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Major Uncanny Magazine Staff Changes!

This is one of those hard news/good news posts, Space Unicorns.

The hard news is that after five years, Managing and Nonfiction Editor Michi Trota has decided to move on from her Uncanny editorial duties at the end of 2019. We can’t overstate how important Michi has been to Uncanny. Michi started with us on day one as Managing Editor. She developed a ton of our processes, made everything look slick and professional, always had a strong voice in the nonfiction, and has been the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps’ biggest cheerleader. We really can’t say enough great things about Michi and what she did for making Uncanny what it is today. She’s a dear friend who has stepped up for every challenge. We know that Michi is going to do more fabulous things in the future.

Michi will be staying through Uncanny Magazine #31 (November/December 2019) to make sure we have a seamless editorial transition. Michi will also continue to co-host and co-produce the Uncanny TV pilot, which will be premiering later this year. We are sure that even though she will no longer be an Uncanny editor, Michi’s association with Uncanny will continue in many different ways.

And now for the good news, Space Unicorns!

Starting with Uncanny Magazine #31 (November/December 2019), the new Managing Editor will be…

Chimedum Ohaegbu!!!!

Chimie is the current Uncanny Magazine Assistant Editor, and started with us as an intern in February 2018. She has done a phenomenal job, and we expect more tremendous things from her. She has been working very closely with Michi for quite some time, so we know this will be a seamless transition. Chimie is a rising superstar writer and editor, and it is such a joy to work with her. We are very excited about this!

Chimie’s bio:

Chimedum “Chimie” Ohaegbu attends the University of British Columbia in pursuit of hummingbirds and a dual degree in English literature and creative writing. She’s a recipient of both the full 2017 Tan Seagull Scholarship for Young Writers and a 2018 Katherine Brearley Arts Scholarship. She loves tisanes, insect facts but not insects, every single bird and magpies especially, and video game music. Her fondness of bad puns has miraculously not prevented her work from being published or forthcoming in Strange Horizons, Train: A Poetry Journal, The /tƐmz/ Review, and The Capilano Review.  Find her on Twitter @chimedumohaegbu or Instagram @chimedum_ohaegbu.  

But that is not all, Space Unicorns! Starting with Uncanny Magazine #32 (January/February 2020), the new Nonfiction Editor will be…

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry!!!!

Uncanny readers should be very familiar with Elsa. She was the guest Editor-in-Chief (with Dominik Parisien) and Nonfiction Editor of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, and has had her essays and fiction published in Uncanny on numerous occasions. We are so thrilled to have Elsa taking over the nonfiction editing. She did a tremendous job as a DPDSF guest editor, and has proven time and time again that along with being a brilliant writer, she is one of the best editors in the business.

Elsa’s Bio:

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is a multi-Hugo-Award finalist author and editor. She was the Co-Guest Editor-in-Chief of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, where she edited the nonfiction section. Her own nonfiction writing has appeared on CNN Opinion, Tor.com, Fireside, and The Boston Globe. She teaches about disability in fiction on a regular basis. She has an MA in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College, where she learned how to write a killer polemic. You can find her talking about being deafblind, having a guide dog, and liking bats @snarkbat on Twitter, and on her website snarkbat.com

But wait, there is more!

Starting with Uncanny Magazine #31 (November/December 2019), the new Assistant Editor will be…

Angel Cruz!

You might know Angel from her Uncanny Magazine essay. She’s a wonderful writer, reviewer, and editor who has contributed to numerous excellent markets, and we are very excited to have her join the Uncanny team!

Angel’s Bio:

Angel Cruz is a writer and professional enthusiast, with a deep love for magic realism and Philippine folklore. She is a staff writer at Ms en Scene and Women Write About Comics, and a contributor at Book Riot. She was a 2017 Contributing Writer at The Learned Fangirl, with additional bylines at the Chicago Review of Books and Brooklyn Magazine. Find more of her work at angelcruzwrites.contently.com, or follow her on Twitter @angelcwrites.  

Uncanny Magazine Year 6 will be fantastic, Space Unicorns. Though many changes are happening, we will continue to have the BEST STAFF in the universe.

The Laura Christensen Then Again Kickstarter: A Guest Post by Izzy Wasserstein

(The anthology project Then Again: Vintage Photography Reimagined by One Artist and Thirty Writers, by Artist and Editor Laura Christensen is currently running on Kickstarter. Author and anthology contributor Izzy Wasserstein is here to explain the project and why you should consider backing it.)

There is great power in words. You know this already. And there is great power in visual art, as well. When the two are in conversation with each other, something magical happens. The powers of each medium are revealed, and together each takes on additional depth and resonance.

The term for writing that responds to visual art is ekphrasis. I first learned of the term when studying W. H. Auden’s famous poem “Musée des Beaux Arts,” which he wrote in response to the paintings of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. What I love about ekphrastic art is that it responds to the (ostensibly) unfiltered experience of visual art with the sense-making of the written word. We examine “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” and take it in first as direct experience. Maybe we notice the plowman first, or the lovely boats, or the strange island fortress. And then we spot it: the pair of legs from Icarus as he falls into the sea.

