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Queensland Floods – fundraising

I’m currently visiting in Queensland. We’re about 200 km from Toowoomba, where the "inland tsunami" hit with so little warning and with such devastating effect. Condamine, a tiny town which used to (and possibly still does!) put on an excellent rodeo and which has just been evacuated for the second time in 10 days, is 30 km down the road. Chinchilla, where I used to work and live, is almost 50 km east of us, and has gone underwater again as well. And now, after the events in the north held us riveted (I lived in Rockhampton for three years, and at Hervey Bay for a while too), we’re glued to our social media of choice watching Brisbane slowly disappear under water.

We are lucky here. We may be pretty much cut off from almost all directions, but we are relatively dry and certainly safe from floodwaters. But being so closely linked to the horrible events happening across Queensland makes me feel sad and helpless. I was working on After the Rain earlier in the week, which is due out in April this year, and making comments on Twitter about how things were really a bit too close to home. And then the Toowoomba disaster happened, and I couldn’t comprehend the event. That was the catalyst for deciding to do a fundraiser for the Queensland Flood Relief Appeal.

I can’t do much to help, but I can do books, and with the gracious permission of the authors I could contact on such short notice, and a few added bonuses from Brisbane writerly types, I’ve managed to pull together an ebook version (and it will change before the final print copy) of After the Rain. It’s a limited edition, available for donation, all proceeds of which will go directly to the Appeal. More details can be found here <http://fablecroft.com.au/books/after-the-rain/after-the-rain-after-the-floods-limited-ebook-edition&gt;, and I want to again offer my thanks to those who helped get this happening in such a short time frame. I hope people both enjoy the book, and keep supporting the flood victims, in whatever ways they can.

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Aurealis Awards Auction! Ends soon!

 Snurched in full from Chris Barnes!

Hey folks, just a reminder: there’s only a day left to bid on the fantastic collections of books and other items I’m offering on eBay. Get in quick!

See the items here.

Where else can you buy an original print from Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld or a bundle of autographed fantasy, science fiction or horror novels from a huge list of Aussie authors including; Sara Douglass, Ian Irvine, Sean Williams and Shane Dix, Traci Harding, Karen Miller, Stephen Irwin, Nathan Burrage, Richard Harland, Marianne De Pierres, Angela Slatter, Kate Forsyth, Isabel Merlin, Sophie Masson, Jack Dann, Kaaron Warren, Shane Jiraiya Cummings and Kirstyn McDermott?

The autographed books are being auctioned off in five book bundles. For a complete description of the contents of each bundle or to bid on one of these great items, click the link above.

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Aurealis Awards Auction!

* Note, FableCroft contributed to this! Check out the Short Stories lot and the Fantasy Novels for All Ages lot!

From the SpecFaction NSW team:

Thanks to the amazing generosity of many of our local spec fiction community – we’re hosting an Ebay auction of some fine pieces of autographed speculative fiction and a wonderful print from Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan.

The eBay auction kicks off on Tuesday. I’ve attached a copy of the press release we’ll be putting out. If any of you were willing to put this information up on your blogs or facebook pages to help spread the word virally, it would be much appreciated.

Thank you for your support – and happy eBaying!

Susan Wardle (on behalf of)
SpecFaction NSW Inc.

Signed Speculative Fiction on Sale!

Some of the biggest names in Australian speculative fiction have cleared out their cupboards and the contents are being sold on eBay!

Where else can you buy an original print from Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld or a bundle of autographed fantasy, science fiction or horror novels from a huge list of Aussie authors including; Sara Douglass, Ian Irvine, Sean Williams and Shane Dix, Traci Harding, Karen Miller, Stephen Irwin, Nathan Burrage, Richard Harland, Marianne De Pierres, Angela Slatter, Kate Forsyth, Isabel Merlin, Sophie Masson, Jack Dann, Kaaron Warren, Shane Jiraiya Cummings and Kirstyn McDermott?

The autographed books are being auctioned off in five book bundles. For a complete description of the contents of each bundle or to bid on one of these great items refer to the list of eBay item numbers below and make sure you place our bid between 16 and 25 November, 2010.

* Signed short story collections including an unpublished story by Sean Williams: Item Number: 200542551759
* New and signed fantasy novels: Item Number: 200542236233
* New and signed fantasy novels for all ages: Item Number: 200542554272
* New and signed science fiction novels: Item Number: 200542552834
* New and signed dark fantasy, horror, and historical novels: Item Number: 200542556121
* Print from Scott Westerfeld’s novel, Leviathan, signed by the artist: Item Number: 200542561373

The auction is being held by SpecFaction NSW Inc., hosts of the 2010 Aurealis Awards. Funds raised will go towards holding the awards night and helping create a range of NSW based events and activities for readers and writers of speculative fiction. SpecFaction NSW is a not for profit group.

For more information on the 2010 Aurealis Awards go to http://www.aurealisawards.com
 

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MS Read-a-thon

So I was noodling around on the MS Read-a-thon website today, making sure I knew the process for the kiddies, when I noticed that you could sign up as an adult participant. Well, yay! So I signed up. I figured I can justify the massive amounts of reading I’m doing even more if I’m raising money for a good cause!

If you would like to sponsor my reading for the MS Read-a-thon, drop me a comment so I can email you the link – for some reason it doesn’t let me link to the Sponsor Me page!

*goes off to read some more*

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Hope

via angriest ‘s blog:

Hope is a new multi-part fanzine raising money for bushfire relief in the Australian state of Victoria. It is edited by Grant Watson, with contributions donated by writers, artists and fans in Australia and from overseas. It is supported by the Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation (WASFF), and has received assistance from the Film & Television Institute of WA, Supanova and Big Finish Productions.

Issue #1 is now available in a PDF edition in return for donations. How much you donate is up to you – a minimum of AUS$5.00 is reasonable.

If you wish to subscribe to the entire series (potentially it will be five issues long), then a donation of at least AUS$20.00 is recommended.

Hope #1 contains contributions from Mo Ali, Sophie Ambrose, R.J. Astruc, Lyn Battersby, K.K. Bishop, Matthew Chrulew, Stephen Dedman, Mark S. Deniz, d.n.l, Paul Haines, Simon Haynes, Kathleen Jennings, Ju Landeesse, Damian Magee, David A. McIntee, Simon Petrie, Andrew Phillips, Gillian Polack, Robert Shearman and Daniel Smith. The cover is by Rebecca Handcock.

Hope #1 contains 46 pages of fiction, non-fiction, artwork, and even a comic book script excerpt!

You can make a donation to the project via Paypal by clicking here:

 

Once you’ve made a donation, please confirm it by e-mailing Grant at fanboy@gmail.com, and letting him know whether you were after just the one issue or the whole series as it’s released.

If you’re leery of donating directly to Grant, to subsequently donate a huge bunch at once, then e-mail him some kind of receipt or screen capture of your donation to the Australian Red Cross and he will trust you and send out the PDF.

Limited print copies are available, if dead trees are your thing. If it’s a print copy you’re after, let Grant know in your e-mail along with your address. Though obviously PDF is preferred to keep the production and postage costs down but the option is there.

Please promote Hope on your own LJ or blog – the more the info spreads, the more money we may raise for the people of rural Victoria.

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