2007 Donor Prizes

Strange Horizons thanks all of our generous contributors for providing these prizes! Don't forget to check back throughout the month as new prizes are added. Prize winners will be selected by our own special Sorting Hat from all donors after the Fund Drive ends.

Tea Party Monster

This teacup monster decorated the promotional flyers for the Strange Horizons tea party at WisCon 31. One lucky fund drive donor will be able to own the original artwork, drawn by Nebula-nominated author Greg van Eekhout. The smudge on the left tentacle is unfortunate, we agree, but it was honestly come by, as the teacup monster enjoyed some cookies at the party. (Donated by Greg van Eekhout)

When We Were Six

This chapbook collects six stories (including a previously-unpublished dark fairytale, "When We Were Twelve") by Heather Shaw, whose writing has appeared in venues such as The Year's Best Fantasy, Escape Pod, and Strange Horizons. Signed by the author. (Donated by Heather Shaw)

Hart & Boot & Other Stories

Hart & Boot & Other Stories is the second collection from Hugo-nominated author Tim Pratt. The thirteen stories in this volume showcase Pratt's talent for illuminating the strange world that lurks around the corner of everyday life. Signed by the author. (Donated by Tim Pratt)

Generation Loss, by Elizabeth Hand

Cass Neary made her name in the 1970s as a photographer embedded in the burgeoning punk movement in New York City. Her pictures of the musicians and hangers on, the infamous, the damned, and the dead, got her into art galleries and a book deal. But thirty years later she is adrift, on her way down, and almost out. Then an old acquaintance sends her on a mercy gig to interview a famously reclusive photographer who lives on an island in Maine. When she arrives Downeast, Cass stumbles across a decades-old mystery that is still claiming victims, and into one final shot at redemption. (Donated by Small Beer Press)

Sparks and Shadows

This debut collection of seventeen short stories, seven poems and four humor essays from Lucy A. Snyder will appeal to any reader of the dark fantastic. By turns touching, chilling, surreal, wryly satiric, seductive, macabre and laugh-out-loud funny, this book will take you from adventures in the farthest reaches of outer space to the darkest shadows beneath the surface of modern America. The introduction was written by World Fantasy Award-winning author Nalo Hopkinson; this limited-edition trade paperback is signed by Hopkinson and Snyder. (Donated by Lucy A. Snyder)

Interfictions: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing, Delia Sherman and Theodora Goss, Editors

Interfictions is the first book from the Interstitial Arts Foundation. Nineteen writers dig into the imaginative spaces between conventional genres and bring up gems of new fiction. The cover features a photo of 3D art by Connie Toebe. (Donated by Small Beer Press)

The Darkest Thirst

A trade paperback anthology of original vampire stories, from horrific to romantic and everything in between, including "Mercy", by Margaret L. Carter. Explore love among the monsters! Vampires, werewolves, dragons, and more at www.margaretlcarter.com. (Donated by Margaret L. Carter)

Asimov's Science Fiction

A one-year subscription to Asimov's Science Fiction. Currently celebrating its thirtieth anniversary, Asimov's Science Fiction has for years been recognized as a source for quality science fiction and fantasy. (Donated by Sheila Williams)

Michael Swanwick Manuscript

Signed manuscript copy of Michael Swanwick's story "The Raggle Taggle Gypsy-O", which originally appeared in the collection Tales of Old Earth. (Donated by Jason Erik Lundberg)

Racing the Dark

Alaya Dawn Johnson's Racing the Dark is set in a land of volcanoes and earthquakes, plagues and typhoons, of island nations bound by fear of the spirits they imprisoned to control their volatile environment. Lana, a teenaged girl on a nameless backwater island, finds an ominous blood-red jewel that marks her as someone with power, setting in motion events that drive her away from her family and into an apprenticeship with a mysterious one-armed witch. This prize will not ship until early October. (Donated by Alaya Dawn Johnson)


The new edition of Eurayle, a fantasy of ancient Rome by Tiptree and Mythopoeic Fantasy nominee Kara Dalkey. Veiled against the world and served only by the blind and short-sighted, Euryale comes to Republican Rome seeking the answer to the riddle: "What can turn stone into living flesh?" (Cover by hot new fantasy artist Timothy Lantz.) (Donated by Juno Books)