Or perhaps your experience of that painting is different from mine. After all, to describe art is to change it, comment upon it, or respond to it. Having experienced the painting, we can then turn to Auden to see what sense he made of it—and respond to him ourselves.

Which brings me to Then Again: Vintage Photography Reimagined by One Artist and Thirty Writers. In this groundbreaking project, artist Laura Christensen paints on found vintage photographs to make stunning tableaus that exist on the edge of what is real or imagined. Where does the photograph of the girl with the ukulele end and the (presumably?) artificial tentacles that make up her lower appendages begin? The two girls holding the bunny seem real enough, but if so, what are we to make of the bleached-white bones behind them, the birds soaring overhead which almost seem to glow?

Christensen’s art is breathtaking, and the way it mixes the real and the fantastic should be of particular delight to readers of speculative fiction. But her art is only the first stage in the amazing project that is Then Again. In it, Christensen has collaborated with thirty writers, each of whom is responding to one of her works of art in fiction or poetry. Two of these responses are already available: Kij Johnson’s “Tool-Using Mimics,” written in response to Christensen’s “Ukulele Squid Girl”; and Tina Connolly’s “A Sharp Breath of Birds” published here at Uncanny and written in response to “Swan Dive.”(Full disclosure: a short story of mine, written in response to Christensen’s art, also appears in Then Again.)

When you see the lineup of writers Christensen is working with, I guarantee you will be excited. Included in the project are Safia Elhillo, Elizabeth Hand, Paul Park, Erin Roberts, Sofia Samatar, and many more.

So: Christensen makes new art of vintage photographs, and then writers make new art in response to her. Adding to the joy of this collection is that many of the works of literature here also engage with each other—characters and images re-appear, and one gets the sense that these stories and poems just might occupy a shared world. Perhaps it would be more correct to say “shared worlds.”

Christensen says about her art that “[she] relish[es] this practice of creating something in response to another existing thing. It shows how our experiences can affect what we do and what we create, which in turn may affect what someone else creates.” This chain of creation fascinates me. It has been said that art either comments on other art or on the world itself; Christensen and her collaborators are doing both, merging the real and the fantastic, weaving connections and possibilities, and reminding us all of the power of art to show us new worlds and to show our world anew.

Uncanny readers, I know you care about art, about storytelling, and about the power of connections and communication. That’s why I’m hoping you’ll join in this chain of creation and help make this one-of-a-kind project a reality. The Kickstarter launches on April 2, and among its backer rewards is a special edition of Then Again. Please help us spread the word far and wide, and consider contributing if you’re in a position to do so. As you know, in these difficult times we desperately need art in our lives, and we particularly need art that helps us re-see what we think we know.

While you’re at it, I encourage you to try some ekphrasis of your own. Go to a museum or write in response to your favorite movie. (I just might try this with Janelle Monae’s music videos.) Engage with art. Make your own. Join the conversation. Make magic.

Izzy Wasserstein writes fiction and poetry, teaches writing and literature at a public university on the Great Plains, and shares a house with a variety of animal companions and the writer Nora E. Derrington. Her most recent poetry collection is When Creation Falls (Meadowlark Books, 2018), and her fiction has recently appeared or is forthcoming from ClarkesworldApexFireside Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a member of the 2017 class of Clarion West, and likes to run long distances slowly. Her website is www.izzywasserstein.com.

Three Uncanny Stories, the Thomases, and Uncanny Magazine Are All Hugo Award Finalists!

PHENOMENAL news, Space Unicorns! Three Uncanny Magazine stories are finalists for the prestigious Hugo Award! “The Thing About Ghost Stories” by Naomi Kritzer is a finalist for Best Novelette, “The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society” by T. Kingfisher is a finalist for Best Short Story, and “The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat” by Brooke Bolander is a finalist for Best Short Story! Congratulations to everybody!

Even more wonderful news! Uncanny Magazine (Publishers/Editors-in-Chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, Managing Editor Michi Trota, Podcast Producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky, Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Special Issue Editors-in-Chief Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Dominik Parisien) is also once again a finalist for Best Semiprozine!

Another fantastic thing! Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are finalists for the Best Editor- Short Form Hugo Award!

Finally, many of our current staff and former staff are finalists for different Hugo Awards! Former Poetry and Reprint Editor Julia Rios and Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Co-Editor-in-Chief Elsa Sjunneson-Henry’s Fireside Magazine is a finalist for Best Semiprozine! Julia Rios is also a finalist for Best Editor- Short Form and for Best Related work as part of www.mexicanxinitiative.com: The Mexicanx Initiative Experience at Worldcon 76, and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is a finalist for Best Fan Writer!

It is an amazing list of Hugo Award finalists, many of whom are Uncanny authors and friends. CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYBODY!!! Thank you to everyone who nominated these works. We are honored, ecstatic, and overwhelmed.

Below are the Hugo Award Press Releases from Dublin 2019:

Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon
Dublin, Ireland
August 15-19, 2019

Hugo and Retro Hugo Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2019 Hugo Awards, John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the 1944 Retrospective Hugo Awards were announced 2 April in a live webcast.

