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Books from Prime

This is a Worldbuilders Blog.

Pat is still out at ConFusion, so you lucky sods get blogs from me for a couple more days.  Pat is still reading the blog and comments when he can, and he’s still calling me to gush about how awesomely our auctions are going.  Even though he can’t be here these last few days, he’s doing his best to keep up.

Things have been going really well, so let’s get back to the awesome prizes.

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This year we were approached by more people than ever about donations.  Part of this is because we’re growing in the community, and a lot of people have spread the word about us.  The other part is because we brought on Maria, and she brought years of non-profit experience to our fundraiser.  She’s why we have sponsors this year.  She’s why we had so many tuckerizations for auction this year.  She’s directly responsible for tripling the cuteness factor in the office. And she’s the reason we received hundreds of books from Prime Books.

Prime, conveniently enough, has their books printed near our office, so it was incredibly easy for them to ship over boxes of books – so they sent a lot.

There are a ton of anthologies, including a lot of big names – Gaiman, Beagle, LeGuin, Lackey, and L’Engle, to name a sparse few, and many of them are featured in more than one of these books.  There are also stand alone novels and collections, so you really can’t lose.

As soon as these came in, Pat descended upon them to group them into prize packages for y’all.  They actually group rather well.  The idea here is that winning one prize containing three books seriously increases the possibility that you’ll find your new favorite story.

(Click to embiggen and read all the awesome contributing authors)

“[Phantom is a] deliciously creepy book of horrors that prove all the more terrifying for their everyday nature.” – Publisher’s Weekly

As soon as the boxes were open, a bunch of us started coveting these, particularly Brett, who is not only a short story person but a rabid horror fan.  Don’t worry, I’m protecting them from him, just as he protected the Kvothe doll from me.

  • 25 sets of Witches: Wicked, Wild & Wonderful and Season of Wonder both edited by Paula Guran.

These anthologies also have some awesome people who wrote for them.  Gaiman, Lackey, Card, Ellison…

“Fans of stories involving witches as well as those who enjoy well-told fantasy should appreciate the strength of this themed collection.” – Library Journal, about Witches: Wicked, Wild & Wonderful

  • 25 sets of Running with the Pack and Circus: Fantasy Under the Big Top both edited by Ekaterina Sedia.

“The stories [in Running with the Pack] veer from comedy to horror and from tragic love story to coming-of-age tale, showing the richness inherent in the idea of shifting shapes and animal strength” – Publishers Weekly

“Powerful storytelling, a minimalist prose style that does not diminish the three-dimensional characters, and a keen ear for dialog add to this novel’s many pleasures.” – Library Journal (starred review, Debut of the Month), about Winning Mars

“Sarah Monette can write like a dream.” – Charlaine Harris, about Bone Key.

“Lovers of all things robotic will enjoy this 21st-century collection of stories about the attempt to create an artificial human.” – Library Journal, about Robots

“The uniformly strong writing [in Bloody Fabulous] makes this tasty sampler a fine foray into the fashionable side of speculative fiction.” – Publishers Weekly

This is another one of those prizes I would’ve been happy to win just for the cover art.  But then I read this:

“A lovely, disconcerting book that does for Moscow what I hope my own Neverwhere may have done to London.” – Neil Gaiman, about The Secret History of Moscow.

“Goss’s collection of 16 gothic stories possesses a spare, surprising beauty, though her modern-day characters, like those in fairy tales, are constrained by the hard lessons she sets out to teach.” – Publishers Weekly

25 sets of At the Edge of Waking and In the Palace of Repose by Holly Phillips.

“[At the Edge of Waking is] an astonishing who-the-hell-is-this kind of discovery for anyone previously ignorant of her work.” – Peter Beagle

Some of you may recognize this book, as we put a special edition in the lottery earlier.

However, luckily for you, Prime sent us even more copies of it, so you have even more chances to read some of the best short stories about bookstores out there.

Shelf Life is an interesting and fun romp through the world of, mostly, second hand bookstores which invites the reader to think about books in new ways while experiencing a magic associated more with bookstores than any other types of store.” – SF Site

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Make sure to make your donation on the Worldbuilders Team Page by January 21st. For every $10 you pitch in, you get another chance to win thousands of books and DVD’s.

There are still some auctions up, including some signed Gaiman and Pratchett stuff, unreleased ARCs, and a favor from Pat. You can view all of them on our current auctions page 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 our main page.

Posted in Worldbuilders 2012 | By Amanda13 Responses

Short Story Collections

This is a Worldbuilders Blog.

Some of these books came from publishers, some from authors, or fans. Some of them are signed. Some of them are rare or out of print. Some of them are limited editions you can’t find in any store.

What do they have in common? They’re all short story collections.

As you all know, while I love story, I’m not very good at the *short* part. But I respect the hell out of the people that can do it well.

All of today’s books are going into the Worldbuilders Lottery. That means you can win these and over a thousand other books by donating on the Worldbuilders Team Page. Every ten bucks you kick in gives you another chance to win.

