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Fund Drive 2014: Prizes

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Everyone who donates to the 2014 fund drive will be entered into a draw for the prizes listed below—we'd like to thank everyone who donated a prize for their generosity. We'll be revealing additional prizes throughout the month, so don't forget to check back!

The Race

A signed, hardback copy of The Race, the debut novel by Nina Allan. Set in a a shifting landscape of alternate presents and near futures, The Race will, as the best fiction should, have your compass spinning" (Dan Hartland, in his review for us earlier this year). (Donated by NewCon Press.)

The Stars Change

A physical and ebook copy of The Stars Change, a novella-length story of humans, humanoids, and aliens, set against the backdrop of the first interstellar war, on a South Asian-settled university planet by (SH founder and first editor-in-chief) Mary Anne Mohanraj and illustrated by Jack Kotz. This erotic novella was first launched through Kickstarter in 2011, and subsequently picked up for publication by Ciclet Press in 2013. (Donated by Mary Anne Mohanraj.)

Twelfth Planet Press Bundle

A set of six books in the "Twelve Planets" series from Twelfth Planet Press, focusing on new SF by women writers. This prize includes authors Deborah Biancotti (Bad Power), Rosaleen Love (Secret Lives of Books), Kirstyn McDermott (Caution: Contains Small Parts), Kaaron Warren (Through Splintered Walls, Thoraiya Dyer (Asymmetry), and Lucy Sussex (Thief of Lives). Five of these bundles of fresh, exciting speculative fiction are available! (Donated by Twelfth Planet Press.)


This prize is a new anthology of diverse contemporary young adult fantasy from Twelfth Planet Press. Co-edited by Alisa Krasnostein and SH fiction editor Julia Rios, these twenty original stories tell of scary futures, magical adventures, and the joys and heartbreaks of teenage life. Includes stories by John Chu, Amal El-Mohtar, Ken Liu, Sofia Samatar, and many others. Three copies available. (Donated by Twelfth Planet Press.)

Heiresses of Russ 2014: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction

Heiresses of Russ is an anthology representing the best lesbian-themed stories of the fantastic or futuristic published the prior year. Edited by Steve Berman, this amazing collection of short stories includes authors like Penny Stirling, Sacchi Green, and Kenneth Schneyer, plus Meda Kahn's "Difference of Opinion" from SH. (Donated by Connie Wilkins.)

Pen Pal

Twelve year old Em lives in a floating community off the Gulf Coast. Her wistful message in a bottle reaches a political prisoner, Kaya, imprisoned above a lake of lava. Pen Pal is a story of friendship and bravery across age, distance, and culture, at the intersection of the natural and supernatural world. (Donated by Francesca Forrest.)

Injecting Dreams Into Cows

"It has poems about video games, Pippi Longstocking, and phone sex, but not all at the same time," says Jessy Randall, the author of this whimsical and heartfelt collection of poetry. Easily accessible even to those who think they don't like poetry, give Randall's bite-size, surprisingly lyrical poems a try! (Donated by Jessy Randall.)

The Haunted Girl

This prize is a signed copy of The Haunted Girl, by Lisa M. Bradley, published by Aqueduct Press. A collection of both fiction and poetry, including the titular poem, The Haunted Girl showcases Bradley's loving mastery of language while immersing readers in the often decaying worlds of vampires, shapeshifters, demi-goddesses, and dying faires. (Donated by Lisa M. Bradley.)


This prize is a limited edition hardback copy of Twember, signed by Steve Rasnic Tem. Twember is Steve's first all science fiction short story collection. Volume 7 in NewCon's Imaginings series, Twember contains four stories that originally appeared in Asimov's and others from Interzone, Destinies, and elsewhere. The book also features two brand new pieces written especially for this collection. (Donated by NewCon Press.)


An advance reader's copy of Echopraxia, the follow up to Peter Watts' Hugo nominated novel Blindsight. The Los Angeles Review of Books called Echopraxia "science fiction on steroids — or better, on some intensely mind-bending and energizing drug that hasn't been invented yet."

