Fund Drive 2013: Prizes
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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.
Civil War Ghost Stories
In Shades of Blue and Gray, a new anthology from Prime, editor Steve Berman presents 22 supernatural tales of soldiers and civilians finding themselves at odds in flesh and spirit. Ranging across the lines, and from the battlefield to the long march home, the anthology includes work by Chaz Brenchley, Nick Mamatas, Melissa Scott, and Connie Wilkins. (Donated by Connie Wilkins.)
Crossed genres bundle
A trio of collections from Crossed Genres. Winter Well, edited by Kay T. Holt, is a collection of four novellas with older women as protagonists; Publishers Weekly described it as "important and necessary, successfully demonstrat-ing the many ways in which women’s stories needn’t end with youth." Fat Girl in a Strange Land, edited by Kay T. Holt and Bart R. Leib, includes fourteen stories with fat women protagonists traveling distant and undiscovered realms, and features work by Anna Caro, AJ Fitzwater, Brian Jungwiwattanaporn, and Sabrina Vourvoulia. Finally Menial, edited by Kelly Jennings and Shay Darrach, focuses on the world of blue collar work; in his review for us, Benjamin Gabriel said that it "proves that the genre can incorporate a critique of its political economy, including the effects of that critique, and still move forward, as both a literary form and a marketing vehicle." One physical bundle and one electronic bundle available. (Donated by Crossed Genres.)
Lady Trent bundle
Signed copies of the first two novels in Marie Brennan's "Memoirs of Lady Trent" series–Lady Trent being the world's foremost dragon naturalist. This prize includes a hardback copy of A Natural History of Dragons, and an ARC of the sequel, The Tropic of Serpents. In her review for us of the former, Hannah Strom-Martin reported that Brennan writes with a "sure and distinctive voice ... more than powerful enough to guide us on her adventures." (Donated by Marie Brennan.)
A copy of Adam Roberts' latest short story collection, published earlier this year–Stuart Kelly, in his review for The Scotsman describes it as "tremendously enjoyable and intellectually capricious"–personalised with a couple of brand-new six word stories. If you follow Roberts on Twitter, you may have some idea of what you're in for with that… (Donated by Adam Roberts.)
Space is Just a Starry Night
This collection of tales by Tanith Lee includes 14 stories, two original to the book. A lone survivor of plague receives a mysterious visitor; a prison planet tortures political prisoners by methodically manipulating their memories; a young woman uncovers the ghastly truth about the cryogenically preserved ancestor who’s been thawed; and more. Publishers Weekly highlighted Lee's "strong, entertaining, and often gorgeous writing". (Donated by Aqueduct Press.)
We Modern People
In this book, Anindita Banerjee explores the emergence and distinctive characteristics of Russian science fiction–starting considerably earlier than in English. Covering both well known early writers including Briusov, Bogdanov and Zamyatin, as well as drawing on new archival material, Bannerjee offers a new critical perspective on the relationship between science, technology, the fictional imagination, and the consciousness of being modern.
A set of the four ebook novellas–so far–in Rachael Acks' steampunk mystery series for Musa Publishing. Includes Murder on the Titania, The Ugly Tin Orrery, The Curious Case of Miss Clementine Nimowitz (and Her Exceedingly Tiny Dog), and the most recent instalment, Blood in Elk Creek. Join infamous pirate Captain Marta Ramos for thrilling adventures and perilous escapes! Full details at the author's site. (Donated by Rachael Acks.)
Heiresses of Russ and Wilde Stories
Two year’s best volumes edited by Steve Berman: Heiresses of Russ collects the year’s best lesbian SF, including stories by Malinda Lo, Nisi Shawl and Carrie Vaughn, plus two pieces first published in SH: "Nightfall in the Scent Garden by Claire Humphrey, and "Feed Me the Bones of Our Saints" by Alex Dally MacFarlane. Wilde Stories, meanwhile, includes stories by Laird Barron, Richard Bowes, and Hal Duncan, as well as K.M. Ferebee's SH story "The Keats Variation". Read a review by Brit Mandelo at Tor.com.
