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Announcing the Disabled People Destroy Fantasy Fiction and Nonfiction Editors!

Space Unicorns! We are currently running the Uncanny Magazine Year 5: I Want My Uncanny TV Kickstarter. Because we have already received so many backers, we announced the upcoming Disabled People Destroy Fantasy special issue Guest Editors for Fiction and Nonfiction! 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!

So now the announcement you have been waiting for, THE DISABLED PEOPLE DESTROY FANTASY Fiction and Nonfiction GUEST EDITORS!

The Guest Fiction Editor is… Katharine Duckett!!!


Katharine Duckett is a writer of weird fiction by night and works in science fiction and fantasy publishing by day. She is a graduate of Viable Paradise, and her fiction has appeared in InterzoneBest of Apex Magazine: Volume IWilde Stories 2015: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction, and is forthcoming in PseudoPod, Sharp & Sugar Tooth: Women Up to No Good, and Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction. Her debut book, Miranda in Milan, publishes next March.

The Guest Nonfiction Editor is… Nicolette Barischoff!!!

Nicolette Barischoff was born with spastic cerebral palsy, which has only made her more awesome. Her fiction has appeared in Long HiddenAccessing the Future, The Journal of Unlikely Academia, Podcastle, and Angels of the Meanwhile. As an editor, Nicolette was the Guest Personal Essays Editor for Uncanny Magazine‘s Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction special issue. She regularly writes about disability, feminism, sex- and body-positivity, and how all these fit together. Her personal essays on these topics get read way more than her fiction does, which is only a little annoying. She regularly collaborates with visual and performance artists to promote normalization of visibly disabled bodies. She’s been on the front page of CBS New York, where they called her activism public pornography and suggested her face was a Public Order Crime.

We are so thrilled to be working with Katharine and Nicolette! Disabled People Destroy Fantasy will be AMAZING! THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE!!!

Watch the Uncanny Magazine Year 5: I Want My Uncanny TV Kickstarter  for the upcoming announcements of the Disabled People Destroy Fantasy Poetry and Reprint Guest Editors!

The Thomases and Wilde’s Story Are World Fantasy Award Finalists!

More excellent award news, Space Unicorns!

The World Fantasy Award Finalists have been announced! Once again, Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are finalists for the Special Award, Non-Professional World Fantasy Award for Uncanny Magazine! Also, “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” by Fran Wilde is a finalist for the Best Short Story World Fantasy Award! We are thrilled and honored! Congratulations to Fran and all of the finalists!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 23 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming July 3, THE 23rd ISSUE OF THE 2016 & 2017 HUGO AWARD-WINNING UNCANNY MAGAZINE, our Special SharedUniverse Dinosaur issue!!!

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 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 23 Table of Contents

Galen Dara- The Uncanny T-Rex

The Uncanny Valley (7/3)

Brooke Bolander, Sam J. Miller, Mari Ness, Nicasio Andres Reed, A. Merc Rustad & Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, K.M. Szpara, JY Yang, and Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas- “The Uncanny Dinosaurs – Introduction” (7/3)
Sam J. Miller- “Red Lizard Brigade” (7/3)
K.M. Szpara- “You Can Make a Dinosaur, but You Can’t Help Me” (7/3)
R.K. Kalaw- “Bones in the Rock” (7/3)
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry & A. Merc Rustad- “By Claw, By Hand, By Silent Speech” (7/3)

Brooke Bolander- “The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat” (8/7)
Brit E. B. Hvide- “The Emigrants’ Guide to Oregon, California, and the Unknown” (8/7)
Mari Ness- “Expecting a Dinosaur” (8/7)
Alex Bledsoe- “Give the People What They Want” (8/7)
Mary Robinette Kowal- “Nails in My Feet” (8/7)
Anya Ow- “Everything Under Heaven” (8/7)

Tobias S. Buckell- “Island Futures” (7/3)
Alasdair Stuart- “Joy and Applause” (7/3)

Marissa Lingen- “The Seduction of Numbers, the Measures of Progress” (8/7)
Tansy Rayner Roberts- “Thirteen Reasons Who: A Timeline of a Question” (8/7)

