February 7th, 2013

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Collection of Sandman graphic novels

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

Item Name & Description:
Volumes 1–10 of the Sandman graphic novels by Neil Gaiman and various artists. Publication dates 1990–1996.

Gently used. Not a matched or boxed set. Not the Absolute edition. All books are softcover except for A Game of You, which is hardcover.

Starting Bid: $20

Notes: I will ship within the US for free. For international shipping, you must donate to Con or Bust an additional $50 (Canada) or $75 (elsewhere). (This is the actual cost of shipping outside the US, as far as I can determine.) Shipping will be within a few days of auction close.

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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Snow Crash first edition plus other Stephenson

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

Item Name & Description: First, there’s a first edition, first printing copy of Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash. Before anyone gets too excited I should note that this is the trade paperback version of the book; it was published simultaneously with the hardcover and so is just as much a first edition, but sells for less. Which doesn’t mean it’s not worth anything – a first edition hardcover will set you back around $200 for an ex-library copy, and for a pristine copy it’s more like $600. The paperback generally goes for less than $100, although there are some optimistic dealers charging more.

The book has clearly been read. The covers have a little wear around the edges and are very slightly curled. The spine is also somewhat curled (in the natural way). The pages have some age darkening on the exposed edges and have minor edgewear.

In addition, this lot includes a first printing hardcover of The Diamond Age and a first edition of Zodiac, Stephenson’s second novel. The Diamond Age has minor scuffing to the jacket but is otherwise nice. Zodiac has some wear, but nothing too bad (it’s a paperback – it didn’t have a hardcover edition, at least not back then).

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Snow Crash first edition and other Stephenson Snow Crash first edition and other Stephenson

Starting Bid: $50

Notes: I will mail these for free in the US but won’t mail them elsewhere (it would probably cost more than the books will go for – sorry!). I will mail them within a few days of receiving the donation notification.

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 Mammoth Book of Steampunk

Originally published at Con or Bust by Amal El-Mohtar. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Signed Copy of The Mammoth Book of Steampunk

First printing of The Mammoth Book of Steampunk, (link is to a starred PW review) edited by Sean Wallace, with an introduction by Ekaterina Sedia. Signed by Amal El-Mohtar, whose story “To Follow the Waves” appears in the book. Can be inscribed on request. See the rest of the ToC here.

Starting Bid: $20

Notes: Will ship to anywhere the UK’s Royal Mail delivers.

EDIT 2013-02-14: If bidding reaches $50, I’ll throw in an art postcard by Nimat Badawi, a Damascene artist; if bidding reaches $75, I’ll write an original (very spontaneous) poem on the back of it.

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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YA or MG SF/F manuscript critique

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

Item Name & Description: Critique of an unpublished YA or MG speculative fiction manuscript, up to 100,000 words.

Starting Bid: $25

Notes: I am an editor for Month9Books, a small publisher of speculative fiction for children; please note that this critique is not an offer of publication. I’m happy to receive your manuscript at any time in the next year. I will write you a letter similar to what I would write for an author whose book I have in development, covering plot, character, voice, pacing, and so on. You’re more than welcome to offer a YA or MG manuscript that isn’t in the speculative realm, or a speculative fiction manuscript for adults, but please be aware that I’m not as knowledgeable about those markets. Please allow two months for the completed critique. If your winning bid is over $150, I will also review your query letter or a revision of up to 1/3 of the book.

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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Crash course in mid-20th-century Japanese literature

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

Item Name & Description: Six paperback volumes of Japanese literature in English translation. There are five novels:

  • Kokoro by Natsume Soseki (tr. Edwin McClellan)
  • Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata (tr. Edward Seidensticker)
  • No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai (tr. Donald Keene)
  • After the Banquet by Yukio Mishima (tr. Donald Keene)
  • The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki (tr. Edward Seidensticker)

And, for a sense of perspective:

  • Anthology of Japanese Literature: from the earliest era to the mid-nineteenth century, compiled by Donald Keene

These have all been read, but are in decent shape. The anthology has spine creases.

Images are behind the Read more link.

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: I will mail these for free in the US but won’t mail them elsewhere (it would probably cost more than the books will go for – sorry!). I will mail them within a few days of receiving the donation notification.

