For the entire 21st century so far, Strange Horizons has been publishing amazing science fiction short stories, essays, reviews, art, poetry and more — they are the longest-running science fiction magazine online, and they make all of their content available to you for free. This all-volunteer organization has given us many afternoons of delightful reading, and now it's time to give back. That's right — it's the annual Strange Horizons fund drive.
Here's what the magazine's editors have to say this year:
For over a decade, Strange Horizons has pursued a number of goals: to encourage and support new writers of speculative fiction from diverse backgrounds; to provide a home for readers looking for fiction that expands the possibilities of sf, and discussions of the same; and to offer content free of change while still paying contributors professional rates, without being dependent on advertisers or corporate interests.
We've been proud to publish work by such writers as Saladin Ahmed, Charlie Jane Anders, Christopher Barzak, Elizabeth Bear, Bruce Boston, Cecil Castellucci, Matthew Cheney, John Clute, L. Timmel Duchamp, Hal Duncan, Amal El-Mohtar, Carol Emshwiller, Karen Joy Fowler, Lisa Goldstein, Theodora Goss, Gavin J. Grant, Karen Healey, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, N.K. Jemisin, John Kessel, Meghan McCarron, Farah Mendlesohn, David Moles, Tim Pratt, Adam Roberts, Benjamin Rosenbaum, John Scalzi, Nisi Shawl, Vandana Singh, Sonya Taaffe, Genevieve Valentine, Greg van Eekhout, Jo Walton, Liz Williams, and too many others to list. Stories published at Strange Horizons in 2010 were shortlisted for the Theodore Sturgeon, Locus, Tiptree and Aurealis Awards; six of last year's stories have been reprinted in four Year's Best volumes.
A huge part of our success has been down to you, our readers. Strange Horizons relies on donations from readers to stay in business — our staff are all volunteers, but your donations enable us to continue to publish weekly issues, and pay contributors professional rates. Each year we hold a fund drive: this year we're trying to raise US$8000.
if you love good science fiction and want to encourage more writers to try it out, consider donating to Strange Horizons. Just spending a day in their amazing archive of stories online will convince you that it's worth it.
It's easy to donate — visit the Strange Horizons donation page. You have two more weeks to help them meet their funding goal!
Illustration by Theo Black.