Cassandra Khaw- “Octavia’s Letter to Marcus Anthony on the Discovery of his Faithlessness” (7/3)
Brandon O’Brien- “The One” (7/3)

Ali Trotta- “The Year We Got Rid of Our Ghosts” (8/7)

K.M. Szpara Interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (7/3)

Anya Ow Interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (8/7)

23A (7/3)
Sam J. Miller- “Red Lizard Brigade,” as read by Heath Miller
Cassandra Khaw- “Octavia’s Letter to Marcus Anthony on the Discovery of his Faithlessness,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Mary Robinette Kowal Interviewed by Lynne M. Thomas

23B (8/7)
Brooke Bolander- “The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Ali Trotta- “The Year We Got Rid of Our Ghosts,” as read by Erika Ensign
Brooke Bolander Interviewed by Lynne M. Thomas

Cover Reveal for Tracy Townsend’s The Fall

Last fall, Tracy Townsend’s debut fantasy The Nine, the first of the Thieves of Fate series from Pyr, brought readers a world of gaslamp intrigue, clockpunk technology, and deadly politics tangled up in scientific research and religious mythology. When a book that writes itself is revealed to be the key to the Creator’s Grand Experiment, forces beyond humanity take a keen interest in it and the nine subjects its data seems to track. The aigamuxa (a horrifying, ogre-like species with eyes in their feet and a thirst for vengeance against the humans that enslaved them) and the lanyani (sentient, mobile, murderous trees turned nomad by mass industrialization) mean to put their thumb on the Creator’s laboratory scales. The mysterious Alchemist, the notorious mercenary Anselm Meteron, and their light-fingered ward Rowena Downshire may be the only ones standing in their way.

You can start 2019 off right by returning to the world of the Thieves of Fate in The Nine’s sequel The Fall! And great news, Space Unicorns! Today, we give you its stunning cover, with art by Adam S. Doyle, the plot blurb, a teaser from the book, and the pre-ordering information so you can get this novel when it is released on January 15, 2019!

Would you like a chance to win a copy of The Nine so you can get started on the series and ready for The Fall? Just leave a comment here (or Tweet with the hashtag #uncannythefall) with your idea for the strangest non-human species! You have until 11:59 pm Central on Monday, June 11! One of you awesome people will be chosen at random to win the first in this dramatic series — and this includes international entries, so everyone can play along! (THIS IS OVER, BUT THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!)


The Fall Synopsis:

An apothecary clerk and her ex-mercenary allies travel across the world to discover a computing engine that leads to secrets she wasn’t meant to know–secrets that could destroy humanity.

Eight months ago, Rowena Downshire was a half-starved black market courier darting through the shadows of Corma’s underside. Today, she’s a (mostly) respectable clerk in the Alchemist’s infamous apothecary shop, the Stone Scales, and certainly the last girl one would think qualified to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders a second time. Looks can be deceiving.

When Anselm Meteron and the Alchemist receive an invitation to an old acquaintance’s ball–the Greatduke who financed their final, disastrous mercenary mission fourteen years earlier–they’re expecting blackmail, graft, or veiled threats related to the plot to steal the secrets of the Creator’s Grand Experiment. They aren’t expecting a job offer they can’t refuse or a trip halfway across the world to rendezvous with the scholar whose research threw their lives into tumult: the Reverend Doctor Phillip Chalmers.

Escorting Chalmers to the Grand Library of Nippon with her mismatched mercenary family is just a grand adventure to Rowena until she discovers a powerful algebraic engine called the Aggregator. The Aggregator leads Rowena to questions about the Grand Experiment she was never meant to ask and answers she cannot be allowed to possess.

With her reunited friends, Rowena must find a way to use the truths hidden in the Grand Library to disarm those who would hunt down the nine subjects of the Creator’s Grand Experiment, threatening to close the book on this world.

Praise for The Nine:

“[An] intriguing debut of nearly flawless writing. . . . A gritty series opener.”

Publishers Weekly

The Nine is a tense, fast-moving and twisty caper, with divided loyalties, creepy monsters, and grand mysteries. More please!”

Max Gladstone, author of the Hugo Award-nominated Craft Sequence series

“An inventive alloy of low-fantasy grit and saucy gaslamp caper, by turns both uplifting and brutal—I dug the world, I loved the characters, and I definitely want to know what happens next.”

