May 3rd, 2016

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Auction offers being accepted now; free con memberships

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

Hi everyone! I’m slowly digging out from being away for a week, so two reminders.


First: Con or Bust’s online auction is currently accepting offers. What’s more, this year items need to be submitted by May 24, so don’t wait! Find out more about offering things for auction at the main auction information page, or go right to the Submit an Auction form. (I’ve got a bunch of great offers queued up, and more to come. Keep an eye out!) Bidding starts on May 25.


Second: many, many con memberships are now available or will soon be available. Above the jump, I will list the new ones, which will be available during the next request-assistance period of May 27-June 6, 2016; below the jump, I will list all ones available right this very minute. Check out the Request Assistance page for more information on how to request these memberships.


New memberships to be available May 27-June 6, 2016



  • Windycon, November 11-13, 2016, Lombard, IL, USA. Windycon is Chicagoland’s oldest science fiction convention. Its Guests are: Author Guest of Honor: Adam Selzer; Artist Guest of Honor: Art Baltazar; Costuming Guest of Honor: Nerd Circus; Music Guest of Honor: Ookla the Mok; Fan Guests of Honor: Doc & Anne Passovoy; and Toastmaster: Tanya Huff.

    Individuals have donated two memberships to Windycon.



  • ConFusion, January 19th -22nd, 2017, Novi, MI, USA. ConFusion is the longest-running fan-run sf/f convention in Michigan and a premier event for publishing professionals and fans alike.

    ConFusion has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by December 31, 2016.



  • Capricon, February 16-19, 2017, Wheeling, IL, USA. Capricon’s Author Guest of Honor is Beth Revis; Artist Guest of Honor is Nilah Magruder; and Fan Guest of Honor is Meg Frank.

    Individuals have donated four memberships to Capricon.




Memberships available now, first-come first-serve



  • Satellite 5, 28th – 29th May 2016, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Satellite focusses on the interface between science fact and science fiction; Satellite 5 heads back into orbit to look at science and SF relating to space stations, orbiting habitats, floating cities etc. The Guest of Honor is Jaine Fenn.

    Satellite has donated one membership to Con or Bust.



  • Au Contraire 2016, 3-5 June, 2016, Wellington, New Zealand. Au Contraire is the 37th National Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention for New Zealand (NatCon for short). Its Guests include Stephanie Paul (Iron Sky), Martin Wallace (Treefrog Games), and A.J. Fitzwater.

    Au Contraire has donated one membership to Con or Bust.



  • LepreCon 42, June 23-26, 2016, Phoenix, AZ, USA. LepreCon is Arizona’s Annual Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention with an art emphasis. Its 2016 theme is “Life, the Universe & Everything” and its currently-announced guests of honor are Jennie Breeden and Ben Woerner.

    LepreCon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.



  • CONvergence, June 30 – July 3, 2016, Bloomington, MN, USA. CONvergence is an annual convention for fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy in all media: a 4-day event with more than 6,000 members, and the premiere event of its kind in the upper mid-west. Its Guests of Honor are Amal El-Mohtar, Amy Shira Teitel, Cam Banks, Christopher Jones, Daren Dochterman, Joseph Scrimshaw, Khary Payton, Mark Oshiro, and Ytasha Womack.

    CONvergence has donated four memberships to Con or Bust, of which one has been claimed.



  • Westercon 69, July 1-4, 2016, Portland, OR, USA. Westercon is an annual West Coast convention. Its 2016 Guests of Honor and Special Guests are: Writer Guest of Honor: John Scalzi; Special Guest: Charles Stross; Fan Guest of Honor: David D. Levine; Artist Guest of Honor: Theresa Mather.

    Westercon 69 has donated ten attending memberships to Con or Bust.



  • Motor City Steam Con, July 22-24, 2016, Livonia, MI, USA. This year’s guests at Michigan’s steamiest con are Steampunk Eddie, Karianne Gottschalk, James Neathery, Charles E. Manson II, Kevin Steil, Diana M. Pho (Ay-leen the Peacemaker), and Bethalynne Bajema.

    Motor City Steam Con has donated five passes to Con or Bust.



  • CON.TXT, July 29-31, 2016, Arlington, VA, USA. CON.TXT is a media convention with a focus on fanworks; the theme for its tenth anniversary is “Ten years. Five cons. All the feels.”

    CON.TXT has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed before May 2016. In addition, all attendees must be 18 or older on July 29, 2016.



  • Myths and Legends Convention, August 12-14, 2016, Denver, CO, USA. MALCon Denver celebrates our modern myths and legends, and in 2016, is focusing on Firefly, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Supernatural, Game of Thrones, and Dresden Files. Its featured Guest of Honor is Jim Butcher.

    MALCon has donated five memberships to Con or Bust.



  • Salt City Steamfest, August 12-14, 2016, West Valley City, UT, USA. Salt City Steamfest is a steampunk convention in its fifth year. The theme for 2016 is The Festival of Friendship.

    Salt City Steamfest has donated two memberships (Nomad Passports) to Con or Bust.



  • Nine Worlds, 12th-14th August 2016, 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) tickets to Con or Bust, of which 7 remain.



  • MidAmeriCon II, August 17-21, 2016, Kansas City, MO, USA. MidAmeriCon is the 2016 WorldCon; its Guests of Honor are Kinuko Y. Craft, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Tamora Pierce, and Michael Swanwick, and its Toastmaster is Pat Cadigan.

    Individuals have donated two attending memberships, of which one remains; it should be claimed by July 31, 2016. (Previously, MidAmeriCon donated four memberships to Con or Bust; an individual donated one membership; and an individual donated one hotel reservation, all of which have been claimed.)



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The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells (signed hardcover)

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

book coverItem Name & Description: A signed hardcover copy of The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells, the latest novel in The Books of the Raksura series.


Starting Bid: $15


Shipping: Worldwide


Other Notes? See a first chapter excerpt, description, and other information here.



Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Wheel of the Infinite by Martha Wells (audiobook)

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

coverItem Name & Description: An audiobook CD set of Wheel of the Infinite by Martha Wells, narrated by Lisa Reneé Pitts.


Starting Bid: $25.00


Shipping: Worldwide


Other Notes? First chapter excerpt, description, and other information available here; and on the audio version here.



Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Stories of the Raksura Two Volume Set by Martha Wells (trade paper)

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

Item Name & Description: One signed copy of Stories of the Raksura I: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud and one signed copy of Stories of the Raksura II: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below by Martha Wells, in trade paperback.


Starting Bid: $20.00


Shipping: Worldwide


Other Notes? Excerpts and descriptions are available here for volume one and here for volume two.


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Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Short Story or Novel Opening Critique from Fran Wilde

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

Item Name & Description: Short Story or Novel Opening Critique from Fran Wilde


I’ll provide feedback on a 5k short story, or 5k of a novel first chapter/opening.


My short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Asimov’s, Uncanny, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, and Tor.com. My second novel from Tor, CLOUDBOUND, comes out this September. The first, UPDRAFT, debuted in September 2015.


Starting Bid: 50


Other Notes? Details to be worked out with critique auction winner.



Bidding opens on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).