2010 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.) When the fund drive is over, we'll conduct the prize drawing and begin contacting winners to pick their prizes!

Signed Kitty

Kitty Goes to War cover

Carrie Vaughn's best-selling series follows the adventures of Kitty Norville, a late-night radio DJ who ends up hosting a call-in radio show about supernatural issues. The trick is, Kitty is also a werewolf. These books have been popular with both fantasy and romance readers; for a taste of what Kitty is like, check out "Winnowing the Herd", an original Kitty short story published at Strange Horizons in 2006. The winner of this prize package will receive a signed copy of Kitty Goes to War, the most recent book in the series, along with a homemade CD of Carrie's playlist for the book. (Donated by Carrie Vaughn.)

2009's Best Short Fiction

The winner of this package can sample the best of 2009's science fiction and fantasy, as compiled by Hugo-nominated editor Jonathan Strahan, and horror, as compiled by Hugo-nominated editor Ellen Datlow. Two books, including stories by Suzy McKee Charnas, Karen Joy Fowler, Nicola Griffith, Glen Hirshberg, Kelly Link, Kaaron Warren, and Peter Watts.

Tuckerization by Jay Lake

Be immortalized by acclaimed author (and Strange Horizons contributor) Jay Lake, as a minor character in Kalimpura, the third novel in the series that started with 2009's Green. You will almost certainly be a red shirt, so the winner of this prize should be prepared for your namesake to meet their end in a particularly baroque fashion! (Donated by Jay Lake.)

Cat Rambo collection

Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight is Cat Rambo's acclaimed first collection, and features twenty fantasy tales both traditional and adventurous. They tell of the seaport city of Tabat, both before and after the sorcerous wars that destroyed the Old Continent, of alchemical explanations for failed blind dates, and of the last great elephant, among much else. (Donated by Cat Rambo.)

Workshop membership

The Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror is an online community for both brand-new and published writers to help each other improve their work; see their member comments for details. The winner of this prize will receive a free six-month membership, allowing them to post their writing for review, critique interesting work by others, read and learn from monthly Editors' Choices, participate in our discussions, and use the workshop's extensive list of resources for writers. (Donated by the OWW SF&F Workshop.)


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A bumper-sized compilation of shambling corpses, this: Zombie: an Anthology of the Undead, edited by Christopher Golden. Featuring original stories from an eclectic array of writers, including Aimee Bender, Max Brooks, Joe Hill, and Tad Williams, describing love with zombies, a trip to a zombie circus, and, of course, desperate post-apocalyptic survival.

More Zombies!

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If you still crave more zombie-related excitement, maybe Rigor Amortis, edited by Jaym Gates and Erika Holt, will fit the bill. Among these short tales of undead romance, revenge, risk and raunch you'll find a husband doting on his wife's rotting corpse, and the latest in zombie cuisine. Featuring stories by Rennee Bennett, Edward Morris, and (signed) Kaolin Fire. (Donated by Kaolin Fire.)

Speculative poetry collection

Night Ship to Never collects fifteen speculative poems co-written by Rhysling Award winners David Kopaska-Merkel and Kendall Evans. They showcase the fantastic, the unusual, the strange and the wonderful: a series of glittering images that will carry the winner of this prize away. (Donated by David Kopaska-Merkel.)

The Surgeon's Tale

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This elegant collection features five tales of dark wonder by Cat Rambo and/or Jeff VanderMeer. In the co-written title story, set in a world where magic is fading and science is in the ascendant, a young surgeon wrestles with an obsession that will change him forever. Other stories will show you worlds filled with rat suitors, severed arms, and Fungi Et Fruits de Mer. (Donated by Cat Rambo.)

GUD Magazine

A hard-copy of issue five of GUD Magazine, including stories and poetry by Paul Hogan, Rose Lemberg, and Lucy A. Snyder—plus two mini graphic novels, and a comic script. The work ranges across the science fiction and fantasy genres, as you'd expect from this eclectic publication. (Donated by Kaolin Fire)

SF poetry package

The two collections included in this prize package represent some of the best of contemporary SF poetry. Blues for Port City collects acclaimed SF poems by David Lunde, including the Rhysling Award-winning long poem "Pilot, Pilot", while Wild Hunt of the Stars collects darker SF poems by Rhysling Award-winner Ann K. Schwader. Wild Hunt is signed, and features and cover and interior illustrations by Marge Simon. (Donated by David Lunde and Ann K. Schwader.)