Curtis C. Chen, author of the Locus Award finalist Waypoint Kangaroo

“George R. R. Martin and China Miéville have nothing on the audacious, intricate world-building, gritty politics, and compelling characters in this excellent debut.”

Sam J. Miller, Nebula Award–nominated author of The Art of Starving

The Nine drew me in and twisted me up with not just its richness and complexity, but its intensity and heart, too. I honestly can’t remember a debut novel as brilliant as this one.”

Brandon Crilly, Black Gate magazine

An excerpt from The Fall:

Anselm introduced her to the curious and kind, and to the clearly dissembling, and in less than a quarter hour, his confidence made the words, “This is my niece, Rowena,” seem nearly true. Even Rowena could have believed it. In a way, she wanted to, as they took to the dance floor.

“Tell me which of these ladies watching you with such envy is wealthiest. I’ll give you a clue: you can’t tell by the dress.”

Rowena flicked her gaze over to them, scanning up and down. “’Course you can’t,” she sniffed proudly. “You can get really nice dresses on credit, if you’re keen to. Jewelry, too.”

“And therefore?”

“Gloves and hairpins prove it best,” she whispered back. “Nobody lends gloves because they get all soiled holding hands in dances or picking up refreshments. And nobody just drops their fancy borrowed choker and doesn’t notice. But hairpins fall out all the time.” She nodded her chin toward a curvaceous woman in an ecru gown chased with rose and ivy patterns. Her ginger hair was a confection of jewel-studded clips and curl-pins. “She’s probably got a couple thousand sovereigns just poking out of her head, and they drop out all the time. You have to be a special kind of rich not to care about shedding wealth like hairs in a brush.”

“Very good. That’s the Greatduchess Avergnon—the new Lady Avergnon, I should say. Her great-aunt did her the favor of dying in her sleep back in Threemonth and leaving a surprisingly vague will behind. She’s very eager to consolidate her position with a suitable match.”

“You?” Rowena suggested impishly.

He snorted. “She might like my money but not what it would do to her reputation.” Another step, turn, pass. “Now try the same game again, cricket, but with the gentlemen. Tell me what to look for.”

“Pocket chronometers—ones without yellowed faceplates. And what the buttons on their waistcoats are made of.”

Anselm’s laugh showed his teeth for one, unguarded moment. “If I didn’t know better, I’d think you had spent your life casting for wealth at the local gentry’s balls.”

“More like on the streets.”

“Well. Over there are two ministers from the Governor’s cabinet and a visiting dignitary from Iberon. Shall we introduce you?”

Rowena blinked. “Um.”

He took her arm and winked. “Be as confident talking to them as you are talking about their clothes and you’ll do better than most, cricket.”

Pre-order links for The Fall!

Cover Reveal for Jim C. Hines’s Terminal Uprising!

Want to see something wonderful, Space Unicorns?

Last year, Hugo Award-winning author Jim C. Hines introduced us to the Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse in his novel Terminal Alliance from DAW Books. A band of unlikely heroes saved the galaxy with Jim’s usual humor, humanity, and overflowing imagination.

Next year, Jim will be returning to the adventures of Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos and her team of hygiene and sanitation specialists in the sequel, Terminal Uprising! And great news, Space Unicorns! We are debuting today the fabulous cover by artist Dan Dos Santos, the novel’s synopsis, and the pre-ordering information so you can get this novel when it is released on February 12, 2019!

ALSO, THERE IS MORE, SPACE UNICORNS! Would you like a chance to receive a signed hardcover copy of Jim C. Hines’s Terminal Alliance, courtesy of Jim and DAW Books? Just leave a comment here (or Tweet with the hashtag #uncannyterminalalliance) with your idea for the worst job in SF/F! (Please no “Cleaning the holodeck” jokes. ) You have until 11:59 pm Central on Wednesday, May 30! One of you awesome people will be chosen at random for this delightful book! (Now closed! THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT JOBS!)



