MSS for Sale, or Rent

UPDATE AGAIN: We have listed the remaining items (so far unearthed, I guess there could be more but I’m pretty sure I don’t have ’em.) which are four Vlad novel MSS.    I think Athyra is the pick of the litter, here, but they all look pretty good to me.  At any rate, information is now being deciminated from a new page on this site.    Please check there for current information.

This page is left as a reminder of our ways, long ago.

Last updated noon US/Central Friday Morning, August 29th, 2014.

Item Via Sale Price Time of Bid Auction Ends COUNTDOWN
MS, Paths of the Dead email $287.00 8/29/2014 8:55:00 8/30/2014 1:55:00 13:58:34
MS, Lord of Castle Black email $300.00 8/29/2014 11:26:00 8/30/2014 4:26:00 16:29:34
Gaimen, Punch (2 drafts) email $300.00 8/29/2014 7:45:00 8/30/2014 0:45:00 12:48:34
Hobb, Assassin’s Apprentice, Signed MS email $128.00 8/29/2014 11:50:00 8/30/2014 4:50:00 16:53:34

I am getting to have quite a number of manuscripts to sell for Steven Brust. The majority of the profits of these auction sales will go directly to him. With respect to any given item I am offering, we have not made any effort to digitize or photograph and will commit to do or not do this per the wishes of whomever buyer.

Here are the items with which we are parting soonest:

  1. Two Paarfi (read: Steven Brust) Manuscripts including The Paths of the Dead with handwritten notes from at least two sets of eyeballs, one of which is Steve.
  2. Robin Hobb‘s first novel, signed. (ZOMG.  I didn’t even consider keeping this. This is really why I’m selling stuff right away. Just found this. Feel a little guilt.)
  3. Two drafts of a novella by Neil Gaiman. (I’m pretty sure this is the foreword from Roger Zelazny, sitting here also. If the buyer doesn’t mind me taking a scan, I will. Not hand-signed that I recall.)


In the case of things handed to -rather than written by- him, all arrangements have been made by Steven in advance so please do not ask to me reach out directly to people for signatures or certificates of authenticity or anything like that.


Nope.  Probably not.  Oh, fine, I guess if you need photos or video of me lovingly caressing these objects you can let me know all about your fantasies.

To Purchase

Email will work best for you.  Send me want you want to pay, with the subject line Auction Bid and the item you wish to bid on.

Twitter:  dm me (or shout out to get me to follow, and then <–) with your bid @mplsCorwin, or @dragaera (which I co-run with Dad and the others who do with him.)

Facebook:  Join the Steven Brust Fan Club group (I can’t make it allow others to approve you, so you pretty much have to wait for me.)

G+: yup, I’m there.  There’s a group called Dragaera.  Anyway, share your plan with me.  Any visibility you like is just fine so long as +Corwin Brust (mplsCorwin) can find it.

Sales are final after 17 hrs.  Okay, I know, but it’s about the right amount of time for a uniformly spherical someone to work, sleep, notice and reply back to me while checking personal emails.

You have 17 hrs to make payment arrangements   At least. I mean, I’ll work with you.  If there has been a hot auction I’d move as fast as I could.

All items start at $100

You must beat the existing bid by $20.

Shipping Is My Problem(tm) – if you live far away from the middle of the North American continent, and you are planning to buy both Paarfi novels… be kind.

And A Few More Notes

If I get seriously flooded, you will have to watch twitter #SKZB_AUCTION if you hope to keep up minute by minute.

I’ll reply if you are winning (and also if you are beaten but maybe not as quick), and begin updating others who may be concerned via email, blogs and whatever other social media I am currently plugged into.

If you know Steven and find it easier to comment on his blog, email him, etc, as long as you actually confirm that you have successfully communicated with him, that is fine and well.  That will get to me and things will happen.

Why Are You Doing It This Way

At the risk of starting the very meta discussion I hope to stifle, this is about putting money into Steven (and my) pockets because these things are just sitting in boxes about our homes.

With these factors combined, this approach provides for either the least amount to happen (without my actually shouting into a dark room), or alternately for me to personally arrange for as much as possible of the money trading hands to go to my father.

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4 thoughts on “MSS for Sale, or Rent”

  1. I’m not in a financial position to bid at this time, but I would very much like to see video of you (or your dad, or Jen, I’m not picky) lovingly caressing these objects.

    Good luck with the auction.

  2. “I’m pretty sure this is the forward from Roger Zelazny, sitting here also.”
    Pretty confusing. What did Zelazny forward, or somebody forward that was from Zelazny? I’m pretty sure that’s supposed to be “foreword” sitting in the exact middle (by word count) of that sentence.

    Respectfully submitted,
    Dr. Whom: Consulting Linguist, Grammarian, Orthoëpist, and Philological Busybody

  3. @Mechaninja: I assure you I have lovingly caressed each of the manuscripts. We failed to take video, sadly, and now I’m stuck six states away from them.

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