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Fund Drive 2012: Prizes

This page lists all the prizes available to fund drive donors—we'd like to thank all those who've provided prizes for their generosity. We'll be revealing prizes throughout the month, so don't forget to check back.

Goblin Secrets

Goblin Secrets

William Alexander's novel Goblin Secrets finds a boy joining a theatrical troupe of goblins to find his missing brother. Locus says: "The mythic resonance in Alexander's storytelling, coupled with his smart, graceful writing, make this novel feel both pleasantly old and thoroughly new." Finalised for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. (Donated by William Alexander.)

The Receptionist

Volume 33 in Aqueduct Press's Conversation Pieces series is Lesley Wheeler's The Receptionist and Other Tales, the title work of which is an epic poem described by Gwyneth Jones as "a delight, a stirring narrative of fantasy and derring-do, set in the ivy-clad towers and poky offices of modern academia." Also includes a number of shorter poem, including a retelling of "The Waste Land" titled, cheekily, "Zombie Thanksgiving." (Donated by Aqueduct Press.)

The Soddit

A hardback reissue of The Soddit, A.R.R.Roberts' parody of The Hobbit. "If we likess it, then we putss a ring on it..."

Breaking the Bow

Breaking the Bow

From Zubaan Books comes Breaking the Bow: Speculative Fiction Inspired by the Ramayana, edited by Anil Menon and Vandana Singh. This anthology includes twenty-four stories ranging from magic realism to cyberpunk, by writers including Shweta Narayan, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Kuzhali Manickavel, Manjula Padmanabhan. All of the stories take their inspiration from the Ramayana, and leap into exciting new worlds. (Donated by Vandana Singh.)

Under the Poppy

A novel by the award-winning author Kathe Koja. Under the Poppy is about childhood friends, a love triangle, puppet masters, and reluctant spies. Under the Poppy is also a brothel owned by Decca and Rupert. Decca is in love with Rupert but he in turn is in love with her brother, Istvan; and 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.)

Time and Robbery

A new novel by Rebecca Ore, featuring the immortal gay time-traveller Vel, the protagonist of Ore's Centuries Ago and Very Fast. This time around Vel must help out his younger self to prevent his tribe's descendants -- a non-trivial chunk of the contemporary British population -- being eliminated from the timeline. Terry Bisson blurbed the book as "surprising, puzzling, and delighting us at every turn." (Donated by Aqueduct Press.)

Heiresses of Russ 2012

Heiresses of Russ 2012

The 2012 Heiresses of Russ anthology of the best lesbian sf of the year is edited by Connie Wilkins and Steve Berman, and includes Sunny Moraine's SH story "The Thick Night", as well as stories by Nalo Hopkinson, Lisa Nohealani Morton, Amal El-Mohtar, and An Owomoyela. Brit reviewed the book at (Donated by Connie Wilkins.)

The Creative Fire

This prize is a signed ARC of Brenda Cooper's new novel The Creative Fire, the start of a new social science fiction series echoing the story of Evita Peron: a tale of love and lust and need, about rising to a challenge, and about a thirst for knowledge and influence so deep that it burns. (Donated by Brenda Cooper.)

Bibliotecha Fantastica

A new anthology edited by Claude Lalumiere and Don Pizarro for Dagon Books, featuring "fabulous tales of bibliophilic wonder, enchantment, terror, romance, mystery and adventure." Contributors include Tina Connolly, Gary Kilworth, Ursula Pflug, Gord Sellar, and Ray Vukcevich. (Donated by Ursula Pflug.)

Three Messages and a Warning

Three Messages and a Warning

A copy of this major original anthology of Mexican science fiction and fantasy, edited by Chris Nakashima-Brown and Eduardo Jimenez Mayo. Among its thirty-plus tales are ghost stories, alien invasions, apocalypses, and much more. From Bruce Sterling's introduction: When one talks to Mexican science fiction writers, the subject of Mexican national content' commonly comes up [...] This book has got that. Plenty. The interesting part is that this 'Mexican national content' bears so little resemblance to content that most Americans would consider 'Mexican'." (Donated by Chris Nakashima-Brown.)