The Official Terminal Uprising Synopsis:

Human civilization didn’t just fall. It was pushed.
The Krakau came to Earth in the year 2104. By 2105, humanity had been reduced to shambling, feral monsters. In the Krakau’s defense, it was an accident, and a century later, they did come back and try to fix us. Sort of.
It’s been four months since Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos learned the truth of that accident. Four months since she and her team of hygiene and sanitation specialists stole the EMCS Pufferfish and stopped a bioterrorism attack against the Krakau homeworld. Four months since she set out to find proof of what really happened on Earth all those years ago.
Between trying to protect their secrets and fighting the xenocidal Prodryans, who’ve been escalating their war against everyone who isn’t Prodryan, the Krakau have their tentacles full.
Mops’ mission changes when she learns of a secret Krakau laboratory on Earth. A small group under command of Fleet Admiral Belle-Bonne Sage is working to create a new weapon, one that could bring victory over the Prodryans … or drown the galaxy in chaos.
To discover the truth, Mops and her rogue cleaning crew will have to do the one thing she fears most: return to Earth, a world overrun by feral apes, wild dogs, savage humans, and worse. (After all, the planet hasn’t been cleaned in a century and a half!) What Mops finds in the filthy ruins of humanity could change everything, assuming she survives long enough to share it.
Perhaps humanity isn’t as dead as the galaxy thought.


Praise for Terminal Alliance:

“The book is damn hilarious. It’s less Tanya Huff and more Phule’s Company in the best possible way. It’s witty and sharp, it sneaks in some social commentary, and it skates just on the right side of the line between clever absurdity and complete chaos.” —Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Jim Hines is one of the funniest, and most fun, writers in our genre! Terminal Alliance skewers science fiction tropes and takes on a wild romp through an original universe.” —Tobias S. Buckell, author of the Xenowealth series

Terminal Alliance was a really fun read. Mops is a great POV character, and I enjoyed the way that the maintenance crew got to be the heroes—but also they didn’t just pick up the controls of the ship and fly around as though it were super easy.” —Ann Leckie, Nebula- and Hugo-winning author of Ancillary Justice

“I enjoyed Terminal Alliance very much. It’s a spunky, irreverent interstellar romp with most unlikely heroes and frequent laugh-out-loud moments. I look forward to more adventures featuring this delightful cast of galactic janitors.” —Marko Kloos, author of the Frontlines series

“Like the slightly demented love child of Douglas Adams and Elizabeth Moon, Terminal Alliance is clever, silly, full of surprises, and unfailingly entertaining. Apparently Jim C. Hines is capable of being funny in every genre.” —Deborah Blake, author of the Baba Yaga series

“Hines (Libriomancer) delivers a fantastic space opera that doesn’t skimp on the action and excitement but pairs it with a hefty dose of slightly scatological humor. The author is especially clever in having Mops and her team leverage cleaning tools and a knowledge of spaceship plumbing to fight their enemies.” —Library Journal (starred)

“[Terminal Alliance] is also good science fiction: a solid premise, an expansive universe, a compelling history, a strong and varied cast of characters, pulse-pounding action, and a galactic crisis with high stakes. The fact that it’s funny is icing on a rich and delicious cake. Clever, and should appeal to fans of Douglas Adams and John Scalzi.” —Booklist


Pre-order links for Terminal Uprising!

Uncanny, the Thomases, and Four Uncanny Stories Are Locus Award Finalists!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns! Uncanny Magazine is a Best Magazine Locus Award finalist, and Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas are a Best Editor Locus Award finalist! We are so honored! PLUS, Sarah Pinsker’s “And Then There Were (N-One)“ is a Best Novella Locus Award finalist, Aliette de Bodard’s “Children of Thorns, Children of Water“ is a Best Novelette Locus Award finalist, Mary Robinette Kowal’s “The Worshipful Society of Glovers“ is a Best Novelette Locus Award finalist, and Vina Jie-Min Prasad’s “Fandom for Robots“ is a Best Short Story Locus Award finalist! Congratulations to Sarah, Aliette, Mary, and Vina! And congratulations to all of the phenomenal finalists!

From the Locus website:

Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 22-24, 2018; Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony. Additional weekend events include author readings with Connie Willis and Carrie Vaughn; a kickoff Clarion West party honoring first week instructor Daniel Abraham, Clarion West supporters, awards weekend ticket holders, and special guests; panels with leading authors; an autograph session with books available for sale thanks to University Book Store; and a lunch banquet with the annual Hawai’ian shirt contest, all followed by a Locus party on Saturday night.

