Signed Books from Subterranean Press


 This is a Worldbuilders blog.

Subterranean Press was the first publisher to ever sponsor Worldbuilders. They make some damnfine books, then donate them to Worldbuilders so we can share the wealth among the geek community and help raise money for Heifer International.

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Simply said, Subterranean Press produces some of the most beautiful books in Sci-Fi and fantasy. Special, limited edition books, carefully constructed and printed on acid-free paper. Books that are built to last hundreds of years.

If they didn’t do good work, I wouldn’t let them publish The Adventures of The Princess and Mr Whiffe.

This year they’ve continued their fine tradition of sending along hundreds of signed books. That means you have a chance to win these books and many others simply by donating $10 or more directly to Heifer International on our Team Heifer page.

  • 20 signed, numbered copies of The Mallet of Loving Correction by John Scalzi.


Scalzi runs what I consider to be the most intelligent, well-informed, and articulate blog in the whole of the interweb. His topics range from funny fluff pieces, to cutting satire, to vicious excoriations of political stupidity.

Honestly? When I want to know what’s really going on with a big news item I check to see if Scalzi has written about it, because I trust his no-bullshit opinion more than 95% of what’s considered journalism these days.

This is a great collection. I own several copies, and I’ll be giving them away as Christmas presents. All but one, of course, that one is my precious.

“Scalzi is thoughtful, witty, and occasionally profane, and he pulls no punches. It’s an impressive feat that so many of these essays retain such liveliness despite the passage of time and their movement to a book form sans links and reader comments. This book is probably only a must-buy for the Scalzi über-fan, but it is an entertaining and thought-provoking read.” – Laura Tarwater Scharp, City Book Review

  • 20 signed, numbered copies copies of The Night Boat by Robert McCammon.


This one is particularly special as it is completely sold out. If you don’t already have this book, this lottery is pretty much the only way you can get it.

The Night Boat is a fine piece of horror fiction in more ways than are immediately obvious. It is easy to see how McCammon so quickly became established as one of the finer horror writers working in the 1980s.” – Terry Weyna, Fantasy Literature

Tales of Majipoor

“These are simply tales of Majipoor and of people making their way in that world, in large events or small. But one of the joys of them is the unforced flow of the writing, the constant awareness that Silverberg is master both of his method and his material. They are a pleasure to read.” – Duncan Lunan, SF2 Concatination


This cover gave me the heebie jeebies.

Oh, and the editor, Kasey Lansdale? That’s the country singer. Yeah. Apparently she’s also an author, songwriter, actress, producer…  Basically, she does everything and probably has some sort of superpowers that she hasn’t revealed to mankind.

“Eschewing romantic vampires and shambling zombies, this collection presents monsters that do not merely kill, but suddenly and incomprehensibly consume, destroy, and reduce their victims to mere bones… Readers who stay up late wondering if there really is something out there will find these stories to be perfect nightmare fodder.” –  Publishers Weekly

  • 15 copies of Five Autobiographies and a Fiction by Lucius Shepard.


“Nebula winner Shepard (Life During Wartime) often steers his fiction toward faraway shores, but the bulk of this collection directly targets the American heartland. A painfully confessional introduction sets the stage for five ‘autobiographies’—might-have-been stories exploring facets of the author’s personal journey… This honestly titled collection deals well and satisfyingly with deep truths.” – Publishers Weekly


“Fun, spooky and sexy at times, Amityville Horrible is a great addition to this much beloved series. With all the things that make Armstrong one of my favorite authors, it has softened the blow of the series coming to an end for me. Here’s hoping we’ll see lots more of these novellas.” – Vampire Book Club

  • 20 signed, numbered copies of The Last Full Measure by Jack Campbell.


“I overall enjoyed the book and declare it a solid piece of fiction. Mr. Campbell is certainly a seasoned entertainer and on that count he excelled.” – John Guenther, SF Book Revu

  • 20 signed, numbered copies of Jewels in the Dust by Peter Crowther.


