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Two Uncanny Magazine Stories Are Sturgeon Award Finalists!

Wonderful news, Space Unicorns! “And Then There Were (N-One)” by Sarah Pinsker and “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad are both finalists for the prestigious 2018 Sturgeon Award for the best short science fiction story! (As you may recall, Sarah’s and Vina’s stories are also Nebula Award Finalists and Hugo Award Finalists! ) Congratulations to Sarah, Vina, and an amazing list of finalists!

Below is the entire press release:

LAWRENCE, KS ­‐‑ 16 April, 2018
for immediate release

This year’s finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction story have been selected, announced Christopher McKitterick, Director of the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction. The awards will be presented this year during the Campbell Conference Awards reception on Friday, June 22, 2018.

2018 Finalists for the Theodore A. Sturgeon Memorial Award
“Don’ʹt Press Charges and I Won’ʹt Sue,” Charlie Jane Anders. Boston Review: Global Dystopias, Oct 2017.
“Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance,” Tobias S. Buckell. Cosmic Powers, ed. John Joseph Adams. Saga Press.
“The Discrete Charm of the Turing Machine,” Greg Egan. Asimov’ʹs, Nov/Dec 2017.
“Sidewalks,” Maureen McHugh. Omni, Nov 2017.
“The Martian Obelisk,” Linda Nagata. tor.com, July 2017.
“The Secret Life of Bots,” Suzanne Palmer. Clarkesworld, Sept 2017.
“And Then There Were (N-­‐‑One),” Sarah Pinsker. Uncanny Magazine, March 2017.
“A Series of Steaks,” Vina Jie-­‐‑Min Prasad. Clarkesworld, Jan 2017.
“Fandom for Robots,” Vina Jie-­‐‑Min Prasad. Uncanny, Sept 2017.
“Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience,” Rebecca Roanhorse. Apex, Aug 2017.
“We Who Live in the Heart,” Kelly Robson. Clarkesworld, May 2017.

The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award recognizes the best science fiction short story of each year. It was established in 1987 by James Gunn, Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at KU, and the heirs of Theodore Sturgeon, including his partner Jayne Engelhart Tannehill and Sturgeon’s children, as an appropriate memorial to one of the great short-­‐‑story writers in a field distinguished by its short fiction.

The Campbell Conference has been held each year since 1978 at the University of Kansas. It includes a Friday‐‑evening banquet where the annual Theodore A. Sturgeon and John W. Campbell Memorial Award are given; a Saturday round‐‑ table discussion with scholars, scientists, and writers of science fiction; and other events.

Sincerely,
Jason Baltazar
Outreach Coordinator, Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction
http://sfcenter.ku.edu

Three Images That Helped Inspire Fire Dance- Guest Post by Ilana C. Myer

(Set in a world where poets wield magical and political power, Ilana C. Myer’s Fire Dance, the standalone sequel to her novel Last Song Before Night, was released from Tor Books on April 10th.  At the end of the post, there is a book giveaway you can participate in!)

I share Anne of Green Gables’s fascination with places or things that have “scope for imagination” as a key to imagining worlds and stories. There is scope for imagination in the trees outside my apartment window, in long walks in the historic neighborhood next door, and in people-watching on the local bus.

A voracious curiosity has led me to travel as much as I can, to fill my head with images and ideas. In 2012, a trip to the south of Spain was the seed that would grow into Fire Dance. I didn’t intend it as a research trip—but the images sank into my imagination, and grew, and suddenly I knew I had a book.

Here is one image from the palace in Seville, which was a source of visual inspiration for the court of the Zahra in Fire Dance. (Other inspirations included gardens in Cordoba, the B’hai gardens in Haifa, and many, many books.) As I envisioned the mystery and intrigue that unfolds in the palace, this image served as a visual touchstone.

A courtyard is a liminal space, a point of transition. People pass through them on their way from one part of the palace to another; from one state of being to the next. A spy might leave his bedroom and pass through a courtyard like this, on his way to an assignation with the queen. A Court Poet might pass through, in search of answers to the riddles of the place. The beauty of a courtyard is observed in passing; but it leaves a mark all the same.

