One of the things that is wonderful about fandom is the way people reach out to help total strangers. Today and tomorrow, you have a chance to help, too.
debsliverlovers is a fandom auction to benefit Deb Mensinger and her wife, Laurie J. Marks (author of the Elemental Logic series, the Children of the Triad series, The Watcher’s Mask, and Dancing Jack, and guest of honor at WisCon 31). Bidding begins on Saturday, May 1, 2010, at 12:01 am Eastern Daylight Savings Time, and closes on Sunday, May 23, 2010, 11:59 pm Eastern DST. Bidding is currently OPEN!
What’s the cause?
This auction is to raise money for the medical and incidental expenses related to Deb Mensinger’s liver transplant. Deb and Laurie will have a number of expenses that are not covered by insurance, including the costs related to getting the potential live donor to Massachusetts for testing and, if all goes well, the surgery.
Deb has been disabled for several years by a genetic form of porphyria. Over time, porphyria destroys the liver, and Deb has now reached a point where she requires a liver transplant to survive.
We all know how difficult it is to get an organ transplant, and how long the lists are. However, there is a spot of hope in this: Deb's brother is willing to be a live donor. If he passes all the tests, genetic and otherwise, the hope is that the two of them would go into surgery simultaneously, and surgeons would remove a lobe of his liver and transplant it to Deb. In 6-8 weeks, both livers would regenerate into full, functioning livers, and Deb will never have porphyria again.
Once upon a time, someone starting a new publishing house would either have a personal fortune or would seek large private investors. Crowdsourced fundraising allows the masses to chip in for projects they believe in.
Tu Publishing is one that I’m excited about. Tu Publishing is a small, independent multicultural SFF press for children and YA and they are raising money for startup costs right now. I’ve had the opportunity to correspond with Stacy Whitman in my role as SFWA secretary and she’s sharp, knows the industry and is passionate about YA and SF.
The catch is that the fundraiser only has four more days to go and they only have 40% of their total.
Fantasy and science fiction, mystery and historical fiction–these genres draw in readers like no other. Yet it is in these genres that readers of color might feel most like an outsider, given that such a large percentage features white characters (when they feature human characters). It is the goal of Tu Publishing to publish genre books for children and young adults that fill this gap in the market–and more importantly, this gap in serving our readers. By focusing on multicultural settings and characters in fantastic stories, we also open up worlds to all readers.
Now, given my history with fundraisers, I want to let you know that Kickstarter rocks. It’s a very solid platform. I’ve talked to the developers and experimented with donations on the site. It’s beautifully done.
To raise money for the KGB Fantastic Fiction reading series, we’re holding a raffle. The prizes are unbelievable. Original art from Thomas Canty, Neil Gaiman’s keyboard (autographed), short story critiques by Ellen Datlow, Gardner Dozois… The list goes on and on. Seriously, one of the items is your own wormhole.
Between July 14th and July 28th, you can buy raffle tickets for only a dollar each. 1 buck. That’s nothing. And you can buy as many as you want.
At midnight (EST) on July 28th, we’ll randomly select the raffle winners. Prizes will be mailed to the lucky winners. (See a more detailed explanation in Raffle Rules).
Just to whet your appetite, here’s a partial list of prizes (a full list is available at the website)
Â· Story in a bottle by Michael Swanwick
Â· Tuckerization (your name in a story) by Lucius Shepard
Â· Tuckerization by Elizabeth Hand
Â· Tuckerization by Jeffrey Ford
Â· Pen & Ink drawing of an animal-your choice- by Gahan Wilson
Â· Original art for a George R. R. Martin novel by Tom Canty
Â· John Picacio signed print of art for Michael Moorcock novel
Â· Naomi Novik signed TEMERAIRE first edition
Â· Your very own wormhole from physicist Michio Kaku
Â· Peter Straub excerpt of a short story, “Mallon the Guru,” deleted from novel-in-progress, THE SKYLARK
Â· Holly Black signed advance copy of GOOD NEIGHBORS
Â· Original art by Terri Windling
Â· Carol Emshwiller signed manuscript of THE ABOMINABLE CHILDâ€™S TALE
Â· Complete set of back issues and lifetime subscription to PARADOX MAGAZINE
Â· Critique of a short story by Ellen Datlow
Â· Critique of a short story by Gardner Dozois
Â· Critique of a short story by Nancy Kress
Â· Two year subscription to SYBILâ€™S GARAGE MAGAZINE
Â· Ray Bradbury limited edition worth $900
Â· And dozens more prizes on the website…
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