Fall 2005 Donor Prizes

Strange Horizons thanks all of our generous contributors for providing these prizes! Prize winners will be selected by our own special Sorting Hat from all donors after the Fund Drive ends.

"Intelligent Design" (c) Ellen Klages 2005 (8 x 10 photo, framed)

Ellen Klages writes: "I think of my photos as three-dimensional fiction. The characters are "lead civilians" from the 1920-40s; I usually travel with a few of them in my pocket, and pose them in odd and interesting places. This one was taken in rural France, a juxtapositon of a tiny blacksmith and a hedgehog skull." (Donated by Ellen Klages)

A one year's subscription to Asimov's.
(Donated by Sheila Williams, Editor of Asimov's.)

Meet Me In the Moon Room
Ray Vukcevich's collection of short fiction appeared on the Locus Recommended Reading list in 2001 and was nominated for the Phillip K. Dick award. Vukcevich is a master of the surreal and absurd, and his collection is a joy to read. His story "Glinky" was in the Hartwell/Cramer Year's Best SF 10, and is on the prelim Neb ballot. (Donated by Ray Vukcevich.)

All-in-one Small Beer Press super pack

A Small Beer t-shirt (large, only size available), a deck of MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS poker cards, and a "chocolate" (ie each issue of the zine comes with a chocolate bar) subscription to the best zine named after the mother of a former British Prime Minister, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet. (Donated by Small Beer Press)

"Tales of the Chinese Zodiac" printed story, by Jenn Reese
Choose one of the 12 short tales that comprise the series, and you'll receive a typeset version of the story with accompanying illustration, suitable for framing. (Donated by Jenn Reese)

A complete signed set of the Jenny Casey trilogy, by Elizabeth Bear
Hammered, Scardown and Worldwired, signed by the Campbell-award-winning author. (Donated by Elizabeth Bear)

A writer's package
The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed, by Karen Elizabeth Gordon, and The Unstrung Harp, by Edward Gorey. One helps you be a better novelist, one follows the misadventures of an unfortunate novelist. (Donated by Elizabeth Bear)

Limited Edition "Sea Teller" print
Susan Urbanek Linville is offering a matted 11" x 14" hand-colored limited edition print of her pen & ink drawing entitled "Sea Teller" (a fortune-telling dolphin). View the image. (Donated by Susan Urbanek Linville.)

Mothers and Other Monsters, Maureen McHugh

Maureen F. McHugh's genre-expanding short fiction has won the Hugo and Locus Awards and has frequently been included in Best of the Year anthologies. Since 1988 she has attracted a broad readership in publications such as Asimov's, Scifiction, Starlight, The Year's Best Science Fiction, and The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. Now, in her luminous, long-awaited debut collection, award-winning novelist Maureen F. McHugh wryly and delicately examines the impacts of social and technological shifts on families. Using beautiful, deceptively simple prose, she illuminates the relationship between parents and children and the expected and unexpected chasms that open between generations. McHugh's characters -- her Alzheimers-afflicted parents or her smart and rebellious teenagers -- are always recognizable: stubborn, human, and heartbreakingly real.
(Donated by Small Beer Press)

Extremes 4: Darkest Africa
This limited-edition CD-ROM features 20 works of original fiction. Illustrated by GAK, Lone Wolf Publications 2002. Signed by contributors, #94/321. (Donated by Marge Simon)

Building Harlequin's Moon
Hardbound copy of Building Harlequin's Moon, the sweeping science fiction tale by New York Times bestselling author Larry Niven and relative newcomer Brenda Cooper. Brenda has had short fiction in Strange Horizons, Analog, Oceans of the Mind, and multiple anthologies. Larry, of course, has published fiction almost everywhere. Building Harlequin's Moon will be out in hardcover in June from Tor books. (Donated by Brenda Cooper.)