Twelve Planets books
A supplement to our main Twelve Planets subscription prize: two copies each of two of the earlier planets. In Caution: Contains Small Parts by Kirstyn McDermott you'll meet a wooden dog that refuses to play dead, a once-successful fantasy author whose life has become a horror story, with added unicorns, and others. Meanwhile, Asymmetry by Thoraiya Dyer features worlds askew: imbalances between men and women, humans and wolves, citizens and constructs, light and dark. (Donated by Twelfth Planet Press.)
The Lowest Heaven
The latest SF anthology from Pandemonium Books, The Lowest Heaven includes stories themed around the bodies of the solar system—from the Sun to Halley's Comet. Contributors include Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Kameron Hurley, Alastair Reynolds, Kaaron Warren, and many others. The striking cover and design are by award-winning South African illustrator Joey Hi-Fi. Two paperback copies and 10 ebook copies available. (Donated by Pandemonium Books.)
Missing Links and Secret Histories: A Selection of Wikipedia Entries from Across the Known Multiverse
Ever wonder who that frequent addressee of Anglophone nineteenth-century narrators, "Dear Reader," really was? About Nancy Drew's mother? Perhaps it never occurred to you to ask what the relationship was between H.G. Wells's Dr. Moreau and Joseph Conrad's Col. Kurtz, or why the popularity of fairy attendance waned in the eighteenth century—but Missing Links and Secret Histories elucidates these and other mysteries. Edited by L. Timmel Duchamp, and including stories by Alex Dally MacFarlane, Nisi Shawl, Lucy Sussex, and Anna Tambour. (Donated by Aqueduct Press.)
Audiobooks: Goblin Secrets and Ghoulish Song
A double-bill audio selection of theatre, music, and mystery: William Alexander's National Book Award-winning Goblin Secrets, and companion novel Ghoulish Song, both read by the author. Read Will in conversation with David Schwartz from earlier this year in SH. (Donated by William Alexander.)
The Ballad of Halo Jones
A new edition of the classic graphic novel by Alan Moore and Ian Gibson. When Halo Jones grows bored with her life in The Hoop—a futuristic world where jobs are scarce and excitement is non-existent—she sets out to see the galaxy any way she can. But can she overcome the challenges in her path, including a tour of duty in a terrifying war that defies the physics of space and time? With an introduction by Lauren Beukes.
The Mask Game
Three ebook copies available of this magic realist science fiction novel by Ukranian author Sergey Gerasimov, telling the tale of a man with fourteen twists of fate embedded in his arm. (Donated by Joanne Merriam.)
In Phoebe North's debut YA novel, Terra has never known anything but life aboard the Asherah, a city-within-a-spaceship that left Earth five hundred years ago in search of refuge—but when she inadvertently witnesses the captain's guard murdering an innocent man, Terra is suddenly thrust into the dark world beneath her ship's idyllic surface. One autographed hardback copy. (Donated by Phoebe North.)
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet
A 4-issue subscription to the infamous and delightful Small Beer 'zine! Past contributors include Carol Emshwiller, Karen Joy Fowler, J. M. McDermott, and many other writers you may not have heard of but will be enchanted to discover. One print subscription with chocolate, one ebook subscription. (Donated by Small Beer Press.)
Mitch Benn's debut novel, a satiric fable about a young human girl raised as an alien on another planet, will remind you of Roald Dahl, Douglas Adams, and Terry Pratchett, according to Neil Gaiman's blurb; you can listen to Gaiman and others read the first chapter here to see if it might be your sort of thing.
Midsummer Night's Press selection
Three books of poetry from Midsummer Night's Press. The Last Selchie Child by Jane Yolen features magical transformations, enchanted mirrors, talking animals, and familiar tales in unfamiliar guises; Fortune's Lover by Rachel Pollack is a collection of tarot-themed work; and Fairy Tales for Writers by Lawrence Schimel holds up a magic mirror to the joys and struggles of the creative process and the writing life. (Donated by Midsummer Night's Press.)
Never Bet the Devil and Other Warnings
Orrin Grey's first short fiction collection includes nine short pieces and a novella, grounded in the supernatural but with an eclectic mix of influences. Jesse Bullington says: "The stories of Orrin Grey are fun, fast, and, surprising enough in a genre where doom, gloom, and ultra-gore are standard issue, rather good-natured." (Donated by Orrin Grey.)