Notes From the Shadow City

Notes From the Shadow City, co-written by Gary William Crawford and Bruce Boston, is an urban dystopian vision built from prose, poems and images. Robert Borski says: "a Baedeker to the same outliers as chronicled by Dostoyevsky, Kafka and Orwell, where shadows are more real than the gnomons that cast them, and the predominant colours come from the stripped-down underside of the rainbow." (Donated by Bruce Boston.)



This is something a bit special: coming from Small Beer Press next February, Trafalgar is the second of Angelica Gorodischer's novels to be translated into English, following Kalpa Imperial (read John Garrison's review for SH here). According to the Small Beer website: "When you run into Trafalgar Medrano at the Burgundy or the Jockey Club and he tells you about his latest intergalactic sales trip, don’t try to rush him. He likes to stretch things out over half a dozen coffees. No one knows whether he actually travels to the stars, but he’s the best storyteller around, so why doubt him?" Sounds wonderful. (Donated by Small Beer Press.)

We Wuz Pushed

Volume 32 in the Aqueduct Press "Conversation Pieces" series, this long essay by critic (and SH senior fiction editor) Brit Mandelo looks at the role of truth-telling in the novels and stories of Joanna Russ. Eloquent, passionate and essential. (Donated by Aqueduct Press.)


An ebook edition of Lauriat: A Filipino-Chinese Speculative Fiction Anthology, edited by Charles A. Tan. Featuring stories about voyeur ghosts, taboo lovers, a town that cannot sleep, the Chinese zodiac, and an exile returning home, here's Publishers Weekly's review: "Filipino–Chinese readers will feel a thrill of recognition; others will be glad to learn more about a culture rarely seen in speculative fiction." (Donated by Charles Tan.)

These Burning Streets

A copy of Kelly Rose Pflug-Black's volume of revolutionary poetry: "When the G-20 met in Toronto, Canada in 2010 behind armed thugs and fortress walls to discuss the fate of the world, Kelly Pflug-Back was among those who took to the streets to counter it with the militancy that the situation demanded. The cops dragged her off and tormented her in jail for a month while the government attempted to frame her as the leader of the infamously leaderless Black Bloc. Many of her charges were dropped, but she pleaded guilty to the destruction of several police cars and corporate storefronts and awaits sentencing. She was sentenced to fifteen months behind bars for daring to be free, for writing her poetry with action and words alike." Her poetry has also appeared in Goblin Fruit, Mythic Delirium, and Ideomancer, among other venues (and we have a story by her forthcoming in 2013). (Donated by Ursula Pflug.)

Artwork by Marge Simon

Artwork by Marge Simon

In addition to being a popular poet, Marge Simon freelances as an illustrator for a variety of publications. This year, we have three of her works (watercolour/oil pencil, approximately 5"x7") as prizes for fund drive donors: "Know My Name", "Observer", and "The Unicorn of Unicorns." (Donated by Marge Simon.)

Time Again

Five ebook copies of Time Again and Other Fantastic Stories by Faith L. Justice. Find out what to do with a bonus hour of life in the title story; other tales describe how business consultant Alice overhauls Wonderland, and sees a fierce mother take on the devil who wants to marry her daughter. (Donated by Faith L. Justice.)

How to Traverse Terra Incognita

An ebook copy of Dean Francis Alfar's second collection of short fiction: "the melancholy magic of Kelly Link mixed with the clever wit and bite of Etgar Keret mixed with the unrestrained passion of Harlan Ellison", as one of the blurbs puts it. You can read Alfar's story "L'Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars" here at SH. (Donated by Charles Tan.)

The Mask Game

An ebook copy of Ukranian author Sergey Gerasimov's novel, The Mask Game, forthcoming from Upper Rubber Boot Books. "The tale of a man with fourteen twists of fate embedded in his arm." (Donated by Joanne Merriam.)