Once I was consciously working on a book with inspirations from historic Al Andalus, I became targeted in my research. In Paris, I visited the Louvre’s exquisite collection of Islamic art, an exhibition I cannot recommend highly enough. There I found the inspiration for a magical astrolabe in the court of the Zahra, which also made it to the cover art of the book! This particular astrolabe is believed the third-oldest in the world.

In Last Song Before Night, poetry and enchantments are linked, in a land with imprints of Celtic myth and the troubadours. Fire Dance brings the characters to the neighboring land of Kahishi, where royal Magicians read prophecies in the stars in an observatory built by magic.

Also in the Louvre collection: magnificent, intricate ivory carvings like this one. They are believed to have contained objects of value like jewelry, perfume, or medicinal substances. They would have housed gifts for royalty, for example. Once, the ivory might have been painted in different colors, or studded with jewels.

One can get an idea of what a culture was like, or feel its echoes, in the study of objects like this. Something this small can encompass a world of grandeur, if you think of the infinite care that goes into its making. This was another marked contrast to the original setting of Last Song Before Night, where even royalty was limited in luxury and the scope of its art. The craftsmanship of this casket hints at a magnificence that is nearly limitless; and this thought went into the shaping of the Zahra. It is a place where every aspect of life is beautified, every craft is heightened, as a result of power. An accompanying shadow, there: with power comes the possibility for abuse, for temptation.

There is, of course, much more behind-the-scenes of this book, which took three years to research and write. But it would take a book to detail that process. And in the end, just as a theatre director might not want the audience peeking backstage, I think a book is most effective when the author keeps most details of their journey private. Let readers create their own.

Image sources:

  1. Ilana C. Myer
  2. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Globe_Celeste_Louvre_Asturlabi_DSC_0713.JPG
  3. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pyxid_Al_Mughira_OA_4068.jpg

SPACE UNICORNS! Would you like a chance to receive a signed hardcover copy of Ilana C. Myer’s Fire Dance, courtesy of Ilana and Tor Books? Just leave a comment here (or Tweet with the hashtag #uncannyfiredance) with a link to a favorite poem of yours! (Or no poem if it is too hard to choose one!) You have until 11:59 pm Central on Wednesday, April 18! One of you awesome people will be chosen at random for this phenomenal book!

Ilana C. Myer has worked as a journalist in Jerusalem and a cultural critic for various publications. As Ilana Teitelbaum, she has written book reviews and critical essays for The Globe and Mail, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, and the Huffington Post. Last Song Before Night was her first novel, followed by Fire Dance. She lives in New York.

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

PHENOMENAL news, Space Unicorns! Six Uncanny Magazine stories are finalists for the prestigious Hugo Award! “And Then There Were (N-One)” by Sarah Pinsker is a finalist for Best Novella, “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time” by K.M. Szpara is a finalist for Best Novelette, ‘‘Children of Thorns, Children of Water’’ by Aliette de Bodard (reprint from 2017) is a finalist for Best Novelette, “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad is a finalist for Best Short Story, “Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon is a finalist for Best Short Story, and “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” by Fran Wilde is a finalist for Best Short Story! (As you may recall, Sarah’s, K.M.’s, Vina’s, and Fran’s stories are also Nebula Award Finalists!) Congratulations to everybody!

Even more wonderful news! Uncanny Magazine (edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, and podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky) 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, a ton of our current staff and former staff are finalists for different Hugo Awards! Former Interviewer Deborah Stanish, Podcast Producer Erika Ensign, and Lynne M. Thomas’s Doctor Who podcast Verity! (also co-hosted with Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, and Tansy Rayner Roberts) is a finalist for Best Fancast! 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 (with Brian White, Mikki Kendall, and Pablo Defendini)! Former Poetry and Reprint Editor Mimi Mondal’s book Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler (co-edited with Alexandra Pierce) is a finalist for Best Related Work! And finally, current interviewer Caroline M. Yoachim’s Beneath Ceaseless Skies story “Carnival Nine” is a finalist for Best Short Story!