Roz Kaveney double bill
Two books of poetry by the polymathic Roz Kaveney. What if What's Imagined Were All True showcases a sampling of her poems with mythical, fantastical, or science fictional concerns, and includes two sonnet sequences: one retelling the Orpheus legend and one exploring the worlds of Steampunk. Dialectic of the Flesh showcases her poetry on queer and trans experience, with both free verse and highly formal work included. (Donated by Midsummer Night's Press.)
A complete subscription (worth AUS$60) to the Twelve Planet Press Twelve Planets series, including mini-collections by Margo Lanagan, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Lucy Sussex, Kaaron Warren and eight others. A brilliant way to sample the best of Australia's SF writers. (Donated by Twelfth Planet Press)
Big Mama Stories
Eleanor Arnason's collection of "Big Mama" stories weaves original folk tales about larger than life women. In her review for us Abigail Nussbaum reported that the "combination of old-fashioned trickster figures with time travel and alien races is enormously compelling"; Arnason's modern fables touch on everything from Brer Rabbit to biological warfare. (Donated by Aqueduct Press).
The City of Silk and Steel
Mike, Linda, and Louise Carey created The City of Silk and Steel as an homage and answer to the famous collection of tales, The Thousand and One Nights. " We love the original," says Mike Carey, "But at the same time, we wanted to redress some of the scary misogyny that's sometimes on display..." In this ARC, the heroines take center stage: most of the stories feature female protagonists, making their own destinies in a feudal, fantastical Middle East.
Questionable Practices: Stories by Eileen Gunn
Small Beer Press is bringing out a new collection of stories from Nebula Award-winning author Eileen Gunn. Warren Ellis says, "Reading this book is like getting to wear the eyeballs of a madwoman in your own sockets for a day." The Seattle Times calls Gunn's stories "Kafkaesque." Add a healthy dose of steampunk, golems, and corporate satire, and you've made a start at summarising Questionable Practices. (Donated by Small Beer Press).
Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic
Editors Eduardo Jiménez Mayo and Chris N. Brown bring the voice of new Mexican fantasy to the pages of this signed anthology. Publishers Weekly dubbed Three Messages "punchy, ghoulish selections by south-of-the-border writers." Showcasing alien abductions, supernatural incursions, grisly satire, and terrifying apocalypses, this collection delivers on humor, horror, and fantasy. (Donated by Chris Nakashima Brown).
Poison and Charm
Fun, sexy retellings of Snow White and Cinderella, these short books by Sarah Pinborough are decorated throughout with gorgeous illustrations by Les Edwards. With biting wit and delightful cynicism, Poison and Charm take the Disney out of these classic tales, replacing happy ever after with modern, sassy appeal.
An ARC of Christopher Priest's latest novel, in which history and fiction are tangled into knots meant to mislead. Many separate timelines and places coexist in these pages, from the trenches of World War One to a near future of experimental physics verging on magic. Priest handles all these threads deftly, creating stories within stories within stories in which readers will be eager to lose themselves; read John Clute's review for more.
Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories
Writing for Novel Gazing Redux, Marissa Lingen says Astruc's stories in Signs Over the Pacific are well crafted and filled with "betrayal, greed, and casual experimentation on live subjects." The collection is filled with airships pilots, international terrorists, thieves, and dissolute scientists, "living," according to Upper Rubber Boot Books, "on the cutting edge of morality." (Three ebook copies donated by Joanne Merriam.)
Lovers & Killers, and Your Cat and Other Space Aliens
In her poetry, Nebula and Rhysling Award-winning author Mary Turzillo is capable of whimsy, terror, love, fear, laughter, light, and darkness. These two collections encompass the full range of those emotions, tackling topics from playful house cats to painful human experience. (donated by Mary Turzillo.)
The Rapture of the Nerds
Quill & Quire described Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross's collaboration as a "rollicking post-Singularity picaresque" and a "bold, imaginative, transhumanist fantasia." Huw, a technophobic Welshman, is selected to serve in the world's Tech Jury Service, vetting inventions handed down from the advanced, post-human society living scattered throughout the solar system. US hardback copy.
