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Two Uncanny Magazine Stories are Nebula Award Finalists!

Outstanding news, Space Unicorns! Two Uncanny Magazine stories are finalists for the prestigious Nebula Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America! “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies” by Brooke Bolander is a finalist for Best Short Story, and “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay” by Alyssa Wong is a finalist for Best Novelette! As you may recall, these were the top two stories in our 2016 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll! Also, “Seasons of Glass and Iron” by Amal El-Mohtar from the Saga Press anthology The Starlit Wood (edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe), which we reprinted in Uncanny Magazine, is a finalist for Best Short Story! Congratulations Brooke, Alyssa, and Amal!

These are the first stories ever from Uncanny Magazine to become Nebula Award finalists, and we couldn’t be more excited! It is an amazing list of finalists, many of whom are Uncanny authors and friends. CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYBODY!!!

From the SFWA Nebula Award announcement:

Voting will begin on the final ballot for all Active, Active Family, and Lifetime Active members on March 1st, 2017. The awards will be presented during the annual Nebula Conference, which will run from May 18th-21st and feature seminars and panel discussions on the craft and business of writing, SFWA’s annual business meeting, and receptions. On May 19th, a mass autograph session, open to the public, will take place at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center.

Uncanny Magazine 2016 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll Results!

Space Unicorns! It is time to announce the TOP STORY in our Uncanny Magazine 2016 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll!
It is…. *drumroll*
Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies” by Brooke Bolander!!!
Congratulations, Brooke! Brooke will be receiving a SNAZZY CERTIFICATE!
The rest of the Top Five are:
4- “The Green Knight’s Wife” by Kat Howard
5- “The Sound of Salt and Sea” by Kat Howard
Congratulations to Alyssa, Lily, and Kat!
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.

Liz Argall’s Things React to Monster Girls Don’t Cry

As you may remember, one of the stretch goals for the Uncanny Magazine Year Three Kickstarter was a continuation of our webcomic feature. Each issue, the multi-talented Liz Argall will have a special Uncanny edition of her webcomic Things Without Arms and Without Legs where they react to a piece in the current issue of Uncanny Magazine.

For Issue 14, Liz’s Things react to “Monster Girls Don’t Cry” by A. Merc Rustad!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 14 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 February 7.

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 14 Table of Contents

John Picacio- “El Arpa”

The Uncanny Valley

Sam J. Miller- “Bodies Stacked Like Firewood” (1/3)
A. Merc Rustad- “Monster Girls Don’t Cry” (1/3)
Cassandra Khaw- “Goddess, Worm” (1/3)

Maria Dahvana Headley- “The Thule Stowaway” (2/7)
Theodora Goss- “To Budapest, with Love” (2/7)
Tansy Rayner Roberts- “Some Cupids Kill With Arrows” (2/7)

Ann Leckie- “The Unknown God” (2/7)

Mark Oshiro- Inferior Beasts (1/3)
Natalie Luhrs- “Why You Should Read Romance” (1/3)

Delilah S. Dawson- “I Have Never Not Been an Object” (2/7)
Angel Cruz- “Blood of the Revolution: On Filipina Writers and Aswang” (2/7)

Carlos Hernandez- “In Lieu of the Stories My Santera Abuela Should Have Told Me Herself, This Poem” (1/3)
Nin Harris- “Jean-Luc, Future Ghost” (1/3)

Nicasio Andres Reed- “Except Thou Bless Me” (2/7)

A. Merc Rustad by Julia Rios (1/3)

Maria Dahvana Headley by Julia Rios (2/7)

Podcast 14A (1/3)
Story- Sam J. Miller- “Bodies Stacked Like Firewood” (As read by Erika Ensign)
Poem- Carlos Hernandez- “In Lieu of the Stories My Santera Abuela Should Have Told Me Herself, This Poem” (As read by Amal El-Mohtar)
Interview- Sam J. Miller by Julia Rios

Podcast 14B (2/7)
Story- Theodora Goss- “To Budapest, with Love” (As read by Amal El-Mohtar)
Story- Tansy Rayner Roberts- “Some Cupids Kill With Arrows” (As read by Erika Ensign)
Poem- Nicasio Andres Reed- “Except Thou Bless Me” (As read by Erika Ensign)
Interview- Theodora Goss by Julia Rios

The Saga of 2016 Guest Post by Navah Wolfe and Joe Monti

(Guest Post!)