The Locus Awards are chosen by a survey of readers in an open online poll that runs from February 1 to April 15. We welcome and invite everyone to vote in the poll. Our recommended list for 2017 can be found here.

Two Uncanny Magazine Stories Are Sturgeon Award Finalists!

Wonderful news, Space Unicorns! “And Then There Were (N-One)” by Sarah Pinsker and “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad are both finalists for the prestigious 2018 Sturgeon Award for the best short science fiction story! (As you may recall, Sarah’s and Vina’s stories are also Nebula Award Finalists and Hugo Award Finalists! ) Congratulations to Sarah, Vina, and an amazing list of finalists!

Below is the entire press release:

LAWRENCE, KS ­‐‑ 16 April, 2018
for immediate release

This year’s finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction story have been selected, announced Christopher McKitterick, Director of the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction. The awards will be presented this year during the Campbell Conference Awards reception on Friday, June 22, 2018.

2018 Finalists for the Theodore A. Sturgeon Memorial Award
“Don’ʹt Press Charges and I Won’ʹt Sue,” Charlie Jane Anders. Boston Review: Global Dystopias, Oct 2017.
“Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance,” Tobias S. Buckell. Cosmic Powers, ed. John Joseph Adams. Saga Press.
“The Discrete Charm of the Turing Machine,” Greg Egan. Asimov’ʹs, Nov/Dec 2017.
“Sidewalks,” Maureen McHugh. Omni, Nov 2017.
“The Martian Obelisk,” Linda Nagata., July 2017.
“The Secret Life of Bots,” Suzanne Palmer. Clarkesworld, Sept 2017.
“And Then There Were (N-­‐‑One),” Sarah Pinsker. Uncanny Magazine, March 2017.
“A Series of Steaks,” Vina Jie-­‐‑Min Prasad. Clarkesworld, Jan 2017.
“Fandom for Robots,” Vina Jie-­‐‑Min Prasad. Uncanny, Sept 2017.
“Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience,” Rebecca Roanhorse. Apex, Aug 2017.
“We Who Live in the Heart,” Kelly Robson. Clarkesworld, May 2017.

The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award recognizes the best science fiction short story of each year. It was established in 1987 by James Gunn, Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at KU, and the heirs of Theodore Sturgeon, including his partner Jayne Engelhart Tannehill and Sturgeon’s children, as an appropriate memorial to one of the great short-­‐‑story writers in a field distinguished by its short fiction.

The Campbell Conference has been held each year since 1978 at the University of Kansas. It includes a Friday‐‑evening banquet where the annual Theodore A. Sturgeon and John W. Campbell Memorial Award are given; a Saturday round‐‑ table discussion with scholars, scientists, and writers of science fiction; and other events.

Jason Baltazar
Outreach Coordinator, Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction

Three Images That Helped Inspire Fire Dance- Guest Post by Ilana C. Myer

(Set in a world where poets wield magical and political power, Ilana C. Myer’s Fire Dance, the standalone sequel to her novel Last Song Before Night, was released from Tor Books on April 10th.  At the end of the post, there is a book giveaway you can participate in!)

I share Anne of Green Gables’s fascination with places or things that have “scope for imagination” as a key to imagining worlds and stories. There is scope for imagination in the trees outside my apartment window, in long walks in the historic neighborhood next door, and in people-watching on the local bus.

A voracious curiosity has led me to travel as much as I can, to fill my head with images and ideas. In 2012, a trip to the south of Spain was the seed that would grow into Fire Dance. I didn’t intend it as a research trip—but the images sank into my imagination, and grew, and suddenly I knew I had a book.

Here is one image from the palace in Seville, which was a source of visual inspiration for the court of the Zahra in Fire Dance. (Other inspirations included gardens in Cordoba, the B’hai gardens in Haifa, and many, many books.) As I envisioned the mystery and intrigue that unfolds in the palace, this image served as a visual touchstone.

A courtyard is a liminal space, a point of transition. People pass through them on their way from one part of the palace to another; from one state of being to the next. A spy might leave his bedroom and pass through a courtyard like this, on his way to an assignation with the queen. A Court Poet might pass through, in search of answers to the riddles of the place. The beauty of a courtyard is observed in passing; but it leaves a mark all the same.

