2008 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.

The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss

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Patrick Rothfuss was the winner of the 2007 Quill Award for Best SF/Fantasy/Horror, for his novel The Name of the Wind. This story is told in the voice of Kvothe, the main character, and is only the first book in a promising trilogy filled with the magic, love, and murderous myths come alive. The words flow from the page poetically, filling the mind with music as well as with vivid imagery. This book is a must-have for any sci-fi/fantasy collection. Three hardcovers, signed by the author, will be awarded to three lucky people. (Donated by Patrick Rothfuss)

Nursery Rhyme Noir from David C. Kopaska-Merkel

Hasp Deadbolt is a private eye whose exploits have been inaccurately chronicled in nursery rhymes and children's stories and songs.  Now you can find out what really happened to the Three Blind Mice and why the dish ran away with the spoon.  Little Miss Muffet was not a good neighbor, and as for what happened to the Easter Bunny, it hardly bears chronicling.  The chapbooks, The Deadbolt Casebook and its sequel, Hasp Deadbolt, Private Eye, which were both published by Sam's Dot Publishing, will soon go out of print.  One copy of each chapbook will be given away to one lucky winner. Signed by the author. (Donated by David C. Kopaska-Merkel)

Constellation of the Dragonfly, by F.J. Bergmann

Constellation of the Dragonfly, a science-fiction poetry chapbook by F.J. Bergmann, has just been published by Plan B Press, Alexandria, VA. She has published her work in various journals, including Beloit Poetry Journal, North American Review, VOX, and Strange Horizons. Her previous chapbooks are Sauce Robert (Pavement Saw Press 2003) and Aqua Regia (Parallel Press 2007). See a sample poem here. (Donated by F.J. Bergmann)

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Letting Go, by Susan McKivergan

Known as Cosmosue to those on the Net, Susan is a self-taught digital artist. Prior to working with digital media, she'd completed two years towards a bachelor's degree in fine art. Her gallery can be seen on deviantART. Her artwork has graced album covers, magazine covers, and game cards, as well as book covers. One 9" x 12" print of Letting Go, signed by the artist. (Donated by Susan McKivergan)

Transported, by Tim Jones

Transported is Tim Jones's second collection of short fiction. It contains twenty-seven stories, eleven of which have not been previously published. It will be published by Random House New Zealand in June 2008. Signed by the author. (Donated by Tim Jones)

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Installing Linux on a Dead Badger, by Lucy Snyder

This book contains a dozen tales to amuse any fan of technology humor or science fictional dark comedy. Many of the stories are what Green Man Review has dubbed "cyberzombie humor"; the title piece is one of the most popular features ever to appear at the acclaimed science fiction magazine Strange Horizons. Signed by the author. (Donated by Lucy Snyder)

Curse of the Undead, by Margaret L. Carter

This is a well-worn copy Margaret Carter's first book, Curse of the Undead (1970), published under the byline "M. L. Carter."  The book won't be in like-new condition, after bouncing around for 38 years, but it will be complete and readable. Signed by the author. (Donated by Margaret L. Carter)

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Willow Springs

"Willow Springs publishes the finest in contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as interviews with some of the most notable authors in contemporary literature, including Marilynne Robinson, Stuart Dybek, Aimee Bender, and Robert Bly. Founded in 1977 and published twice yearly, Willow Springs features two interviews per issue, as well as arresting essays, fiction, and poetry by a diverse variety of writers—from the unknown and up and coming, to U.S. Poet Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners. An indispensable resource for writers and readers, Willow Springs engages its audience in an ongoing discussion of art, ideas, and what it means to be human." Two magazines. (Donated by Sam Ligon)

Your College Survival Guide, by Patrick Rothfuss

This hard-to-find book is the perfect gift for any aspiring college student or someone who is already confined to the college life. It's an advice column written by a man who has been a student for many long years. It is a collection of these columns with themes like, "Things you can eat that aren't really food" and "Tips for Stalkers." Sense of humor not included. One copy signed by the author. (Donated by Patrick Rothfuss)