Hi, we’re Navah Wolfe and Joe Monti, the editors of Simon & Schuster’s SF/F imprint Saga Press. 2016 has not been the best year for many reasons, but it has been a great publishing year at Saga Press. It’s only our second full year, but it was filled with fantastic book releases, starred reviews, and even award nominations. We couldn’t be more pleased.

As you probably know, Saga Press has been the sponsor of Uncanny Magazine Issue 13. As part of our sponsorship, the Uncanny editors asked us if we would like to write a blog post highlighting some of our favorite Saga works from 2016. This was an extremely hard post to write since we loved everything we released this year (THEY’RE ALL OUR BABIES) So, we each limited ourselves to four 2016 titles that we edited and love– and think Uncanny readers would love, too.

A Quartet from Navah

Borderline by Mishell Baker
If you haven’t yet encountered Borderline, here’s the elevator pitch: Men in Black, but with fairies. And here’s the slightly longer pitch: Millie gets recruited for a top-secret organization that brokers deals and visas between Hollywood and Fairyland. And here’s the longer pitch: Millie is double amputee with Borderline Personality Disorder, and one of the best voices you’ll read this year.

I fell for Millie and Borderline—and fell hard—from the opening line: “It was a mid-morning on a Monday when magic walked into my life wearing a beige Ann Taylor suit and sensible flats.” This is one of the books I’m proudest of publishing—a kickass, awesomely enjoyable urban fantasy that never lets up—starring a disabled, mentally ill bisexual protagonist. A book with an incredibly diverse cast that’s not an issues book, but lets its characters engage with the world and be people in it, instead of examples—and lets them have fun with it. In fact, Seanan McGuire said, “This book is so damn much fun, it hurts.”

Mishell is an incredibly talented writer who, with Borderline, has given us what Publishers Weekly called in a starred review, “One of the most purely respectful portrayals of people with disabilities that I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading…an excellent launch to a very promising urban fantasy series.” And I can’t wait for you all to read the sequel, Phantom Pains, coming in March 2017!

 A Green and Ancient Light by Frederic S. Durbin
As planes darken the sky and cities burn in the ravages of war, a boy is sent away to the safety of an idyllic fishing village far from the front to stay with the grandmother he does not know. But their tranquility is shattered by the crash of a bullet-riddled enemy plane that brings the war—and someone else—to their doorstep. Grandmother’s mysterious friend, Mr. Girandole, who is far more than he seems, has appeared out of the night to ask Grandmother for help in doing the unthinkable. Hidden within the forest near Grandmother’s cottage lies a long-abandoned magical garden of fantastic statues and a riddle that has lain unsolved for centuries—a riddle that contains the only solution to their impossible problem. To solve it will require courage, sacrifice, and friendship with the most unlikely allies.

The first time I read Frederic S. Durbin’s gorgeous novel A Green and Ancient Light, I immediately knew that this was a special book. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d read something that so deeply transported me to another time and place, and even in the dead of winter brought me instantly into the endless idyll of summer childhood. A gorgeous, bittersweet fantasy in the spirit of Peter S. Beagle, classic Miyazaki films, and Pan’s Labyrinth, this book is both achingly familiar and wondrously strange. It feels classic and timeless in the way of a dreamy summertime afternoon, and yet fresh and lovely. It’s a quiet, beautiful book that will linger in your heart and mind long after you finish it, like a haunting melody. But you don’t have to take my word for it! Chicago Review of Books called it “Not unlike reading your first beloved book as a child…Durbin’s tale of childhood, family, truth, and bravery certainly captured a piece of [my heart].”

Simply put, A Green and Ancient Light is made of the same kind of magic as the books that live inside my heart and made me fall in love with fantasy.

The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales edited by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe
This had to be on my list, of course. I’ve been a novel editor for years, but The Starlit Wood was my first foray into editing short fiction—and it’s been pretty much a dream come true. This book was my love letter to fairy tales, and an homage to the fairy tale retelling anthologies edited by Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow that I grew up reading and loving, the books that inspired me to become an editor. We worked with some of the most exciting voices in genre today: Naomi Novik, Seanan McGuire, Garth Nix, Daryl Gregory, Amal El-Mohtar, Genevieve Valentine, Aliette de Bodard, and more. And I’ve been lucky enough to co-edit this book with Dominik Parisien. I couldn’t ask for a better editorial partner and friend.

We challenged our writers to explore their stories in unusual settings, and to come at their retellings from unexpected angles, and they delivered. The result is a seriously diverse anthology with everything from science fiction, western, and post-apocalyptic stories, to traditional fantasy and contemporary horror. We also encouraged the retelling of lesser-known and non-Western fairy tales alongside the traditional Western ones, making for a really unique experience where the familiar and the unfamiliar co-exist.