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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Purple Convertible Shawl

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

Item Name & Description: Purple Convertible Shawl This gorgeous shawl was knitted using Knitty.com’s Convertible pattern. The yarn is a sequined acrylic, mohair, wool blend. The shawl measures about 50×18 inches, but is very stretchy. I’ll include a yarn wrapper so that you have the laundering instructions. My house is smoke-free, but cat occupied. I have tried to keep the item as cat-fur free as possible, but it does get into everything.

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Starting Bid: $20

Notes: I will ship internationally.

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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Mobius Scarf

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

Item Name & Description: Mobius Scarf This scarf was knitted out of a rayon/cotton blend yarn that I got at the Con or Bust Auction a few years ago, so I feel it’s only fitting to return an item made out of it back to the Con or Bust Auction this year. It’s a true Mobius loop in that it was knitted along both sides at once and has no seam. The scarf is knit up very loosely and isn’t precisely warm, but it’s a great accessory with many different ways to wear. My home is smoke-free, but cat occupied. I’ve tried to keep the fur out of it as much as possible, but cat fur really gets into everything.

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Starting Bid: $20 

Notes: I will ship internationally.  

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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Seven Clean Dragons

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

Item Name & Description: Seven Clean Dragons

Starting Bid: $20

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Seven Clean Dragons

Notes: This is my personal recipe handmade soap. In the picture are in order: Lemongrass, Banana Leaf and Acai, Sandalwood, Apple, and Unscented. There will also be a Honeysuckle scented bar (yellow) and a Blackberry scented bar (blue). Those two have been made but are not yet finished curing. Curing cold process soap takes a month so everything will be ready to ship by March 5th. I will ship within the U.S. (priority mail). See www.karlsoap.com for more information on my soap.

Update 2013-02-09: Umm… A goat’s milk dragon has seemed to join the bunch. I fear increased bidding will only make them more restless.

Update 2013-02-10: As promised pictures of the rest of the dragons: Goat’s milk, Lily of the Valley, Honeysuckle, Blackberry.

Yes, that’s right! A Lily of the Valley dragon has heard about the excitement and joined the party. The honeysuckle and blackberry will be boxed the same once they are finished curing.

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Update 2013-02-12: A new dragon has joined the mix. This dragon is much like the unscented dragon but with unrefined shea butter rather than the usual refined. This makes it a bit nutty.

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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homemade chocolate chip cookies

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

Item Name & Description: a big batch (30-32) of soft, dense, delicious chocolate chip cookies. (A testimonial.)

Starting Bid: $5.

Notes: U.S. only; delivery by Priority Mail within three weeks of payment. (I have shipped these literally across the U.S. and they have arrived undamaged.)

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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Pulp-O-Mized Jo Walton Covers (as mugs or posters)

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

Item Name & Description: Pulp-O-Mized covers of Jo Walton novels, as mugs or 12″ x 18″ posters. Four available.

The images are behind the “read more”, because there are eight of them, but here are the taglines:

  • Farthing: When evil is all around you, is there any hope of happiness?
  • Ha’Penny: If you could save Hitler or blow him up, which would you do? Show your workings.
  • Half a Crown: When all you have is Nazis, everything starts to look like a swastika!
  • Among Others: A science fiction reader with a fantasy problem. Only science fiction can help!
  • The King’s Peace: Did you ever wonder why civilization is worth preserving?
  • The Prize in the Game: When your family is as bad as this, your only hope is a mad cow!
  • Lifelode: When your great-grandmother comes back from Heaven with the gods mad at her, not even three spouses is enough!
  • My Real Children: She could remember two versions of history–but could she remember anything?

Starting Bid: $10. Four available, top four consecutive bids win (edited for clarity 2013-02-23).

Notes: Donated by the author. For shipping outside North America, please inquire.

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 hardcover, THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON by Saladin Ahmed, (UK edition)

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

Item Name & Description: Signed hardcover, THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON by Saladin Ahmed, (UK edition)

Starting Bid: 20$

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 The Human Division by John Scalzi

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

Signed ARC of The Human Division by John Scalzi

Starting Bid: $25

Notes: I will sign and personalize the ARC to whomever wins it. All shipping, etc handled by me. Go on, it’ll be fun.

