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Art and Artistry

Here we are, folks, only a week out from the ending.  Pat is in San Francisco, hanging out with the likes of Paul and Storm and Vi Hart, so today’s only-a-little-envious blog comes to you courtesy of the Worldbuilders Team.

A lot of people see what Heifer does as simply bringing animals to those in need, and while that’s a part of it, there is so much more.  They work with the people in the community, to be sure they’re bringing the right sort of animals that will benefit everyone and work well with the local climate.

In Tanzania, they worked with people to introduce the zero-grazing method of raising livestock.  One of those people was Huruma Mhapa, pictured below, who had been living in poverty until 1993, when she received one Heifer dairy cow as part of a women’s group project.

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That’s her bringing a mountain of feed to her cows.

Zero-grazing is a process where livestock are kept in an enclosure and food is brought to them. The enclosure provides protection from the elements and other animals, while allowing room for roaming and exercise. Manure is sold or used as fertilizer, and land can be used for farming instead of grazing.

Today, Mhapa is a regular lecturer at the Sokoine University of Agriculture in Morogoro. She farms 11 acres and cares for four dairy cows — all descendants of that first cow.

“The cattle project brought love in our family, improved our livelihoods, and allowed our three children to go to school,” she says. “I consider these cows as part of my family. I wake up at 4 a.m. At that time, my children are not yet awake, so the first ones to be greeted by me in the morning are the cows.”

Mhapa is the ideal example of Heifer International’s cornerstone value, “Passing the Gift.” To date, she has trained more than 4,000 farmers directly, including those from Heifer projects in other countries, including Malawi and Kenya. Many thousands more have visited her farm to learn about zero-grazing and organic farming.

Mhapa’s hard work has also brought social change to her community. “The way the men in this village perceive women has changed,” she says. “They see us, the women, as very important and they now cooperate in increasing the income of our households.”

So much more than just giving a cow.

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Today, we bring you some great fantasy and genre art.  Most of it is going to be auctioned, to be sure it goes to a good home – but we’ve got a couple in the lottery.

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This is a print of a still from the award-winning short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, signed by the directors, one of whom (William Joyce) is also the author of the original picture book.  It’s a beautiful story, depicting the relationship between a man who loves his books, and the books who love their man.

This will be going into the lottery, for any book lover to possibly win.

  • A special edition print of  The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.  Signed by illustrator Joe Bluhm.

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Also in the lottery, this is a great special-edition print of the character sketches made by artist Joe Bluhm for the film.  It’s not easy to come by, but the folks over at Moonbot Studios sent it over for the fundraiser, so we thought we’d make it available in the lottery.

Now, on to the auctions:

  • Auction: Numbered print of Miss Martin from the 2013 Literary Pin-Up Calendar.  Signed by artist Lee Moyer.

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Like the one in our Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman blog, Lee has sent us a couple more of his beautiful limited edition prints of pin ups from the 2013 calendar.

This one is of Cersei Lanister, from George R.R. Martin’s pin up.  If you want a full sized print of this pin up, head over here and bid.

  • AuctionNumbered print Miss Carey from the 2013 Literary Pin-Up Calendar.  Signed by artist Lee Moyer.

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Here we have the pin-up of Phèdre from Jacqueline Carey’s Phèdre Trilogy, looking beautiful as ever.  This is also signed and numbered, and available to bid upon over here.

  • Auction: Vincent Chong art pack: Prints of Saint Darwin’s Spirituals and Trick or Treat.  Both signed by Vincent Chong.

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Vincent Chong does some great cover art, a lot of which ends up on Subterranean Press’s books.  When his prints showed up, we were extremely happy to have them.

If you want these beautifully chilling prints, be sure to bid on them here.

  • Auction: Limited edition Wasteland video game cover art print.  Signed by artist Barry E. Jackson.  One of 500.

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Here we have something extra cool:  Numbered 60 out of 500, this is a print of the original cover art for Wasteland.

Yeah.  Pretty sweet.

It’s signed by the artist, and there were (and will be) only 500 printed.  If you want it, you need head over and bid on it before it’s gone.

  • Auction: Framed Princess Leia Art Nouveau.  Signed and donated by Karen Hallion.

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Karen Hallion has been pretty great to Worldbuilders.  Geeks everywhere can be seen with merchandise of her art, and she lets The Tinker’s Packs sell prints of it as well.

This is a particularly beautiful print, professionally framed, dated, and signed by Karen  herself.  It’s clever and fun, and would look great hanging on just about any wall.  If you want that wall to be yours, bid on it here.

  • Auction: Two tickets the Roundabout Theater’s revival of Caberet.  Includes a tour of the backstage.

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This is really cool, and when actor Bill Heck offered them up to us, we were floored.

Bill, who is playing the role of Cliff in this production, has offered up two tickets to see Caberet at Studio 54, also staring Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams.  He’ll take you on a tour of the backstage, and maybe go out for drinks with you afterward.

The date is negotiable, so if you live in or around New York, or would like to make plans for a trip out that way, you’ll be able to make it work for your schedule.

To bid on this awesome experience, head over here.

  • Three Auctions: ”All Stories Are True” necklace, Filigree Dragon copper necklace, and a Copper Dragon shawl pin.  All handmade by Amber from Serpent’s Dance.

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Finally, we have three auctions for you from one wonderful donor.  Some of you may recognize her style from last year, when she donated a beautiful Bookwyrm Pendant which sold out before we even posted the blog.

This year, she hedged her bets and sent us a few more things.  And we put them all up in auctions, so that more people who really want it could have a chance at them, as opposed to whoever happened to be up and on the store 10 minutes before we posted a blog.

So, if you’re interested in the “All Stories Are True” necklace: bid here.

If you would like the Filigree Dragon Copper necklace: bid here.

And if you would like the Copper Dragon shawl pin: bid here.

We’re in the final stretch folks.  Remember, all donations of $10 or more made before February 2nd at 11:59pm CST to our Team Page will be entered into the lottery for one of over a thousand prizes of books, games, art, and more.  Keep an eye out, because we’ve still got a lot to show you before that time comes…

 

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Signed Books, Doodled Books, First Edition Books….

We here on the Worldbuilders team know you guys like to hear stories about the people Heifer International is working with. Stories like the one Pat shared in yesterday’s blog.

We love these stories too. In fact, we published a calendar full of them for 2014.

