Stardust: The Rare Gaiman That Patrick Rothfuss Can't Give Away

Stardust: The Rare Gaiman That Patrick Rothfuss Can't Give Away

People love this signed, numbered limited edition of Neil Gaiman's Stardust so much, they want it to buy more goats.

For the last few years fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss, he of Kingkiller Chronicle fame, has been organizing a Worldbuilders charity auction to benefit Heifer International, a nonprofit that sends goats and other animals to communities that need them. One of the items Rothfuss has been able to put up in the raffle each year is a rare, limited edition of Neil Gaiman's Stardust, and he's been able to do that each year since 2009, because nobody who wins wants to keep it. It's now back in the charity lottery, for the fifth time running.

The first time it came up, in 2009, the winner decided to give it back to Worldbuilders, so it could raise more cash. In 2010 it sold on eBay for $2,500, and when Rothfuss contacted the buyer to arrange shipping, the auction winner said Stardust should go back into the mix again, to raise even more money. Then 2011 rolled around, and winner Maayan, conscious that this was becoming a thing, said sure, put Stardust back. It's meant to raise more cash for goats. Then Maayan won a second time, in 2012.

"When Pat called me this year to say that I had won again, I'm pretty sure my first words were, 'No, I did not!'" said the incredibly lucky winner. "Surprised doesn't begin to describe it." This time she took possession just long enough to touch it, before sending it back to Rothfuss for yet another go at raising cash for heifers.

So now it's up for the Worldbuilders lottery yet again, and if you want to take a shot at the legend - or just donate some cash - head over here and put some money on the line. It'll run until February 1st. Remember, it's a numbered, limited edition of Stardust in its own slipcase, signed by Neil Gaiman himself. It could be yours, at least for a few moments before conscience gets the better of you, and you hand it back. After all, goats don't buy themselves.

Source: Patrick Rothfuss

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Problem is this article has given the game away, i can seriously see some Trolls entering the contest now just so they can win and post a Youtube video of themselves burning the book...

If someone eventually decides to hang onto it, I wonder if they'll end up feeling bad for claiming a prize they won in a charity raffle.

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EDIT: I find my sentiment contrasts amusingly with the cynicism of the previous comment.

While the sentiment is admirable, wouldn't you want to keep hold of it at least for a while before auctioning it off again? Seems a bit pointless otherwise! Just donate the money if you're not bothered by the item itself.

Next winner is!!! Trollers Trolling McTrollshard the third of Trolleria! Congratulations! Now what are you going to do with your prize? Are you going to continue the tradition? Wait why are you walking towards that shredder? What are you planning to do with thaOHMYGAWD!!!!

Flatfrog:
While the sentiment is admirable, wouldn't you want to keep hold of it at least for a while before auctioning it off again? Seems a bit pointless otherwise! Just donate the money if you're not bothered by the item itself.

Or sell the thing in another auction yourself.

Quellist:
Problem is this article has given the game away, i can seriously see some Trolls entering the contest now just so they can win and post a Youtube video of themselves burning the book...

1337mokro:
Next winner is!!! Trollers Trolling McTrollshard the third of Trolleria! Congratulations! Now what are you going to do with your prize? Are you going to continue the tradition? Wait why are you walking towards that shredder? What are you planning to do with thaOHMYGAWD!!!!

I am just the sort of jackhole who'd be laughing my ass off at this...

Dear Mr. Rothfuss.

STOP SCREWING AROUND WITH GOATS AND WRITE THE DAMN BOOK.
Sincerely, everybody.

It's not that I am super impatient or anything, I just definitely want to read it before I die of old age. Or Rothfuss dies.

Hawkeye21:
Dear Mr. Rothfuss.

STOP SCREWING AROUND WITH GOATS AND WRITE THE DAMN BOOK.
Sincerely, everybody.

It's not that I am super impatient or anything, I just definitely want to read it before I die of old age. Or Rothfuss dies.

This. I have suspicions about certain characters in his series, and goddamnit, I need to have them vindicated or disproven! D: it's absolute hell waiting for the next book, I must have reread the first two at least a dozen times.

 

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