Fund Drive 2016: Prizes
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Everyone who donates to our 2016 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!
A rare first edition hardcover of Vernor Vinge's classic Hugo-winning space opera, first in his Zones of Thought series. It's a tale of galactic war told on a cosmic scale, ranging across a universe in which a mind's potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures and technology can function. Fleeing the effects of an ancient Transcend artifact, a family of scientists, including two children, are taken captive by the Tines, an alien race with a harsh medieval culture, and used as pawns in a ruthless power struggle. A rescue mission, not entirely composed of humans, must rescue the children-and a secret that may save the rest of interstellar civilization. (Donated by Tor Books.)
An end and a beginning. The end first: Cixin Liu's Death's End concludes the Remembrance of Earth's Past series begun by the Hugo-winning The Three-Body Problem. Humans and Trisolarians have settled into an uneasy co-existence, but when Cheng Xin, an aerospace engineer from the early 21st century, awakens from hibernation she brings with her knowledge of a long-forgotten program dating from the beginning of the Trisolar Crisis, and her very presence may upset the delicate balance between two worlds. Will humanity reach for the stars or die in its cradle? And the beginning: Cory Doctorow's first adult novel for eight years—due to be published next April—is a multi-generation saga about the next hundred years, a tale of revolution, love, post-scarcity, and the end of death. (Donated by Tor Books.)
This bundle contains four of Tor's best fantasies of the year. The Stars Askew is Rjurik Davidson's sequel to Unwrapped Sky, a weird fantasy about what happens after the start of the New Age. Mary Robinette Kowal's Ghost Talkers is a new story (following the conclusion of her successful Glamourist Histories series), featuring the mysterious spirit corps and their heroic work in World War I. In Cherie Priest The Family Plot offers a contemporary take on haunted house tales: Dahlia Dutton is a salvage worker assigned to sift through the estate of Augusta Withrow of Chattanooga, Tennessee—but there's something angry and lost in the halls of her mansion. And Alex Bledsoe's Chapel of Ease is the latest in her Tufa series set in the Appalachian Mountains: a young New York actor cast in an off-Broadway musical finds himself drawn into the strange and dangerous world of the show's writer and composer, Ray Parrish, and of Parrish's family back in Cloud County. All the books in this bundle are ARCs, except Chapel of Ease, which is hardcover. (Donated by Tor Books.)
A mix of contemporary and older galleys and ARCs from Tor Books. The Hollow Queen is Elizabeth Haydon's eighth novel in the epic fantasy Symphony of Ages series, and finds the Cymrian Alliance beset on all sides by the forces of the merchant emperor Talquist. Lev A. C. Rosen's steampunk All Men of Genius was reviewed here back in 2012 by Sofia Samatar, who deemed it "a literary confection presented with panache". Shriek: An Afterword is a novel in Jeff VanderMeer's highly regarded setting of Ambergris, and relates the scandalous, heartbreaking, and horrifying secret history of two squabbling siblings and their confidantes, protectors, and enemies. The Accidental Highwayman—or, to give it its full title, The Accidental Highwayman: Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides—is an illustrated YA featuring, well, all of the above. And The Stars Askew is Rjurik Davidson is his sequel to Unwrapped Sky. The first book described a weird revolution: this new one explores what happens after the start of the New Age. (Donated by Tor Books.)
A signed hardback first edition of Joe Hill's latest novel, an epic about one woman's survival at the end of the world, with the scope of The Passage and the emotional force of The Road. Nobody knew where the virus came from—and while the TV pundits debated, the world burned, literally. At first the sickness causes the victims's skin to be covered with an ashen, patterned mark, not unlike a tattoo; eventually, they explode. For James Smythe in The Guardian, this is a book that "showcases an apocalypse as unnerving as those of John Wyndham; a society as disturbing in places as that found in Shirley Jackson's classic The Lottery; and a surviving humanity as beautifully raw as that seen in Emily St John Mandel's Station Eleven. One copy available. (Donated by Gollancz.)
A signed copy of the first book in Leigh Bardugo's new epic fantasy trilogy, blurbed as "Game of Thrones meets Oceans Eleven"; it tells the story of criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker, offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. Of course, he can't pull it off alone, so he recruits a motley crew including a convict with a thirst for revenge, a sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager, a runaway with a privileged past, a spy known as the Wraith, a Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums, and a thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. They could be the only thing standing between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first. One signed copy of the first edition trade paperback available. (Donated by Gollancz.)
Who doesn't need to answer that question? From the first African-American to receive the HWA Bram Stoker award, this award-winning collection of both horror and science fiction short stories and poetry reveals demons in the most likely people (like a jealous ghost across the street) or in unlikely places (like the dimension-shifting dreams of an American Indian). Recognition is the first step: what you do with your friends/demons after that is up to you. One copy available. (Donated by Linda Addison.)
It is the time of Shakespeare. Storms rage, armies clash, magics are done—and stories are made. Five new great and terrible tales reshape the Bard's vision, a new set of stories that will be told and retold down through the centuries: wars and romances, magics and deceptions, stories that Shakespeare never told but could have done. Stories of what happened next or what went before, of the things unseen or simply elsewhere in the world as Shakespeare's own tales unfolded on the stage. Includes work by Jonathan Barnes, Emma Newman, Kate Heartfield, Foz Meadows, and Adrian Tchaikovsky. One paperback copy available. (Donated by Kate Heartfield.)
