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And Yet by A. T. Greenblatt Is a Nebula Award Finalist!

Outstanding news, Space Unicorns! “And Yet” by A. T. Greenblatt is a 2018 finalist for a Best Short Story Nebula Award!

Congratulations, Aliza!

It is an amazing list of finalists. 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 16th-19th and feature programming developed and geared toward SFF professionals. On May 18th, a mass autograph session will take place at the Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills and will be free and open to the public.

The Nebula Awards, presented annually, recognize the best works of science fiction and fantasy published in the previous year. They are selected by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The first Nebula Awards were presented in 1966.

The Nebula Awards include four fiction awards, a game writing award, the Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book. SFWA also administers the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Awards, the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award, and the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.

Uncanny Magazine 2018 Poetry Eligibility

Hello, Space Unicorns! Nominating for the Rhysling Award for speculative poetry is now OPEN! If you’re a SFPA member, you can nominate short and long poetry up until February 15.


Long Poem (50+ lines or 500+ words)

The Fairies in the Crawlspace by Beth Cato

Convalescence by Alicia Cole

The Cat’s Daughters by Nitoo Das

the body argonautica by Robin M. Eames

All the Stars Above the Sea by Sarah Gailey

What Grew by Sarah Gailey

Persephone in Hades by Theodora Goss

Translatio by Sharon Hsu

Expecting a Dinosaur by Mari Ness


Lorelei by Ali Trotta

The Year We Got Rid of Our Ghosts by Ali Trotta


Short Poems (<49 lines, <500words)

Okuri Inu, or the sending-off dog demon by Betsy Aoki

hypothesis for apocalypse by Khairani Barokka

You Wanted Me to Fly by Julia Watts Belser

Osiris by Leah Bobet

smile by Beth Cato

Ctenophore Soul by Rita Chen

How to Fix a Dancer When it Breaks by Genevieve DeGuzman

1532 by Ana Hurtado

Found Discarded: A Love Poem, Questionably Addressed. by Cassandra Khaw

Octavia’s Letter to Marcus Anthony on the Discovery of His Faithlessness by Cassandra Khaw

core/debris/core by Rose Lemberg

drop some amens by Brandon O’Brien

The One by Brandon O’Brien

The Early Ones by Sofia Samatar & Del Samatar

The Knight of the Beak by Sofia Samatar & Del Samatar

Shadow-Song by Sonya Taaffe

די ירושה by Sonya Taaffe

Spatiotemporal Discontinuity by Bogi Takács

A View from Inside the Refrigerator by Andrea Tang

The Sea Never Says It Loves You by Fran Wilde

cardioid by Hal Y. Zhang

Swallow by Hal Y. Zhang

Uncanny Magazine 2018 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll Results!

Space Unicorns! It is time to announce the TOP STORY in our Uncanny Magazine 2018 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll!
It is…. *drumroll*

The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat by Brooke Bolander!!!

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

2- The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society by T. Kingfisher

3- How to Swallow the Moon by Isabel Yap

4- The Thing About Ghost Stories  by Naomi Kritzer

5 IS A TIE!!!

The Hydraulic Emperor by Arkady Martine

She Still Loves the Dragon by Elizabeth Bear

Congratulations to T (Ursula), Isabel, Naomi, Arkady, and Elizabeth!
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.

Seven Uncanny Stories Are on the 2018 Locus Recommended Reading List and Locus Award Poll!

SPACE UNICORNS! HAPPY DAY!!! There are seven Uncanny Magazine stories on the prestigious 2018 Locus Recommended Reading List! WE ARE SO CHUFFED! Congratulations to all of the authors!

“How to Swallow the Moon” by Isabel Yap (novelette)

“Contingency Plans for the Apocalypse” by S.B. Divya

“And Yet” by A.T. Greenblatt

The Hydraulic Emperor” by Arkady Martine

“Blessings” by Naomi Novik

“What Gentle Women Dare” by Kelly Robson

“You Can Make a Dinosaur, but You Can’t Help Me” by K.M. Szpara

This means you can vote for these stories in the 2019 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 2018 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 5, and the winning author gets a SNAZZY CERTIFICATE!

Shine on, Space Unicorns!