Ancient, Ancient

Ancient, Ancient

Reviewing Kiini Ibura Salaam's debut collection for us a couple of weeks ago, Richard Larson wrote that the stories it contains "are imbued with the urgency and expansive imagination that we've come to expect from the best of science fiction", and that it is a collection "full of harsh and beautiful things." Read more about the book on Aqueduct Press' website here. (Donated by Aqueduct Press.)

Lydia Millet double bill!

A bundled prize including the first two books in Lydia Millet's ecologically-minded middle-grade "Dissenters" series. In The Fires Beneath the Sea, the three Sykes children, Cara, Max and Jackson, set out on a secret quest destined to lead them into the hidden, ancient places of Cape Cod and to reveal the truth about their scientist mother -- and in The Shimmers in the Night, they become embroiled in a wider conflict that will shape the fate of the planet. (Donated by Small Beer Press.)

The House of Forever

A copy of Samantha Henderson's first poetry collection, published by Raven Electrick Ink, The House of Forever includes 21 poems (9 original), all of which explore time and its consequences. Includes "Cabazon", first published in SH. (You can also read several of Samantha Henderson's stories in our archives.) (Donated by Samantha Henderson.)

Dreams & Nightmares

6 issues (two years' worth) of the poetry zine Dreams and Nightmares, published since 1986. Poets featured in Dreams and Nightmares include Ruth Bergman, Bruce Boston, Samantha Henderson, and Marge Simon. (Donated by David Kopaska-Merkel)

A Natural History of Dragons

A Natural History of Dragons

A full-colour ARC of Marie Brennan's new novel (published February), describing the career of "Artist, natural historian, lady adventurer" Lady Isabella Trent. "Not a day goes by that the post does not bring me at least one letter from a young person (or sometimes one not so young) who wishes to follow in my footsteps and become a dragon naturalist..." (Donated by Marie Brennan.)

Tendrils & Tentacles

An anthology of flash-fiction and prose poems by the Speculative Technologies writing group; contributors include F.J. Bergmann, Breanna Bilman, Dan Dysan and Julie Fitzpatrick. (Donated by F.J. Bergmann.)

Mary Robinette Kowal novels

Mary Robinette Kowal novels

A signed advance manuscript of Hugo-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal's next novel Without a Summer, due out April 2014 from Tor Books; plus a hardback of Shades of Milk and Honey. Read more about Without a Summer here: "The magical book that might result if Jane Austen's Emma were set against the Luddite uprising in the Year Without a Summer." (Donated by Mary Robinette Kowal.)

Here, We Cross

A chapbook collecting poems dealing with gender, sexuality and identity from the first seven issues of Stone Telling, the speculative poetry quarterly devoted to multi-perspective work. Includes work by Amal El-Mohtar, Samantha Henderson, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Sonya Taaffe, and many others -- see the full table of contents here, and read a review by Brit Mandelo here. (Donated by Rose Lemberg.)

Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet subscription

A 4-issue subscription to the infamous and delightful Small Beer 'zine! Past contributors include Carol Emshwiller, Karen Joy Fowler, JM McDermott, and many other writers you may not have heard of but will be enchanted to discover. (Donated by Small Beer Press.)

Kitty Steals the Show

Kitty Steals the Show

Carrie Vaughn's tenth Kitty Norville novel sees our heroine in London, invited as a keynote speaker to the First International Conference on Paranatural Studies. Shenanigans ensue! (For a taste of Kitty, read "Winnowing the Herd", published here in 2006.) The winner of this package will get a signed copy of Kitty Steals the Show along with a custom CD of Vaughn's playlist for the book. (Donated by Carrie Vaughn.)

A letter from Things Without Arms and Legs

Be a part of Liz Argall's occasional webcomic, Things Without Arms and Legs! The winner of this prize can pick a topic to inspire the Things to write a letter: to a specific person, or perhaps to a category of person. A letter like this, or perhaps entirely different. (Donated by Liz Argall.)