Kinks Classic Telephone

Available only in the U.S., this prize is a nostalgic style box table phone with modern electronics and features. The mahogany color wooden base features tone switch and redial buttons. The wood and veneer base is complemented by the brushed gold receiver and matching cord. It even includes a drawer for holding post-it size notes. Perfect for that telephone table you've had your eye on at the antique store! (Donated by Steve Berman.)

American Craftsmen

Get a personalised signature from Tom Doyle on this advanced reader's copy of his debut novel American Craftsmen. An exciting cross between dark urban fantasy and special ops thrillers, American Craftsmen assumes that Poe and Hawthorne were writing thinly veiled nonfiction. (Donated by Tom Doyle.)

Soles Series Bundle

An amazing 9 e-book bundle of the Soles Series Stories from Upper Rubber Boot Books. These e-books span the speculative fiction gamut, including science fiction, literary stories using SFnal tropes, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic, steampunk, slipstream, alternate history, utopian and dystopian, fantasy, and horror. (Donated by Joanne Merriam.)

Three Messages and a Warning

Published by Small Beer Press, Three Messages and a Warning is a collection of 34 contemporary Mexican fantasy and science fiction short stories. The first of its kind, it includes authors such as Liliana V. Blum, Augustin Cadena, Leo Mendoza, and Pepe Rojo, and is edited by Chris N. Brown and Eduardo Jimenez Mayo. "These are punchy, ghoulish selections by south-of-the-border writers unafraid of the dark." says Publisher's Weekly. (Donated by Christopher Brown.)

New Amazonia: A Foretaste of the Future

Originally published in 1889, the new edition of this feminist utopian novel by Elizabeth Burgoyne Corbett has an introduction by scholar Alexis Lothian. New Amazonia tells the story of how this future world came to be and reveals its shiny, futuristic marvels as well as its government-administered horrors. (Donated by Aqueduct Press.)

Ruby's Song: The Creative Fire and The Diamond Deep

This prize includes signed copies of Brenda Cooper's two novels The Creative Fire and The Diamond Deep, published by Pyr. "In this exciting new series inspired by the life of Argentine political leader Evita Peron, author and futurist Brenda Cooper delivers a wonderful work of social science fiction." says Kirkus Reviews in their "Best SF/F Reads" feature. Shipping is only available in the U.S. (Donated by Brenda Cooper.)

Gaunt and Bone Bundle

Paperback copies of the first two novels in the Gaunt and Bone series, The Scroll of Years and The Silk Map, by Chris Willrich, published by Pyr. Publisher's Weekly calls this series "A vivid, richly imagined world populated by delightfully memorable characters…. Witty narration, well-drawn characters, and a fast-moving plot." (Donated by Chris Willrich.)

Justice Bundle

Looking to combine fantasy with spooky tales? Look no farther! Time Again and Other Fantastic Stories contains five of Faith L. Justice's best fantasy stories, including a reimagining of Alice in Wonderland. Slow Death and Other Dark Tales is a collection of her best dark tales, with nary a werewolf or sparkly vampire in sight. Satisfy your craving for magic and ghost stories with this prize bundle! Two sets are available - U.S. winners choose from print or ebook; international winners receive ebooks in the format of their choice. (Donated by Faith L. Justice.)


A thrilling Victorian tale of horror and mystery and a major influence on Stoker's Dracula, Carmilla remains one of Sheridan Le Fanu's most enduring works. This Valancourt Books edition, the first-ever scholarly edition of Le Fanu's novella, follows the rare original text as it appeared serially in The Dark Blue in 1871-72 (including the original illustrations) and includes a new introduction and footnotes by Jamieson Ridenhour. Also featured in this edition is a wealth of contextual material, including texts by Yeats, Coleridge, Stoker, Padraig Pearse, and others, and the complete texts of Le Fanu's "The Child that Went with the Fairies" and F.G. Loring's "The Tomb of Sarah." Signed by the editor. (Donated by Jamie Ridenhour.)


An anthology of stories showcasing the Age of Reason, edited by Jared Shurin and including illustrations by Gary Northfield and The National Maritime Museum. From John Harrison to Ada Lovelace, Isaac Newton to Émilie du Châtelet, these stories are about the attempts to impose our order on nature's chaos, the efforts both successful and unsuccessful to better know the world. Two prizes available. (Donated by Jurassic London.)

