Fund Drive 2015: Prizes
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Everyone who donates to the 2015 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. Prizes will be shipped worldwide unless otherwise noted. We'll be revealing additional prizes throughout the month, so don't forget to check back!
The Winged Histories
Sofia Samatar's A Stranger in Olondria is one of the best fantasy novels of the last five years, winner of the World Fantasy, British Fantasy, and William L. Crawford Awards (and nominated for a Nebula along the way). Reviewing it for us, Nic Clarke wrote that it was a "sparkling debut fantasy of travel, books, and self-discovery." Now, read the sequel! One lucky reader can take home an advance uncorrected proof of The Winged Histories, due out next March, which follows four women—a soldier, a scholar, a poet, and a socialite—caught up on different sides of a violent rebellion. Surely one of next year's most anticipated novels. (Donated by Small Beer Press.)
Your choice of print (US/Canada only) or ebook (worldwide) editions of three novels by Ayize Jama-Everett: The Liminal People, The Liminal War, and The Entropy of Bones. The Liminal People has been described as "a fast-paced science fiction thriller with shades of The Matrix or Richard Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs novels—but don't worry, you haven't read this before: this is something all new." Read its first three chapters here. (And if you're in Los Angeles on 15th October, see Jama-Everett on a panel discussing their work with Steven Barnes, Nalo Hopkinson, Liliam Rivera, and Tananarive Due.) (Donated by Small Beer Press.)
An LCRW Chocolate Subscription
A four-issue print subscription to the long-running Small Beer Press 'zine Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet which is, as their website puts it, "An Occasional Outburst, an arrow shot into the future, a harbinger." This summer's special on humanity's relationship with the Earth includes work by Christopher Brown, Carmen Maria Machado, and Sofia Samatar—but one of the joys of LCRW is the joy of discovering new writers. Another of the joys is that each issue comes with chocolate! US/Canada only. (Donated by Small Beer Press.)
The latest from Haikasoru, Taiyo Fujii's novel was nominated for the Japan SF Award and the Seiun Award on its original publication. Now in English: discover a future where reality has been augmented and biology itself has been hacked—making the world's food supply genetically modified, superior, and vulnerable—and meet gene mapper Hayashida, who discovers that his custom rice plant has experienced a dysgenic collapse and finds himself caught up in conspiracy. (Donated by Maureen Kincaid Speller.)
An ebook bundle of three anthologies from Rosarium Publishing. First up is Mothership, collecting Afrofuturist and multicultural SF by the likes of N. K. Jemisin, Daniel José Older, Sofia Samatar, and Nisi Shawl. Then there's this summer's Samuel R. Delany tribute anthology Stories for Chip, featuring Nick Harkaway, Nalo Hopkinson, Geoff Ryman, and more; and hot off the presses, SE Asia steampunk anthology The Sea Is Ours, which includes work by Nghi Vo and Pear Nuallak, among others. In short: a whole lot of excellent stories. (Donated by Rosarium Publishing.)
Wonders of the Invisible World
A signed edition of this collection from World Fantasy lifetime achievement award winner Patricia A. McKillip. In these 16 stories discover princesses dancing with dead suitors, knights in love, fortune's fool stealing into the present instead of the future, a ravishing undine and her mortal bridegroom, a time-traveling angel, a wizard seduced in his youth by the Faerie Queen, and an overachieving teenage mage tricked into discovering her true name very close to home. "The wonder of the wonders in McKillip's narratives, as in her prose, is never that they are beyond us, or that they are somewhere else, but that they are always already here, beneath our feet, brushing against our eyelids, lurking just around the corner, hidden within our own hearts," said Chris Kammerud for SH. (Donated by Tachyon Books.)
The Madonna and the Starship
A signed print edition of James Morrow's novella The Madonna and the Starship. Partially an homage to the heyday of SF pulp novels and television, in The Madonna and the Starship, Kurt and Connie must save two million people on Earth from being vaporized simply because of their television preferences. In a review for us, Molly Katz said, "James Morrow (as you may already know, if you've read his other works) has a talent for breathing poignancy and life into what might, in less deft hands, read like a ham-handed satirical lecture." (Donated by Tachyon Books.)