A bundle comprising three anthologies from Upper Rubber Boot Books. The Museum of All Things Awesome and That Go Boom (edited by Joanne Merriam) is an anthology of science fiction featuring blunt force trauma, explosions, adventure, derring-do, tigers, Martians, zombies, fanged monsters, dinosaurs (alien and domestic), ray guns, rocket ships, and anthropomorphized marshmallows. Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up to No Good is an anthology of dark fiction (co-edited by Joanne Merriam and H. L. Nelson) featuring stories of "bad" women, and "good" women who just haven't been caught yet, including work by Joyce Carol Oates, Aimee Bender, Diane Cook, and 33 other fearless women writers. And Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days (edited by Alexander Lumans and Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum) brings together poetry and prose by writers such as Margaret Atwood, Davis McCombs, Rodney Jones, and Joyce Carol Oates: voices with an eye for the literary and the popular, for story and lyric, for the past and the future, for the psychological and the physical, for the real and the fantastic. Two sets of this bundle (containing all three books) are available. (Donated by Joanne Merriam.)
Angels of the Meanwhile is a one-of-a-kind anthology of poetry and prose edited by Alexandra Erin. Conceived as a benefit anthology to help Elizabeth R. McClellan with medical expenses, it includes writing by Alexandra Erin, Ellen Kushner, Sonya Taaffe, Bogi Takacs, Catherynne M. Valente, Bryan Thao Worra and many others. One ebook copy available. (Donated by Elizabeth McClellan.)
Named for the blind poet Rhysling in Robert A. Heinlein's short story "The Green Hills of Earth", the Rhysling Awards were founded by Suzette Haden Elgin in 1978, to recognise the best in speculative poetry each year. Nominees are selected by the membership of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and each year a Rhysling Anthology containing those nominees is compiled to allow the membership to easily review and consider all the nominated works. Each anthology represents a snapshot of speculative poetry in its year: this bundle contains the anthologies for 2015 and 2016, and work by poets such as Ruth Berman, Lisa Bradley, Rose Lemberg, Mari Ness, Mark Rich, and Marge Simon, many of whom have appeared in Strange Horizons over the years. One bundle available. (Donated by Elizabeth McClellan.)
In their debut collection, L.S. Johnson delivers a provocative and original set of stories that ingeniously blend myth and nightmare. From the efforts of an infertile witch to construct a golem-baby, to a daughter's quest to understand a father's guilt and a mother's supernatural infidelities, and a woman's violent association with a group of possibly imaginary but nonetheless dangerous little men, each story in this remarkable collection demonstrates the limitless capacity of intelligent speculative fiction to enthrall, inspire, and amaze. (And the title story appeared in SH). One signed copy available.
A signed copy of Benjamin Rosenbaum's sparkling debut collection, including the Hugo nominees "Biographical Notes to 'A Discourse on the Nature of Causality, with Air-Planes' by Benjamin Rosenbaum" and "The House Beyond Your Sky" (as seen in SH!), Nebula nominee "Embracing-the-New", and over a dozen other stories besides. It all adds up to a dazzling, postmodern debut collection of pulp and surreal fictions. One copy available.
A 7" x 10" print of Rachel Kahn's artwork for Margaret Ronald's SH story last year, "Let's Tell Stories of the Deaths of Childrem"—a vivid and striking illustration for a vivid and striking tale. One copy available. (Donated by Rachel Kahn.)
Edited by Faith L. Justice, this illustrated anthology of dark stories and poems features the work of Linda Addison, four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award; Keith R. A. DeCandido; Gerard Houarner; Gordon Linzner; Nancy Allison; Leigh Riley; Hanson Wong and others. The stories are set in times as distant as Bronze Age China and the far flung future; and in places as strange as a Brooklyn courthouse and the edge of the universe. Meet a were-moose, aboriginal spirits, a fetal vampire, and the devil's mother-in-law. These stories and poems evoke laughter, tears, shivers, and thoughtfulness. Five were singled out for Honorable Mention by Ellen Datlow in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Nineteenth Collection. One copy available. (Donated by Faith L. Justice.)
The long-awaited first novel by Tiptree Award-winning (and sometime SH-contributing) author Nisi Shawl has been racking up the plaudits already. A Neo-Victorian alternate history that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium's disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier, Everfair is a speculative masterpiece that manages to turn one of the worst human rights disasters on record into a marvelous and exciting exploration of the possibilities inherent in a turn of history. Told from a multiplicity of voices—Africans, Europeans, East Asians, and African Americans—in complex relationships with one another, Everfair is not only a beautiful book but an inspiring one. One signed hardback copy available. (Donated by Tor Books.)
In this new non-fiction book, Professor Robin Hanson—associate professor of economics at George Mason University and a research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University—explores what work, love and life will be like "when robots rule the Earth". Specifically he looks at the concept of ems—brain emulations, uploaded personalities—and how they could be used, improved, and exploited. Read about em mind speeds, body sizes, job training and career paths, energy use and cooling infrastructure, virtual reality, aging and retirement, death and immortality, security, wealth inequality, religion, teleportation, identity, cities, politics, law, war, status, friendship and love—and find out how strange the future could be. One hardback copy available.
This new anthology from Tachyon Press includes stories from writers as varied as Steven Millhauser, Junot Diáz, Amiri Baraka, and Katharine Dunn: speculative invasions in which you will discover the company that controls the world from an alley in Greenwich Village, find nanotechnology that returns memories to the residents of a nursing home, and rally an avian-like alien to become a mascot for a Major League Baseball team. In the words of Publishers Weekly, it is, "a treasure trove of stories that draw equally from SF and literary fiction, and they are superlative in either context." One copy available. (Donated by Tachyon Press.)
A UK hardback copy of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is a sweeping, atmospheric narrative that takes the reader on an unexpected journey through Victorian London, Japan as its civil war crumbles long-standing traditions, and beyond. Blending historical events with dazzling flights of fancy, it opens doors to a strange and magical past. The Los Angeles Times calls it, A delightful, relentlessly charming and deeply moving book."