Addison Bundle

An amazing collection of fantasy and horror poetry and short fiction by the first African American to win the Bram Stoker Award, Linda Addison. This prize includes "Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes", "Being Full of Light, Insubstantial", and "How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend", as well as "The Four Elements", a collection of poetry by Bram Stoker award winning poets Linda Addison, Marge Simon, Rain Graves, and Charlee Jacob. All four books are signed by Linda Addison. Four collections available. (Donated by Linda Addison.)

Memoirs of Lady Trent

A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, by Marie Brennan. These signed UK paperbacks are Isabella Camherst's, the world's premier dragon naturalist, remarkably candid (and sometimes scandalous) memoirs of her illustrious career. (Donated by Marie Brennan.)

Voyage of the Basilisk

The third novel of the Memoirs of Lady Trent, Voyage of the Basilisk, is not out until March 2015. This prize includes a signed Advanced Reader's Copy of the next thrilling installment in Lady Trent's career as a preeminent dragon naturalist. Read it before all your friends! (Donated by Marie Brennan.)

Shake Me to Wake Me

A signed hardback copy of Stan Nicholls' best short fiction, Shake Me to Wake Me. All of the stories were selected by Nicholls, author of the Orcs: First Blood series, and the anthology includes a story not published anywhere else. Slipping effortlessly between fantasy, horror, and science fiction, the stories span twenty years of Nicholls' distinguished career. (Donated by Newcon.)

Half Cat: A Partial History

As seen on Kickstarter, Half Cat: A Partial History is a 120-page, full-color book unifying the fragments of Erwin Hobbs'* research to which he dedicated his life: a photographic history of rare bipedal cats and related feline apocrypha from the unplumbed depths of cat science. This prize is a signed, numbered, gold stamped hardcover edition. (Donated by Peter Chiykowski.) *Foma

The Burning Dark

Adam Christopher's latest novel, The Burning Dark, "[b]uilds tension expertly. Claustrophobic in mood but with the scope of great space opera, this is SF you will want to read with the light on.", according to Library Journal. Melding science fiction and horror into a gripping novel, this prize is sure to please!

The Queen of the Tearling

The Queen of the Tearling, soon to be a film starring Emma Watson, is Erika Johansen's debut novel. According to SH's own review, "... [the novel] appears to be a High Fantasy romp of almost arthritically traditional cast; but as the trilogy unfolds I expect it to metamorphose ... into a future-set dystopia on another planet, in which what appear to be magical, immortal, or otherwise prophetically fated elements to the story are revealed as having pseudo-scientific rationales."

How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens

This prize is a paperback and Kindle or other ebook exploring the immigrant experience in a science fiction setting, with exciting fiction and poetry from some of the genre's best writers, including SH alums Mary Anne Mohanraj, Dean Francis Alfar, Zen Cho, Abbey Mei Otis, Tom Doyle, and Benjamin Rosenbaum, among others. Edited by Joanne Merriam. (Donated by Upper Rubber Boot Books.)

Machado Manuscript Critique

This prize is a manuscript critique for a story or novel-section up to 7,000 words by Carmen Maria Machado, author of "Inventory" in these pages and many other stories, plus non-fiction for The New Yorker, NPR, The Los Angeles Review of Books and more. The manuscript can be any genre. (Donated by Carmen Maria Machado.)

Wise Manuscript Critique

A.C. Wise, co-editor of The Journal of Unlikely Entomology and author of numerous stories (including "Sisters of the Blessed Diving Order of Saint Peter and Saint Andrew" in SH) will critique a short story or manuscript in any genre, up to 8,000 words. (Donated by A.C. Wise.)

Vourvoulias Translation

Sabrina Vourvoulias, author of Ink and stories in numerous magazines (including "Collateral Memory in SH) will provide an English-to-Spanish or Spanish-to-English translation of up to 3,000 words for the winner of this prize. (Donated by Sabrina Vourvoulias.)