Sleight of Hand
A signed edition of this collection, finalist for the 2012 Locus Award. Reviewing it for us, T. S. Miller noted that it includes both familiar and unfamiliar material for fans: a new piece set in the world of The Last Unicorn, alongside several darker than usual tales. "With its engaging and wide-ranging selection of fantasies, Sleight of Hand seems the perfect book for an author to publish in the same year that his towering status in the field has finally been formalized with a World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, proving as it does that this achievement lies not only in the past, but remains very much a thing of the present." (Donated by Tachyon Books.)
A signed copy of Tim Powers's first collection of short stories. Says the publisher: "Tim Powers takes you on an unforgettable excursion into his strange and dangerous worlds. Vengeful or cooperative spirits, mutant tomatoes, and Ether Bunnies roam these pages, treading paths both alarming and comedic." (Donated by Tachyon Books.)
A copy of the new novel from Hugo, Nebula, and James Tiptree, Jr. Award nominee Carolyn Ives Gilman. Dark Orbit is a novel of alien contact, mystery, and murder. Writing for Tor.com, Liz Bourke found it pretty fine: "by turns sharp and gentle, cynical and idealistic, empiricist and mystical.… It is deeply compelling in its peculiarities, and probably one of the best novels of science fiction that I've read in the last few years." And surely you don't need more of a recommendation than that?
Mammoth Book of SF by Women
A survey of the best in contemporary short SF by women, featuring stories by a number of names you'll recognise from the pages of SH, including Zen Cho, Nnedi Okorafor, Sofia Samatar, Genevieve Valentine, and Vandana Singh, whose entry is her SH story "Somadeva: A Sky River Sutra." Plus many other writers, of course. Read Karen Burnham's impressed review for Locus here: "There will be stories for most palates here, much to think about and argue with. An excellent showcase, subverting paradigms as well as expectations." Two copies available. (Donated by Alex Dally MacFarlane.)
Faith L. Justice Bundles
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—two U.S. winners can receive a signed set; international winners receive ebooks in the format of their choice. (Donated by Faith L. Justice.)
Circles in the Hair
Meet a were-moose, aboriginal spirits, a fetal vampire, and the devil's mother-in-law in Circles in the Hair, an anthology written by members of CITH and edited by Faith L. Justice and Gordon Linzner. The anthology features stories set in times as distant as Bronze Age China and the far future; in places as strange as a Brooklyn courthouse and the edge of the universe; by authors such as Linda Addison, Keith R. A. DeCandido, and Gerard Houarner. Foreword by Nancy Kress, Afterword by Terry Bisson. A print copy or ebook is available to winners in the U.S., and an ebook is available to winners anywhere. (Donated by Faith L. Justice.)
A Guide to Endangered Monsters
Mary Turzillo's A Guide to Endangered Monsters is packed with many of her award-winning and most popular poems, everything from the deliciously salacious "We Made Poetry" to the devilishly hysterical "Aesthetics of Evil." Read an example of her poetry, "Iphigenia in Shaker Heights", as it appeared in SH. (Donated by Mary Turzillo.)
A selection of the latest offerings from Aqueduct Press's "Conversation Pieces" series, which showcase connection and conversations within feminist SF. This bundle includes The Haunted Girl by Lisa M. Bradley, a selection of poems and short stories rooted in issues of family, ritual, and belonging; Ghost Signs by (SH poetry editor) Sonya Taaffe, described by Amal El-Mohtar in her Lightspeed review as "a masterpiece: In content, in curation, these poems and one story are that species of perfect that has me struggling with metaphor"; Back, Belly and Side, a collection of wise and warm stories by Celeste Rita Baker; and A Day in Deep Freeze by Lisa Shapter, a paranoid novella set in 1960s America. All in all, a great introduction to the series. (Donated by Aqueduct Press.)
Three Aqueduct Novels
Three science fiction novels from Aqueduct Press. Elysium by Jennifer Marie Brissett is an exploration of history, myth, and identity recognised as one of last year's finest first novels (read an interview with Brissett by Sofia Samatar here). This year's The Weave by Nancy Jane Moore is a first-contact novel praised by the likes of Vonda McIntyre and Michael Bishop. And we don't know anything about Jackie Hatton's forthcoming Flesh & Wires … except that it's from Aqueduct, so likely to be well worth your time. (Donated by Aqueduct Press.)