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(Bhumi Kumari Kathait helps her grandson drink a cup of milk in Nepal)

Of course, some of prefer hard facts and numbers demonstrating the work Heifer does. We can absolutely respect that. We actually encourage folks to check their facts instead of blindly throw their money at something.  So here’s some information from the Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation.

“Due to Heifer International’s expenditure of about $7 million over six years, about 8,500 Ugandan families are likely to experience income gains exceeding $8.5 million a year on an ongoing basis and asset gains of about $17 billion.”

“About 5,500 of their children are likely to avoid stunting due to nutritional shortfalls. For each $1 expenditure by country programs in Albania, Nepal and Uganda, households can be expected to gain about $2.35, $1.19 and $1.25 in the respective country programs on an ongoing basis once the projects reach the maturity profile of those included in the evaluation.”

That means for every dollar put into one of these projects, the people involved gain the ability to earn more than a dollar on an ongoing basis.

If you want to read the full article, head over here.

Because of the way Heifer works, ten or twenty dollars can make a huge impact.

And since everything in this blog is going into the lottery, $10 can get you a chance to win. $40 gets you four chances to win, and not just these books, but thousands of others.

Plus, did we mention *everything* in this blog is signed? It’s a very win-filled situation.

  • Copy of Steelheart.  Signed by Brandon Sanderson. Includes a code to see a secret page on Brandon’s website.

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Brandon’s a really cool guy and an excellent writer, as is evidenced by the live-streamed short story he wrote for our $100,000 stretch goal.  If you missed the live event, the video is online over here.

“Fantastic!  The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive, with a resolution that I’ll be thinking about for a long time.” – James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series.

  • Copy of Evil Machines.  First edition, signed by Terry Jones.

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Here is a cool book by the awesome Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame), which was produced by Unbound.

For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Unbound is effectively a Kickstarter for book ideas.  They’ll publish, print, and distribute a book for you if your idea for a book gets funded.

There weren’t a lot of these made up, and this edition of the book sold out – but here we have a signed first edition up for grabs in the lottery.

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“I had the most awful problems with goblins gobbling up my hens in the night.  Thanks to Mr. Bakeley’s new book, not only is my garden free of these pests, but my chickens have never been happier!” – Professor Elemental, adventurer, inventor, and tea enthusiast

In Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop readers will discover:
- Why a bustle in one’s hedgerow may be cause for alarm
- Why a garden fumigator may come in handy on evenings at the pub
- Why a toy merchant, a butcher, and a Freemason are among your best allies in the fight against the fey

This book is full of practical advice, which is always a good thing to get.

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“Anyone who begins this won’t be able to put it down… Hamilton proves that “intelligent space opera” isn’t an oxymoron” – Publishers Weekly

So when a star just disappears, who wouldn’t dispatch a faster-than-light ship to investigate? But how smart is it to put a washed-up, centuries old, ex-NASA pilot in the driver’s seat? And on top of that, when a cult insists that this trip may be compromised by an alien race for their own plan, how can you tell if they’re not that crazy?

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“The implications of the boys’ power to manipulate the past unfold cleverly…, feeding into the Machiavellian political intrigue for a pulse-pounding climax….Card’s many fans will be thrilled by this return to his literary roots.” – Kirkus

  • Sets of The Darwin Elevator, The Exodus Towers, and The Plague Forge.  Signed by Jason M. Hough.

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“The best part about alien stories is their mystery, and Jason M. Hough understands that like no other. Full of compelling characters and thick with tension, The Darwin Elevator delivers both despair and hope along with a gigantic dose of wonder. It’s a brilliant debut and Hough can take my money whenever he writes anything from now on.” – Kevin Hearne

We auctioned off a signed copy of The Darwin Elevator to one lucky bidder, and we managed to dig up a whole set. This one’s for the lottery.

  • Set of The Dark Earth and Southern Gods.  Both first editions, siged by John Horner Jacobs.

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Southern Gods is scary, smart, and effective both as Lovecraftian fiction and as a Southern Regional novel set in 1951.” – David Drake

  • Sets of The Twelve Fingered Boy and The Shibboleth.  First editions, signed by John Hornor Jacobs.

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“A fast-paced, ferocious nightmare of a story – gritty, magical, and surprisingly tender.” – Brenna Yovanoff

Pat read The Twelve-Fingered Boy a while back and gushed about it on Goodreads, mentioning how he went out of his way to get hold of an Advance reading copy of the sequel, The Shibboleth, for himself.

What Pat didn’t mention is that he got a copy of the ARC for us too. So whoever whoever wins this in the lottery will get their hands on a rare early copy…

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This is a copy of a new printing of the incredibly-hard-to-find original movie novelization for Creature from the Black Lagoon, in a cool limited edition.  There were only 250 copies of this edition made, and we’ve tossed this into the lottery so that anyone with ten bucks has the chance to win it. The signatures are from Creature‘s leading lady Julie Adams and the Creature himself, Ricou Browning.

  • Copy of Prince of Thorns.  First edition, signed by Mark Lawrence.

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“Dark and relentless, Prince of Thorns will pull you under and drown you in story.  A two-in-the-morning page turner.” – Robin Hobb

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Promise of Blood is a hugely promising debut. Guns, swords, and magic together? What more could you want? How about tense action, memorable characters, rising stakes, and cool, cool magic? Not only the finest flintlock fantasy I’ve read, but also the most fun. Brian McClellan is the real thing.” – Brent Weeks

So you’d think a successful coup against a corrupt monarchy would improve life for everyone. Not so much.

  • Copy of Theiftaker.  First edition, signed by D.B. Jackson.

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Thieftaker is a lean, elegant, intricate tale of a conjurer and a world on the brink of revolution.  Fabulous!” – Faith Hunter

D.B. Jackson did a read and critique of a manuscript for us earlier in the fundraiser, and here we have something extra special: a first edition copy of the first book in his current series. It’s signed, plus comes with a promotional postcard you can show off anywhere.

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“Abercrombie rings the changes with his sixth novel, tipping his hat to the Western genre but continuing his mission to drag fantasy, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century with his characteristic mix of gritty realism, complex characterisation, set-piece scenes of stomach-churning violence and villains who are as fully rounded as his flawed heroes … Abercrombie writes fantasy like no one else.” –  The Guardian

  • Copy of A Web of Air.  First edition, signed and doodled by Philip Reeve.