Once I was consciously working on a book with inspirations from historic Al Andalus, I became targeted in my research. In Paris, I visited the Louvre’s exquisite collection of Islamic art, an exhibition I cannot recommend highly enough. There I found the inspiration for a magical astrolabe in the court of the Zahra, which also made it to the cover art of the book! This particular astrolabe is believed the third-oldest in the world.

In Last Song Before Night, poetry and enchantments are linked, in a land with imprints of Celtic myth and the troubadours. Fire Dance brings the characters to the neighboring land of Kahishi, where royal Magicians read prophecies in the stars in an observatory built by magic.

Also in the Louvre collection: magnificent, intricate ivory carvings like this one. They are believed to have contained objects of value like jewelry, perfume, or medicinal substances. They would have housed gifts for royalty, for example. Once, the ivory might have been painted in different colors, or studded with jewels.

One can get an idea of what a culture was like, or feel its echoes, in the study of objects like this. Something this small can encompass a world of grandeur, if you think of the infinite care that goes into its making. This was another marked contrast to the original setting of Last Song Before Night, where even royalty was limited in luxury and the scope of its art. The craftsmanship of this casket hints at a magnificence that is nearly limitless; and this thought went into the shaping of the Zahra. It is a place where every aspect of life is beautified, every craft is heightened, as a result of power. An accompanying shadow, there: with power comes the possibility for abuse, for temptation.

There is, of course, much more behind-the-scenes of this book, which took three years to research and write. But it would take a book to detail that process. And in the end, just as a theatre director might not want the audience peeking backstage, I think a book is most effective when the author keeps most details of their journey private. Let readers create their own.

Image sources:

  1. Ilana C. Myer

SPACE UNICORNS! Would you like a chance to receive a signed hardcover copy of Ilana C. Myer’s Fire Dance, courtesy of Ilana and Tor Books? Just leave a comment here (or Tweet with the hashtag #uncannyfiredance) with a link to a favorite poem of yours! (Or no poem if it is too hard to choose one!) You have until 11:59 pm Central on Wednesday, April 18! One of you awesome people will be chosen at random for this phenomenal book!

Ilana C. Myer has worked as a journalist in Jerusalem and a cultural critic for various publications. As Ilana Teitelbaum, she has written book reviews and critical essays for The Globe and Mail, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, and the Huffington Post. Last Song Before Night was her first novel, followed by Fire Dance. She lives in New York.

Six Uncanny Stories, the Thomases, and Uncanny Magazine Are All Hugo Award Finalists!

PHENOMENAL news, Space Unicorns! Six Uncanny Magazine stories are finalists for the prestigious Hugo Award! “And Then There Were (N-One)” by Sarah Pinsker is a finalist for Best Novella, “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time” by K.M. Szpara is a finalist for Best Novelette, ‘‘Children of Thorns, Children of Water’’ by Aliette de Bodard (reprint from 2017) is a finalist for Best Novelette, “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad is a finalist for Best Short Story, “Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon is a finalist for Best Short Story, and “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” by Fran Wilde is a finalist for Best Short Story! (As you may recall, Sarah’s, K.M.’s, Vina’s, and Fran’s stories are also Nebula Award Finalists!) Congratulations to everybody!

Even more wonderful news! Uncanny Magazine (edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, and podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky) is also once again a finalist for Best Semiprozine!

Another fantastic thing! Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are finalists for the Best Editor- Short Form Hugo Award!

Finally, a ton of our current staff and former staff are finalists for different Hugo Awards! Former Interviewer Deborah Stanish, Podcast Producer Erika Ensign, and Lynne M. Thomas’s Doctor Who podcast Verity! (also co-hosted with Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, and Tansy Rayner Roberts) is a finalist for Best Fancast! Former Poetry and Reprint Editor Julia Rios and Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Co-Editor-in-Chief Elsa Sjunneson-Henry’s Fireside Magazine is a finalist for Best Semiprozine (with Brian White, Mikki Kendall, and Pablo Defendini)! Former Poetry and Reprint Editor Mimi Mondal’s book Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler (co-edited with Alexandra Pierce) is a finalist for Best Related Work! And finally, current interviewer Caroline M. Yoachim’s Beneath Ceaseless Skies story “Carnival Nine” is a finalist for Best Short Story!