An ARC of Arthur C. Clarke Award-winner Tricia Sullivan (and three-time shortlistee)'s next novel, Occupy Me, due out early in 2016. The publisher describes it as "an extraordinary, genre defining novel that begins with the mystery of a woman who barely knows herself and ends with a discovery that transcends space and time." Sounds par for the course for Sullivan; to get a flavour, read L. Timmel Duchamp's review of Double Vision and Sound Mind. (Donated by Gollancz.)
The Promise of the Child
An ARC of this first novel by Tom Toner, which comes with major-debut blurbs: "Utterly absorbing; a tremendous adventure" (Karl Schroeder), "Absolutely brilliant" (Adam Roberts), "like no space opera I've ever read–compelling and addictive" (Will McIntosh). Can it live up to all that? Pick it as your prize and find out! (Donated by Gollancz.)
The House of Shattered Wings
Mahvesh Murad reviewed Aliette de Bodard's latest for us, describing it as "a slow-burn Gothic narrative with plenty of tension. … Bodard's worldbuilding is rich, her writing is sophisticated, almost regal in style. But more importantly, and poignantly, The House of Shattered Wings is also a story about imperialism, about displacement and belonging, about loyalties and the desperate desire to simply return to your own tribe." One of the big novels of the summer, and we have two ARCs available. (Donated by Gollancz.)
If you've never read one of Victor Pelevin's surreal, acerbic novels—once memorably blurb as "the zen buddhist Will Self"—what better place to start? S.N.U.F.F. is a post-apocalyptic novel that contrasts poverty and luxury, low and high technology, barbarity, and civilisation—while asking questions about the nature of war, the media, entertainment, and humanity. Two ARCs available. (Donated by Gollancz.)
"In B. Catling's twisting, poetic narrative," says the blurb, "Bakelite robots lie broken—their hard shells cracked by human desire—and an inquisitive Cyclops waits for his keeper and guardian, growing in all directions. Beyond the colonial city of Essenwald lies the Vorrh, the forest which sucks souls and wipes minds." One for fans of China Miéville, Michael Moorcock, and Alasdair Gray—and though we haven't reviewed it, you can read Moorcock's own take in The Guardian: "For all its page-turning story, it is a poet's novel, a serious piece of writing." This edition is a hardback signed by the author. (Donated by Hodder.)
A signed copy of a new paperback edition of Tad Williams's debut novel, first published in 1985 and a finalist for the William L. Crawford Award at the time: Tailchaser's Song is described as "an epic of high fantasy and grand adventure, where gods walk amongst their people and where even very small creatures can change the world." (Donated by Hodder.)
Bad Movie Blogging
Author and critic Rachael Acks will watch a terrible movie of your choice (old or new!), blog it, and send you her unedited (and potentially traumatised) notes. Read examples of her reviewing (and her fiction!) in our archives. (Donated by Rachael Acks.)
A signed first edition hardback of William Alexander's newest middle-grade novel, Ambassador. Join Gabe Fuentes as he navigates his new job as Earth's ambassador to the galaxy and tries to stop his undocumented parents from being deported. (Donated by William Alexander.)
Copies of the first two books in Tom Doyle's American Craft series—his debut novel American Craftsmen and the second (and newest) novel in the series, The Left-Hand Way. An exciting cross between dark urban fantasy and special ops thrillers, American Craft is where ancient magic meets SEAL Team Six. Both copies are ARCs. (Donated by Tom Doyle.)
Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days
A copy of Upper Rubber Boot Books' second speculative fiction anthology Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days, edited by Alexander Lumans and Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum. It is the first anthology of its kind to bring together the poetry and prose of some of America's finest (though not always most well-known) literary voices such as Margaret Atwood, Davis McCombs, Rodney Jones, and Joyce Carol Oates. A print copy is available to winners in the U.S., and an ebook is available to winners anywhere. (Donated by Joanne Merriam.)