So let’s see what we have today, shall we?

This is a collection of short stories about bookstores.  It’s numbered 127 of 1000, and it is signed by all of the contributing authors, including the editors and Neil Gaiman.  How effing cool.

We could easily auction this off. But instead, we’re going to throw it into the lottery, where anyone who donates $10 possibly win it.

  • A set of A Pleasure to Burn and Summer Morning, Summer Night by Ray Bradbury.

“[About Summer Morning, Summer Night] As intoxicating as Bradbury’s legendary Dandelion Wine , the 27 new and old stories in this potent collection resonate with timeless power.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Whates intends the stories[in Solaris Rising] to illustrate the diversity of the SF field at present. I think the book does this brilliantly. The stories are extremely varied and there should be something for everyone in here.” –  Patrick Mahon

  • 2 copies of Bronies: For the Love of Ponies from Kazka Press.
Okay. First off, I need to make it clear that I’m not a Brony.

Oh sure, I might watch My Little Pony with my little boy. And yes, I think it’s a good show. And yes, I even know which pony I would be. Oot has informed me that I’m applejack. (He’s Spike, and Sarah is Pinkie Pie.)

Ah fuck. I might be a brony.

Let’s not speak of this again….

  • The Otherworldly Pack: A set of The Door Gunner and Other Perilous Flights of Fancy; Winter’s Dreams; and a limited edition copy of In Waders From Mars. The last signed by Keith Lansdale, Karen Lansdale, Joe R. Lansdale. 

“Best known for his Black Company series of fantasy novels, Cook focuses on alternate realities, distant futures, self-sacrifice, and camaraderie born of loneliness in these 12 intimate stories… Close first-person perspectives tug heartstrings in these tragedies of thwarted expectations.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A set of 100 Stories for Haiti and 100 Stories for Queensland.  Signed by Robert J. McCarter.

“One hundred beautiful stories. Our stories. When so much was lost or destroyed, this was created. That’s something that can never recede or wash away.” Kate Eltham.

“[This] collection, spanning more than two decades, contains Little’s trademark visceral descriptives and Southwest settings, sure to please fans who may have missed some of the more obscure entries.” – Publishers Weekly

“The sense of menace and melancholy sown into the pieces emanates primarily from the locales in which they are set and is in large part the reason I can’t recommend Strange Epiphanies highly enough.” – John Kenny

  • A copy of Strange Wonders: A Collection of Rare Fritz Leiber Works by Fritz Leiber.

“For anyone who loves great literature, Fritz Leiber walked on water.” – Harlan Ellison

  • A set of Vacancy & Ariel and The Dragon Griaule by Lucius Shepard.

“Lucius Shepard has one of the sharpest pens in the genre, and he’s in top form in this set of stories.” –  Tor.Com

“Doug Smith is, quite simply, the finest short-story writer Canada has ever produced in the science fiction and fantasy genres, and he’s also the most prolific. His stories are a treasure trove of riches that will touch your heart while making you think.” – Robert J. Sawyer

“[About River] I was surprised at how varied the stories were, from those in fantasy settings (like mine) to modern day settings, to post-apocalyptic and even SF settings … I think every reader will be able to find a couple of stories in here that they will love, and they’ll enjoy the rest of the stories as well.” – Joshua Palmatier

“[Reggie Oliver is] endowed with a fertile imagination and a superb writing technique. He’s a terrific storyteller who can write in a classy, elegant yet powerful narrative style, creating perfectly drawn characters and enticing plots.” – British Fantasy Society

In this beautiful collection from Subterranean Press, fans get something special.  It includes two novels written by Farmer,  Hadon of Ancient Opar and Flight to Opar, as well as The Song of Kwasin.  The last was written only in outline form when Farmer died, and so was finished by Chistopher Paul Carey and added into the mix.

“Fans of Farmer’s original series will appreciate this repackaging and enjoy the finale, both in tone and because of the closure it provides. Likewise, fans…will find the entire collection an accessible and enjoyable throwback.” – Publishers Weekly

“[John Crowley’s] trademark elegance shines through.” – Publishers Weekly

“[About Turns and Chances] The reader also gets a real sense of depth, of the world stretching away beyond the narrow confines of these pages, both in time and space.  It’s an impressive achievement.” – Joanne Hall

“These three reflective short-short stories employing Blaylock’s signature nostalgic prose are individually strong in technique.” – Publishers Weekly

This won the Hugo, folks. So you know it’s got something going for it…. Plus it’s signed by Stross. So it’s double-cool.

“Experienced SF readers will enjoy this intelligent look at the intricacies of time travel fiction.” – Publishers Weekly

The fact that this book is signed by both Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm is pretty interesting, given that the two are actually the same person….

“An engaging, entertaining introduction to both sides of the author’s work.” – Booklist (Starred Review)

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Remember, for every 10 dollars you donate on our Team Page, you get a chance to win these books and many, many more.

Or, 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.

Posted in Worldbuilders 2012 | By Pat7 Responses
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