Final Donations, Final Days

This is a Worldbuilders blog.

This is it, folks. The last blog of author-donated books for this year’s fundraiser.

We’ve got some really good stuff in here, enough books for two blogs, really. But these are the final days of the fundraiser, so we’re going for one big, action-packed blog instead.

As I write this, we’re less than 500 dollars away from breaking $250,000. I honestly didn’t think we were going to make it. Now I’m curious to see how high things will manage to go before the fundraiser is over at midnight on Feb 7th.

And just to be clear that includes all of Feb 7th. And yes, I know I should technically say the fundraiser ends at 11:59 PM CST on February 7th, but that’s cumbersome. We all know what midnight on the 7th really means…

Will I still count your donation if it’s a little late? Yeah, we’ll probably still include you in the prize drawing and match your donation 50%. But why wait when you can just head over to the Worldbuilders Team Page and donate right now?

And remember, for every 10 bucks you kick in, you have the chance of winning some something from among the thousands of books folks have already donated.

Plus the books we’re adding today, of course….

  • An Advance Reader Copy of Redshirts by John Scalzi. Signed by the man himself.

(Book modeled by the Amazing Athena)

Though I’d never say it to his face, John Scalzi is a hell of a nice guy.

I’m not just saying that because he’s always been kind to me and given me good advice. I’m not saying it because invited me to be part his Clash of the Geeks anthology a while back.

It’s not even because he recently teamed up with Bill Schafer of Subterranean press to donate a week’s worth of profit from his most recent e-book to Planned Parenthood after Komen pulled their support. (If you head over there and buy a copy before the 8th, you can support the cause, too.)

No. The real reason I’m fond of John Scalzi is because he sent me an early look at his upcoming novel Redshirts.

At 20 pages in, I was really enjoying it. At 30 pages in, I was laughing out loud in the restaurant where I was sitting, reading it. Around page 43, I got out my phone and called him just to gush about how much I was enjoying it.

I finished the book later that day, thought I should have been doing other things, and was delighted to discover that it was brilliant to the very end. (Which isn’t always the case.) When I e-mailed John to tell him that I’d love to blurb it, he offered to donate an Advance Reading Copy to Worldbuilders.

That means if you win it in the auction, the lottery you can read it long before it comes out in June. This will improve your herd rank among other geeks and give you a great opportunity to be smug.

I won’t go on about how much I loved the book. But if you’re really curious, you can read the review I wrote on Goodreads.

  • Six copies of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Signed by the author.

This is one of the handful of books that I liked well enough to blurb last year. The publishers liked the quote well enough that they put it on the back cover of the UK edition:

Laini was also cool enough to send along four copies of the audiobook of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, too. So we’ll add those to the fundraiser as well.

  • Four audio book copies of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

  • One hardcover set of The Mortal Instruments Books One through Three: City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass by Cassandra Clare.  Signed by the author.

“Clare’s atmospheric setting is spot-on, informed equally by neo-gothic horror films and the modern fantasy leanings of Neil Gaiman. Fans of the smart/chic horror typified by Buffy the Vampire Slayer will instantly fall for this new series.” – Publishers Weekly

  • One hardcover set of The Infernal Devices Books One and Two: Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare.  Signed by the author.

“Mysteries, misdirection, and riddles abound. . . . Fans of the Mortal Instruments series and newcomers alike won’t be disappointed.” – Publishers Weekly

  • One paperback set of Goblin Hero and Goblin Quest by Jim C. Hines.  Signed by the author.

“Hines recognizes that wisdom is most often common sense, and that mouthing off to the big guy with the sword is a very bad idea.” – Tanya Huff, author of Smoke and Ashes.

  • One hardcover set of Crystal Rain and Ragamuffin by Tobias S. Buckell.  Signed by the author.

“Tobias S. Buckell is a dazzling new voice.” – Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids

“Tobias Buckell is stretching the horizons of science fiction and giving readers a hell of a lot of swashbuckling fun in the bargain.” — John Scalzi, bestselling author of Old Man’s War

  • One first edition hardcover set of The Edge of Reason and The Edge of Ruin by Melinda Snodgrass. Signed by the author.

“If H. P. Lovecraft and H. L. Mencken had ever collaborated, they might have come up with something like The Edge of Reason. This one will delight thinkers-and outrage true believers-of all stripes.” – George R. R. Martin

  • One set of Wild Cards novels: Wild Cards I, Inside Straight, Suicide Kings, and Busted Flush, edited by George R. R. Martin. Signed by many of the authors.

