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Aliette de Bodard’s and C.L. Clark’s Uncanny Magazine Stories Won Ignyte Awards!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns!  “The Inaccessibility of Heaven” by Aliette de Bodard won the Best Novelette Ignyte Award, and “You Perfect, Broken Thing” by C.L. Clark won the Best Short Story Ignyte Award! A huge congratulations to Aliette and Cherae!

Once again,  congratulations to Eugenia Triantafyllou, whose “My Country Is a Ghost” was a finalist for a Best Short Story Ignyte Award,  Terese Mason Pierre, whose “Fin” was a finalist for a Best in Speculative Poetry Ignyte Award,  Millie Ho, whose “Hungry Ghost” was a finalist for a Best in Speculative Poetry Ignyte Award, and Nibedita Sen, whose “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Excellence” was a finalist for a Best in Creative Nonfiction Ignyte Award!

It was a fabulous ballot. Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists!

Uncanny Magazine Staff News! Naomi Day Is Now the Senior Assistant Editor, Meg Elison Is the New Nonfiction Editor, and Monte Lin Is the New Assistant Editor!

Tremendous news, Space Unicorns!!!

We have THREE Uncanny Magazine staff announcements!

Uncanny Magazine is thrilled to announce that Meg Elison will be the new Uncanny Magazine Nonfiction Editor!!! The position was previously held by Elsa Sjunneson, who stepped down after Uncanny Magazine Issue 42 to focus on other career opportunities. Uncanny once again thanks Elsa for her phenomenal work since taking over as Nonfiction Editor with issue 32.

Meg Elison is a science fiction author and feminist essayist. Her debut, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, won the 2014 Philip K. Dick award. She is a Hugo, Nebula, and Otherwise awards finalist. In 2020, she published her first collection, Big Girl with PM Press, containing the Locus Award-winning novelette, The Pill. Elison’s first young adult novel, Find Layla was published in 2020 by Skyscape. Her thriller, Number One Fan, will be released by Mira Books in 2022. Meg has been published in McSweeney’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fangoria, Uncanny, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and many other places. Elison is a high school dropout and a graduate of UC Berkeley.

Meg has the experience, preparedness, communication style, and vison for the position. We are certain that she will continue Uncanny’s tradition of publishing provocative, thoughtful, passionate essays. MEG WILL BE PHENOMENAL!!

Uncanny Magazine is also thrilled to announce that current Assistant Editor Naomi Day is being promoted to the newly created position of Senior Assistant Editor! Naomi started as Uncanny Magazine’s Assistant Editor with issue 37 and has done a fabulous job.

Naomi Day is a queer Black woman who enjoys interrogating the strange ways her mixed-race experience has shaped the way she moves through the world. She primarily writes short Afro-centric futurist fiction, and her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review and The Seventh Wave. She is part of the Clarion West class of 2020/22. She considers herself a lifelong student and much prefers the nomadic life when possible, finding home in cities from Seattle to London.

Naomi brings a great deal of passion and organization, and has become an integral part of Team Uncanny. We’re very excited about her taking on larger duties at Uncanny! NAOMI WILL CONTINUE TO BE SPECTACULAR!!!

Finally, Uncanny Magazine is thrilled to announce that Monte Lin will be the new Uncanny Magazine Assistant Editor!!!

While being rained on adjacent to Portland, Oregon, Monte Lin edits and plays tabletop roleplaying games and writes short stories. Clarion West got him to write about dying universes, dreaming mountains, and singularities made of anxieties. He can be found tweeting Doctor Who news, Asian American diaspora discourse, and his board game losses at @Monte_Lin.

Monte’s thoughtfulness and experience makes us believe he will be a great addition to Uncanny‘s staff in Naomi’s former position. We can’t wait to see what he will do on Team Uncanny. MONTE WILL BE FABULOUS!!!

We’re thrilled about the staff going forward into Uncanny Magazine’s eighth year. We think they will all do fantastic things, and this is going to be one of the best years ever for Uncanny Magazine!

 

Uncanny Magazine Issue 42 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming September 7, THE 42nd ISSUE OF THE 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 October 5.