“Crowther (Forever Twilight) unearths intelligence and compassion in the crawlspaces of the human heart with these atmospheric and emotionally intensive excursions between reality and fantasy. Versatility of theme and palpable mood breathe life in these modern myths of transformation and revelation. Genre staples (time travel, ghosts, fairies) are anchored in—and enlivened by—scenes of everyday people struggling to live and love and dream.” – Publishers Weekly

  • 20 signed, numbered copies of Baba Yaga’s Daughter and Other Stories of the Old Races by C.E. Murphy.


“In this strong collection of 11 short stories, a mixture of reprints and originals, Murphy (Raven Calls) returns to the setting of her Negotiator trilogy…. Ranging from vignettes to novellas, these offerings grant glimpses of a much larger world, fleshing out its history and pleasing series fans.” – Publishers Weekly

  • 18 sets of Gentleman Junkie and The Deadly Streets by Harlan Ellison.

The Deadly Streets and Gentleman Junkie

Here we have two collections of short stories by Harlan Ellison, bundled together. Because really, you want to have both, and we want to make that happen.

“Ellison’s prose remains satisfyingly sharp and his insights into the fears and longings that drive his characters are even sharper and more satisfying.” – Publishers Weekly

  • Auction: Every Book  Subterranean Press Published in 2013


This collection features one of every title published by Subterranean Press during 2013.

There are over 40 books included here, and over half of them are signed, limited editions. Many are numbered, slipcased, or out-of-print and nearly impossible to find anywhere else.

For those of you who don’t want to give yourselves eyestrain, this auction includes everything we mentioned above, plus more than 30 others: books by Tad Williams, Garth Nix, Kage Baker, Jim Butcher, Ray Bradbury, and Robin Hobb….

If you look at the auction description on ebay, you’ll note that it contains 38 books. This is because 2013 isn’t over yet. The auction winner will get the remaining 7 books in a separate shipment in January. And we’ll pay that shipping out of the goodness of our hearts.

That shipment will  include books from authors like Catherine Valente, Daniel Abraham, and… well… me. Patrick Rothfuss.

Let me make it clear, folks, just the cover price of these books is upwards to 3000 dollars. Some of these books are worth hundreds of bucks by themselves, and that was *before* they went out of print.

The full list of books, and more pictures, are all available in the auction description.

If you want the chance to own all of these gorgeous titles, you’d better head over here and bid.

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There you go, folks, over 200 beautiful books, and all you have to do to get a chance to win is head over to our Team Heifer page and donate.

Remember, you can see everything we’ve got in this blog in detail over at the Lottery Library, and be sure to keep an eye on our eBay seller page, as we’ll be posting new auctions every Thursday.

Happy donating…


This entry was posted in Subterranean Press, Worldbuilders 2013By Pat18 Responses


  1. Hadria013
    Posted December 3, 2013 at 9:49 PM | Permalink

    Dear Pat: I haven´t been able to get into the internet for some days so it wasn´t until today that I got to log into facebook and your blog… I really like what you write (makes me laugh, gets me to think) so I always read a few posts backwards to catch up, and I read your post about Thanksgiving. I am honest when I tell you I really liked it but it also made me a little sad and got me to feel a little guilty. I mean I don´t like to think that because of our constant pressure for you to finish book 3 you have taken time off your family (about Wordbuilders I totally get it), and although I don´t really know how all the process of publishing a book works I think that we readers also affect timelines a bit, and I don´t think that we have the right to push you like that, especially if we don´t know the consecuences it brings to you.

    So this is what I wanted to tell you: However much it pains me to say so, I really don´t mind how much time do you take in writing, correcting, etc the book. Take as many months, or more likely years, as you need to do so while making space for the happy moments that we all live on. And well, I don´t think that you should feel guilty if you could be writing the book while you do so, we will wait (or at least I am convinced a great many of us will), I mean this trilogy is by far the best we have had the pleasure to read in a decade (I mean it) and a little suspense will just add to the flavor right?

    So that´s it, and I just wanted to add that I commented this here because of three reasons:
    1.- you have said yourselve that you rarely look at facebook comments or messages
    2.- same goes for most email
    3.- I really am no fan of donating beacuse I think most of it is just show and no real results, but I have come to trust what you say (besides I am interested in the books and like to gamble once in a while) so I will probably gamble my right for one of them.

    I really do hope you read this, because I really mean it.