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 Worldcon 76:

 

San Jose, California, USA – the finalists for the 2018 Hugo Awards, John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) Award for the Best Young Adult Book were announced on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at 12 Noon PDT. The announcement was made live to social media, including the Twitter and Facebook accounts of Worldcon 76, and via the Worldcon 76 website.

1813 valid nominating ballots (1795 electronic and 18 paper) were received and counted from the members of the 2017, 2018, and 2019 World Science Fiction Conventions. For the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards, 204 valid nominating ballots (192 electronic and 12 paper) were received.

The final ballot to select this year’s winners will open in April 2018, and will be open to all full Attending and Supporting members of Worldcon 76. The winners of the 2018 Hugo Awards will be announced at a highlighted formal ceremony at the convention, on the evening of Sunday, August 19.

The Hugo Awards are the premier award in the science fiction genre, honoring 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 honor science fiction and fantasy notables for well over 60 years.

The finalists are:

2018 Hugo Awards

Best Fan Artist
Geneva Benton
Grace P. Fong
Maya Hahto
Likhain (M. Sereno)
Spring Schoenhuth
Steve Stiles

Best Fan Writer
Camestros Felapton
Sarah Gailey
Mike Glyer
Foz Meadows
Charles Payseur
Bogi Takács

Best Fancast
The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
Ditch Diggers, presented by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace
Fangirl Happy Hour, presented by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams
Galactic Suburbia, presented by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce and Tansy Rayner Roberts;
produced by Andrew Finch
Sword and Laser, presented by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt
Verity!, presented by Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, and Tansy Rayner Roberts

Best Fanzine
File 770, edited by Mike Glyer
Galactic Journey, edited by Gideon Marcus
Journey Planet, edited by Team Journey Planet
nerds of a feather, flock together, edited by The G, Vance Kotrla, and Joe Sherry
Rocket Stack Rank, edited by Greg Hullender and Eric Wong
SF Bluestocking, edited by Bridget McKinney

Best Semiprozine
Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews
The Book Smugglers, edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James
Escape Pod, edited by Mur Lafferty, S.B. Divya, and Norm Sherman, with assistant editor Benjamin C. Kinney
Fireside Magazine, edited by Brian White and Julia Rios; managing editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry; special feature editor Mikki Kendall; publisher & art director Pablo Defendini
Strange Horizons, edited by Kate Dollarhyde, Gautam Bhatia, A.J. Odasso, Lila Garrott, Heather McDougal, Ciro Faienza, Tahlia Day, Vanessa Rose Phin, and the Strange Horizons staff
Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Julia Rios; podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky

Best Professional Artist
Galen Dara
Kathleen Jennings
Bastien Lecouffe Deharme
Victo Ngai
John Picacio
Sana Takeda

Best Editor – Short Form
John Joseph Adams
Neil Clarke
Lee Harris
Jonathan Strahan
Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
Sheila Williams

Best Editor – Long Form
Sheila E. Gilbert
Joe Monti
Diana M. Pho
Devi Pillai
Miriam Weinberg
Navah Wolfe

Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form
Black Mirror: “USS Callister,” written by William Bridges and Charlie Brooker, directed by Toby Haynes (House of Tomorrow)
“The Deep” [song], by Clipping (Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes)
Doctor Who: “Twice Upon a Time,” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay (BBC Cymru Wales)
The Good Place: “Michael’s Gambit,” written and directed by Michael Schur (Fremulon / 3 Arts
Entertainment / Universal Television)
The Good Place: “The Trolley Problem,” written by Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, directed by Dean Holland (Fremulon / 3 Arts Entertainment / Universal Television)
Star Trek: Discovery: “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad,” written by Aron Eli Coleite & Jesse Alexander, directed by David M. Barrett (CBS Television Studios)