Winner will receive a trade paperback copy of The Monstrous, edited by Ellen Datlow, featuring the work of multiple Strange Horizons alumni, including A.C. Wise, Gemma Files, and Sofia Samatar. Take a deliciously terrifying journey led by the best horror editor in the business. Literary masters of suspense, including Peter Straub, Kim Newman, and Caitlín R. Kiernan, go to a dark place where the other is somehow one of us. These electrifying tales redefine monsters from mere things that go bump in the night to inexplicable, deadly reflections of our day-to-day lives. Whether it's a seemingly devoted teacher, an obsessive devotee of swans, or a diner full of evil creatures simply seeking oblivion, the monstrous is always there—and much closer than it appears. In a starred review, Publisher's Weekly called it an "atmospheric and frequently terrifying collection." (Donated by Jill Roberts/Tachyon.)
A US hardback copy of Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson. Reviewing in Strange Horizons, Adam Morgan said, "As a cautionary tale, Aurora should be required reading for future space explorers and current space and environmental policymakers. As an epic and important adventure story, it should be required reading for future historians of early twenty-first-century science fiction, too." (Donated by Paul Kincaid.)
A paperback copy of Patchwerk by David Tallerman. Fleeing the city of New York on the TransContinental atmospheric transport vehicle, Dran Florrian is traveling with Palimpsest-the ultimate proof of a lifetime of scientific theorizing. When a rogue organization attempts to steal the device, however, Dran takes drastic action. But his invention threatens to destroy the very fabric of this and all other possible universes, unless Dran-or someone very much like him-can shut down the machine and reverse the process.
A paperback copy of Sunset Mantle by Alter S Reiss. With a single blow, Cete won both honor and exile from his last commander. Since then he has wandered, looking for a place to call home. The distant holdings of the Reach Antach offer shelter, but that promise has a price. The Reach Antach is doomed. Barbarians, traitors, and scheming investors conspire to destroy the burgeoning settlement. A wise man would move on, but Cete has found reason to stay. A blind weaver-woman and the beautiful sunset mantle lure the warrior to wager everything he has left on one final chance to turn back the hungry tides of war.
A paperback copy of City of Wolves by Willow Palecek. Alexander Drake, Investigator for Hire, doesn't like working for the Nobility, and doesn't prefer to take jobs from strange men who accost him in alleyways. A combination of hired muscle and ready silver have a way of changing a man's mind. A lord has been killed, his body found covered in bite marks. Even worse, the late lord's will is missing, and not everyone wants Drake to find it. Solving the case might plunge Drake into deeper danger.
A US hardback copy of Armada by Ernest Cline. Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he's spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure. But hey, there's nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don't get chosen to save the universe. And then he sees the flying saucer. The second novel from the author of the multi award winning Ready Player One.
A US hardback copy of the fifth novel in James S.A. Corey's New York Times bestselling Expanse series, Nemesis Games. A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush in human history has begun. As wave after wave of colonists leave, the power structures of the old solar system begin to buckle. Ships are disappearing without a trace. Private armies are being secretly formed. The sole remaining protomolecule sample is stolen. Terrorist attacks previously considered impossible bring the inner planets to their knees. The sins of the past are returning to exact a terrible price.
An award winning collection of poems by Andrew Kozma, City of Regret is written in five parts, tracing the geography of the imagined city: entrances, walls, living spaces, alleys, and exits. Written in the wake of his father's death, this is the poetry of loss, parsed through the physical spaces of a cityscape. Andrew's poem, 11th Hour Sonnet has previously appeared in Strange Horizons.
A print copy of Year's Best YA Speculative Fiction 2015. Fans of Kaleidoscope will find more tales of wonder, adventure, diversity, and variety in this collection devoted to stories with teen protagonists. Featuring work by Strange Horizons alumni Sarah Pinkser, Genevieve Valentine, Shveta Thakrar, and Sabrina Vourvoulias. (Donated by Twelfth Planet Press/Alisa Krasnostein.) (Two copies available.)
A trade paperback copy of Will Do Magic for Small Change by Andrea Hairston. Cinnamon Jones dreams of stepping on stage and acting her heart out like her famous grandparents, Redwood and Wildfire. But at 5'10" and 180 pounds, she's theatrically challenged. Her family life is a tangle of mystery and deadly secrets, and nobody is telling Cinnamon the whole truth. Before her older brother died, he gave Cinnamon The Chronicles of the Great Wanderer, a tale of a Dahomean warrior woman and an alien from another dimension who perform in Paris and at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. The Chronicles may be magic or alien science, but the story is definitely connected to Cinnamon's family secrets. When an act of violence wounds her family, Cinnamon and her theatre squad determine to solve the mysteries and bring her worlds together. Publishers Weekly had this to say: "The entire work is filled with magic, celebrating West Africans, Native Americans, art, and love that transcends simple binary genders. Hairston's novel is a completely original and stunning work." (Donated by Aqueduct Press.)
A trade paperback copy of Roadsouls by Betsy James. Timid Duuni has spent her life as abused and guarded property. Blind, arrogant Raím is determined to be again what he once was: hunter, lover, young lord of the earth. Desperate to escape their lives, the two lift up their hands to the passing Roadsoul caravan, and are—literally—flung together naked. Each of them soon learns that saying "yes" to the Roadsouls is more than just accepting an invitation to a new life—it's a commitment that can't be reversed. For Duuni and Raím, nothing is as it was. Lost to their old lives, hating each other, they are swept out of their cruel old certainties into an unknown, unknowable, ever-changing world of journey and carnival, artists and wrestlers and thieves. Behind them, inexorable, pads a lion. Inexorable, too, is Duuni and Raím's inevitable encounter with it, an encounter that will change everything. (Donated by Aqueduct Press.)