There were 1800 valid nominating ballots (1797 electronic and 3 paper) received and counted from the members of the 2018 and 2019 World Science Fiction Conventions for the 2019 Hugo Awards. For the 1944 Retro Hugo Awards, 217 valid nominating ballots (214 electronic and 3 paper) were received. Voting on the final ballot will open later in April.

The Hugo Awards are the premier award in the science fiction genre, honouring science fiction literature and media as well as the genre’s fans. The Awards were first presented at the 1953 World Science Fiction Convention in Philadelphia (Philcon II), and they have continued to honour science fiction and fantasy notables for more than 60 years.

The webcast announcing the finalists is available for viewing on the Dublin 2019 YouTube channel.

Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon will take place in and around the Convention Centre Dublin from 15 to 19 August. More than 5600 people have already signed up as members, including more than 4580 attending members.

Only Dublin 2019 members will be able to vote on the final ballot and choose the winners. The 1944 Retro Hugo Awards will be presented on Thursday, 15 August, the opening night of Dublin 2019, and the 2019 Hugo Awards, and the Lodestar and Campbell Awards, will be presented on Sunday, 18 August as part of the main Hugo Awards ceremony.

The 2019 Hugo base will be designed by Dublin artist Jim Fitzpatrick. The 1944 Retro Hugo base will be designed by Eleanor Wheeler, a ceramicist in County Down. The 2019 Lodestar Award will be designed by Sara Felix, the Austin, Texas-based president of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.

More information about the Hugo Awards, including details about how to submit a nominating ballot: https://dublin2019.com/hugo-awards-wsfs/the-hugo-awards/ . Any questions about the Hugo Awards process should be directed to [email protected]

More information and membership registration for Dublin 2019 are available at https://dublin2019.com. Follow us on Twitter at @dublin2019.

To subscribe or unsubscribe to media releases, complete the form at https://dublin2019.com/press or write to [email protected]

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2019 HUGO AWARD FINALISTS

Best Novel
The Calculating Stars, by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
Record of a Spaceborn Few, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager)
Revenant Gun, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
Space Opera, by Catherynne M. Valente (Saga)
Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey / Macmillan)
Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)

Best Novella
Artificial Condition, by Martha Wells (Tor.com publishing)
Beneath the Sugar Sky, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com publishing)
Binti: The Night Masquerade, by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com publishing)
The Black God’s Drums, by P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com publishing)
Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, by Kelly Robson (Tor.com publishing)
The Tea Master and the Detective, by Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean Press / JABberwocky Literary Agency)

Best Novelette
“If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again,” by Zen Cho (B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, 29 November 2018)
“The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections,” by Tina Connolly (Tor.com, 11 July 2018)
“Nine Last Days on Planet Earth,” by Daryl Gregory (Tor.com, 19 September 2018)
The Only Harmless Great Thing, by Brooke Bolander (Tor.com publishing)
“The Thing About Ghost Stories,” by Naomi Kritzer (Uncanny Magazine 25, November-December 2018)
“When We Were Starless,” by Simone Heller (Clarkesworld 145, October 2018)

Best Short Story
“The Court Magician,” by Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed, January 2018)
“The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society,” by T. Kingfisher (Uncanny Magazine 25, November-December 2018)
“The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington,” by P. Djèlí Clark (Fireside Magazine, February 2018)
“STET,” by Sarah Gailey (Fireside Magazine, October 2018)
“The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat,” by Brooke Bolander (Uncanny Magazine 23, July-August 2018)
“A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies,” by Alix E. Harrow (Apex Magazine, February 2018)

Best Series
The Centenal Cycle, by Malka Older (Tor.com publishing)
The Laundry Files, by Charles Stross (most recently Tor.com publishing/Orbit)
Machineries of Empire, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
The October Daye Series, by Seanan McGuire (most recently DAW)
The Universe of Xuya, by Aliette de Bodard (most recently Subterranean Press)
Wayfarers, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager)

Best Related Work
Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, by Alec Nevala-Lee (Dey Street Books)
The Hobbit Duology (documentary in three parts), written and edited by Lindsay Ellis and Angelina Meehan (YouTube)
An Informal History of the Hugos: A Personal Look Back at the Hugo Awards, 1953-2000, by Jo Walton (Tor)
www.mexicanxinitiative.com: The Mexicanx Initiative Experience at Worldcon 76 (Julia Rios, Libia Brenda, Pablo Defendini, John Picacio)
Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing, by Ursula K. Le Guin with David Naimon (Tin House Books)