The Alphabet Stones
Set in Easteron Ontario, The Alphabet Stones traces the interconnections between three families, one of them...not quite average. In Pflug's earthy world of cedar swamps and birdsong, some of the magic is familiar--the mysteries of the woodlands and fields--but when 14-year-old Jody discovers a gate between worlds in the back pasture, the landscape of the novel shifts to something more unusual. (.Donated by Ursula Pflug.)
Knitted Toy: Brain Slug (from Futurama), Extermiknit (Doctor Who, pictured), Brainmonster, or Pirate Panda/Kitty
You get the choice of one of these knitted toys, which are far cuter than their fictional counterparts and certainly more cuddly. if you're having trouble deciding which one is the perfect companion for you, then check out the examples and patterns for the Brain Slug, Extermiknit, Brainmonster, and Pirate Panda/Kitty to help you make your choice! (Donated by Kate Cowan)
The Helix and the Hard Road
This limited-edition collection published for Wiscon 37 celebrates the work of Joan Slonczewski and Jo Walton, both authors talking at length with interviewers knowledgeable about their work: Slonczewski with Michael Levy, and Walton with Lynne M. Thomas. The volume includes Slonczewski's essay "I Have No Time, and I Must Write" and her short fiction "Tuberculosis Bacteria Joins the UN," and a previously unpublished collection of Walton's poetry, "The River and the Road." (Donated by Aqueduct Press)
The City's Son (paperback) and The Glass Republic (hardback)
The first two books in Tom Pollock's the Skyscraper Throne trilogy, which delves into the world of myth, monsters, and miracles that lies just beneath London's everyday surface. An ancient enemy has returned to the darkness below St. Paul's Cathedral to reignite a centuries-old war in The City's Son (shortlisted for the Kitschies Golden Tentacle), whileThe Glass Republic finds a girl desperately trying to track down her mirror-sister after she gets abducted. (Donated by Tom Pollock)
This debut collection of ghost noir from Daniel Jose Older finds stories coming to life on the midnight streets of New York City, from the half-resurrected cleanup man who has to face a phantom pachyderm, doll-collecting sorceresses, and his own ghoulish bosses in Death's sprawling bureacracy, to the 300 year-old story collector who enlists her computer hacker neighbour's help to save her dying sister. "In his vivid and economical portraits of ordinary people in their remembered places, there's a rhythmic muscularity to his style, a natural fluidity of line that makes the narrative feel relaxed and intense at the same time," says Nina Allan, in her review of the collection. (Donated by Daniel Jose Older)
Emoji Translation of up to 25 words
Emojis are essentially emoticons which have run rampant and cover a wide array of images. If you've ever wondered what your favourite poem or novel excerpt would sound like in the language of smiley faces, now you have the chance to find out. Check out this fantastic example of Ken Liu's translation of a sonnet by Edna St. Vincent Millay into the language of emojis. (Donated by Ken Liu)
Journalist Cormac Easton might think he's secured his place as one of history's great explorers when he's selected to document humanity's first manned trip into deep space, but he soon finds that, in space, nothing goes according to plan. Richard Larson reviewed it as "ultimately a worthwhile and provocative read, by turns riveting and captivating, insightful and heartbreaking: an essential contribution to a genre not often infused with such originality, and an apt introduction to a writer who is bound to become a great talent". (Donated by James Smythe)
Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days
How does the world end? With a bang? Swine flu? Zombies? Mass extinction? Every society and every generation has their own idea of the apocalypse. This anthology brings together some of the finest voices in literature to tell their visions in poetry and prose of the End of Days. Contributors include Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, Paolo Bacigalupi, and 33 others. Print and ebook copies available. (Donated by Joanne Merriam)
Timeline and Little Fictions
These collections gather together a number of Joel Best's short stories and flash fiction, viewing the world from a perspective which finds the strangeness that can inhabit even the most ordinary-seeming of occurrences, discovering the odd magic just beneath the skin of the everyday world. (Donated by Joel Best)
The Summer Prince
A hardback copy of Alaya Dawn Johnson's YA debut, a dystopian novel set in Brazil. Publisher's Weekly says, "With its complicated history, founding myth, and political structure, Palmares Três is compelling, as is the triple bond between June, Enki, and Gil as they challenge their world's injustices." (Donated by Alaya Dawn Johnson.)