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“Beautifully written, grippingly paced, and filled with eccentric characters and bizarre inventions… this is a novel guaranteed to please Reeve’s fans… and very likely broaden their ranks.” – Publishers Weekly

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And by the way? That illustration? That’s not printed on the title page, that’s drawn by the author himself.

Yeah. This is a real one-of-a-kind item. You should probably click the image to embiggen it.

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Remember, folks, it only takes a donation of $10 or more to be entered into the lottery. And for every 10 bucks you throw in, you get another chance to win.

 

 

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Tons of Books from Del Rey

Today’s blog comes again from the Worldbuilders Team, and everyone in the office is still basking in the glow of the stretch goals we posted up recently.  If you haven’t seen them yet, you can see our cool slider full of them here…

We’re pretty proud of it.  And as of right now we’re at $290,000, so we’re perilously close to our next stretch goal.

Either way, we thought we’d remind you of one of the added benefits of donating to help us reach those stretch goals: the awesome books you can win in the lottery. Donations of $10 or more on our Team Page get you the chance to win one of many hundreds of books we have here waiting for you.

Today’s batch of coolness comes from Del Rey, and they sent over a lot of great stuff that should appeal to a bunch of geeks.  There are multiple copies of almost all of them, and then a few special, signed ones you can win in an auction, should they pique your interest…

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“A brilliant debut, full of compelling characters and thick with tension.” – Kevin Hearne

Post-apocalyptic science fiction? Check. Mysterious alien technology? Check. Solid world building? So much check. The first book in the Dire Earth Cycle will have you turning pages fast enough to create friction.

  • AuctionThe Darwin Elevator.  Signed and dated by Jason M. Hough.

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We also have a cool signed copy that we’re auctioning off, so if you don’t want to miss out head over here and bid.

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“In time for the 35th anniversary of The Sword of Shannara (first published in 1977), Brooks opens up a new avenue for more tales of magic and epic adventure. His many fans will want this.” – Library Journal

This first book in Terry Brooks’s new Shannara trilogy hits the ground running. Get ready to jump back into this expansive world and dig into its tumultuous past. We can’t say a whole lot about this book without ruining it, but Brooks is in fine form here.

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“A completely authentic tale, brimming with all the detail and richness one looks for in military yarns as well as the impossible wonder of gilded fantasy.” – Entertainment Weekly

This is the first book in Naomi Novik’s brilliant Temeraire series. Napoleonic War + Dragon = Awesomeness. Nicole at The Tinker’s Packs was listening to this series most of last year and obsessing about it just a little.

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“Remarkable . . . Scott Lynch’s first novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, exports the suspense and wit of a cleverly constructed crime caper into an exotic realm of fantasy, and the result is engagingly entertaining.” – The Times

If you like mystery stories and fantasy stories, why not combine them? Pat will tell you how awesome this book is in his Goodreads review, in no uncertain terms.

Plus, Scott is involved in our next stretch goal: he and Elizabeth Bear will be getting drunk and doing a review of The Desolation of Smaug.  So that’s going to be interesting…

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“Ranging from the hilarious to the profound, these stories show the full range of Willis’ talent for taut, dazzling plots, real science, memorable characters, penetrating dialogue and blistering drama–and may guide inquisitive readers toward her equally accomplished and acclaimed novels.” – Kirkus Reviews

Connie Willis has been wonderful to us here at Worldbuilders. Last year alone, she donated quite a few rarities from her own personal bookshelf–she even sent a book on cassette! This year, she’s featured with this gorgeous collection of some of her shorter works. Connie Willis does it all, and since all ten of the stories in this collection have won either the Hugo or Nebula award (or both), you know you’re in good hands.

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“This intricately layered adventure breathes realism and overshadowing menace into ancient mythic archetypes, exposing the pain and wonder inherent in magic and the mingled hope and cynicism of modern fantasy.” – Publishers Weekly

You know Drew Karpyshyn from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and the Mass Effect series. This is his original material, an epic story about four orphans born with the individual traits of a hero-turned-destroyer. It’s their destiny to usher in a renewed era of peace or free their twisted forebear from his prison.

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“Of those who work in the grand epic-fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best…. [He] is a tense, surging, insomnia-inflicting plotter and a deft and inexhaustible sketcher of personalities…. This is as good a time as any to proclaim him the American Tolkien.” – Time Magazine

Unless you’ve been living under a particularly heavy rock, you’ve probably heard of Game of Thrones.   If you’ve only seen the HBO series, or haven’t had a chance to pick these up yet, we’ve got a chance for you to win some here.

And for those of you who already love the series, though, we’ve got some awesome auctions of limited edition weaponry and statues from Westeros.

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“A story told with as much passion and humanity as Martin has brought to any previous volume. And it adds much detail and texture to an already rich and layered world.” – Thomas M. Wagner, SF Review

This one is volume 4 in A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones being the first), so we didn’t want to throw this in the lottery and annoy someone why may not have the first three.  Instead, and since it’s signed, we’re auctioning it off so someone who’s ready to add it to their collection can do so. If you’re that someone, head over and bid.

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“…so well written it’s disgusting. This is Star Wars fiction at its absolute best. It’s a Star Wars book that explores stories from the movies and television series, fleshes them out and adds further dimension to what we know or think we know.” — Bryan Young, Examiner.com

If you’ve ever wondered how the great Obi-Wan Kenobi became a crazy old hermit living on an insignificant desert planet, you’re about to find out. In the most difficult decision of his life, Kenobi must decide if the best thing he can do to save the galaxy might be nothing at all.

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The Warded Man works not only as a great adventure novel but also as a reflection on the nature of heroism.” — Charlaine Harris

Humans fight back against an onslaught of demons. But so much more. Traditional fantasy with some horror elements from the guy who shaved Myke Cole’s head with a straight razor. Knowing Peat like we do, it amazes us that such dark fantasy can come from such a nice guy.

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“Holloway stuffs her adventure with an abundance of characters and ideas and fills her heroine with talents and graces, all within a fun, brisk narrative.” — Publishers Weekly

A Study in Silks is set in a steampunk world filled with magic and intrigue, starring Sherlock Holmes’s very capable and engaging niece. If you’re not already intrigued, how about a touch of romance?

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“Fast-paced, gripping, well written – the sort of book you cannot put down. I am already on the lookout for the next one.” – Terry Brooks

When we were digging around, trying to find a good review of the forthcoming Red Rising (it’ll come out at the end of the month), there was so much to choose from. The one, unifying word that seemed to appear in every last review was, “Wow!” Now all of us kind of want to read it.