Best Graphic Story
Abbott, written by Saladin Ahmed, art by Sami Kivelä, colours by Jason Wordie, letters by Jim Campbell (BOOM! Studios)
Black Panther: Long Live the King, written by Nnedi Okorafor and Aaron Covington, art by André Lima Araújo, Mario Del Pennino and Tana Ford (Marvel)
Monstress, Volume 3: Haven, written by Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
On a Sunbeam, by Tillie Walden (First Second)
Paper Girls, Volume 4, written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Cliff Chiang, colours by Matt Wilson, letters by Jared K. Fletcher (Image Comics)
Saga, Volume 9, written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Annihilation, directed and written for the screen by Alex Garland, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer (Paramount Pictures / Skydance)
Avengers: Infinity War, screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (Marvel Studios)
Black Panther, written by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, directed by Ryan Coogler (Marvel Studios)
A Quiet Place, screenplay by Scott Beck, John Krasinski and Bryan Woods, directed by John Krasinski (Platinum Dunes / Sunday Night)
Sorry to Bother You, written and directed by Boots Riley (Annapurna Pictures)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, screenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman, directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman (Sony)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
The Expanse: “Abaddon’s Gate,” written by Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck and Naren Shankar, directed by Simon Cellan Jones (Penguin in a Parka / Alcon Entertainment)
Doctor Who: “Demons of the Punjab,” written by Vinay Patel, directed by Jamie Childs (BBC)
Dirty Computer, written by Janelle Monáe, directed by Andrew Donoho and Chuck Lightning (Wondaland Arts Society / Bad Boy Records / Atlantic Records)
The Good Place: “Janet(s),” written by Josh Siegal & Dylan Morgan, directed by Morgan Sackett (NBC) The Good Place: “Jeremy Bearimy,” written by Megan Amram, directed by Trent O’Donnell (NBC)
Doctor Who: “Rosa,” written by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall, directed by Mark Tonderai (BBC)

Best Professional Editor, Short Form
Neil Clarke
Gardner Dozois
Lee Harris
Julia Rios
Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
E. Catherine Tobler

Best Professional Editor, Long Form
Sheila E. Gilbert
Anne Lesley Groell
Beth Meacham
Diana Pho
Gillian Redfearn
Navah Wolfe

Best Professional Artist
Galen Dara
Jaime Jones
Victo Ngai
John Picacio
Yuko Shimizu
Charles Vess

Best Semiprozine
Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews
Fireside Magazine, edited by Julia Rios, managing editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, social coordinator Meg Frank, special features editor Tanya DePass, founding editor Brian White, publisher and art director Pablo Defendini
FIYAH Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, executive editors Troy L. Wiggins and DaVaun Sanders, editors L.D. Lewis, Brandon O’Brien, Kaleb Russell, Danny Lore, and Brent Lambert
Shimmer, publisher Beth Wodzinski, senior editor E. Catherine Tobler
Strange Horizons, edited by Jane Crowley, Kate Dollarhyde, Vanessa Rose Phin, Vajra Chandrasekera, Romie Stott, Maureen Kincaid Speller, and the Strange Horizons Staff
Uncanny Magazine, publishers/editors-in-chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, managing editor Michi Trota, podcast producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky, Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Special Issue editors-in-chief Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Dominik Parisien

Best Fanzine
Galactic Journey, founder Gideon Marcus, editor Janice Marcus
Journey Planet, edited by Team Journey Planet
Lady Business, editors Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay & Susan
nerds of a feather, flock together, editors Joe Sherry, Vance Kotrla and The G
Quick Sip Reviews, editor Charles Payseur
Rocket Stack Rank, editors Greg Hullender and Eric Wong

Best Fancast
Be the Serpent, presented by Alexandra Rowland, Freya Marske and Jennifer Mace
The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
Fangirl Happy Hour, hosted by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams
Galactic Suburbia, hosted by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts, produced by Andrew Finch
Our Opinions Are Correct, hosted by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders
The Skiffy and Fanty Show, produced by Jen Zink and Shaun Duke, hosted by the Skiffy and Fanty Crew

Best Fan Writer
Foz Meadows
James Davis Nicoll
Charles Payseur
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
Alasdair Stuart
Bogi Takács

Best Fan Artist
Sara Felix
Grace P. Fong
Meg Frank
Ariela Housman
Likhain (Mia Sereno)
Spring Schoenhuth

Best Art Book
The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition, illustrated by Charles Vess, written by Ursula K. Le Guin (Saga Press /Gollancz)
Daydreamer’s Journey: The Art of Julie Dillon, by Julie Dillon (self-published)
Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History, by Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, Sam Witwer (Ten Speed Press)
Spectrum 25: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, ed. John Fleskes (Flesk Publications)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – The Art of the Movie, by Ramin Zahed (Titan Books)
Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth, ed. Catherine McIlwaine (Bodleian Library)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Katherine Arden (2nd year of eligibility)
S.A. Chakraborty (2nd year of eligibility)
R.F. Kuang (1st year of eligibility)
Jeannette Ng (2nd year of eligibility)
Vina Jie-Min Prasad (2nd year of eligibility)
Rivers Solomon (2nd year of eligibility)

Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book
The Belles, by Dhonielle Clayton (Freeform / Gollancz)
Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt / Macmillan Children’s Books)
The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black (Little, Brown / Hot Key Books)
Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)
The Invasion, by Peadar O’Guilin (David Fickling Books / Scholastic)
Tess of the Road, by Rachel Hartman (Random House / Penguin Teen)

 