Travel Light, by Naomi Mitchison

Features a new Introduction.
The second novel in our Peapod Classics reprint line is the tale of a marvelous story that will transport you into Halla's world where a basilisk might be met in the desert, heroes are taken to Valhalla by Valkyries, and a fortune might be made with a word to the right horse. This short and fabulous book transports the reader from a cave in the forest to a dragon's lair to the wonders of early Constantinople. It's dense and light, happy and sad, amazing, and short enough that once it's read all at once you'll have time to read it again.
"A 78-year-old friend staying at my house picked up Travel Light, and a few hours later she said, 'Oh, I wish I'd known there were books like this when I was younger!' So, read it now -- think of all those wasted years!"-- Ursula K. Le Guin, Gifts
(Donated by Small Beer Press)

Sick Humor Postcards—A Twisted Look at Life with Disability
A 12-pack contains humorist and disability rights activist Sharon Wachsler's most popular cartoons, including "Clip 'n Copy" "("handy responses for all those 'helpful' suggestions")", "If Hollywood Did Disability . . . ," and "Late Night with MCS/CFIDS" (where the cat contemplates existential questions about being neutered). Some cards may be sold out and can be substituted by the winner. (Donated by Sharon Wachsler.)

The Glaze from Breaking
The dreadlocks of polar bears; the atomized droplets of an underground waterfall; oranges as an offering to the dead; a purple hippopotamus wading pool in a strip club; hoarfrost and aurora borealis and bail bondsmen and roadkill: Joanne Merriam's inaugural collection of poetry catalogues morsels of experience. The Glaze from Breaking overflows with lovely, vivid poems about the aftermath of a breakup, and the redemptive power of travel, nature, and love. (Donated by Joanne Merriam.)

Blues for Port City
David Lunde's chapbook of SF poetry. (Donated by David Lunde.)

Wild Things, by Charles Coleman Finlay

"Finlay shows himself to be a versatile writer of imaginative fiction in his first story collection...these 14 tales display an insightful knowledge of human nature." - Publishers' Weekly

"An absorbing, often-surprising collection." - Booklist
(Donated by Charles Coleman Finlay)

Writers of the Future 21
Writers of the Future is a yearly short fiction contest for beginning speculative fiction writers, judged by major writers in the field. The contest is now in its 22nd year. Many successful spec-fic writers had a WotF win early in their careers, including Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Karen Joy Fowler, Robert Reed, Stephen M. Baxter, K.D. Wentworth, Bruce Holland Rogers, Sean Williams, Jay Lake, and others. John Schoffstall was the WotF Grand Prize winner in the 2004 contest, and his story, "In the Flue," is science fiction set in a still war-torn Middle East in the near future. (Donated by John Schoffstall.)

Carmen Dog, by Carol Emshwiller

The debut title in our Peapod Classics reprint line is "A rollicking outre satire.... full of comic leaps and absurdist genius." (Bitch Magazine)
In this dangerous and sharp-eyed look at men, women, and the world we live in, everything is changing: women are turning into animals, and animals are turning into women. Pooch, a golden setter, is turning into a beautiful woman -- although she still has some of her canine traits: she just can't shuck that loyalty thing -- and her former owner has turned into a snapping turtle. When the turtle tries to take a bite of her own baby, Pooch snatches the baby and runs. Meanwhile, there's a dangerous wolverine on the loose, men are desperately trying to figure out what's going on, and Pooch discovers what she really wants: to sing Carmen.
Carmen Dog is the funny feminist classic that inspired writers Pat Murphy and Karen Joy Fowler to create the James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award. We are very pleased to publish it as the debut title in our new Peapod Press reprint line.
(Donated by Small Beer Press)

Papercraft copy of The Poltergeist of Polaris, by Elizabeth Barrette
Computer-printed on archival-quality art paper with embellishments, assembled by hand, suitable for framing or displaying in a scrapbook. Winner's choice of 8 1/2" x 11" or 12" square format, with or without author's autograph. This poem, a bittersweet science fiction ghost story, first appeared in The Pedestal; it has since been nominated for the 2005 Rhysling Award (long poem category).
Elizabeth Barrette writes speculative poetry and fiction, among other things. Her poetry has appeared in over 200 markets including StarLine, Mytholog, and The Magazine of Speculative Poetry. In 2003 she won the Poet Laureate competition in Sol Magazine. She enjoys scrapbooking for fun, and often shares her poetry this way with family and friends. (Donated by Elizabeth Barrette.)

One-year membership to the Online Writing Workshop
(Donated by the Workshop)

Two-year subscription to Dreams and Nightmares
Dreams and Nightmares is one of the oldest extant magazines of science fiction and fantasy poetry. The 20th anniversary issue will be published in January 2006, and this two-year subscription will begin with that issue. Numerous poems published in Dreams and Nightmares have been nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association's annual Rhysling award; a couple have won. The magazine itself made the preliminary ballot for the Stoker Award of the Horror Writers Association in the alternate forms category in 2004. DN is published three times a year; a two-year subscription includes six issues. (Donated by David Kopaska-Merkel.)