Measured Extravagance

An ebook collection of poems by Peg Duthie, some of whose work you can find in our archives. The poems in Measured Extravagance are about the messiness of grief and the complexity of devotion, taking us from Nashville to Prague to Jerusalem, and featuring an array of extraordinary characters. (Donated by Joanne Merriam.)

The Best of Stephen R Donaldson

An ARC of the recent (and now sold out) Subterranean Press collection The Best of Stephen R Donaldson. Includes eleven stories and novellas running from horror to high fantasy to contemporary spiritual drama to action sf, and more.

Tentacular Poster

Tentacular Poster

A full-colour, limited edition A3 Kitschies poster, designed by Rona Marin-Miller and signed by the three Red Tentacle (best novel) winners to date: Lauren Beukes, China Mieville and Patrick Ness. Its eyes may or may not follow you around the room. (Donated by The Kitschies awards.)

Lovers and Killers

A new collection of thirty-seven poems by Nebula Award-winner Mary Turzillo, published by Dark Regions Press. Says Ian Watson: "Like shiny scalpels her sardonic and lovely words mordantly reinterpret botany and biology, astronomy and mythologies, crimes and passions, pungently, poignantly." Includes a collaboration by Scott Green, and cover art by Bruce Boston. (Donated by Mary Turzillo.)

Twelve Planets e-subs

Twelve Planets e-subs (4 available)

An electronic subscription to the Twelfth Planet Press Twelve Planets series of mini-collections, including books by Deborah Biancotti, Margo Lanagan, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Lucy Sussex, Kaaron Warren -- and seven more. A great way to sample the best of Australia's SF writers. Four subscriptions available. (Donated by Twelfth Planet Press.)

Two books of Ragnarok

Catch up on the first two volumes of John Meaney's current space opera trilogy -- Absorption and Transmission -- ahead of the release of the conclusion, Resonance. Ranging from 8th century Norseland to 1920s Zurich to alien worlds in the 27th century and the far, far future, these are according to The Times, Meaney's "most compelling and accomplished work yet." UK trade paperback editions.

Birds and Birthdays by Christopher Barzak

One of Aqueduct Press' "Conversation Pieces" series, this collection includes three stories inspired by women surrealist painters -- Remedios Varo, Leonora Carrington and Dorothea Tanning -- together with an essay by Barzak discussing the specific inspirations for each piece. Says Brit Mandelo: "a joyful tribute to these three women painters in the form of handsome, lyrical fiction and precisely considered scholarship." (Donated by Aqueduct Press.)

The Moment of Change

The Moment of Change ed. Rose Lemberg

Here's Rose Lemberg's summary of the content of this anthology of feminist speculative poetry, from her introduction: "works that can be labeled mythic, fantastic, science fictional, historical, surreal, magic realist, and unclassifiable; poems by people of color and white folks; by poets based in the US, Canada, Britain, India, Spain, and the Philippines; by first- and second-generation immigrants; by the able-bodied and the disabled; by straight and queer poets who may identify as women, men, trans, and genderqueer." Contributors include Athena Andreadis, Theodora Goss, Greer Gilman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Sofia Rhei, and Nisi Shawl. (Donated by Aqueduct Press.)

Tarot consultation

A telephone Tarot consultation (with recording) by Neal Szpatura, of up to ninety minutes, worth $120. You can find out more about his readings on his website. (Donated by Neal Szpatura.)

Bitterblue ARC

UK (Gollancz) ARC of the third in Kristin Cashore's "Seven Kingdoms" YA series, following Graceling and Fire. Eight years after the events of Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea, but must come to terms with her country's past, and the legacy left by her father. In her review for SH earlier this year, Sara Polsky found this Cashore's strongest book to date, with "layers of complexity and darkness ...[but] a gentleness to the storytelling."