1944 RETROSPECTIVE HUGO AWARD FINALISTS

Best Novel
Conjure Wife, by Fritz Leiber, Jr. (Unknown Worlds, April 1943)
Earth’s Last Citadel, by C.L. Moore and Henry Kuttner (Argosy, April 1943)
Gather, Darkness! by Fritz Leiber, Jr. (Astounding Science-Fiction, May-July 1943)
Das Glasperlenspiel [The Glass Bead Game], by Hermann Hesse (Fretz & Wasmuth)
Perelandra, by C.S. Lewis (John Lane, The Bodley Head)
The Weapon Makers, by A.E. van Vogt (Astounding Science-Fiction, February-April 1943)

Best Novella
“Attitude,” by Hal Clement (Astounding Science-Fiction, September 1943)
“Clash by Night,” by Lawrence O’Donnell (Henry Kuttner & C.L. Moore) (Astounding Science-Fiction, March 1943)
“The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath,” by H.P. Lovecraft, (Beyond the Wall of Sleep, Arkham House)
The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Reynal & Hitchcock)
The Magic Bed-Knob; or, How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons, by Mary Norton (Hyperion Press)
“We Print the Truth,” by Anthony Boucher (Astounding Science-Fiction, December 1943)

Best Novelette
“Citadel of Lost Ships,” by Leigh Brackett (Planet Stories, March 1943)
“The Halfling,” by Leigh Brackett (Astonishing Stories, February 1943)
“Mimsy Were the Borogoves,” by Lewis Padgett (C.L. Moore & Henry Kuttner) (Astounding Science-Fiction, February 1943)
“The Proud Robot,” by Lewis Padgett (Henry Kuttner) (Astounding Science-Fiction, February 1943)
“Symbiotica,” by Eric Frank Russell (Astounding Science-Fiction, October 1943)
“Thieves’ House,” by Fritz Leiber, Jr (Unknown Worlds, February 1943)

Best Short Story
“Death Sentence,” by Isaac Asimov (Astounding Science Fiction, November 1943)
“Doorway into Time,” by C.L. Moore (Famous Fantastic Mysteries, September 1943)
“Exile,” by Edmond Hamilton (Super Science Stories, May 1943)
“King of the Gray Spaces” (“R is for Rocket”), by Ray Bradbury (Famous Fantastic Mysteries, December 1943)
“Q.U.R.,” by H.H. Holmes (Anthony Boucher) (Astounding Science-Fiction, March 1943)
“Yours Truly – Jack the Ripper,” by Robert Bloch (Weird Tales, July 1943)

Best Graphic Story
Buck Rogers: Martians Invade Jupiter, by Philip Nowlan and Dick Calkins (National Newspaper Service)
Flash Gordon: Fiery Desert of Mongo, by Alex Raymond (King Features Syndicate)
Garth, by Steve Dowling (Daily Mirror)
Plastic Man #1: The Game of Death, by Jack Cole (Vital Publications)
Le Secret de la Licorne [The Secret of the Unicorn], by Hergé (Le Soir)
Wonder Woman #5: Battle for Womanhood, written by William Moulton Marsden, art by Harry G. Peter (DC Comics)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Batman, written by Victor McLeod, Leslie Swabacker and Harry L. Fraser, directed by Lambert Hillyer (Columbia Pictures)
Cabin in the Sky, written by Joseph Schrank, directed by Vincente Minnelli and Busby Berkeley (uncredited) (MGM)
A Guy Named Joe, written by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan and Dalton Trumbo, directed by Victor Fleming (MGM)
Heaven Can Wait, written by Samson Raphaelson, directed by Ernst Lubitsch (20th Century Fox)
Münchhausen, written by Erich Kästner and Rudolph Erich Raspe, directed by Josef von Báky (UFA)
Phantom of the Opera, written by Eric Taylor, Samuel Hoffenstein and Hans Jacoby, directed by Arthur Lubin (Universal Pictures)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
The Ape Man, written by Barney A. Sarecky, directed by William Beaudine (Banner Productions)
Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman, written by Curt Siodmak, directed by Roy William Neill (Universal Pictures)
Der Fuehrer’s Face, story by Joe Grant and Dick Huemer, directed by Jack Kinney (Disney)
I Walked With a Zombie, written by Curt Siodmak and Ardel Wray, directed by Jacques Tourneur (RKO Radio Pictures)
The Seventh Victim, written by Charles O’Neal and DeWitt Bodeen, directed by Mark Robson (RKO Radio Pictures)
Super-Rabbit, written by Tedd Pierce, directed by Charles M. Jones (Warner Bros)

Best Professional Editor, Short Form
John W. Campbell
Oscar J. Friend
Mary Gnaedinger
Dorothy McIlwraith
Raymond A. Palmer
Donald A. Wollheim

Best Professional Artist
Hannes Bok
Margaret Brundage
Virgil Finlay
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
J. Allen St. John
William Timmins

Best Fanzine
Fantasy News, editor William S. Sykora
Futurian War Digest, editor J. Michael Rosenblum
The Phantagraph, editor Donald A. Wollheim
Voice of the Imagi-Nation, editors Jack Erman (Forrest J Ackerman) & Morojo (Myrtle Douglas)
YHOS, editor Art Widner
Le Zombie, editor Wilson “Bob” Tucker

Best Fan Writer
Forrest J. Ackerman
Morojo (Myrtle Douglas)
Jack Speer
Wilson “Bob” Tucker
Art Widner
Donald A. Wollheim

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“World Science Fiction Society,” “WSFS,” “World Science Fiction Convention,” “Worldcon,” “NASFiC,” “Hugo Award,” the Hugo Award Logo, and the distinctive design of the Hugo Award Trophy Rocket are service marks of the World Science Fiction Society, an unincorporated literary society. The World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) is a five-day event that has been held annually since 1939, apart from a four-year break during the Second World War.

The Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter Campaign Wins the 2017 D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award!

Excellent news, Space Unicorns! The Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter Campaign, with particular recognition going to guest Nonfiction Editor/DPDSF Co-Editor-in-Chief Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and guest DPDSF Personal Essay Editor Nicolette Barischoff, won the 2017 D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award! From the press release:

The D Franklin Defying Doomsday award was judged by Twelfth Planet Press publisher, Alisa Krasnostein, and Defying Doomsday editors, Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench, and was made possible by our wonderful Pozible Patron of Diversity, D Franklin. The award grants one winner per year a cash prize of $200 in recognition of their work in disability advocacy in SFF literature. Eligible works included non-fiction or related media exploring the subject of disability in SFF literature, published in 2017.

It is the campaign promoting the Kickstarter for Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction that was nominated and chosen as the winner of The D Franklin Defying Doomsday award for 2017. Throughout the period of the campaign the team at Uncanny Magazine published essays as daily updates. We appreciate the fact that these were public essays, and hence not limited in access to backers. There was much insight to be gained from reading the personal thoughts of writers with disabilities on their own broad and varied experiences in, and encounters with, science fiction.

We are very impressed by the work of the team at Uncanny Magazine and are so pleased to have the opportunity to recognise them with this award, with particular recognition going to guest Nonfiction Editor/DPDSF Co-Editor-in-Chief Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and guest DPDSF Personal Essay Editor Nicolette Barischoff.

Congratulations to Elsa and Nicolette and the rest of the Kickstarter team, and thank you to all of the writers, editors, readers, and Kickstarter backers who made the Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter campaign so successful!

 

Behind the Stories- A Guest Blog Post by Sarah Pinsker

(Award-winning author Sarah Pinsker’s first short story collection, Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea, was released from Small Beer Press on March 19th.  At the end of the post, there is a book giveaway you can participate in!)

 

In the title story of my new collection, Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea, a character answers questions from a fictionalized music documentary series, Inside the Music. For this blog post, I thought I’d talk about the music in a few of the collection’s stories.

 

“And Then There Were (N-One)”

This isn’t a music story as such, but I had a great time coming up with the songs that are Easter eggs within the narrative. If you write a few hundred close universes to your own, how can you not imagine the songs that don’t exist here but could have?

David Bowie and Sharon Jones were both still alive in this timeline when I wrote the story, so I had every reason to believe I could conjure up a reason for the two of them to collaborate on a new version of Bowie’s “Modern Love.” “Modern Love” itself was Bowie’s take on soul and Sharon Jones. Here’s her “Stranger to My Happiness” – now just imagine her singing lead on “Modern Love,” and Bowie coming in with the backing vocals. You can hear it, right? Me too.

I also know exactly how the John-Lennon-who-lived sounds on his 90s song “Change Your Tune.” World-weary, cynical, with a touch of humor. Maybe these tunes bled through the walls between universes, because they exist in my head.

 

“No Lonely Seafarer”

The music in this story is all sea chanteys, which was a fun bit of research. I think the main named song is “Married to a Mermaid,” since I figured I’d use a story with a different bit of mythology made real. Here’s the Smithsonian Folkways recording.

Songs like that have a lot in common with prose fantasy, because they ask you to accept as given the premise. In this case, that a young man fell off his boat, past the sharks and whales, and down to a mermaid at the bottom of the sea, like ya do.

 

“Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea”

I think most of the named songs in this story are things Gabby is complaining about, like “My Heart Will Go On.” I tried to think of all the songs somebody would get sick of playing on an endless cruise, the way there’s a whole list of songs you know somebody will request if you’re playing covers in a bar night after night.

Gabby is a mix of a few real people. Gail Ann Dorsey is one of my favorite bassists. I’ve seen her with David Bowie, the Indigo Girls, Dar Williams, Ani DiFranco, and a host of others. She has an incredible voice and stage presence, and three solo albums of her own, but she’s most well known as a backing musician. Ditto the great Sara Lee, who has played with the Gang of Four, the B-52s, and numerous others as well as her solo stuff. Neither of them has Gabby’s personality, as far as I know.

 

“Our Lady of the Open Road”

I’m not going to tell you what the band in this story sounds like. Numerous people came up to me after the story came out and told me what the band sounds like, and every single person had a different sound in their head. I love that! I don’t want to interfere any more than I have to.

I did mention a few real bands as references in other places in the story. They walk into a bar where a holographic recording of Bruce Springsteen is playing “She’s the One,” and Luce plays it again later when she has a few minutes to herself. “She’s the One” is a song that can get stuck in my head for days and I don’t mind. There’s a Bo Diddley-pulse that runs through it, sitting behind the slow part and then busting out when the song goes from wanting to exuberant.