Schimel Bundle

Two English/Spanish children's books by Lawrence Schimel and Luis Sopelana! in El Árbol Menguante / The Shrinking Tree, Arantxa has to deal with an unusual apple tree; and in El Niño Y El Espía / The Boy and the Spy, a young boy has to investigate a mysterious stranger who lives across the street. Both signed by the Lawrence Schimel. (Donated by Lawrence Schimel.)

21st Century Science Fiction

This anthology, edited by David Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden, is a survey of the SF short story in the twenty-first century, including 250,000 words of stories by established and up-and-coming writers. Authors featured include Paolo Bacigalupi, Elizabeth Bear, Cory Doctorow, Ken Liu, Hannu Rajaniemi, Vandana Singh, Charles Stross, Rachel Swirsky, Genevieve Valentine, Jo Walton, and many others.

Parzybok Bundle

The prize includes copies of Benjamin Parzybok's first two novels, Couch and Sherwood Nation. The former is, "an exuberant and hilarious debut in which an episode of furniture moving gone awry becomes an impromptu quest of self-discovery, secret histories, and unexpected revelations", while the latter, just out from Small Beer Press, tells the story of a near-future Portland, Oregon, after a massive rough has crippled the city. Both signed, and Parzykbok will write a "short, laudatory Twitter haiku" about the winner if desired. (You can also read his story "Birds" in SH.) (Donated by Benjamin Parzybok.)

Space is Just a Starry Night

A collection of stories by Tanith Lee that ranges across genres: "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; a ship's officer struggles with his suspicions about a shy drab woman taking passage aboard a ship of sun-worshipers." Reviewing it for us last year, Indrapramit Das concluded that it is "a fine sampling of [Lee]'s fiction, one that makes it easy to see why she's held in such high regard as an influential and celebrated writer." (Donated by Aqueduct Press.)

Conversation Pieces

Two volumes from Aqeduct's "Conversation Pieces" series of short feminist speculative works. Lisa M. Bradley's The Haunted Girl is a collection of poems and short stories "rooted in issues of family, ritual, and belonging", while Katrina Moore's Numa is a narrative poem with photo collage, telling the story of a shape-shifter whose home body is that of a wild feline, and who learns by trial and error to take the form of other animals, plants and the elements. (Donated by Aqueduct Press.)


An autographed copy of the deluxe edition of Hal Duncan's short fiction collection Scruffians! Stories of Better Sodomites. Includes his SH story "The Disappearance of James H_____" plus many others (including one exclusive to this deluxe edition), and over forty full-colour photographs complementing the fantastical and homoerotic elements of the tales. Reviewing the collection for us earlier this year, Anthony Cardno found it a work that "plays with form and style, encourages the reader to dig deeper and work harder to uncover the point of a story." If the winner of this prize is in Europe, the book can be personalised, otherwise it will include a signed bookplate. (Donated by Lethe Press.)

Complete Dreams & Nightmares

This prize is a complete set of digital (back issues) of the speculative poetry magazine Dreams & Nightmares, from issue 1 all the way to the forthcoming issue 100. We published an interview with editor David C. Kopaska-Merkel back in July, in which he reflected on his own work and changes in speculative poetry over the twenty-eight year (so far!) lifespan of the magazine. (Donated by David C. Kopaska-Merkel.)

Barking Mad

"The year is 1931. The scene is werewolfishly classic English fare. And tonight the moon hangs as full as a royal pie plate as playboy Reggie Spiffington sets out for a delectably long weekend at Huffsworthy Hall to assist his dear friend, Moony, in his failing endeavor to take the hand of his lady-love and to partake in the culinary talents of the genius chef running the kitchen...." A signed copy of the first Reginald Spiffington mystery. (Donated by Jamie Ridenhour.)

Broken Slate

"Taken from his family’s merchant ship at the age of fourteen, Martin Eduardo endured years in the brutal contract labor system on the planet Julian. Now a contract rebellion brews. The precarious – and emotionally costly – safety Martin had found with his seventh contract holder is put at risk by another holder, Jeno Lord Harper, who seeks to use Martin for his own aims. Years in the system have demonstrated what happens to contracts who fight back; Martin knows resistance will prove dangerous." A signed copy of this novel by Kelly Jennings, whose story "Dream Cakes" we published just last week. (Donated by Kelly Jennings.)

