WORLDBUILDERS INC – SWFA 2022 Silent Auction
Auction Ends: May 16, 2022 03:00 PM EDT


Wooden train autographed by 23 authors (including Neil Gaiman and Connie Willis)

Item Number
Estimated Value
$300 USD
$225 USD to ssfd504a2

The winning bid will go to FrontStream Global Fund (tax ID 26-3265577), a 501c3 nonprofit organization, which will send the donation to WORLDBUILDERS INC (tax ID 900618018) on behalf of the winner.

Number of Bids
21  -  Bid History

Item Description

A one-of-a-kind collectible!

In the mid-90s, author Steven Piziks found himself at an mass autograph session with his friends Sarah Zettel and Connie Willis. Because the con was local and everyone knew Sarah and Steven, no one wanted their autographs while the line for Connie went out the door. Steven had just bought a wooden train in the dealers room and out of boredom, he and Sarah said, "We're not signing books, but we could sign the train." So they did. And then Connie said, "I'll sign it," and she did. And it became a thing. 

Steven took the autograph train to various cons around the country and collected autographs, until he stopped going to cons in the early 2000s. The train has autographs from:

  1. Neil Gaiman (including a Sandman doodle)
  2. Connie Willis
  3. Melinda Snodgrass
  4. Peter Straub
  5. Tess Gerritsen
  6. Eileen Gunn
  7. Nancy Jane More
  8. Melissa Scott
  9. Hall Clement
  10. Anne Bishop
  11. Tobias Buckell
  12. David B. Coe
  13. Janni Lee Simner
  14. Holly Black
  15. Ellen Klages
  16. SM Stirling
  17. Jan Stirling
  18. Sarah Hoyt
  19. David Drake
  20. Gardner Dozois
  21. Robert Kowall
  22. Sarah Zettel
  23. Steven Piziks

Thank you to Steven Piziks for donating this unique piece of genre history.

Item Special Note

SFWA does not specify or verify the physical condition of any items in this auction, aside from the description and photos provided. In addition, the winning bidder will also be responsible for shipping costs. Fulfillment will be provided by Worldbuilders, and standard shipping costs will be calculated at the end of the auction when the winning bids have been determined.