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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Terry Bisson books, one signed

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

Item Name & Description: Four books by Terry Bisson:

  • Wyrldmaker, his first novel. This is a later edition mass-market paperback. It’s in decent shape but has some warping from age.
  • Talking Man, his second novel. This is also a mass-market paperback and is in the same condition as Wyrldmaker.
  • Fire on the Mountain, his third novel. See Jo Walton’s post about it for details. This is a first edition hardcover, signed and dated July 1988 (when it came out). It’s in a Mylar cover. As far as I can tell the rubbing marks in the picture are on the Mylar, not the actual jacket.
  • Bears Discover Fire, his first collection. This is a first edition hardcover, in decent shape, but with some jacket damage around the edges.

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Terry Bisson books, one signed Terry Bisson books, one signed Terry Bisson books, one signed

Starting Bid: $20

Notes: I will mail these for free in the US but won’t mail them elsewhere (it would probably cost more than the books will go for – sorry!). I will mail them within a few days of receiving the donation notification.

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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Grab bag of Orbit books (1/2)

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

Item Name & Description: A grab bag of books from Orbit, containing:

  • Kate Elliott’s COLD MAGIC (mass market paperback). This is the first book in the ongoing Spiritwalker series, which the author describes as “an Afro-Celtic post-Roman icepunk Regency fantasy adventure,” and which Publishers Weekly called “A wildly imaginative narrative that will ring happy bells for fans of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy.” More information from the author’s site.
  • N.K. Jemisin’s THE KILLING MOON (trade paperback). This is the first book of the complete Dreamblood duology, “a hugely ambitious tale of culture and empire, war and religion…and the realm of dreams,” that received starred reviews from Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. More information from the author’s site.
  • Francis Knight’s FADE TO BLACK (trade paperback). This debut fantasy novel was released this month. The publisher says it’s set in “a towering city that rises up from the deep, dark depths of a valley” and combines “the murky atmosphere of Sin City” and “the action and pace of Brent Weeks or Scott Lynch”; Kirkus calls it “Intensely realized and gripping.” Learn more or read an excerpt.
  • Robert Jackson Bennett’s AMERICAN ELSEWHERE (trade paperback). This standalone novel was released this month: “At first glance Wink, New Mexico is a seemingly normal town—except that you won’t find it on any map.” Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, saying that “Through sharp empathetic detail, the horrific becomes both achingly poignant and comic”; learn more or read an excerpt at the publisher’s site.
  • Peter Higgins’s WOLFHOUND CENTURY (hardcover). This standalone fantasy, set in an alternate Stalinist Russia, will be released in March. Publishers Weekly called it a “rich and fascinating tapestry” in a starred review; learn more at the author’s website.

Starting Bid: $15.

Notes: Donated by the publisher. Shipping to U.S. and Canada only, please.

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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Grab bag of Orbit books (2/2)

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

Item Name & Description: A grab bag of books from Orbit, containing:

  • Gail Carriger’s SOULLESS (mass market paperback). This is the first book in the Parasol Protectorate Series, which is now complete; the author says that the books “feature a soulless spinster confronting Queen Victoria’s grumpy werewolf investigator over the issue of lisping vampires.” In a starred review, Publishers Weekly said that “Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history.” Learn more at the author’s website or read an excerpt.
  • Kate Locke’s GOD SAVE THE QUEEN (hardcover). This is the first book in the ongoing Immortal Empire series, in which Queen Victoria rules with an immortal fist. Publishers Weekly said “Locke’s writing is smart and fast-paced, full of sharp dialogue and vivid detail. This stylish, original story is perfectly suited to a wonderfully constructed world.” Learn more at the author’s website.
  • Mira Grant’s FEED (mass market paperback). This is the first book in the Newsflesh Trilogy, set in a post-apocalypitc U.S. with zombies, which is now complete. It was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2011. Learn more at the author’s website.
  • James S.A. Corey’s LEVIATHAN WAKES (trade paperback). This is the first book in the ongoing Expanse series. Publishers Weekly called it a “riveting interplanetary thriller”; learn more at the authors’ website.
  • Brent Weeks’s THE BLACK PRISM (mass market paperback). Written by the author of the New York Times best-selling Night Angel Trilogy, this is the first book in the ongoing Lightbringer series, a secondary world fantasy with intricate magic and politics. Learn more at the author’s website.

Starting Bid: $15.

Notes: Donated by the publisher. Shipping to U.S. and Canada only, please.

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.