  • Auction: Red Rising by Pierce Brown.  To be released January 28th, 2014.

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Since the lottery items won’t make it to the winners until after Red Rising comes out, we figured we’d auction off a copy and do our best to get it to the winner before its release date. Join the party and bid on this one for a chance to read it early.

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Special thanks goes out to Del Rey, as well as all of our other donors so far.

We’re going to be really ramping things up these last two weeks, so be sure to check back often, and be sure to get your donations in before the fundraiser ends on February 2nd at 11:59pm Central Standard  Time.

Thanks for being awesome folks…

 

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Even More Books from DAW

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This is a Worldbuilders blog.

Today’s blog is once again being brought to you by the Worldbuilders Team.  It’s gone so well the last few times, we thought we’d keep it up. Besides, Pat having more time to spend playing with his kids, catch up on email, and write is something I think we all can get behind.

We got so many books from DAW this year that, even though we already had a blog full of books from them, we’ve got another one just as full here.

This time around is extra cool, because almost every prize is a collection of books in a series.  DAW went out of their way to send along a bunch of these, so folks can have either the entire currently-published series, or at least a good start to it.  There are also a couple of ARCs for books that haven’t been released yet, for those of you who are interested.

Let’s get to it.

  • Sets of the Species Imperative series and Stratification series. All signed by Julie E. Czerneda.

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“Czerneda is a masterful storyteller and one of the best of the recent voices in science fiction. Her books deserve a place in just about any young adult collection.” – VOYA

Julie Czerneda’s writing has been praised across the board for her solid world building and believable alien biology. These sets are chock full of both.

  • Sets of the Cloudmages Series and the Nessantico Cycle series. All signed by S.L. Farrell.

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“S.L. Farrell makes magic real with a story that encompasses the highest of classical high fantasy and the grittiest of real-world situations, told with never a misstep and never a pause. I read this in one sitting, breathing optional. It’s wonderful!” – Holly Lisle

  • Auction: Set of the Nessantico Cycle series.  All signed by S.L. Farrell.

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Since DAW was kind enough to send a couple of these sets, and get them signed none the less, we thought it’d be great to put up a set for auction, for someone who really wants it.

If that someone is you, be sure to go over here to bid.

  • Auction: An ARC of Immortal Muse.  Signed by Stephen Leigh. Due to be released in March 2014.

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S.L. Farrell is actually a pseudonym for Stephen Leigh, so we thought we’d show you some of his other work as well. This one looks pretty dark, but you have to love the concept–a couple manages to crack the code for immortality, but it comes with a hefty price tag that pits them against each other for centuries.

This signed ARC is for a novel that won’t be released until March, so head over here and bid on it if you want to read it early.

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[About the Willow Tate series] “In fine, small-town mystery fashion, Paumanok Harbor is full of quirky people, many with odd little magic talents…. [A] charming series.” – Locus

“Fans of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series will appreciate [the Esther Diamond] series’ lively heroine and the appealing combination of humor, mystery, and romance.” – Library Journal

These two series meet the criteria for “fun mysteries with a supernatural bend and interesting characters.”  A little mystery, a quirky supporting cast, some creepy set pieces and baddies…and maybe a little romance. Because nothing brings people together like combustible bugs.

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“Veteran sf/fantasy author Cherryh plays her strongest suit in this exploration of human/alien contact, producing an incisive study-in-contrast of what it means to be human in a world where trust is nonexistent. A good purchase for most sf collections.” – Library Journal

The Foreigner series is an epic undertaking that explores politics, diplomacy and the day-to-day culture shock between radically different species as they grow, explore, and evolve (as people, you know, like you do). Cherryh’s exploration of the different cultures is so detailed and in-depth that we’re thinking if this stuff actually happens some time in the future, it’ll unfold exactly as it’s plotted out in these 14 books.  Prepare to have your mind expanded.

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[About the Collegium Chronicles] “A real page-turner…. Outstanding characters, especially Mags, will greatly please Valdemar fans.” – Booklist

[About the House War series] “This is a compelling story with riveting and finely wrought characters that will keep you up well into the night. This story will go down as one of the best novels in its genre, propelling West into the ranks of Robin Hobb and George R.R. Martin. It’s simply a great read; don’t miss it.” – The Maine Edge

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This bundle of books was recommended by the folks over at DAW, and are a good sampler of a few new series you should consider picking up.  Pat reviewed Libriomancer over on Goodreads  back before it came out, which should be interesting enough, but the other two books are awesome as well.

All of the books in the bundle are signed, so they’re extra cool.  If it interests you, head over to the auction and bid.

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“Deliberately silly and derivative, the story turns into a hilarious romp in the vein of Men in Black or Ghostbusters.” – VOYA

Brett just started reading this series and said the concept is pretty slick, the dialogue (almost banter) is quick and witty, and it should be a fun ride.  That was enough to convince most of the rest of the office.

  • Sets of the Kara Gillian series and the White Trash Zombie series. Both by Diana Rowland.

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The first two Kara Gillian books (Mark of the Demon and Blood of the Demon) haven’t arrived yet, but don’t worry – they’ll be included as well.

[About the Kara Gillian Series] “Rowland’s world of arcane magic and demons is fresh and original…[and her] characters are well-developed and distinct…. Dark, fast-paced, and gripping.” - SciFiChick

[About the White Trash Zombie series] “Not to be missed—all that’s required is a high tolerance for gray matter. For true zombiephiles, of course, that’s a no brainer.” – Library Journal

Brett also read the White Trash Zombie series and said he really enjoyed it: “Angel’s a strong, flawed, and completely endearing main character with a keen mind and an unfortunate knack for making bad decisions. You are always rooting for her.  The whole series works really well largely because it stays grounded–there’s something delightful about a zombie narrator doing battle with a zombie conspiracy while trying to hold down a job and earn her GED.”

  • Auction: An ARC of Dreamwalker by C.S. Friedman.  Due to be released in February 2014.

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Fans of C.S. Friedman’s work should pay attention here.  This ARC is for the first book in a new series, which won’t be released for another month. It’s Friedman’s first foray into young adult fiction, and she’s bringing her entire arsenal with her. The buzz so far is that it’s darker and more mature than your average YA fiction, which tends to gets pretty dark and mature already.

We’re auctioning this one off so that the winner can still get it and read it before the book comes out, feeling all warm and special inside as they do so.  If you’d like that person to be you, head over here and bid.