Twenty Epics, edited by David Moles and Susan Marie Groppi

Epics have lost their charm. There was a time when you finished an epic. When an epic left you feeling not discontent and exhausted, but joyous, melancholy, rejuvenated, satisfied—left you feeling that you were a better person for the experience. This book brings back the charm of the epic ... in ten thousand words or less. (Donated by Susan Marie Groppi)

The Strange Desserts of Professor Natalie Doom, by Kat Beyer

This story in this chapbook was originally published at Strange Horizons and has been illustrated by the author. When Kat Beyer lost the use of her hands in 1999, she realized she had to heal, and dedicated herself to writing and painting full time. She writes with speech software, her hands have healed enough to paint, and her spirit has never been in better health. For more on her and her work, see her website. One signed and numbered chapbook. (Donated by Kat Beyer)

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The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl, by Tim Pratt

It's a story about Westerns, comic books, coffee shops, the folly of anthropomorphizing the natural world, friendship, loyalty, the responsibility of the artist in society, gunslingers, madness, and love. (Donated by Tim Pratt)

The Mount, by Carol Emshwiller

Nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, The Mount is a tale of Charley, an athlete, a racing mount, who wants nothing more than to be the fastest racer in the world. He belongs to a Hoot, a member of the alien invaders of their world. The free humans want their world back. Charley knows how to be a good mount, but now he needs to learn how to be human. (Donated by Small Beer Press)

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Perfect Circle, by Sean Stewart

Nebula and World Fantasy Award finalist, Perfect Circle is a story about Texas, ghosts, and perfect pop songs. (Donated by Small Beer Press)

Membership to the Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

This is an online community of writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror—brand-new and published—who help each other improve their work. Whatever your level, the workshop can help you grow as a writer—through the useful critiques you receive and through what you learn by reviewing the work of others. See the website for more details on membership and what it's all about. One whole year of membership. (Donated by the Online Writing Workshop)

An original SF doodle and Show and Tell and Other Stories, by Greg van Eekhout

The creator of last year's Tea Party Monster has created an original piece of artwork for one lucky person. "This year I'm contributing a doodle of a monster to the pool of prizes. I think it looks kind of like a tomato, but editor-in-chief Susan Groppi assures me that it's adorable. And if anyone claims it as their prize, I'll also throw in a copy of my chapbook, Show and Tell and Other Stories."   Both items are signed by the author. (Donated by Greg van Eekhout

The Sun Inside, by David J. Schwartz

This novella is the first book of the Electrum Novella Series. It is said to be the reimagining of pulp adventure for the twenty-first century. One signed copy. (Donated by David Schwartz)

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," says Small Beer Press. One copy. (Donated by Small Beer Press)

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Weird Tales Magazine

From the website: "Weird Tales has enjoyed a devoted following for many decades as the very first magazine of gothic fantasy, sci-fi, and horror. Founded in 1923, the pioneering publication introduced the world to such counter-culture icons as Cthulhu and Conan the Barbarian. Weird Tales has been well known for launching the careers of great authors like H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, and Robert E. Howard—hell, Tennessee Williams made his first sale here!—not to mention legendary fantasy artists like Virgil Finlay and Margaret Brundage. The magazine's influence extends through countless areas of pop culture: fiction, certainly, but also rock music, goth style, comic books, gaming … even Stephen King has called Weird Tales a major inspiration." Enjoy a one year subscription to Weird Tales magazine, plus a Neil Gaiman "NeverWear" T-shirt. (Donated by Weird Tales magazine)

A Juno Books package

One copy of Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti, House of Whispers by Margaret Lucke, and Personal Demons by Stacia Kane.  (Donated by Juno Books)

The Aphorisms of Kherishdar, by M. C. A. Hogarth

"The Aphorisms of Kherishdar is a short-fiction project by M. C. A. Hogarth, consisting of 25 stories of 500 words or less about an alien culture, the Ai-Naidar of Kherishdar. Each one illuminates some facet of their society, beginning with a specific word from their language. The Ai-Naidar call stories of this length and type fil ekain, or 'incense stories,' since, as a small stick of incense can perfume an entire house, these stories are short but linger." This series was created based upon reader donations, which eerily shadows the way Strange Horizons is run. One copy. (donated by M. C. A. Hogarth)

