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Con Or Bust: Helping Fans of Color Attend SFF Cons


Con or Bust now accepting requests for assistance!
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Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

From now through February 25, Con or Bust is accepting requests from fans of color/non-white fans to attend upcoming SFF cons. Find out more at the Request Assistance page.

In addition, there are also numerous upcoming cons for which donated memberships are available, including two this month, Potlatch and Escapade. Find out more at the Upcoming Cons page.

Please spread the word!

(PS: apologies that the form for requesting assistance wasn’t open earlier today. I crashed early and hard last night and then was running around doing family stuff this morning, and forgot until we were on our way back from lunch. However, as long as you submit your request on or before the 25th, you’re fine.)


Critique by Melissa Ann Singer
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(Posted on behalf of the donor—Kate.)

Item Name & Description: Critique of first chapter and synopsis by Melissa Ann Singer

I will review the first chapter—or, if you don’t have chapters, the first 25 pages or so (stop at a natural breakpoint, please)—and synopsis of your novel. Preferred genres are horror, urban fantasy, mystery/suspense, epic/adventure fantasy, or general women’s fiction. No romance or science fiction; no rape scenes.

I will line edit the text (if it needs line-editing) and provide editorial notes addressing issues of plot and character.

I am a Senior Editor at Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, publisher of Forge, Tor, Orb, Starscape, and Tor Teen. I’ve edited a number of New York Times and USA Today bestsellers; works I have edited have won the Bram Stoker Award, the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, and the British Fantasy Award and been finalists for those and many other awards, including the World Fantasy Award.

Starting Bid: $25.

Notes: The winner should send a .doc or .rtf file by October 15, 2014 and should expect a response by email in about three months.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Signed copy of 21st Century Science Fiction
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book coverItem Name & Description: A copy of 21st Century Science Fiction, signed by the editors, David Hartwell & Patrick Nielsen Hayden, donated by Tor Books (and/or the editors–to be updated later to give proper credit).

Twenty-First Century Science Fiction is an enormous anthology—close to 250,000 words—edited by two of the most prestigious and award-winning editors in the SF field and featuring recent stories from some of science fiction’s greatest up-and-coming authors.

David Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden have long been recognized as two of the most skilled and trusted arbiters of the field, but Twenty-First Century Science Fiction presents fans’ first opportunities to see what their considerable talents come up with together, and also to get a unique perspective on what’s comingnext in the science fiction field.

The anthology includes authors ranging from bestselling and established favorites to incandescent new talents including Paolo Bacigalupi, Cory Doctorow, Catherynne M. Valente, John Scalzi, Jo Walton, Charles Stross, Elizabeth Bear, and Peter Watts, and the stories selected include winners and nominees of all of the science fiction field’s major awards.

Starting Bid: $30.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


ARC of My Real Children by Jo Walton
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Item Name & Description: ARC of My Real Children by Jo Walton, donated by Tor Books.

My Real Children Cover
My Real Children Cover
My Real Children ARC
My Real Children ARC

Description:

It’s 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. “Confused today,” read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know—what year it is, major events in the lives of her children. But she remembers things that don’t seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. And she remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead. She remembers the bomb that killed President Kennedy in 1963, and she remembers Kennedy in 1964, declining to run again after the nuclear exchange that took out Miami and Kiev.

Her childhood, her years at Oxford during the Second World War—those were solid things. But after that, did she marry Mark or not? Did her friends all call her Trish, or Pat? Had she been a housewife who escaped a terrible marriage after her children were grown, or a successful travel writer with homes in Britain and Italy? And the moon outside her window: does it host a benign research station, or a command post bristling with nuclear missiles?

Two lives, two worlds, two versions of modern history; each with their loves and losses, their sorrows and triumphs. My Real Children is the tale of both of Patricia Cowan’s lives…and of how every life means the entire world.​

Starting Bid: $20.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


ARC of My Real Children by Jo Walton
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Item Name & Description: ARC of My Real Children by Jo Walton, donated by Tor Books.

My Real Children Cover
My Real Children Cover
My Real Children ARC
My Real Children ARC

Description:

It’s 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. “Confused today,” read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know—what year it is, major events in the lives of her children. But she remembers things that don’t seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. And she remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead. She remembers the bomb that killed President Kennedy in 1963, and she remembers Kennedy in 1964, declining to run again after the nuclear exchange that took out Miami and Kiev.

