April 14th, 2015

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Acorna’s Search & Acorna’s Rebels: signed limited 1st edi

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

Item Name & Description: signed, limited first editions of Acorna’s Search and Acorna’s Rebels by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. Donated by HarperCollins.

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Starting Bid: $15.

Notes: Donated by HarperCollins, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore for shipping outside North America, I may ask for an additional donation; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate that for you.

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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Gold by Isaac Asimov (numbered limited edition)

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

Item Name & Description: a slipcased, numbered (#620) limited edition of Gold by Isaac Asimov. Donated by HarperCollins.

Gold is a collection of Asimov’s stories and essays; the title story won a Hugo Award for Best Novelette. This limited numbered edition (1226 copies) was published by Harper Prism in 1995, and is still shrink-wrapped. (Pictures available on request; I was having technical difficulties.)

Starting Bid: $35.

Notes: a lettered edition is also being offered this year. This book has been donated by HarperCollins, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore for shipping outside North America, I may ask for an additional donation; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate that for you.

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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Gold by Isaac Asimov (lettered limited edition)

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

Item Name & Description: a slipcased, lettered (“F”) limited edition of Gold by Isaac Asimov. Donated by HarperCollins.

Gold is a collection of Asimov’s stories and essays; the title story won a Hugo Award for Best Novelette. This limited lettered edition was published by Harper Prism in 1995, and is still shrink-wrapped. (Pictures available on request; I was having technical difficulties.)

Starting Bid: $40.

Notes: a numbered edition is also being offered this year. This book has been donated by HarperCollins, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore for shipping outside North America, I may ask for an additional donation; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate that for you.

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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EXILE, First Book of the Seven Eyes, Signed, and Swag

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

book coverItem Name & Description: Signed Paperback of Exile, the First Book in the Seven Eyes, plus cool pens.

Starting Bid: $5.

Notes: US only please.

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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Signed first chapter of Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

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

Item Name & Description: a signed copy of the first chapter of Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie (forthcoming, October 2015). Donated by Orbit; two available.

Starting Bid: $5. Two available, two top bids win; consecutive bids must still increase.

Notes: (correction:) Ships to the U.S and Canada only, because of publishing rights. Personalization available (but may increase the time it takes for you to get it). And, just to reiterate: this is for the first chapter, not the whole book.

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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EMISSARY, signed hardback

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

book coverItem Name & Description: Signed Hardback of EMISSARY, Second Book of the Seven Eyes, plus cool pens.

Starting Bid: $5.

Notes: US only, please.

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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Kate Elliott’s Spiritwalker trilogy, signed

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

Item Name & Description: a signed set of Kate Elliott’s Spiritwalker trilogy (Cold Magic, Cold Fire, and Cold Steel). Donated by Orbit.

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The author describes this series as “an Afro-Celtic post-Roman icepunk Regency fantasy adventure with airships, Phoenician spies, the intelligent descendents of troodons, and a dash of steampunk whose gas lamps can be easily doused by the touch of a powerful cold mage.” Publishers Weekly calls it “a swashbuckling series marked by fascinating world-building, lively characters, and a gripping, thoroughly satisfying story.”

Edit: with a bonus offer, per the author in comments, of a signed copy of a coda to the series, The Secret Journal of Beatrice Hassi Barahal, illustrated by Julie Dillon and published in a very limited quantity.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Ships to the U.S and Canada only, because of publishing rights. Personalization available (but may increase the time it takes for you to get it).

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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Kate Elliott’s Spiritwalker trilogy (and bonus story), signed

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

Item Name & Description: a signed set of Kate Elliott’s Spiritwalker trilogy (Cold Magic, Cold Fire, and Cold Steel). Donated by Orbit.

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The author describes this series as “an Afro-Celtic post-Roman icepunk Regency fantasy adventure with airships, Phoenician spies, the intelligent descendents of troodons, and a dash of steampunk whose gas lamps can be easily doused by the touch of a powerful cold mage.” Publishers Weekly calls it “a swashbuckling series marked by fascinating world-building, lively characters, and a gripping, thoroughly satisfying story.”

Edit: with a bonus offer, per the author in comments, of a signed copy of a coda to the series, The Secret Journal of Beatrice Hassi Barahal, illustrated by Julie Dillon and published in a very limited quantity.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Ships to the U.S and Canada only, because of publishing rights. Personalization available (but may increase the time it takes for you to get it).