Uncanny on the Web and Where To Find Us

Hello, Space Unicorns, and happy mid-January! This is just a quick post to remind you of where to find us out in the world, because we want to stay in touch with you! We have accounts at—






—where we send out submission window announcements and news and show off the fantastic work of our spectacular authors and illustrators! Don’t be shy about tagging us; we love to hear from you! <3

(You can also find us at various desks puzzling out how to make a “Fantastic Beasts” pun out of this post title and throwing out no fewer than three attempts.)


Uncanny Celebrates Reader Favorites of 2018!

Hello, Space Unicorns! 2018 was a tough year. Though many things were hard and horrible, we are very proud of all of the amazing works we published in Uncanny Magazine. 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 2018.

We’ve set up a poll for Uncanny readers to vote for their top three favorite original short stories from 2018. (You can find links to all of the stories here.)

The poll will be open from January 8 to February 5, 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!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 26 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 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 26 Table of Contents

Julie Dillon- Pearls and Stardust

The Uncanny Valley (1/1)

Fran Wilde- “A Catalog of Storms” (1/1)
Natalia Theodoridou- “Poems Written While” (1/1)
Senaa Ahmad- “Nothing to Fear, Nothing to Fear” (1/1)

Delilah S. Dawson- “The Willows” (2/5)
Marissa Lingen- “The Thing, With Feathers” (2/5)
Inda Lauryn- “Dustdaughter” (2/5)

Ellen Kushner- “The Duke of Riverside” (1/1)

Linda D. Addison- “Safe Havens– WFC Award Ceremony 2018 Toastmaster Speech” (1/1)
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry- “How to Make a Paper Crane” (1/1)

Alec Nevala-Lee- “The Most Powerful Force” (2/5)
Keidra Chaney- “What It Feels Like for a Fangirl in the Age of Late Capitalism” (2/5)

Cassandra Khaw- “A Letter From One Woman to Another” (1/1)
Sonya Taaffe- “The Watchword” (1/1)

Hal Y. Zhang- “Steeped in Stars” (2/5)
Jennifer Crow- “Red Berries” (2/5)

Caroline M. Yoachim Interviews Natalia Theodoridou (1/1)

Caroline M. Yoachim Interviews Marissa Lingen (2/5)

Podcast 26A (1/1)
Fran Wilde- “A Catalog of Storms,” as read by Erika Ensign
Cassandra Khaw- “A Letter From One Woman to Another,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Lynne M. Thomas Interviews Fran Wilde

Podcast 26B (2/5)
Delilah S. Dawson- “The Willows,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Hal Y. Zhang- “Steeped in Stars.” as read by Erika Ensign
Lynne M. Thomas Interviews Delilah S. Dawson

The Disabled People Destroy Fantasy Guidelines

Reading period: January 15th, 2019 to February 28th 2019. Please do not submit anything until January 15th. Emails containing submissions will be deleted. (Uncanny Magazine uses the Moksha submission system.)


Who can submit:

We welcome submission from writers who identify themselves as disabled. Identity is what matters for this issue. What kinds of disabilities? All of them. Invisible and visible. Physical disabilities, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, mental health disabilities, and neurodiversity.

Yes, even if your disability is a recently acquired one.

Yes, even if your disability is static, or if it isn’t.

Yes, even if you’ve had your disability since birth.

Yes, even if you use adaptive devices only SOME of the time.

Yes, you.

Please read Elsa Sjunneson-Henry’s essay “Disabled Enough” if you have any doubts.

So, if you identify as disabled across any of these definitions or others, we want to hear from you!


A Note on Manuscript Guidelines For Fiction and Nonfiction: 
14pt font, please. Serifed (ex: Time New Roman, Courier, Garamond). Double spaced.

Please let the editors know if you need accommodations as well.



Fiction Editor: Katharine Duckett

We do not require stories to explore issues relating to disability, though we welcome them. We’re seeking fantasy stories that invite readers to enter worlds they’ve never seen before. We’re looking for immediate and visceral tales of danger, fun and inventive adventures, and fateful journeys to distant lands or to the dragon’s lair in your own backyard. We’re looking for intricate, challenging tales with gorgeous prose, verve, and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs.

We want the stories you’ve been yearning to encounter in the world. We want to engage with the characters you want to meet in fiction.

Length: Between 750-6000 words

Payment: $.08 per word

Fiction Submission Procedures:

1- Please submit your story via Uncanny‘s Moksha submission system.

2- All stories should be in 14pt font, serifed (ex: Time New Roman, Courier, Garamond). double spaced, and attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats.