Her childhood, her years at Oxford during the Second World War—those were solid things. But after that, did she marry Mark or not? Did her friends all call her Trish, or Pat? Had she been a housewife who escaped a terrible marriage after her children were grown, or a successful travel writer with homes in Britain and Italy? And the moon outside her window: does it host a benign research station, or a command post bristling with nuclear missiles?

Two lives, two worlds, two versions of modern history; each with their loves and losses, their sorrows and triumphs. My Real Children is the tale of both of Patricia Cowan’s lives…and of how every life means the entire world.​

This book will be released on May 20, 2014.

Starting Bid: $20.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Heiresses of Russ 2012: the Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction
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Originally published at Con or Bust by Connie Wilkins. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Heiresses of Russ
Heiresses of Russ 2012, ed. Connie Wilkins and Steve Berman

Item Name & Description: Heiresses of Russ 2012: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction from the Lethe Press series, with stories by Amal El-Mohtar, Nalo Hopkinson, An Owomoyela, and ten more outstanding writers. Edited by Connie Wilkins and Steve Berman.

Starting Bid: $7.00

Notes: shipped free to destination in North America.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


ARC of Robert A. Heinlein – In Dialogue with his Century, Vol. 2, by William H. Patterson Jr.
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book coverItem Name & Description: an advance reading copy of Robert A. Heinlein – In Dialogue with his Century: Vol. 2, 1948-1988: The Man Who Learned Better, by William H. Patterson Jr., donated by Tor Books.

Description:

Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988) is generally considered the greatest American SF writer of the twentieth century. His most famous and widely influential works include the Future History series (stories and novels collected in The Past Through Tomorrow and continued in later novels), Starship TroopersStranger in a Strange Land, and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress—all published in the years covered by this volume. He was a friend of admirals, bestselling writers, and artists; became committed to defending the United States during the Cold War; and was on the advisory committee that helped Ronald Reagan create the Star Wars Strategic Defense Initiative in the 1980s.

Heinlein was also devoted to space flight and humanity’s future in space, and he was a commanding presence to all around him in his lifetime. Given his desire for privacy in the later decades of his life, the revelations in this biography make for riveting reading.

This book will be released in June 2014.

Starting Bid: $20.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


First Edition Hardcover of A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
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book coverItem Name & Description: A first edition hardcover of A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge, donated by Tor Books. Only 4,000 copies exist of this edition of the novel.

Description:

Thousands of years hence, many races inhabit a universe where a mind’s potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures and technology can function. Nobody knows what strange force partitioned space into these “regions of thought,” but when the warring Straumli realm use an ancient Transcendent artifact as a weapon, they unwittingly unleash an awesome power that destroys thousands of worlds and enslaves all natural and artificial intelligence.

Fleeing the threat, a family of scientists, including two children, are taken captive by the Tines, an alien race with a harsh medieval culture, and used as pawns in a ruthless power struggle. A rescue mission, not entirely composed of humans, must rescue the children-and a secret that may save the rest of interstellar civilization.

A Fire Upon The Deep is the winner of the 1993 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Starting Bid: $30.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


ARC of California Bones by Greg van Eekhout
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ARC imageItem Name & Description: an advance reading copy of California Bones by Greg van Eekhout, donated by Tor Books.

Description:

When Daniel Blackland was six, he ingested his first bone fragment, a bit of kraken spine plucked out of the sand during a visit with his demanding, brilliant, and powerful magician father, Sebastian.

When Daniel was twelve, he watched Sebastian die at the hands of the Hierarch of Southern California, devoured for the heightened magic layered deep within his bones.

Now, years later, Daniel is a petty thief with a forged identity. Hiding amid the crowds in Los Angeles—the capital of the Kingdom of Southern California—Daniel is trying to go straight. But his crime-boss uncle has a heist he wants Daniel to perform: break into the Hierarch’s storehouse of magical artifacts and retrieve Sebastian’s sword, an object of untold power.

For this dangerous mission, Daniel will need a team he can rely on, so he brings in his closest friends from his years in the criminal world. There’s Moth, who can take a bullet and heal in mere minutes. Jo Alverado, illusionist. The multitalented Cassandra, Daniel’s ex. And, new to them all, the enigmatic, knowledgeable Emma, with her British accent and her own grudge against the powers-that-be. The stakes are high, and the stage is set for a showdown that might just break the magic that protects a long-corrupt regime.

