With this issue, we can check off the Uncanny Magazine Year One Kickstarter backer fulfillment as completed. We promised we would bring you six issues of stunning covers and passionate science fiction and fantasy fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, and provocative nonfiction by writers from every conceivable background. Not to mention a fantastic podcast featuring exclusive content.
We did it. We crossed the finish line on time and on budget, and delivered everything we said we would, or made alternate arrangements due to scheduling.
We are deeply grateful that you supported us and made this year possible. Thank you for the wonderful feedback about our first five issues. We are immensely proud of the work we’ve done. We think Uncanny Magazine Year One is the best thing we’ve ever produced. We’re so happy to have had the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps along for the journey.
So now we can rest.
… Or run the Uncanny Magazine Year Two Kickstarter, which is pretty much the opposite of resting. (You’ve met us, right?)
As you’re reading this, the Kickstarter has been running for the last three weeks or so. We are in the home stretch. If you’ve backed us already, thank you. If not, please consider supporting Uncanny Magazine. We believe we’re accomplishing something that’s very important, and we’d like Uncanny Magazine to run for many years to come. Your support makes that possible.
Since writing our last editorial, it has been WeddingCeremonypalooza around the Uncanny Magazine space station, home of the best tomfoolery. Editors–in–Chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, the Nick and Nora Charles of SF/F, renewed their wedding vows at CONvergence dressed in full Regency regalia. Staff members Michi Trota and Erika Ensign were there along with numerous friends and Uncanny Magazine contributors. A wonderful time was had by all. As always, we’re deeply grateful to have the friendship and support of such marvelous people.
In addition to that, the multi–talented Uncanny Magazine Podcast Reader (along with being a writer/poet/musician/editor/critic/owl handler) Amal El–Mohtar married her fantastic fiancé Stuart West in a gorgeous ceremony in the wilds of Canada. The Thomases and fellow Uncanny Magazine Reader C. S. E. Cooney were in attendance among family and friends of the happy couple. All of us at Uncanny Magazine wish Amal and Stuart the best for a phenomenal future.
This issue, Uncanny Magazine features a varied array of fantastic pieces, starting with the awesome cover by Matthew Dow Smith. Our fiction includes Paul Cornell’s delightful mid–grade alien invasion romp “Find a Way Home,” Isabel Yap’s powerful and disturbing novelette of war and demons “The Oiran’s Song” (please note that there is a trigger warning on this story), Liz Argall and Kenneth Schneyer’s whimsical and surreal tale “The Sisters’ Line,” and Keffy R. M. Kehrli’s novelette of frogs and alienation “And Never Mind the Watching Ones.” Our reprint this month is N. K. Jemisin’s “Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters,” a tremendous story of heroism, community, and monsters in a Katrina–ravaged New Orleans which first appeared in The Company He Keeps: Postscripts 22/23.
Our essays this month feature Michi Trota discussing convention panels and representation, David J. Schwartz looking at toxic masculinity and geek culture, Diana M. Pho examining historical accuracy in fiction, and Steven H Silver recounting the fascinating history of the first Worldcon in Kansas City. Our poetry includes Dominik Parisien’s powerful “To A Dying Friend,” Rose Lemberg’s delightful “A Riddler at Market,” Jennifer Crow’s haunting “The Book of Longing,” and Amal El–Mohtar’s poignant “Biting Tongues” (originally published in the The WisCon Chronicles, Vol.5: Writing and Racial Identity). Finally, Deborah Stanish interviews Isabel Yap and Liz Argall and Kenneth Schneyer about their stories.
Podcast 6A features Paul Cornell’s story “Find a Way Home” as read by Erika Ensign, Rose Lemberg’s poem “A Riddler at Market” as read by Amal El–Mohtar, and Deborah Stanish interviewing Paul Cornell. Podcast 6B features Keffy R. M. Kehrli’s story “And Never Mind the Watching Ones” as read by Amal El–Mohtar, Amal El–Mohtar’s poem “Biting Tongues” as read by the author, and a Deborah Stanish interview.
You might have noticed that C. S. E. Cooney isn’t reading for the podcast this issue. C. S. E. has found her career taking off, and as a result, has had to step away from Uncanny Magazine due to too many commitments. We want to thank her from the bottom of our hearts for her truly memorable performances that helped make the podcast so successful. She was a pleasure to work with, and we wish her every success with all of her future projects. She will always be a founding member of the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps.
Please enjoy the latest issue of Uncanny Magazine, and thank you all so much for your continued support.
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