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“A fantasy world fit for the most discriminating medieval partisan.” - Publishers Weekly

Our auction for this series last month went really well.  If you were as bummed as some of us were at missing out on it, we hope that this second set (sans awesome, hand stitched tapestry) being thrown into the lottery will raise your spirits. After all, since every $10 chipped in to the Team Page gets you another chance of getting it, it won’t take a huge investment.

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“Rejoice…. Ross’s literary strength [is] her sensitivity to human needs and talents.” – Publishers Weekly

“Malan’s fantasy debut straddles two worlds, each detailed in vibrant colors and images. Believable characters and graceful storytelling make this a good addition to most fantasy collections.” – Library Journal

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“[The Tour of the Merrimack series] is an amalgam of subgenres: military science fiction, space opera, time paradox, and alternate history…. This novel will prove thoroughly enjoyable to fans of military science fiction authors like David Weber and David Drake.” – The B&N Review

“What starts out as a simple tale of refugees escaping a war-torn land quickly becomes something more…. All the characters are beautifully drawn, and Roberson has uncannily lyrical phrasing.” – Book Critic

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“Radford’s considerable gifts as a mesmerizing storyteller shine with undeniable luster.” – RT Book Reviews

[About the Princess series] “…will appeal anyone who yearns for the heroines of their childhood-or just a witty, well-constructed adventure tale about powerful women stepping up with skill and cleverness. ” – Publishers Weekly

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“This quirky urban fantasy would appeal to science-fiction/fantasy readers, fans of the Dresden Files and the Inkheart series, or anyone looking for an adventure featuring a quirky cast.” – VOYA

“Part urban fantasy, part spy thriller, part hard-boiled adventure, The Dirty Streets of Heaven is a worthwhile and entertaining new addition to the genre.” – TOR.com

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There you have it.  Another extraordinarily full blog of awesome books, the vast majority of which are all winnable by making a donation to the Team Page.

In case you’ve missed any of them, you should really check out our Stretch Goals to see what’s been achieved, and what’s on its way.  We just crossed a super cool one from Peter Orullian, and the next bunch of them look pretty awesome…

As usual, you can find more information about Worldbuilders at our website or in Pat’s blog.

If you want to see any of the other auctions we have going, you can check out our ebay page.

And if you’re curious about what other stuff we’ve posted so far, you can see it all in the Lottery Library.

Posted in Worldbuilders 2013 | By Amanda2 Responses

More Signed Books from Cool Authors

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Happy new year, everyone.  We hope you all had a night filled with love, laughter, warmth, and joy.  It’s time to start anew, and we’re happy to be a part of that for you.

Even though we took a break over the holidays, the donations kept rolling in. We hit more than a few stretch goals that we’ll be making available soon. What’s more, we’re already on the cusp of raising a quarter million dollars. We’re *way* ahead of last year, and we’ve got a lot of amazing stuff still to come.

If you can’t already tell, today’s blog is being merrily brought to you by the Worldbuilders team. Pat’s getting some writing done and spending time with his family, and we’re perfectly happy to be the ones gushing about today’s fundraiser items.

As you may have guessed from the title, this blog contains tons more books from some incredibly generous authors:

  • Auction: Awesome leather bound copy of Eulogy.  Signed by D.T. Conklin.

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“Conklin writes with a poet’s flair, using minimal words to deliver maximum dramatic impact. Visceral, shocking, and deeply imaginative, Eulogy pushes to the edge . . . and then dives right over it. An unapologetic, no-holds-barred descent into madness—yet there is method in it. Readers with the fortitude to take the plunge stand to be rewarded with what may go down as one of the most ambitious, redefining forays into epic fantasy of all time.” – Eldon Thompson, author of The Divine Talisman

We had a few copies of this in the lottery last year, but this is a special treat: a one-of-a-kind, leather bound copy.  There were twelve made total, but each one was hand-covered and bound.  It’s going up in an auction, so if it tickles your fancy, you should head over here and bid.

  • Set of Holder of LightningMage of Clouds, and Heir of Stone.  All are first editions, signed by S.L. Farrell.

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“Farrell continues to shine as one of the strongest voices in the Celtic fantasy subgenre.” – Publishers Weekly

These are really awesome books, made all the more awesome by the fact that it includes the entire trilogy, and they’re all signed first editions.

  • Set of A Magic of Twilight, A Magic of Nightfall, and A Magic of Dawn.  All are first editions, signed by S.L. Farrell.

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“Intriguing characters and a complex socio-political background make this a strong addition to most fantasy collections.” – Library Journal

Farrell also sent along his more-recent trilogy, the Nessantico Cycle.  This is another complete set, and again all signed first editions.

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“Ridiculously fun and large-hearted, and you don’t have to remember the Reagan administration to love it…[Cline] takes a far-out premise and engages the reader instantly…You’ll wish you could make it go on and on.” – NPR.org

This book will make geeks everywhere happy, and Ernest Cline has been donating copies for a few years now.  We’re throwing all of the copies that came into the lottery to help spread the geeky love.

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“Readers who luxuriate in the telling of a tale and savor phrases where every word has significance will enjoy the challenge of this fantasy.” – Publishers Weekly

  • Copy of Delia’s Shadow.  First edition, includes promotional postcard.  Signed by Jaime Lee Moyer.

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“Moyer creates a hauntingly real San Francisco, full of characters you can’t wait to get to know better. Delia’s Shadow is an engaging debut novel, one that cost me a good night’s sleep.” - Jim C. Hines

Jamie Lee Moyer is one of the awesome folks who has donated a critique of a manuscript this year and in the past.  This first edition copy of her first novel is going to be a great addition to one lucky lottery winner’s collection.  And if that’s too much chance for you…

  • Auction: Copy of Delia’s Shadow.  First edition, includes promotional postcard.  Signed by Jaime Lee Moyer.

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We’ve got two of these, so for those of you who would rather be sure, you can bid on it here.

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“[Readers] will be seduced and enthralled by Gilman’s metaphysical thriller about wicked elves, shape-shifting supernaturals and portals to another dimension….melds magic with mayhem for a tale of bravery, friendship and devotion.” – Publishers Weekly

Laura Anne Gilman also donates a critique every year, and of your entire submission packet to boot.  We were all too excited to get some of her books in for this year’s fundraiser.