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 42 Table of Contents:

Cover:
The Sun Temple by Julie Dillon

Editorials:
“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
“Imagining Futures: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish” by Elsa Sjunneson

Fiction:
“Mulberry and Owl” by Aliette de Bodard (9/7)
“On a Branch Floating Down the River, a Wren Is Singing” by Betsy Aoki (9/7)
“Onward” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (9/7)

“If the Martians Have Magic” by P. Djèlí Clark (10/5)
“Down in the Aspen Hollow” by Kristiana Willsey (10/5)
“Six Fictions About Unicorns” by Rachael K. Jones (10/5)
“The Giants of the Violet Sea” by Eugenia Triantafyllou (10/5)

Nonfiction:
“Suddenly Sci-Fi: When Real Life Turns Unreal” by Sarah Kuhn (9/7)
“Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor Is a Space Unicorn (And We’re Going to Miss Her When She’s Gone)” by Tansy Rayner Roberts (9/7)

“Expanding Our Empathy Sphere Using F&SF, a History” by Ada Palmer (10/5)
“Humour, Genre & the One True Quest for a Missing Pillar” by Shiv Ramdas (10/5)

Poetry:
“amorous advice for the ocean-oriented” by Chiara Situmorang (9/7)
“The Captain Flies” by Avi Silver (9/7)

“Áhàméfùla” by Uche Ogbuji (10/5)
“Map-Making” by Kristian Macaron (10/5)

Interviews:
Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (9/7)

Eugenia Triantafyllou interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (10/5)

Podcasts:

Episode 42A (9/7): Editors’ Introduction, “Mulberry and Owl” by Aliette de Bodard, as read by Joy Piedmont, “The Captain Flies” by Avi Silver, as read by Erika Ensign, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Aliette de Bodard.

Episode 42B (10/5): Editors’ Introduction, “If the Martians Have Magic” by P. Djèlí Clark, as read by Matt Peters, “Map-Making” by Kristian Macaron, as read by Erika Ensign, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing P. Djèlí Clark.

“Metal Like Blood in the Dark” by T. Kingfisher Is a 2021 WSFA Small Press Award Finalist!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns! “Metal Like Blood in the Dark” by T. Kingfisher is a 2021 WSFA Small Press Award Finalist! Congratulations to Ursula and to all of the finalists!

From their website:

The award honors the efforts of small press publishers in providing a critical venue for short fiction in the area of speculative fiction.  The award showcases the best original short fiction published by small presses in the previous year (2020). An unusual feature of the selection process is that all voting is done with the identity of the author (and publisher) hidden so that the final choice is based solely on the quality of the story.

The winner is chosen by the members of the Washington Science Fiction

Association (www.wsfa.org) and will be presented at their annual convention, Capclave (www.capclave.org), held on October 1-3, 2021 at the Rockville Hilton, Rockville, MD.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 41 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming July 6, THE 41st ISSUE OF THE 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 August 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!

The Uncanny Magazine Issue 41 Cover by Alexa Sharpe. It depicts a brown-skinned elf with flowing blue-black hair and a voluptuous white dress, against a background of flowing grasses. The names of the contributors and the words "Uncanny, July/August 2021, Issue 41", are on the image.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 41 Table of Contents:

Cover:
Seelie Springs by Alexa Sharpe

Editorials:
“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
“Imagining Futures: Reading to a Better World” by Elsa Sjunneson

Fiction:
“The Wishing Pool” by Tananarive Due (7/6)
“The Graveyard” by Eleanor Arnason (7/6)
“Diamond Cuts” by Shaoni C. White (7/6)

“Presque vue” by Tochi Onyebuchi (8/3)
“Immortal Coil” by Ellen Kushner (8/3)
“From the Archives of the Museum of Eerie Skins: An Account” by C. S. E. Cooney (8/3)

Reprint:
“The Chameleon’s Gloves” by Yoon Ha Lee (8/3)

Nonfiction:
“Through a Thousand Eyes” by Nisi Shawl (7/6)
“The Necessity of Slavery Stories” by Troy L. Wiggins (7/6)

