February 4th, 2013

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The Porcelain Dove

Originally published at Con or Bust by Delia Sherman. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Trade paperback edition of The Porcelain Dove, or Constancy’s Reward, Plume, 1993

Starting Bid: $15

Notes: The trade paperback of my second novel, long out of print. It’s a historical set in 18th Century France, the story of a maid, her flighty but much-beloved mistress, and her mistress’s mad husband. Winner of the Mythopoeic Award.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Short Story Critique

Originally published at Con or Bust by Delia Sherman. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Short Story Critique

Starting Bid: $50

Notes: I will read and give you a critique, either written or in person via Skype or Google Hangout, of a short story of up to 10,000 words.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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UFO My Pretty Dice Bag

Originally published at Con or Bust by Raechel Henderson. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description:
UFO My Pretty Dice Bag. This dice bag has four interior pockets to store dice, counters, tokens, etc. The bottom is flat and reinforced so that it’ll stand on it’s own. The drawstring closure keeps everything secure. Granted, this bag could be used for much more than just dice. It can be a purse, a treasure bag, a place to keep your jewelry, crystals, whatever. This dice bag is made from red cotton printed with UFOs, spaceships, shooting stars and telescopes. The interior and pockets are red lining. Pictures at: https://www.etsy.com/listing/115567448/my-pretty-dice-bag-ufos-edition.

Starting Bid: $20.00

Notes: The dice bag is ready to ship.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Public reviews of your speculative short fiction!

Originally published at Con or Bust by Bogi Takács. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: I’ll review your speculative stories!

Starting Bid: $25

Notes:

Reviews of 3 short stories OR 2 novelettes OR 1 novella of your choice! Speculative fiction only. You can request any published and commercially available works. (Free websites count.) You don’t need to request your own fiction – this is a good opportunity to focus attention on your favorite works! Or even your most hated ones ;]

I do not normally review self-pub, but I will do so for the purposes of this auction, so you can request self-published work too.

You’ll need to email me the stories if they are not available free of charge online. Reviews will follow my usual format, check out the website to see over a hundred examples!

Works published in 2013 will also be included in my story battles feature!

Story length is decided by Nebula award word count.

“Short Story: less than 7,500 words;
Novelette: at least 7,500 words but less than 17,500 words;
Novella: at least 17,500 words but less than 40,000 words”

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Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Fallen World books 1 & 2, signed

Originally published at Con or Bust by Megan Crewe. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: The first two books in the Fallen World trilogy, THE WAY WE FALL (paperback or hardcover, your choice) and THE LIVES WE LOST (hardcover), signed.

This is a YA post-apocalyptic series. See www.FallenWorldTrilogy.com for full description, excerpt, etc.

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: I’ll personalize the signature as requested.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Signed Copy of The Apocalypse Ocean

Originally published at Con or Bust by Tobias Buckell. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: A signed copy of the 4th book in the Xenowealth series (preceded by Crystal Rain, Ragamuffin, Sly Mongoose). Hardcover, one of a 200 limited edition offset print run. Low-acid paper.

Starting Bid: $5

Notes: Will ship anywhere in the world. Will personalize how ever you would like.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Disappearing Nightly & Doppelgangster – Signed by Author

Originally published at Con or Bust by Laura Resnick. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Disappearing Nightly & Doppelgangster (Signed) by Laura Resnick

Esther Diamond novels 1&2

Mass market paperbacks

DAW Books editions (June 2012 & January 2010)

“Fans of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series will appreciate this series’ lively heroine and the appealing combination of humor, mystery, and romance.” –Library Journal

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: Happy to personalize the autograph, as requested! Shipping by media mail.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Signed copy of WITH FATE CONSPIRE

Originally published at Con or Bust by Marie Brennan. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Signed copy of With Fate Conspire. A first edition hardcover copy of With Fate Conspire, the stand-alone fourth volume in the Onyx Court series of historical fantasies by Marie Brennan. Autograph can be personalized upon request.

Starting Bid: $15

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Signed copy of A STAR SHALL FALL

Originally published at Con or Bust by Marie Brennan. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Signed copy of A Star Shall Fall

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: A signed, mass-market paperback edition of A Star Shall Fall, the stand-alone third volume in the Onyx Court series of historical fantasies by Marie Brennan. Autograph can be personalized upon request.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Double-signed copy of A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS

Originally published at Con or Bust by Marie Brennan. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Double-signed copy of A Natural History of Dragons

Starting Bid: $20

Notes: A hardcover copy of A Natural History of Dragons, signed by both author Marie Brennan and artist Todd Lockwood. Author’s autograph may be personalized on request.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Set of mass market Deverry paperbacks

Originally published at Con or Bust by Katharine Kerr. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Four paperbacks of the last “act” of the Deverry series, THE GOLD FALCON, THE SPIRIT STONE, THE SHADOW ISLE, and THE SILVER MAGE. All signed and if you wish, inscribed with a personal message to you. You have your choice of the UK Geoff Tayler cover art or the American Jodi Lee cover art.

Starting Bid: Twenty dollars American.

Notes:I will pay the shipping, even unto Europe and the Antipodes.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Review of something of your choice

Originally published at Con or Bust by Oyceter. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: A review of a book/comic/tv series/movie/etc. of your choice

Starting Bid: $5

Notes: I’ll write a review of something of your choice, to be posted on my blog.

The subject of the review should be something readable (book, manga, comic, short story, etc.) or watchable (movie, anime, tv show, drama, etc.), and it should be limited to about 4 hours of time. So that’s about 500-800 pages of book, or a few comic volumes. It should also be available in a way that’s accessible to me, otherwise it’ll be kind of difficult for me to review it ;).

I’ll post the review within a month of finishing whatever I’m reviewing.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Signed ARC of A TIME OF EXILE

Originally published at Con or Bust by Katharine Kerr. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: An Advanced Reading Copy of the Bantam edition of A TIME OF EXILE, Book 5 in the Deverry cycle. Pale blue somewhat plain cover, in very good but not perfect condition.

Starting Bid: Ten dollars American.

Notes: I will pay the postage to anywhere that doesn’t require camel or yak delivery.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Memberships to Balticon to be available

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

I’m pleased to announce that Balticon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust. Balticon is the Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention; it takes place from May 24-27, 2013 in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

This year’s guests are:

Guest of Honor: Joe Haldeman
Artist Guest of Honor: Rick Sternbach
Special Guest: Nnedi Okorafor
Music/Filk Guest of Honor: Ada Palmer
Featured Filkers : Sassafrass (premiering SUNDOWN)

Balticon will have sign language interpreters at all major events and on call as needed.

Con or Bust will accept requests for assistance to attend Balticon, and other cons in April, May, and June 2013, from February 15-25, 2013. Learn more.

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Exile, The First Book of the Seven Eyes, signed hardback first edition

Originally published at Con or Bust by Betsy Dornbusch. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Exile, The First Book of the Seven Eyes, signed hard back first edition

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Starting Bid: $10

Notes: shipping to US and Canada only.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Partial Manuscript Critique

Originally published at Con or Bust by Eileen Cook. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Published YA author (www.eileencook.com) will offer a three chapter or up to 50 page critique of your manuscript. I promise to be either kind or ruthless, or both depending on your preference.

Starting Bid: $100

Notes: The manuscript will be reviewed within 45 days of receiving it- or sooner if I am avoiding my own writing.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.