A trade paperback copy of The Waterdancer's World by L Timmel Duchamp. Humans have been struggling to live on Frogmore for almost five centuries, adapting themselves to punishing gravity and the deadly mistflowers that dominate its ecology. Financier Inez Gauthier, patron of the arts and daughter of the general commanding the planet's occupation forces, dreams of eliminating the mistflowers that make exploitation of the planet's natural wealth so difficult and impede her father's efforts to crush the native insurgency. Fascinated by the new art-form of waterdancing created by Solstice Balalzalar, celebrating the planet's indigenous lifeforms, Inez assumes that her patronage will be enough to sustain Solstice's art even as she ruthlessly pursues windfall profits at the expense of all that has made waterdancing possible. (Donated by Aqueducut Press.)
A paperback copy of Eleanor Arnason's Hwarhath Stories. A collection of a dozen Hwarhath tales with commentary by their translator. As the translator notes, "Humanity has encountered only one other species able to travel among the stars. This species, who call themselves the hwarhath, or 'people,' are also the only intelligent species so far encountered." Reviewing for Strange Horizons this September, Kelly Jennings said "This is a powerhouse of a collection. It is not to be missed." Includes stories nominated for the Nebula, Sturgeon, Tiptree and Locus Awards. (Donated by Aqueduct Press.)
A novel and a collection by one of the genre's most witty and stylish writers. In Chasing the Phoenix, travelling rogues Surplus and Dargar—a human and a genetically engineered dog with human intelligence—arrive in China with an eye for the long con. Pretending to have limited super-powers, they aid an ambitious local warlord who dreams of conquest and once again reuniting China under one ruler. And, against all odds, it begins to work, but it seems as if there are other forces at work behind the scenes … Reviewing it for us, Duncan Lawie found it "a pleasurable reading experience at every level". And if that's not enough, delve into Swanwick's latest short story collection, Not so Much, Said the Cat, a collection of seventeen tales—including Hugo nominee "From Babel's Fall'n Glory We Fled…" and Asimov's Reader Poll winner "Libertarian Russia"—that demonstrates the breadth of Swanwick's interest: taking the reader on a whirlwind journey across the globe and across time and space, where magic and science exist in possibilities that are not of this world. These tales are intimate in their telling, galactic in their scope, and delightfully sesquipedalian in their verbiage. (Donated by Paul Kincaid and by Tachyon Press.)
A UK trade paperback copy of Vigil by Angela Slatter. Verity Fassbinder has her feet in two worlds. The daughter of one human and one Weyrd parent, she has very little power herself, but does claim unusual strength—and the ability to walk between us and the other—as a couple of her talents. As such a rarity, she is charged with keeping the peace between both races, and ensuring the Weyrd remain hidden from us. But now Sirens are dying, illegal wine made from the tears of human children is for sale—and in the hands of those Weyrd who hold with the old ways—and someone has released an unknown and terrifyingly destructive force on the streets of Brisbane. Jonathan Strahan, award-winning editor of The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year series says: "If you loved True Blood, or if you've ever loved a great PI series, then Vigil is for you. Smart, funny, and engaging. I can't wait for the sequel!" (Two copies available.)
In 1995, Stephen Baxter published The Time Ships, a sequel to H. G. Wells's The Time Machine that expanded the compass of that novel into a cosmic saga; it went on to win the BSFA, John W. Campbell, and Philip K. Dick awards, as well as being shortlisted for the Hugo and Clarke. Next year will see another authorised sequel—this time to The War of the Worlds. Fourteen years after the Martians invaded England, the world has moved on, watching the skies but secure in their ability to defeat the invaders. But when new launches from Mars are seen, some worry that the Martians have learned, adapted, and understood their previous defeat. They are right to worry. The Massacre of Mankind follows the path of a journalist—sister-in-law to the original novel's narrator—thrust into the chaos of the invasion, struggling to survive, escape, and record this new war. One ARC copy is available. (Donated by Gollancz.)
Alastair Reynolds's latest novel is an adventure story set in the rubble of our solar system in the dark, distant future: a tale of space pirates, buried treasure and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards and single-minded heroism, and of course of revenge. It's the story of Adrana and Fura Ness, newest members of the crew of Captain Rackamore, signed on to save their family from bankruptcy, and their adventures in the ruins of alien civilisations. We have two copies available, signed and with a spaceship sketch by the author: one ARC and one UK hardback. (Donated by Gollancz.)
A bundle of limited edition hardbacks celebrating the tenth anniversary of some of Gollancz's most popular fantasy authors. It includes Joe Abercrombie's The Blade Itself, the beginning of his First Law setting; Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora, first in his Gentleman Bastards sequence; Brandon Sanderson's The Final Empire, first in the Mistborn sequence; and Tom Lloyd's The Stormcaller, first in The Twilight Reign. Each book includes a new introduction by its author. (Donated by Gollancz.)
A first edition signed trade paperback copy of House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard. Reviewing it for Strange Horizons in 2015, Mahvesh Murad said: "The House of Shattered Wings is many things. It's a murder mystery. It's a post-apocalyptic survival tale. It's a steel-cold look at protagonists who are anti-heroes. It's a slow-burn Gothic narrative with plenty of tension and a sense of impending doom that retains elegance and poise and never comes crashing down. 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." (Donated by Gollancz.)
An urban fantasy by Lisa Tuttle. Laura Lensky's daughter, Peri, has been missing for two years. For the police it's a closed case—she wanted to run away—but for her mother and boyfriend, Hugh, it's a different story. When Laura hires private investigator Ian Kennedy, it is a last-ditch attempt to find her daughter before she leaves for America. Drawn in by strange parallels to an obscure Celtic myth and his first, almost unexplainable case, Ian takes the job. But his beliefs are about to be stretched to their limit—there are darker and more devious forces at work here than any of them imagined. One copy of the 2015 UK paperback edition of this 2005 novel available.
