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The Best of Uncanny BOOK TOUR!

Space Unicorns! Are you excited about the forthcoming The Best of Uncanny (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas) from Subterranean Press? We have more great news! There will be four launch events next year featuring the editors and writers!

University Book Store
Seattle, WA
Friday, January 17th at 6:30 PM
Attending: Michael Damian Thomas, Caroline M. Yoachim, and E. Lily Yu

Shakespeare & Co.
Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, January 25 around 6 PM
Attending: Lynne M. Thomas, Fran Wilde, Sarah Pinsker, C. S. E. Cooney, Shveta Thakrar, Sara Cleto, Ali Trotta, and K.M. Szpara

Illini Union Bookstore
Champaign, IL
Wednesday, February 5 at 6:30 PM
Attending: Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas

Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore
Minneapolis, MN
Saturday, February 15 at 1 PM
Attending: Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, and Merc Fenn Wolfmoor, plus Kelly McCullough

We hope to see you, Space Unicorns!

The Best of Uncanny received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, and Kirkus! It’s a limited print run, and Subterranean Press believes it might sell out immediately! Make sure to pre-order or make plans to be at one of these events!

Uncanny Magazine 2019 Award Eligibility

It’s the time of year when people post their year-in-reviews to remind voters for the different SF/F awards what’s out there that they might have missed and which categories those stories are eligible in (especially for the Hugo Awards and Nebula Awards). 2019 was the fifth full year of Uncanny Magazine (Issues 26 through 31, including the Disabled People Destroy Fantasy special issue). We are extremely proud of the year we had.

This year, Uncanny Magazine is still eligible for the Best Semiprozine Hugo Award. Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are also still eligible for the Best Editor (Short Form) Hugo Award for editing issues 26-29, and 31. (Note: If you are nominating the Thomases in this category, please continue to nominate them together. They are a co-editing team.)

The stories listed below are eligible in either the short story, novelette, or novella categories of the SF/F awards. If you are a SFWA member nominating for the Nebula Awards, you can find eBook copies of these stories in the SFWA Forums.

Please also note that essays are eligible for the Best Related Work Hugo Award, and poetry is eligible for the Rhysling Award. As Uncanny is a semiprozine, all of the essays and original art also contribute towards the creators’ Best Fan Writer and Best Fan Artist Hugo Award eligibility.

Novella (17,500 and 40,000 Words):

A Time to Reap by Elizabeth Bear

Novelettes (7500-17,500 Words):

The Willows by Delilah S. Dawson

Nice Things by Ellen Klages

The Blur in the Corner of Your Eye by Sarah Pinsker

Away With the Wolves by Sarah Gailey

Black Flowers Blossom by Vina Jie-Min Prasad

Short Stories (Under 7500 Words):

A Catalog of Storms by Fran Wilde

Nothing to Fear, Nothing to Fear by Senaa Ahmad

Poems Written While by Natalia Theodoridou

Dustdaughter by Inda Lauryn

The Thing, With Feathers by Marissa Lingen

The Dead, In Their Uncontrollable Power by Karen Osborne

Every Song Must End by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

A Sharp Breath of Birds by Tina Connolly

Vīs Dēlendī by Marie Brennan

On the Lonely Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Before the World Crumbles Away by A. T. Greenblatt

A Salt and Sterling Tongue by Emma Osborne

Probabilitea by John Chu

A Catalog of Love at First Sight by Brit E. B. Hvide

Canst Thou Draw Out the Leviathan by Christopher Caldwell

Lest We Forget by Elizabeth Bear

Big Box by Greg van Eekhout

Compassionate Simulation by Rachel Swirsky and P. H. Lee

A Champion of Nigh-Space by Tim Pratt (Reprint)

The Migration Suite: A Study in C Sharp Minor by Maurice Broaddus

How the Trick Is Done by A.C. Wise

On the Impurity of Dragon-kind by Marie Brennan

Tower by Lane Waldman

Seed and Cinder by Jei D. Marcade

The Tailor and the Beast by Aysha U. Farah

This Is Not My Adventure by Karlo Yeager Rodríguez

The Fifth Day by Tochi Onyebuchi

Nutrition Facts by D.A. Xiaolin Spires

Peridot and Rain by Laura Anne Gilman

A Mindreader’s Guide to Surviving Your First Year at the All-Girls Superhero Academy by Jenn Reese

Best of Uncanny Has a Starred Review from Library Journal!