Surreal Botany

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A Field Guide to Surreal Botany, edited by Janet Chui and Jason Erik Lundberg, is an anthology of fictional plant species that exist beyond the realm of the real, with contributions from Jay Lake, Eric Schaller, Darja Malcolm-Clarke, Ben Peek, Victoria Elisabeth Garcia, Mark Teppo, Vera Nazarian, and many, many others. Fully illustrated in gorgeous full-color by Janet Chui, the specimen entries are by turns witty, hilarious, and very strange. (Donated by Jason Erik Lundberg.)

Bengal Station trilogy

A complete trilogy by BSFA Award-winning author Eric Brown, the Bengal Station novels—Necropath, Xenopath and Cosmopath—chart the career of telepath Jeff Vaughan, working as a private detective on the titular interstellar port. Expect hard SF and hardboiled noir.

Survey of British SF/F writers

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British Science Fiction and Fantasy: Twenty Years, Two Surveys collects two surveys, carried out in 1989 and 2009, that ask who writes SF and fantasy, and how they understand their work. With in-depth responses from over 120 writers, edited and compiled by Paul Kincaid and Niall Harrison, the book offers a comprehensive view of the state of British science fiction and fantasy, and charts the changes that have taken place in the field over the last two decades.

Ursula Pflug collection

The first collection by Strange Horizons author Ursula Pflug collects stories to light the dark places where reality burns away to reveal something fantastical. In these stories: waking dreams and shadow worlds whose narrators will seduce readers, and surprise them. (Donated by Ursula Pflug.)

Speculative Poetry subscription

Founded in 1984 by Mark Rich and Roger Dutcher, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry is recognised as the home of some of the best speculative, science fiction, fantasy and horror poetry, with contributions from writers as varied as Michael Bishop, Bruce Boston and Jane Yolen. This prize package includes a one-year (four-issue) subscription. (Donated by Roger Dutcher.)

Personalized Tarot Reading

A one-hour Tarot reading with renowned transformational psychic, Neal Szpatura. He uses Tarot to help his clients find and connect with those threads in the web of life which have the highest potential to produce positive outcomes-- to transform life for the maximum of good. (Donated by Neal Szpatura.)

The Onyx Court package

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A second city lies beneath the streets of London: a place of darkness and mystery, intrigue and faerie enchantment. Marie Brennan's Onyx Court books are a series of semi-standalone historical fantasy novels set in London, at different points in English history-- this package consists of a signed copy of both In Ashes Lie and A Star Shall Fall, which was released this year. (Donated by Marie Brennan.)

The Bruce Boston collection

A signed copy of Bruce Boston's Stained Glass Rain (Ocean View, 1993), which Howard V. Hendrix described in Tangent as "...probably the best novel yet written about the sixties and its drug culture", and of his latest poetry collection, Dark Matters (Bad Moon Books, 2010). You can watch the video book trailer, or view sample poems and illustrations from the collection here. (Donated by Bruce Boston.)

Original Artwork

Marge Simon freelances as a writer-poet-illustrator for genre and mainstream publications, and has illustrated five Bram Stoker Award collections. She has received the James Award for her art. For this prize, she has offered the winner their choice out of three stunning new pieces of art, shown below. (Donated by Marge Simon.)

The Linda Addison Poetry collection

Linda Addison has twice won the Bram Stoker Award for her poetry, and this prize package includes signed copies of both her award-winning collections: Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes (2001) and Being Full of Light, Insubstantial (2007), as well as a signed copy of her earlier work in Animated Objects (1997). (Donated by Linda Addison.)

Time Well Bent: Queer Alternative Histories

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We have always been here. For as long as there's been such a thing as sex, alternate sexual identities have been a fact of life. So why have we been so nearly invisible in recorded history and historical fiction? Now editor Connie Wilkins, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, has assembled fourteen stories that span the centuries from ancient times to the Renaissance to the modern era and explore alternate versions of our past. Their queer protagonists, who bend history in ways dramatic enough to change the world and subtle enough to touch hearts and minds, rescue our past from invisibility, and affirm our place and importance throughout all of history, past, present, and future. (Donated by Connie Wilkins.)