A Midsummer Night's Bundle

A bundle of titles from Midsummer Night's Press including The Good-Neighbor Policy, "a double cross in double dacyyls" by Charles Ardai; Fortune's Lover, a book of tarot poems by Rachel Pollack; Fairy Tales in Electric-City by Francesca Lia Block; The Last Selchie Child by Jane Yolen; What if What's Imagined Were All True by Roz Kaveney; and Fairy Tales for Writers by Lawrence Schimel. (Donated by A Midsummer Night's Press.)

The Revolutions

Felix Gilman's latest novel was reviewed for us by Alix E. Harrow back in July: When I saw the cover of Felix Gilman's The Revolutions, I thought: Lord, let this book be even half as good, as intriguing and unusual, as its cover. To summarize the rest of this review: It is." If you need more detail, it apparently involves a young journalist at the end of the nineteenth century, caught up in a war between competing magical societies.

Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose

How will the end come? What will we do when the lights go out? This anthology includes apocalyptic works by writers ranging from Joyce Carol Oates and Margaret Atwood to Kelly Link and E. Lily Yu. One physical copy and one electronic copy (Kindle or ePub) available. (Donated by Upper Rubber Boot Books.)

Harvesting the Moon

A signed copy of Ursula Pflug's second short story collection, published this year by PS Publishing. Harvesting the Moon includes stories previously published in Strange Horizons, Fantasy Magazine, Leviathan, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, among others; plus an introduction by Candas Jane Dorsey, who writes that Pflug's stories "are full of sadness and loss, and yet, I feel as if they are returning to me so many things that life makes us lose. Reaching into the vortex of the past, Ursula comes up with an incredible salvage of heart, humanity, imagery and truth. The real stuff." (Donated by Ursula Pflug.)

The Severed Streets

The second novel in Paul Cornell's new urban fantasy series about detective Peter Quill opens with the murder of a well-known MP, and turmoil in London. Further murders follow, all of rich white men, but all with the signature of Jack the Ripper. The inquiry into just what this supernatural menace is takes Quill and his team into the corridors of power at Whitehall, to meetings with MI5—or "the funny people" as the Met call them—and into the London occult underworld.  They go undercover to a pub with a regular evening that caters to that clientele, and to an auction of objects of power at the Tate Modern.

Landon's Loot!

Justin Landon, co-editor of the Hugo-nominated Speculative Fiction 2012 and editor of Staffer's Book Review, will rummage through his piles of review copies and fill a small box with the most interesting selection. Expect thrills, delights, books you didn't know you wanted to read and probably some books you didn't want to know existed. (Donated by Justin Landon.)

Bourke's Boxes!

Strange Horizons reviewer and Hugo-nominated fan writer Liz Bourke will delve into her gargantuan stacks of excess review copies and prepare two boxes for two lucky donors. Only the best and the most baffling will be included. (Donated by Liz Bourke.)

A Booksmuggler Box

Reviewer and co-editor of the Hugo nominated Booksmugglers blog, Ana Grilo will dig through her overflowing mountain of review copies and prepare a selection to meet the preferences of the winner of this prize. Expect only the finest in recent YA and genre titles ... with perhaps a couple of surprises. (Donated by Ana Grilo.)

The Bone Clocks

Reviewing David Mitchell's latest novel for us, James Smythe called it “possibly the year's best fantasy novel … a sprawling tale of one person's life, and all of the ups and downs that go along with it." This prize is a copy of the UK limited-edition hardback (neon pink!) ARC with ribbon bookmark. (Donated by Hodder.)

The Forever Watch

"The Noah: a city-sized ship, four hundred years into an epic voyage to another planet. In a world where deeds, and even thoughts, cannot be kept secret, a man is murdered .. Hana Dempsey, a mid-level bureaucrat genetically modified to use the Noah's telepathic internet, begins to investigate." The Forever Watch is the first novel by former molecular biologist David Ramirez, and this prize is a first-edition hardback. (Donated by Hodder.)