3- Your cover letter should contain the length of your story, your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

4- Please do not send multiple submissions at once, or submissions simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

5- We will try to respond to all submissions in 60 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 75 days.



Nonfiction Editor: Nicolette Barischoff

We are looking for essays that explore the relationship between fantastical literature and disability.

You are free to approach this exploration from any angle you wish. And we do mean any angle.

Some possible essay topics include: Tropes of disability within the fantasy genre, studies of disabled characters in specific works of fantasy, examinations of a particular author’s treatment of disability, examinations of  secondary worlds and how those worlds might relate to disabled citizens, personal narratives as a disabled writer or reader, magic and disability, fantasy and ageism, fantasy and wellness…

And the list goes on!

Note that while expressing frustration with some of the genre’s more ableist tendencies is a fine thing to do, essays that are purely demolitionist in nature can begin to feel very reductive, and can leave us with the feeling that someone has come in and torn down all the sets and left us sitting on a bare, badly-lit stage. Paint us a picture. What are you hoping to build? What would you have others build? It’s been a difficult couple of years for most of us. What’s giving you hope right now? What about the fantasy genre do you love?

For Nonfiction we will accept either a pitch, or a fully written essay for submissions. If you are submitting a pitch, please make sure it outlines exactly what you hope to accomplish.

All essay types and writing styles are welcome.

Length: Between 1000-2500 words

Payment: $60 an essay.

Nonfiction Submission Procedures:

1- Please submit your essay or pitch via Uncanny‘s Moksha submission system.

2- All essays should be in a standard font, double spaced, and attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats.

3- Your cover letter should contain the length of your essay (if applicable), your significant publishing history and awards, and any information that might be relevant to your submission. Don’t worry if you don’t have a publishing history. We’re looking for new voices as well as old pros. Just tell us who you are. Feel free to tell us about your specific experience with disability, but you are by no means obligated to share any information you do not feel is relevant.

4- Please do not send multiple submissions at once, or submissions simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

5- We will try to respond to all submissions in 60 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 75 days.



Poetry Editor: Lisa M. Bradley

We do not require poetry to explore issues relating to disability, but we do encourage it. We are looking for strong, emotional poetry with multiple layers of meaning. We are open to the full gamut of emotions. Hope, love, and joy can be just as powerful as fear, hate, and grief. Clear language can be just as vibrant and powerful as more intricate language. Most of all, we are looking for poetry that has a unique voice and doesn’t shy away from engaging with its core issues and themes.

Length: No line limits

Payment: $30 per poem

Poetry Submission Procedures:

1- Please submit your poem(s) via Uncanny‘s Moksha submission system.

2- Your cover letter should contain the length of your poem(s), your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission. Don’t worry if you have no previous publications. Everyone starts somewhere, so please don’t self-reject.

3- You may send up to five poems at a time, but please send them in separate files through the Moksha system in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats. Please do not send poems simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

4- We try to respond to all submissions in 60 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 75 days.



Disabled People Destroy Fantasy is a continuation of the Destroy series in which we, disabled members of the science fiction community, will put ourselves where we belong: at the center of the story. Often, disabled people are an afterthought, a punchline, or simply forgotten in the face of new horizons, scientific discovery, or magical invention. We intend to destroy ableism and bring forth voices, narratives, and truths most important to disabled writers, editors, and creators with this special issue.

(Special thanks to the Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction guest editors Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, Dominik Parisien, Nicolette Barischoff, S. Qiouyi Lu, and Judith Tarr for developing the original version of these guidelines.)

Uncanny Staff Members Share Their Holiday Favorites

Happy Holidays, Space Unicorns! There’s plenty of the holiday spirit here at Uncanny, so several of our editorial staff decided to share some of our favorite pieces of media for the holiday season. If you’re looking for something fun to watch, listen to, or read as the holidays approach, we hope you’ll find something to enjoy in our suggestions!

Erika Ensign, Podcast Co-Producer and Podcast Reader
This Christmas I bring you the gift of music! I used to pretend I hated holiday music because it wasn’t “cool” to like it. When I grew out of caring what other people think about the things I enjoy, I admitted I love December because radio stations (two in my city of Edmonton!) play nothing but holiday and holiday-adjacent music. (I’m sorry, but “River” by Joni Mitchell isn’t really a Christmas song, even though it mentions Christmas. Neither is Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”) Sadly, local radio is rather limited in its choices. There are so many great holiday songs I never hear on the radio, so I wanted to share a few of the poppier tunes I wish I heard more often.

