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Uncanny Magazine Issue 5 Cover and Table of Contents!

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 4.

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


Uncanny Magazine Issue 5 Table of Contents


Antonio Caparo- “Companion Devices”


The Uncanny Valley

New Fiction

Mary Robinette Kowal – “Midnight Hour” (7/7)
E. Lily Yu- “Woman at Exhibition” (7/7)
Shveta Thakrar- “The Rainbow Flame” (7/7)

Charlie Jane Anders- “Ghost Champagne” (8/4)
Sarah Monette – “The Half-Life of Angels” (8/4)
Delilah S. Dawson- “Catcall” (8/4)


Scott Lynch- “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane” (8/4)


Natalie Luhrs- “Ethics of Reviewing” (7/7)
Sofia Samatar- “Writing Queerly: Three Snapshots” (7/7)

Michael R. Underwood- “21st Century Heroes – Representation in Marvel & DC’s Cinematic Universes” (8/4)
Caitlin Rosberg- “Representation Matters: Embracing Change in Comics” (8/4)


C.S.E. Cooney- “The Saga of Captain Jens” (7/7)
Bryan Thao Worra- “Slices of Failure in Super Science” (7/7)

Sonya Taaffe- “Σειρήνοιϊν” (8/4)


Deborah Stanish Interviews E. Lily Yu (7/7)
Deborah Stanish Interviews Delilah S. Dawson (8/4)

Podcast 5A (7/7)

Mary Robinette Kowal – “Midnight Hour” as read by Amal El-Mohtar
C.S.E. Cooney- “The Saga of Captain Jens” as read by the Author
Deborah Stanish Interviews Mary Robinette Kowal

Podcast 5B (8/4)

Charlie Jane Anders- “Ghost Champagne” as read by C.S.E. Cooney
Sonya Taaffe- “Σειρήνοιϊν” as read by Amal El-Mohtar
A Deborah Stanish Interview

Remembering Peggy Rae Sapienza

Helen Montgomery

I can’t believe that Peggy Rae Sapienza is gone. I got the news while on the train, and managed to mostly hold it together until getting to my office, where I am now just sitting and crying and reading all the beautiful tributes. I had so hoped that she would pull through this, and I’d see her later this year at Worldcon or Smofcon, and she’d be her usual smiling, beautiful self.

I met Peggy Rae during the Chicago in 2008 Worldcon Bid. In 2006, not long after we lost, Peggy Rae came to Chicago. Dave McCarty and I had dinner with her, and she looked at both of us and said “So, what are you going to do for Japan?” Dave ended up as the Events Division Head, and I solicited ads for the program book. Because one simply did not say “no” to Peggy Rae. It was impossible to do so.

Even though we had been bidding for a Worldcon, Peggy Rae actually gave us both our first ever Worldcon jobs.

She was our Fan Guest of Honor in 2012 at Chicon 7, and I am so proud that we were the ones to honor her, especially in light of the role she played for both Dave and I in the Worldcon community.

My deepest condolences and love go out to John Sapienza, Peggy Rae’s family, and her friends. I will miss her more than words can say.


Chuck Serface

I’ve been involved with fandom since 2011, when I joined the Bay Area Science Fiction Association (BASFA). Over my first few months of attending meetings, my new friends convinced me that Worldcon was the place for anyone wishing to learn more about science fiction. I purchased my membership for the then upcoming Chicon 7, and my friend Maurine Starkey invited me to the Hugo Award ceremony and related parties as her escort. What a thrill to get an insider’s look at these doings, to meet Neil Gaiman, and to see Maurine score the Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist. During the evening, Maurine introduced me to another who quickly won my heart, Peggy Rae Sapienza.

Rarely have I connected with any individual so quickly. Peggy Rae and I spent hours over the next two evenings discussing everything imaginable. Obviously, she’d devoted enormous energies to conventions, which I deduced from her stories and from the reverence paid to her by others. Silly me – I hadn’t even realized that she was the Fan Guest of Honor at that Worldcon. She predicted that although I was a latecomer, soon I would evolve into a fan who watched out for others, for the community at large. Her tone revealed her deep commitment to fandom and that she expected no less from me.

After that Worldcon, I again encountered Peggy Rae at several conventions and conferences. We’d dine, and then sequester ourselves for deep conversations. Through Peggy Rae, I became involved in the Nebula Awards weekend, where I presented the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, quite an honor for a fellow who only had wandered in off the streets three years before. Always she added so much to any event we attended together.

A few noticed our rapidly growing friendship and weren’t shy with opinions. Some viewed Peggy Rae as a modern-day Lucrezia Borgia. The majority described her in ways that brought to mind Eleanor Roosevelt. The Borgia camp most likely had experienced the just hand she administered when running conventions, perhaps feeling hurt that certain decisions hadn’t gone their way, failing to understand that it wasn’t personal. The Roosevelt camp appreciated the skills she’d brought to any endeavor she guided. Any fool could see the talent and wisdom she possessed. What a loss to our community her death signifies.