Blueshifting by Heather Kamins

An e-copy of Heather Kamins' collection of science-themed poetry, featuring "Clocks and galaxies and streetlights; urns and deadbolts and petroglyphs; sweating lemonade; contrails; the spider strings of memory; rocky winter ground, the great blue heron with its neck tucked up under it like a wish, and the vanishing stars." (Donated by Joanne Merriam.)


Ironskin ARC

A signed ARC of Tina Connolly's first novel, variously described as "a steampunk Beauty and the Beast" and "a gothic, eerie and pitch-perfect retelling of Jane Eyre." Read the Kirkus review ("an original and imaginative take on the gothic-fiction tradition") here. (Donated by Tina Connolly.)

The Stars Change by Mary Anne Mohanraj

Last year, Strange Horizons founder Mary Anne Mohanraj ran a kickstarter to support her latest project: a collection of erotic sf, to be illustrated by Jack Kotz. "On a planet far, far away, tensions are rising. Men against men, men against aliens -- the players in this game are complex, and the average citizen doesn't really understand what's going on. They just want to go on with their life: go to work, go home, make love to their wife. Or wives. Or husbands. Or indeterminate gender human and/or alien partners." This prize is a copy of the signed, limited-edition hardcover edition. (Donated by Mary Anne Mohanraj.)

The Summer Prince

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

A signed ARC of Alaya Dawn Johnson's next novel, due out from Arthur A. Levine Books next March. The Summer Prince is a standalone YA science fiction novel set on the coast of Brazil, 400 years in the future. Read a short description here: "Pulsing with the beat of futuristic Brazil, burning with the passions of its characters, and overflowing with ideas." (Donated by Alaya Dawn Johnson.)

Embracing the Strange: The Transformative Impact of Speculative Fiction

This 14,000-word essay-story originated with a plenary talk given by Jason Erik Lundberg in early 2012 to an audience of Singapore's best young creative writers describing the impact of speculative fiction on every facet of his life, from childhood to the birth of his daughter and beyond. In this edition it has been expanded and hybridized with a multi-part short story about a brave little girl who tumbles down a very different rabbit hole, and must use her bravery and intelligence in order to find her way home. Embracing the Strange is published in November 2012 as part of Math Paper Press's acclaimed "Babette's Feast" chapbook series. (Donated by Jason Erik Lundberg.)

Alastair Reynolds artwork

An original painting by Hugo and Clarke Award-nominated writer Alastair Reynolds! You can see some examples of his work on his website here, and the work he produced for a lucky winner last year here, along with a short interview about the process here. (Donated by Alastair Reynolds.)

Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes

Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes

A full-colour poetry chapbook illustrated by Adam Oehlers and curated by Francesca Forrest. "If playground fun got married to the genetically engineered child of Joss Whedon and Neil Gaiman, their offspring would be Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes." Includes work by Sonya Taaffe, Samantha Henderson, Rose Lemberg, Julia Rios and others. (Donated by Francesca Forrest.)

Zombies: A Compendium of the Living Dead

An immense anthology including two centuries' worth of zombie tales, edited by Otto Penzler. Authors featured include Stephen King, Clive Barker, Edgar Allan Poe, Vivian Meik, Lisa Tuttle, Guy de Maupassant, Anthony Boucher, and Theodore Sturgeon. Best blurb: "Includes satanic pigeons!"

Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes

The Shape of Things to Come

Limited edition hardback reprint of H.G. Wells' classic novel by Gollancz, with embossed cover art by Patrick Knowles. Adam Roberts says on the back cover: "Wells' urgent, magisterial future history retains its ability to blast open the closed chambers of the reader's mind. It compels us to think again about why civilisation goes wrong, and how it might go right."

Poetry Ebooks

Two ebook collections from Upper Rubber Boot Books: the forthcoming Apocalypse Now, featuring poems and prose by Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, Paolo Bacigalupi, Kelly Link and E. Lily Yu, and the already-out 140 and Counting, featuring the best Twitter literature from the first two years of Seven by Twenty, including pieces by many past SH contributors! (Donated by Joanne Merriam.)