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Subterranean Press & JoCo Cruise

As always, we’re launching out the fundraiser with some of our big guns: JoCo Cruise and Subterranean Press.

The first gives you the chance to win a cabin for 2 on the nerdiest cruise ever. The second sends us beautifully produced, sometimes limited, often rare copies of amazing books.

JoCo Cruise

Last year was the first year we put something like this into the fundraiser, and it was awesome.

  • A Cabin for two on the JoCo Cruise

I’ve talked about JoCo Cruise on the blog recently.

You can get the full scoop there. But in brief, let me say that JoCo cruise is one of my favorite parts of the year. I’ve made some of my best friends there. I snorkeled for the first time. I’ve learned about new music. Met cool comics writers, got to hang out with the folks who make Nightvale….

Also? I drank rum out of a Pinapple on a beach. Which is actually as much fun as it sounds.

It’s everything I love about a convention, except it’s better. And on a boat. Plus there are extra things… like for example… We put on an entire music festival in Loreto….

So it is with no small amount of delight that I announce that JoCo Cruise has donated a posh balcony cabin for two to Worldbuilders. We’re putting it in the lottery where anyone who donates at least $10 has a chance to 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 all all included.

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.

Subterranean Press

Since the beginning, the folks at Subterranean Press have been huge supporters of Worldbuilders.

They’ve been in the business of producing beautiful, high-quality books for ages. They’ll bring old books out of print, and they’ll produce new books with awesome authors.

They always send us well over a hundred books, some of which are limited, numbered, and signed. They sent us over $7,000 worth of books to add to the lottery, and they’re all beautiful.

Let’s do it:

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.

There’s lots of novels going into the lottery, but there’s also the opportunity to get some really great collections of stories from authors. It’s the perfect way to read someone new and get a good sense of their writing style, plus it’s a prize for doing awesome in the world.

  • 25 Numbered, Signed copies each of River’s Edge by James P. Blaylock and Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers by Joe R. Lansdale. 24 Numbered, Signed copies of The Process (is a Process All Its Own) by Peter Straub.

Subterranean Press has truly beautiful limited editions of their books, and these three are no exception. All 74 of these books  have specially designed signature pages where you can also see the number of the book, and all 74 are in the lottery.

  • Auction: One of everything published in 2017 from Subterranean Press.

This has become my new favorite tradition. Subterranean takes the time every year to set aside one copy of each book they publish, then sends us one massive prize that we get to put up for auction.

All of these books had a fairly limited print run, and some are sold out. You can see the full list of everything included over in the auction listing, but the fact of the matter is it’s a lot of cool stuff.

If you want it all to be yours, head over there and bid.

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Thank you for taking the time to come play with us. We’re so excited to do this, and we’re thankful to have such awesome supporters.

There’s so many places to check out if you’re curious about the campaign.

The first button is for the Hub Blog, where there’s links to every newly posted category of swag, the summary of how the lottery works, as well as any other information you may need about the fundraiser. It’s the perfect place to start.

The second button will take you to the Worldbuilders Website, where you can also find many relevant links, check out all of our sponsors, find our FAQ, and more.

The third button will take you where you need to get to DONATE as quickly as possible and participate in the lottery while making the world a better place.

The fourth button will take you to our eBay page, where you’ll be able to see everything that’s up for auction right now, including things we haven’t talked about yet…

The fifth button will take you to the Lottery Library, where you can see everything we’ve put up for grabs in the lottery. You can check things out based on donor, whether they’re signed, how limited they are, whether they’re books, games, comics, or jewelry, and more. It’s your one-stop-shop to see what’s available.

And there’s a lot available, folks.

Posted in Subterranean Press, Worldbuilders 2017 | By PatLeave a comment

More Awesome Books

This is a Worldbuilders Blog.

As you know, a lot of the books we give away during Worldbuilders come from publishers or the authors themselves.

