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Today we’ve got more books donated by the authors themselves. Gaze on them with wonder and delight…
Some of them we’re putting up for auction along with a select few other books.
But the vast majority of them are joining the hundred of books that will be given away lottery-style to everyone who donates on our Team Heifer page.
Right. On to the books….
- Auction: A set of Inda, The Fox, King’s Shield, and Treason’s Shore. Signed by Sherwood Smith. Includes a hand-drawn map and 5 hand drawn pictures from the author.
“Intricate and real…Filled with magic and glamour…Characters spring to life with humor… Complex and compelling.” - San Jose Mercury News
Pat’s Note: Over the years, authors have donated some really cool stuff to Worldbuilders. Rare editions. Editorial Manuscripts. Cool memorabilia….
But this year, Sherwood has really raised the bar. She went above and beyond.
Along with the full set of her signed books, she’s send along several hand-drawn illustrations. What’s more, she has included a huge map of her world that she’s drawn and detailed with colored pencil and metallic pens. It’s 20×30, so we’ve included a book for scale in the picture.
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I really can’t begin to describe how cool all of this is. To say that it’s “one of a kind” is really understating things. This is a profoundly unique effort of love and geeky craft. I’m honestly amazed that Sherwood was willing to put in all the time and effort that it took for this.
So. First and foremost. I want to say: thanks so much Sherwood Smith. You are awesome. You made my day by donating this.
Secondly, we want to make sure this ends up in the hands of a true fan, so we’re auctioning it off.
To place a bid, or if you just want to see more pictures of Sherwood’s art, head on over here to the auction.
- A hardcover copy of Year Zero: A Novel. Signed by Rob Reid.
Pat’s Note: I caught Rob’s presentation this year at Wootstock, and it made me laugh so hard milk came out my nose. And this is the odd thing: I hadn’t even been drinking milk at the time….
Seriously though. He’s a brilliantly funny guy, as you can see for yourself on the video of him at Wootstock…
“Reid’s extreme imagination never wanes as he builds an entire universe solely on how alien societies would react to our music and culture. Nothing is typical or obvious. Reid uses the lens of an outsider to unleash a sarcastic—and hilarious—rant on how obsessed we are with technology and greed.” - Associated Press
- Auction: A hardcover copy of Year Zero: A Novel. Signed by Rob Reid.
“Fans of Douglas Adams will rave about this smart, funny satire. Debut novelist Reid, founder of Listen.com, has crafted a masterly plot that deftly skewers the American obsession with music, money, and power. Fast paced and original, this is highly recommended.” - Library Journal (starred review)
If you’d like to bid on this auction, head over here.
- 2 copies of Blood Calling. Signed by Joshua Grover-David Patterson.
“Patterson’s story about vampires and slayers is unlike any other you have read before. His characters have depth & personality. Their histories are fascinating and leave you eager to turn the page to learn more about them.” – Books and Beyond
- A hardcover copy of Nightspell. Signed by Leah Cypess.
“Transcendent and triumphant.” –Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
- A hardcover copy of Ironskin. Signed by Tina Connolly.
“A magical and entertaining waltz across the fairy forests and dark moors a just sideways step or two from Haworth Parsonage.” – Ian R. MacLeod, World Fantasy Award winner and author of The Light Ages
- 2 sets of Syncopation: A Memoir of Adele Hugo and The Stolen Goldin Violin. Syncopation signed by Elizabeth Caulfield Felt, Stolen Golden Violin signed by Elizabeth Caulfield Felt, Andy Felt, Craig Felt, and Tom Felt.
“The author does an excellent job of presenting Adèle to the world as a woman ahead of her time yet held back by the social conventions of the era. A very enjoyable read.” – Historical Novel Society
- 2 hardcover copies of Ghosts in the Yew. Signed by Blake H Hausladen.
