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A Boat, A Board, A Table, and Books

Hey there everybody,

This year’s fundraiser is going to be bigger and better than ever, and today’s blog includes four of the reasons why.

Rather than save our coolest things for last as we’ve occasionally done in the past, we’re launching out with big items that are all going into the lottery, which means for every $10 you donate on our fundraiser page you have a chance to win them and a ton of other prizes.

This first one is something new to the fundraiser. We’ve never put anything like it in the lottery before…

  • A cabin for 2 on the 2017 JoCo Cruise

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JoCo Cruise 2017 is a cruise ship full of music, comedy, and general nerdery. The 2017 cruise departs from San Diego, CA on Saturday, March 4th for a 7-night adventure along the Sea of Cortez and will return on Saturday, March 11.

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I’ve gone on the JoCo Cruise for two years in a row now, and 2017 will be my third trip out. I didn’t know if I’d like going on a cruise, because honestly? I’m a bit of a cave dweller. But despite my initial reservations, I have to say, I absolutely love it. It’s a great atmosphere, and this year’s cruise will be the first time the geeks are taking over the entire cruise ship.

It’s the best time. I’ve had more genuine interactions with fans and other geeks on the boat than I can hope to have at a convention.

So I’m delighted to announce that JoCo Cruise has donated a balcony cabin on the boat to Worldbuilders, and we’re putting it in the lottery where anyone who donates at least $10 can win it.

You’ll still need to pay for your own flights to and from the cruise, but once you’re on the boat you’re pretty much golden. There’s free food and drinks (with some options you’d have to pay for), concerts, events, panels, and so, so much more.

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(Like the 24 hour gaming room, for example)

The JoCo Cruise folks made a handy-dandy list for us of everything this does and doesn’t include, but the big thing is that every $10 you donate gets you another chance to win this awesome trip.

  • The Vanguard gaming table from Geek Chic

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The lovely folks over at Geek Chic have offered up one of their elegant gaming tables for this year’s Fundraiser.

If this table looks a little familiar, it might be because you’ve drooled over one at a convention like GenCon or PAX. Or maybe us playing on one in an episode of TableTop (where I crushed all who opposed me.)

Geek Chic makes gorgeous stuff. This table has an inset game field, so not only will your dice not roll onto the floor, but the replaceable top means you can cover up a partially finished game and still have a functional table you can use for eating dinner or doing work.

The table also has a grooved rail system that allows you to add on things like cup holders, trays, and dice containers onto the *side* of the table without cluttering up your game or risking spills.

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This table is one of the newer designs from Geek Chic: the Standard Vanguard. There’s a lot more information about it over on their website. (Click that link.)

But wait, it gets better.

If you win this prize and want to customize your Vanguard, adding accessories or picking fancier woods, Geek Chic will give you the $2500 value of this table as credit toward your new configuration or anything else you’d like to buy from Geek Chic. Including a different table.

Even international donors have a chance of winning this, but we’ll coordinate with the winner after the fact, since international shipping can be tricky on something this large.

Remember, you get a chance to win it for every $10 you donate to the fundraiser and select games as something you’re interested in winning.

  • A Beautiful Tak Set from Wyrmwood

Some of you might recognize the Wyrmwood’s handiwork from the recent Tak kickstarter, where they made Devi’s Box and Devi’s Board.

Well this year for Worldbuilders, they made us something special….

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Seriously. Look at it. It’s gorgeous.

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It’s a handmade, one-of-a-kind Tak set, constructed with Kingwood, African Blackwood. (All ethically sourced.) The board has solid silver stringing and mother-of-pearl inlay. If they were selling them, the retail cost of this board would be around $5,000.

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But they’re not selling them. Even I don’t have one. This item is just available for some lucky geek to win if they donate to Worldbuilders.

  • Books From Subterranean Press

For those of you who love books more than games, the rest of the blog contains gorgeous limited-edition books from Subterranean Press. Sub Press has been around since the beginning of Worldbuilders, and all but one of their donations is going into the lottery.

All told, there’s over 200 books going into the lottery today. Many of them signed, numbered, or otherwise rare.

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Subterranean Press always goes the extra mile to make truly beautiful books, so we love being able to show them off. They work hard to make their books incredibly high quality, and they don’t miss the mark.

