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Doesn't time fly when you're having fun? Suddenly there are only 10 days left in this year's fund drive -- so here are 10 reasons to donate.

1. Because everyone who donates gets entered into our fund drive prize draw, and has a chance of winning such delights as new novels by Angelica Gorodischer, Marie Brennan, Mary Robinette Kowal, or Alaya Dawn Johnson; or original artwork by Alastair Reynolds or Marge Simon; or volumes of poetry or criticism; or even a tarot reading. Something for everyone, in other words, and a final batch of prizes announced on Monday!

2. Because if you're in the US, your donations are tax-deductible: Strange Horizons has received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the US Internal Revenue Service.

3. Because Charlie Jane Anders of io9 (and Hugo-winning) fame says that donating to us will help to keep short fiction righteous. Other people who have said nice things about us in the course of this year's fund drive include Nina Allan, Liz Argall, Jennifer Mason-Black, Anaea Lay and Vandana Singh. And here are some more testimonials from last year.

4. Because Strange Horizons has an all-volunteer staff, every penny you donate goes to our contributors and our running costs.

5. Because if we hit our target early, we'll stop pestering you!

6. Because if you donate during the fund drive, you'll help to unlock more content in our bonus issue. So far we've published Daniel M. Kimmel's artcile, "Better Dead than Red: Politics and Genre", Mat Joiner's poem, "All the Mari's Parties", and part one of Ken Liu's "Good Hunting" -- part two will be unlocked when we reach $5,000.

7. Because if you donate during the fund drive, you can claim a channel-flip from our columnist, author, and bad-film-lover Genevieve Valentine here: which means she will watch a ten-minute segment of whatever you want, and try to understand it. Channel-flips so far include The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, Lawrence of Arabia, The Happiest Millionaire, Dragons of Autumn Twilight (that one's mine!), and The Fifth Element.

8. Because we're a magazine that believes that in the twenty-first century, speculative fiction must be a global, inclusive tradition, and to that end we aim to showcase work that challenges and delights us, by new and established writers from diverse backgrounds and with diverse concerns.

9. Because if we hit our primary target ($8,000), you'll get another year of Strange Horizons, which means another year of original stories, poems, articles, reviews, and columns, all available online for anyone to read.

10. Because if we exceed our primary target we'll do more. If we raise $9,000 than we'll increase our pay rate for poetry to $30 per poem; if we raise $10,000 then we'll increase our pay rate for reviews to $30 per review; and if we raise $11,000 we'll begin releasing free podcasts of our stories.

So those are our reasons! But you may have others -- if so, feel free to let us know in the comments or on Twitter.



Niall Harrison is a reader and fan.
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