Here's your chance to own an ARC copy of The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle. It concerns a somnambulist, the disappearance of several mediums, and a cat stuck up a tree ... the links with the cat are negligible, but there is only one team that can investigate the seemingly supernatural disappearances of the psychics and defy the nefarious purpose behind them: Jesperson and Lane, at your service. Tuttle, a Hugo-Award, Campbell-Award and BSFA-Award-winning author, was reviewed in Strange Horizons in 2006. Two copies of the UK ARC available.
Two spider-tastic books by Adrian Tchaikovsky, bundled together for your reading … pleasure? Dive into Children of Time, winner of this year's Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Novel, in which the last survivors of a ruined Earth find themselves in conflict with the descendants of uplift experiments initiated by one of their greatest scientists, centuries ago. With two civilizations on a collision course, how will each come to terms with their heritage and with their possible future? And after that, cleanse your palate with Spiderlight, a short fantasy quest featuring a band of misfits, a Dark Lord, and the Armies of the Light … and if that sounds rather rote, check out Liz Bourke's review "This is the literary offspring of J.R.R. Tolkien and Fritz Leiber, all right. But a literary descendant that looked at Tolkien's moral essentialism, the racism baked into the structures of Middle-earth, and decided to take on the hypocrisy of heroes who believe that a being is good or bad based on innate characteristics, on hereditary, rather than on acts." (Donated by Pan Macmillan and by Tor.com)
A US paperback copy of The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord. For years, Rafi Delarua saw his family suffer under his father's unethical use of psionic power. Now the government has Rafi under close watch, but, hating their crude attempts to analyse his brain, he escapes to the planet Punartam, where his abilities are the norm, not the exception. Punartam is also the centre for his favourite sport, wallrunning - and thanks to his best friend, he has found a way to train with the elite. But Rafi soon realises he's playing quite a different game, for the galaxy is changing; unrest is spreading and the Zhinuvian cartels are plotting, making the stars a far more dangerous place to aim. There may yet be one solution - involving interstellar travel, galactic power and the love of a beautiful game. Writing for NPR, Amal El-Mohtar said of The Galaxy Game: "With a careful, studied grace, Lord makes startling, sudden connections between immigrant communities, social capital, assimilation, and commerce that left me feeling breathless as I read. There is a weight and grace to her prose that put me in mind of pewter jewelry." (Donated by Paul Kincaid.)
A bundle of two ARCs of recent Subterranean Press career-retrospectives, showcasing two of the most significant writers of hard SF of the last thirty years. The Best of Gregory Benford includes nearly forty stories, showcasing the breadth of Benford's work, with settings ranging from the far future to near-future satires, including the Hugo and Nebula nominees "Doing Lennon", "Matter's End", and "White Creatures." Meanwhile, The Best of Nancy Kress also ranges across space and time, from an Anne Boleyn snatched from her time stream, to a scientific expedition to the centre of the galaxy, to a world where people genetically engineered to never need sleep clash with those who do (the Hugo- and Nebula-winning "Beggars in Spain"). Publishers Weekly said: "The much-lauded talents of SF and fantasy writer Kress (Yesterday's Kin) are finely showcased in this sparkling and thoughtful collection of 21 short stories ... Kress has a gift for focusing on the familiar and the personal, even in the most alien settings. This collection will fire the imaginations of new readers and longtime fans alike."
A US hardback copy of Touch by Claire North. Kepler had never meant to die this way—viciously beaten to death by a stinking vagrant in a dark back alley. But when reaching out to the murderer for salvation in those last dying moments, a sudden switch takes place. Instead of dying, Kepler has gained the ability to roam from one body to another, to jump into another person's skin and see through their eyes, live their life—be it for a few minutes, a few months or a lifetime. Kepler means these host bodies no harm—and even comes to cherish them intimately like lovers. But when one host, Josephine Cebula, is brutally assassinated, Kepler embarks on a mission to seek the truth—and avenge Josephine's death. Amal El-Mohtar, writing for NPR, said, "Touch is a brilliantly balanced knife's edge of a book—fast-paced and thrilling, it's somehow also languorous, thoughtful, intelligently intimate." (Donated by Paul Kincaid.)
A signed US hardback copy of Marie Brennan's fourth Lady Trent novel, In the Labyrinth of Drakes and a signed US trade paperback copy of the first Varekai novella Cold Forged Flame. Even those who take no interest in the field of dragon naturalism have heard of Lady Trent's expedition to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia. Her discoveries there are the stuff of romantic legend, catapulting her from scholarly obscurity to worldwide fame. The details of her personal life during that time are hardly less private, having provided fodder for gossips in several countries. Meanwhile, in Cold Forged Flame, the sound of the horn pierces the apeiron, shattering the stillness of that realm. Its clarion call creates ripples, substance, something more. It is a summons, a command. There is will. There is need. And so, in reply, there is a woman. (Donated by Marie Brennan.)
Paperback copy of Regeneration, the third book in the ®Evolution series by SH alumna Stephanie Saulter. The gillungs – genetically modified, waterbreathing humans – are thriving. They've pioneered new aquatic industries, and their high-efficiency quantum battery technology coupled to tidal turbines in the Thames estuary looks set to revolutionise the energy industry. But as demand grows, so does fear of what their newfound power might mean. Then a biohazard scare at Sinkat, their London headquarters, fuels the opposition and threatens to derail the gillungs' progress. Was it an accident born of overconfidence, or was it sabotage? (Two copies available.)
Receive a critique on your short story by SH fiction alumnaCarmen Maria Machado (up to 7,000 words)! Carmen Maria Machado's debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2017. She is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review, AGNI, NPR, Los Angeles Review of Books, VICE, and elsewhere. Her stories have been reprinted or are forthcoming in several anthologies, including Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2015, Best Horror of the Year, Year's Best Weird Fiction, and Best Women's Erotica. She has also been nominated for a Nebula Award and a Shirley Jackson Award, and a finalist for the Calvino Prize. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers' Workshop. (Donated by Carmen Maria Machado.)