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“Vivid descriptions of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood are a plus in a cozy tale that will draw in even those normally skeptical of animal-centered stories.” – Publishers Weekly

L.A. Korntesky is a psudonym for Laura Anne Gillman, so you know these will be good.  They’re in a series called  The Gin and Tonic Mysteries, and have an amazing number of pet-related puns on the covers alone.

  • Copy of Chicks Unravel Time anthology.  Signed by Martha Wells.

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“It’s truly a delight to read smart words from smart people on a subject beloved and important to them. Chicks Unravel Time is a fantastic read that delves into why Doctor Whoholds such a dear place in the hearts of so many, and how it has impacted them.” – The Nerdist

Martha Wells is a great supporter of Worldbuidlers, and she kicked in this Dr. Who anthology for one lucky Whovian to get their hands on in the lottery.

  • Copy of Star Wars: Razor’s Edge.  First edition, signed by Martha Wells.

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EMPIRE AND REBELLION is the title for a trio of stand alone Star Wars novels focusing on Leia, Han, and Luke. Martha Wells wrote the Leia novel, James S. A. Corey is writing the Han Solo novel (Honor Among Thieves, coming out in March), and Kevin Hearne is writing the Luke novel (untitled).

  • Copy of Wheel of the Infinite.  First edition, signed by Martha Wells.

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“Wells spices her latest fantasy with exotic textures and colors reminiscent of India and the Far East, while mystery and court intrigue add depth to this tale of love and risk. Highly recommended for most fantasy collections.” – Library Journal

Martha sent along a huge sampling of her books.  This is one of her stand-alone fantasy novels, but she’s also got a couple of different fantasy series sets in here as well…

  • Set of The Cloud Roads, The Serpent Sea, and The Siren Depths.  Signed by Martha Wells.

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“The Cloud Roads has wildly original worldbuilding, diverse and engaging characters, and a thrilling adventure plot. It’s that rarest of fantasies: fresh and surprising, with a story that doesn’t go where ten thousand others have gone before. I can’t wait for my next chance to visit the Three Worlds!” – N.K. Jemisin

Here we have a set of The Books of Raksura, lovingly signed and donated.  The most recent novel, The Siren Depths, came out a year ago, so the winner of these will be completely up to date.

  • Set of The Wizard Hunters, The Ships of Air, and The Gate of Gods.  First is an audiobook. Last two are hardcovers, signed by Martha Wells.

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(Not picured: The Ships of Air, which is on its way)

“Wells’ first volume in this new trilogy features fine storytelling and a unique mixture of magic and early 20th century science. Her memorable tale is a good addition to most fantasy collections.” – Library Journal

This is the complete Fall of Ile-Rien Trilogy, including an audiobook copy of the first book.  I love listening to audiobooks, so if you haven’t tried before, this could be your opportunity to give them a chance.

  • Set of The Element of Fire and The Death of the Necromancer audiobooks by Martha Wells.

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“A rich fantasy debut . . . Skillfully blending the fantastical and the mundane, Wells delights with deft and sympathetic characterization while demonstrating a fine touch for adventure.” – Publishers Weekly

These are two stand-alone novels from Ile-Rien, the world of the previous series. You don’t have to have read the other series to enjoy them, so the love is spread for more people to discover Martha’s coolness.

  • Copy of Emilie and the Hollow World.  Signed by Martha Wells.

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“A swashbuckling escape for avid readers that trades buttoned-up boundaries for unbridled adventure.” – Kirkus Reviews

This is the first book in Martha’s YA series.  It has a little bit of something for everyone, and the first chapter is available on Martha’s website.  If it intrigues you, be sure to head over to the Team Page and chip in what you can – as little as $10 will give you a chance to win this, or any of the other cool books listed.

Auction: An ARC of an ARC of Cast in Flame.  Signed by Michelle Sagara.

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This is ridiculously cool, and incredibly one-of-a-kind.  Michelle wrote up a good description of it herself, so I’m just going to quote her directly:

“I am just finishing CAST IN FLAME, the novel I owe HLQ for July 2014.

I asked my editor if it would be okay to offer an advanced, advanced ARC for Worldbuilders; as long as it’s printed (I’d print it), that would be more than fine with her. Given the end of the fundraising drive, this would be pre-editorial requested revisions, but in general, what this means for my Luna novels is: pre the 5k words we have to find to cut >.<.

Since the actual novel won’t be published until July 2014, this would be the only chance to actually read it before then. But it would *also* be the submission draft.”

Yeah.  Ridiculously cool.  If you want a super-early read of Michelle’s next novel, head over and bid on it here.

Awesome edit:

Michelle nudged us with a little bit more information about this auction:

“As an added bonus: I will dedicate the book to whoever is generous enough to win the auction (with a mention of Worldbuilders). I will dedicate the book to the person of your choice if you win and you don’t want your name in the dedication – but I reserve the right to refuse to dedicate the book to, say, myself or someone equally “funny” (I.e., no Hitler, no obvious political swipes). I would need this information by the end of January, 2014, in order to fulfill this part of the auction, because the front matter information (of which the dedication is part) is due in to production by the 31st of January.”

Yeah.  A book could be  dedicated to you.  If that doesn’t push you over the edge into bidding on it, I don’t know what will.

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Thanks for all the kind words lately, everyone.  You warm our hearts and make all of us feel like we’re doing something really awesome with you.

We took a break from auctions over the holidays, but the auctions from this and the next couple of blogs are up.  If you want to get in on them early, head over to our eBay page to start bidding.

Be sure to keep up with the fundraiser on the blog, and get details about how to win thousands of lovely books donated by authors and publishers.

Want to see what other things you can win in the lottery?  Head over to the Lottery Library page to see everything we’ve posted so far.

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Worldbuilders at the Heifer Ranch

Happy holidays, everyone–and we mean happy! You guys continue the new tradition of knocking our socks off with your generosity by pushing us right past the $175,000 mark. Keep an eye out for more stretch goals to unlock.

But on to business.

Last year Heifer International actually donated something to Worldbuilders–a few spaces at the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas. The Worldbuilders team was supposed to head over there for a little training anyway, but they gave us some tickets to auction off. We put a few on the auction block and stuck some of them in the lottery.

Anticipation was high, and in May, the Worldbuilders team and some auction and lottery winners finally got the chance to visit the Heifer Ranch.