My last contact with Peggy Rae happened by email. She wrote a short note thanking me for advice I’d given regarding sexual harassment at conventions. Two weeks later, Warren Buff informed me that she was facing serious bypass surgery, and I realized her note constituted a goodbye, a “you’re pretty good, Chuck” nod before she began her final step. I regret not answering that email, not reading between the lines, and not knowing about her illness. She knows I’ll atone, however, with my mower’s sharp blades. I have mowed Peggy Rae’s lawn. I’ll do so again. I’ll steer my mower straight and true, leaving even impressions in the grass and never missing a spot. As I stated above, she’d expect no less from me. So, of course, I’ll deliver no less.

Uncanny Magazine Weightless Books Subscription Drive

Uncanny Magazine is recruiting new members for its Space Unicorn Ranger Corps! We named the Uncanny Kickstarter backers the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps after our amazing Space Unicorn mascot. Now, you can become a member of the Corps by subscribing at Weightless Books!

This is the perfect time to join because Uncanny is going on sale! From May 5-19, a year’s subscription to Uncanny Magazine is $2 less than the typical current cover price (only $21.88)! It’s the least expensive way to subscribe we’ve ever offered.

Each bimonthly issue of Uncanny contains new and classic speculative fiction, poetry, essays, art, and interviews.  We seek out and share pieces we can’t stop thinking and talking about, because of how they make us feel. We’re also deeply committed to finding and showcasing fantastic works by writers from every possible point of view and background.

We debuted Issue One of Uncanny in November 2014 and we’re thrilled with Year One. We’ve included contributions from phenomenal authors such as Neil GaimanJim C. HinesMaria Dahvana HeadleyMax GladstoneKen LiuChristopher BarzakSam J. MillerSofia SamatarSarah Pinsker, Catherynne M. Valente, Elizabeth Bear, John Chu, Kameron Hurley, and Amal El-Mohtar, plus many newer voices. We can’t wait for you to read what’s coming next.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 1New or renewing subscribers to Uncanny Magazine from May 5-19, 2015 will be eligible for giveaways and  a whole bunch of Uncanny swag!

  • When we reach a total of 50 new/renewing subscribers we’ll unlock an ebook of Issue One for *every* new/renewing subscriber. Plus, we’ll randomly draw 2 winners for Uncanny swag packs: postcards, a sticker, and a Space Unicorn Ranger Corps patch!
  • At 100 new/renewing subscribers, every new subscriber will receive an ebook of Issue One and Two. Plus, we’ll draw for a set of signed cover-art posters and a Space Unicorn Ranger Corps patch!
  • At 150 new/renewing subscribers, all new/renewing subscribers will receive ebooks of Issue One, Two, and Three (all caught up!), and we’ll draw 2 winners for signed books: The Republic of Thieves MMPB by Scott Lynch and Karen Memoryhardcover by Elizabeth Bear, plus a Space Unicorn Ranger Corps patch for each winner!
  • Uncanny Magazine Issue 2At 200 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll draw for a mega-swag pack that includes postcards, a sticker, a patch, signed cover art, and both signed books!
  • At 300 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll draw for a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0″ Android tablet, a Space Unicorn Ranger Corps patch, and a sticker!

There may also be random prize drawings throughout the subscription drive. You never know with the Space Unicorns . . .

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Uncanny Appearances at C2E2

Space Unicorns! If you’re attending the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) (April 24-26) in Chicago this weekend, you have several chances to check out panels featuring some of Uncanny‘s staff and contributors:
Additionally, Uncanny contributor Ytasha L. Womack will be in Artist’s Alley at booth E3 all weekend, and Mary will be signing books on Friday, 5:15-6:16pm at Autograph table 16.
Hope to see you there!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 4 Cover and Table of Contents!

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 2.

Don’t forget eBook Subscriptions to Uncanny Magazine are available from Weightless Books.


Uncanny Magazine Issue 4 Table of Contents


Tran Nguyen- “Traveling to a Distant Day”


The Uncanny Valley

New Fiction

Catherynne M. Valente- “Planet Lion”
A.C. Wise- “The Practical Witch’s Guide to Acquiring Real Estate”
John Chu- “Restore the Heart into Love”
Elizabeth Bear- “In Libres”
Lisa Bolekaja- “Three Voices”


Delia Sherman- “Young Woman in a Garden”


Mike Glyer- “It’s the Big One”
Julia Rios- “Top Five Myths about YA”
Kameron Hurley- “I Don’t Care About Your MFA: On Writing vs. Storytelling”
Christopher J Garcia- ““The Force That Was Peggy Rae Sapienza”
Steven H Silver- ““Peggy Rae: Friend, Mentor, Superhero””


Alyssa Wong- “For the Gardener’s Daughter”
Ali Trotta- “From the High Priestess to the Hanged Man”
Isabel Yap- “Apologies for breaking the glass slipper”


John Chu Interviewed by Deborah Stanish
Delia Sherman Interviewed by Deborah Stanish


Podcast 4A
Story- Catherynne M. Valente’s “Planet Lion” as read by Heath Miller
Poem- Alyssa Wong’s “For the Gardener’s Daughter” as read by Amal El-Mohtar
Interview- Deborah Stanish interviews Catherynne M. Valente

Podcast 4B
Story- Elizabeth Bear’s “In Libres” as read by C.S.E. Cooney
Poem- Isabel Yap’s “Apologies for breaking the glass slipper” as read by Amal El-Mohtar

Kat Howard’s “Translatio Corporis” Inspires Liz Argall’s Webcomic

First, please read Kat Howard’s phenomenal “Translatio Corporis” from Uncanny Magazine Issue 3 (or listen to Amal El-Mohtar read it on the Uncanny Magazine Podcast 3A).