A trade paperback copy of Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia A. McKillip featuring three brand-new stories and an original introduction by Peter S. Beagle. Fans of McKillip's ethereal fiction will find much to delight them; those lucky enough to be discovering her work will find much to enchant them. Fantasy Literature says, "These stories beg to be revisited." (Donated by Tachyon Publications.)
A trade paperback copy of The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle. Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father's head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping. A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break? Vajra Chandrasekera, reviewing the book for SH, said: "Ballad questions the sheltered naiveté of fearing mere indifference. Malice is the true order of the universe, Ballad says, hate and malice aforethought all the way down." (Donated by Tor.com.)
Nebula nominated author Tina Connolly's first full-length collection of short stories, signed. The 25 stories and 3 poems include her prequel story to her YA Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen, as well as one new story exclusive to the collection. The title story was published by SH in 2008! (Donated by Tina Connolly.)
The Chemical Wedding, by Johann Valentin Andreae is "one of the great outlandish stories is Western literature." John Crowley has now produced his own version in an exclusive hardcover of this classic and accompanies it with an introduction, copious footnotes, and an end note. This edition is designed by Jacob McMurray and each of the Eight Days is illustrated with a unique woodcut by Theo Fadel. This prize is only available to donors in the U.S. and Canada. (Donated by Small Beer Press.)
How well do you know your family? This hardback is the third and final installment in Lydia Millet's Dissenters series, where the Sykes family are hoping to enjoy a normal Cape Cod summer. But there are strong and surprising forces lined up against them and there will be unexpected revelations and the highest price will have to be paid. Lydia was interviewed in Strange Horizons in 2006. This prize is only available to donors in the U.S. and Canada. (Donated by Small Beer Press.)
A trade paperback collection of stories by Juan Martinez. Set to come out in February 2017, in these stories (these cities, these people) there are labyrinths, rivers, wildernesses, stories of displacement, exile, and identity. You can read "Forsaken, the Crew Awaited News from the People Below" here. This prize is only available to donors in the U.S. and Canada. (Donated by Small Beer Press.)
A signed copy of Brenda Cooper's first science fiction only collection, Cracking the Sky. These stories explore the ways technology has influenced human lives and span from the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. to the far reaches of space. (Donated by Brenda Cooper.)
Trade paperbacks of the first two books in the Assassin's series by Tim Lebbon: Pieces of Hate and A Whisper of Southern Lights. Follow one man's quest to defeat the creature simply know as "Temple" through the piratical Caribbean and then Singapore during World War II in these two novellas from the author of The Heretic Land reviewed in SH by Jesse Bullington. (Donated by Tor.com.)
A trade paperback of the Locus Recommended first novel for 2015, Flesh & Wires, by Jackie Hatton. Following a failed alien invasion the world left is sparsely populated with psychologically scarred survivors, some of them technologically-enhanced women like Lo, leader of the small safe haven of Saugatuck. A book Publisher's Weekly calls "a promising work of feminist science fiction." (Donated by Aqueduct Press.)
Grab three short story collections by SH contributor Faith L. Justice! Time Again and Other Fantastic Stories contains five of her best fantasy stories, Slow Death and Other Dark Tales explores the darker side of fiction (no sparkly vampires here!), and The Reluctant Groom and Other Historical Stories takes the reader back in history to imperial Rome, colonial America, or the ancient African kingdom of Kush, among others. Something for everyone! (Donated by Faith L. Justice.)
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 year: "There's more to life than a giant penis, piercing the heavens in search of its doomy, Wagnerian love-death." Two electronic copies available. (Donated by Twelfth Planet Press.)
Books one and two of Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen YA series. Follow Mare Barrow as she is embroiled in the political unrest and intrigue of the Silver Court, despite being born part of the common Red folk. Her ability to control lightning puts her at the center of the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they've always known. Collect the first half of the planned quartet series with these two trade paperbacks! (Donated by Gollancz.)
A signed copy of The Race, the debut novel by Nina Allan. Set in an alternate future of ecological disaster as well as the present day, "The Race will, as the best fiction should, have your compass spinning" (said Dan Hartland in his review). This is the 2016 paperback Titan edition, the most complete version of the text (with an extra chapter). (Donated by Nina Allan.)
This art print is an original, digital painting by Strange Horizons contributor, poet, and artist Lora Gray. Printed on heavy, archival glossy stock, the 8.5" x 11" piece is suitable for framing. (Donated by Lora Gray.)
A signed copy of Zen Cho's debut novel, Sorceror To The Crown. Zacharias Wythe, England's first African Sorcerer Royal, is contending with attempts to depose him, rumours that he murdered his predecessor, and an alarming decline in England's magical stocks. But his troubles are multiplied when he encounters runaway orphan Prunella Gentleman, who has just stumbled upon English magic's greatest discovery in centuries. Reviewing it for us in 2015, Marina Berlin said of the book: "Cho's deftness with humor and complex characters, as well as her commitment to addressing the less photogenic aspects of fantasy set in nineteenth-century England, makes Sorcerer to the Crown the best fantasy book I've read in 2015." (Donated by Zen Cho.)
Signed copies of Jessy Randall's poetry collections, Suicide Hotline Hold Music and There Was an Old Woman. In the title poem of the former volume, a human pretends to be a machine in order to provide comfort anonymously, while elsewhere, we are made to consider the epic meaning of middle school pantsing; hearts are broken and mended; children play with My Little Robot Pony; a troll keeps a food diary; and everyone's hair has a sound effect. In the later volume, Randall brings new life to the women of Mother Goose's fairy tales, delighting in unexpected portrayals of classic protagonists: old women from a variety of towns across the English landscape who live in shoes, who sell cows and sometimes their children. (Donated by Jessy Randall.)