Pat’s Note: I met Blake at World Fantasy Convention this year, and I have to say, not only is he a hell of a nice guy, but he’s got one of the most heart-stoppingly beautiful books I’ve ever seen. If you’re a book geek, then this is a book to geek-out over. It has serious solidity to it, genuine heft. A lovely cover and gorgeous paper.
These might seem like small things if you’re not one of us, but like I said, if you’re a geek for books, you notice this stuff. I wish half my editions were as nice as this…
“Hausladen weaves a story that is as believable as it is complicated, and as compelling as it is entertaining.” – Windy City Reviews
- The Creative Fire. Signed by Brenda Cooper.
“Cooper puts a science fiction spin on the life of Eva Peron in this fast-paced, teen-friendly series starter. –Publishers Weekly
- Auction: A set of The Creative Fire and an ARC of The Silver Ship and the Sea. Signed by Brenda Cooper.
“This is an adventure story, because life on this planet can be treacherous, but it is also a story about the relationships between insiders and outsiders, between adults and the teens who are about to surpass them, and between people who need each other in order to survive.” – Sarah Flowers.
The signed ARC makes this pretty collectable. So we’re putting this set into an auction over here.
- A hardcover copy of Passage. Signed by Connie Willis.
“The plot twists, the casual wit and the enjoyable characters will satisfy fans. The shocking occurrence 100 pages from the end is a good indication of Willis’s power as a writer. “- Publishers Weekly
- A set of Passage and Doomsday Book. Signed by Connie Willis.
“An intelligent and satisfying blend of classic science fiction and historical reconstruction.” – Publishers Weekly
- Auction: An Australian edition of Doomsday Book. Signed by Connie Willis.
Pat’s Note: This is a bit of a oddity. One of Willis’ most acclaimed novels… the Australian edition. When I read the back cover, the voice I heard in my head belonged to Crocodile Dundee.
Since we’ve already got one Doomsday book in the lottery, let’s auction this one off.
- Auction: A copy of Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. Signed by Connie Willis.
“This is a collection that will entertain readers both in and out of season; and as a stocking-stuffer for SF fans, it’s a merry delight.” – Publishers Weekly
Need a Christmas gift for the Connie Willis fan in your life? Look no further. You can bid on the auction over here.
- A set of Best Short Novels 2006 and War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches. Signed by Connie Willis.
“Martians! Percival Lowell may have been responsible for bringing them to Earth; Teddy Roosevelt evidently bagged one in Cuba; H.P. Lovecraft may have been one; and both Albert Einstein and Emily Dickinson seem to have played a role in defeating them. In this collection of stories that complement H.G. Wells’s classic novel, these and other speculations are entertained by such well-known SF writers as Mike Resnick, Walter Jon Williams, Robert Silverberg, Connie Willis, Barbara Hambly, Gregory Benford and David Brin.” – Publishers Weekly
- Auctions: 2 copies of Even the Queen & Other Short Stories on cassette tapes. Signed by Connie Willis.
Upside: These several of Connie’s Hugo and Nebula Award winning stories read by the author herself.
Potential downside: They’re cassette tapes. So we’re auctioning them off to make sure they can get into the hand of people who can actually listen to them.
Side note: New copies of these are selling for 90 bucks and up on Amazon. So they’re fairly collectable too.
- A set of first editions of Fire Watch, Inside Job, D.A., and Remake. All signed by Connie Willis.
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Pat’s Note: All of these editions are signed, and they’re all out of print. What’s more, Fire Watch and Inside Job are both numbered, limited edition copies.
We could easily put these up in the auction and make a couple hundred bucks off them maybe much more. But instead I think I’d rather leave them in the lottery instead, so anyone can get lucky and win them, even if they only kick in ten bucks….
“Willis turns cherished SF themes completely inside out.” – Publishers Weekly
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Remember, for every 10 dollars you donate on our Team Page, you get a chance to win these books and many, many more.
If you want to see the other items that have been donated to Worldbuilders, or learn more about the fundraiser itself, you can head over to the main page.
If you’d like to see all the auctions Worldbuilders is currently running, you can find them over here.