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The ranch started out as a place where Heifer would raise livestock to ship overseas. That all ended in 1960 when they found it was more cost effective, better for the local economy, and more conducive to the health of the animals if they purchased local livestock for their programs.  The ranch has soldiered on. Even though it’s still a working ranch, it’s now an educational facility where they give folks first-hand experiences of what some of the problems are that Heifer is working to resolve, and what those resolutions are.  It was truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

While we were there, we met all sorts of cool people, listened to presentations about what Heifer does, how and why they do it and just how much work goes into helping people pull themselves out of poverty.  We toured their global village and had to prepare our own lunch from limited supplies, we made cheese, and we ate delicious food that was grown and raised entirely on the ranch, which also supplies a few local institutions as well. It. Was. Awesome.

We wrote about the experience as soon as we got back, because we wanted to share what we discovered, learned, and enjoyed with you, as a part of this year’s fundraiser.

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Steve, Pat, Shiloh and Kat prepare lunch while Amber reads a recipe in the background.

“I like to cook, and I was pretty excited when we were given the challenge of cooking a meal over an open fire. All of us had tasks and we eventually got the fire going and the food prepared. No one got burned too badly and there was a lot of ‘white rabbit’ chanting to banish the smoke. We enjoyed our simple meal after several hours of cooking while Nate and Vicki shared facts about open fire cooking.

They told us  that every day over 50% of the world’s population cooks this way, for every meal. It’s dangerous and time consuming. Kids can’t attend school because they are too busy gathering limited fuel supplies and tending the fire. Each year, millions are made ill, injured, or killed by the fires and exposure to the smoke. The novelty of open fire cooking quickly wore off as the sober list of facts grew.

I was relieved to hear about Heifer’s work on this issue. In many of the locations that Heifer International works in, they provide improved cook stoves as part of their educational and training projects. They work with the community to provide them with stoves that fit their culture and environment, ensuring that the stoves are actually put to use. These stoves cook food more cleanly, quickly, and safely.  Kids get more free time for their education. This is just one of the great ways in which Heifer is helping build a better world.” – Kat

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Joyce gets an apple-prompted kiss from a camel.

“From the first time I chipped in with my friends to buy a llama, Heifer International has intrigued me.  Being around the folks at the ranch who deeply understand the need for the Heifer brand of conscientious education and help, who are interested in the causes of poverty, in how to change people’s lives, without changing who they are, completely thrilled me, and rejuvenated my desire to do whatever I can to help the cause.

And I milked a goat.  And kissed a camel (no tongue).  And earned a number of spectacular bruises.  It was pretty much the best weekend I have had in at least a week and a half!” – Joyce

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Nicole milks a goat–we later used that milk to make cheese.

“I came back a mix of so many emotions.  I made new friends and had tons of fun, so I was refreshed.  I connected with my co-workers on a deeper level, so I was warmed.  I worked for my meals, so I was satisfied.  I discovered that the scale that Heifer operates on is so much larger than I thought, so I was stunned.  I realized that I was ignorant and jaded about the reality that so many other people face, so I was lucky.  I learned that Worldbuilders is the single largest Heifer Team in existence, so I was proud.

The most overwhelming emotion I faced upon our return, though, was excitement.  We are doing a really good thing.  And I’m ready to dive back in.” – Nicole

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Maria shows Oot how to milk a goat.

“Our time at the Heifer Ranch and Heifer headquarters was a fantastic experience.  Being at the global village, learning of the challenges many communities are faced with, and seeing what Heifer is doing to try to end hunger, was very inspirational.  What is very encouraging about the Heifer model is its approach to working with communities and how extensive that process is.  It truly represents a model of self-sufficiency and sustainability.  I’m personally excited to take what we’ve learned in such a short time and share it with all of our supporters and the Worldbuilders community.  I think once everyone sees what we saw, everyone is going to get super jazzed for the upcoming fundraiser in 2013.” – Maria

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Not Brett, but a reasonable facsimile.

“Heifer International plays the long game, and they play it right. They only go when they’re invited. They don’t send guys in suits, they accept and train community members to lead projects. Often it’s a year or more before the first piece of livestock or seed is shipped. Most of the time, women in the community take charge, even if the community is traditionally misogynistic. Heifer will work with experts in fields they don’t specialize in to make sure everything is done right. The scope is so wide and varied, I just can’t comprehend it, let alone write about it.” – Brett

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Sarah and Oot on the ride to morning chores.

Sarah had a great anecdote about Oot from the stay at the ranch.

We were sitting on a bench enjoying the beautiful afternoon.  I said ‘I love you Oot,’ and he looked at me and said ‘I love this ranch.’

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 Oot enjoys the shady walkway at Heifer’s Little Rock headquarters.
(Be sure to embiggen and see why Oot’s smiling so much…)

It was a great time. We were there with Vicki, one of the directors of philanthropy and our primary Heifer liaison, Nate, our brilliant and informative guide through all things Heifer, and a small but knowledgeable team of volunteers who showed us everything from feeding chickens to milking goats to how to farm in otherwise harsh environments. We got to learn about zero-grazing, biogas projects and why Heifer puts women in charge. There was a lot to learn.

One of the big things we learned was how much we didn’t know about Heifer’s projects. They offer their gift catalogue and encourage folks to buy goats and ducks for loved ones–that’s easy to grasp. But they also team up with other nonprofit organizations to bring clean water to villages, they teach farmers in Ghana how to raise grasscutters, they help fishermen in Haiti figure out how to get enough fish from a ravaged lake, they help women’s groups set up local co-operatives and they make sure children get a good education. It’s hard to explain that stuff in three words.

Money donated to Heifer International goes to improve the lives of so many people in so many different ways. You’re not just buying a goat. You’re buying knowledge, self-sufficiency, pride, and the willingness–often the excitement–to pass on that gift to the next family. That’s worth so much more than a goat.

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To be honest, we can’t capture in words the awe we experienced at the ranch. Everyone came away with something different, but all of us agreed it was a great weekend. Everyone we went with was lovely–it didn’t take long for all of us to click, and that cross-section of wonderful people from such diverse backgrounds just proves the high caliber of all you folks who donate to Worldbuilders and Heifer International.

If you want to, feel free to head over to the Worldbuilders Team Heifer page. A donation there of just $10 sends that $10 straight to Heifer, and you get entered in our lottery.

We also have a few auctions ending this Sunday, but please don’t ignore your family just to bid on them. We’ll have more posted soon.

We’re deliberately going light on the fundraiser posts during the holidays, but we’ll be back before you know it with more posts about books and the cool people who write them, read them, and donate them so you can appreciate them as well.