“I Want an Alien for Christmas,” by Fountains of Wayne, is a delightful little ditty that’s about exactly what you’d expect from the title. It is upbeat and peppy and full of clever turns of phrase like “I want a little green guy about three feet high with 17 eyes who knows how to fly.”

YouTube (animated fanvid)
YouTube “lyrics” video

Weezer released a two-track Christmas EP in 2000, which has brought me a great deal of holiday joy over the years. “The Christmas Song” is very much an example of Rivers Cuomo at his whiny-piniest, but that’s one of the things that drew me to Weezer in the first place, so I am so on board for a schmaltzy-waltzy song about being lonely at the holidays. “Christmas Celebration” is much more upbeat—at least the music itself is. The lyrics are cynical and sarcastic. One of my favorite genres is poppy-peppy songs with pessimistic lyrics, so I am here for this. In the interest of calling out the problematic bit of a problematic fave, I really do not like the fat-shaming in this one so I come back to this track less often than the previous tune, even though this one is peppier and I like the tune more.


Stephanie Malia Morris, Podcast Reader
It’s that time of year again, when a combination of so-close-you-can-taste-it holiday PTO and end-of-semester stress and relief (I work in a college library and absorb both from students and faculty alike) send me tailspinning into various obsessions. This year’s monkey is named murder: I’ve been gobbling up Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series while I wait (#223 of 223 holds!) for her latest book, The Witch Elm, to arrive at the local library. I did not realize I needed the Dublin Murder Squad books until I read In the Woods and fell into immediate, transcendent hate with the main character, a detective haunted, much like Scrooge, by the ghosts of past and present raised by the novel’s central case. The Dublin Murder Squad is everything I have ever wanted in a good murder mystery: tight plotting, intriguing characters, detailed research, settings so vivid they too are characters. As a holiday bonus, the series has a thing for the holidays and winter weather, from unheated interrogation rooms to catching murderers over Christmas dinner.

Chimedum Ohaegbu, Assistant Editor
Spoilers, but: this movie’s an absolute delight.

Animaniacs came into my life in a somewhat backwards manner: its finale (this film) released a year after I was born, and by the time I was old enough to watch TV, the most regular rerun from the series was Wakko’s Wish every Christmas. It’s highly representative of the zany, whip-smart show.

In Wakko’s Wish, orphans Yakko, Wakko, and Dot live in a town suffering under the greedy king’s tyrannical fist. Dot is sick in a Victorian-waif way, and Wakko works for a year to earn a ha’penny (as a kid, I thought this was an imaginary, infinitely large unit; learning he’d earned half a penny is both hilarious and almost relatable) to pay for Dot’s medical expenses. The ha’penny is promptly lost to the king’s tax collector, and desperate, Wakko wishes on a star. It works! Sort of: the Warners must travel to where the star fell to claim their wish, and when the town—and the king—catch on, it becomes a race.

If you’re not already raring to (re)watch Wakko’s Wish, consider its fantastic sense of humor and its extremely catchy tunes. “It’s all for one and one for all — times three,” sing the Warners in a blend of individuality and common goals that I really relate to as the eldest of a trio of siblings. Overall, Wakko’s Wish is a great movie if you want to add some festive songs to your roster while visiting old friends.

Steven Schapansky, Podcast Co-Producer
I’ve never had a favourite Christmas movie or TV show growing up. I vaguely remember watching bits of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and Frosty the Snowman when I was a kid, but it never really stuck. Actually, my main memory of watching a movie at Christmas is when my Mom needed to wrap some presents and sent my Dad on a mission to the local theatre to keep me and my sister occupied by watching “Pinocchio” (a movie that traumatizes me still).

The award for my favourite Christmas viewing was finally claimed on Christmas Day, 2010, when I watched the Doctor Who Christmas Special A Christmas Carol. It was the first such special for the new Doctor Matt Smith, as well as the Yuletide debut for head writer Steven Moffat. Moffat crafted a brilliant time travel infused take on the traditional Charles Dickens tale, which involves the Doctor having to convince a miserly Scrooge-esque figure to allow a crashing spaceship to be saved by going back in time to show him his past, present, and future, and how he could be a better person. It’s at times hilarious, thrilling, sad, moving, and it’s topped off by a wonderful child-like performance from Matt Smith. It also has a flying shark. God bless us, everyone.