It is an amazing list of Hugo Award finalists, many of whom are Uncanny authors and friends. CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYBODY!!! Thank you to everyone who nominated these works. We are honored, ecstatic, and overwhelmed.

Below are the Hugo Award Press Releases from Worldcon 76:


San Jose, California, USA – the finalists for the 2018 Hugo Awards, John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) Award for the Best Young Adult Book were announced on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at 12 Noon PDT. The announcement was made live to social media, including the Twitter and Facebook accounts of Worldcon 76, and via the Worldcon 76 website.

1813 valid nominating ballots (1795 electronic and 18 paper) were received and counted from the members of the 2017, 2018, and 2019 World Science Fiction Conventions. For the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards, 204 valid nominating ballots (192 electronic and 12 paper) were received.

The final ballot to select this year’s winners will open in April 2018, and will be open to all full Attending and Supporting members of Worldcon 76. The winners of the 2018 Hugo Awards will be announced at a highlighted formal ceremony at the convention, on the evening of Sunday, August 19.

The Hugo Awards are the premier award in the science fiction genre, honoring science fiction literature and media as well as the genre’s fans. The Awards were first presented at the 1953 World Science Fiction Convention in Philadelphia (Philcon II), and they have continued to honor science fiction and fantasy notables for well over 60 years.

The finalists are:

2018 Hugo Awards

Best Fan Artist
Geneva Benton
Grace P. Fong
Maya Hahto
Likhain (M. Sereno)
Spring Schoenhuth
Steve Stiles

Best Fan Writer
Camestros Felapton
Sarah Gailey
Mike Glyer
Foz Meadows
Charles Payseur
Bogi Takács

Best Fancast
The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
Ditch Diggers, presented by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace
Fangirl Happy Hour, presented by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams
Galactic Suburbia, presented by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce and Tansy Rayner Roberts;
produced by Andrew Finch
Sword and Laser, presented by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt
Verity!, presented by Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, and Tansy Rayner Roberts

Best Fanzine
File 770, edited by Mike Glyer
Galactic Journey, edited by Gideon Marcus
Journey Planet, edited by Team Journey Planet
nerds of a feather, flock together, edited by The G, Vance Kotrla, and Joe Sherry
Rocket Stack Rank, edited by Greg Hullender and Eric Wong
SF Bluestocking, edited by Bridget McKinney

Best Semiprozine
Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews
The Book Smugglers, edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James
Escape Pod, edited by Mur Lafferty, S.B. Divya, and Norm Sherman, with assistant editor Benjamin C. Kinney
Fireside Magazine, edited by Brian White and Julia Rios; managing editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry; special feature editor Mikki Kendall; publisher & art director Pablo Defendini
Strange Horizons, edited by Kate Dollarhyde, Gautam Bhatia, A.J. Odasso, Lila Garrott, Heather McDougal, Ciro Faienza, Tahlia Day, Vanessa Rose Phin, and the Strange Horizons staff
Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Julia Rios; podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky

Best Professional Artist
Galen Dara
Kathleen Jennings
Bastien Lecouffe Deharme
Victo Ngai
John Picacio
Sana Takeda

Best Editor – Short Form
John Joseph Adams
Neil Clarke
Lee Harris
Jonathan Strahan
Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
Sheila Williams

Best Editor – Long Form
Sheila E. Gilbert
Joe Monti
Diana M. Pho
Devi Pillai
Miriam Weinberg
Navah Wolfe

Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form
Black Mirror: “USS Callister,” written by William Bridges and Charlie Brooker, directed by Toby Haynes (House of Tomorrow)
“The Deep” [song], by Clipping (Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes)
Doctor Who: “Twice Upon a Time,” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay (BBC Cymru Wales)
The Good Place: “Michael’s Gambit,” written and directed by Michael Schur (Fremulon / 3 Arts
Entertainment / Universal Television)
The Good Place: “The Trolley Problem,” written by Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, directed by Dean Holland (Fremulon / 3 Arts Entertainment / Universal Television)
Star Trek: Discovery: “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad,” written by Aron Eli Coleite & Jesse Alexander, directed by David M. Barrett (CBS Television Studios)