“Delicious… Everything I’d hoped for in a new Wild Cards book. The character interactions and plot twists have exactly the complexity, surprise, and unsentimental realism I’d expect out of a George R. R. Martin project.” – Austin Grossman

  • One set of Jennifer Brozek-edited anthologies and an audiobook of The Tasty Collection, read by Andrew Mayor.  All signed by Jennifer Brozek.

“You’ll hear echoes of Stephen King’s The Stand, David Brin’s The Postman and even Cormac McCarthy’s The Road as you read this series of stories about the survivors of a great plague. The stories are varied and lively, and their talented authors lead you (sometimes kicking and screaming) toward sanctuary.” – Patrick Swenson

  • Two sets of the complete Rai-Kirah series: Transformation, Revelation, and Restoration by Carol Berg.  Signed by the author.

“Superbly textured, splendidly characterized, this spellbinding tale provides myriad delights for the fantasy connoisseur.”  – RT Book Reviews

  • One complete series of The Novels of the Collegia Magica: The Spirit Lens, The Soul Mirror, and The Daemon Prism by Carol Berg.  Signed by the author.

“Set in a world in which the implacable laws of science war with the resonances of magical power for supremacy, Berg’s novel is rich with vivid characters and unforgettable places…an infectiously enjoyable series opener that fans of thought-provoking fantasy and intriguing mystery should appreciate.”  – Library Journal

  • One bound galley of Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg.  Signed by the author.

“Berg brings to life every stone in a peaceful monastery and every nuance in a stratified society, describing the difficult dirty work of ordinary life as beautifully as she conveys the heart-stopping mysticism of holiness just beyond human perception.”  – Sharon Shinn, author of Troubled Waters

  • One US trade paperback re-release of The Song of the Beast by Carol Berg. Signed by the author.

“Berg’s fascinating fantasy is a puzzle story, with a Celtic-flavored setting and a plot as intricate and absorbing as fine Celtic lacework…. the characters are memorable, and Berg’s intelligence and narrative skill make this stand-alone fantasy most commendable.” – Booklist

  • Two first edition hardcover copies of Inheritance by Christopher Paolini. Signed by the author.

“This book is an achievement. Readers… will be transported.” – Sunday Times

  • One hardcover copy of Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed.  Signed by the author.

“Ahmed is a master storyteller in the grand epic tradition.  Swashbuckling adventure, awesome mystery, a bit of horror, and all of it written beautifully.  A real treat!” – N. K. Jemisin, Locus award-wining author of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Pat’s Note: This book is also an ARC. The final version of the book won’t be hitting the shelves until June. So if you win it, you get to be reading way ahead of the curve…

“The best debut I’ve read all year! Nightshifted is simply amazing!” – Kat Richardson

  • One set of Jabberwocky and Hatter by Daniel Coleman. Signed by the author.

“The surprising story inspired by Lewis Carroll’s epic poem. You might know how it ends, but you won’t believe how it happens.”

  • Seven Hardcover copies of The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. Signed by the author.

  • Four sets of The Magicians, The Magician King (audio book) and a Brakebills University t-shirt from Lev Grossman. Book and audio book are signed by the author.
Pat’s Note: I did a gushy write-up about The Magicians back when I first read it. I liked it enough to write a blog about it over here.

But you don’t have to take my word for it. Take George Martin’s instead: “The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea.”

*     *     *

Well folks, that’s the last of the books for this year.

Remember that for every 10 dollars you donate on the Worldbuilders team page, you get a chance to win these books and many, many more. What’s more, worldbuilders will match your donation by 50%.

We also have a few auctions still running, you can find them over here.

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 here.

This entry was posted in Worldbuilders 2011By Pat43 Responses


  1. Zeppe
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 7:44 AM | Permalink

    250 000.01!!!

    Irking though, I want to donate $0.99…

  2. Swamifred
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 7:47 AM | Permalink

    Congrats on reaching $250,000! When I donate anywhere else, it’s never this exciting!

  3. Shadow14
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 8:25 AM | Permalink

    I have a concern. I had a little extra in my paycheck so I was able to donate a second time yesterday (why wait as you said), but my second donation is not reflected in my total. I’ve sent a couple emails to Heifer, but I’m afraid they won’t be able to fix this before the 7th. Any other suggestions?

    • christie
      Posted February 5, 2012 at 10:16 AM | Permalink

      I had noticed a lag before donations are updated on the thermometer…Quite a bit of a lag. I don’t believe it is instantly updated.

