The Ultimate Redshirt Is Getting A Whole Book In Which He Dies. A Lot.

Some fictional characters have all the luck, and others... well, they just can't catch a break. For years, authors of various Baen Books titles have worked in an in-joke, involving a minor character named Joe Buckley who always dies in the most horrible fashion. And now, he's finally getting the spotlight. » 11/13/14 8:10am 11/13/14 8:10am

Get some awesome swag and help send fans of color to scifi conventions

Science fiction and fantasy conventions are amazing places, where people settle debates in real time, play games, dress up and geek out about books, TV and movies. The one thing that makes cons even more awesome is when there's diversity among the attendees. And you can help with that! » 2/04/14 8:40am 2/04/14 8:40am

Sequence an award-winning science fiction writer's genome, while Neil…

Author Jay Lake, the winner the Campbell Award and numerous other honors, is undergoing his fourth round of chemotherapy right now — and you can help him fight his cancer. Some of your favorite science fiction and fantasy authors have donated "acts of whimsy," to raise money to sequence Jay Lake's genome and possibly… » 1/10/13 12:24pm 1/10/13 12:24pm

Share Doctor Who memories... and give to alzheimer's research

This is a really neat idea. The book Behind the Sofa collects celebrities' memories of the Doctor Who moments that scared them most. And it's raising money for Alzheimers Research UK. The 100 celebrities who've contributed include: » 12/18/12 12:12pm 12/18/12 12:12pm

Thoughtful Charity Gifts for People Who Love Science and Science Fiction

Sometimes the best gift isn't something you give to your loved ones — it's what you give to a good cause, in your loved one's name. Here are a few ideas for places you can donate money this year to help make the world a better place for science, science fiction, and rational thought. » 12/11/12 4:56pm 12/11/12 4:56pm

Giving Away Toys Can Get You Toys, Thanks to Geeks for Tots

They say the Holidays are all about friends and family, but that's a hard thing to remember if you're a kid with nothing to open on Christmas morning. Toys matter, which is why donating to Toys for Tots to help families in need give their kids presents is such a great thing to do (especially now, after Hurrican… » 12/07/12 12:15pm 12/07/12 12:15pm

Help this teacher expose her kids to some great young-adult science…

Here's your worthy cause for the day. A junior high school teacher has put up a request for some funding to get her classroom new copies of Scott Westerfeld's classic young-adult dystopian novel Uglies — and all you have to do is go over to and vote for this project to be funded by the charities that support… » 9/13/12 7:30am 9/13/12 7:30am

Buy some John Scalzi books, support breast cancer screenings!

John Scalzi is the master of making us offers we can't refuse. And this time, he's letting you take money from his pocket and put it into the hands of Planned Parenthood. Recently, the Susan G. Komen Foundation bowed to pro-life bullying and withdrew support for Planned Parenthood's breast-cancer screenings. So for… » 2/01/12 11:57am 2/01/12 11:57am

A Tentacle Porn Anthology to Raise Money to Save the World's Oceans

Yes, you read that right. Someone is putting out an anthology of tentacle porn (in written form, not comics), and all proceeds will go to benefit Oceana, a charity that works to protect the world's oceans. All of a sudden, hentai seems oddly... noble. The book is called Coming Together, Arm in Arm in Arm. » 1/27/12 5:00pm 1/27/12 5:00pm

Own a Piece of Magic, and Help Author/Editor Terri Windling

Terri Windling has given a lot of happiness to fantasy readers, with novels like The Wood Wife and collections like the Bordertown series. Now here's your chance to come to her rescue — Windling is facing health and legal issues that have caused her a lot of financial distress — and some of our greatest authors and… » 12/01/11 11:27am 12/01/11 11:27am

Feed Cthulhu by Feeding the Hungry at Thanksgiving

H.P. Lovecraft died at age 46, partly due to poverty and malnutrition. So Ross E. Lockhart, editor of The Book of Cthulhu, is encouraging you to donate to local food banks and food charities this Thanksgiving holiday. If you tweet that you've fed Cthulhu, including the amount you donated and the name of the food… » 11/23/11 3:39pm 11/23/11 3:39pm

Own a gorgeous signed print of Doctor Who's tin dog, and raise money…

We've marveled at the brilliant Doctor Who concept art by artist Peter McKinistry. And now, here's your chance to own an ultra-rare print of McKinstry's illustration of the Doctor's best friend K-9, signed by McKinstry and the voice of K9, John Leeson! (Click the above image to make it giant, or right-click and select… » 9/29/11 11:30am 9/29/11 11:30am

Help make science fiction and fantasy conventions more awesome, by…

Here's a rare chance to help a few important voices in the global science fiction conversation — and help make conventions more interesting at the same time. The World SF Travel Fund aims to "enable one international person involved in science fiction, fantasy or horror to travel to a major genre event." The first… » 8/01/11 4:30pm 8/01/11 4:30pm

Two New Laws of Robotics: Achieve maximum cuteness, and support worthy…

This cute little art robot could be the best friend you ever have — and by purchasing it, you could be helping kids to learn creative writing. » 7/20/11 12:30pm 7/20/11 12:30pm

Come watch Serenity and Dr. Horrible with Joss Whedon in person!

Joss Whedon is busy filming The Avengers, but he's going to take an evening out of his busy schedule to help avenge women and girls who face discrimination and violence. (Well, maybe not quite "avenge." Possibly "support" might be better.) » 5/09/11 4:25pm 5/09/11 4:25pm

William Gibson contributes to a new anthology for Japan earthquake…

You can read a new piece by William Gibson and help donate to the Red Cross efforts in Japan at the same time, thanks to a new anthology that just went on sale at Amazon. » 4/13/11 8:30am 4/13/11 8:30am

Celebrate the work of Octavia Butler — and win an e-reader packed with…

Want to help make the future of science fiction more diverse — and possibly win an e-book reader full of amazing writing by writers of color? Enter the Carl Brandon Society's drawing to support the Octavia Butler Memorial Scholarship fund. » 11/08/10 11:40am 11/08/10 11:40am

Touch a piece of science fiction history — and help keep live SF…

The Fantastic Fiction series at New York's KGB Bar has featured everyone from China Mieville to Joyce Carol Oates, and brought SF to countless hard-drinking literati. Now you can support it and own some amazing science fiction memorabilia! » 10/12/10 12:20pm 10/12/10 12:20pm

Plunging towards a fiery death: Own this gorgeous Doctor Who art print!

The spaceship Pentallion races towards the sun, in this gorgeous painting of a scene from the Doctor Who episode "42." A signed print of this artwork is up for auction, with the benefits going to young heart-transplant patients. » 9/15/10 1:00pm 9/15/10 1:00pm

Own a piece of uniquely weird art — and help a child in South Africa

Lauren Beukes' novel Zoo City is about criminals from all over the world who are bonded with their own weird animal familiars. And some amazing artists have created these unique animal-familiar-themed figurines, to raise money for South African children. » 8/06/10 1:23pm 8/06/10 1:23pm