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Floodwaters and Dragon Born, by Kiriko Moth

Kiriko Moth has been drawing and painting since a very young age, ever since she learned that art was a way to make tangible the things we could never have in real life. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a BFA in graphic design and illustration. She currently works almost exclusively in ink with digital color. She loves to mix the traditional with the new—her work begins in pencil and ink on bristol paper, which she then scans and colors in Photoshop. Her work has been featured in Realms of Fantasy magazine, and she is slated to appear in an upcoming issue of GUD Magazine. Two 8.5" x 11" giclee prints, given separately to two winners, signed by the artist. (Donated by Kiriko Moth)

Brainmonster Hat, from Kate Cowan

Brainmonster is, quite clearly, a brain-eating monster masquerading as a hat. It is knit up to your exact measurements for a comfortable fit, because the world needs more head-eating monsters. Please specify if you have any fiber allergies, or if you prefer a non-wool yarn. One Brainmonster Hat. (Donated by Kate Cowan)

Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades

This Lethe Press anthology contains seventeen lesbian ghost stories from authors including Melissa Scott, Sacchi Green, M. Christian, Lynne Jamneck, and other great writers.  Eerie, romantic, terrifying and compelling, there's nothing else quite like it. (Donated by Connie Wilkins)

Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine

A one year subscription to Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.  Stories from Asimov's have won 44 Hugos and 24 Nebula Awards, and their editors have received 18 Hugo Awards for Best Editor. (Donated by Sheila Williams)

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Mass Effect, by Bioware

Mass Effect is a science-fiction action-RPG in which the player takes the role of Commander Shepard and fights to stop ancient machines known as the Reapers from destroying all organic life in the galaxy. While exploring the universe, Shepard makes tough choices, and the player must ultimately decide whether humanity peacefully joins the galactic community or ruthlessly carves a new empire. Mass Effect has received awards including 2007 Game of the Year from the New York Times, RPG of the Year from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, and Best Writing for a Game Production from the Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts. It is available for the PC and the Xbox 360 (the prize winner can pick the desired format). This copy of the game will be autographed by members of the Mass Effect writing and design team. (Donated by Patrick Weekes)

Speculative Japan: Outstanding Tales of Japanese Science Fiction and Fantasy, stories selected and edited by Gene van Troyer and Grania Davis

The first book in a planned series, Speculative Japan presents a selection of outstanding works of Japanese science fiction and fantasy in English translation… and a glimpse into new worlds of the imagination. It was first released at Nippon 2007, the 65th World Science Fiction Convention in Yokohama, Japan, and then made available worldwide. One copy, signed. (Donated by Gene van Troyer)

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"The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction"

A one year subscription to "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction," founded in 1949, the award-winning SF magazine which is the original publisher of SF classics like Stephen King's Dark Tower, Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon, and Walter M. Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz. Each 160 page issue offers: compelling short fiction by writers such as Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, Terry Bisson and many others; the science fiction field's most respected and outspoken opinions on Books, Films and Science; humor from our cartoonists and writers. (Donated by Gordon Van Gelder)

Younguncle in the Himalayas, by Vandana Singh

The second book in the popular children's series by Vandana Singh. This book is currently only available for purchase in India. Singh’s stories have appeared in venues including Polyphony, Strange Horizons and Rabid Transit. "The Wife" was reprinted in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror #17 and “Delhi” was reprinted in the twenty-second volume of The Year's Best Science Fiction. (Donated by Vandana Singh)

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Superpowers, from David J. Schwartz

Madison, Wisconsin: In the summer of 2001, five college juniors wake up with... not just a hangover, but superpowers... [H]ow do you adjust to an extraordinary ability when you’re an ordinary person? What if you’re not ready for the responsibility that comes with great power? And how do you keep your head in a world that’s going mad? One copy of the U.S. version, and one copy of the U.K. version.  (Donated by David J. Schwartz)

Poison Sleep, by T. A. Pratt

This is the second book in the Marla Mason series.  Marla Mason, guardian mage of the east coast city of Felport, returns in her second major magical challenge (after Blood Engines) and she is catching a psycho, and psychic dream "reweaver" before the psycho turns into an endless nightmare. Signed by the author. (Donated by Tim Pratt)