Raven's Runes
Raven's Runes: Equations in Time by Karen A. Romanko contains 21 sf/f/h poems on the themes of time, history and myth. 7ARS and Sandy DeLuca have contributed 11 striking illustrations, which interpret and extend the meaning of the poems. In a Star*Line review, Shannon Riley described Raven's Runes as "a brilliant work, succeeding on all levels." You can read more about Raven's Runes here. (Donated by Karen A. Romanko.)

Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers' Workshop, Kate Wilhelm

For 27 years, Kate Wilhelm and her husband, Damon Knight, taught at the Clarion Writers' Workshop, an intensive and ambitious six-week writing program for novice writers, known to participants as "boot camp for writers."
Part memoir and part writing manual, Storyteller is Wilhelm's affectionate account of the history of the program and her years there with Damon as mentors and instructors.
She relates how Clarion began, explains why workshop participants fear red pencils* and rejoice at the sight of water guns, what she learned, and how she passed a love of the written word on to generations of writers. Storyteller is a gift to all writers from this generous and acclaimed teacher. It includes a special section of writing exercises and advice.
* See page 121 for the origin of "The Red Line of Death."
(Donated by Small Beer Press)

Ball cap and mug from USS BOXER
(Donated by Dawn Paris).

"Well Read By Moonlight"

Archival print of this watercolor.
(Donated by Kat Beyer.)

Rocket Science
Rocket Science, the critically-acclaimed first novel from Campbell Award winner Jay Lake, will be personalized by him for the selecting donor. Booklist called it "a real tour-de-force by a top-flight talent", while Locus said "an auspicious debut, paying tribute to SF's golden age without mawkish sentimentality, action-packed without being shallow."

Matted prints by M.C.A. Hogarth
When she's not writing, M.C.A. Hogarth is painting... and her Jokka are some of her more exotic subjects. She's offered two pieces as matted prints for the SH Fund Drive, both inspired by the prize-winning Strange Horizons story "Unspeakable": "Edlona," the original commissioned illustration for the story, is matted at 9x12 in violet-blue and remarqued with gold and silver pinprick stars, and features Ekkuli the mysterious clay-keeper; and "Elithik," companion-piece, matted at 9x12 in clay rose marble, portrays Tañel, the narrator of the story and the daylight to Ekkuli's dark. Both prints are signed, and are no longer readily available. Snag one today as your reward! Your choice of: Elithik or Edlona.

Mockingbird, by Sean Stewart

Elena Beauchamp used magic the way other people used credit cards, and now that she's dead, her daughters Toni and Candy have a debt to pay. Set in modern-day Houston, Texas, this is a funny and moving novel of voodoo, pregnancy, and family ties. While Toni sorts out the mess that Elena left behind, she must also come to terms with her childhood and with the supernatural and dangerous gift that she has inherited from her mother.
* With a new Afterword by the author.
* A New York Times Notable Book
* World Fantasy and Nebula Award Finalist
"Witty, wicked, and wise. Wonderful!"-- Karen Joy Fowler, The Jane Austen Book Club
"A wonderfully vivid and unexpected blend of magic realism and finely-observed contemporary experience."-- William Gibson, Pattern Recognition
(Donated by Small Beer Press)

Melusine, by Sarah Monette
Signed hardback of MELUSINE, a dark fantasy about a wizard who's no longer a wizard and an assassin who's no longer an assassin. Starred reviews from PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY and BOOKLIST. (Donated by Sarah Monette.)

Embracing Darkness, by Margaret Carter
Linnet can't get the police to listen to her theory about the murder of her niece and her niece's lover. When Max, the young man's older brother, shows up with the same theory, Linnet joins forces with him to track down the strange woman responsible for the killings. Little does Linnet suspect that both Max and their quarry are vampires. A story of love across species boundaries. (Donated by Margaret Carter.)

One-year subscription to Mythic Delirium
Mythic Delirium is a biannual journal that publishes science fiction, fantasy, horror, surreal and cross-genre poetry. They are interested in work that demonstrates ambition, that casts new light on genre tropes, that introduces readers to the legends of other cultures, that re-evaluates the myths of old from a modern perspective, that twists reality in unexpected ways. In the past two years, 16 of their poems have received Honorable Mentions from the editors of The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and one has won a Rhysling Award. (Donated by Mike Allen).

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