We are thrilled by the response so far. Not only have the reviews been marvelous, three of the stories were chosen for the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eleven (edited by Jonathan Strahan): the novelette “Spinning Silver” by Naomi Novik and the short stories “Even the Crumbs Were Delicious” by Daryl Gregory and “Seasons of Glass and Iron” by Amal El-Mohtar. Naomi’s and Amal’s stories are also in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2017 (edited by Paula Guran)!

And in addition to all the wonderful stories, the book itself is a thing of beauty. Published in a gorgeous paper over board format with incredible illustrations by Stella Björg, it’s the beautiful book I always dreamed it would be. Start to finish, I couldn’t be prouder of The Starlit Wood.

The Mountain of Kept Memory by Rachel Neumeier
Oressa Madalin, princess of Carastind, has carefully cultivated the skill of being unnoticed—and getting into places she isn’t allowed. She’s the princess that everyone overlooks—but she’s always watching, gathering information. And she’s going to need it, because Carastind is on the brink of war, and it will be up to Oressa to stand between her country and a dire menace that threatens not just everything she holds dear—but the fate of the world.

Sometimes you read a book and instantly know that you’d love to work with the writer. I read Rachel Neumeier’s The City in the Lake years ago, and fell in love with Rachel’s gorgeous prose, cutting, heartbreaking characters, and deep, complex worldbuilding. She writes books that remind me of beloved formative writers like Robin McKinley, Patricia McKillip, and Guy Gavriel Kay. So, when we started Saga Press, I reached out to her agent, hoping against hope that Rachel might have a book for me.

The Mountain of Kept Memory is that book, and it’s everything I dreamed of. The worldbuilding is fascinating and intricate, the characters have firmly lodged themselves in my heart and will not be budged, and the romance—oh, the romance! I didn’t know until I read it how much I had been longing for a slow burn romance built on mutual respect and competence.

If you’re a longtime Rachel Neumeier fan, you already know the delights that await you in The Mountain of Kept Memory, and if you’re not—you will be once you read this book.

A Quartet from Joe

My first pick will be, in publication order of 2016, The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu.
There are few examples to point alongside of the accomplishment of Ken Liu’s early career as a short story writer and the acclaim he has achieved. You have to go back to right after World War Two to find writers who had his output — over 100 stories! – and award recognition. Ken’s titular story “The Paper Menagerie” is the only short story trifecta winner of The Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards. In my biased but sincere opinion, these fifteen stories collected here stand up with the greatest story collections in all of American literature.

Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
Iconic editor Terri Windling and the Endicott Studio stable of virtual salon patrons support what they term mythic fiction, works that incorporate fairy tales, myths, legends, and the numinous. Navah and I both love this kind of fiction — witness her co-edited (with Dominik Parsien) anthology The Starlit Wood. — so, it is a great joy to work with a writer like Kat Howard as she weaves a mythic debut novel in that tradition. Kat created a Tam Lin reimagining that is both completely refreshing and modern. It ranks up there with The Wizard of Pigeons by Robin Hobb and Stardust by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess.

What The #@&% Is That?: The Saga Anthology of the Monstrous and Macabre edited by Douglas Cohen and John Joseph Adams
What started as an internet meme has become one of the great anthologies of supernatural suspense you will ever find. But I do have a few favorite here from Douglas & John’s selections beginning with Isabel Yap’s story “Only Unclench Your Hand.” This should be on a few award lists next year. “Whose Drowned Face Sleeps” by An Owomoyela and Rachel Swirsky has a distinct style and defines haunting, while Scott Sigler’s “Those Gaddam Cookies” made me laugh one way, while Maria Dahvana Headley’s “Little Widow” about three young ex-cult members growing into their vengeance made me laugh in another. (Don’t judge, it’s all good.) And the cleverly constructed “#connollyhouse #weshouldntbehere” by Seanan McGuire is the creepiest story in the book for me. It’s written as a live set of tweets as amateur ghost hunters get in over their heads, and the immediacy of it really strikes a chord.

Gloriana: or The Unfulfill’d Queen by Michael Moorcock
I grew up reading Michael Moorcock’s Eternal Champion books, especially the Elric and Corum novels, which were perfect for my male adolescent angst. But it was Moorcock’s Guest of Honor appearance at a Readercon in 2000 that convinced me read him as an adult. I then saw his range displayed in the Byzantium novels, his short stories that knock down sacred cows and challenge my perceptions in ways that the best of world literature does, and in his novel masterpiece, Mother London. Then there’s what was to be Moorcock’s last fantasy novel, Gloriana, published in 1978. It was hailed, won the World Fantasy Award for best novel, but was also justly criticized for its near-final chapter.

