May 4th, 2016

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Signed copy of ARCHIVIST WASP by Nicole Kornher-Stace

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Nicole Kornher-Stace. All comments must be made there.

book coverItem Name & Description: Signed copy of Norton-nominated novel ARCHIVIST WASP by Nicole Kornher-Stace (Big Mouth House/Small Beer Press, 2015).


Wasp’s job is simple. Hunt ghosts. And every year she has to fight to remain Archivist. Desperate and alone, she strikes a bargain with the ghost of a supersoldier. She will go with him on his underworld hunt for the long-long ghost of his partner and in exchange she will find out more about his pre-apocalyptic world than any Archivist before her. And there is much to know. After all, Archivists are marked from birth to do the holy work of a goddess. They’re chosen. They’re special. Or so they’ve been told for four hundred years.


Norton Award finalist

Kirkus starred review

YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults 2016

Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books of 2015

Book Riot Best of 2015

Buzzfeed 32 Best Fantasy Novels of 2015

ABC Best Books for Young Readers

Los Angeles Times Summer Reading

Locus Recommended Reading


“A ravishing, profane, and bittersweet post-apocalyptic bildungsroman transcends genre into myth … Difficult, provocative, and unforgettable—the most dangerous kind of fiction.” (Kirkus, starred review)


“With understated skill, Archivist Wasp twists myth, fantasy and science fiction into a resonant tale of erasure and absence — and an aching reminder that regaining what has been lost isn’t always the answer.” (NPR)


“Young adults will be able to relate to Wasp’s inner turmoil and her battle to understand a world full of inexplicable hatred and violence. The fast pace and graphic action will draw in reluctant readers. VERDICT: A must-have for dystopian fans who prefer to avoid love stories and pat endings.” (School Library Journal)


“I don’t even know where to begin telling you how much this book rocks. I loved many, MANY books this year but this one is maybe the one I wish to hand-sell the most … a story about agency, freedom and revolution. All of sudden, this book Mad-Max-Fury-Roaded me, like a boss. SO! Incredible characters – fleshed-out, human, complicated: check. Beautiful writing: check. Plot that develops like it was written for me: check. A cool mixture of Fantasy and Science Fiction, because ghosts but also super-soldiers: check and check. Reminiscent of everything I love but completely its own thing, a SF YA like I haven’t read in a while, Archivist Wasp is a book I will treasure.” (The Book Smugglers)


“In the past few years, there’ve been a handful of books I count it a privilege to have read … Nicole Kornher-Stace’s Archivist Wasp has added itself to that list.” (Tor.com)


More reviews here.


Starting Bid: $10


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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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Con or Bust, Inc., Is Officially a Tax-Exempt Organization

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

I’m delighted to announce that the Internal Revenue Service has determined that Con or Bust, Inc., is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, which means that donations to Con or Bust are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Here’s the determination letter; the IRS’s online database updates monthly, so we’re not in it yet, but in a couple weeks you can search for our name or our EIN, which is 81-2141738.


Con or Bust does its utmost to minimize its ongoing administrative expenses and to pass as much of every donation as possible on to fans of color/non-white fans to help them attend SFF cons. It is entirely funded by donations, either made directly or through its annual online auction. If you’re in a position to donate, that would be extremely welcome (especially since, though I hate to say it, it cost $510 in fees to New York State and the IRS to incorporate and apply for tax-exempt status). Or perhaps consider offering something in this year’s auction–accepting items now through May 24!


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Epic Fantasy grab bag from Orbit Books

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

Item Name & Description: Orbit Books has donated a grab bag of epic fantasy, consisting of:



Starting Bid: $10.


Shipping: United States only, because of publishing rights.


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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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Ann Leckie's complete ANCILLARY trilogy, signed

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

Item Name & Description: a signed trade paperback set of Ann Leckie‘s completed ANCILLARY trilogy, donated by the author. Two available.


Starting Bid: $10. Two available, two top bids win; consecutive bids must still increase.


Shipping: Worldwide.


Other Notes? Can be signed to a particular person (though this may increase the time it takes for you to get it).


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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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Lila Bowen's WAKE OF VULTURES, signed

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

downloadItem Name & Description: a hardcover of Lila Bowen’s WAKE OF VULTURES, signed (and assorted swag). Donated by the author; two available.


Starting Bid: $7. Two available, two top bids win; consecutive bids must still increase.


Shipping: Worldwide.


Other Notes? Can be signed to a particular person (though this may increase the time it takes for you to get it).


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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Fantasy grab bag from Orbit Books

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

Item Name & Description: Orbit Books has donated a grab bag of fantasy, consisting of:



Starting Bid: $10.


Shipping: United States only, because of publishing rights.


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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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N.K. Jemisin's THE FIFTH SEASON & THE OBELISK GATE, signed

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

Item Name & Description: a signed trade paperback of N.K. Jemisin’s THE FIFTH SEASON and a signed galley of THE OBELISK GATE (forthcoming, August 2016). Donated by the author; two sets available.


Starting Bid: $10. Two available, two top bids win; consecutive bids must still increase.


Shipping: Worldwide.


Other Notes? Can be signed to a particular person (though this may increase the time it takes for you to get it).


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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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Alex Marshall's A CROWN FOR COLD SILVER & A BLADE OF BLACK STEEL, signed

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

Item Name & Description: a signed trade paperback of Alex Marshall‘s A CROWN FOR COLD SILVER, and a signed hardcover of A BLADE OF BLACK STEEL (release date May 24, 2016). Donated by the author; two available.


Starting Bid: $10. Two available, two top bids win; consecutive bids must still increase.


Shipping: Worldwide.


Other Notes? Can be signed to a particular person (though this may increase the time it takes for you to get it).


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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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Kate Elliott's BLACK WOLVES, signed

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

61mOilNUXmLItem Name & Description: a signed trade paperback of Kate Elliott’s BLACK WOLVES. Donated by the author; two available.


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


Shipping: Worldwide.


Other Notes? Can be signed to a particular person (though this may increase the time it takes for you to get it).


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).