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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.

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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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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.

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Books from Various Publishers

This is a Worldbuilders blog.

Today we have more books for the lottery. All of these were donated by their respective publishers, proving they are delightful, thoughtful folks, who will be spared when the revolution comes….

First some books from Del Rey and Bantam.

  • One hardcover set of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin: A Game of Thrones, A Storm of Swords, A Clash of Kings, and A Dance with Dragons. A Storm of Swords is signed by the author.

C’mon. It’s George Martin. I really don’t need to tell you why these books are cool, do I?

  • One first edition hardcover copy of In His Majesty’s Service by Naomi Novik . Signed by the author.

Pat’s note: This is actually collection of three different Temeraire novels. It’s like a hat trick of good bookness.

Temeraire is a terrifically entertaining fantasy novel. Is it hard to imagine a cross between Susanna Clarke, of Norrell and Strange fame, and the late Patrick O’Brian? Not if you’ve read this wonderful, arresting novel.” – Stephen King

  • Three hardcover copies of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn.

“This collectible hardcover contains numerous new features, including an introduction and annotations by author Zahn; exclusive commentary from LucasFilm and Del Rey books; and, not least, a new novella featuring Grand Admiral Thrawn himself. One of the most exciting Star Wars epics of all.” – Barnes and Noble

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We have some cool BBC audio productions from AudioGO:

  • Three BBC Box sets: Doctor Who: The BBC Radio Episodes, Classic Radio Sci-F:i The John Wyndham Collection and Classic Radio Sci-Fi: 5 Full Cast Radio Dramatizations.

Pat’s Note: Over the last few years, as I keep getting busier, I listen to more and more audiobooks. Unfortunately, here in the US, radio drama is a largely lost art. But the BBC has a fine tradition of turning out brilliant productions.

Needless to say, I covet these to a ridiculous degree. I was tempted not to put them in the fundraiser at all and just keep them for myself.

Doctor Who: A special slipcase edition containing full-cast BBC radio adventures: “The Paradise of Death,” “The Ghosts of N-Space,” “Exploration Earth – The Time Machine,” and “Slipback.” Also included is the 1975 made-for-LP audio adventure “Doctor Who and the Pescatons” and the 1994 spoof “Whatever Happened To…Susan?”

The John Wyndham Collection includes the acclaimed BBC Radio dramatizations of seven different Wyndham novels. With detailed sleeve notes written by Andrew Pixley recounting the making of the radio adaptations, and Radio Times billings for the original radio broadcasts, this box set is guaranteed to appeal to all fans of radio drama.

The collection of classic dramatizations includes five seminal science fiction classics brought vividly to life with casts including Robert Glenister, William Gaunt, Carleton Hobbs and Gerald Harper. The stories include: Frankenstein, The Time Machine, The Lost World, R.U.R., and Solaris.

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Some lovely books from Tachyon Publications:

  • Five copies of The Bible Repairman by Tim Powers.

Pat’s Note: Tim Powers is one of my favorite authors. He’s a brilliant writer and a hell of a nice guy. Not to mention that he really helped me out when I was a helpless newbie author. He taught me a lot about how the publishing world works, and saved me from making a bunch of terrible mistakes.

If you haven’t read his stuff yet, you’re really missing out.

“One of the most original and innovative writers… the quality of Powers prose never falters… His writing defies characterization and he never repeats himself.” – Washington Post Book World

  • One copy of The Secret History of Fantasy edited by Peter S. Beagle. Signed by Peter S. Beagle and Gregory Maguire.

Pat’s Note: I wasn’t aware of this anthology until it showed up for the fundraiser. Now I’m going to have to go buy a copy. If you embiggen the above photo, you can see the all-star cast of authors in this book.

“…set[s] out to rewrite our concept of fantasy, and with the help of some of the world’s best writers, succeeds admirably.” – The Agony Column

“This entrancing book perfectly captures the subconscious logic of fairy tales—you’ll find yourself believing it all, and wishing you could go to these places yourself, with all their wonders and perils.” – Tim Powers

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Some from Consortium Books

  • Three copies of Taming Fire by Aaron Pogue. Signed by the author.

“Daven Carrickson grew up as a beggar in the filthy alleys beneath the shadows of the palace. He’s the son of a known thief, disgraced and despised. His only real talent is his ability with a sword. Then Daven receives a new future when Master Claighan invites him to study magic at the Academy, offering to make him into a new kind of soldier….”

  • One set of Gods Tomorrow, Expectation and Restraint by Aaron Pogue. Signed by the author.

“We abandoned privacy and turned databases into something like gods. They listened to our prayers. They met our needs and blessed us with new riches. They watched over us, protected us, and punished the wicked among us. We almost made a paradise. But there were those who tried to hide from the databases’ all-seeing eye….” – From back cover

  • One set of Colors of Deception and Shadows After Midnight by Courtney Cantrell. Signed by the author.

Blood in the shower. Worms in the food. And friends who keep too many secrets.” – From back cover

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And last but not least, some novels from Night Shade Books:

  • Five hardcover copies of Agatha H and the Airship City: A Girl Genius Novel by Phil and Kaja Foglio. Signed by the authors.