You would indeed choose wisely if you chose this prize, available in the U.S. as a print copy and anywhere as an ebook. Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up to No Good is an anthology of dark fiction, co-edited by H. L. Nelson and Joanne Merriam. The anthology includes (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. (Donated by Joanne Merriam.)
The Future Fire bundle
Trade paperback copies of three anthologies of excellent sociopolitical SF published by The Future Fire. Of Outlaw Bodies, Tori Truslow wrote for us that it focuses on very welcome stories that "acknowledge that human bodies are already complicated, and diverse, and all too often othered." We didn't cover We See a Different Frontier, an anthology of postcolonial SF, but we did publish a fascinating roundtable with the contributors that explores some of the motivations behind their work. The most recent of the three is this year's Accessing the Future, featuring "stories about people with disabilities in all of their complexity and diversity, that scream with passion and intensity." The anthologies include stories by writers such as Joyce Chng, Aliette de Bodard, Vylar Kaftan, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and Sarah Pinsker: plenty of great reading to be had. (Donated by The Future Fire.)
Mosca Mye Set
Hardback U.S. editions of Fly By Night and its long-awaited sequel Fly Trap, by Frances Hardinge. Fly By Night won the Branford Boase Award and was listed as one of the School Library Journal Best Books in 2006. Reviewing Fly By Night for SH, Donna Royston said, "Although it is being marketed for children, [it] will also entertain and delight adults." (Donated by Frances Hardinge.)
A Face Like Glass
A paperback copy of Frances Hardinge's novel A Face Like Glass. Reviewing it for SH, Hallie O'Donovan said, "Much as I have loved every one of [her] novels, I think this might be her best." In the underground city of Caverna, the world's most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare […] the people of Caverna are more ordinary, but for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. (Donated by Frances Hardinge.)
We Are All Completely Fine
What happens when five seemingly insane outcasts—survivors of horror movie scenarios—form a support group? Find out in this signed edition of We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory, which recently won the Shirley Jackson Award and is being developed into a show for the SyFy channel by Wes Craven. "[Gregory's] most tightly constructed and compulsively readable novel to date, and a small gem of what we might call post-horror horror," said Gary K. Wolfe in a review for Locus last year. (Donated by Tachyon Books.)
A signed edition of the 2014 Locus and Nebula Award winning novel Yesterday's Kin, by Nancy Kress. In a dystopian future, aliens have parked their spaceship in New York Harbor, America is rabidly isolationist, and geneticist Marianne Jenner's three adult children can't stop squabbling. Kirkus Reviews called this book "an artful critique of humanity's ability to cooperate in the face of a greater threat." (Donated by Tachyon Books.)
Angélica Gorodischer bundle
One set of print (US/Canada only) and one set of ebooks (worldwide) of three wide-ranging novels from one of Argentina's foremost writers. In Kalpa Imperial, discover the story of a fabled nameless empire which has risen and fallen innumerable times. In Trafalgar, meet intergalactic salesman Trafalgar Medrano, and listen to his tales of life among the stars. And in Prodigies, explore the lives of women passing through a nineteenth-century boarding house in Germany. Three very different books, all beautiful, thoughtful, enriching. (Donated by Small Beer Press.)
Two new collections of reviews and essays from Newcon Press, providing two different overviews of the SF field. James Lovegrove's Lifelines and Deadlines takes a long view, collecting reviews and essays from the last twenty years, while Adam Roberts's Rave and Let Die is a snapshot, featuring reviews of almost every work of SF and fantasy published in the UK in 2014. Both forthright and fearless critics will keep you challenged and entertained to the last page. (Donated by Newcon Press.)
Liu in SF World
An issue of Science Fiction World, the world's largest-circulation SF magazine, featuring a story by Ken Liu (if you read Chinese) and spectacular artwork (whether or not you read Chinese). (Donated by Ken Liu.)