Best Dramatic Presentaton – Long Form
Blade Runner 2049, written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Alcon Entertainment / Bud Yorkin Productions / Torridon Films / Columbia Pictures)
Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele (Blumhouse Productions / Monkeypaw Productions / QC Entertainment)
The Shape of Water, written by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, directed by Guillermo del Toro (TSG Entertainment / Double Dare You / Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, written and directed by Rian Johnson (Lucasfilm, Ltd.)
Thor: Ragnarok, written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher Yost; directed by Taika Waititi (Marvel Studios)
Wonder Woman, screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, directed by Patty Jenkins (DC Films / Warner Brothers)

Best Graphic Story
Black Bolt, Volume 1: Hard Time, written by Saladin Ahmed, illustrated by Christian Ward, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Marvel)
Bitch Planet, Volume 2: President Bitch, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, illustrated by Valentine De Landro and Taki Soma, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)
Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood, written by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
My Favorite Thing is Monsters, written and illustrated by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
Paper Girls, Volume 3, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image Comics)
Saga, Volume 7, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Best Related Work
Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate, by Zoe Quinn (PublicAffairs)
Iain M. Banks (Modern Masters of Science Fiction), by Paul Kincaid (University of Illinois Press)
A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison, by Nat Segaloff (NESFA Press)
Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, edited by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal (Twelfth Planet Press)
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Sleeping with Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy, by Liz Bourke
(Aqueduct Press)

Best Series
The Books of the Raksura, by Martha Wells (Night Shade)
The Divine Cities, by Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway)
InCryptid, by Seanan McGuire (DAW)
The Memoirs of Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan (Tor US / Titan UK)
The Stormlight Archive, by Brandon Sanderson (Tor US / Gollancz UK)
World of the Five Gods, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Harper Voyager / Spectrum Literary Agency)

Best Short Story
“Carnival Nine,” by Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, May 2017)
“Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand,” by Fran Wilde (Uncanny, September 2017)
“Fandom for Robots,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Uncanny, September/October 2017)
“The Martian Obelisk,” by Linda Nagata (Tor.com, July 19, 2017)
“Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon, (Uncanny, May/June 2017)
“Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience™,” by Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex, August 2017)

Best Novelette
“Children of Thorns, Children of Water,” by Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny, July-August 2017)
“Extracurricular Activities,” by Yoon Ha Lee (Tor.com, February 15, 2017)
“The Secret Life of Bots,” by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld, September 2017)
“A Series of Steaks,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Clarkesworld, January 2017)
“Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time,” by K.M. Szpara (Uncanny, May/June 2017)
“Wind Will Rove,” by Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s, September/October 2017)

Best Novella
All Systems Red, by Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)
“And Then There Were (N-One),” by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny, March/April 2017)
Binti: Home, by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com Publishing)
The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang (Tor.com Publishing)
Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey (Tor.com Publishing)

Best Novel
The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi (Tor)
New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
Provenance, by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
Raven Stratagem, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

2018 Associated Awards (not Hugos)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Katherine Arden
Sarah Kuhn
Jeannette Ng
Vina Jie-Min Prasad
Rebecca Roanhorse
Rivers Solomon

The World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) Award for Best Young Adult Book
Akata Warrior, by Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)
The Art of Starving, by Sam J. Miller (HarperTeen)
The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, by Philip Pullman (Knopf)
In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan (Big Mouth House)
A Skinful of Shadows, by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan UK / Harry N. Abrams US)
Summer in Orcus, written by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon), illustrated by Lauren Henderson (Sofawolf Press)

 

San Jose, California, USA – the finalists for the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards were announced on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at 12 Noon PDT. The announcement was made live to social media, including the Twitter and Facebook accounts of Worldcon 76, and via the Worldcon 76 website.

204 valid nominating ballots (192 electronic and 12 paper) were received and counted from the members of the 2017, 2018, and 2019 World Science Fiction Conventions.

The final ballot to select the winners will open in April 2018, and will be open to all full Attending and Supporting members of Worldcon 76. The winners of the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards will be announced at a highlighted formal ceremony at the convention, on the evening of Thursday, August 16.

The Hugo Awards, presented first in 1953 and annually since 1955, are science fiction’s most prestigious award, and one of the World Science Fiction Convention’s unique and distinguished institutions.