But over the last couple years, we’ve had more and more books donated by people who are just… well… people. Some work at bookstores, some are hardcore collectors, and some of them are just folks who love Heifer International and want to help out with the fundraiser.

This blog is composed entirely of books from those donors. Some of them are rare or out of print, most of them are signed by the authors.

You’ll notice two things below that are a little different from our previous years.

1. We’re grouping more books into sets. We have so many donations this year that we just don’t have time and space to list them all separately.

2. We’re offering more auctions. While we’re still putting the vast majority of our books into the lottery, most of the blogs will have at least a couple auctions. For example, in this blog  we’ve got two copies of Brennan’s Gold and Books to Die For, so one goes into the lottery, and the other goes up for auction.

And now, on to the books.

  • A hardcover, tenth anniversary edition of American Gods. Signed by Neil Gaiman.

I’m a big fan of Gaiman from way back, and I wrote up my thoughts about American Gods last year for a best SFF books of the decade blog on Tor.com. If you’re curious, you can head over there and read it.

Or, if you like, you can take the word of someone considerably more posh than me….

“More than a tourist in America, but not a native, Neil Gaiman offers an outside-in and inside-out perspective on the soul and spirituality of the country–our obsessions with money and power, our jumbled religious heritage and its societal outcomes, and the millennial decisions we face about what’s real and what’s not.” -Therese Littleton

“Set in a fascinating, unique world rich with detail, Shadow and Bone was unlike anything I’ve ever read.”  —Veronica Roth, New York Times bestselling author.

  • A set of three short story collections: Collected Ghost Stories by M.R. James, signed by Darryl Jones and John ConnollyBull Fighting, signed by Roddy Doyle; and Dark Lies the Island, signed by Kevin Barry.

“[About Collected Ghost Stories] For those who like their flesh to creep, there is an inimitable cumulative pleasure in reading these stories” – Daily Telegraph

“[About Dark Lies the Island] The most exciting Irish short story writer of his generation.” – John Burns, Sunday Times

“Shiner never fails to astound, and this collection highlights everything that makes him one of today’s best storytellers.” – Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

[Egan] finds a way to balance the complexity of his ideas with enough story and character for the reader to care about them as stories and not just speculative essays on the latest in cosmology, physics or artificial intelligence research..” –  The SF Site

  • Auction: Advance Reading Copies of Best Served Cold and The Heroes. Both sign by Joe Abercrombie.

“[The Heroes is] one of Abercrombie’s most masterfully executed and compellingly readable novels to date.” – Carl Hays

Since both of these books are ARCs, and they’re both signed by the author, they’re fairly collectable. If you’d like to bid on them, the auction is over here.


“French has a knack for motives, always burying them deep within the world she builds.” – Janet Potter, Onion A.V. Club

 

The Leopard rewards you with a finale as unexpected and thought-provoking as any in recent mystery-fiction memory.” — San Francisco Chronicle

 

“This is a thoughtful and at times disarming novel about life, love, and discovery, set during a time when so much of life seems filled with deep portent.” – Chris Schluep

 

“Stephenson’s REAMDE: perfectly executed, mammoth, ambitious technothriller…a triumph, all 980 pages of it.” – Cory Doctorow

 

  • A hardcover copy of The Magician’s Guild. Signed by Trudi Canavan.
“A wonderfully and meticulously detailed world, and an edge-of-the-seat plot, this book is a must for all lovers of good fantasy.” – Jennifer Fallon

 

  • The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the ApocolypseThe Brightnomicon; and The Japanese Devil Fish Girl an Other Unnatural Attractions. All signed by author Robert Rankin.
“It’s easy to see why Rankin has a huge cult following. Drawing on a rich vein of English humour that encompasses Python, Adams and Stanshall, his comedy-fantasies are filled with pop culture references, music hall wordplay and ironic quips galore.”  — BBC FOCUS

 

“Casey handles several plot lines with ease, and she’s come up with an attractive series character in DC Maeve Kerrigan”. – Sunday Times

  • A hardcover copy of  Songs of the Earth. Signed and dated by Elspeth Cooper.

