February 11th, 2013

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Alternate Worlds Bundle — AUTOGRAPHED

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

FIVE ALTERNATE WORLDS ANTHOLOGIES

All signed by Mike Resnick

ALTERNATE TYRANTS, ed. Mike Resnick (Tor Books, 1997). Trade paperback. Fine condition, some age-yellowing of pages.

ALTERNATE KENNEDYS, ed. Mike Resnick (Tor Books, 1992). Mass market paperback, very good condition.

ALTERNATE OUTLAWS, ed. Mike Resnick (Tor Books, 1994). Mass market paperback, very good condition.

ALTERNATE WARRIORS, ed. Mike Resnick (Tor Books, 1993). Mass market paperback, very good condition.

ALTERNATE PRESIDENTS, ed. Mike Resnick (Tor Books, 1992). Mass market paperback, slight shelf wear.

(Covers behind the Read more link.)

Contributing authors include:

David Gerrold * Robert Sheckley * Kristine Kathryn Rusch * Mercedes Lackey * Esther Friesner * Maureen McHugh * George Alec Effinger * Kathe Koja * Laura Resnick * Michelle Sagara *Allen Steele * Geoffrey Landis* Jane Yolen

Starting Bid: $20

Notes: Item to be shipped media mail within 2 business days of auction closing.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Starters Package – 2 books (one UK), Audio CD, Swag

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

In a future Los Angeles, becoming someone else is now possible. Sixteen-year-old Callie discovers the Body Bank where teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. But when her neurochip malfunctions, she wakes up in the mansion of her rich renter and finds she is going out with a senator’s grandson. It’s a fairy-tale new life, until she discovers her renter’s deadly plan.

Item Name & Description: This package – never before assembled – includes a signed, hardback first edition of Starters, 10 signed bookmarks, 5 postcards, a collectible chapter sampler and readers guide, the audiobook cd set (valued at over $33), and the UK edition of the Starters novel. This UK version is the only one that has the ability to play the Starters trailer when you point your phone at it (free app).

Starting Bid: $10.00

Notes: U.S. Only.

Starters was a B&N Best Teen Book of 2012, won the its Eselsohr Award for Best YA Book and the Crimezone Award for Best YA Thriller, and voted one of the top 10 books in Germany and France for 2012. Visit the author’s site at www.lissaprice.com.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Merge/Disciple and The Gift of Fire/On the Head of a Pin by Walter Mosley

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

Item Name & Description: The Gift of Fire/On the Head of a Pin and Merge/Disciple by Walter Mosley (hardcovers). Each of these is two short speculative fiction novels in one book, the first two volumes in the series Crosstown to Oblivion.

book cover In The Gift of Fire/On the Head of a Pin, Prometheus “walks from [his] immortal prison into present-day South Central Los Angeles,” and two researchers, attempting “to create high-end movies indistinguishable from live-action . . . discover something lingering in the rendered footage.” Publishers Weekly said that this bok “demonstrates [Mosley's] proficiency with high-quality speculative fiction and are equally accessible to mystery and fantasy readers. . . . Fans of thoughtful, subtly eerie present-day fantasy will eagerly await future Crosstown to Oblivion novellas.” Read an excerpt.

book coverIn Merge/Disciple, a lottery winner “notices something in his apartment that at first seems ordinary but quickly reveals itself to be from a world very different from our own”, and a data-entry clerk receives a bizarre instant message and becomes a corporation in a matter of days, only to realize that “he has become a pawn in a much larger game with unimaginable stakes—a battle that threatens the prime life force on Earth.” This was an NPR Best Book of the Year. Read an excerpt.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Tor Books.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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ARC of Mending the Moon by Susan Palwick

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

Item Name & Description: ARC of Mending the Moon by Susan Palwick, which will be released in May 2013.

Description:

Melinda Soto, aged sixty-four, vacationing in Mexico, is murdered by a fellow American tourist.

Back in her hometown of Reno, Nevada, she leaves behind her adopted son, Jeremy, whom she rescued from war-torn Guatamala when he was a toddler—just one of her many causes over the years. And she leaves behind a circle of friends: Veronique, the academic stuck in a teaching job from which she can’t retire; Rosemary, who’s losing her husband to Alzheimer’s and who’s trying to lose herself in volunteer work; Henrietta, the priest at Rosemary’s and Melinda’s church.