I’ve had the great pleasure to reissue the author’s revised and preferred text which fixes that problem chapter, based upon the Gollancz Masterwork edition. This is Moorcock’s English epic fantasy built on the foundation of Mervyn Peake vs Tolkien, and Moorcock’s New Wave DNA is evident.


Navah Wolfe is an editor at Saga Press, Simon & Schuster’s science fiction and fantasy imprint, where she has edited critically–acclaimed novels such as Borderline by Mishell Baker, Persona by Genevieve Valentine, The Mountain of Kept Memory by Rachel Neumeier, and A Green and Ancient Light by Frederic S. Durbin. She is also the co–editor, along with Dominik Parisien, of The Starlit Wood, an anthology of cross–genre fairy tale retellings, released in October 2016 from Saga Press. She was previously an editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, where she worked on many bestselling books, including some that have won awards such as the Printz Honor, the Pura Belpré Award, the Pen/Faulkner Award, the Stonewall Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Schneider Family Award. She has previously worked as a bookseller, a rock climbing wall manager, and a veterinary intern at a zoo. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two tiny humans, and one editorial cat. She can be found online at and on Twitter as @navahw.

Joe Monti has worn many hats in the book biz from bookseller, buyer, sales, agent, and editor. He is the editorial director of Saga Press. His authors have won the National Book Award, the Hugo award, the Nebula award, the World fantasy award, a Michael L. Printz award, and have been New York Times bestsellers. You can find him on Twitter @joemts.

Liz Argall’s Things React to Seasons of Glass and Iron!

As you may remember, one of the stretch goals for the Uncanny Magazine Year Three Kickstarter was a continuation of our webcomic feature. Each issue, the multi-talented Liz Argall will have a special Uncanny edition of her webcomic Things Without Arms and Without Legs where they react to a piece in the current issue of Uncanny Magazine.

For Issue 13, Liz’s things react to Amal El-Mohtar‘s reprinted story “Seasons of Glass and Iron” from the Saga Press anthology The Starlit Wood!


Uncanny Magazine 2016 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 these stories are eligible in (especially for the Hugo Awards and Nebula Awards). 2016 was the second full year of Uncanny Magazine (Issues 8 through 13). 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 eligible for the Best Editor (Short Form) Hugo Award. (Note: If you are nominating the Thomases in this category, please nominate them together. They are a co-editing team.)

The stories listed below are eligible in either the short story or novelette 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.


Novelettes (7500-17,500 Words):

The Virgin Played Bass by Maria Dahvana Headley

Love Is Never Still by Rachel Swirsky

You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay by Alyssa Wong

Snow Day by Catherynne M. Valente


Short Stories (Under 7500 Words):