Marginalia to Stone Bird
In this powerful debut collection, Rannu Award-winning poet (and SH contributor) Rose Lemberg explores the deep-rooted fluidity of gender, tradition, language, and desire in landscapes as familiar as high fantasy and as foreign as San Francisco. Written in the voices of immigrants, shape-changers, sentient ships in a distant future, and heroes of a mythic past, her poems inhabit a fragile, vital space of complex identity and story as a conscious act, stubbornly urging the reader's attention toward the marginal, the liminal, and the unheard—a firebird cautioned to burn less brightly, a ghost-child ignored by the gods, a lover laying a road of words for a beloved to follow. By turns devastating and deeply hopeful, Marginalia to Stone Bird writes a fearless commentary on our history and others. (Donated by Rose Lemberg.)
Take home a hardback copy of Kit Reed's new novel Where! Reed explores what it means to be lost (and found) as David Ribault searches for his lover and the entire town of Kraven Island that one morning just—vanished.
A hardback copy of Greg van Eekhout's return to adult SFF, California Bones. Part caper, part urban fantasy, the novel is set in a California divided into two kingdoms and ruled by powerful osteomancers. Weaving together a heist, pulled off by Daniel Blackstone—thief and son of a murdered osteomancer himself—likable characters, and innovative magic world building, this is a fun and engaging read.
Signed UK paperbacks of the first three volumes in Marie Brennan's Memoirs of Lady Trent series, being the remarkably candid (and sometimes scandalous) memoirs of the world's premier dragon naturalist. Reviewing The Tropic of Serpents and The Voyage of the Basilisk for us, Electra Pritchett wrote that they "expand upon [the first book's] strengths.… Brennan makes some moves that are subtle but definitely subversive of some well-worn fantasy-tropes; both she and Isabella pay their readers the compliment of taking their intelligence seriously.… I eagerly await the next installment." (Donated by Marie Brennan.)
Kitty Saves the World
Get the final book in the New York Times bestselling Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn, Kitty Saves the World. Outnumbered and outgunned at every turn, the stakes have never been higher for Kitty. She will have to call on allies both old and new in order to save not just her family and friends, but the rest of the world as well. This prize comes with a bonus CD playlist from the author herself! (Donated by Carrie Vaughn.)
Justin Landon, former editor of Staffer's Book Review and host of Tor.com's podcast Rocket Talk, will rummage through his piles of review copies and fill a small box with what he insists on describing as a BOOKSPLOSION. 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.)
Strange Horizons reviewer and Hugo-nominated fan writer Liz Bourke will delve into her gargantuan stacks of excess review copies and prepare a selection for one lucky donor. "Some of them might even be good!" she reports, so expect either the best or the most baffling of recent releases. (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.)
How to Live on Other Planets
This prize is an anthology 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, and edited by Joanne Merriam. It was reviewed for SH by Shaun Duke, who said, "I would be remiss not to declare my deep appreciation for this anthology." (Donated by Joanne Merriam.)
Darling Hands, Darling Tongue
A signed copy of this poetry chapbook by Sally Rosen Kindred, which explores Peter Pan's Neverland through the eyes of Tinker Bell, Wendy Darling, Tiger Lily, and a contemporary mother reading the story to her sons. One of the poems, "Wendy Darling Has Bad Dreams," appeared in our pages. (Donated by Sally Rosen Kindred.)
Genevieve Valentine Bundle
Grab the latest books from Genevieve Valentine! This bundle includes a hardback copy of her novel Persona—a thriller set in a world where, as Amal El-Mohtar put it for NPR, "international diplomacy has the breathless importance of Hollywood gossip"—and a trade paperback of the first part of her acclaimed run on Catwoman: Keeper of the Castle. (Donated by Genevieve Valentine.)
Gaunt and Bone
A bundle of three novels in Chris Willrich's "Gaunt and Bone" series—The Scroll of Years, The Silk Map, and The Chat of Tomorrows—all signed by the author. Described as "Brent Weeks meets China Mieville," the series follows the adventures of the poet Persimmon Gaunt and the double-cursed thief Imago Bone: romantic couple and partners in crime.
The trilogy is complete! The concluding volume in Ann Leckie's everything-winning Imperial Radch trilogy, Ancillary Mercy finds Breq grappling with a person who shouldn't exist, a messenger from the mysterious Presger empire, and, of course, Anaander Mianaai. Publishers Weekly starred it and said, "This glorious series summit is suffused with the wit and the skillful eye for character that fans have come to expect from Leckie." Can't ask for much more than that. Choose either a copy of Ancillary Mercy, or a complete trilogy set, all signed by the author. (Donated by Ann Leckie.)