Thanks, and please continue to have a great holiday.

Posted in Heifer International, Worldbuilders 2013 | By Amanda10 Responses

Awesome Books from Cool Readers

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Pat, Sarah, and Oot are still enjoying some family time with week-old Cutie Snoo. We figured it’s only fair that we continue getting the blogs up, showing you some of the cool things that keep pouring in to the Worldbuilders headquarters.

We get a lot of donations from a lot of people.  Authors, publishers, and bookstores are always wonderful to us, but some people who don’t get as much glory are the readers.  Folks who have been following Worldbuilders for a while, and find cool, signed, or interesting books that they think would work well for our fundraiser. Every year we get more books from more supporters, and we’re more than happy to feature them.

Speaking of more, we’ll be adding more books into the lottery than what’s listed here. There’s just not enough space for all the coolness.

Let’s do it.

  • Limited, numbered edition of Side Jobs.  Signed by Jim Butcher.

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This is a really great collection of Dresden Files short stories.  It’s numbered 885 out of 1000, and would be an awesome addition to the collection of any Harry Dresden fan.

In the spirit of the holidays, we’re putting it (and everything else in this blog) in the lottery, to make sure that anyone who donates $10 or more at the Team Page has a chance of winning this one.

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These are all beautiful books from Subterranean Press, and each one is going into the lottery.  Four more chances to win something from Subterranean Press, all because a reader was generous enough to share them with us.

“[The novella] leaves an indelible impression on the reader. It is a hauntingly powerful and provocative tale that will have John Scalzi fans, fantasy lovers, and newcomers alike talking about The God Engines.” – Fantasy Literature

“Part of what makes Reynolds so effective—what makes his version of space opera New—is his ability to work at both ends of the scale, from the intimate to the very very large.” – Locus

  • Set of Act of Love and The Best of Joe R. Lansdale. The latter signed by Joe R. Lansdale.

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The Best of collection is signed in this cool bundle, and the novel was Joe R. Lansdale’s first one, published in 1981, reprinted by Subterranean Press earlier this year, and completely sold out already.

“Thirty-two years after its original release, Lansdale’s pivotal first novel still retains its shocking horror and clarity… Both [the novel and story] showcase Lansdale’s clean, crisp writing and deft characterization, as well as descriptions vivid enough to give the most jaded reader nightmares.” – Publishers Weekly

  • Copies of Stormdancer. Signed, inscribed, and dated by Jay Kristoff.

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Stormdancer was in last year’s fundraiser, along with it’s adorable counterpart, The Littlest Stormdancer, and it was a big hit.  This novel also features one of my absolute favorite blurbs Pat has ever given anything:

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Other, more serious people have also written great reviews for it. For example, Kevin “The Iron Druid Chronicles” Hearne (who isn’t necessarily serious, but you get the idea).

“Kristoff’s debut is a lyrical triumph of chainsaw swords and thunder tigers that steampunk fans and mythology buffs will devour.” – Kevin Hearne

  • A set of The Green Rider Series: Green RiderFirst Rider’s CallThe High King’s Tomb, and Blackveil by Kristen Britain. All are first editions.

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“Britain keeps the excitement high from beginning to end, balancing epic magical battles with the humor and camaraderie of Karigan and her fellow riders” – Publishers Weekly

If you’re interested in these, you may be interested in the signed dust jacket and manuscript page for the next book we have up for auction.  Either way, this set of first edition books will be in the lottery for someone to win.

  • Copy of Night Angel (The Complete Trilogy) by Brent Weeks.

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This epic omnibus has the entirety of The Way of ShadowsShadow’s Edge, and Beyond the Shadows, as well as a glossary, character guide, and a couple of bonus chapters you can only get here.  It’s definitely worth the cost of a ticket into the lottery.

“I was mesmerized from start to finish” – Terry Brooks

  • Copy of The Shock of the Fall.  Signed and inscribed by Nathan Filer.

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The narrator of this book is a damaged 19-year-old who is being treated for schizophrenia following a tragedy. The story unfolds in his expertly written voice, giving the reader a compelling look inside his head – and all before the final mystery is revealed. This one needs to be read to be believed, and one lucky lottery winner will get that chance.

“Bittersweet and wonderfully etched…perceptive and moving” – Telegraph

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I admit to not knowing much about this one, but I do know that these blurbs have got me intrigued. It takes place in the 1500s, where there are very real natural and supernatural threats, and there’s intrigue, betrayal and a quest. But Karen Maitland wrote it, so you’re in good hands.

“Passion and peril.  A compelling blend of historical grit and supernatural twists.” – Daily Mail

“Maitland’s language feels simultaneously authentic and modern. Invigorating.” - The Guardian

  • Set of Hugh Howey books: First Shift LegacySecond Shift OrderThird Shift PactThe HurricaneThe Plagiarist, and Half Way Home.  All signed by Hugh Howey.

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Hugh donated a full omnibus set of the Wool series, which we featured in the last blog, so when this donation came in we were all too happy to feature these as well.  If you donate as much as $20 to the Team Page you have a chance to win both prizes, and have a great collection of signed works by this great author.

  • Set of Libriomancer and Codex Born.  Both first editions, the first signed by Jim C. Hines.

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Jim has been involved in Worldbuilders many times, most recently contributing our $75k stretch goal by doing one of his awesome cover poses (which you can never unsee here).

So if you win this set in the lottery, think of Jim, and his incredible commitment to his beliefs, and to our cause.

  • Set of PoisonBeauty, and Charm.  All first editions, signed by Sarah Pinborough, and signed and doodled by illustrator Les Edwards.

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We auctioned off an ARC of Poison from Gollancz earlier, and when we looked at these we were pretty excited.  We were even more excited when we looked at the doodles by Les Edwards.

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There was some serious debate about auctioning this set, but we agreed this would make an awesome prize. Whoever wins these in the lottery is going to be getting something extra cool.

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Thanks to everyone for the kind words for Pat, Sarah, Oot, and Cutie Snoo.  They’re really enjoying their time together, and we’re more than happy to keep the fundraising train going.

There are a few auctions that will be running this week.  If they appeal to you, head over to our eBay page to keep an eye on them.

Keep up with the fundraiser on the blog, and get details about how to win thousands of lovely books donated by authors and publishers.

If it’s something that interests you, head over to the Lottery Library page to see everything we’ve posted so far.

Posted in Worldbuilders 2013 | By Amanda14 Responses
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