  2. Gavin enlow
    Posted December 3, 2013 at 9:49 PM | Permalink

    Dear Pat:

    While respecting the blog and trying not to clutter it with random comments I have something to say. About a year ago you responded to my question on this blog (on another word press account) regarding naming the similar application of it in Ursula K Le Guin’s book. I just wanted to say that made my year and that I literally jumped for joy as a result of one of my favorite authors (you’re tied with Tolkien, Sanderson, Jordan, Brett, and Pratchett) actually responding to me. Even though you doubtless already know any time you take a moment to us your readers collectively, we recognize that you have taken a moment out of your busy day to respond to us. I just wanted to thank you and to wish you a good day as well as immortality.

    P.S. I hope you will over look my grammatical errors but recognize the itch to critique.

    • Gavin enlow
      Posted December 3, 2013 at 9:52 PM | Permalink

      *Moment for us (this being a prime example of the necessity of revision)

  3. Posted December 3, 2013 at 9:52 PM | Permalink

    Regarding the impossible monster: wowza, what’s the male equivalent of vagina dentata??

    • Posted December 4, 2013 at 12:10 PM | Permalink

      I was rather disturbed by that image myself.


      I don’t even want to imagine what that Monster does to it’s victims….

  4. Ktheah
    Posted December 4, 2013 at 9:20 AM | Permalink

    Cool. I’m in! I’ve been so looking forward to the Worldbuilders fundraiser. I don’t know if I just missed it last year, but I appreciate being able to print out the Heifer Honor Cards this year. You might want to point out that people can do that if they’re donating in lieu of giving gifts for the holidays. Handing someone *something* has always felt better to me than just saying, “we made a donation in your name.” Plus, it’s potentially low key advertising for Heifer.

    I was a little worried when the fundraiser didn’t start on Monday, wondering if Proto Rothfuss was making an unannounced arrival or something. Looking forward to that news as it comes, all in good time.

  5. chaelek
    Posted December 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM | Permalink

    Damnfine, that’s a type of printing method, yeah? Invented by Earl Damnfine, if memory serves. Makes his ink out of apples, I think. ;)

  6. huchamabacha
    Posted December 4, 2013 at 6:46 PM | Permalink

    Is clicking on the fundraiser thermometer supposed to redirect to last year’s worldbuilders page? It seems like it would make more sense to have it link to the December 3, 2013 blog post.

    • Amanda
      Posted December 4, 2013 at 10:18 PM | Permalink

      Haha – no, that definitely wasn’t supposed to happen. Thanks for pointing it out, it’s fixed now :)

    • mmogilvi
      Posted December 5, 2013 at 12:16 AM | Permalink

      Another old link: The first “Worldbuilders” link in the “This is a Worldbuilders auction” sentence at the top of the “One of Everything” auction is also linking to 2012.

      • Amanda
        Posted December 5, 2013 at 4:02 PM | Permalink

        Gah, thanks – that one we can’t fix, but we’ll be sure not to do it again.

  7. Posted December 4, 2013 at 7:53 PM | Permalink

    Wow, the bar has literally gained over $20,000 since I was here this morning!

  8. Sandhya
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 1:27 AM | Permalink

    I’m confused. How come the goal is only $100,000 this year? That is so much lower than last year.

    • Posted December 5, 2013 at 11:22 AM | Permalink

      I’m only guessing, but I would assume that the goal will change every time we hit the top mark.

      • Oatmeal
        Posted December 5, 2013 at 11:27 PM | Permalink

        That’s how it normally works.

        • Sandhya
          Posted December 6, 2013 at 1:05 AM | Permalink

          That wasn’t how it worked last year, was it? I don’t remember it like that.
          But then I’m old and cranky so who the fuck knows what I remember.

  9. Effie
    Posted December 6, 2013 at 2:35 PM | Permalink

    Am I missing something? A new Patrick Rothfuss novel is coming up this month – Has the release date of Doors of Stone just slipped out?

  10. physicscholar
    Posted December 16, 2013 at 3:15 PM | Permalink

    I love the idea of this auction, but I’m no where ready for someone to look my manuscript over. Any hopes of it being offered again next year?

    (A faithful fan)

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