A hardback copy of The Long Utopia, the fourth book of the Long Earth series by Stephen Baxter and the late, great Terry Pratchett. After the cataclysmic upheavals of Step Day and the Yellowstone eruption humanity is spreading further into the Long Earth, and society, on a battered Datum Earth and beyond, continues to evolve. Now an elderly and cantankerous AI, Lobsang lives in disguise with Agnes in an exotic, far-distant world. He's convinced they're leading a normal life in New Springfield—they even adopt a child—but it seems they have been guided there for a reason. As rumours of strange sightings and hauntings proliferate, it becomes clear that something is very awry with this particular world. (Donated by Paul Kincaid.)
Hardback UK copy of Poems, a joint collection of poetry by Iain Banks and his close friend and fellow sci-fi author Ken MacLeod. Published after Banks' death in 2013, the unseen poems in this collection are those he wrote in his 20s. Reviewing it for SH, Nick Hubble said: "What the well-merited publication of the Poems shows is how an apparently doomed constellation of politics and aesthetics from the 1970s was able to become the seed of two bodies of work that have opened so many possibilities for the future."
Grab these two books for your Hugo collection! A trade paperback of the Hugo-nominated Slow Bullets, by Alastair Reynolds and a limited edition chapbook (created for Tachyon's 20th anniversary last year) of Hugo winner Six Months, Three Days, by Charlie Jane Anders. Reviewing Slow Bullets for SH, Tom Atherton called it "a huge leap forward for Alastair Reynolds." And not only did Six Months, Three Days win a Hugo, but it was also nominated for a Nebula Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. (Donated by Tachyon Press.)
Persona and Icon
Signed copies of Persona and Icon by emeritus Strange Horizons columnist Genevieve Valentine. When Suyana, Face of the recently formed United Amazonia Rainforest Confederation, is secretly meeting Ethan of the United States, a potential ally for her struggling country, the last thing she expected to be was a victim of an assassination attempt. Daniel, a teen runaway turned paparazzo hoping to make a name for himself, witnesses the first shot targeted for Suyana. Without thinking, he jumps into the action telling himself it's not selflessness, it's the scoop. Now Suyana and Daniel are on the run—and if they don't keep themselves one step ahead, they'll lose it all. (Donated by Genevieve Valentine.)
A hardback copy of the soon-to-be released Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016 by Ursula K. Le Guin with a journal of a writer's week. Ursula K. Le Guin is one of our foremost public literary intellectuals and this collection of her recent talks, essays, introductions, and book reviews is the best manual we have for traveling the worlds explored in recent fiction; the most useful guide to the country we're visiting, life. Only available to donors in US/Canada. (Donated by Small Beer Press.)
A trade paperback copy of Two Travelers by Sarah Tolmie. In "Dancer on the Stairs," a woman wakes up on a stone staircase in a baroque palace, not speaking the language of the place and lacking the chemical signature that allows people to identify each other within a complex social hierarchy. Unable to communicate in words, she resorts to dance. In "The Burning Furrow," a man who runs a diner in present-day America is also a freedom-fighter in the northern, courtly realm of Dinesen. His people are abused foreigners at home, the servants of strangers, bound not by their overlords, but by their world itself, through a ritual known as the burning of the furrows. Only he and his family are free—for a time. Now that time is ending. (Donated by Aqueduct Press.)
A trade paperback of Central Station by World Fantasy Award winner and SH contributor Lavie Tidhar. Central Station is a linked series of short stories, variously published over the years by Tidhar, including one in SH. Reviewing the book for NPR, Jason Sheehan called it "... beautiful. Light-fingered. Sweet and deeply sad both at the same time." (Donated by Tachyon Books.)
A great big bundle of ARCs from Gollancz, featuring some of their most popular writers, including: Heart of Granite, by James Barclay; Stranger of Tempest, by Tom Lloyd; Revenger, by Alastair Reynolds; Down Station, by Simon Morden; The Fireman, by Joe Hill. (Donated by Gollancz.)
A signed collection of short stories, Amaryllis and Other Stories by Strange Horizons fiction alumna Carrie Vaughn. For more than fifteen years, Carrie Vaughn has published short fiction across all genres, through time and space, earning praise from critics and readers for twists and turns, shocks and delights, and emotional heart. This collection brings together alien encounters, classic fantasy creatures, strange magic, historical milieus; stories with heart, of people making their ways in the world the best they can, however strange and hostile those worlds might be; rare, hard-to-find stories that haven't been available in years. All this, now brought together in the first widely-available retrospective collection of Vaughn's work, including her Hugo-nominated, WSFA Small Press Award winning story "Amaryllis," about a post-catastrophe future in which a community struggles to live in balance with the environment and each other. (Donated by Carrie Vaughn.)
A selection of offerings from Aqueduct Press's "Conversation Pieces" series, which showcase connection and conversations within feminist SF. This bundle includes Marginalia to Stone Bird, by Rannu Award winner (and SH contributor) Rose Lemberg, her debut collection reviewed by SH here; A Field Guide to the Spirits, by Jean LeBlanc, exploring the interwoven pathways of ghost, memory, imagination, and desire; Unpronounceable, by Susan diRende, a novel LASplash.com called "reminiscent of the space fantasies of Douglas Adams and Kurt Vonnegut"; and Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, by Sheree Renee Thomas, a collection of the celebrated author's poetry and short stories. All in all, a great introduction to the series. (Donated by Aqueduct Press.)
A signed paperback copy of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz's first novel. Winner of the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the New York Times called this book "a young-adult melodrama draped over a multigenerational immigrant family chronicle that dabbles in tropical magic realism, punk-rock feminism, hip-hop machismo, post-postmodern pyrotechnics and enough polymorphous multiculturalism to fill up an Introduction to Cultural Studies syllabus." (Donated by Aishwarya Subramanian.)