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There’s more than just novels going in, too. Both of these books are collections of stories from some of the best authors in their genre. Confessions is completely sold out, and the only place left to get a copy is here in the lottery.

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Each of these limited edition books was limited to 1,000 numbered copies, so you’re getting a real rarity in them.

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John Scalzi’s collection of posts from his blog, Whatever, is a deep dark look into the things on his mind over the time between 2008 and 2012, which is both horrifying and hilarious.

Amityville Horrible is a wonderful horror story for more traditional reasons: it’s full of ghosts, necromancy, werewolves, and murder. It was limited to 1500 numbered copies which are all leather-bound and gorgeous.

  • Auction: One of every book published by Subterranean Press in 2016.

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This is one of the coolest things Subterranean has been doing for a while now, which is a collection of every single book they’ve published in the last year. It includes some of the books already featured in the fundraiser, plus a bunch more, including some that haven’t come out yet.

There are 38 beautiful books in this bundle. To add some serious class to your bookshelf, you can bid on this auction right here.

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Happy first day of the fundraiser, folks. Remember that I’ll only be posting a few times throughout the fundraiser, but Worldbuilders will be updating their website every day with new items in the lottery, auctions, and stretch goals.

Let’s show Heifer International what we can do with $1 million in matching money.

Posted in Worldbuilders 2016 | By Pat15 Responses

Cool Things from Awesome Supporters

It’s been a great couple of days of fundraising here, and with less than a week left, we have a little bit of business to attend to.

  • Odds of winning a prize

First of all, yesterday, someone asked what their odds of winning a prize in the lottery were. What a fantastic question! we thought to ourselves. Surely it’ll take us ages to do such a difficult calculation, so alas, we won’t be able to answer it.

At least, that’s what we’ve said in years past. We’ve proven that we really shouldn’t be the ones trusted to do the math for odds, as evidenced by the multiple fundraiser blogs where we tried and and got the math wrong. That’s why we brought in a pro last year.

Vi Hart did the math, and we used that to create this little widget. Put in your donation, and it will tell you what the odds are that you win at least one prize.

Right now if you donate $20, enough for a flock of chickens, you have a 6% (ish) chance of winning something. (Better odds that rolling a 1 on your saving throw, and we all know how often *that* happens.)

If you donate $120, enough for a goat, you have a 34% chance of winning.

Donate enough to bring clean water to a village ($250) you have a 55% chance.

Donate enough for a Heifer ($500)  and you have a 78% chance of winning.

Keep in mind that the widget doesn’t tell you how likely you are to win multiple prizes. And some prizes contain multiple books.

What’s more, the odds will shimmy around a bit. As more people donate, the odds go down. But the more prizes we post, the odds go up. It’s also worthwhile to note that some people opt out of the prize draw, and as a result, your odds are actually a little *better* than what the widget tells you.

There is one slight flaw. If you donate enter more than 2700 dollars, the widget will show a 100% chance of winning a prize. This isn’t really true. But the widget can’t show 99.999999999%, so it rounds up.

These are amazingly good odds, folks. And We’re still got an entire weeks worth of material to add to the pot.

  • Holiday Shipping Times

If you’re like me, you’re probably *just* starting to think about doing your Holiday shopping. Luckily for you, you can do some of your shopping in The Tinker’s Packs whereas I’m denied that joy, because it’s considered tacky to give your family and friends your own merch as presents.

If you *are* considering making a few purchaces for time-sensitive holidays, you might want to check the data below. Because shipping times can be pretty brutal this time of year….

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The international times, as always, are hard to guess and highly variable. We give a rough estimate of 2-8 weeks, not because it’ll take that long to get to your country, but because we have no way of knowing how long customs might take to get your package processed. We don’t want to make promises at this point, but it’s likely you’re still safe for another few days.

But as you can see, the last day to get the cheapest domestic shipping and be sure it’ll be there in time for Christmas is today. Every day you wait after today is going to cost you more money in shipping, so I advise at least checking things out to make sure you’re not missing out on something you desperately want.

Or, if you don’t want to worry about shipping times, get them a Gift Card. Ships to your email inbox in a matter of seconds with no risk of embarrassingly choosing the wrong size t-shirt! This is a service we provide to the community out of the love of our hearts.

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The authors, publishers, and game companies that donate to us get a lot of glory, and rightfully so. They donate thousands of dollars worth of prizes to the fundraiser. They make a huge impact on things here.