“The Bad Dad Redemption Arc Needs to Die” by Nino Cipri (8/3)
“WWXD: A Warrior’s Path of Reflection and Redemption” by C.L. Clark (8/3)

Poetry:
“Sonnet for the Aglæcwif” by Minal Hajratwala (7/6)
“Hitobashira” by Betsy Aoki (7/6)

“After The Tower Falls, Death Gives Advice” by Ali Trotta (8/3)
“Radioactivity” by Octavia Cade (8/3)

Interviews:
Eleanor Arnason interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (7/6)

C. S. E. Cooney interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (8/3)

Podcasts: 

Episode 41A (7/6): Editors’ Introduction, “The Wishing Pool” by Tananarive Due, as read by Matt Peters, “Sonnet for the Aglæcwif” by Minal Hajratwala, as read by Joy Piedmont, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Tananarive Due.

Episode 41B (8/3): Editors’ Introduction, “Presque vue” by Tochi Onyebuchi, as read by Matt Peters, “Radioactivity” by Octavia Cade, as read by Erika Ensign, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing  Tochi Onyebuchi.

Uncanny Magazine Is Seeking a Nonfiction Editor!

And now for the good news, Space Unicorns!

We’re seeking to fill the Nonfiction Editor position with Uncanny Magazine, and we STRONGLY encourage BIPOC, Disabled, and LGBTQIA+ folks to apply! The position will begin in August 2021, and will run for six issues/a year with possibility for renewal. There is a modest stipend for this position. 

We’re looking for someone with a deep love and knowledge of science fiction and fantasy, and some experience in editorial work and publishing. The Nonfiction Editor position will allow opportunities to participate in the daily operations of running a multi-time Hugo Award-winning online bimonthly publication in the SF/F field. The Nonfiction Editor works closely with the Editors-in-Chief, and the primary tasks of the Nonfiction Editor include:

  1. Brainstorming: creating lists of possible essay topics and potential essayists with the Editors-in-Chief that might be of interest to Uncanny Magazine’s readers.
  2. Soliciting and commissioning: approaching potential essayists and discussing possible essay topics. The Nonfiction Editor is responsible for soliciting 3-4 essays per issue. 
  3. Editing: working with the essayists on developmental and line edits, and making sure the final essays are with the Editors-in-Chief by each issue’s deadlines.
  4. Promotion: signal boosting essays as they are released.
  5. Other duties as assigned, not to exceed 10% of total time allotted.

The Nonfiction Editor position will require roughly 15-20 hours per month. It is not location-dependent; communication and tasks will be done primarily online via email, Slack, Google Drive, and Zoom or Google Meetings.

Prior experience with nonfiction editing is greatly beneficial but not required. Training on Uncanny’s editorial style and philosophies will occur in formal sessions, and informally on the job.

Applications for the Nonfiction Editor position will be open from Monday,  June 28 through Monday,  July 19. Please submit a brief resume and short personal statement (up to 450 words) to uncanny [@] uncannymagazine.com with “Uncanny Nonfiction Editor” in the subject line.

Good luck, Space Unicorns!

Uncanny Magazine Is Saying Goodbye to Nonfiction Editor Elsa Sjunneson

Bittersweet news, Space Unicorns. Nonfiction Editor Elsa Sjunneson has decided to move on from her Uncanny editorial duties at the end of Uncanny Magazine Year 7 (Issue #42). We can’t overstate how important Elsa has been to Uncanny. Elsa started with us as the guest Co-Editor-in-Chief (with Dominik Parisien) and Nonfiction Editor of our Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction special issue. For her work on that issue, Elsa received numerous awards. She returned later to become our full-time Nonfiction Editor with Uncanny Magazine #32. We really can’t say enough great things about Elsa and what she did to make Uncanny what it is today. We know Elsa is going to do more fabulous things in the future. (Check out Elsa Sjunneson’s upcoming memoir Being Seen! It will be released on October 5, 2021!)

 

See the next post for some good news! 