Lotus Face and the Fox by Nghi Vo

The Creeping Women by Christopher Barzak

The Desert Glassmaker and the Jeweler of Berevyar by Rose Lemberg

The Sincerity Game by Brit Mandelo

The Shadow Collector by Shveta Thakrar

The Wolf and the Tower Unwoven by Kelly Sandoval

The Artificial Bees by Simon Guerrier

Big Thrull and the Askin’ Man by Max Gladstone

The Blood That Pulses in the Veins of One by JY Yang

Ye Highlands and Ye Lowlands by Seanan McGuire

The Sound of Salt and Sea by Kat Howard

The Drowning Line by Haralambi Markov

El Cantar of Rising Sun by Sabrina Vourvoulias

A Hundred and Seventy Storms by Aliette de Bodard

The Words on My Skin by Caroline M. Yoachim

An Ocean the Color of Bruises by Isabel Yap

Under One Roof by Sarah Pinsker

My Body, Herself by Carmen Maria Machado

Not a Miracle But a Marvel by Tim Pratt

The Witch of Orion Waste and the Boy Knight by E. Lily Yu

Rooms Formed of Neurons and Sex by Ferrett Steinmetz

Don’t You Worry, You Aliens by Paul Cornell

Kamanti’s Child by Jennifer Marie Brissett

Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies by Brooke Bolander

The Green Knight’s Wife by Kat Howard

White Hart, Black Knight by Alex Bledsoe

Can’t Beat ‘Em by Nalo Hopkinson

A Trump Christmas Carol by Roz Kaveney, Laurie Penny, John Scalzi, and Jo Walton


Talking Nerd Music with the Doubleclicks

As the Doubleclicks, musician duo sisters Aubrey and Angela Webber create delightfully geeky, sweet, and sometimes snarky songs. Since debuting on YouTube in 2011 with a weekly songwriting project, the Doubleclicks continue to make meaningful music that has audiences both laughing and crying about dinosaurs, nights in watching Netflix, and what would be the Worst Superpower Ever. They’ve toured the country appearing at cons and other events, been featured on programs like The Nerdist and NPR, and produce a touring variety show called #NerdNightOut. Managing Editor Michi Trota recently had a chance to catch up with Angela and talk about celebrating one’s geekiness, addressing issues of inclusivity, and what fandoms inspire the Doubleclicks’ music. 

Uncanny Magazine: You’ve spent quite a bit of the summer on tour across the country. That’s a lot of travel and energy to share with your fans! What’s your favorite part about touring?

Angela: The shows! It’s really fun because each city has a different personality, but all of them will sing about cats with us. I feel very excited and warmed about the state of humanity when I’m in a room full of nerds.

Uncanny Magazine: You’ve released three full studio albums, two EPs, a demo album, and several individual songs. You’ve developed an enthusiastic and supportive fanbase, much of it online, since your first YouTube project in 2011. How have platforms like YouTube and Patreon affected your ability to interact with your fans? 

Angela: YouTube, Twitter, and our mailing list have been the biggest help in connecting with our fans. I’m really glad that we’ve been able to connect with folks from the very beginning, and that they have stayed in touch and followed us from our very low–fi early YouTube videos from my basement to the tours and conventions and albums that we do today. Being able to connect directly with an audience is such a huge benefit of the internet, and makes it possible for folks like us to skip the need for a manager, PR company, radio placement team, label, booker, and agent, and just get our music straight into the hands of the folks who want it. Patreon and Kickstarter are great media through which our fans have generously supported us through the years. It’s really cool to be able to make the things for our people with no one in–between telling us what to do and how to do it. 

Uncanny Magazine: Three years ago you released “Nothing to Prove,”* a song which pushed back against the idea that nerds and geeks, especially if they’re not men, have to prove their “nerd cred.” Do you think gatekeeping and issues of inclusion in geek communities have improved since then?

Angela: That’s a complicated question! Over the years, the issue has evolved from “fake geek testing” to “GamerGate” to twitter hacks and trolling about the election, race, Ghostbusters… On the one hand, there is still a strong, vocal contingent of trolls trying to ruin people’s day for no good reason. On the other hand, I do think the conversation about inclusiveness in the geek world has improved, opened, and elevated, and that’s great. Amazing groups like Geek Girl Brunch, Black Girl Nerds, and countless podcasts, inclusivity–based conventions and sites have developed a strong voice, and that is rad. I don’t think we’re ever going to get rid of the voices of negativity and trolling, but we can remember they are a tiny amount compared to the rad people focusing their energy on elevating the nerd world and underrepresented voices!

Uncanny Magazine: Finding inspiration in and being able to poke fun at the fandoms we love is often at the heart of your music. You’ve referenced shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X–Files, as well as Dungeons & Dragons, superheroes, cats, and dinosaurs—are there any fandoms or characters you haven’t yet written about that you’d like to?

Angela: It’s hard to know where we’ll go next. We usually start with a message and the feelings, but you’re right—nerd stuff does often sneak its way into what we’re doing. We just released a song and music video called “Lord of the Rings”—the books and movies are a big emotional part of my life, so it was amazing to be able to dress up as the characters and majestically reclaim that franchise in our own way. The song, ultimately, is about something much different than the Lord of the Rings, but it was definitely great to get that out there. 

I don’t know what nerdy place we’ll go next, but we have some songs about self–esteem and depression coming soon that I’m sure will be inhabited by the dorky stuff that’s on our mind when the songs come together.

Uncanny Magazine: You’ve been outspoken about creating inclusive, welcoming spaces in nerd communities. Why is this so important to you?

Angela: I think it’s just intuitive. Until I found geek culture, I felt like a broken person who would never fit in, who was just “built wrong,” and it made me angry and vengeful. Geek culture was there for me when I needed it, and I think that we should offer that same sense of acceptance to everyone. The forces of negativity are still around, but we need to approach folks with empathy to demonstrate that we can be in here together, and welcoming in voices that are different than our own can only elevate us.

Uncanny Magazine: What are some books, TV shows, games, or other nerdy things that you’re particularly enthusiastic about right now?