But there are always people supporting the cause in their own way. Lots of our team pages are made by people asking their families to contribute to the fundraiser instead of giving Christmas gifts. There’s people holding bake sales, or their own little mini fundraisers, in honor of Worldbuilders.

And there are people sending us their own treasured possessions. Books from their personal collections, some of them signed, limited, or rare.

Today’s blog is made up entirely of these. Books that our supporters gave, a few at a time, out of the goodness of their own hearts.

We have the best supporters.

Almost all of the books in today’s blog are signed, which is an added bonus. If not by the author, then perhaps by the illustrator…

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This is a hefty tome. It has some of Lovecraft’s best-known work, including the entire Cthulu Mythos. The illustrator, Les Edwards, doodled a full page in the front, making it particularly valuable.

If you want to add this to your collection, you can bid right here.

  • Lovecraft Library Bundle: Six Lovecraft Books.

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If that Necronomicon is a little outside of your price range, you can make a contribution of $10 or more to the team page to be entered to win one of thousands of prizes, including this six-pack of Lovecraft stories.

First Editions

A surprising number of signed first edition books made their way to us this year, and we knew they’d be loved if we put them into the lottery.

  • First edition copy of Lock In. Signed by John Scalzi.

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Lock In is one of Amanda’s favorite books, and getting a signed first edition is extra cool. But you don’t have to take our word for it.

“The novel–which contains plenty of action, great character development, vivid and believable worldbuilding and a thought-provoking examination of disability culture and politics–is definitely worth the ride.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • First edition copy of The Boy with the Porcelain Blade. Signed by Den Patrick.

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“The Boy with the Porcelain Blade is an intriguing novel that opens like a flower to reveal all to those who choose to read it” –Fantasy Book Review

This is the first book in a new dark fantasy series, and we’re really excited to have one to show off in the fundraiser. The signature is even dated with March 21, 2014, so it’s got some bonus value to it. It’s going right into the lottery, so a lucky donor is going to win it…

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“A beautiful story, honestly told.”―Neil Gaiman

Honestly, we’re all willing to pick up any book with a blurb like that from Neil Gaiman, and this one is particularly beautiful.

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“Moore is endlessly inventive … This cetacean picaresque is no fluke – it is a sure winner” —Publishers Weekly

A lot of us in the office are big Chrsitopher Moore fans, so this first edition is particularly lusted after here at Worldbuilders HQ.

  • A set of first edition copies of Echopraxia and Blindsight. Both signed by Peter Watts.

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“A paranoid tale that would make Philip K. Dick proud, told in a literary style that should seduce readers who don’t typically enjoy science fiction.” ―Kirkus Reviews

  • Auction: First edition copy of The Slow Regard of Silent Things. Signed by me, signed and remarqued by Nate Taylor.

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This is a lovely donation from a supporter, who wanted to remain anonymous. Nate did a gorgeous remarque of Auri and Foxen on the dedication page, and I haven’t seen many with such extensive art before.

This one is up for auction, so if you’re interested, you can bid right here.

Otherwise Awesome Books

First editions are great, but we have a lot more signed, doodled, and otherwise awesome books we’re adding to the fundraiser, as well.

  • Auction: Collector’s edition of The Gormenghast Novels two-volume set, by Mervyn Peake.

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This is super cool. The Gormenghast novels are a huge part of the history of fantasy, and they’ve all been compiled into two beautiful leatherbound volumes. One of our supporters, Jill, sent it along, and we knew we had to make sure it went to a home that would love it deeply.

If you can provide that home, bid here.

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“This story blends the gripping horror and action of McCammon’s earliest novels with the empathy of his more recent work, making it one of his finest.” –Publishers Weekly

This is one of Subterranean Press’s beautiful books, and it’s been all signed up to make it that much cooler.

  • 3 copies of Diary of a Mad Brownie. Signed by the illustrator, Paul Kidby, one also signed by  Bruce Coville.

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“It’s not easy to merge such disparate elements as traditional Scottish lore and modern American life, but Coville brings it off with wit, style, and respect. The first volume of the Enchanted Files series is smart, amusing, and a lot of fun” —Booklist (starred review)

This is a particular treat. Not only do we have three copies to put into the lottery, but they’re all signed by both the author and illustrator, making them extra special.