Sarah Canary Tour T-Shirt

Originally designed in 1991 to celebrate Karen Joy Fowler's book tour for Sarah Canary, this silkscreened t-shirt announces, rock-concert style, the Sarah Canary World Tour. (Donated by Ted Chiang)

A 4-issue subscription to LCRW

Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet is a zine that comes out twice a year from Small Beer Press. It's coming on ten years old and it still has those cute little black and white covers which just manage to hold in almost enough fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Also can be gotten with chocolate, but, sadly, not here. (Donated by Small Beer Press)

Endless Things, by John Crowley

This is the fourth novel -- and much-anticipated conclusion -- of John Crowley's astonishing and lauded Aegypt sequence: a dense, lyrical meditation on history, alchemy, and memory. Spanning three centuries, and weaving together the stories of Renaissance magician John Dee, philosopher Giordano Bruno, and present-day itinerant historian and writer Pierce Moffett, the Aegypt sequence is as richly significant as Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet or Anthony Powell.s Dance to the Music of Time. Crowley, a master prose stylist, explores transformations physical, magical, alchemical, and personal in this epic, distinctly American novel where the past, present, and future reflect each other. (Donated by Small Beer Press)

The Best of LCRW, edited by Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant

The Best of LCRW (so far, as we like to say) contains all the known stories in the universe. If your universe is very small and you only read one zine, selectively, over a period of 10 years. There are famous and infamous writers, brilliant stories, and, and, and.... You know. You read the short fiction stuff, it's a whole book of that with some groovy side additions and a cover by Pop Art Maestro Jacob McMurray. (Donated by Small Beer Press)

Water Logic, by Laurie J. Marks

Amid assassinations, rebellions, and the pyres of too many dead, a new government forms in the land of Shaftal -- a government of soldiers and farmers, scholars and elemental talents, all weary of war and longing for peace. But some cannot forget their losses, and some cannot imagine a place for themselves in an enemy land. Before memory, before recorded history, something happened that now must be remembered. Zanja na'Tarwein, the crosser of boundaries, born in fire and wedded to earth, has fallen under the ice. Now, by water logic, the logic of patterns repeated, of laughter and music, the lost must be found -- or the found may forever be lost. (Donated by Small Beer Press)

Weird Tales

A six-issue subscription to WEIRD TALES. Freshly reinvigorated for the 21st century, the world's oldest fantasy magazine is now the world's newest fantasy magazine! Join new fiction editor Ann VanderMeer for a lineup of stories that will sneak up behind you, tap you on the shoulder, whisper in your ear, slap you across the face, and leave you with a strange new passion for the unique and unknown. (Donated by Weird Tales)

Raindogs and Dustpuppets

The original painting for "Raindogs and Dustpuppets" which appeared this year in Strange Horizons. It's watercolor and oil pencil, approx. 5" x 7" plus 1 1/4 inch borders. Unmatted. (Donated by Marge Simon)

Crystal Rain

The much-anticipated debut novel by Tobias S. Buckell, now available in paperback. Long ago, so the stories say, the old-fathers came to Nanagada through a worm's hole in the sky. Looking for a new world to call their own, they brought with them a rich blend of cultures, religions, and dialects from a far-off planet called Earth. Now, the fearsome Azteca storm over the Wicked High Mountains in search of fresh blood and hearts to feed their cruel, inhuman gods, and Nanagada's only hope lies in a mythical artifact hidden somewhere in the frozen north. (Donated by Tor Books)

The Execution Channel

In Ken MacLeod's novel, it's after 9/11. After the bombing. After the Iraq war. After 7/7. After the Iran war. After the nukes. After the flu. After the Straits. After Rosyth. James Travis is a British patriot and a French spy. On the day the Big One hits, Travis and his daughter must strive to make sense of the nuclear bombing of Scotland and the political repercussions of a series of terrorist attacks. With the information war in full swing, the only truth they have is what they're able to see with their own eyes. They know that everything else is--or may be--a lie. (Donated by Tor Books)