Even more fabulous news, Space Unicorns! The forthcoming The Best of Uncanny (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas) from Subterranean Press received a coveted STARRED REVIEW from Library Journal!

“… the diverse range of voices, works, and prose show the wealth of creativity, humanity, and talent in today’s science fiction and fantasy writers. The introduction from editors Thomas and Thomas show their passion for the genre. VERDICT: This delightful volume of imaginative writing will be devoured by genre fans and newcomers alike.”

This is in addition to the starred reviews from Publishers Weekly Booklist, and Kirkus!

You can pre-order this GIGANTIC BOOK from Subterranean Press or from most places that sell books!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 31 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming November 5, THE THIRTY-FIRST ISSUE OF THE 2016, 2017, 2018, & 2019 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 December 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!

As many of you know, this is a somewhat bittersweet issue. After five years of phenomenal work, original Space Unicorn Michi Trota is moving on from her roles as Managing Editor and Nonfiction Editor. (Issue 30 was her last as Managing Editor, and Issue 31 is her final issue as Nonfiction Editor.) 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 stepped up for every challenge. We know that Michi is going to do more fabulous things in the future. Please make sure to read Michi’s goodbye editorial.

Along with the bittersweet news, though, we have some fabulous news. This is the first issue for new Managing Editor Chimedum Ohaegbu! Chimie was the Uncanny Magazine Assistant Editor, and started with us as an intern in February 2018. She’s done a tremendous job, and we expect more stupendous 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’s such a joy to work with her. We’re very excited about this!

And that’s not all! This is the first issue for new Assistant Editor 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! (Note: new Nonfiction Editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry starts next issue. More about her then!)

Uncanny Magazine Issue 31 Table of Contents

Cover:
La Palma by John Picacio

Editorial:
“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
“So Long, and Thanks for All the Space Unicorns” by Michi Trota

Fiction:
“A Time to Reap” by Elizabeth Bear (11/5)
“Nutrition Facts” by D.A. Xiaolin Spires (11/5)

“Black Flowers Blossom” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (12/3)
“Peridot and Rain” by Laura Anne Gilman (12/3)
“A Mindreader’s Guide to Surviving Your First Year at the All-Girls Superhero Academy” by Jenn Reese (12/3)

Nonfiction:
“The Page and the Panel: Writing Between Prose and Comics” by G. Willow Wilson (11/5)
“The Science, Fiction, and Fantasy of Genre” by Alexandra Erin (11/5)
“If You’ve Heard This One Before” by Brandon O’Brien (11/5)

“As You Know, Bob…” by Jeannette Ng (12/3)
“Confessions of an Adjacent Geek” by Keidra Chaney (12/3)

Poetry:
“Without Prayer or the Place in the Forest” by Sonya Taaffe (11/5)
“fear cat” by Hal Y. Zhang (11/5)

“The Wooden Box” by Annie Neugebauer (12/3)
“Manananggal” by Sylvia Santiago (12/3)

Interview:
Elizabeth Bear interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (11/5)

Jenn Reese interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (12/3)

Podcasts:
Uncanny Magazine Podcast #31A (11/5)
“Nutrition Facts” by D.A. Xiaolin Spires, as read by Joy Piedmont
“Without Prayer or the Place in the Forest” by Sonya Taaffe, as read by Erika Ensign
Lynne M. Thomas Interviews D.A. Xiaolin Spires

Uncanny Magazine Podcast #32A (12/3)
“Black Flowers Blossom” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad, as read by Joy Piedmont
“The Wooden Box” by Annie Neugebauer, as read by Erika Ensign
Lynne M. Thomas Interviews Vina Jie-Min Prasad

Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Editors-in-Chief Dominik Parisien & Elsa Sjunneson-Henry Win an Aurora Award, and Uncanny Magazine Wins a British Fantasy Award!!!

