Glorious Books from Subterranean Press

There are some traditions I really believe in, and one of them is starting the Worldbuilders fundraiser off properly, featuring the beautiful books from our oldest sponsor Subterranean Press.

They’ve been with us from the beginning, but even better, Subterranean Press produces some of the most lovely, gorgeous, high-quality books in the business. What’s more, they’re always extraordinarily generous with them.

You can tell because there are twenty copies of each of these books in the lottery, as well as one awesome auction at the end…


Black Hat Jack is profane, vulgar, hilarious, tongue-in-cheek, and full of rousing adventure, as a good dime novel, or dime novella, should be.” – Booklist

  • 20 limited edition copies of Unlocked. Signed by John Scalzi.


John is a big supporter of Worldbuilders, to say nothing of the fact that he’s a good friend and a generally awesome guy.

What’s more, he’s my kind of crazy. I know this because he came up with the entire social history of the incredibly pervasive disease featured in his newest book, Lock In. and written the oral history of it.

“This SF thriller provides yet more evidence that Scalzi is a master at creating appealing commercial fiction.” – Kirkus Reviews

  • 20 limited edition copies of Zombie Baseball Beatdown. Signed by Paolo Bacigalupi.


“Printz-winning Bacigalupi writing a middle-grade zombie novel? Yes, it really happened, and yes, it’s pretty darn good.” – Booklist


“[Robert McCammon] nicely evokes America’s colonial past and deftly straddles the boundary between the explicable and the supernatural.” – Publishers Weekly


“Beautiful Blood is a fitting swan song for Shepard’s wonderful, under-appreciated body of work, in more ways than one.” – NPR


You know these books are gorgeous. They always are.

“[A novel] with the blissful narrative drive of a high-class mystery… Ruiz Zafón is a splendidly solicitous craftsman, careful to give the reader at least as much pleasure as he is evidently having.” – The Guardian

  • 20 limited edition copies of The Adventure of the Ring of Stones. Signed by James P. Blaylock.


“Blaylock captures the Victorian era with careening cabs, gas-lit streets, and gangs who are trying to keep [main character Gilbert] Frobisher’s group from its goal.” – Publishers Weekly


The End of the Sentence only really represents an evening’s reading, but be prepared to feel the fallout of this fairytale—perfectly formed from a hodgepodge of half-forgotten mythologies—for far longer than the few hours it takes to unfold.” –

  • 20 sets of limited edition copies of Wool, Shift, and Dust. Signed by Hugh Howey.


Hugh Howey’s books are amazingly popular, and for good reason. These limited edition copies of the series are beautiful, and signed by Howey himself.

“Howey’s Wool is an epic feat of imagination. You will live in this world.” – Justin Cronin

  • Auction: A set of One of Everything Published in 2014.


This is a big one, folks. One copy of everything that Subterranean Press published this year. 31 books total in this auction, many of them already sold out or out-of-print. There’s one of every book shown above, plus books by Lynch, Gaiman, and Butcher….

Subterranean Press has started doing this for us every year, and we can’t thank them enough. This beautiful assortment of books is up for auction, so bid early and bid often.

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And we’re off. On our first day, we’ve already got 220 prizes on the lottery, worth well over $11,000. It’s time to change the world.

This entry was posted in Subterranean Press, Worldbuilders 2014By Pat8 Responses


  1. bearded_arc
    Posted November 10, 2014 at 3:01 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat, As we see items and make donations will we be in the lottery for any book or game from the list, or are we entered into a lottery for the most recent blogged items?

    Example, last years modegan money, you had us donate a certain amount to be identified with that item in the lottery.

    • Amanda
      Posted November 10, 2014 at 4:49 PM | Permalink

      We don’t currently have any plans to do that, so no worries there :)

      • bearded_arc
        Posted November 10, 2014 at 4:53 PM | Permalink

        Alright, thanks Amanda.

        • Posted November 10, 2014 at 6:45 PM | Permalink

          Or Do I????


          • Posted November 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM | Permalink

            Seriously though, we’re not planning on it.

      • alkine
        Posted November 11, 2014 at 9:13 AM | Permalink

        I have mixed feelings about the approach. Last year I happened to donate after the $0.33 sub-lottery was announced. That has primed me to delay my donation this year until late into the fundraiser, to ensure I don’t unintentionally disqualify myself from any surprises.

        I kinda-get-but-don’t-really-buy that the special donation amount can be used a signal to opt-in for niche geek swag. We live in the age of the Internet, where form fields are plentiful.

        I also get that it can help build excitement around the fundraiser in its home stretch, and it might encourage some people to give a little more at the end if they have the means. But it also encourages some of us – at least one of us – to hold back until the 11th hour. I’m sure there must be ways to foment the former without encouraging the latter.

        • Posted November 11, 2014 at 1:43 PM | Permalink

          It’s a complicated thing, and we’re also somewhat limited in the technology we have at our disposal.

          If you know the best way to do the former without encouraging the latter, please let us know.

          (Also, bonus points for use of the word “Foment.”

  2. dancer7887
    Posted November 11, 2014 at 3:45 PM | Permalink

    So last year Worldbuilders ended in early February…why is it only running less than a month this year? I’m worried all the procrastinators might miss the opportunity to donate and we won’t hit our goal from last year!

    ps. LOVED learning more about Auri!

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