I’ve talked about my love for Girl Genuis on the blog before. So if you want to see my full gush about the authors, head over there.

Here, let me simply say that this novelization of the comic continues the Foglio’s fine tradition of mad science. Plus there are hunky guys with their shirts off, and zombies, and ladies running about in the scantiest of Victorian underwear (which, admittedly, is more than your average college student wears to class these days.)  Plus there’s more more mad science, and cleverness, and funny, and awesome, and a talking cat.

Seriously. Read Girl Genius.

“A tense adventure fantasy, with magic, intrigue, and engaging characters in a desperate race to cross a deadly mountain range… an exciting original read.” – Martha Wells, Author of The Cloud Roads

“Paolo Bacigalupi is clearly the fifth rider of the Apocalypse-you know, the one who writes science fiction in his spare time.” – Kelly Link, author of Magic for Beginners and Pretty Monsters

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

Even better, if you chip in before January 31st of 2012, Worldbuilders will match 50% of your donation. So you’re making the world a better place by half again as much.

To see the other books we’re giving away, as well as our current auctions, and the items we’re selling in the store, you can head over to our main page HERE.

Posted in Worldbuilders 2011 | By Pat25 Responses

Subterranean Press Prizes

This blog lists generous donations made to the Worldbuilders fundraiser by:


If you want details about the fundraiser itself, you should read the blog HERE.

I’ve known the folks at Subterranean Press for a long while. Bill Schafer contacted me barely two weeks after The Name of the Wind hit the shelves and asked if I’d like to contribute a story to an anthology. It was one of the first clues I had that I might have done something right with my first book.

Subterranean Press publishes gorgeous books. Beautiful paper. Beautiful bindings. Stuff by great authors. Stuff that’s out of print. Stuff by Neil Gaiman, Tim Powers, Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury….

The last time I bought stuff off their website, I looked at my shopping cart and found myself thinking, “Next time I sell them a story, I should just negotiate my contract in store credit and save them the trouble of sending me a check.”

Last year Bill stunned me with his generosity, donating over $8,000 in books to the fundraiser. This year, he stunned me again, donating almost three times as many books. Beautiful hardcovers. Many of them limited editions. Many of them signed.

What’s more, he’s helping Worldbuilders match donations this year. That’s right, Subterranean Press will be providing funds to match 50% of the first 10,000 dollars donated this year.

This has earned him an eternal place in my heart, because it makes it much less likely that I’ll have to sell my house to match the donations this year.

Alright. Enough ebullience. Let’s look at some books.

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I’m a huge Tim Powers fan. Last Call was the book that really convinced me how brilliant he was, and the sequels are just as good.

I have it on good authority that owning these books will give you the strength of ten men, cure any illness afflicting you, and grant you eternal youth.

If you don’t believe me, then how about trusting the Los Angeles Daily News when they say Last Call is “Riveting…lyrical and brutal…a thrilling tale of gambling, fate and fantastic adventure.”




Subterranean Press describes The Terror as “a rigorously researched historical novel and a compelling homage to one of the seminal SF/Horror films of the 1950s. It is popular fiction of the highest order, the kind of intense, wholly absorbing epic only Dan Simmons could have written.”



Joe Hill’s a new writer who already has more than a few accolades to his name, including beating me out for Best Debut Novel in the Locus Awards last year.

I really enjoyed his book Heart Shaped Box, and while I haven’t read Locke and Key, Publisher’s Weekly says that it “…delivers on all counts, boasting a solid story bolstered by exceptional work from Chilean artist Rodriguez.”


Library Journal says the Onion Girl is “set in a modern world that borders on a dimension of myth and legend, de Lint highlights the life of one of his most popular characters. A master storyteller, he blends Celtic, Native American, and other cultures into a seamless mythology that resonates with magic and truth.”

This is a collection of five stories written by King and adapted to film: Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (film version: The Shawshank Redemption), 1408, Children of the Corn, The Mangler and Low Men in Yellow Coats (film version: Hearts in Atlantis). Each story includes an introduction and commentary by King himself.

I’m sure many of you already know about John Scalzi through his blog Whatever. If not, I’d suggest you read this book to get to know him, but you might not have enough light to make out the text where you live, under what is undoubtedly a heavy, heavy rock.

Publisher’s Weekly says: “If J. G. Ballard and H. P. Lovecraft had ever collaborated on a space opera, the results might have been like this: ferociously inventive, painfully vivid, dispassionately bleak and dreadfully memorable.”


Bookslist reports that, “Dahlquist’s sequel to The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters (2007) is dark indeed… fans of Tobsha Learner’s Soul (2008) and Jonathan Barnes’ Somnambulist (2008) will enjoy this surreal Victorian journey into the nightmarish possibilities of mind swapping”


Where Everything Ends
is a collection of three of Ray Bradbury’s classical detective stories: Death is a Lonely Business, A Graveyard for Lunatics, and Let’s All Kill Constance.

On a personal note, I have to tell you that when I read Death is a Lonely Business ten years ago, it rocked my world. I grew up reading Bradbury, and I expect a lot from his work. Even so, it still knocked me over.