The Violent Century
World Fantasy Award Winner Lavie Tidhar's newest novel is published in October! In his blurb for the book, Adam Roberts says, "If Nietzche had written an X-Men storyline whilst high on mescaline, it might have read something like Violent Century." (Donated by Hodder & Stoughton.)
Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe
From Tor Books comes Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe, edited by J. E. Mooney and Bill Fawcett. This hardback anthology features contributions by Neil Gaiman, David Brin, David Drake, Nancy Kress, and many others, plus two new short stories by Gene Wolfe himself.
Tyrannia: and Other Renditions
The second collection of short stories by poet and fiction writer Alan DeNiro, Tyrannia explores the many and subtle variations of tyranny in settings ranging from the farthest reaches of outer space to the creepy abandoned farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. The title story was published here in 2009. Take your pick between an e-book and a trade paperback. (Donated by Small Beer Press.)
Squaring the Circle: A Pseudotreatise of Urbogony
"[Squaring the Circle] gives us all the pleasure of a travel guide, and the additional pleasure of being-- in spite of the meticulous description -- unreal." writes Eleanor Arnason. These 24 stories by Gheorghe Sasarman, originally published in Romanian and then translated into Spanish, were translated for this collection by Ursula K. LeGuin. (Donated by Aqueduct Press.)
S. M. Wheeler's debut novel "explores gender, sexuality, friendship, and love, offering up complex characters and emotional depth all laced with subtle magic," according to Publisher's Weekly. Follow the tale of desperately unhappy Lilly and her only friend - a kraken named Octavius.
The Shining Girls
A paperback copy of the third novel from South African author Lauren Beukes, The Shining Girls is a tautly crafted time travel thriller following serial killer Harper Curtis as he stalks his victims. In his review for us, Jesse Bullington called it "a work that does everything right … the time travel element never overshadows the emotional core of the novel yet is essential to the plot.".
Ironskin and Copperhead
Ironskin, the first in a trilogy, was a Nebula nominee for Best Novel last year; RT Book Reviews said that "This lyrical and utterly marvelous debut is one of the standout books of the year." This prize consists of a paperback copy of Ironskin plus an advance reader copy of the sequel, Copperhead, which features Jane's sister, Helen. "...an outstanding exploration of the interplay between beauty, power, and female freedom" (RT Book Reviews again). (Donated by Tina Conolly.)
The Diamond Deep
A hardback copy of the conclusion of the Ruby's Song series by Brenda Cooper, a space opera duology loosely based on the life of Evita Perón. "Excellent writing, fabulous story, and an emotional punch that leaves you wishing that Cooper wrote faster," says author J. A. Pitts. (Donated by Brenda Cooper.)
King David and the Spiders From Mars
This prize is the second bible-themed horror anthology from Dybbuk Press. Mixing science fiction, horror, and fantasy, this multi-author collection edited by Tim Lieder is sure to appeal to a diverse set of audiences. (Donated by Dybbuk Press.)
Life on the Preservation
This prize is Jack Skillingstead's visceral second novel, a greatly expanded and enriched take on his well-received short story of the same name, published in 2006. Life inside the Seattle Preservation Dome is the same - literally - as the city lives through October 5, 2012 in an endless time loop. Can Ian, the only one who knows the truth, and Kylie, who has escaped from the apocalyptic world outside the dome, wake up Seattle before it is too late? Read Alvaro Zinos-Amano's review for SH here.
Get an advance reader copy of Ann Leckie's first full length novel! The heroine of Ancillary Justice, Breq, used to be the AI of an enormous starship, but has been reduced to a single fragile human body by an act of terrible treachery. "Unexpected, compelling and very cool. Ann Leckie nails it...I've never met a heroine like Breq before. I consider this a very good thing indeed," says John Scalzi. (Donated by Ann Leckie.)
Parabolas of Science Fiction
The fourteen original essays in this collection, edited by Brian Attebery and Veronica Hollinger, explore how the field of science fiction has developed as a complex of repetitions, influences, arguments, and broad conversations. Includes contributions by L. Timmel Duchamp, Graham Sleight, Gary K. Wolfe, and Lisa Yaszek, among others. A must read for anyone interested in the "sf megatext".