Since 1993, Worldcon committees have had the option of awarding Retrospective Hugo Awards for past Worldcon years prior to 1953 where they had not been presented 25, 50, or 100 years prior to the contemporary convention, with the exception of the hiatus during World War II when no Worldcon was convened. A recent change in this policy has now allowed for Retro Hugos to be awarded for the years 1942-1945.

1943 Retrospective Hugo Award Finalists

Best Fan Writer
Forrest J Ackerman
Jack Speer
Arthur Wilson “Bob” Tucker
Harry Warner, Jr.
Art Widner
Donald A. Wollheim

Best Fanzine
Futurian War Digest, edited by J. Michael Rosenblum
Inspiration, edited by Lynn Bridges
The Phantagraph, edited by Donald A. Wollheim
Spaceways, edited by Harry Warner, Jr.
Voice of the Imagi-Nation, edited by Forrest J Ackerman and Morojo
Le Zombie, edited by Arthur Wilson “Bob” Tucker

Best Professional Artist
Hannes Bok
Margaret Brundage
Edd Cartier
Virgil Finlay
Harold W. McCauley
Hubert Rogers

Best Editor – Short Form
John W. Campbell
Oscar J. Friend
Dorothy McIlwraith
Raymond A. Palmer
Malcolm Reiss
Donald A. Wollheim

Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form
Bambi, written by Perce Pearce, Larry Morey, et al., directed by David D. Hand et al. (Walt Disney Productions)
Cat People, written by DeWitt Bodeen, directed by Jacques Tourneur (RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.)
The Ghost of Frankenstein, written by W. Scott Darling, directed by Erle C. Kenton (Universal
Pictures)
I Married a Witch, written by Robert Pirosh and Marc Connelly, directed by René Clair (Cinema Guild Productions / Paramount Pictures)
Invisible Agent, written by Curtis Siodmak, directed by Edwin L. Marin (Frank Lloyd Productions / Universal Pictures)
Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book, written by Laurence Stallings, directed by Zoltan Korda (Alexander Korda Films, Inc. / United Artists)

Best Short Story
“Etaoin Shrdlu,” by Fredric Brown (Unknown Worlds, February 1942)
“Mimic,” by Martin Pearson (Donald A. Wollheim) (Astonishing Stories, December 1942)
“Proof,” by Hal Clement (Astounding Science Fiction, June 1942)
“Runaround,” by Isaac Asimov (Astounding Science Fiction, March 1942)
“The Sunken Land,” by Fritz Leiber (Unknown Worlds, February 1942)
“The Twonky,” by C.L. Moore and Henry Kuttner (Astounding Science Fiction, September 1942)

Best Novelette
“Bridle and Saddle,” by Isaac Asimov (Astounding Science Fiction, June 1942)
“Foundation,” by Isaac Asimov (Astounding Science Fiction, May 1942)
“Goldfish Bowl,” by Anson MacDonald (Robert A. Heinlein) (Astounding Science Fiction, March 1942)
“The Star Mouse,” by Fredric Brown (Planet Stories, Spring 1942)
“There Shall Be Darkness,” by C.L. Moore (Astounding Science Fiction, February 1942)
“The Weapon Shop,” by A.E. van Vogt (Astounding Science Fiction, December 1942)

Best Novella
“Asylum,” by A.E. van Vogt (Astounding Science Fiction, May 1942)
“The Compleat Werewolf,” by Anthony Boucher (Unknown Worlds, April 1942)
“Hell is Forever,” by Alfred Bester (Unknown Worlds, August 1942)
“Nerves,” by Lester del Rey (Astounding Science Fiction, September 1942)
“The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag,” by John Riverside (Robert A. Heinlein) (Unknown Worlds, October 1942)
“Waldo,” by Anson MacDonald (Robert A. Heinlein) (Astounding Science Fiction, August 1942)

Best Novel
Beyond This Horizon, by Anson MacDonald (Robert A. Heinlein) (Astounding Science Fiction, April & May 1942)
Darkness and the Light, by Olaf Stapledon (Methuen / S.J.R. Saunders)
Donovan’s Brain, by Curt Siodmak (Black Mask, September-November 1942)
Islandia, by Austin Tappan Wright (Farrar & Rinehart)
Second Stage Lensmen, by E. E. “Doc” Smith (Astounding Science Fiction, November 1941 to February 1942)
The Uninvited, by Dorothy Macardle (Doubleday, Doran / S.J.R. Saunders)