R. Garcia y Robertson's Firebird tells the story of a young orphan girl named Aria, living in the fantastic land of Markovy east of Europe, in the Iron Wood filled with werewolves and other unpleasant creatures, in the house of the dreaded Bone Witch. Her life is changed forever when a foreign knight, Sir Roye de Roye, enters the forest pursued by enemies, carrying with him the most precious artifact of the kingdom, the egg of the Firebird. (Donated by Tor Books)

In War Times

Kathleen Ann Goonan's novel follows Sam Dance, a young enlisted soldier in 1941 whose life is changed when his brother dies at Pearl Harbor. Sam begins to show that he has a knack for science and engineering, and he is plucked from the daily grunt work of twenty-mile marches by his superiors to study subjects like code breaking, electronics, and physics in particular, a science that is growing more important to the war effort. While studying, Sam is seduced by a mysterious female physicist that is teaching one of his courses, and given her plans for a device that will end the war, perhaps even end the human predilection for war forever. But the device does something less, and more, than that. (Donated by Tor Books)


Jay Lake's Mainspring is the story of a young clockmaker's apprentice, who is visited by the Archangel Gabriel. He is told that he must take the Key Perilous and rewind the Mainspring of the Earth. It is running down, and disaster to the planet will ensue if it's not rewound. From innocence and ignorance to power and self-knowledge, the young man will make the long and perilous journey to the South Polar Axis, to fulfill the commandment of his God. (Donated by Tor Books) (Also available: a signed copy of Mainspring, donated by Jay Lake)


The three basic human needs are food, water... and shelter. But in the late 21st century, compassion is a crime. You can get your memories wiped just for trying to help. Meredith Preston has reason to seek shelter. She needs protection from the monsters in her mind, in her history, in her family. And the great storms of a changing climate have made literal shelter imperative. In the world of Susan Palwick's Shelter, perception is about to meet reality, and reality has mud all over it. The truth won't make you happy, but it may just make you whole. (Donated by Tor Books)


Jilly Coppercorn and Geordie Riddell. Since Charles De Lint wrote about them in the first Newford story, "Timeskip," back in 1989, their friends and readers alike have been waiting for them to realize what everybody else already knows: that they belong together. But they've been more clueless about how they feel for each other than the characters in When Harry Met Sally. Now in Widdershins, a stand-alone novel of fairy courts set in shopping malls and the Bohemian street scene of Newford's Crowsea area, Jilly and Geordie's story is finally being told. (Donated by Tor Books)


An epic yet personal look at several decades of life, love, and death in the imaginary city of Ambergris--previously chronicled in Jeff VanderMeer's acclaimed City of Saints & Madmen--Shriek: An Afterword relates the scandalous, heartbreaking, and horrifying secret history of two squabbling siblings and their confidantes, protectors, and enemies. (Donated by Tor Books)

Dragonfly painting

An original watercolor by Kat Beyer. (Donated by Kat Beyer.)

Prime Books Package

A short-fiction doubleheader! First: FANTASY, an original anthology featuring authors from Fantasy Magazine, including Sarah Monette, Holly Phillips, Ekaterina Sedia, Lisa Mantchev, and more. Signed by coeditor Sean Wallace! Plus: PHANTOM, a one-shot horror magazine produced in limited edition for the 2006 World Fantasy Convention -- edited by Nick Mamatas, featuring stories by Laird Barron, Sarah Langan, and more. (Donated by Prime Books)

The Island of Varos

The original painting that served as the illustration for "The Island of Varos" by Severna Park, published in Strange Horizons in 2003. €Janet's illustration was the winner of our 2003 Reader's Choice Awards, in the "Favorite Illustrations" category. More information about Janet's art can be seen on her website, www.deadfaeries.com. (Donated by Janet Chui)

"Hasp Deadbolt, Private Eye"

