March 30th, 2015

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Announcing Con or Bust’s 2015 Auction!

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

I’m pleased to announce Con or Bust’s annual auction, which is its principal source of funds to help fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons. You can offer items for auction now; bidding will begin Monday, April 20, 2015, and run through Sunday, May 3, 2015. See the Auction Information page for full details. Read on for a summary, and please spread the word!

Offering Items for Auction

Fill out the form on the Submit an Auction page; all you need is an email address. (I’ll even host your images for you, if necessary!) Here are some suggestions and notes.


Bidding will begin in three weeks, specifically, at 12:01 a.m. Eastern on Monday, April 20, 2015 (time zone conversions). It will end Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown): except this year, last-minute bids on a specific item will automatically extend bids for that item (details). I hope that this, along with some technical changes I’ve made to the website, will make the end of the auction smoother and more satisfying for everyone.

Auction Wranglers

Finally, I’m extremely grateful to note that the excellent Jaymee and Yoon Ha Lee will be helping wrangle the administrative side of the auction, so it’s possible that you’ll see them around and about in comments or emails.

Questions? Concerns? If they aren’t answered by the full Auction Information page, leave them in a comment. (And if you have a question or problem with an auction from a prior year, please feel free to email me at; I will gladly do all I can to help.)

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The Philosopher Kings by Jo Walton (signed ARC)

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

philosopher kings coverItem Name & Description: An ARC of Jo Walton’s The Philosopher Kings (forthcoming, June 2015), signed and with a hand-correction by the author.

This is the sequel to The Just City (out now), and the middle book of the Thessaly trilogy. Description:

From acclaimed, award-winning author Jo Walton: The Philosopher Kings, a tale of gods and humans, and the surprising things they have to learn from one another. Twenty years have elapsed since the events of The Just City. The City, founded by the time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, organized on the principles espoused in Plato’s Republic and populated by people from all eras of human history, has now split into five cities, and low-level armed conflict between them is not unheard-of.

The god Apollo, living (by his own choice) a human life as “Pythias” in the City, his true identity known only to a few, is now married and the father of several children. But a tragic loss causes him to become consumed with the desire for revenge. Being Apollo, he goes handling it in a seemingly rational and systematic way, but it’s evident, particularly to his precocious daughter Arete, that he is unhinged with grief.

Along with Arete and several of his sons, plus a boatload of other volunteers–including the now fantastically aged Marsilio Ficino, the great humanist of Renaissance Florence–Pythias/Apollo goes sailing into the mysterious Eastern Mediterranean of pre-antiquity to see what they can find–possibly the man who may have caused his great grief, possibly communities of the earliest people to call themselves “Greek.” What Apollo, his daughter, and the rest of the expedition will discover…will change everything.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: will ship worldwide. This has been donated by the author but is being shipped by the poster, and therefore personalization is not available.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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WorldCon membership still wanted / free con memberships available

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

Con or Bust is still looking for someone who’s not using their Attending Membership to Sasquan, this year’s WorldCon, and would like to donate it (we’ve already used the memberships that Sasquan directly donated). Please contact me at

In addition, (ETA:) two individuals have donated memberships to WisCon, May 22-25, 2015, Madison, WI, USA. WisCon is the world’s leading feminist science fiction convention. Its Guests of Honor are Alaya Dawn Johnson and Kim Stanley Robinson. Fans of color/non-white fans can request this membership now, first-come first-served.

Donated memberships to the following cons also remain available:

  • Archipelacon, June 25-28, 2015, Mariehamn, Åland, Finland. Archipelacon is the Nordic SF & Fantasy convention (but its main language will be English). Its Guests of Honor are George R.R. Martin, Johanna Sinisalo, and Karin Tidbeck.

    Archipelacon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.

  • Pi-Con, July 31-August 2, 2015, Windsor Locks, CT, USA. Pi-Con is “the friendliest little convention in New England”; its Guest of Honor is Tanya Huff and its Guest of Awesome is Vikki Ciaffone.

    Pi-Con has donated six memberships to Con or Bust.

Find out how to receive these memberships at the Request Assistance page.