The Surgeon's Tale and Other Stories, by Cat Rambo and Jeff VanderMeer

In a world where magic is fading and science begun to ascend, a young surgeon in medical school experiences an obsession so forbidden that its realization will change him forever. "She looked as if she were asleep, still with that slight smile, floating on the thick sargassum, glowing from the emerald tincture that would keep the small crabs and other scavengers from her. She looked otherworldly and beautiful." Sometimes life is not enough. Also included are five more stories of dark wonder from Rambo and VanderMeer, from "The Dead Girl's Wedding March" to "The Farmer's Cat." One copy signed by the author. (Donated by Cat Rambo)

Mainspring and Escapement, by Jay Lake

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 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.

Escapement is the story of Paolina Barthes, a young woman of remarkable intellectual ability – a genius on the level of Isaac Newton. But she has grown up in isolation, in a small village of shipwreck survivors, on the Wall in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. She knows little of the world, but she knows that England rules it, and must be the home of people who possess the learning that she so desperately wants. And so she sets off to make her way off the Wall, not knowing that she will bring her astounding, unschooled talent for sorcery to the attention of those deadly factions who would use or kill her for it. Hard cover editions signed and doodled on by the author. (Donated by Jay Lake)

Circles in the Hair

An anthology which features the work of two-time Bram Stoker Award-winner Linda Addison, as well as Gerard Houarner, author of Road to Hell, Gordon Linzner, editor of Space and Time Magazine; and many others.  Five of the stories won Honorable Mention in Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Nineteenth Collection, edited by Ellen Datlow.  It has a forward by Nancy Kress and afterward by Terry Bisson. (Donated by Faith Justice)

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Blue goldstone, opalite glass, and a pewter woman in the moon pendant, twenty-one inches long, hand crafted. (Donated by Amanda Downum)

Follow That Turtle

A bracelet with beach-themed lampwork by Mavis Smith, sterling silver and Swarovski crystals, seven inches long, hand crafted. (Donated by Amanda Downum)

Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Seventh Annual Edition, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

For more than a decade, readers have looked to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to showcase the highest achievements of fantastic fiction. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling continue their critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four dozen stories ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magical realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantastic fiction, and a long list of Honorable Mentions, making this volume a valuable reference source as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror. Hard cover. (Donated by Chris Clarke)

Angela Carter's Book of Fairytales

This hardcover collects both The Virago Book of Fairy Tales (1990) and The Second Virago Book of Fairy Tales (1992).  (Donated by Chris Clarke)

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Midnight Never Come, by Marie Brennan

England flourishes under the hand of its Virgin Queen: Elizabeth, Gloriana, last and most powerful of the Tudor monarchs. But a great light casts a great shadow. In hidden catacombs beneath London, a second Queen holds court: Invidiana, ruler of faerie England, and a dark mirror to the glory above. In the thirty years since Elizabeth ascended her throne, fae and mortal politics have become inextricably entwined, in secret alliances and ruthless betrayals whose existence is suspected only by a few. Signed by the author. (Donated by Marie Brennan)

Writers of the Future, Volume XVIII

Each anthology contains the best new science fiction and fantasy short stories from up-and-coming writers and every story is illustrated by budding new artists—all winners of the annual Illustrators of the Future Contest.  This volume features the works of Strange Horizons author Joel Best. (Donated by Joel Best)

Being Full of Light, Insubstantial; Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes; and Animated Objects, by Linda Addison

"My latest collection, BEING FULL OF LIGHT, INSUBSTANTIAL (publisher Space & Time Books), received a HWA Bram Stoker award, this is my second Stoker, amazing! This collection of 100 poems, most of them original, has wonderful photography and art by Brian J. Addison." Three books signed by the author. (Donated by Linda Addison)

Doppelganger and Warrior and Witch, by Marie Brennan

When a witch is born, a doppelganger is created. For the witch to master her powers, the twin must be killed. Until now...  First published in 2006, this duology is an exciting debut from author Marie Brennan.  Both books are signed by the author.  (Donated by Marie Brennan)

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