Tremendous news, Space Unicorns!

The 2019 Aurora Awards winners have been announced, and Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction,  (Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Dominik Parisien, Editors-in-Chief), won the Aurora Award for Best Related Work!!! Congratulations to Dominik and Elsa and to everyone involved with this special issue!

Osiris” by Leah Bobet (Uncanny Magazine #25) was also a finalist for Best Poem/Song, and “Constructing the Future” by Derek Newman-Stille (Uncanny Magazine #24) was a finalist for Best Fan Writing and Publications. Congratulations once again to Leah and Derek, and to all of the phenomenal Aurora Award finalists and winners!

But that’s not all!

Uncanny Magazine won a 2019 British Fantasy Award for  Best Magazine / Periodical! We are so honored! It was a fantastic group of finalists. Congratulations to all of the spectacular British Fantasy Award winners and finalists! Thank you again to the world’s greatest staff, all of the contributors, the British Fantasy Society, the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps, and to Dr. Una McCormack (our award acceptor at the ceremony). WE ARE EXTREMELY CHUFFED, SPACE UNICORNS!!!

Best of Uncanny Has a Starred Review from Booklist!

More fabulous news, Space Unicorns! The forthcoming The Best of Uncanny (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas) from Subterranean Press will receive a coveted STARRED REVIEW in the American Library Association’s November 2019 issue of Booklist magazine!

“This anthology contains a gluttonous surfeit of narrative riches. The works in this collection are inventive, gorgeous, occasionally difficult, and immensely rewarding. Truly, the best of Uncanny.”

This is in addition to the starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus!

You can pre-order this GIGANTIC BOOK from Subterranean Press or from most places that sell books!

Best of Uncanny Has a Starred Review from Kirkus!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns! The forthcoming The Best of Uncanny (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas) from Subterranean Press received a coveted STARRED REVIEW from Kirkus!

“…there are no weak links in this transcendent anthology. A deliciously diverse sampler of speculative-fiction bonbons, created by some of the most talented literary confectioners on the planet.”

Read the entire review here!

This is in addition to the starred review from Publishers Weekly!

You can pre-order this GIGANTIC BOOK from Subterranean Press or from most places that sell books!

 

The Revolution of Giving a Sh*t- A Guest Post by Tyler Hayes

(Author Tyler Hayes’s novel, The Imaginary Corpse was released by Angry Robot Books on September 10, 2019, and can be found at all major booksellers.)

(CN: mention of 2016 U.S. Presidential election)

When I started writing, I wrote grimdark. I wrote awful people in awful worlds, and plots where lots of people died and no one left happy. My debut novel is about a plush triceratops with a surplus of empathy who feels pain if anyone says a dirty word. What happened?

What happened is, I realized I like giving a shit.

No insult meant to grimdark. I’ve read grimdark with a ton of heart, and I know grimdark writers who care very deeply. But when I started writing, I thought it was grimdark or nothing; that I had to be bleak and upsetting in order to be a serious writer.  I was also miserable. My politics were toxic, my jokes peppered with misogyny and racism. I had anger issues I could neither breathe deep enough nor rage loud enough to get out of me. I broke down crying on a near-weekly basis. My guiding light was my writing career: if I could sell a book, I thought, wading through all the garbage would be worth it.

It didn’t happen. I published a couple short stories, but no one was biting on my novels. I got more angry, more hopeless. But one of my friends was dating a writer, and she mentioned this writer would do a critique of a short story for forty bucks. Forty bucks seemed like a reasonable price for some direction re: my whole entire future. So I ponied up, and I emailed him my story.