Luce plays a couple of other songs in that second scene as well. One was Frightwig, a great feminist punk band that played through the 80s and inspired a lot of the Riot Grrrl bands that came after. They got back together a few years ago, and I had the good fortune to see them when they came to Baltimore.

In the same line, she mentions the Kathleen Battle School, which I invented, and then disappear fear. Disappear fear is my friend SONiA’s band, in whatever form she wants it to take. They’ve been a full rock band, a solo act, a folk duo. The band is her, and she is the band, no matter what form they take. She’s been one of my inspirations as a musician, and I couldn’t resist throwing her into the story. Luce would definitely be a fan.

 

“Wind Will Rove”

This story takes place during a middle generation of a generation ship’s journey. The narrator lives her entire life on the ship, but she was born into an old-time music family, and is charged with carrying on those traditions.

I was introduced to old-time music by my aunt. I’ve gone with her to a few of her old-time music gatherings, which usually involve a potluck dinner, a dozen fiddles, an upright bass, and an assortment of banjos and guitars. The fiddlers call the shots. I’ve described the experience in the story pretty much directly how it plays out.

I knew when I started writing the story that I wanted to invent a song, and to insert it between real songs to feel like it existed, and like it changed as it got handed down. The through-line of musicological/historical posts was the first thing I came up with. One of the neat things about the old-time players is that they study the provenance of the songs alongside the notes and fingerings. Here’s a YouTube video of “Midnight on the Water/Bonaparte’s Retreat.”

The first two minutes of the video are the performers setting up the background of the song, namechecking Aaron Copland and Alan Lomax, and talking about the special tuning they use, which is the tuning I chose for “Wind Will Rove.” The slower song gives way to a rave-up just after the five minute mark. “Bonaparte’s Retreat” is a great example of the kind of thing I wanted to invent. Songs called “Bonaparte’s Retreat” were being played on both sides of the Atlantic by the Civil War, though the origins were hazy. At various points, people added lyrics, and a bridge, then others stripped them out again.

I know what “Wind Will Rove” sounds like in my head. Maybe someday I’ll let you all hear.

 

SPACE UNICORNS! Would you like a chance to receive a copy of Sarah Pinsker’s collection Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea, courtesy of Sarah and Small Beer Press? Just leave a comment here (or Tweet with the hashtag #UncannyPinsker) with the name and artist of one favorite song of yours that you would love to see in an SF/F story! (Or no song if it is too hard to choose one!) You have until 11:59 pm Central on Wednesday, March 27! Five of you awesome people will be chosen at random for this phenomenal book!  

ETA: This is for US residents only. If you answered before this ETA was posted, though, we will still take care of the international shipping if you are randomly chosen.

Sarah Pinsker’s short fiction has won the Nebula & Sturgeon Awards, and she’s been a finalist for the Hugo and numerous other awards. Small Beer Press will publish her first collection, Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea, in March 2019, and her first novel, A Song For A New Day, will be published by Berkley in September. She’s also a singer/songwriter with three albums on various indie labels and a fourth on the way. She lives with her wife and dog in Baltimore, Maryland.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 27 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming March 5, THE TWENTY-SEVENTH ISSUE OF THE 2016, 2017, & 2018 HUGO AWARD-WINNING UNCANNY MAGAZINE!!!

All of the content will be available in the eBook version on the day of release.

The free online content will be released in 2 stages- half on day of release and half on April 2.

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Uncanny Magazine Issue 27 Table of Contents

Cover
Christopher Jones- Traveler 

Editorial
The Uncanny Valley (3/5)

Fiction
Karen Osborne- “The Dead, In Their Uncontrollable Power” (3/5)
Tina Connolly- “A Sharp Breath of Birds” (3/5)
Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam- “Every Song Must End” (3/5)

Marie Brennan- “Vīs Dēlendī” (4/2)
Silvia Moreno-Garcia- “On the Lonely Shore” (4/2)
A. T. Greenblatt- “Before the World Crumbles Away” (4/2)

Reprint
Aliette de Bodard- “The Dragon That Flew Out of the Sun” (3/5)

Essays
Tracy Townsend- “Courage to the Sticking Place: Connecting SF/F Students with Creators” (3/5)
Briana Lawrence- “All in Good Fun: How Fanfiction Reignited My Passion for Writing” (3/5)

Marissa Lingen- “That Never Happened: Misplaced Skepticism and the Mechanisms of Suspension of Disbelief” (4/2)
Suzanne Walker- “We Are What They Grow Beyond: Star Wars and the Extended Universe” (4/2)

Poetry
Beth Cato- “Childhood Memory from the Old Victorian House on Warner”  (3/5)
D.A. Xiaolin Spires- “Taho” (3/5)

Cassandra Khaw- “things you don’t say to city witches” (4/2)
Sandi Leibowitz- “Wendy, Waiting” (4/2)
Chloe N. Clark- “Other Forms of Conjuring the Moon” (4/2)

Interviews
Caroline M. Yoachim Interviews Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (3/5)

Caroline M. Yoachim Interviews  A. T. Greenblatt  (4/2)

Podcasts
27A (3/5)
Karen Osborne- “The Dead, In Their Uncontrollable Power,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Beth Cato- “Childhood Memory from the Old Victorian House on Warner,” as read by Erika Ensign
Lynne M. Thomas Interviews Karen Osborne

27B (4/2)
Marie Brennan- “Vīs Dēlendī ,” as read by Erika Ensign
Cassandra Khaw- “things you don’t say to city witches,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Lynne M. Thomas Interviews Marie Brennan

Six Uncanny Magazine Poems Are Rhysling Nominees!