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“Densely plotted and decidedly grown-up, this is YA fiction for readers who are bored of fluff and sparkles.” –SFX Magazine

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“Whelan juggles wisecracking demons, Wicca, a World of Warcraft-style game, and even a sly Morrissey quote […] It’s a hoot.” –The Guardian

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“Hegarty’s debut and the first of a projected series is Ghostbusters meets Percy Jackson as written by Terry Pratchett. Readers will be hunting for the sequel in short order.” –Kirkus Reviews

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“Full of vivid characters and terrific world building, Generation V is a fun, fast-packed romp of a story that kept me glued tot he pages to the very last word. Loved it! Bravo, M.L. Brennan, bravo!”–Devon Monk

I love seeing inscriptions like this, because the winner of this in the lottery is going to be able to look back on it for a long time, brag to their friends, and show it off as something cool they got for doing something cool. It’s a win-win-win.

  • 3 copies of A Study In Scarlet. Signed by the illustrator, Gris Grimly.

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I think we all know a Sherlock Holmes story or two, but an illustrated version signed by the illustrator would be a good addition to your collection. And the quick doodle with the signature is pretty awesome. We had a copy of Neil Gaiman’s The Dangerous Alphabet last year, illustrated by Gris Grimly, and everyone crowded around it for a while, pointing out all the brilliant details he adds to his art.

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This is a pretty rare book. Subterranean Press doesn’t even allow people to order more than one, and it was limited to only 500 copies. This particular copy is number 331, and includes roughly 70 black and white interior illustrations, including chapter heads, full page illustrations, and vignettes, as well as three full-color interior illustrations.

It’s signed by both Martin and the artist, Ted Nasmith, and it’s already being bid on pretty ferociously over on ebay. If you want it, get in on it quick.

  • A Buttload of ARCs from Shane.

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One of our supporters, Shane, runs a book review blog and ends up with a lot of ARCs because of it. He sent us “a giant Target diaper box” (his words) full of ARCs, and rather than keep all the coolness for people who can afford to bid, we’re putting them all into the lottery.

There are ARCs from authors like Neal StephesonKen Liu, Chris Beckett, David Weber, and a lot, lot more. And yes, they arrived taped safely inside a Target diaper box. Size 6.

Since they’re all in the lottery, every $10 you donate gets you another chance to win some of these ARCs. If you’ve been holding back, the fundraiser has less than a week left at this point, so you might want to jump in soon…

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Don’t forget to check out the store if you’re shopping for holiday gifts. You’re kind of late for Hanukkah, but maybe that’s an endearing trait to your loved ones. Like we said, today’s the last day for cheap shipping for Christmas, and it’s only going to get riskier the longer you wait.

There are lots more auctions up right now, too, and we haven’t even featured most of them yet. If you want to get a jump on the bidding, you can check them out right here.

And, as always, you can get your name in the hat for one of the thousands of prizes in the lottery, and help make the world a better place at the same time, by making a donation to our fundraiser page. The entire Worldbuilders Team will grin like idiots if you do. It’s been a pretty goofy looking office for a while now.

Posted in Worldbuilders 2015 | By Pat11 Responses

Humble Bundle and Worldbuilders

I don’t know about y’all, but I love books.

You know what else I love? Supporting charitable causes.

And last but not least, I enjoy getting a bargain as much as the next guy.

If you’re into any of these things, this blog is for you.

I’ve talked about Subterranean Press here before. I’m fond of them for many reasons. They produce fine, high-quality books, doing lovely specialty editions, and occationally bringing a lost work back from out-of-print. Not only that, but they’re the reason The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle ever saw the light of day, and they’ve been long-time supporters of my charity, Worldbuilders.

So here’s the news: Subterranean Press is celebrating their 20th anniversary, and they’re doing it in style by teaming up with the folks at Humble Bundle to do an international e-book bundle.

What’s Humble Bundle? I hear you ask.

Well, Humble Bundle teams up with creators to bring together a bunch of something (a bundle, if you will) then they let you decide how much you’d like to pay for it. This means you usually end up getting hundreds of dollars of books or games for a bargain price.

But that’s not even the best bit. The best bit is that they let you decide where your money goes. You decide how much of your money goes to the creator, how much goes to a charity, and how much you’d like to leave as a tip for Humble Bundle itself.