Reader, he destroyed me. He had a lot of feelings about the story (all of them negative), but the advice that’s burned into my brain tissue is this: stop writing stories in the style of another author, and start writing Tyler Hayes stories.

It wasn’t an immediate epiphany, less a light-switch than the starting point of a Rube Goldberg machine, but it eventually brought me to a realization that quite literally saved my life.

I had been pretending to be grimdark. I wasn’t writing it for exploration or catharsis, I was writing it to tick a box. And I wasn’t just pretending to be a grimdark writer, I was pretending to be a grimdark person. I acted like I cared about nothing when I actually cared about everything. I wanted to be enthusiastic. Kind. Hopeful. When I heard the term “hopepunk” for the first time, I finally had a word for what I wrote–and what I was.

The darkness in my stories hasn’t stopped; honestly, I think I’ve gotten better at it. But I’ve learned that what I love isn’t the darkness, it’s the light shining in the middle of it. The idea that no matter how awful things get, the best thing we can do is to remember to give a shit. And when I focused on that, I saw results.

I sold a story, with a main character I actually felt some sympathy for. Then one about learning empathy in the wake of tragedy. Then one about leaving an abusive relationship. Tyler Hayes stories: stories about how the good things among the bad are worth fighting to hold onto. And as I wrote about holding onto the good things in life, I learned to do it for myself.

I stopped making ‘edgy’ jokes. I started using trigger warnings and content notices. I went into therapy for anxiety and what turned out to be PTSD, and I sought medication, and the anger in me finally started to go quiet. I tried to listen more, to take up less space, to meet people where they are. I learned to practice radical empathy, toward others and toward myself. I forged new friendships, improved old ones. I was the happiest I can remember being since middle school.

Then November 2016 happened.

As soon as the election results were foregone, I scream-cried into a pillow for hours, terrified by what I knew would come next. I was ready to throw in the towel, put myself under with junk food and booze and wait for the appointment with the coroner. But in a moment of clarity, I got on Twitter, and made a promise: I would continue to give a shit. I would try to help people, whether they needed to be cheered up or told it’s okay to be upset–and when a day came that I needed an assist, I would be vulnerable and ask for it. And I would try to write worlds where, ultimately, the right choice is to do the same. I had never felt more sure this was the right path to go down than when that was the novel that finally, finally sold.

We can’t smile a Nazi march out of existence. We can’t write a predator into a jail cell. But faced with people who want to paint compassion as weakness and cruelty as justice, giving a shit is an act of rebellion. Faced with people who want to tell us who counts as human, being who you are is an act of self-defense. And telling others it’s okay to do those things is arming the troops.

Take care of each other. Take care of yourselves. Be who you are inside, as much and as safely as you can. If that means being there for your friends, keep those DMs open. If that means writing grimdark catharsis, break out the chainswords. Just, please, give a shit. You might save someone–and even if you only save yourself, that’s more than enough.

With thanks to Alexandra Rowland for the term “hopepunk” and to an unknown Tumblr user for the title of this essay.

 

Tyler Hayes is a science fiction and fantasy writer from Northern California. He writes stories he hopes will show people that not only are we not alone in this terrifying world, but we might just make things better. His fiction has appeared online and in print in anthologies from Alliteration InkGraveside Tales, and AetherwatchThe Imaginary Corpse is Tyler’s debut novel.

Uncanny TV- The Pilot IS LIVE!!!!

Space Unicorns, the day has come!

Behold the Pilot Episode of Hugo Award-winning Uncanny Magazine‘s Uncanny TV! Brought to you by the generosity of the Uncanny Magazine Year 5 Kickstarter Backers! Featuring geeky talk from phenomenal Chicago-based nerds working to make the world more awesome.

Hosts & Showrunners: Matt Peters & Michi Trota
Guests: Keisha Howard, Daniel Jun Kim, Dawn Xiana Moon
Audio/Video Crew: Aaron Amendola & Chris Chapin
Tech Support: Morgan Csejtey
Producer: Warren Frey
With extra thanks to Cards Against Humanity, Erika Ensign, Jesse Lex, Dolores Peters, Steven Schapansky, Lynne M. Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas, and the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps!

