April 21st, 2015

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Bitch Planet #1 script, signed by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

Item Name & Description: a script of Bitch Planet, issue #1, donated and signed by its writer, Kelly Sue DeConnick. (Note: not the issue itself, a script of it.)


Starting Bid: $25.


Notes: U.S. shipping only, please.


Bidding is now open. 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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Steampunk World, ed. Sarah Hans, Introduction by Diana Pho (signed)

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

book coverItem Name & Description: a trade paperback of Steampunk World, an anthology edited by Sarah Hans and with an Introduction by Diana Pho. Donated and signed by Diana Pho.


There’s something compelling about the shine of clicking brass clockwork and hiss of steam-driven automatons. But there was something missing. It was easy to find excellent stories of American and British citizens… but we rarely got to see steampunk from the point of view of the rest of the world.


Until now.


Steampunk World is a showcase for nineteen authors to flip the levers and start the pistons and invite you to experience the entirety, including authors Jay Lake, Ken Lui, Nisi Shawl, Lillian Cohen-Moore, Alex Bledsoe, Indrapramit Das, Tade Thompson, and many more.


Starting Bid: $7.


Notes: ships anywhere.


Bidding is now open. 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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Mentats of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

book coverItem Name & Description: a hardcover of Mentats of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. Donated by Tor Books.


In Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s Mentats of Dune, the thinking machines have been defeated but the struggle for humanity’s future continues.


Gilbertus Albans has founded the Mentat School, a place where humans can learn the efficient techniques of thinking machines. But Gilbertus walks an uneasy line between his own convictions and compromises in order to survive the Butlerian fanatics, led by the madman Manford Torondo and his Swordmaster Anari Idaho. Mother Superior Raquella attempts to rebuild her Sisterhood School on Wallach IX, with her most talented and ambitious student, Valya Harkonnen, who also has another goal—to exact revenge on Vorian Atreides, the legendary hero of the Jihad, whom she blames for her family’s downfall.


Meanwhile, Josef Venport conducts his own war against the Butlerians. VenHold Spacing Fleet controls nearly all commerce thanks to the superior mutated Navigators that Venport has created, and he places a ruthless embargo on any planet that accepts Manford Torondo’s anti-technology pledge, hoping to starve them into submission. But fanatics rarely surrender easily . . .


The Mentats, the Navigators, and the Sisterhood all strive to improve the human race, but each group knows that as Butlerian fanaticism grows stronger, the battle will be to choose the path of humanity’s future—whether to embrace civilization, or to plunge into an endless dark age.


Booklist said, “The saga continues to embroider the original works with intelligence and imagination and also a stronger role for women.”


Starting Bid: $7.


Notes: ships anywhere.


Bidding is now open. 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, Nine Worlds memberships now available!

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

New memberships to two upcoming cons are available, first-come first-served, to fans of color/non-white fans through Con or Bust.



  • Sasquan, August 19-23, 2015, Spokane, WA, USA. Sasquan is the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon). Its guests of honor are Brad Foster, David Gerrold, Vonda N. McIntyre, Tom Smith, and Leslie Turek.</p>

    An individual has donated one membership to Con or Bust. (Sasquan also donated three attending memberships to Con or Bust, which have been claimed.)



  • Nine Worlds, 7-9 August 2015, London, UK. Nine Worlds is about gaming, film, cosplay, fandom, literature, science, geek culture, meeting people and having a really big party.

    Nine Worlds has donated twenty (20) passes to Con or Bust.




In addition, memberships remain available immediately to the following cons:



  • 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.

    One membership donated by an individual remains available (previously claimed were six memberships and a dessert ticket, from WisCon, and two memberships from individuals).



  • 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.




Check out the Request Assistance page to claim these memberships, and please spread the word!

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Starglass Sequence duology

Originally posted at Con or Bust by uilos. All comments must be made there.

Item Name & Description: Hardcover copies of Phoebe North’s Starglass Sequence duology


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Starting Bid: $10


Notes: Will ship internationally. It’s coming from Canada, so I’m likely shipping internationally no matter what. I can’t make any promises on shipping time, but I’ll get it out as soon as I can after the auction closes.


Bidding is now open. 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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Fractured by Kate Watterson

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

book coverItem Name & Description: a hardcover of the just-published (March 2015) Fractured by Kate Watterson. Donated by Tor Books.


Blending mystery and romance, Kate Watterson’s Fractured finds Detective Ellie MacIntosh racing to stop a serial killer.


Milwaukee homicide detective Ellie MacIntosh’s bizarre case takes gruesome to a new level–and is eerily and frustratingly familiar. She has seen the signature work of the killer before, but cannot connect the victims. There isn’t a single suspect in sight, but at least the case gives Ellie something to focus on instead of her chaotic personal life.


Ellie’s partner, Jason Santiago, is glad to be back on the job, even on a disturbing case like this one. Working with Ellie has evolved into a tangled relationship that is no longer platonic, at least to him. The trouble is, she has no idea how he feels. Jason’s chance to make a move is now, but he’s paralyzed by the fear he will ruin both his career and a partnership he values more than any he has ever had.


Therapist Dr. Georgia Lukens is fascinated by the complicated relationship between Ellie and Jason, but she has other, non-detective patients with deeper problems. When a timid woman named Rachel reveals that she suspects her promiscuous and charismatic roommate Lea has been involved in the grisly murders, Georgia is put into the untenable position of deciding if this privileged information is just the ramblings of a delusional patient or something more. And little does she know that Lea has become focused on Jason Santiago.


As Ellie pieces together a macabre puzzle of past and present sins, it becomes clear that madness takes many forms and…it may be too late to stop her partner from becoming the next victim.


Starting Bid: $7.


Notes: ships anywhere.


Bidding is now open. 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).