Those of you who have been following Worldbuilders for a couple years will probably recognize this book.
It’s a book with a story behind it. And the story goes like this.
2008: A Gift from Gaiman.
In 2008 I was still a newbie author, hardly published for more than a year. On a whim, I decided to try raising money for Heifer International on my blog. Things quickly spiraled out of control as other authors pitched in, spreading the word about the fundraiser and donating books.
The pinnacle of the coolness/madness came when Neil Gaiman mentioned us to his vast legion of readers. He also donated a rare ARC of Stardust to the cause.
Unfortunately, mail was slow around the holidays, so we couldn’t use the book until….
2009: Stardust for the people.
We had this beautiful book. This beautiful, *rare* book. And I was having a hard time deciding how best to use it. I knew we could auction it off and raise at least a thousand dollars, maybe a couple thousand dollars, but that didn’t seem right somehow.
So I decided to put it into the lottery, that way anyone who donated to Heifer on our team page would have a chance at winning it. That seemed fair to me, more egalitarian.
At the end of the fundraiser someone wins the book. And in an amazing fit of generosity, they donate it back to Worldbuilders. Their one stipulation is that we auction it off next year, so it will bring in more money for Heifer.
2010: Stardust on the Auction Block.
During year three of Worldbuilders, we auctioned off all manner of things. And, as the previous winner requested, we put Gaiman’s copy of the Stardust ARC up on e-bay too.
After some fierce bidding it sold for over $2500 to a lovely guy named Dan. There were many high-fives in Worldbuilders central. We were sad to see the book go, but $2500 bucks buys a lot of goats.
But when I e-mailed Dan to arrange shipping, he said he wanted to donate the book back to Worldbuilders.
I asked Dan if he was sure. He said he was sure. I asked Dan how he got to be so cool, and he said he was inspired by the story of how last year’s winner re-donated the book.
But most of the credit, he said, should go to his mom. She always made a point of donating to charity even though she never had a lot of money. Not only that, but she was a died-in-the-wool geek like the rest of us: she read fantasy and sci-fi, she played Infocom games…
From everything I’ve heard, she sounds like my kind of lady.
Dan told me she had passed away recently, and that most of the money he inherited from her went into buying this book. He thinks she would be proud and happy to know that the money will go to helping as many people as possible through Heifer.
Dan also said that he was a big Gaiman fan, and that he hoped that this whole exchange didn’t give Gaiman a complex because nobody would keep his book….
His only stipulation was that we put the book back into the lottery next year, so anyone can win it….
2011: Full Circle.
We put the ARC back in the lottery to much cheering. After picking the prizes, I call the winner, Maayan, to set up shipping (because you don’t want something like this to be a surprise on a doorstep).
Maayan tells me no. She wants it back in the fundraiser. It’s sort of a thing now.
So I send her a box of books as a “Thanks for being cool” present.
And now we go back to our roots. It’s back in the lottery, where anyone can win it.
- A rare, numbered ARC of Stardust. Signed by Neil Gaiman.
This beautiful book comes with its own slipcase. Numbered 28 out of 250. Signed.
Rest assured that the book is in immaculate shape. It’s been cocooned in bubble wrap for years. If you win it, you can finally give it a loving home, and Neil can sleep a little sounder knowing that someone out there has finally claimed his book.
All it takes is a donation chance of winning it if you donate at least $10 to Heifer International on our team page by January 21st.
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Only one person can win the Stardust ARC, so this year we’re putting in some extra Gaiman items to spread the joy around. Some are auctions, some are in the lottery.
We have some books and posters signed by Pratchett, too. And this seems like a good place to put them, given that we’ve got a copy of Good Omens signed by both Pratchett *and* Gaiman up for grabs too.
- Stardust, Fragile Things, and Neverwhere audio books by Neil Gaiman.
How good is he? Well, we listened to Neverwhere on the drive back from ChiCon last summer, and it kept Oot transfixed and quiet for hours. So it’s practically magic.
- Telling Tales and Speaking in Tongues audio CDs by Neil Gaiman.
These are a bit more rare. They were published Dreamhaven Books, which makes them extra cool, and also means that’s really the only place you can get them easily.
Or, you could donate some money to the Team Page and have a chance to win them while making the world suck less.