Nursery rhyme criminals beware: Hasp Deadbolt is back in town! The intrepid Deadbolt, whose previous exploits involved chinaware abduction, bunny love, and rodent mutilation, now turns his finely honed detective skills to more mundane nursery rhyme offenses, such as theft, obesity, and sheep abuse. Chill as the cagy sleuth learns the shocking truth about Miss Peep! Thrill as he searches for Mrs. Green's pussy! Gasp as he discovers just what those sheep were doing in the alley! "Hasp Deadbolt, Private Eye" comprises five tales of nursery rhyme noir by David C. Kopaska-Merkel. (Donated by David C. Kopaska-Merkel)

Twenty Epics

The twenty original stories in this anthology work together towards one goal: to prove that epic stories don't need to be of epic length. A Locus recommended book for 2006, Twenty Epics not only provides a series of epic-feeling works of fiction, it comes complete with a world map and an index. Signed by the editors. (Donated by Susan Marie Groppi and David Moles)

Circles in the Hair

An SF, Fantasy, Horror anthology featuring the work of Linda Addison, winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Consumed Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes; Gerard Houarner, author of Road to Hell; Gordon Linzner, editor of Space and Time Magazine; plus many more. Intro by Nancy Kress, Afterward by Terry Bission; five of the stories were awarded honorable mention in this Ellen Datlow.s Years Best Fantasy and Horror: Nineteenth Collection. Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Terry Bisson says, "Enjoy this gourmet sampling of the boldest and most accomplished of today's new voices in Fantasy, SF and Horror. Circles in the Hair a delight to read." (Donated by F L Justice)

Blood Engines, by T.A. Pratt

Meet Marla Mason: a small-time protector of the sorceror city of Felport, Marla has a few advantages over her rivals. She's street-smart, she's ruthless, and she's got a magical weapon that can kick your ass. In Blood Engines, the first book in the exciting new series from T.A. Pratt, Marla's facing a powerful enemy who's out to get her, no matter the cost. Her fight for survival sends her to San Francisco, in pursuit of a mysterious artifact called the Cornerstone. (Advance reader copy, donated by Random House)

Keri Arthur book set

Advance reader copies of Kissing Sin, Dangerous Games, and Full Moon Rising three entries in Keri Arthur's series of fast-pased supernatural thrillers featuring Riley Jensen, a werewolf-vampire hybrid hunting the forces of darkness. (Donated by Random House)

Till Human Voices Wake Us, by Mark Budz

What if your world were rapidly running out of tomorrows? And what if the only way to save the future was to relive the past? But which past holds the key to survival? That's the life-and-death question faced by three desperate people separated by the past, present, and future, but who share a single terrifying reality. In Mark Budz's spellbinding narrative, their lives -- and deaths -- are drawn together by a force even more powerful than destiny. (Advance reader copies, donated by Random House)

Elizabeth Bear book set

Two new novels by Campbell Award winner (and frequent Strange Horizons contributor) Elizabeth Bear. Undertow tells the story of Andre Deschenes, a trained conjuror and hired assassin in the frontier city of Novo Haven. In Carnival, a pair of retired spies (and former lovers) are reunited for a diplomatic mission with a hidden agenda, but they discover forces beyond their expectations. (Advance reader copies, donated by Random House)

Tony Ballantyne book set

In these three books (Recursion, Capacity, and Divergence), Tony Ballantyne describes a possible future where artificial intelligences have taken over and humans must struggle to survive. (Donated by Random House)

Christopher Golden book set

Christopher Golden is known for his dark fantasy and horror, and this prize set lets you sample his best. In The Boys are Back in Town, tabloid reporter Will James goes home for a high school reunion only to discover that the dead may be walking; in The Borderkind (available here in an advance reader copy), a New England lawyer is thrown into the middle of an ancient conflict with creatures who live at the borders of this reality. (Donated by Random House)

Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories

In this critically-acclaimed anthology, edited by John Klima, some of the best and brightest voices in contemporary science fiction present short stories inspired by the words that win spelling bees. (Advance reader copy, donated by Random House)

One for Sorrow, by Christopher Barzak

The fiction editors at Strange Horizons had the privilege of publishing Christopher Barzak's short fiction debut back in 2001, and now we're delighted to be able to offer his novel debut as a fund drive prize. Scheduled for publication in August 2007, One for Sorrow is a lyrical coming of age story about a teenage boy whose life becomes entangled with the ghost of his murdered friend. (Advance reader copy, donated by Random House)