For this bundle, the associated charity is Worldbuilders, if you hadn’t already guessed.

So let’s say you’ve been a fan of Subterranean Press for ages, and you want to grab a bunch of these delicious books for yourself. Here’s how you could do it.

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Hmmm… you sure you want to go that route? You do know that Worldbuilders is, like, a really awesome charity, right? You know we do good things all over the world. We help hungry families, promote sustainable agriculture, provide clean water and education for….

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Woah there. You don’t have to give Sub-Press the short straw, either. This is their party after all. They’re the ones supplying the books, and they were gracious enough to bring Worldbuilders in as their charity….

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Hmmm… Well, in some ways you’re taking the coward’s way out with this option. But I noticed that you bumped your overall donation up to 50 bucks, so I’m not particularly inclined to call you names at this point….

My point is that the Humble Bundle gives you an unprecedented amount of control over your purchase. (And, honestly, these sliders are a lot of fun to play with.)

So here’s the details about the Sub-Press Humble Book Bundle:

If you pay any amount of money at all, you’ll get these e-books.

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The Jack Vance Treasury, Inside Job, Muse of Fire, Jacaranda: A Novella of the Clockwork Century, The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories, The Top of the Volcano: The Award-Winning Stories of Harlan Ellison®, and Brayan’s Gold.

If you pay more than the average donation (currently $12.58), you’ll also get the following twelve books:

The Mallet of Loving Correction, Nobody’s Home: An Anubis Gates Story, The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, The End of the Sentence, The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate, Tortured Souls: The Legend of Primordium, and Amityville Horrible, Bleeding Shadows, I Travel by Night, Salvage and Demolition, New Amsterdam, and The Agonizing Resurrection of Victor Frankenstein.

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So just to break it down for you, if you pay at least $12.58 (or so) you’ll get all 19 of these.

Lastly,  anyone who pays $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus three more additional e-books:  Academic Exercises, The Hunter from the Woods, and Black Hat Jack.

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So as long as you donate more than $15, you get more than $123 dollars worth of e-books. AND you get to support a great publisher and a great charity at the same time.

I’d like to point out that included in these books are three I’ve hugely enjoyed myself. Specifically, Scalzi’s collection of blogs, and Salvage and Demolition, which is a nice taste of Tim Power’s writing for those of you who haven’t tried him before.

Best of all, one of my all-time favorite series is in this mix: The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox.

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(This includes Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was)

Honestly? That e-book is worth $12.50 just by itself. It’s a book I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys fantasy and has a functioning soul.

I wish I could talk about more of these books, but honestly? Those are the only ones I’ve read. It’s shameful, really, as there are books here by some of my favorite authors. That’s why I just made a point of buying this bundle myself. It’s a bargain even if I just read one or two of them.

Need another excuse to jump in? All these e-books are DRM free, so you can read them on any platform you like.

That also means you’ll be able to read them in any *country* you like. That’s something you won’t find anywhere else.

This is a *very* limited-time offer. So don’t wait too long or you’ll miss it.

And if you know of anyone else who likes awesome things, I’d appreciate you helping us to spread the word. There’s only five days left, and after that, the deal is over.

Here’s one last link to the Bundle.

You know what to do,

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Posted in cool news, Subterranean Press, Worldbuilders | By Pat24 Responses

Donations from Generous Fans

Over the years, we’ve had more and more fans donating books to the fundraiser.

In the first couple of years it was only one or two people, but as things have progressed, we’ve had an increasing number of generous folks kicking stuff in from their personal libraries, or goodies they’ve managed to pick up at a signing or a con. That means many of these books are signed, or limited editions, or otherwise awesome.

Most of these are going into the lottery where anyone who donates can win them, but a few are being auctioned off too. So keep an eye out for those.

Let’s jump right into this with some Neil Gaiman.

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Signed by Neil Gaiman.

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I make no bones about the fact that I’m a fan of Gaiman, and this book in particular struck a chord in me. I’m happy to see a signed copy of it heading into the lottery.

If you haven’t read it, you should. I gushed about it on Goodreads a while back, if you’re interested in reading a review that is mostly me embarrassing myself.

  • Auction: First Edition copy of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Signed by Neil Gaiman.

