Editor, author, and artist Terri Windling, who runs Green Man Studios and has edited numerous anthologies, many in collaboration with Ellen Datlow, is undergoing a major financial crisis brought on by health and legal issues. To help Windling out, several of her friends, including Datlow, Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Brian Froud, and more, are auctioning off goods and services.
Con or Bust has begun to collect items for its auction to raise funds to assist fans of color to attend Wiscon. Last year, the initiative helped thirteen people attend the convention using the $6,183.89 they raised. This year, with the auction running from February 21 through March 6. Anyone who wishes to donate items for the auction can post to Con or Bust’s Livejournal page. Con or Bust is also considered starting a similar drive to help fans of color attend Arisia.
Peter F. Hamilton, David Mitchell and 15 other authors are auctioning off tuckerizations while James Sallis and four other authors are auctioning off a writing feedback session as a fundraiser for Autistica, the charity that funds research into early diagnosis, more effective treatments and the causes of autism – a condition which affects one in a hundred children. The auctions run on E-bay through November 21.
Following his heart attack while on a book tour in March, author Aaron Allston had racked up major health bills. The Fandom Association of Central Texas has created The Aaron Allston Donation Fund and Auction, a 501(c)(3) organization to collect money to help pay off Allston’s bills. They are also coordinating an auction, to take place on July 19, to raise funds.
Ralph Chicorel will be auctioning off 110 comics from his collection, begun when he was a child. Most of the comics were originally purchased by Chicorel for a dime. Chicorel read them once and kept them in good condition. The collection, which includes issues of Batman #1, Marvel Comics #1, Bulletman #1,and Marvel Mystery Comics #9, is expected to sell for more than half a million dollars. Previously, Chicorel sold off 900 comics when the comic collecting boom was just beginning.
Author Brenda Novak has announced her Fifth Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research, set to begin on May 1 and run through the end of the month. Lots are being donated by authors and publishers with the funds going to support diabetes research. Having raised $252,300 in 2008, Novak is hoping to break $300,000 in May 2009. In addition, the individual who places the most bids (whether winning or not) will receive an HP touch screen computer valued at $1300.
The Semi-Annual Auction of Astronaut Experiences and Memorabilia is in progress until April 18. The auction, sponsored by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, offers chances to dine with astronauts such as John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, and Tom Stafford, play golf with Jim McDivitt, or snorkeling with Al Worden, among others.