“Songs of the Earth is a fascinating and thoughtful fantasy debut quite unlike many others in the genre and the author has a unique voice that separates her from the competition.” – WALKER OF WORLDS

“Though it’s not the literary SF that has won Silverberg much of his fame, readers who love ancient myths will find much to admire.” – Publishers Weekly

A Matter of Blood is one of the more successful blends of police procedural, horror and fantasy I’ve encountered.” – LOCUS

“Glynn delivers an intricate plot and relentless suspense in this taut, top-notch thriller about the evils that men do.” – Allison Block, Booklist

“[The Istanbul Puzzle is] An impressive debut; well written, beautifully descriptive, and with a smart dialogue and a compelling air of menace throughout.” – The Lancashire Evening Post

“Books to Die For will thrill the individual mystery lover as much as it will prove an essential reference for the shelves of lending libraries. A vast, comprehensive undertaking, it is that rare breed of anthology of interest to both the initiated and the newcomer. Indeed, like the ideal mystery novel itself, this is a page-turner with an addictive quality.” – Irish Examiner

 

This book was mailed around to all of the authors in order for it to be signed.  It has a slight ding in the top of the spine, which is astonishingly little damage considering how often it was handled.

It’s a really unique item, and would make a great Christmas gift for the mystery aficionado in your life. You can check out the auction over here.

“A a slight but enjoyable tale with a light, almost YA feel. Newcomers will get an easy introduction as Arlen, still an apprentice Messenger, takes on his first solo excursion into the demon-haunted night.” – Publisher’s Weekly

This copy of Bryan’s Gold has been signed by Peter V. Brett as well as his cover artist, who, according to an additional the inscription by Brett, “is awesome!”

To bid on the auction, go here.

“[The] character development and Scalzi’s sharp ear for dialogue will draw in new readers, particularly young adults.” – Publishers Weekly

This book is truly beautiful, and the drawing from Vincent Chong on his signature page is amazing.

  •  A hardcover copy of The Prague Cemetery. Signed by Umberto Eco.

“[Eco] demonstrates once again that his is a voice that compels our attention.” – San Francisco Chronicle

  • Auction: A beautiful numbered, slipcased copy of Shades of Grey. Signed by Jasper Fforde.

Okay. First off, I have to stress that this book is NOT 50 Shades of Grey. 

This book is Shades of Grey, by Jasper Fforde. I read it a couple of years back, enjoyed it immensely, and am even now eagerly looking forward to the sequel. If you’d like more details, you can check out my Goodreads review.

Or, here’s a more professional opinion:

“A rich brew of dystopic fantasy and deadpan goofiness” – The Washington Post

They only printed a thousand of these so we’re putting this one up into the auction. To see more pictures or make a bid, you can head over here.

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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 more.

If you’d like to see all the auctions Worldbuilders is currently running, you can find them over here.

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 Pat8 Responses

Hundreds of Gorgeous Books from Subterranean Press

This is a Worldbuilders blog.

Over the years, nobody has supported Worldbuilders as much as Subterranean Press.

Back in my first year, before the fundraiser even had a name, Subterranean called me up and asked if they could send me books.

And they did. They sent hundreds of gorgeous, signed, limited edition books. When that happened, it made me think that maybe I could do this fundraiser as a yearly thing.

What’s my point?

My point is that not only do the the folks at Subterranean Press publish absolutely gorgeous books, but they are profoundly lovely people as well.

This year Sub Press has stepped up again, donating over 300 lovely books, many of them rare, signed, limited edition, or out of print.