This sample, originally found in South Africa and recovered from experiments at Texas A&M University, is among the oldest records of life on Earth. It has remained intact for almost three and a half billion years, thanks to the unusual hardness of its host rock, chert (similar to flint). The microbial ecosystem preserved here is fifteen times older than the oldest dinosaurs, and predates a third of the stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. As they spread over the face of the young Earth, organisms like these made radical changes to their environment-altering ocean chemistry, laying down new kinds of stone, and ultimately filling the atmosphere with the oxygen that would come to support complex animals like ourselves. These were the first terraformers of our solar system, proof that life is and always has been an astronomical phenomenon. (Donated by Jonathan Sneed.)
A signed hardback copy of io9 founding editor Charlie Jane Anders's novel All the Birds in the Sky. This is the story of a relationship between a witch named Patricia and a mad scientist named Laurence, but it tackles big questions about human destiny, ethics and responsibility, and the apocalypse. Oh, and there are talking birds, a two second time machine, and hot chocolate. Of the book, NPR said: "Anders' characters sparkle, and even her grimmest observations about human destiny are leavened with hope." (Donated by Charlie Jane Anders.)
Just in time for Halloween! Choose from your very own personal (and cuddly) dalek from Doctor Who or a pair of brain slugs from Futurama! The Dalek comes in two sizes - regular, about 14" tall, and mini, about 7" tall. The brain slugs vary in size and shape - generally are about 4" tall. (Donated by Kate Cowan.)
An e-copy of Defying Doomsday, an anthology of apocalypse fiction featuring disabled and chronically ill protagonists. Edited by Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench, this collection's stories have teenage girl bands, giant spiders, traveling radio shows, and characters just looking for love, all against the background of world ending events. Reviewing the anthology for SH, Marina Berlin called it "a book that's designed to make readers question many of the assumptions baked into the foundations of post-apocalyptic fiction." Three e-books are available. (Donated by Twelfth Planet Press.)
Signed copies of Sofia Samatar's two novels set in the world of Olondria. In A Stranger in Olondria, Jevcick the pepper merchant's son finds his life disrupted by the ghost of an illiterate young girl; in The Winged Histories, four women are caught up on different sides of a violent rebellion. Reviewing the latter book for us earlier this year, Abigail Nussbaum said, "It is—and this, again, comes as no surprise—a major and important work of modern fantasy, and also a meditation on how fantasy is, perhaps, insufficient for all that we want to say. (Donated by Sofia Samatar.)
A signed Advance Reader's Copy of Christopher Brown's forthcoming novel Tropic of Kansas. Christopher's short fiction appeared in our pages as far back as 2004 and 2009, and we're excited to see what he has up his sleeve in this novel, to be published in 2017. (Donated by Christopher Brown)
A signed paperback copy of Mexican science fiction and fantasy anthology Three Messages and a Warning, edited by Eduardo Jiménez Mayo & Chris. N. Brown. This huge anthology of more than thirty all-original Mexican science fiction and fantasy features ghost stories, supernatural folktales, alien incursions, and apocalyptic narratives, as well as science-based chronicles of highly unusual mental states in which the borders of fantasy and reality reach unprecedented levels of ambiguity. (Donated by Christopher Brown.)
A limited edition copy of the beautifully produced Chanteys for the Fisherangels, a collection of poetry inspired by Lal Waterson's Midnight Feast. The collection includes J.C. Runolfson's "The sky is the floor of an ocean", Sonya Taaffe's "The Coast Guard", Francesca Forrest's "Invitation Refused" and "Feather, Halo, Hook and Line" by Erik Amundsen. The book is handcrafted by Erzebet (Yellowboy) Barthold and published by Papaveria Press and is a work of art in itself. (Donated by Francesca Forrest.)
The first in Ada Palmer's Terra Ignota series, Too Like the Lightning is one of the most intriguing novels of the year. Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets. Carlyle Foster is a sensayer–a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away. And in this world, Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destablize the system: the boy Bridger, who can effortlessly make his wishes come true. Who can, it would seem, bring inanimate objects to life. Jo Walton interviewed Ada for our Utopia special at the end of August, when she talked about balancing utopianism and progress in her novels and called Too Like the Lightning a "topian" book. We have three copies of the book as separate prizes: a signed hardback first edition, a complete Advanced Bound Manuscript, and a rare (!) Advanced Bound Manuscript missing the last three chapters. (Donated by Ada Palmer.)
A music bundle of 2 CDs, a DVD, bookmarks and a signed art print from fantasy folk bandSassafras. Sassafrass is a singing group performing original a cappella folk music, mostly with fantasy, mythology and science fiction themes. (Donated by Ada Palmer)
A poster bundle from fantasy folk band Sassafras including one poster for
A signed hardback copy of Claire Humphrey's debut novel A Spell of Blood and Kin. Where we love, we ruin. Some families hand down wealth through generations; some hand down wisdom. Some families, whether they want to or not, hand down the secret burdens they carry and the dangerous debts they owe. Lissa Nevsky's grandmother leaves her a big, empty house, and a legacy of magic: folk magic, old magic, brought with Baba when she fled the Gulag. In the wake of her passing, the Russian community of Toronto will depend on Lissa now, to give them their remedies and be their koldun'ia. But Lissa hasn't had time to learn everything Baba wanted to teach her-let alone the things Baba kept hidden. If you want a taste of her writing, you can read four of Claire's stories in our archives. (Donated by Claire Humphrey.)
10 print issues of poetrymagazine Dreams and Nightmares, edited by David C. Kopaska-Merkel. David C. Kopaska-Merkel is the editor and publisher of Dreams and Nightmares magazine, and was for six years the editor of Star*Line, the journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. (Donated by David C. Kopaska-Merkel.)