Thursday, November 20, 2008
Still more prizes.

Hello everybody. No clever preamble today. I'm too busy keeping up with my own writing while dealing with the donations that have been coming in.

If you don't know what we're talking about, you can get the details HERE.

And now, more donations to the lottery:

  • The entire Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, in hardcover. Signed and personalized to you by the author.

I've already recommended Brandon's series in a previous blog, so I won't repeat myself. Why should I bother when there are about a thousand blurbs out there praising the books.

This one from the Romantic times says it well: "Transcendent... all the familiar ideas and plots from epic fantasy have been turned inside out, and what happens at the end is utterly astounding in its audacity. The characterization is stellar, the worldbuilding solid and the plot intricate and compelling."

What's more, Brandon has offered to personalize the books to the winner.

Ed Greenwood, creator of The Forgotten Realms, says: "I loved it! Many writers have explored hard-hitting and brutal possible futures for Earth, and told colorful tales of people trying to stay alive in them, but few have brought such imagined futures as vividly to life as Don Bingle. Highly recommended!"

  • An Advance Reading Copy of Greensword by Donald J. Bingle. Signed by the author.

Ooooh.... another advance reading copy. Your chance to check out this book before it's available to the common masses.

Robert Sawyer has this to say: "Science fiction has always been a great vehicle for biting satire and social commentary -- from H.G. Wells' The Time Machine right on up to Donald Bingle's engrossing GREENSWORD. Bingle is a terrific writer."

  • A copy of Fellowship Fantastic. Signed by Donald J. Bingle.

A collection of 13 new stories including Donald J. Bingle's The Quest. Signed by the author. Lovingly caressed by a thousand virgins. It still has that new car smell. How could you not it?

  • The first three books of the Ravrin series: WebMage, CodeSpell, and CyberMancy by Kelly McCullough. Signed by the author.

According to the starred review in Publisher's Weekly: "McCullough handles his plot with unfailing invention, orchestrating a mixture of humor, philosophy and programming insights that give new meaning to terms as commonplace as 'spell checker' and esoteric as 'programming in hex.'"

  • Plague Year and Plague War, the first two books of Jeff Carlson's Plague trilogy. Signed by the author.

Jeff Carlson was nice enough to donate *two* sets of these. Isn't he a nice guy? I think he's a nice guy.

E. E. Knight describes these books as, "Part Michael Crichton, part George Romero... full of high-altitude chills."

  • A copy of Writers of the Future Volume 23, including Jeff Carlson's story The Frozen Sky. Donated and signed by Jeff Carlson.

The Writers of the Future anthology is where I got my start, long ago. It publishes stories by new writers getting ready to burst onto the scene. Jeff Carlson sends along two copies of Volume 23 which contains his story, "The Frozen Sky."

According to Locus Magazine, "Jeff Carlson’s “The Frozen Sky” is a tense adventure story set on Europa, where explorers encounter intelligent beings who seem to have no way to respond to strangers but by attacking them."

  • A copy of Writers of the Future Volume 18, including an early version of Pat Rothfuss's story "The Road to Levenshir." Signed by the author.

Jeff's donation made me realize that I actually had a copy of my volume of Writers of the Future still lurking around the house. It's volume 18, which means, among other things, that I'm getting old.

This was my first publication, and it kicked off the chain of events that eventually led to me getting my book published. The story in here is an early version of "The Road to Levenshir." A much earlier, rougher version of the story that was later published in the Subterranean Press Tales of Dark fantasy earlier this year.

  • Jennifer Stevenson's entire new trilogy: The Brass Bed, The Velvet Chair, and The Bearskin Rug, all signed by the author.

Vicki Lewis Thompson, says these books are, "more fun than pillow fighting naked." And Phil and Kaja Foglio say, "Once you get into The Brass Bed, you won't ever want to get out." And if you can't trust Phil & Kaja Foglio to know sexy, then who can you trust?

If you want to know how to win this cool stuff, you can get all the details over HERE.

Or, if you want, here's the short version:

1) You donate to Heifer international on THIS PAGE.
2) I match your donation, dollar-for-dollar.
3) For every ten bucks you kick in, your name is entered into a drawing for these and many more fabulous prizes.

So far, we've raised over 17,000 dollars in under two weeks. Because apparently fantasy authors and fans are the best people around. That's my working theory, anyway.

Click Here to Donate

Stay tuned, more on the way...


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Blogger Captain Joe said...

A thousand virgins, you say?


November 21, 2008 2:53 AM  
Anonymous Priest said...

Hi Pat,

Can you tell me when The Wise Man's Fear is due to be released? I'm really interested in reading the second book.



November 21, 2008 7:22 AM  
Blogger buzz said...

I am truly impressed with not only the amount of donations given in so short a time, but also with the generosity of the other authors who are, in their own way, contributing to the cause. Contributing, in the sense that all of these GOODIES are making more people selflessly support a fine charity. Selfless, er ... maybe they just want cool stuff. Well, ok, but it's for a good cause in the end. :)

November 21, 2008 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sorry to say Priest but there is no release date as of yet.

Pat is still revising it.


November 21, 2008 8:29 AM  
Blogger E.E. Knight said...


Great cause. As a graduate of Wisconsin via birth canal, I have an affinity for animal husbandry.

I kicked in a little cash (I'm the guy from Oak Park, IL), and I'll offer up the first four volumes in my Age of Fire series to aid the effort (signed and personalized, of course).

I snapped a quick pick, you can find it at:

Great of you to do this, and let's hope it turns into an even more amazing success than it alreay is.


November 21, 2008 9:26 AM  
Blogger Snall Trippin said...

The forth age of fire book is out? How was I unaware of this? Bah.

November 21, 2008 12:07 PM  
Blogger E.E. Knight said...

Glad you were looking forward to it Snall. Technically it's not supposed to be out until December 2, but it's starting to pop up on shelves already.

November 21, 2008 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK I'm in!!
As soon as my pocket money gets in I'll donate. This is just to good to be true!!!

November 21, 2008 2:01 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

Hi Pat -

Hey - dumb question (cause I'm full of them)...... if you're at 83% of your goal (YAY!) why is the little red part of your thermometer so low? Shouldn't it be much higher up the bulb?? Just checking.... CONGRATULATIONS on the money raised!!

November 21, 2008 2:17 PM  
Blogger *lynne* said...

okay so it's the opportunistic greedy streak in me that went "OMG OMG OMG Brandon Sanderson's trilogy, *signed*, up for grabs??" that pushed me beyond my usual inertia & apathy ... well done! :D

November 21, 2008 4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Pat,

My company does gift matching. This will sound really greedy, but I'd like to double my chances of winning. Can I get credit for the company match?


November 21, 2008 11:39 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

If the money is donated onto my page, I'll match it. Right now that's my only criterion because it's the only way I have of tracking donations. If you donate somewhere else and then someone else matches it, that's great. But I can't actually see it happening, so I can't enter you into the lottery.

November 22, 2008 10:00 AM  
Anonymous LiquoriceOfDeath said...

L.Ron Hubbard?! Ugh... :(
Scientology doesn't have a good reputation here in Germany...

But I have to admit you're doing a great job collecting money to help others *thumbs up* :)

I'll have to wait till Christmas to get my hands on your book, but I'm reading your blog regularly.

Best wishes to you!

November 23, 2008 7:14 AM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

here's ten bucks for your cause Pat! Even though I'm a broke college kid, I managed to check enough couches for quarters and dimes to help!

November 24, 2008 9:04 AM  

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