Jeremy already had a fraught relationship with his charismatic mother and the people in her orbit. Now her death is tearing him apart, and he can barely stand the rituals of remembrance that ensue among his mother’s friends. Then the police reveal who killed Melinda: a Seattle teenager who flew home to his parents and drowned himself just days later.

It’s too much. Jeremy’s not the only one who can’t deal. Friendships fray. But the unexpected happens: an invitation to them all, from the murderer’s mother, to come to Seattle for his memorial. It’s ridiculous. And yet, somehow, each of them begins to see in it a chance to heal. Aided, in peculiar ways, by Jeremy’s years-long obsession with the comic-book hero Comrade Cosmos, and the immense cult of online commentary it’s spawned.

Shot through with feeling and inventiveness, this is a novel of the odd paths that lead to home.

Palwick won the Crawford Award for Flying in Place.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Tor Books.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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All Men of Genuis by Lev Rosen

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

book cover Item Name & Description: All Men of Genuis by Lev Rosen (trade paperback).

This is a steampunk novel with crossdressing and academia; Publishers Weekly said “Rosen’s lighthearted debut puts a steampunk spin on the Victorian comedy of manners while sneakily critiquing the gender biases of both genres… Decommissioned robots, mysterious mechanisms, strange squid creatures, blackmail, and a number of vivid characters add up to a great deal of fun.” Read an excerpt.

Starting Bid: $5.

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Tor Books.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Earthseed and Farseed by Pamela Sargent

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

book coverItem Name & Description: Earthseed and Farseed by Pamela Sargent (trade paperbacks).

These are books 1 and 2 of the (completed) Seed Trilogy, in which, over a century earlier, the people of a dying Earth launched a ship to find a habitable world for the children the ship creates from its genetic banks. In Earthseed, the teenagers who have been raised by Ship face the challenge of surviving on their own; Farseed takes place twenty years later.

Earthseed was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; in a starred review, Booklist called it “A melding of the psychological and the high adventure story” and a “gripping, emotion-evoking narrative.” Farseed was a VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Selection.

book coverStarting Bid: $10.

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Tor Books.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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An ARC of Sold for Endless Rue

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

book cover ARC of Sold for Endless Rue: Coming in May from Forge Books, this is a stand-alone historical set in and around the medieval medical school at Salerno in the 13th century, by the author of Point of Honour and other Sarah Tolerance alt-Regency mysteries.

Inspired by the tale “Rapunzel,” Sold for Endless Rue is a moving, eloquent novel of three generations of women, bound to each other by love and duty.

Salerno, Italy, in the 13th century is home to the world’s first medical school, a temple of learning that admits both men and women. The city is filled with medicos and their patients, but in the hills, people seek help from midwives and hedge-witches like Crescia.

One tumultuous day Crescia saves the life of a fugitive, Laura, who becomes her daughter and apprentice. Soon Laura’s skill at healing surpasses Crescia’s and the older woman enrolls her at the Scuola. The Scuola opens vistas of learning, friendship, and love. Knowledge takes her from the Crescia’s cottage to fame and wealth as a medica in the city, but love shapes a bitter kernel in her heart–and brings her a stolen child, Bieta. Laura swears to keep her daughter safe from the hurt and loss she herself suffered

As in “Rapunzel,” Crescia cannot keep her daughter from the world. Whatever her mother’s wishes, Bieta will venture from the towers of the Scuola, to find her destiny.

Starting Bid: $5

Notes: As soon as I have my copies, I will ship this to you.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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The Weird, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer

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

book coverItem Name & Description: The Weird, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (trade paperback).

Winner of the 2012 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology, The Weird contains the 110 “biggest, boldest, and downright most peculiar stories from the last hundred years bound together in the biggest Weird collection ever assembled.” Publishers Weekly called it “standard-setting . . . a deeply affectionate and respectful history of speculative fiction’s blurry edges,” characterized by “stunning diversity [and] excellent quality.” Here is the full table of contents.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Tor Books.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.