      • christie
        Posted February 5, 2012 at 10:17 AM | Permalink

        I misread. Sorry. Hope it gets straightened out.

    • Posted February 5, 2012 at 3:51 PM | Permalink

      Don’t worry, so long as you donated on the team page, I have a record of your donation.

      • lordloki
        Posted February 5, 2012 at 11:14 PM | Permalink

        to clarify, did we have to “join the team” or just donate using the link you provided (“give to this team”)? (and, parenthetically (redundantly), if we paid using google checkout, will that cause any problems?)


        • Erzberger
          Posted February 6, 2012 at 2:25 AM | Permalink

          Pat answered the first part of that in another comment. I can´t link to it, because I don´t remember which, but in any case, it is not necessary to “join”.

  4. Little My
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 8:37 AM | Permalink

    Neat – you have Lev Grossman’s books up there, and then you have his twin brother Austin’s blurb for the GRR Martin books.

  5. Sean
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 11:05 AM | Permalink

    Congratulations on a quarter million and rising! Oh, and Carol Berg is brilliant to whomever draws her books in the lottery.

  6. njabruzzo
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 11:20 AM | Permalink

    Congrats. I supported this worthy cause with a donation today. Keep up the great work Pat!

  7. Posted February 5, 2012 at 1:14 PM | Permalink

    Just donated a little bit more to get that warm fuzzy feeling :-)

    Continue the great work everyone ! Let’s see if he can hit 275k before the 7th !

  8. Snowman348
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 2:25 PM | Permalink

    I have never, to my recollection, donated money to charity before. Until today. It ain’t much, but I hope it helps. Pat, I love your books and your blog is always an entertaining read in itself, but I truly admire the effort you put into such a cause.

  9. rjleduc
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 3:01 PM | Permalink


    if we hit 275K buy the 7th, do we get a 275k blog? ;-)

    Cool that you get to do a 250k blog after all.


  10. Posted February 5, 2012 at 3:49 PM | Permalink

    If we get to $266K, with the 50% matching it’ll be at $400K total. Freaking sweet.

    • Erzberger
      Posted February 6, 2012 at 2:27 AM | Permalink

      Achievement unlocked, I would say. 400k it is. :-)

  11. QWOPtain Crunch
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 4:46 PM | Permalink

    Will there be a blog post that somehow mentions how this year compared with the last few years? I’d like to see how the donations matched up against previous years’ donations.

  12. jayh
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 5:32 PM | Permalink

    Well, onward to 300K. I’m debating if I should have my wife bid on the stellarcon game session for a birthday present.

  13. C4vey
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 6:10 PM | Permalink

    Am I right in thinking that the ARC of Redshirts by John Scalzi should say win it in the lottery rather than “win it in the auction”?

    • Posted February 6, 2012 at 5:18 PM | Permalink

      Damn. That’s an embarrassing mistake. I hope it didn’t confuse too many people….

  14. Jason Myer
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 10:35 PM | Permalink

    Feeling a bit of a fool… I “joined this team” then donated, rather than donating directly. Hope that doesn’t bugger up things.

    • Posted February 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM | Permalink

      No biggie, you’re not the only one.

  15. Maureen
    Posted February 6, 2012 at 9:43 AM | Permalink

    Shoot – I was really hoping to win the Robert Jordan bookplate. I hope it was won by someone who will love it and not some collector who is going to turn around and sell it…

    • Maureen
      Posted February 6, 2012 at 10:06 AM | Permalink

      I should probably add that, if you won and will love it and feed it and call it George, I will be extremely happy for you =)

  16. bkpatel
    Posted February 6, 2012 at 9:57 AM | Permalink

    Congratulations Pat, I have never been so proud to be an author’s fan or to donate to a cause. I know it’s sacrelige but your blog is better than your books ( which are pretty nice too). Every time I see my friends with your book on the shelf, I say “go to the authors blog he’s awesome, and you will like the books better!” then they back away slowly and give odd acknowledging looks….

    Heifer is a great org and I Would have never donated if I had not read your blog. You are the best type of random guy standing on the street with a clipboard and a loud t-shirt yelling “support…….!”

  17. Thelaststudmuffin
    Posted February 6, 2012 at 10:29 AM | Permalink

    Just put in a few bucks. Hopin for a chance to have a few beers with Pat and watch the first Batman movie while my wife rolls her eyes and ignores. =p
    And then to top it off, we could rub our beards together. Some may call it weird, I call it an adventure.

