Hundreds of Gorgeous Books from Subterranean Press

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Over the years, nobody has supported Worldbuilders as much as Subterranean Press.

Back in my first year, before the fundraiser even had a name, Subterranean called me up and asked if they could send me books.

And they did. They sent hundreds of gorgeous, signed, limited edition books. When that happened, it made me think that maybe I could do this fundraiser as a yearly thing.

What’s my point?

My point is that not only do the the folks at Subterranean Press publish absolutely gorgeous books, but they are profoundly lovely people as well.

This year Sub Press has stepped up again, donating over 300 lovely books, many of them rare, signed, limited edition, or out of print.

“Miéville’s slow-burn narrative is by turns amusing and horrifying, mixing Philip K. Dick-esque satirical banality with a mesmerizing vision of a society on the brink of apocalypse.” – Entertainment Weekly

“The Sagan Diary is a must-have book for just about any serious reader of science fiction and certainly for any serious collector of science fiction. It’s a gorgeous little hardcover with a golden-age worthy cover by no less than Bob Eggleton, and B&W interior B&W illustrations as well.” – The Agony Column

“These stories…chronicle the literary progress of one of the genre’s most remarkable and exciting voices… [They] display a unique, iconoclastic vision that celebrates language as well as story.” – Library Journal

(As an interesting aside, the cover of this book is by Lee Moyer who created our 2012 literary pin-up calendars…)

“Everyone who is fan of science fiction or just good writing needs to have Ellison on their shelf. That being said I can think of no finer example than Deathbird Stories as a best representation. Subterranean Press has put together a book worth owning and Harlan has given us content worth reading.” – SFRevu

“Science fiction Grand Master Silverberg explores the possibilities and pitfalls of time travel in this omnibus of three classic novels. […] These novels showcase not only the astounding challenges of time travel but the growth of a talented writer whose ideas and characters continue to entertain.” – Publishers Weekly

Pat’s note: Barry Hughart’s books are brilliantly good, and this is the nicest compilation of them that I’ve ever seen. I’ve bought more than 12 of them just to give away as gifts to friends and family.

“Reading Hughart’s endearing historical fantasy trilogy… is much like ‘wandering blindfolded through a myth devised by a maniac,’ in the words of Master Li, the greatest and most frequently intoxicated wise man in a colorful seventh century ‘China that never was.’ Their rollicking adventures pit them against everyone from murderers and thieves to emperors and gods. Numerous Chinese legends, filtered through Ox’s simple perspective, blend seamlessly into both lighthearted and heartrending.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“Zafón’s novel is detailed and vivid, and David’s narration is charming and funny, but suspect. Villain or victim, he is the hero of and the guide to this dark labyrinth that, by masterful design, remains thrilling and bewildering.” – Publishers Weeky (Starred Review)

“The Five isn’t just Robert McCammon’s best novel in years; it’s his best novel ever. Terrifying, suspenseful, unputdownable, and full of rock and roll energy. It’s also uplifting, a book you’ll finish feeling better about your world, your friends, and your music. Here’s one you’ll beg friends to read.” – Stephen King

“It is best not to come to Summer Morning, Summer Night expecting miracles. They’re here, of course, but tucked inside small pleasures and gossamer wisps of story, barely noticed until you’ve already read past them. Instead, it’s best read like an afternoon’s conversation over drinks with a long-lost friend, reveling in the individual moments and memories for their own sake.” – Green Man Review

“As intoxicating as Bradbury’s legendary Dandelion Wine, the 27 new and old stories in this potent collection resonate with timeless power. All set in Green Town, Ill., the vintage highlights include ‘Miss Bidwell,’ a sweet romance about a spinster and the delayed homecoming of her first love; the brilliant ‘The Screaming Woman,’ featuring the wide-eyed first person narration of a frantic 10-year-old who discovers a woman’s premature burial; and ‘At Midnight, in the Month of June,’ in which a killer plays a demented game of hide and seek.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Pat’s note: I read this earlier this year and really, really dug it. Very tight and well-written. Gritty without being bleak, and occasionally dark without being depressing. Good stuff.

“Bacigalupi makes a stellar YA debut with this futuristic tale of class imbalance on the Gulf Coast…Bacigalupi’s cast is ethnically and morally diverse, and the book’s message never overshadows the storytelling, action-packed pacing, or intricate world-building.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Remember folks, for every 10 dollars you donate to Heifer International, you get a chance to win these books and hundreds of others like them. Plus there’s the whole helping make the world a better place thing. That’s nice, too.

Don’t forget, Worldbuilders is matching 50% of all donations. So why not head over to the Team Heifer page and chip in. C’mon. All the cool kids are doing it…

Or, if you want to go back to the main page for Worldbuilders, you can click HERE.

This entry was posted in Worldbuilders 2011By Pat10 Responses


  1. IrisSue
    Posted December 2, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink

    I think it is awesome that you organize this every year. You inspired me to set up my own page. :)

  2. missalena
    Posted December 2, 2011 at 12:03 PM | Permalink

    This is so cool. I can’t wait to get my group set up to donate. :)

  3. Widow Of Sirius
    Posted December 2, 2011 at 12:23 PM | Permalink

    Why is Subterranean SO awesome? Great stuff, as usual.

  4. priscellie
    Posted December 2, 2011 at 2:12 PM | Permalink

    Rock on, Subterranean Press! I already loved them for their craftsmanship and artistry, and their support of Worldbuilders makes me love them for their humanity and sense of philanthropy. THANK YOU!

  5. Malekelm
    Posted December 2, 2011 at 9:24 PM | Permalink

    Is it that time of year already?!?

    P.S. I sometimes imagine myself winning the lottery, and buying Sub Press with the money–from there the rest of the dream kind of blurs into a state of psychedilic enibriation…there is much fondling.


    Dude Rothfuss,

    I have been following, emailing, and commenting on your blog since the beginning, since way before, Since I bought the name of the wind (And I have a first edition copy with the original cover…)

    Where am I going with this? I’ll tell you, you have never replied to any of my comments. Never. Ever. I do realize there is only so much of you to go around, and there is only the very real possibility that my comments were probably dull, and lacked wit or significance…but still…

    In my Sub Press dream, I also buy a house in Wisconsin, and go to school there…

    If it pleases, and while the fundraiser has you in a charitable mood, throw me bone.

    • Posted December 6, 2011 at 11:26 AM | Permalink

      This is a patented Pat Rothfuss Official Comment (TM).

  6. Faqtiskt
    Posted December 3, 2011 at 6:26 AM | Permalink

    I will be a cool kid soon. It would also be awesome if you had some signed hardcover copies of your own books among the prizes :) Because I already know that I like your books, but I’m not so sure about the other ones. (I’m not only cool, I’m spoiled aswell)

  7. iclarke9
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 12:28 PM | Permalink

    Not only have you written some of the best fantasy literature I have encountered but you advocate through fundraising… You sir are a rock star.

  8. Haislmaier
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 10:55 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,

    First let me say, nice promoting, have to propagate the guild so to speak. I’ve added a few books to my “list of lists”, thank you for that.

    Second, how long have you been growing your massive beard bro? It’s massively epic ( and that is in every aspect in concordance with your definition of ‘epic’ from youtube clip from “Epic Fantasy Panel [part 1] | SD Comic Con 2011” ; btw funny to watch Paolini get jostled a bit, seeing as he is the youngin’ in the fantasy author league, although I like his books a lot) , cause last time I tried to grow a beard like that, it was a unanimous decision (not on my accord) that it should be kept trimmed.

  9. chat
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM | Permalink

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