Extravagant and yet moving, California Bones is an epic adventure set in a city of canals and secrets and casual brutality–different from the world we know, yet familiar and true.

This novel will be published in June 2014. Learn more about the book or the author (who identifies as a person of color) at his site.

Starting Bid: $20.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Signed copy of The Anatomy of Steampunk by Katherine Gleason
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book coverItem Name & Description: a copy of The Anatomy of Steampunk by Katherine Gleason, with an introduction by Diana M. Pho and a Foreword by K.W. Jeter, signed by Katherine Gleason and Diana M. Pho and donated by Tor Books.

Description:

From formal outfits to costumes crafted for the stage, from ensembles suited to adventure to casual street styles, steampunk fashion has come to encompass quite a few different looks. But what exactly is steampunk? Originally conceived as a literary genre, the term “steampunk” described stories set in a steam-powered, science fiction-infused, Victorian London. Today steampunk has grown to become an aesthetic that fuels many varied art forms. Steampunk has also widened its cultural scope. Many steampunk practitioners, rather than confining their vision to one European city, imagine steam-driven societies all over the world.

Today the vibrance of steampunk inspires a wide range of individuals, including designers of high fashion, home sewers, crafters, and ordinary folks who just want to have fun. Steampunk fashion is not only entertaining, dynamic, and irreverent; it can also be colorful, sexy, and provocative. Most of all, steampunk fashion is accessible to everyone. Illustrated throughout with color photographs of the dazzling creations of numerous steampunk fashion designers, Anatomy of Steampunk is an inspirational sourcebook. In addition to presenting the looks and stories of these creative fashion artists, the book also details ten steampunk projects for the reader to try at home. Allow steam to power your imagination!

Designers and steampunk groups featured in the book include–Airship Isabella, Ali Fateh, Berít New York, Black Garden, Blasphemina’s Closet, Brute Force Studios, Clockwork Couture. DASOWL, Dawnamatrix, The Extraordinary Contraptions, Festooned Butterfly, Harvash, Hi Tek by Alexander, House of Canney, KMKDesigns, Kristi Smart, Kristin Costa, KvO Design, Lastwear, The League of S.T.E.A.M., Marquis of Vaudeville, Megan Maude, Michael Salerno, Morrigan New York, Ms. Purdy’s, Muses Well, Redfield Design, RockLove, Sidharta Aryan, SkinzNhydez, Spyder Designs, Tokyo Inventors Society, Tom Banwell, and The Uprising of the Gin Rebellion.

Starting Bid: $20.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


ARC of Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson
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Item Name & Description: an advance reading copy of Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson, donated by Tor Books.

Unwrapped Sky cover
Unwrapped Sky cover
Unwrapped Sky ARC
Unwrapped Sky ARC

Description:

A hundred years ago, the Minotaurs saved Caeli-Amur from conquest. Now, three very different people may hold the keys to the city’s survival.

Once, it is said, gods used magic to create reality, with powers that defied explanation. But the magic—or science, if one believes those who try to master the dangers of thaumaturgy—now seems more like a dream. Industrial workers for House Technis, farmers for House Arbor, and fisher folk of House Marin eke out a living and hope for a better future. But the philosopher-assassin Kata plots a betrayal that will cost the lives of godlike Minotaurs; the ambitious bureaucrat Boris Autec rises through the ranks as his private life turns to ashes; and the idealistic seditionist Maximilian hatches a mad plot to unlock the vaunted secrets of the Great Library of Caeli-Enas, drowned in the fabled city at the bottom of the sea, its strangeness visible from the skies above.

In a novel of startling originality and riveting suspense, these three people, reflecting all the hopes and dreams of the ancient city, risk everything for a future that they can create only by throwing off the shackles of tradition and superstition, as their destinies collide at ground zero of a conflagration that will transform the world . . . or destroy it.

This book will be published on April 15, 2014.

Starting Bid: $20.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


ARC of The Time Traveler’s Almanac, edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer
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Item Name & Description: an advance reading copy of The Time Traveler’s Almanac, edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer, donated by Tor Books.

Time Travelers Almanac ARC
Time Travelers Almanac ARC
Time Travelers Almanac cover
Time Travelers Almanac cover

Description:

The Time Traveler’s Almanac is the largest and most definitive collection of time travel stories ever assembled. Gathered into one volume by intrepid chrononauts and world-renowned anthologists Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, this book compiles more than a century’s worth of literary travels into the past and the future that will serve to reacquaint readers with beloved classics of the time travel genre and introduce them to thrilling contemporary innovations.