Lynne M. Thomas, Co-Publisher/Co-Editor-in-Chief and Interviewer
I’m a sucker for The Avengers, the 1960s spy show with a strong leaning towards SF/F, particularly the era featuring Patrick McNee as John Steed and Dame Diana Rigg as Mrs. Peel. Steed and Peel have a delightful on-screen relationship where the champagne flows freely, they respect each others’ skill sets and rely upon each other utterly as partners while looking FABULOUS, and they flirt outrageously, all the while foiling 60s spy plots. The holiday episode “Too Many Christmas Trees takes this to its best possible extreme, introducing telepaths that are trying to steal secret’s from Steed’s brain at a Dickensian-themed Christmas house party. Which means that we get not only fabulous 60s clothing, we get costumes, including Steed dressed as Sidney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities (swoon) and Peel dressed as Oliver Twist. While I am here for all of the Steed/Peel banter, and it is DELIGHTFUL, my favorite part is the ending kicker, which takes a long-running subtext and makes it text.

Michael Damian Thomas, Co-Publisher/Co-Editor-in-Chief
People are much too hard on the Star Wars Holiday Special (Singing Bea Arthur! Life Day! A VERY HAPPY Grandpa Itchy!), but I’m not here to defend that. No, I am here to tell you all about the greatest moment in Star Wars holiday history: Christmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album

This glorious album was created by Meco, the genius behind the Billboard #1 hit disco version of “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band” (he later followed that up with the “Ewok Celebration” which features a RAP BREAKDOWN IN EWOKESE!). 1980’s Christmas in the Stars is a Star Wars concept album featuring Anthony Daniels as C-3PO. He and R2-D2 are visiting a droid toy factory making toys for the S. Clause. What follows are a series of songs about their Space Toy-making adventures and teaching R2-D2 the true meaning of Christmas! Listen to Anthony Daniels talk-singing like a metal Henry Higgins in “Christmas in the Stars”! Dazzle at the should-have-been-a-holiday-standard “What Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?)! And be amazed by “R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” which features the first recorded vocals of Jon Bon Jovi! Really.

Listen! Enjoy! Discover the meaning of bells in space! Then go and enjoy the oral history about the making of THE GREATEST CHRISTMAS ALBUM OF ALL TIME!

Michi Trota, Managing Editor and Nonfiction Editor
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve very likely seen me geeking out over Leverage. The show hits so many of my favorite story-telling spots: found-family, intricate puzzle heists, pop culture references, competence porn, a character who loves food. And there’s even two holiday themed episodes! While “The Toy Job” in season 5 is perfectly lovely, the season 3 episode, “The Ho, Ho, Ho Job” is on my shortlist of “things I watch every year for the holidays.” The episode has everything: a villainous plot to exploit Christmas for selfish gain, a literal plea for help from Santa, heists-within-heists with loads of delightful misdirection, a character’s grumpiness over the holidays that belies a truly giving nature, sharp dialog and banter, and even Die Hard references (Go Team “Die Hard Is a Christmas Movie”). Most importantly, the episode doesn’t just show how good Nate, Sophie, Eliot, Hardison, and Parker are at what they do, it’s the perfect snapshot of how much of a family they’ve grown into, and how deeply they’ve come to respect and understand each other. I can’t think of anything better for the holidays.

Announcing the Disabled People Destroy Fantasy Guest Poetry Editor!

Fantastic news, Space Unicorns! We can now announce another Disabled People Destroy Fantasy  GUEST EDITOR!

The Guest Poetry Editor is… Lisa M. Bradley!!!


Originally from South Texas, Lisa M. Bradley now lives in Iowa with her spouse and their teenager. Her speculative fiction and poetry examine borders, taboos, and transgressions, no doubt influenced by her experiences growing up a bi-ethnic bisexual Tejana living with an invisible illness on an international border. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Strange Horizons, Uncanny, Fireside, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, among other venues. Her first collection of fiction and poetry isThe Haunted Girl. Watch for her debut novel, EXILE, coming from Rosarium in 2019. For updates, follow Lisa on Twitter (@cafenowhere) or check out her website:

We are so thrilled to be working with Lisa! Disabled People Destroy Fantasy will be AMAZING! Thank you again to all of the Uncanny Magazine Year 4/Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter Backers who made the Disabled People Destroy Fantasy special issue happen!