Scar Night, by Alan Campbell

Suspended by chains over a seemingly bottomless abyss, the ancient city of Deepgate is home to a young angel, an assassin, and a psychotic murderer hungry for revenge -- or redemption. When a traitor brings enemies to Deepgate, the three are forced into an uneasy alliance in their attempt to save their city -- and themselves -- from annihilation. (Advance reader copy, donated by Random House)

M. John Harrison book set

Winner of the 2002 Tiptree Award, M. John Harrison's Light is a brilliant and brutal book that the Tiptree jury described as "part space opera and part Something Else". In this prize package, it's paired with an advance copy of the trade paperback version of Nova Swing, the winner of the 2007 Arthur C. Clarke award for science fiction novels. (Donated by Random House)

End of the World Blues by Jon Courtenay Grimwood

From Jon Courtenay Grimwood, author of the celebrated Arabesk series (popular prizes during our 2006 fund drives!), comes a stunningly inventive novel of futuristic noir set in a world of shifting realities. Here a man is drawn into a gritty postmodern subculture and a secret kingdom of otherworldly beings to find what he lost long ago: a reason to live. (Advance reader copy, onated by Random House)

Canadian Art

What is Canadian Art? 'C.Art.' ranges from your basic macrame and popsicle stick structures to the works of Emily Carrr, Thomas Anfield and Rebecca Chaperone. I offer as my donation, something bang in the middle.

THE INCREDIBLE MYSTERY SURPRISE PAINTING (or possibly macaroni glue sculpture) by a certified bonafide Canadian artist.

Last year's artist was Camilla D'Errico, local Anime queen. Her painting "Girl with a squid on her head" sent the recipient into... paroxysms of something or other. She may have been hospitalized with happy-eye. It was that good. (Donated by Kit. St. Germain)

The Silver Ship and the Sea, by Brenda Cooper

"The first solo novel by Larry Niven's Building Harlequin's Moon (2005) coauthor portrays the thoroughly convincing human colonial society on Fremont, a dangerous planet rife with vicious predators, frequent earthquakes, and falling meteors....Distinctive characterizations, well-limned interrelationships, and the vividly realized Fremont contribute to an exciting coming-of-age story with a strong message about the evils of prejudice." - Sally Estes, American Library Association. (Donated by Brenda Cooper)

Lesbian Lust, Love, and Loss: Three Tales

Three attractive, bound reprints of short stories by erotic fiction author Sharon Wachsler. "When You Call" from Bed: New Lesbian Erotica, "Standing, Bare" from The Best of Both Worlds: Bisexual Erotica, and "Heather" from Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly. Reprint editions published by Harrington Park Press, a Haworth imprint. (Donated by Sharon Wachsler)

Blues for Port City

A chapbook of eleven connected poems by David Lunde that tell the story of a time and place (an asteroidal spaceport) in the 22nd century. It includes the Rhysling Award winning poem "Pilot, Pilot". (Donated by David Lunde)


Instead, by David Lunde, is a 75-page collection of "mainstream" but quirky poems that are quite varied in form, style, and subject. (Donated by David Lunde)

GUD, Issue 1

Greatest Uncommon Denominator magazine is a print publication featuring over 200 pages of literary and genre fiction, poetry, and art. (Donated by Kaolin Fire)

Cow Poetry

A signed copy of the poetry chapbook Cow Poetry and other notes from the field by Strange Horizons contributor M. Frost. (Donated by M. Frost)

Review Copies

Sometimes the Strange Horizons reviews department ends up with extra copies of books that we're reviewing. This year, we're offering a few of those extra copies to lucky fund-drive donors. Books on hand include:

  • Brasyl, by Ian McDonalds
  • Mainspring, by Jay Lake
  • Divergence, by Tony Ballantyne
  • Breakfast With the Ones You Love, by Eliot Fintushel
  • Keeping it Real, by Justina Robson
  • Magic's Child, by Justine Larbalestier

The Lone Drow

A signed copy of R.A. Salvatore's novel The Lone Drow, from his popular Hunter's Blades trilogy. (Donated by Ramon Arjona)

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