(Editors’ Note: Speech portions appear in the order in which they were given at the awards ceremony.)
We are deeply honored by this Hugo Award. It was a fantastic group of finalists.
Uncanny Magazine is the work of numerous people, so we want to thank our 2018 regular staff of Michi Trota, Mimi Mondal, Erika Ensign, Steven Schapansky, Stephanie Malia Morris, Chimedum Ohaegbu, and Caroline M. Yoachim; our Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction guest editors-in-chief Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Dominik Parisien and guest editors Nicolette Barischoff, S. Qiouyi Lu, and Judith Tarr; all of our submissions editors; every contributor; the Uncanny Penguin for moral support; and of course our ombudsman and world’s greatest daughter, Caitlin. Thank you to every single member of the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps. We couldn’t do this without the support of our community.
Shine on, Space Unicorns!
(Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Publishers & Co-Editors-in-Chief)
It’s an incredible honor to be among such amazing colleagues in the Best Semiprozine category. The quality of your work is what keeps pushing and inspiring us at Uncanny to do our best because all of you set a hell of a high bar to clear. Thank you for making SF/F publishing a community to be proud of.
(Michi Trota, Managing Editor)
My name is Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, and I’m the first deafblind woman to win a Hugo Award!
If you’re disabled, and you’ve ever been told you don’t belong in publishing? Or just in the world in general?
This award, this rocketship?
It’s ours to use to reach the stars.
Disabled narratives are desperately needed in our fiction. Disabled people will be in our future.
We have always been on this spaceship.
First I want to both thank and congratulate my Co-Editor-in-Chief of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, Dominik Parisien. Without him, DPDSF would not be the incredible issue that it was.
Speaking for both Dominik and myself: We want to thank our authors, without whom DPDSF would not have the might of disabled words behind it. We also cannot go without thanking our Personal Essays editor Nicolette Barischoff, poetry editor S. Qiouyi Lu, and reprints editor Judith Tarr. And to Lynne and Michael Thomas for undertaking this project in the first place, and trusting us with editing it.
As the first deafblind woman to win a Hugo Award, I am overwhelmed to be holding this rocketship as an achievement of work done with fellow disabled people.
Nothing about us without us includes in our fiction, in our publications, in the future we dream about, and the world we live in now.
(Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Guest Co-Editor-in-Chief & Nonfiction Editor)
© 2019 Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, and Michi Trota