  18. dancer7887
    Posted February 6, 2012 at 10:48 AM | Permalink

    So I donated last night. But when I was doing this (through PayPal) there was no place to put a t-shirt size/etc. Because I remember very clearly that you said not to skip any steps or leave out information. But it did use my correct shipping address, so that was definitely provided. I hope it’s not a problem.

  19. Posted February 6, 2012 at 11:37 AM | Permalink

    just donated one last time. Amazing how something like helping another can make a crappy day into a good one. Huzzah for Warm Fuzzy Feelings!

  20. Posted February 6, 2012 at 11:44 AM | Permalink

    Well, I was cutting it close, but my tax return arrived just in time. Donation made. Thanks for all your efforts Pat, it’s very cool.

  21. Balthamel
    Posted February 6, 2012 at 2:02 PM | Permalink

    Last year I found out too late about Worldbuilders but this time I managed to donate twice and bought two books from the Tinker’s Packs.Every year I donate around the holidays and in emergencies but I have to say donating has never been so much fun! :)
    Also I think that with the money from the auctions and the 50 % matching donation we won’t finish too far from the half million mark – how cool is this? :D
    You are a great guy,Pat! Keep up the good work!
    P.S. I loved the first two books – can’t wait for the third one!

  22. Constance
    Posted February 6, 2012 at 2:15 PM | Permalink

    I normally frown on people quoting song lyrics, but this is written by Joss and sung by Felicia, so it’s okay, right?

    Look around
    We’re living with the lost and found
    Just when you feel you’ve almost drowned
    You find yourself on solid ground

    And you believe there’s good in everybody’s heart
    Keep it safe and sound
    With hope you can do your part
    To turn a life around

    I cannot believe my eyes
    Is the world finally growing wise
    ‘Cause it seems to me
    Some kind of harmony
    Is on the rise

    • Posted February 6, 2012 at 5:20 PM | Permalink

      Yeah. That’s totally okay.

      Even though you got it stuck in my head, it’s okay….

  23. jaymatteo
    Posted February 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM | Permalink

    I sent this question to the Worldbuilders email address, but I thought I’d also post it here in case anyone else is having the same problem or can confirm whether I messed up or if it’s normal.

    I’ve made a total of three contibutions since the 2011 drive started.
    Two were made by credit card and the other by Amazon Payments.

    I received confirmation from the credit card contributions stating
    that the ‘Worldbuilders 2011’ team was credited. The receipt from
    Amazon Payments makes no mention of the team.

    I wanted to be sure that my contribution of $70 via Amazon Payments
    made on January 6 has been credited to Worldbuilders for matching
    purposes and the like.

    Has anyone else in this community used Amazon Payments and can you confirm that the receipt didn’t contain any information specific to the Worldbuilders team?

    • Posted February 6, 2012 at 4:36 PM | Permalink

      I donated that way, and the receipt I received via email has no indication that it is specifically for the Worldbuilders’ team. Just “Heifer International” in general.

      Hope it helps?

      • jaymatteo
        Posted February 6, 2012 at 4:51 PM | Permalink

        Thank you. At least I know I probably didn’t botch it somehow.

  24. ssw166
    Posted February 6, 2012 at 4:31 PM | Permalink

    Congratulations on reaching your goal (s)!

    Sorry to bother you, but how’s that photo contest coming along?

    • Posted February 6, 2012 at 5:21 PM | Permalink

      We’ll be seeing the results soon. There just hasn’t been time for those blogs with the charity coming to a close….

  25. richjackson
    Posted February 6, 2012 at 5:46 PM | Permalink

    I’m not sure whether it’s lack of sleep or too much alcohol but I saw ‘final days’ and read ‘End of days’ and imagined some sort of Arnie/Pat-Terminator slaying bad guys with ARCs and signed books.

    Thanks for extending the lottery. Gave me a chance to donate again when I wasn’t sure I’d be able to.

  26. GabrielForcelledo
    Posted February 6, 2012 at 5:59 PM | Permalink

    Faith in humanity: Restored

  27. landlouper
    Posted February 6, 2012 at 7:12 PM | Permalink

    I think this could hit $300k. It’ll be close – almost to $280k now, with just over a day left.
    Question – does the total include the auctions?

  28. bkpatel
    Posted February 7, 2012 at 11:00 AM | Permalink

    Holly Cow, almost to 300k! Minus the Charity auction which is about 4500 that means only 5500 would be needed to get to 300k. Anybody else willing to make one final push?

  29. Thunderborn
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 1:46 AM | Permalink

    Looks like a great success. How does the drawing for prizes work? When does that take place?

  30. chat
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 1:08 PM | Permalink

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