SE Asia Speculative Fiction

This prize is a bundle: a copy of Fish Eats Lion, which collects “the best original speculative fiction being written in Singapore today … a home-grown anthology featuring a refreshing variety of voices and perspectives"; plus a copy of the second issue of Lontar: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, which includes “ speculative writing from and about Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand." Includes stories by Victor Fernando R. Ocampo, JY Yang, E.C. Myers, and many others. (Donated by Victor Fernando R. Ocampo.)

Groppi Scarf!

Keep warm with a scarf hand-knitted by former SH fiction editor and editor-in-chief Susan Marie Groppi! Choice of colours available. (Donated by Susan Marie Groppi.)

Gladstone Double

This prize is hardback copies of Campbell-nominated writer Max Gladstone's second and third novels, Two Serpents Rise and Full Fathom Five. Reviewing Gladstone's first book in these pages, Liz Bourke wrote that it “intrigued, thrilled, and delighted me by turns, and had me cackling in righteous satisfaction at the conclusion." (And at she found Full Fathom Five even better.)

Glitterwolf Bundle

Glitterwolf Magazine is a UK-based literary and arts magazine that publishes the best poetry, fiction, art and photography by contributors identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. This bundle includes an ebook of the collected issues 1-3, a Halloween special, and print editions of forthcoming issues 7-9.

Horton Year's Best

A copy of Rich Horton's The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2014, which includes Erik Amundsen's “Live Arcade" from these pages, plus stories by Angelica Gorodischer, Yoon Ha Lee, KJ Parker, Geoff Ryman, Lavie Tidhar, and many others. Donated by Ken Liu, who will sign his story, “A Brief History of the Trans-Pacific Tunnel."


"Charles Bowen is an immigration officer with a difference: the migrants he deals with don't come from other countries but from other universes. Known as shifters, they materialize from parallel timelines, bringing with them a mysterious drug called slip which breaks down the boundary between what is and what might have been, and offers the desperate and the dispossessed the tantalizing possibility of escape" This prize is a copy of the first UK edition of Marcher by Arthur C. Clarke and Edge Hill Award-winning author Chris Beckett; heavily revised from the US edition, with (among other things) a new ending, it is the author's preferred text. (Donated by Newcon Press.)

Artwork by Laura Walton Allen

"Pathfinder" is mixed media/acrylic artwork by Laura Walton Allen, based around dungeon-crawler board game components. It measures approximately 22"x20"x3". (Donated by Laura Allen.)

Sibilant Fricative

Adam Roberts' long-­awaited reviews collection comprises not, as you might expect, material from his current blog Sibilant Fricative, but rather his previous blog Punkaddidle, plus some material from other venues, including these very pages. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll shake your head in amazement as Adam wades through The Wheel of Time, and you'll be mildly unsettled by the cover. This paperback copy is signed by the author. (Donated by Adam Roberts.)

Sultana's Dream

First published in 1905, Sultana's Dream is a story of reversed purdah. Ten years before Charlotte Gilman's Herland, Begum Rokheya Sakhawat Hossain—a pioneer of Muslim feminist thought and writing—imagined Ladyland, where peace­loving women overpower aggressive men through the strength of their brains. This new edition is a fascinating dialogue across time and cultures: Durga Bai, a brilliant woman artist from the Gond tribe of central India, has drawn her response to this hundred­-year-old feminist fable, adding a new layer of meaning to a classic text. (Donated by Aishwarya Subramanian.)

The Stone Boatmen

Sarah Tolmie's first novel is one of the best fantasies of the year. It's the tale of three cities, separated by oceans, lost to one another long ago: the first, the city of rituals, of ceremonies; the second, the city of words, of poetry; and the third, the city of the golden birds, of dreams. In their harbors stand the stone boatmen, pointing outward toward the unknown. Now the birds are fostering a new­found relationship of the three cities of the ancestors, and the voyages of the ship Aphelion and its crew are beginning to rebuild the links. Reviewing it for us earlier this year, Maureen Kincaid Speller found it "a nourishing sort of book [and] a novel that will remain long in my mind, because of the quality of storytelling and the ideas it explores." (Donated by Aqueduct Press.)