Angela: We’re playing a lot of Betrayal at the House On The Hill—the expansion just camp out (and we were asked to write for it!) so we are experiencing the cool tone of the new haunts and mechanics there. We’re also playing lots of Fiasco—as always—a game we like so much that we decided to start a podcast (Gosh Darn Fiasco!) so we can play it with our friends. We’re also loving Luke Cage, Steven Universe, Supergirl, and can’t wait for iZombie to be back. The piece of media I’m most excited about is nerd–inspired rapper/producer Sammus’ new album. We heard some of the tracks on tour with her last year and it’s going to blow people’s minds when it comes out. She says tons of important stuff about the world (not just the nerd part) and she rules.

Uncanny Magazine: Are there any upcoming projects you’d like to share?

Angela: Folks can subscribe to us on YouTube for upcoming videos and check out our live online show #DoubleclicksLive on Thursday, November 17, 2016, 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern. People can RSVP and request songs on our Facebook event page, too!

Uncanny Magazine: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us!

*Editors’ Note: Michi appears in the music video of “Nothing to Prove.”

banana-768x503The Doubleclicks ( are a folk–pop sister duo, featuring clever lyrics about dinosaurs, literature, love and the Internet—with a cello, guitar, and meowing kitten keyboard. Their latest CD President Snakes debuted in the top 10 Billboard comedy albums chart, and their 2014 release Dimetrodon was funded by a $80,000 Kickstarter project. Their songs and YouTube videos have been viewed over 3 million times and are featured on BoingBoing, Kotaku, Huffington Post, and on NPR shows Live Wire, All Things Acoustic, and State of Wonder.

Liz Argall’s Things React to Star Trek!

As you may remember, one of the stretch goals for the Uncanny Magazine Year Three Kickstarter was a continuation of our webcomic feature. Each issue, the multi-talented Liz Argall will have a special Uncanny edition of her webcomic Things Without Arms and Without Legs where they react to a piece in the current issue of Uncanny Magazine.

For Issue 12, Liz’s things react to our two Star Trek essays: “This Is Our Work: What Star Trek Asks of Us” by Mary Anne Mohanraj and “All True, Especially the Lies—Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Cardassia” by Una McCormack.


Uncanny Magazine Issue 13 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 December 6th.

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 13 Table of Contents

Julie Dillon “Impact Crater”

The Uncanny Valley (11/1)

Paul Cornell- “Don’t You Worry, You Aliens” (11/1)
Brooke Bolander- “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies” (11/1)
Jennifer Marie Brissett- “Kamanti’s Child” (11/1)

Alex Bledsoe- “White Hart, Black Knight” (12/6)
Kat Howard- “The Green Knight’s Wife” (12/6)
Nalo Hopkinson- “Can’t Beat ‘Em” (12/6)

Amal El-Mohtar- “Seasons of Glass and Iron” (11/1)

Alyssa Wong- “They Love Me Not: How Fictional Villains Saved My Life” (11/1)
Monica Valentinelli- “We Have Always Been Here, Motherfucker” (11/1)
Navah Wolfe- “A Saga of Ink and Tea: Welcome to the Woods” (11/1)

Tansy Rayner Roberts- “How The Avengers Killed the Justice League” (12/6)
Keidra Chaney- “Living, working, and Fangirling with a Chronic Illness” (12/6)
Hao Jingfang (Translated by Ken Liu)- “I Wanted to Write a History of Inequality” (12/6)

Neil Gaiman- “The Long Run” (11/1)
Theodora Goss- “Rose Child” (11/1)

Sofia Samatar – “Blue Flowers: Fragments” (12/6)

Jennifer Marie Brissett Interviewed by Julia Rios (11/1)
Alex Bledsoe Interviewed by Julia Rios (12/6)

Podcast 13A (11/1)
Paul Cornell- “Don’t You Worry, You Aliens” (Read by Heath Miller)
Brooke Bolander- “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies” (Read by Erika Ensign)
Theodora Goss- “Rose Child” (Read by Amal El-Mohtar)
Brooke Bolander Interviewed by Deborah Stanish

Podcast 13B (12/6)
Kat Howard- “The Green Knight’s Wife” (Read by Erika Ensign)
Nalo Hopkinson- “Can’t Beat ‘Em” (Read by Amal El-Mohtar)
Sofia Samatar – “Blue Flowers: Fragments” (Read by Amal El-Mohtar)
Tansy Rayner Roberts Interviewed by Deborah Stanish