The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories

A signed copy of Vandana Singh's first collection of stories, in which the title story features a woman who tells her husband of her curious discovery: that she is inhabited by small alien creatures. In another story, a young girl returning home through the streets of Delhi comes across a mysterious tetrahedron: is it a spaceship? Or a secret weapon? Each story in this fabulous collection opens up new vistas -- from outer space to the inner world -- and takes the reader on an incredible journey to both. (Donated by Vandana Singh.)

Lace and Blade 2

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In the spirit of classic period swashbucklers, Zorro, the Scarlet Pimpernel, and D'Artagnan, brimming with romantic courtly intrigue and dangerous liaisons, with cloak and dagger and perfumed handkerchiefs, the language of the fan and stolen glances, with the manners of Jane Austen and the sparkling rapier wit of Oscar Wilde, here are nine fantastic stories of adventure, derring-do, love, and glamorous yet subtle magic. Includes stories by Francesca Forrest, Tanith Lee and Mary Rosenblum. (Donated by Francesca Forrest.)

A full set of speculative fiction ARCs

Brenda Cooper's Fremont series explores war and prejudice in a time when genetic enhancements are the norm and humans live in a world even more saturated with information than ours. How will human prejudice play out when the differences between people are truly more than skin deep? This prize includes copies of The Silver Ship and the Sea (2007), Reading the Wind (2008), and Wings of Creation (2009).

Signed Stories from the New War

The casualties of armed confrontation are not always found on the battlefield. Such is the central theme behind 'Stories from the New War,' a collection of more than one hundred short pieces that deal with the lives of individuals in an anonymous modern city; how they live and work, how they treat one another in the face of unending attacks from a faceless enemy, how they move toward their ultimate fate, for better or worse, without ever once setting foot in the trenches. (Donated by Joel Best.)

Escape Clause: a speculative fiction anthology

From the minds of award-winning storytellers and rising stars in the field of speculative literature, comes this collection of twenty-six short pieces of imagination and wonder. Curios and Oddities await your turn of the page in this collection of short fiction. Tales as diverse as our international writers will take you from Egypt to outer space with a few stops on and off the map. (Donated by Kit St. Germain.)

Under the Poppy

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Coming from the award-winning Kathe Koja, Under the Poppy is a breakout novel of childhood friends, a love triangle, puppet masters, and reluctant spies. Under the Poppy is a brothel owned by Decca and Rupert. Decca is in love with Rupert but he in turn is in love with her brother, Istvan. When Istvan comes to town, louche puppet troupe in tow, the lines of their age-old desires intersect against a backdrop of approaching war. (Donated by Small Beer Press.)

Towards of Darkness chapbook

James S. Dorr is a multi-time Rhysling finalist, and this chapbook is a sequence of 12 poems depicting the environs and populace of a wildly dystopian far-future city. Published in September 1990, Towers was the third in the long out-of-print NIGHT VISIONS horror poetry series edited by Ree Young for Nocturnal Publications. In addition to Dorr's poetry, the chapbook includes four full page, black and white illustrations by John Borkowski. (Donated by James S. Dorr.)

What I Didn't See, and other stories

In her moving and elegant new collection, New York Times bestseller Karen Joy Fowler writes about John Wilkes Booth's younger brother, a one-winged man, a California cult, and a pair of twins, and she digs into our past, present, and future in the quiet, witty, and incisive way only she can. (Donated by Small Beer Press.)

Chocolate bar subscription to LCRW

This prize package includes a four-issue subscription to LCRW, as well as a chocolate bar with every issue. The perfect prize for those who like to have a little snack while they read! (Donated by Small Beer Press.)

One year subscription to Asimov's

Asimov's Science Fiction magazine has published outstanding short fantasy and science fiction by today's leading authors for over 30 years, including Larry Niven, Robert Silverberg, Geoffrey Landis, Eleanor Arnason, James Patrick Kelly, and Kage Baker. This prize package is a one year subscription to the award-winning magazine. (Donated by Sheila Williams.)

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