Thank you to all of the AMAZING people above who made this happen!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 30- Disabled People Destroy Fantasy Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming September 3rd THE 30TH ISSUE OF THE 2016, 2017, 2018,  & 2019 HUGO AWARD-WINNING UNCANNY MAGAZINEthe Disabled People Destroy Fantasy special issue!!!

Disabled People Destroy Fantasy is guest edited by: Nicolette Barischoff (Nonfiction), Lisa M. Bradley (Poetry), and Katharine Duckett (Fiction)!

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 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 30- Disabled People Destroy Fantasy Table of Contents

Cover:
Menagerie by Julie Dillon

Editorial:
“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas (9/3)
“2019 Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine Acceptance Speech” by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas,
and Michi Trota (9/3)

Fiction:
“Disabled People Destroy Fantasy Fiction Introduction” by Katharine Duckett (9/3)
“Away With the Wolves” by Sarah Gailey (9/3)
“Tower” by Lane Waldman (9/3)
“Seed and Cinder” by Jei D. Marcade (9/3)

“The Fifth Day” by Tochi Onyebuchi (10/1)
“This Is Not My Adventure” by Karlo Yeager Rodríguez (10/1)
“The Tailor and the Beast” by Aysha U. Farah (10/1)

Nonfiction:
“Build the Door, Hold the Door: Protecting the Citadel of Diverse Speculative Fiction–Nonfiction Introduction” by Nicolette Barischoff (9/3)
“The Blind Prince Reimagined: Disability in Fairy Tales” by Kari Maaren (9/3)
“Sudden and Marvelous Invention: Hearing Impairment & Fabulist (non) Fiction” by Gwendolyn Paradice (9/3)
“Fears and Dragons and the Thoughts of a Disabled Writer” by Day Al-Mohamed (9/3)

“How To Send Your Disabled Protagonist on an Adventure in 7 Easy Steps” by A. T. Greenblatt (10/1)
“Part of That World: Finding Disabled Mermaids in the Works of
Seanan McGuire” by Cara Liebowitz (10/1)
“The Visions Take Their Toll: Disability and the Cost of Magic” by Dominik Parisien (10/1)

Poetry:
“Poetry Introduction” by Lisa M. Bradley (9/3)
“Monsters & Women—Beneath Contempt” by Roxanna Bennett (9/3)
“Cavitation” by Toby MacNutt (9/3)
“Neithal from abroad” by Shweta Narayan (9/3)

“‘Eating Disorder’ does not begin to describe it” by R.B. Lemberg (10/1)
“goddess in forced repose” by Tamara Jerée (10/1)
“The Thing In Us We Fear Just Wants Our Love” by Julian K. Jarboe (10/1)

Interview:
Lane Waldman interviewed by Sandra Odell (9/3)

Karlo Yeager Rodríguez interviewed by Sandra Odell (10/1)

Podcasts:
30A (9/3)
“Away With the Wolves” by Sarah Gailey, as read by Erika Ensign
“Neithal from abroad” by Shweta Narayan, as read by Joy Piedmont
Haddayr Copley-Woods Interviews Sarah Gailey

30B (10/1)
“The Fifth Day” by Tochi Onyebuchi, as read by Joy Piedmont
“‘Eating Disorder’ does not begin to describe it” by R.B. Lemberg, as read by Erika Ensign
Haddayr Copley-Woods Interviews Tochi Onyebuchi

Note: The gorgeous reprint cover is “Menagerie” by Julie Dillon. The original commissioned cover was unfortunately not completed in time for our retailer deadlines. We plan to use it as a cover for a later Year 6 issue. Thank you to the commissioned artist for working so hard in an attempt to make the deadline, and to Julie Dillon for providing this cover at the very last second.