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We’ve decided to auction off this first edition copy of Ocean at the End of the Lane as well. So if you missed your chance at it, or want a collectible version while you read your unsigned, later edition copy, you can grab it here.

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These are some great books that were re-donated after last year’s fundraiser, spreading the joy to more of our people from someone who already had them. There are three books, which are compendiums of the entire series, so you’ve got it all here.

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

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“Supernatural thrillers don’t get much better than British author Patrick’s assured debut, the first in a trilogy…Patrick has carefully thought through the implications of this phenomenon, including religious objections and insurance issues, and maintains the suspense throughout.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

  • A set of the White Trash Zombie series, books 1-4, by Diana Rowland.

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“Humor and gore are balanced by surprisingly touching moments as Angel tries to turn her (un)life around.” – Publishers Weekly

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This book was sent in by a supporter who knows that the early editions of this book are super hard to come by. It’s by Roger Zelazny, who wrote the Chronicles of Amber (which is included in the giant prize of books I recommend). We’ve put it into the lottery so we can spread the geeky joy.

  • A set of Blood Price and Blood Trail by Tanya Huff.

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“An entertaining blend of warmly idiosyncratic characters, cinematic pacing and sharp-fanged humour” – Locus

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We’ve got signed copies of the first four books in the Inheritance Cycle, and the fourth book is even a super beautiful hardcover copy. We thought someone would love them, so we’re putting them in the lottery.

  • Auction: Limited, slipcased edition of Brisingr. Number 929 of 1500, signed by by Christopher Paolini.

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For those of you who are already big geeky fans of Christopher Paolini, we’ve got a special edition of the third book in the series, number 929 out of 1500. The slipcase is beautiful, with an embossed dragon and gold foil.

If you get all excited looking at it, head over here for more pictures and to bid.

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“Harris garnishes the action with seductive period detail, and the novel comes alive in the main event, a cataclysmic explosion with a thermal energy equal to a hundred thousand Hiroshimas.” – The New Yorker

  • First edition copy of The Road to Mars. Signed by Eric Idle.

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Yes. THAT Eric Idle. Of Monty Python fame.

“Filled with intelligent observations about comedy and comedians, and enough one-liners to keep a funnyman in gigs past Pluto.” – The New York Times

  • First edition copy of The House of Rumour. Signed by Jake Arnott.

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“It’s both sci-fi/fantasy pulp and an ambitiously epic work of cosmic proportions: a welcome paradox of a novel that boldly toys with the boundaries between high and low-brow art.” – Kirkus

  • First edition copy of Impossible Monsters edited by Kasey Lansdale.

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“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

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“Shows McKenna at her best, combining politics, violent action, and a concern for the domestic… it’s fundamentally about clever people, trying to do their best, in swift-changing circumstances.” – Paul Cornell

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“Anthony Ryan’s Blood Song is a tremendous debut; it has a fast paced, action packed and character driven story. Qualities to admire in any genre story and most of all in an epic fantasy.” – Fantasy Book Critic

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“A weirdly alluring blend of superspy thriller, deadpan comic fantasy and Lovecraftian horror.” – Kirkus

  • A limited edition, traycased edition of Clowns at Midnight. Number 6 of 500, signed by Terry Dowling.

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“The author of Wormwood and Blackwater Days delivers another tale of psychological terror that should appeal to his fans as well as to general audiences of horror literature.” – Library Journal

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“Howard was the Thomas Wolfe of fantasy, and most of his Conan tales seem to almost fall over themselves in their need to get out.” – Stephen King

  • 5 limited edition copies of I Live Here. Signed by John Connolly.

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This is an extremely limited chapbook from John Connolly. He only had 1,000 printed, and we have signed bookplates to go with each one, making them extra cool.

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Amanda covets this book in a way that is not all together proper. She just donated again just to up her chances of maybe winning this book, so if you want it, you might want to get in there and out-donate her.

“Inventive and absorbing…I look forward to Harris’ next foray in to fantasy, especially if she applies her love of Norse mythology again.” – Fantasy Book Review

  • Limited edition copy of The Mallet of Loving Correction. Numbered 924 out of 1000, signed by John Scalzi.

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If you’ve never read Scalzi’s blog, Whatever, you should. This is a collection of those blogs, and I wrote up a possibly-tmi-review on Goodreads for it.

  • Auction: A Publisher’s Copy, slipcased edition of Best Served Cold. Signed by Joe Abercrombie.