A copy of the signed, limited hardcover edition of Ancillary Justice published by Subterranean Press. One of a print run of 500, not available for sale any longer! And if you've seen any of Subterranean's books, you know that they are beautiful artefacts—a must for a collector. (Donated by Dawn Sabados.)
The Four Elements
A poetry and prose collection featuring four Bram Stoker Award–winning poets: Linda Addison, Rain Graves, Charlee Jacobs, and Marge Simon; this copy is signed by Addison. From the publisher's blurb: "A rich, dark tapestry of evocative emotion … From modern interpretations to ancient mythology, they explore the magic and mystery of Fire, Water, Earth, and Air." (Donated by Linda Addison.)
Hardback first American editions of Gemsigns and Binary plus a trade paperback first edition of Revolution equals a complete signed set of Stephanie Saulter's debut trilogy. The Revolution novels describe the liberation and integration of gems, genetically modified humans created to help rebuild the world after the crash. Reviewing Binary for us, Liz Bourke noted that "while the cover copy gives the impression that this is a straightforward science fictional thriller sort of book, the deep secrets and potential threats aren't what Binary is really about: where Gemsigns was a novel about communities, Binary is a novel about relationships in a changing world." Thoughtful and absorbing, this is a series worth your time. (Donated by Stephanie Saulter.)
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
First crowdfunded, then shortlisted for the Kitschies Golden Tentacle for Best Debut, now available in a beautiful hardback edition from Hodder, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is, wrote Jared Shurin, "a seemingly effortless demonstration of how progressive and enjoyable science fiction can be." It tells the tale of the crew of the Wayfarer, hired to build a hyperspace tunnel to a distant planet. They'll earn enough money to live comfortably for years—if they survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful. Fun fact: Becky Chambers used to be a First Reader here at SH! (Donated by Hodder.)
When We Were Animals
A hardback copy of When We Were Animals, by Joshua Gaylord. Although she's not a werewolf, Lumen, and the rest of the teenagers in her unnamed Midwestern town, run wild once a month during the full moon. Part dark speculative fiction, part emotional drama, Karen Munrocalled this novel "a patient, thoughtful portrait of a girl progressing into womanhood, disguised as a work of speculative fiction." in a review earlier this year.
A hardback copy of Maria Dahvana Headley's YA debut, Magonia. Magonia follows Aza, a terminally ill girl who finds herself, upon her death, caught between two worlds—one on Earth and one in the air. Chris Kammerud "read on with excitement, and hope, always waiting for another sentence, or paragraph, some surprising bit of alchemy in Headley's prose that shocked me awake and made me put down the book for the pleasure of looking at the world with eyes made new."
Sorcerer to the Crown
A signed—and personalised, if you would like—copy of Zen Cho's much-anticipated first novel Sorcerer to Crown. Writing for NPR, Amal El-Mohtar found it delightful: "I can't remember the last time I read a fantasy novel that made me laugh so much—and as often as I laughed, I gasped, I shouted rude words at offending characters, and just generally fell over myself with admiration for Cho's dextrous depiction of Regency manners and wit." This edition is the U.S. hardback. (Donated by Zen Cho.)
The End of All Things
A hardback copy of The End of All Things, John Scalzi's return to his best-selling Old Man's War universe. The story of Colonial Defense Force Lieutenant Harry Wilson continues from where Scalzi left off in The Human Division. IO9 reviewer Andrew Liptak called it "a smart novel, one that represents a vastly more mature worldview from that of the series' first entry."
Australian writer Ilka Tampke's first novel is set in Iron Age Britain on the cusp of Roman invasion, and tells the story of Allia, a young woman with no totem, no family, and no land chosen by the Mothers for a different path. Two hardback copies are available: one signed, one unsigned. (Donated by Hodder.)