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Worldcon 76 in San Jose is the 2018 World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”). The first Worldcon was held in New York City in 1939 and Worldcons have been held annually since then except for 1942-45 when there was no event due to World War II. Worldcon 76’s Guests of Honor are writers Spider Robinson and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, artist John Picacio, musician Frank Hayes, and fans Pierre & Sandy Pettinger.

For more details about the convention or to purchase memberships, visit www.worldcon76.org. Send press questions, or requests to be removed from the Worldcon76 press release mailing list, to [email protected] Send general queries to [email protected] “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. Worldcon 76 is sponsored by SFSFC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 21 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming March 6, THE TWENTY-FIRST ISSUE OF THE 2016 & 2017 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 3.

Don’t forget eBook Subscriptions to Uncanny Magazine are available from Weightless Books and Amazon Kindle, and you can support us on our Patreon!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 21 Table of Contents

Cover
Fam by Nilah Magruder

Editorial
“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas (3/6)

Fiction
“I Frequently Hear Music in the Very Heart of Noise” by Sarah Pinsker (3/6)
“And Yet” by A. T. Greenblatt (3/6)
“Like a River Loves the Sky” by Emma Törzs (3/6)

“The Testimony of Dragon’s Teeth” by Sarah Monette (4/3)
“Pistol Grip” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (4/3)
“The Howling Detective” by Brandon O’Brien (4/3)

Reprint Fiction
“Old Habits” by Nalo Hopkinson (3/6)

Nonfiction
“How to Talk to Ghosts” by R.F. Kuang (3/6)
“The Work of a Workshop” by Neile Graham (3/6)

“Hard Enough” by Marissa Lingen (4/3)
“But What We Make: The Iterations of Sarah Connor” by Karlyn Ruth Meyer (4/3)

Poetry
“The Sea Never Says It Loves You” by Fran Wilde (3/6)
“Found Discarded: A Love Poem, Questionably Addressed.” by Cassandra Khaw (3/6)
“drop some amens” by Brandon O’Brien (3/6)

“The Fairies in the Crawlspace” by Beth Cato (4/3)
“די ירושה” by Sonya Taaffe (4/3)
“Swallow” by Hal Y. Zhang (4/3)
“A View from Inside the Refrigerator” by Andrea Tang (4/3)

Interviews
A. T. Greenblatt interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (3/6)

Vina Jie-Min Prasad interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (4/3)

Podcasts
21A (3/6)
“I Frequently Hear Music in the Very Heart of Noise” by Sarah Pinsker, as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
“Found Discarded: A Love Poem, Questionably Addressed.” by Cassandra Khaw, as read by Erika Ensign
Lynne M. Thomas Interviews Sarah Pinsker

21B (4/3)
“The Testimony of Dragon’s Teeth” by Sarah Monette, as read by Erika Ensign
“The Fairies in the Crawlspace” by Beth Cato, as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Lynne M. Thomas Interviews Sarah Monette

Meet Uncanny Magazine’s New Intern Chimedum Ohaegbu

Fantastic news, Space Unicorns! We’re so pleased to share that the awesome Chimedum Ohaeghbu has joined the Uncanny Magazine team as our brand new intern! Chimedum is a passionate fan of science fiction and fantasy, with impressive editorial experience. We’re eager and excited to work with her on more Space Unicorn shenanigans!

Chimedum attends the University of British Columbia in pursuit of hummingbird sightings and a degree in English literature. She was the 2017 recipient of the full Tan Seagull Scholarship for Young Writers, a programming intern at Wordfest, and her work is published or forthcoming in Arts Commons Magazine and various UBC-affiliated publications. When she’s not yelling approvingly about cool stuff she’s read, she’s usually editing one thing or another.

Four Uncanny Magazine Stories are Nebula Award Finalists!