Leah Bobet’s Poem and Kelly Robson’s Story Are Aurora Awards Finalists!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns! The 2021 Aurora Awards finalists have been announced, and two Uncanny Magazine pieces are on the final ballot! “The Death of the Gods” by Leah Bobet is a finalist for the Best Poem/Song Aurora Award,  and “So You Want to Be a Honeypot” by Kelly Robson is a finalist for the Best Short Story Aurora Award! Congratulations to Leah, Kelly, and to all of the phenomenal finalists!

From the Aurora Awards website:

This ballot is for works done in 2020 by Canadians.  The Aurora Awards are nominated by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association.  The top five nominated works were selected.  Additional works were included where there was a tie for fifth place.  An online awards ceremony will be held on Oct 16, 2021 hosted by Can-Con (http://can-con.org/).  Voting will being on July 31, 2021 and close at 11:59 pm EDT on September 4, 2021.  NOTE: Due to Covid-19, works normally in Fan Organizational are in the Fan Related Work category.  

Five Reasons Not to Bring Back Woolly Mammoths– A Guest Post by Sue Burke

Magnificent woolly mammoths once reigned over ancient steppes: 10 feet tall at the shoulder, weighing around 5 tons, and lushly furred. Their curved tusks could reach 14 feet long. If we could, should we bring them back?

Some people are trying. Sergei Zimov hopes to create a Pleistocene Park with mammoths in northeastern Siberia as a means to rescue the permafrost from global warming. Mammoths were heavy grazers, and as they fed, they would uproot the trees and shrubs growing there now. This would restore the original grasslands, which would reflect more sunlight, capture more carbon, and freeze deeper in winter.

Is it possible? The Harvard Woolly Mammoth Revival team believes that the bits of the genome that allowed the mammoths to thrive in cold climates could be introduced into elephant cells, ultimately recreating the extinct species. The process is called de-extinction.

If so, we’d regain a marvelous beast. We could take a step toward saving the planet. And we might feel less guilty. Woolly mammoths and other megafauna disappeared about 10,000 years ago in part because they were tasty, so we hunted them to extinction for lunch.

I’m sorry about what my ancestors did, but I suggest five reasons against bringing woolly mammoths back.

  1. It would take too long. We can’t get enough DNA to reconstruct the genome right now, and we don’t know how to use it if we could, according to Beth Shapiro in How to Clone a Mammoth. But let’s do a science fiction-style handwave and pretend it’s possible. We could start with an elephant genome, then cut-and-paste mammoth genes into it, step by step, generation after generation, slowly getting closer to a real mammoth, if we ever got all the way there.

However, elephants breed slowly. Gestation alone takes 2 years, and females don’t start to breed until they’re 10 to 14 years old. But the way things look now, the permafrost will start melting by 2050. For a faster rescue, we could send in currently available grazers like musk oxen, yaks, and cold-climate horses and cattle.

  1. Genetic diversity, as well as the task of rescuing the permafrost, would require lots of woolly mammoths, which would require lots of surrogate mothers. Elephants are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Female elephants seem to be more urgently needed to make more elephants.
  2. Woolly mammoths would need lots of space. If they’re anything like elephants, they will do very poorly in captivity. They’ll need to roam free. An elephant herd can have a range of thousands of square miles. True, Siberia is big. So is Canada. But that space isn’t exactly empty, and introduced exotic species—which woolly mammoths technically would be—aren’t always ecologically welcome. They could, however, have an economic benefit by attracting tourists. Witness woolly Winnipeg! Steppe back in time!

If they were successfully re-introduced, however, we’d have to keep them from expanding their territory. Here in Chicago where I live, coyotes, which are not a native species, now inhabit the Loop and are only somewhat appreciated (they eat rats). Long ago, woolly mammoths did live here. They might wander back, but a rogue male would not amuse city-loving tourists even as we tried to sell them “Magnificent Mile Mammoth” souvenir T-shirts.

  1. The niche is gone. Woolly mammoths require more than space, they need the right climate and ecology. A woolly mammoth would eat hundreds of pounds of food every day. Sergei Zimov hopes they can permanently change the tundra, but we might not want them to wander off into forests to uproot and munch down valuable trees. Any change would displace other animals whose habitats already face disaster from climate change.