“Miéville’s slow-burn narrative is by turns amusing and horrifying, mixing Philip K. Dick-esque satirical banality with a mesmerizing vision of a society on the brink of apocalypse.” – Entertainment Weekly

“The Sagan Diary is a must-have book for just about any serious reader of science fiction and certainly for any serious collector of science fiction. It’s a gorgeous little hardcover with a golden-age worthy cover by no less than Bob Eggleton, and B&W interior B&W illustrations as well.” – The Agony Column

“These stories…chronicle the literary progress of one of the genre’s most remarkable and exciting voices… [They] display a unique, iconoclastic vision that celebrates language as well as story.” – Library Journal

(As an interesting aside, the cover of this book is by Lee Moyer who created our 2012 literary pin-up calendars…)

“Everyone who is fan of science fiction or just good writing needs to have Ellison on their shelf. That being said I can think of no finer example than Deathbird Stories as a best representation. Subterranean Press has put together a book worth owning and Harlan has given us content worth reading.” – SFRevu

“Science fiction Grand Master Silverberg explores the possibilities and pitfalls of time travel in this omnibus of three classic novels. […] These novels showcase not only the astounding challenges of time travel but the growth of a talented writer whose ideas and characters continue to entertain.” – Publishers Weekly

Pat’s note: Barry Hughart’s books are brilliantly good, and this is the nicest compilation of them that I’ve ever seen. I’ve bought more than 12 of them just to give away as gifts to friends and family.

“Reading Hughart’s endearing historical fantasy trilogy… is much like ‘wandering blindfolded through a myth devised by a maniac,’ in the words of Master Li, the greatest and most frequently intoxicated wise man in a colorful seventh century ‘China that never was.’ Their rollicking adventures pit them against everyone from murderers and thieves to emperors and gods. Numerous Chinese legends, filtered through Ox’s simple perspective, blend seamlessly into both lighthearted and heartrending.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“Zafón’s novel is detailed and vivid, and David’s narration is charming and funny, but suspect. Villain or victim, he is the hero of and the guide to this dark labyrinth that, by masterful design, remains thrilling and bewildering.” – Publishers Weeky (Starred Review)

“The Five isn’t just Robert McCammon’s best novel in years; it’s his best novel ever. Terrifying, suspenseful, unputdownable, and full of rock and roll energy. It’s also uplifting, a book you’ll finish feeling better about your world, your friends, and your music. Here’s one you’ll beg friends to read.” – Stephen King

“It is best not to come to Summer Morning, Summer Night expecting miracles. They’re here, of course, but tucked inside small pleasures and gossamer wisps of story, barely noticed until you’ve already read past them. Instead, it’s best read like an afternoon’s conversation over drinks with a long-lost friend, reveling in the individual moments and memories for their own sake.” – Green Man Review

“As intoxicating as Bradbury’s legendary Dandelion Wine, the 27 new and old stories in this potent collection resonate with timeless power. All set in Green Town, Ill., the vintage highlights include ‘Miss Bidwell,’ a sweet romance about a spinster and the delayed homecoming of her first love; the brilliant ‘The Screaming Woman,’ featuring the wide-eyed first person narration of a frantic 10-year-old who discovers a woman’s premature burial; and ‘At Midnight, in the Month of June,’ in which a killer plays a demented game of hide and seek.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Pat’s note: I read this earlier this year and really, really dug it. Very tight and well-written. Gritty without being bleak, and occasionally dark without being depressing. Good stuff.

“Bacigalupi makes a stellar YA debut with this futuristic tale of class imbalance on the Gulf Coast…Bacigalupi’s cast is ethnically and morally diverse, and the book’s message never overshadows the storytelling, action-packed pacing, or intricate world-building.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Remember folks, for every 10 dollars you donate to Heifer International, you get a chance to win these books and hundreds of others like them. Plus there’s the whole helping make the world a better place thing. That’s nice, too.

Don’t forget, Worldbuilders is matching 50% of all donations. So why not head over to the Team Heifer page and chip in. C’mon. All the cool kids are doing it…

Or, if you want to go back to the main page for Worldbuilders, you can click HERE.

Posted in Worldbuilders 2011 | By Pat10 Responses
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