanraj.com

Cookbook menu: http://www.mamohanraj.com/Taste/taste.html

Starting bid: $25


OFFER: Custom story and character by last year's WisCon GOH

I'll write a short story dedicated to you and publish it on my web page, for all your friends and fans to enjoy!


- you get to pick the gender, race, age, and other reasonable identifying characteristics of the main character. They need not be human.
- you can suggest other details about the protagonist
- you get to pick the name of the character too (although if it's too hard to work with, I may ask you to try again)
- you get to pick the genre of the story (SF / fantasy / mainstream / erotica / steampunk / mystery / etc.). I'm not good with horror, westerns, or cyberpunk / super-hard-SF, but will try if that's what you really want.

- the story will be between 2,000 - 10,000 words
- the story will be written and published on my site within a month of the auction ending. (If you have a site / blog / magazine and want to publish it there first, that's probably fine; I reserve the right to then publish it on my site within a few months, and/or resell it elsewhere. We can discuss the details.)

So for example, you could say you wanted an erotic SF story about Jane Smith, an African-Australian beauty with a dark past. And I would do my best to work with that. :-)


Starting bid: $25


Here's my bio, in case you aren't familiar with my work:

Mary Anne Mohanraj is author of Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins) and nine other titles. Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six languages. Mohanraj founded the Hugo-nominated magazine, Strange Horizons. She was Guest of Honor at WisCon 2010, received a Breaking Barriers Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women for her work in Asian American arts organizing, and won an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship. Mohanraj has taught at the Clarion SF/F workshop, and is now Clinical Assistant Professor of fiction and literature and Associate Coordinator of Asian and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She serves as Executive Director of both DesiLit (www.desilit.org) and the Speculative Literature Foundation (www.speclit.org). Recent SF/F publications include "Talking to Elephants" (Abyss & Apex) and "Jump Space" (Thought Experiments). She lives in a creaky old Victorian in Oak Park, just outside Chicago, with her partner, Kevin, two small children, and a sweet dog. She's currently working on a YA fantasy trilogy, in which youngsters from our world travel to an magical island very similar to ancient Sri Lanka.
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Once Upon a Time Card Game

Once Upon a Time Card Game, Second Edition (112 storytelling cards, 56 happily ever after ending cards). This is a beautiful imagination game for a pair of people or a group. The game is unopened, still sealed.

Starting Bid: $15.00

Will be sent as soon as the auction is over to the highest bidder, and I will pay postage.

E-mail:sartorias at g mail dot com

Bidding is now open and ends Sunday, March 6, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. EST (GMT -5).
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Signed set of Heroes novels by Moira J. Moore

Item Name & Description: All five of Moira J. Moore's novels to date about Lee and Taro, Resenting the Hero, The Hero Strikes Back, Heroes Adrift, Heroes At Risk, and Heroes Return. These can be signed and personalized if desired.

Starting Bid: $15.

Notes: can be sent anywhere, though shipping method to outside of Canada and the U.S. will depend on price.

E-mail: knepveu at steelypips dot org (on behalf of author)

Bidding is now open and ends Sunday, March 6, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. EST (GMT -5).
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Offer: Basic "Boyfriend" Hat

Item Name & Description: Hand-knit rolled-brim "boyfriend" hat. Nice, basic, no-frills hat. Also suitable for non-boyfriends, including but not limited to girlfriends, spouses/partners, friends from work, parents, children, favorite dentists, yoga instructors, distant cousins abroad. And dogs.

Fig. 1 -- Dogs in hats. Bartleby (right) wearing an XL merino wool/alpaca blend hat knitted for my father-in--law. Buttercup (left) modeling a S/M cotton-acrylic blend hat intended for my 4 year-old nephew (who much preferred the box of rubber dinosaurs to the hand-knit hat. Go figure).

Fig. 2 -- Seller's "little" brother, trying on his nearly-finished merino wool/silk blend hat on Christmas morning.

Fig. 3 -- Finished hat from Fig. 2.

Starting Bid: $15 .

Notes: Winner should specify desired hat circumference (IN INCHES) and general color palette (ie. pinks/yellows/pastels, blue/terracotta/earth tones, black/green/bold tones). Exact colors will depend on availability at yarn store. Default yarns are cotton/acrylic blend for children, merino wool/silk blend for adults. PLEASE SPECIFY ANY KNOWN FIBER ALLERGIES or yarn preferences; please add an additional $5 to your final con-or-bust donation if you want some super-fancy silk-cashmere-angora-vervet blend yarn. Shipping included. Wait time = time it takes me to log enough Law & Order and M*A*S*H re-runs to complete one hat. Fabulous hat-modeling dogs not included.

E-mail: loonunit_at_yahoo_dot_com

Bidding is now open and ends Sunday, March 6, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. EST (GMT -5).

Offer: three books from Subterranean

Item Name & Description: Three books from Subterranean Press:
Starting Bid: $30 (that's for all three, as one lot)

Notes: All are trade (not "signed, limited") first editions. All are in like new condition. Angelic is out of print; Metatropolis is out of print by Subterranean but has been reprinted by Tor.

E-mail: jazzfishzen EDIT at google's email service

Bidding is now open and ends Sunday, March 6, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. EST (GMT -5).

(edited to strip reference to email)
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Announcement: Major Expansion of Con or Bust

I am incredibly pleased to announce a major expansion of Con or Bust: after this year's WisCon, Con or Bust will provide assistance to people of color to attend the SFF cons of their choice, rather than only WisCon or other cons selected by Con or Bust.

This forthcoming change should allow Con or Bust to help both a wider range and a greater number of fans. Collapse )

This year's auction will still benefit those who've requested assistance to attend this year's WisCon: people have made requests and donated on this assumption, and it would be unfair to change the purpose of this year's auction now. But any money remaining after WisCon will be put toward helping people of color attend the SFF cons of their own choosing. Indeed, until the next auction, that will be the only funds available to help people [*]—so, to give us the ability to help as many people as possible during this year, I would be extremely grateful if everyone could spread the word of Con or Bust's expansion, of all the great things being auctioned off, and of the fact that it's not too late to offer items.

[*] Unless we find someone to design a logo to adorn T-shirts and other merchandise. Artists and friends of artists, please take a look at the request for proposals. We will pay!

I am almost ridiculously excited about this new direction, which I believe will really increase Con or Bust's ability to support people of color in con-going SFF fandom. I hope the SFF community, which has been so supportive to date, shares my enthusiasm. Remember, this year's auction concludes Sunday, March 6, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. EST (GMT -5). For more information, see the detailed instructions on how to bid on auctions, how to donate, and how to request assistance for this year's WisCon. Please link to this post or the 2011 auction annoucement post and spread the word!


Offer: Earrings

Item Name & Description: One pair of swirly earrings, made from green glass beads and silver plated wire, approximately 2 inches long.

I like to think of these as "Earth Nation" earrings, but I think I really ought to watch more than three episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender before I start doing things like that. >_>

Earth Nation

Starting Bid: $8

Notes: I'll cover shipping anywhere to the US and Canada; shipping elsewhere is negotiable.

E-mail: vamcguin at gmail dot com

Bidding is now open and ends Sunday, March 6, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. EST (GMT -5).