WesterCon 57


Charity Auction

We will be hosting two separate Charity Auctions.  One will be our traditional Charity Auction which will feature books, art, posters, toys and other Science Fiction and Fantasy memorabilia donated by local businesses, dealers at the convention and artists from the Art Show.  The other will be a special auction of books.  Only First Editions  or  an Advance Reading Copy that has been autographed by the author  will be presented.  All books that are presented as a First Edition are done so at the best judgement of our Charity Auction Director.  No guarantee is made by either Catherine Book or ConKopelli-Westercon.  If you have any questions, please ask via e-mail or inspect the book prior to auction.

The charities that will benefit are Reading is FUNdamental (RIF) and two of the Challenger Space Centers. Reading is FUNdamental (RIF) develops and delivers children’s and family literacy programs that help prepare young children for reading and motivate school-age children to read.  By the end of this year, RIF will have provided new, free books and other essential literacy resources to more than 5 million children and their families.

The other two beneficiaries are The Challenger Space Center of Arizona located in Phoenix and the Challenger Center for Space Science Education located in the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson.  The Challenger Space Centers are international, not-for-profit organizations founded by the families of the seven Challenger astronauts who perished in 1986. Originally designed to offer educational programs to school children and teachers, the centers are now open to the public with a variety of programs including space missions, stargazing family programs and planetarium programs.  A complete calendar of scheduled events is available on their websites. www.azchallenger.org and www.pimaair.org

* The following generous vendors have donated items to our Charity Auctions:

Special Charity Book Auction, Saturday 6pm

The list of First Edition autographed books to be at auction.

  • Hidden Empire by Kevin J. Anderson
  • Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear
  • Great Sky River by Gregory Benford
  • The Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks, the 25th Anniversary Edition
  • Komarr, a Miles Vorkosigan adventure by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Alvin Journeyman by Orson Scott Card
  • The Messiah Choice by Jack L. Chalker (also signed by artist David Mattingly)
  • Tripoint by C.J.Cherryh
  • Drum Into Silence by Jo Clayton & Kevin Andrew Murphy (autographed by Murphy)
  • Knight Life by Peter David
  • The Onion Girl by Charles deLint
  • For More Than Glory by William Dietz, Advance Reading Copy
  • The Dragon Lord by David Drake
  • Earth: Final Conflict, Heritage by Doranna Durgin
  • Slippage by Harlan Ellison
  • Gould's Book of Fish, a novel in 12 fish by Richard Flanagan
  • Into The Out Of by Alan Dean Foster, Advance Reading Copy
  • Stardust  by Neil Gaiman
  • Mother Winter by Barbara Hambly
  • Mad Ship by Robin Hobb
  • Smoking Mirror Blues by Ernest Hogan
  • Enemies by Lee Hogan, Advance Reading Copy
  • A Cavern of Black Ice by J.V. Jones
  • Darkspell by Katharine Kerr
  • Briar King by Greg Keyes
  • Take a Thief by Mercedes Lackey
  • The Telling by Ursula LeGuin
  • Dreamspy by Jacqueline Lichtenberg
  • A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
  • The Many-Colored Land by Julian May
  • Superluminal by Vonda McIntyre - 2 book lot   (one is #285 of 300 limited prints in slipcase & other is a copy of a First Edition, signed,  as a reading copy)
  • The Dragonstone by Dennis McKiernan
  • Gloriana, or The Unfulfilled Queen by Michael Moorcock, a UK edition
  • The Charm by Adam Niswander
  • Destiny's Road by Larry Niven
  • Saturn's Race by Larry Niven and Stephen Barnes  (autographed by both)
  • Legacy of Heorot by Larry Niven, Stephen Barnes, and Jerry Pournelle  (3 autographs)
  • Footfall by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (signed by both)
  • Gates to Witchworld by Andre Norton
  • Law & Chaos by Wendy Pini  (a limited, numbered graphic exploration of Elric of Melnibone - you have to see this one!)
  • Declare by Tim Powers   (limited edition, publisher's copy)
  • The Truth by Terry Pratchett
  • Wayfinder's Story, the7th Book of Lost Swords by Fred Saberhagen
  • The Dragon King by R.A. Salvatore
  • I, Jedi by Michael Stackpole
  • Alamut by Judith Tarr
  • Household Gods by Harry Turtledove and Judith Tarr  (autographed by both)
  • Sentry Peak by Harry Turtledove
  • A Deepness In The Sky by Vernor Vinge
  • War of Honor by David Weber (autographed by both author and artist, David Mattingly)
  • Passage  and  Miracle and Other Christmas Stories by Connie Willis (two book lot)
  • Writ in Blood by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
  • Specter of the Past by Timothy Zahn



    Westercon Charity Auction, Sunday 2pm

    A complete set of Harry Potter t-shirts, released for the first movie. One each of  Hogwarts (olive), Gryffindor (red), Hufflepuff (gray), Ravenclaw (blue), and Syltherin (green).  They will be auctioned separately.

    A 1982 Boris Vallejo Fantasy Calendar in mint condition

    CD of Douglas Adams "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" Live In Concert from August 1995, new and sealed

    Various bits of movie memorabilia including t-shirts, hats, buttons, posters and odd items such as letter openers, frisbees, and rubber balls.

    Various theatre trailers, 35mm

    "The Distant Suns" by Michael Moorcock and Philip James.  An illustrated pulp book, 1975, UK, signed by Michael Moorcock.

    Numerous signed photos of popular movie and TV stars including:

    Discworld Roleplaying Game (from Steve Jackson Games) by Terry Pratchett & Phil Masters, autographed by Terry Pratchett & Steve Jackson, hardcover book

    Space Science Items Donated by Dr. David A. Williams, Arizona State University

    1) Full color poster of the MER Spirit landing site in Gusev crater, Mars.  2 feet tall by 16 feet wide, autographed by ASU Mars science team. Minimum bid: $30.

    2) Galileo End of Mission set, including black T-shirt (Adult XL), press kit (autographed by 5 members of the ASU Galileo science team), pin, and launch button.

    3) Press kit for MER Opportunity Landing event at ASU on January 24 2004, including invitation, copy of special ASU Mars issue of National Geographic, MER poster, and various other Mars educational items.

    4) Mars Express HRSC framed montage, containing first color press release image from January 2004, ESA mission patch, and HRSC sticker. Autographed caption on back by ASU Mars Express team.  Also included is the April 2004 issue of Astronomy & Geophysics (journal of the Royal Astronomical Society), with article on Mars Express HRSC camera (autographed by author and team member Ernst Hauber). Minimum bid: $75.

    5) Galileo framed montage, containing Galileo mission sticker, STS-34 mission patch, and cloth swatch bearing flags of all nations that participated in the Galileo mission.  The swatch was carried into space by the Space Shuttle Atlantis during the Galileo launch on October 18-23, 1989. Minimum bid: $150.  See Image below.

    This list is subject to change and no guarantee is made that all items on this list will be at the auction.

    If you have any questions about either of the auctions or if you'd like to know how you can donate something, please contact our Charity Auction Director, Catherine Book.

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