In fact, we have very little wildlife-friendly land remaining. Most “open” land contains farms and exurbia, hostile territory to massive grazers. Woolly mammoths could face the same sad challenges as today’s elephants—not just shrinking habitat but also poachers and disease. They might go extinct again soon after release.

  1. They’d need lots of company. Pachyderms live in tight, lasting family units and bond groups. Even “solitary” males have their own associations and busy social lives. In my novel Immunity Index, a woolly mammoth lives alone on a zoo-like farm, and he’s half-mad from loneliness. Among humans, solitary confinement is torture. To be kind to mammoths, we’d need to de-extinct them in mammoth numbers or not at all.

Big, showy, sentimental species attract our attention, but we might do better to focus on key ecological species and protect what we have. Bees and butterflies need our help right now, and we can do great things simply by planting native plants or not pulling weeds, and by setting out insect-friendly flowering plants on balconies. These plants will also attract a variety of delightful creatures.

We can even wave a science fictional hand and create imaginary mammoths in our neighborhoods: magnificent, huge, and harmless. In our minds’ eye, we could watch them pause, enjoy our little snacks, and move on without a trace, gone but not forgotten.

(You can order Sue Burke’s novel Immunity Index from Tor Books here!)

Sue Burke spent many years working as a reporter and editor for a variety of newspapers and magazines. She is a Clarion workshop alumnus, and she has published more than 30 short stories. Burke also worked extensively as a literary translator, and while living in Madrid, Spain, she headed the long-running Madrid Writer’s Critique Group. Her translations include the fantasy novel Prodigies by Angélica Gorodischer, the bilingual science fiction anthology Castles in Spain / Castillos en el aire, and the script for the science fiction movie Mindgate. (Photo Credit: Jerry Finn)

Uncanny Magazine Issue 40 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming May 4, THE FORTIETH ISSUE OF THE 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 June 1.

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 40 Table of Contents:

Cover:
With Her Familiars on Mars by Galen Dara

Editorials:
“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
“Imagining Futures: Imagination, Ltd.” by Elsa Sjunneson

Fiction:
“Unseelie Brothers, Ltd.” by Fran Wilde (5/4)
“Proof by Induction” by José Pablo Iriarte (5/4)
“Thirteen of the Secrets in My Purse” by Rachel Swirsky (5/4)

“How the Girls Came Home” by Eugenia Triantafyllou (6/1)
“The Hungry Ones” by Emma Törzs (6/1)
“Heart Shine” by Shveta Thakrar (6/1)

Reprint:
“River, Clap Your Hands” by Sheree Renée Thomas (6/1)

Essays:
“A Love Letter to Libraries” by E. Lily Yu (5/4)
Babylon 5 and Antifascism” by Andrew Liptak (5/4)

“The Protagonist Problem” by Ada Palmer and Jo Walton (6/1)
“More Than Meets the Eye: Transformers as Trans Fantasy” by C. J. Linton (6/1)

Poetry:
“Self Portrait As a Printing Press” by Nnadi Samuel (5/4)
“Paqtasultieg” by Tiffany Morris (5/4)

“Mona Lisa’s Abecedarian to Leonardo da Vinci” by Abu Bakr Sadiq (6/1)
“Collection” by Vivian Li (6/1)

Interviews:
José Pablo Iriarte interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (5/4)

Shveta Thakrar interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (6/1)

Podcasts:

Episode 40A (5/4): Editors’ Introduction, “Unseelie Brothers, Ltd.” by Fran Wilde, as read by Erika Ensign, “Paqtasultieg” by Tiffany Morris, as read by Matt Peters, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Fran Wilde.

Episode 40B (6/1): Editors’ Introduction, “How the Girls Came Home” by Eugenia Triantafyllou, as read by Joy Piedmont, “Mona Lisa’s Abecedarian to Leonardo da Vinci” by Abu Bakr Sadiq, as read by Matt Peters, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Eugenia Triantafyllou.

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