Letters to Tiptree
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Alice Sheldon's birth, a selection of letters written by SF's writers, editors, critics, and fans to celebrate her, to recognise her work, and maybe in some cases to finish conversations set aside nearly thirty years ago. Includes letters by L. Timmel Duchamp, Nicola Griffith, Brit Mandelo, Nisi Shawl, Jo Walton, and many more, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Alexandra Pierce. As a sample, read Gwyneth Jones's letter, reprinted in SH last month: "There's more to life than a giant penis, piercing the heavens in search of its doomy, Wagnerian love-death." One print copy and two electronic copies available. (Donated by Twelfth Planet Press.)
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.)
A surreal account of a family trapped in Scarfolk, which is in turn trapped in the strange decade of the 1970s. This prize is a hardback copy of Discovering Scarfolk, by Richard Littler. It was a massive cult hit online, and is full of public information posters, news reports, tourist brochures, and other ephemera. Visit Scarfolk today!
Signal to Noise
Silvia Moreno-Garcia's debut novel Signal to Noise is a novel of music, majic, and Mexico City. The novel follows a coven of novice teenage witches, paralleling their narrative with their adult lives twenty years later. SH reviewer Nino Cipri "found Signal to Noise immensely enjoyable," calling it "a novel for readers who want love stories that have taken a cold shower in realism."
Grab a hardback copy of Tina Connolly's new YA novel Seriously Wicked. A fun yet sophisticated read for the teen in all of us! Try out the first chapter on Connolly's website. (Donated by Tina Connolly.)
Tin Star, Stone in the Sky
An exciting prize pack that includes the duology Tin Star, Stone in the Sky, and the RPG Game based on the world the novels inhabit. Cecil Castellucci's novels take readers on a thrilling and thoughtful adventure through space. (Donated by Cecil Castellucci.)
Zero Sum Game
Your very own copy of the first book in SL Huang's Russell's Attic trilogy, Zero Sum Game. The Booksmugglers said: "[T]his. Book. Is. Awesome. Maths and guns. Mysterious superpowers. Deadly conspiracies and explosions. Questions of morality. PoC characters. Telepathy, badassery AND an unreliable narrator who knows she might be unreliable. [...] Can I say 'awesome' one more time or are you already tired of hearing it?" One print copy and one e-copy available. (Donated by SL Huang.)
Dreams & Nightmares
A one year e-subscription (3 issues) to Dreams & Nightmares, one of the oldest extant genre poetry zines, edited by David C. Kopaska-Merkel. Poems and art range from science fiction, fantasy, and fantastic horror in this long running anthology. This prize can be claimed by five winners. (Donated by David C. Kopaska-Merkel.)
Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson's Worlds
Get your hands on an advanced reader's copy of Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson's Worlds, edited by Greg Bear and Gardner Dozois. Illustrated by Bob Eggleton, Multiverse contains thirteen stories and novellas by some of today's finest writers, along with moving reflections by, among others, Anderson's wife, Karen, his daughter, Astrid Anderson Bear, and his son-in-law, novelist and co-editor Greg Bear. Enjoy Anderson's continuing legacy with this collection!
The Just City / The Philosopher Kings
Hardback copies of the first two books in Jo Walton's Thessaly series, The Just City and The Philosopher Kings. Created as an experiment by the time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, the Just City is a planned community, populated by over ten thousand children and a few hundred adult teachers from all eras of history, along with some handy robots from the far human future—all set down together on a Mediterranean island in the distant past. In a review on NPR, Amal El-Mohtar said, "I devoured this book&ellips;. Brilliant, compelling, and frankly unputdownable." See also Liz Bourke's interview with Walton from SH in January.
Petit Mal / The Offspring of the Moon
Two books collecting the lyrical, provocative poems of John W. Sexton: Petit Mal and The Offspring of the Moon. These are poems of the altered mind, the cosmic journey, the daemons and totems of the spirit world, the subversion of logic and science. Four pairs are available. (Donated by John W. Sexton.)
Companion Piece: Women Celebrate the Humans, Aliens and Tin Dogs of Doctor Who
With a host of female award-winning authors like Seanan McGuire, Nina Allen, and Tansy Rayner Roberts, editors L. M. Myles and Liz Barr examine the wide array of humans, aliens, and tin dogs who have accompanied the Doctor in his adventures throughout time and space. Published by Mad Norwegian Press. (Donated by Gwynne Garfinkle.)