Outstanding news, Space Unicorns! Four Uncanny Magazine stories are finalists for the prestigious Nebula Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America! “And Then There Were (N-One)” by Sarah Pinsker is a finalist for Best Novella, “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time” by K.M. Szpara is a finalist for Best Novelette, “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad is a finalist for Best Short Story, and “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” by Fran Wilde is also a finalist for Best Short Story! As you may recall, all of these stories were in the Top Five of our 2017 Favorite Fiction Readers’ Poll!

Also, “Carnival Nine” by Uncanny Magazine Interviewer Caroline  M. Yoachim, published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, is a finalist for Best Short Story! Congratulations Sarah, Kellan, Vina, Fran, and Caroline!

It is an amazing list of finalists, many of whom are Uncanny authors and friends. 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 17th-20th and feature seminars and panel discussions on the craft and business of writing, SFWA’s annual business  meeting, and receptions. On May 20th, a mass autograph session will take place at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center and is open to the public.

Uncanny Magazine 2017 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll Results!

Space Unicorns! It is time to announce the TOP STORY in our Uncanny Magazine 2017 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll!
It is…. *drumroll*

And Then There Were (N-One) by Sarah Pinsker!!!

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

 

2- Fandom for Robots by Vina Jie-Min Prasad

 

3- IS A TIE!!!

Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time by K.M. Szpara

 

Sun, Moon, Dust by Ursula Vernon

 

4- Monster Girls Don’t Cry by A. Merc Rustad

 

5- Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand by Fran Wilde

Congratulations to Vina, K.M., Ursula, Merc, and Fran!
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.

Eight Uncanny Stories Are on the 2017 Locus Recommended Reading List and Locus Award Poll!

SPACE UNICORNS! HAPPY DAY!!! There are EIGHT Uncanny Magazine stories on the prestigious 2017 Locus Recommended Reading List! WE ARE SO CHUFFED! Congratulations to all of the authors!

‘‘And Then There Were (N-One)’’, Sarah Pinsker
‘‘Children of Thorns, Children of Water’’, Aliette de Bodard  (Reprint from 2017)
‘‘The Thule Stowaway’’, Maria Dahvana Headley
‘‘The Worshipful Society of Glovers’’, Mary Robinette Kowal 
‘‘Though She Be But Little’’, C.S.E. Cooney
‘‘Paradox’’, Naomi Kritzer
‘‘Bodies Stacked Like Firewood’’, Sam J. Miller
‘‘Fandom for Robots’’, Vina Jie-Min Prasad 

This means you can vote for these stories in the 2018 Locus Poll and Survey which determines the Locus Awards! Voting is FREE TO ALL! Along with these stories, Uncanny Magazine is also eligible for a Locus Award in the Best Magazine or Fanzine category, and Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas are eligible in the Best Editor – Pro or Fan category! Vote for the things you liked, and you can even write in things that didn’t make the 2017 Locus Recommended Reading List! YOUR VOTE ALWAYS COUNTS!

And as long as you are in a voting mood, don’t forget to vote in the Uncanny Magazine Readers’ Favorite Stories Poll! It’s open until February 7, and the winning author gets a SNAZZY CERTIFICATE!

Shine on, Space Unicorns!

 

Uncanny Celebrates Reader Favorites of 2017!

Hello, Space Unicorns! 2017 was a… complicated year. Though many things were hard and horrible, we are very proud of all of the amazing works we published in Uncanny. Everyone in the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps has been wonderfully supportive, and your enthusiasm has meant so much to us. It’s been fantastic to see how much our readers have been enjoying Uncanny’s fiction. And while we have our personal favorites, we’d like to know which stories YOU loved from Uncanny in 2017.

We’ve set up a poll for Uncanny readers to vote for their top three favorite original short stories from 2017. (You can find links to all of the stories here.)

The poll will be open from January 17 to February 7, after which we’ll announce the results. We’re excited for you to share which Uncanny stories made you feel!

snazzy certificate will be given to the creator whose work comes out on top of  the poll!

So please spread the word! And don’t forget, EVERY VOTE COUNTS!