Outstanding news, Space Unicorns! Six Uncanny Magazine poems are nominees for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award for speculative poetry! Brandon O’Brien’s “drop some amens,” Betsy Aoki’s “Okuri Inu, or the sending-off dog demon,” and Fran Wilde’s “The Sea Never Says It Loves You” are all nominees for Best Short Poem. Nitoo Das’s “The Cat’s Daughters,” Beth Cato’s “The Fairies in the Crawlspace,” and Ali Trotta’s “Lorelei” are all nominees for Best Long Poem. Congratulations to Brandon, Betsy, Fran, Nitoo, Beth, Ali, and all of the Rhysling Award nominees!

And Yet by A. T. Greenblatt Is a Nebula Award Finalist!

Outstanding news, Space Unicorns! “And Yet” by A. T. Greenblatt is a 2018 finalist for a Best Short Story Nebula Award!

Congratulations, Aliza!

It is an amazing list of finalists. CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYBODY!!!

From the SFWA Nebula Award announcement:

The Nebula Awards will be presented during the annual SFWA Nebula Conference, which will run from May 16th-19th and feature programming developed and geared toward SFF professionals. On May 18th, a mass autograph session will take place at the Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills and will be free and open to the public.

The Nebula Awards, presented annually, recognize the best works of science fiction and fantasy published in the previous year. They are selected by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The first Nebula Awards were presented in 1966.

The Nebula Awards include four fiction awards, a game writing award, the Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book. SFWA also administers the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Awards, the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award, and the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.

Uncanny Magazine 2018 Poetry Eligibility

Hello, Space Unicorns! Nominating for the Rhysling Award for speculative poetry is now OPEN! If you’re a SFPA member, you can nominate short and long poetry up until February 15.

 

Long Poem (50+ lines or 500+ words)

The Fairies in the Crawlspace by Beth Cato

Convalescence by Alicia Cole

The Cat’s Daughters by Nitoo Das

the body argonautica by Robin M. Eames

All the Stars Above the Sea by Sarah Gailey

What Grew by Sarah Gailey

Persephone in Hades by Theodora Goss

Translatio by Sharon Hsu

Expecting a Dinosaur by Mari Ness

FIND A HOT ASIAN GIRLFRIEND NEAR YOU by Cynthia So

Lorelei by Ali Trotta

The Year We Got Rid of Our Ghosts by Ali Trotta

 

Short Poems (<49 lines, <500words)

Okuri Inu, or the sending-off dog demon by Betsy Aoki

hypothesis for apocalypse by Khairani Barokka

You Wanted Me to Fly by Julia Watts Belser

Osiris by Leah Bobet

smile by Beth Cato

Ctenophore Soul by Rita Chen

How to Fix a Dancer When it Breaks by Genevieve DeGuzman

1532 by Ana Hurtado

Found Discarded: A Love Poem, Questionably Addressed. by Cassandra Khaw

Octavia’s Letter to Marcus Anthony on the Discovery of His Faithlessness by Cassandra Khaw

core/debris/core by Rose Lemberg

drop some amens by Brandon O’Brien

The One by Brandon O’Brien

The Early Ones by Sofia Samatar & Del Samatar

The Knight of the Beak by Sofia Samatar & Del Samatar

Shadow-Song by Sonya Taaffe

די ירושה by Sonya Taaffe

Spatiotemporal Discontinuity by Bogi Takács

A View from Inside the Refrigerator by Andrea Tang

The Sea Never Says It Loves You by Fran Wilde

cardioid by Hal Y. Zhang

Swallow by Hal Y. Zhang

Uncanny Magazine 2018 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll Results!

Space Unicorns! It is time to announce the TOP STORY in our Uncanny Magazine 2018 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll!
It is…. *drumroll*

The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat by Brooke Bolander!!!

Congratulations, Brooke! Brooke will be receiving a SNAZZY CERTIFICATE!
The rest of the Top Five are:

2- The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society by T. Kingfisher

3- How to Swallow the Moon by Isabel Yap

4- The Thing About Ghost Stories  by Naomi Kritzer

5 IS A TIE!!!

The Hydraulic Emperor by Arkady Martine

She Still Loves the Dragon by Elizabeth Bear

Congratulations to T (Ursula), Isabel, Naomi, Arkady, and Elizabeth!
Thank you to everybody who voted!
Don’t forget if you’re nominating for the Nebula or Hugo Awards, we have a list of all of our eligible stories here.