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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Science fiction grab bag from Orbit

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

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Item Name & Description: a grab bag of science fiction novels donated by Orbit. It contains:

  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (winner of the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, BSFA Award, Arthur C. Clarke Award and Locus Award);
  • Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey (first in The Expanse series, the TV adaptation of which is set to air on Syfy later this year);
  • An advance reading copy (galley) of Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson, a generation ship-themed novel coming in July 2015;
  • Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach (first in the now-complete Paradox Trilogy).

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Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Shipping to U.S. and Canada only, because of publishing rights.

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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Kate Elliott’s COURT OF FIVES Advance Review Copy

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

Court of Fives Item Name & Description: An Advance Review Copy of my YA debut, COURT OF FIVES, whose publication date is August 18, 2015, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

LBYR says: “In this imaginative escape into an enthralling new world, World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott’s first young adult novel weaves an epic story of a girl struggling to do what she loves in a society suffocated by rules of class and privilege.”

I say: This book was inspired by Little Women, Sasuke/American Ninja Warrior, the Count of Monte Cristo, and Greco-Roman Egypt, and is also my love letter to girls who play sports.

But don’t take my word for it:

“Kate Elliott’s magic and mastery is better than ever. Court of Fives enchanted me from start to finish, with characters and worlds that lingered long after I turned the final page.” —Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series and the Young Elites series

(It’s also gotten great quotes from Ann Aguirre, Tamora Pierce, and Gail Carriger.)

Starting Bid: $10.00

Notes: International. I’ll mail wherever. The ARC will be signed. I can personalize if you want (or not).

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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Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone (signed)

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

Full Fathom FiveItem Name & Description: a signed hardcover of Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone. Donated by Tor Books.

Description:

On the island of Kavekana, Kai builds gods to order, then hands them to others to maintain. Her creations aren’t conscious and lack their own wills and voices, but they accept sacrifices, and protect their worshippers from other gods–perfect vehicles for Craftsmen and Craftswomen operating in the divinely controlled Old World. When Kai sees one of her creations dying and tries to save her, she’s grievously injured–then sidelined from the business entirely, her near-suicidal rescue attempt offered up as proof of her instability. But when Kai gets tired of hearing her boss, her coworkers, and her ex-boyfriend call her crazy, and starts digging into the reasons her creations die, she uncovers a conspiracy of silence and fear–which will crush her, if Kai can’t stop it first.

Full Fathom Five is the third novel set in Max Gladstone’s addictive and compelling fantasy world of Three Parts Dead.

Full Fathom Five_signed pageStarting Bid: $10.

Notes: ships anywhere. Personalization 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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Critique (by Katharine Kerr)

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

Item Name & Description: Critique up to 100 pages.

Writing a novel? Have one finished and wondering if it has a chance to sell? I am a professional novelist with 26 fantasy and science fiction books to my credit, 24 of which have been internationally published by major publishers. I’ll do a critique that covers character, world-building, and plot development, as well as a good many line edits, of the first 100 pages of your work. Warning! if I think it sucks, I’ll tell you that and why. I’ll also suggest ways you can fix it if I think it can be saved or if not, suggest you try another book. This offer is not for those who want a vanity read.

Starting Bid: 50 dollars American. We will communicate in email, so postage is not a problem.

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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The Victorian Colonial Romance with the Antipodes by Helen Lucy Blythe

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

Victorian ColonialItem Name & Description: a copy of The Victorian Colonial Romance with the Antipodes by Helen Lucy Blythe, donated by Diana Pho.

The study treats the Victorian Antipodes as a compelling, fantastical, and utopian site of romance and subsequent satire for five middle-class writers who went to New Zealand between 1840 and 1872. Examining their dreams and experiences and the writing produced from their travels, chapters illuminate how contact with England’s opposite and mirror produced literary studies of motion, distance, inversion, primitivism, and travels in time and space, foregrounding the empire’s instrumental shaping of literary form, challenging realism with romance and gesturing towards science fiction and modernism. It affirms the distinctness of colonial settlements central to the rising specialism of settler colonialism, and highlights the intersection of late-Victorian ideas and post-colonial theories often kept separate in criticism.

Starting Bid: $5.

Notes: ships anywhere.

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).