I didn’t even know about the third book in this series right now. Is it legal for me to donate money to my own fundraiser with the hopes that I’ll win something? Probably not. I’m kinda dodgy, and I’d probably rig things so I’d win.

Anyway, you don’t have to take my word that this is an awesome book. Green Man Review says that it’s “a trio of fine detective novels (together with the short story that provided the starting point) from Bradbury in his inimitable style. He plays with the conventions, but since he so obviously loves the genre, this is easily forgiven — embraced, even — because the end results are, simply put, fine additions to the canon.”

Remember, every 10 dollars you donate gives you a chance to win these and hundreds of other cool prizes, so head over to my page at Team Heifer and chip in.

Want more details about how it all works? Check out the Worldbuilder’s blog HERE.

Posted in Heifer International, recommendations, Subterranean Press, Worldbuilders 2009 | By Pat15 Responses

Conventions, Forwards, and Jetlag.

So right now I’m in LA. I’m in the eye of the storm, schedule-wise. I was at Worldcon last weekend, and I’ll be at GenCon in a couple of days. Right now I’m helping out a little bit with the Writers of the Future workshop.

And when I say, “a bit” I mean just that. The workshop is run by Tim Powers, who (whom?) I’ve mentioned before on the blog, albeit briefly. He’s one of my favorite authors. And not only does he have an amazing grip on the craft of writing, but he’s a great teacher to boot. That means, for the most part, I feel my best contribution to the workshop is to nod and occasionally chime in with an emphatic “hell yes.”

Worldcon was cool. I sat on some panels talked about writing, and generally avoided making too much of an ass of myself. That’s about as much as I can hope for, overally.

I got about 30 people for my reading, which was nice. I read some poetry, a couple humor columns, including one of my old favorites about guinea pigs, and a tiny piece of book two. Not even hardly a taste, just a tease.

I also had my first experience of randomly seeing someone reading my book in public. Unfortunately, it was at a convention, so it only counts for half points, but it was still pretty cool.

I think I freaked out the woman who was reading it though. I walked up to her and said, “That’s my book!” She looked up at me with mingled surprise and horror. Understandable really, that’s how I’d feel if I looked up and saw some freakish hobo-muppet crossbreed grinning down at me.

Next weekend I’ll be at Gencon, doing all manner of panels, readings, and signings. I’ll also be making appearance at the local library, accompanied by the awesome costumers who won the photo contest. A good time will be had by all.

And in related news, I’ve written my first-ever introduction. It’s for the new Order of the Stick collection.

Gech. Stupid hotel computer. I can’t make it display the cover of the book. You’ll just have to follow the link, I guess.

If the comic sounds familiar, it should. Rich Burlew was the cartoonist who did the lovely tribute to Gary Gygax that I linked to a while back.

It was fun writing the forward for the book, as I really love the comic. Plus Rich drew a comic version of me which is pretty dead on. If you’re interested, the book will be available for sale at Gencon, and can be ordered off Rich’s website.

That’s all for now folks,

Pat

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What Should I do #2 – Something Positive.

Today was a glorious day, my friends. A day I have long dreamed of. A day that was foretold in the.. um… earliness. Of the world. Forsooth.

Today is the day I received my first royalty check.

Now I hope this doesn’t make me seem shallow, but the honest truth is that I’ve been more excited about this check arriving than I was to see the first copy of the book. Not that I wasn’t all tingly over the book, mind you. But things have been pretty tight lately around the house of Pat. Ramen has been on the menu again.

What’s more, my personal gaelets, Visa and Mastercard, had stopped sending letters and decided instead that it would be better to hire burly men to stand across the street from my house, clutching broken pool cues and giving me meaningful looks.

But now I am safe from them. For a while at least.

For this week’s What-Should-I-Do Tuesday, let me (hopefully) introduce you to a few new people.

First is an author I expect many of you already know, especially if you make a point of reading high-quality fantasy: Tim Powers.

While all of his books are good, my personal favorites are Last Call and Declare. Though a friend of mine swears that an earlier work of his, Anubis Gates, is the best thing ever.

The second author is someone much newer to the scene: Brandon Sanderson.

I read his book Mistborn recently when I was on a trip, and I enjoyed it so much that I went out and bought the sequel, The Well of Ascension, in hardcover at full price. Twenty seven bucks that I could not really afford, despite the fact that credit card thugs were standing across the street from my house. But it was money well spent.

And lastly, a webcomic that I’m fond of: Something Positive.

Dark, sarcastic, cynical humor at its finest. Not for the easily offended or the faint of heart. But in addition to the humor that’s scattered throughout his comic, I have to say that Randy Milholland really knows how to tell a good story, parts of his comic are really poignant, heart touching, and true.

And, in the interest of full disclosure, a while back he was nice enough to mention me in some fairly good company.

Lastly and leastly, today (the 10th) is the last day you can vote for Name of the Wind for to win “Book of the Year” in the Quill awards. If you’re interested, you should HEAD OVER HERE and click on “Vote Now!” link.

And I’m off to bed,

pat

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