This marvelous volume includes nearly seventy journeys through time from authors such as Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, William Gibson, Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin, Michael Moorcock, H. G. Wells, and Connie Willis, as well as helpful non-fiction articles original to this volume (such as Charles Yu’s “Top Ten Tips For Time Travelers”).

In fact, this book is like a time machine of its very own, covering millions of years of Earth’s history from the age of the dinosaurs through to strange and fascinating futures, spanning the ages from the beginning of time to its very end. The Time Traveler’s Almanac is the ultimate anthology for the time traveler in your life.

This book will be published on March 18, 2014.

Starting Bid: $20.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Johnny Hiro: Half-Asian, All Hero & Johnny Hiro: Skills to Pay the Bills by Fred Chao
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Item Name & Description: Johnny Hiro: Half-Asian, All Hero & Johnny Hiro: Skills to Pay the Bills by Fred Chao (two volumes), donated by Tor Books.

Cover of Half-Asian, All Hero
Cover of Half-Asian, All Hero
Cover of The Skills to Pay the Bills
Cover of The Skills to Pay the Bills

Description of Half-Asian, All Hero:

Johnny Hiro, a hardworking busboy, lives in Brooklyn with his flighty but lovable girlfriend Mayumi. Every day, he struggles to make ends meet while fighting giant monsters, running over rooftops from crazed waiters, fending off businessmen-turned-samurai, or having the occasional conversation with Judge Judy, Coolio, or Alton Brown. With Fred Chao’s signature style and laugh-out-loud humor, Johnny Hiro presents the quirky trials and misadventures of a modern-day hero trying to find his slice of the good life.

This delightfully absurdist romp through the trials and chores of living in New York was nominated for four Eisner Awards, including for best new series, and for the Russ Manning Award. It was selected for the anthology Best American Comics 2010. Prepare to be blown away by the greatest adventure of them all: being an adult.

Description of The Skills to Pay the Bills:

After a couple of years as an underpaid sushi chef for his incredibly stingy and negative boss, Mr. Masago, Johnny Hiro doubts his abilities to provide his girlfriend Mayumi with the kind of life he thinks she deserves. Though their relationship is happy, he wonders if he can create something more stable for the long term: a partnership she can find a lasting happiness in.

Throw in the aftereffects of Johnny’s past relationships and Mr. Masago’s prior business ventures with his current rival Shinto Pete, and it’s all a big case study in how each decision influences the next and can create vast differences in the way life develops. Figuring all of this out is even harder in New York City, with its giant gorillas, sumo wrestlers, Japanese gangsters, and rogue catering companies.

And within this crazy day-to-day existence, Hiro must find a way to look beyond the fact that he can barely make rent…and figure out how to have faith in his future.

Starting Bid: $20.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


ARC of Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal (plus custom stationery)
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Valour and Vanity cover
Valour and Vanity cover
Item Name & Description: advance reading copy of Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal, plus 15 pages of custom stationery, donated by Tor Books.

Description:

Valour in Vanity is a Regency version of a heist movie with a healthy dose of magic sprinkled in.

After Melody’s wedding, the Ellsworths and Vincents accompany the young couple on the their tour of the continent. Jane and Vincent plan to separate from the party and travel to Murano to study with glassblowers there, but their ship is set upon by Barbary corsairs while en route. It is their good fortune that they are not enslaved, but they lose everything to the pirates and arrive in Murano destitute.
Fortunately, one of the gentlemen from the ship is a local banker and arranges for a line of credit and a place to live. Relieved, the Vincents begin the work for which they have come to Italy.

All is proceeding apace until a solicitor arrives at their house and charges them with illegal trespass. Jane and Vincent produce letters from their banking friend, but they are all forgeries, and worse, he has used their forged letters to clean out their funds in England. Now, Jane and Vincent owe money to a number of people in town and are forbidden from travel. They manage to find some small work, but it is obvious to both of them that this path will not maintain them for long.

Instead, Vincent hatches a reckless plan to get their money back. The ensuing adventure is a glorious envisioning of all the best parts of heist narratives, but in a Regency setting with magic.

This book will be published on April 29, 2014. The ARC is pictured below with the custom stationery (click to enlarge):

ARC and stationery
ARC and stationery

Starting Bid: $25.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.