- Auction: Warning: Contains Language audio CD. Signed by Neil Gaiman.
This CD was also published by Dreamhaven. It’s got a bunch of stuff from his Angels & Visitations collection, with music provided by illustrator/director/all around renaissance man Dave McKean. There’s even a hidden track, but don’t worry. It’s not too hidden.
To bid on this auction, head over here.
- Sandman: The Dream Hunters. Signed by Neil Gaiman.
“Set in ancient Japan, this story is a haunting fable of ill-fated love and dream-eating monsters, told in an illustrated text format, and painted by Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano.”
- Auction: An Evening with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer poster. Signed by Neil Gaiman.
(Lead weights not included. Those are mine and I need them. Because. Because reasons)
Here’s something cool. It’s a promotional poster from the tour Neil and Amanda did. These weren’t easy to get at the time, and odds are if someone has one now, they’re probably going to keep it.
Added Bonus? It’s fuzzy. I want to touch it, but Maria keeps slapping my hand away.
To bid, click here for the auction.
Gaiman has done some great kids books besides Coraline. This is one of them. It’s not quite as dark as Coraline, but Odd is no less clever. Some day Oot will meat a bear, a fox and an eagle, and I know he’ll be prepared for his adventure because of this book.
“Using several figures from Norse mythology, Gaiman has written a thoughtful and quietly humorous fantasy that younger Percy Jackson fans will enjoy.” – Library Journal
- The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish. Signed and doodled by Neil Gaiman.
Kids trade the darndest things. I only hope that if Oot trades me off for something that he’s savvy enough to get more than a couple goldfish. I’d like to think I’m worth at least an iguana or two. Or one of those brightly colored, poisonous frogs, the kind you use for lickin’.
“A bittersweet, guffaw-out-loud story from the most distinctive partnership in picture books today.” – The Guardian
- Auctions: Blueberry Girl. Signed by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess. Also Crazy Hair. Signed by Neil Gaiman.
Blueberry Girl is an awesome children’s book that encourages unconventional girls to keep it up. As usual, Gaiman manages to be relentlessly inspiring without being saccharine. If you know anybody who happens to have a daughter, be a daughter, or be at all human, you may need to get this for them. Crazy Hair is goofy and weird and awesome. It involves hair, something I’m pretty familiar with. It also must be read out loud, even if you’re by yourself.
“Fans of Gaiman and Vess will pounce on this creation; so too will readers who seek for their daughters affirmation that sidesteps traditional spiritual conventions.” – Publishers Weekly
“Provoking questions about what it is to be free in thought and form, this is a work of unique luminescence that may well change the way hair is looked at forever” – The Bookseller
- Auction: World of Poo. Signed by Terry Pratchett.
Here we have a children’s book from Discworld that Pratchett references in the book Snuff. I honestly didn’t know it even existed until it showed up for the fundraiser. I guess that makes me a bad fan.
Given how much I liked his other discworld children’s book: “Where is my Cow?” I’m eager to read this one, too.
- A first-edition copy of Snuff. Signed by Terry Pratchett. Also signed by artist Paul Kidby on dust jacket.
Some of y’all may not have seen what Terry Pratchett does when he signs books. He’s got a stamp AND a cool foil sticker. I wish I had thought of something like this.
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This book is super awesome. It’s rare, first edition, and double signed. And it’s in the lottery. Only donors can win it.
This, however, is not in the lottery. We got some really cool Pratchett/Kidby art this year, and this print is one of the coolest.
To bid on the print, click here.
- The Colour of Magic. Signed by Terry Pratchett.
Discworld is something everyone needs to read at some point. If not all of them, at least a few.
A good place to start is here, with the first one that was published. It even has a decent mini-series you can watch as well. Though, as always, the book is better.
This copy is even the UK edition. It has a “u” in “colour” so you know it’s fancy.
And here it is. The big one. A double signed, UK edition of Good Omens. This has a beautiful dust jacket that represents both the angel and demon characters. Signed by Pratchett and Gaiman both.
If you want to bid on it, you should click here.
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You should make sure to make your donation on the Worldbuilders Team Page by January 21st. For every $10 you pitch in, you get another chance to win thousands of books and DVD’s.
You can view all of our current auctions over here to check on all of our last-minute awesome that needed to get out.
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 our main page.