Future Uncanny Magazine author Liz Argall is the creator of the charming webcomic Things Without Arms and Without Legs: A Comic about Creatures Who Are Kind. Liz enjoyed “Translatio Corporis” so much, she created some fan art for the story, starring her webcomic creations.

This pretty much made everybody’s day when we saw it.

Thanks, Liz!


SPOILERS FOR “Translatio Corporis” BELOW!





Free Issue of Uncanny Magazine to People Taking Bradford’s Challenge

K. T. Bradford’s recent article, “I Challenge You to Stop Reading White, Straight, Cis Male Authors for One Year” asks readers to reexamine their reading habits, step outside their comfort zones, and discover books and stories they might have otherwise overlooked:

“The ‘Reading Only X Writers For A Year’ a challenge is one every person who loves to read (and who loves to write) should take. You could, like Lilit Marcus, read only books by women or, like Sunili Govinnage, read only books by people of color. Or you could choose a different axis to focus on: books by trans men and women, books by people from outside the U.S. or in translation, books by people with disabilities.

After a year of that, the next challenge would be to seek out books about or with characters that represent a marginalized identity or experience by any author. In addition to the identities listed above, I suggest: non–Christian religions or faiths, working class or poor, and asexual (as a start).”

Fellow Space Unicorns, we love lots about this idea! One of Uncanny’s founding principles is a deep investment in exploring all that SF/F has to offer, by finding stories that both evoke a sense of the familiar and seek out the unknown from authors with many different backgrounds.

So in support of people taking this challenge, we’re offering a FREE COPY of our upcoming Issue Three to anyone who is taking up this challenge or simply broadening their reading. Uncanny Magazine Issue Three features new short stories by Sofia Samatar, Kat Howard, Maria Dahvana Headley, Sarah Pinsker, Emily Devenport, and Fran Wilde, classic fiction by Ellen Klages, essays by Ytasha L. Womack, Stephanie Zvan, Amal El–Mohtar, and L.M. Myles, poetry by C.S.E. Cooney, Jennifer Crow, and M Sereno, and interviews conducted by Deborah Stanish with Sofia Samatar, C.S.E. Cooney, and Ellen Klages. Issue Three is being released on March 3.

Simply send us an email using our contact form telling us you’re taking the Bradford Challenge or some variation of it, and we’ll send you an eBook copy of Uncanny Magazine Issue Three (EPUB, MOBI, PDF).

If you enjoy Issue 3, back issues and subscriptions are available from Weightless Books.

Happy reading!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 3 Cover and Table of Contents!

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 7.

Don’t forget eBook Subscriptions to Uncanny Magazine are available from Weightless Books.


Uncanny Magazine Issue 3 Table of Contents


Carrie Ann Baade- “Unspeakable #2”


The Uncanny Valley- Editorial by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas

New Fiction:

Sofia Samatar- “Those”
Rosamund Hodge- “The Lamps Thereof Are Fire and Flames”
Kat Howard- “Translatio Corporis”
Maria Dahvana Headley- “Ivory Darts, Golden Arrows”
Sarah Pinsker- “When the Circus Lights Down”
Emily Devenport- “Dr. Polingyouma’s Machine”
Fran Wilde- “You Are Two Point Three Meters from Your Destination”

Classic Fiction:

Ellen Klages- “In the House of the Seven Librarians”


Ytasha L. Womack- “Afrofuturism Rising”
Stephanie Zvan- “Family Matters: How Geek Communities Turn Dysfunctional”
Amal El-Mohtar- “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Desolation of Armies”
L.M. Myles- “Cushing in Space”


C.S.E. Cooney- “Deep Bitch”
Jennifer Crow- “Cloudbending”
M Sereno- “The Eaters”


Sofia Samatar Interviewed by Deborah Stanish
C.S.E. Cooney Interviewed by Deborah Stanish
Ellen Klages Interviewed by Deborah Stanish

Podcast 3A:

Kat Howard’s “Translatio Corporis” as read by Amal El-Mohtar, C.S.E. Cooney’s “Deep Bitch” as read by the author, Kat Howard interviewed by Deborah Stanish, Jim C. Hines interviewed by Michi Trota

Podcast 3B:

Sarah Pinsker’s “When the Circus Lights Down” as read by C.S.E. Cooney, M Sereno’s “The Eaters” as read by Amal El-Mohtar, Sarah Pinsker interviewed by Deborah Stanish