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“Abercrombie is both fiendishly inventive and solidly convincing, especially when sprinkling his appallingly vivid combat scenes with humor so dark that it’s almost ultraviolet.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

This is a gorgeous edition of Best Served Cold with a hardcore slipcase. Subterranean Press doesn’t do anything halfway.

If you want to grab this gorgeous thing all for yourself, bid on it over here.

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If anything caught your eye, be sure to go donate on the donation page, where you have the chance to win many of these items, not to mention the thousands of other books and games available in the fundraiser. You can even fly your particular geek flag fly by contributing to one of the teams that’s helping Worldbuilders fundraise this year, like Team Nerdfighteria, or Team NaNoWriMo.

Keep in mind that a bunch of our current auctions are ending tonight and Sunday. So if you haven’t headed over there to take a look at what’s available, you might want to, before it’s too late.

Have a good weekend, space cowboys….

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Novelties: Scalzi, Leckie, and Beagle

We’re wrapping up the first week of our Worldbuilders fundraiser and as I type this we’ve raised over $107,000 dollars. Which means we’ve unlocked several stretch goals, and are on the cusp of several more…

While Novelties blogs are separate from our yearly fundraiser, the money goes to the same charity. What’s more, since this month’s Novelties is landing *inside* our yearly fundraiser, any of the books you buy here will count toward our donation total, helping us hit more stretch goals faster.

Lastly, before we show off this month’s books, I have a piece of news that won’t wait. The first of our charity auctions is ending tonight. It’s one copy of every book published by Subterranean Press in 2014. It includes special limited edition books by Jim Butcher, Scott Lynch, Neil Gaiman, and many *many* more. Many of the books are signed, numbered editions. Some are specially illustrated…

And some are signed AND numbered AND illustrated and vastly and profoundly out of print.

Like this traycased version of the shining.

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Due to a shipping error, we didn’t include pictures or mention of this book in the auction. And that’s a shame, because it’s beautiful and very rare (one of 750 printed). Signed by both Stephen King and the illustrator…

And because it’s sold out, copies of it are selling for more than a thousand dollars right now.

So, if you’re a fan of beautiful books, or just a fan of Stephen King, you know where to go.

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This month we have three books by award-winning authors. All signed by the authors.

  • First edition copies of Lock In. Signed by John Scalzi.

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Lock In is John Scalzi’s newest novel, and Amanda in particular has been sharing it around like wildfire. Its gotten great reviews, including:

“Scalzi’s characters possess tangible motivations and inhabit a thoroughly believable world, and the growing partnership between Shane and Vann is a pleasure to watch unfold. This powerful novel will intrigue and entertain both fans and newcomers.” -Publishers Weekly

If you want a copy for yourself or a loved one, you can grab one copy over here.

  • First edition copies of Ancillary Sword. Signed by Ann Leckie.

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Ann was very generous to donate these to us, this is the second book in her award-winning series. Personally, I was delighted and impressed by these books. But you don’t have to take my word for it when the Library Journal is jumping in to gush about it:

“Few novels could match the bolt-out-of-the-sky originality of Leckie’s debut (Ancillary Justice), but this follow-up builds on the world and characters that the author introduced in the first book and takes the story in new directions. There is much more to explore in Leckie’s universe, one of the most original in [science fiction] today.”

We only have ten copies of this, so grab them while you can.

  • Hardcover copies of The Last Unicorn graphic novel. Signed by Peter S. Beagle.

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I actually picked these up when Peter S. Beagle was in the area for The Last Unicorn Screening Tour. The whole team went and met Peter, watched The Last Unicorn on the big screen, and generally geeked out.

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of The Last Unicorn, so I was ready to hate this graphic novel adaptation. Surprisingly enough though, I didn’t. As I mentioned in my goodreads review, I thought it was amazingly well done.

As with all our novelties books, we only have a few available. You can get yours over here.

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Remember, all proceeds from our online store, The Tinker’s Packs, go directly to Worldbuilders. So when you buy books there, you’re not just getting a cool book and supporting the authors you love, you’re making the world a better place.

Thanks everyone. And stay tuned for more news about the fundraiser.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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“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

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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.” – Tor.com

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

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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.

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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.

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Signed Books from Subterranean Press

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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“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

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

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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

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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…

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