A Man Lies Dreaming

Deep in the heart of history's most infamous concentration camp, a man lies dreaming. His name is Shomer, and before the war he was a pulp fiction author. Now, to escape the brutal reality of life in Auschwitz, Shomer spends his nights imagining another world—a world where a disgraced former dictator known only as Wolf ekes out a miserable existence as a low­-rent PI in London's grimiest streets. Lavie Tidhar's latest novel is a story of revenge and redemption, as forceful as you'd expect from the World Fantasy Award-winning author of Osama and The Violent Century. (Donated by Hodder.)

Machine of Death: The Game of Creative Assasination

You've read the stories: now play the game! From an installment of Dinosaur Comics came the anthologies, and now a card game about the Machine of Death: a device that can tell, from just sample of your blood, how you are going to die. One copy of the base game available. (Donated by Matthew Bennardo.)

The Abyss Beyond Dreams

Peter F. Hamilton's latest novel begins a new space opera series in his Commonwealth universe. When images of a lost civilization are "dreamed" by a self-proclaimed prophet of the age, Nigel Sheldon, inventor of wormhole technology, is asked to investigate—especially as the dreams seem to be coming from the Void, a mysterious area of living space monitored and controlled because of its hugely destructive capabilities. With it being the greatest threat to the known universe, Nigel is committed to finding out what really lies within the Void and if there's any truth to the visions they've received. Does human life really exist inside its boundary? This copy is a signed, limited edition ARC.


Tina Connolly's latest novel is a standalone linked to the world of her Nebula­nominated Ironskin and Copperhead. Set 18 years after those novels, it's about a girl who disguises herself as a boy to hunt wyverns and basilisks. An excerpt from the first chapter is available at This copy is a signed hardback. (Donated by Tina Connolly)

Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up to No Good

An anthology of dark fiction, co­edited by H. L. Nelson and Joanne Merriam, scheduled for release in March 2015. The anthology will include (among others) Aimee Bender, Kathy Fish, Amina Gautier, Amelia Gray, Lindsay Hunter, Rebecca Jones-Howe, Andrea Kneeland, Kelly Luce, Joyce Carol Oates, Joani Reese, Marytza K. Rubio, Nisi Shawl, Rachel Swirsky, Meg Tuite, Damien Angelica Walters, and Bonnie ZoBell. Paperback or ebook (Kindle or epub) available. (Donated by Upper Rubber Boot Books)

Horror Triple Bill

A bumper bundle of three anthologies published by Written Backwards Press. Chiral Mad and Chiral Mad 2 include stories by Gary Braunbeck, David Gerrold, Helen Marshall, Gary McMahon, and Amanda Ottino among others—Braunbeck's "The Great Pity" won the Stoker for Best Long Fiction of 2013. Also in this bundle is Qualia Nous, which includes Stephen King's "The Jaunt" plus original stories by Lori Michelle, Marge Simon, Lucy A. Snyder, and others. Chiral Mad 2 and Qualia Nous include stories by Usman T. Malik, whose "Resurrection Points" we published earlier this year. Both will be signed by the editor, and Usman will sign his stories. (Donated by Usman T. Malik.)

Steles of the Sky

In the concluding volume of Elizabeth Bear's Eternal Sky trilogy, Temur, exiled heir to his grandfather's Khaganate, finally confronts his enemies. Liz Bourke wrote an appreciation of the series for "the most powerful story I've read in years: a story that subverts the expectations of epic fantasy even as it uses them to create a narrative with mythic resonance and force. I read Range of Ghosts two years ago, and it felt to me like the epic fantasy I'd spent my whole life waiting to read: waiting without ever knowing what precisely I was missing."

Lost Books

Adrienne J. Odasso's first poetry collection (published in 2010) explores the consequences of roads taken and paths sidestepped. You'll encounter forbidden berries from land littered with burial grounds, a spine tilling the dirt, and a fragile horizon shattered into a thousand missing pieces, in these poems filled with ethereal imagery and tangled in the complications of memory. Two copies available. (Donated by Adrienne J. Odasso)