Best Dramatic Presentaton – Long Form
Blade Runner 2049, written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Alcon Entertainment / Bud Yorkin Productions / Torridon Films / Columbia Pictures)
Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele (Blumhouse Productions / Monkeypaw Productions / QC Entertainment)
The Shape of Water, written by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, directed by Guillermo del Toro (TSG Entertainment / Double Dare You / Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, written and directed by Rian Johnson (Lucasfilm, Ltd.)
Thor: Ragnarok, written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher Yost; directed by Taika Waititi (Marvel Studios)
Wonder Woman, screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, directed by Patty Jenkins (DC Films / Warner Brothers)

Best Graphic Story
Black Bolt, Volume 1: Hard Time, written by Saladin Ahmed, illustrated by Christian Ward, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Marvel)
Bitch Planet, Volume 2: President Bitch, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, illustrated by Valentine De Landro and Taki Soma, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)
Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood, written by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
My Favorite Thing is Monsters, written and illustrated by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
Paper Girls, Volume 3, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image Comics)
Saga, Volume 7, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Best Related Work
Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate, by Zoe Quinn (PublicAffairs)
Iain M. Banks (Modern Masters of Science Fiction), by Paul Kincaid (University of Illinois Press)
A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison, by Nat Segaloff (NESFA Press)
Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, edited by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal (Twelfth Planet Press)
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Sleeping with Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy, by Liz Bourke
(Aqueduct Press)

Best Series
The Books of the Raksura, by Martha Wells (Night Shade)
The Divine Cities, by Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway)
InCryptid, by Seanan McGuire (DAW)
The Memoirs of Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan (Tor US / Titan UK)
The Stormlight Archive, by Brandon Sanderson (Tor US / Gollancz UK)
World of the Five Gods, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Harper Voyager / Spectrum Literary Agency)

Best Short Story
“Carnival Nine,” by Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, May 2017)
“Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand,” by Fran Wilde (Uncanny, September 2017)
“Fandom for Robots,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Uncanny, September/October 2017)
“The Martian Obelisk,” by Linda Nagata (, July 19, 2017)
“Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon, (Uncanny, May/June 2017)
“Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience™,” by Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex, August 2017)

Best Novelette
“Children of Thorns, Children of Water,” by Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny, July-August 2017)
“Extracurricular Activities,” by Yoon Ha Lee (, February 15, 2017)
“The Secret Life of Bots,” by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld, September 2017)
“A Series of Steaks,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Clarkesworld, January 2017)
“Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time,” by K.M. Szpara (Uncanny, May/June 2017)
“Wind Will Rove,” by Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s, September/October 2017)

Best Novella
All Systems Red, by Martha Wells ( Publishing)
“And Then There Were (N-One),” by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny, March/April 2017)
Binti: Home, by Nnedi Okorafor ( Publishing)
The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang ( Publishing)
Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire ( Publishing)
River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey ( Publishing)

Best Novel
The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi (Tor)
New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
Provenance, by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
Raven Stratagem, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

2018 Associated Awards (not Hugos)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Katherine Arden
Sarah Kuhn
Jeannette Ng
Vina Jie-Min Prasad
Rebecca Roanhorse
Rivers Solomon

The World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) Award for Best Young Adult Book
Akata Warrior, by Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)
The Art of Starving, by Sam J. Miller (HarperTeen)
The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, by Philip Pullman (Knopf)
In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan (Big Mouth House)
A Skinful of Shadows, by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan UK / Harry N. Abrams US)
Summer in Orcus, written by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon), illustrated by Lauren Henderson (Sofawolf Press)


San Jose, California, USA – the finalists for the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards were announced on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at 12 Noon PDT. The announcement was made live to social media, including the Twitter and Facebook accounts of Worldcon 76, and via the Worldcon 76 website.

204 valid nominating ballots (192 electronic and 12 paper) were received and counted from the members of the 2017, 2018, and 2019 World Science Fiction Conventions.

The final ballot to select the winners will open in April 2018, and will be open to all full Attending and Supporting members of Worldcon 76. The winners of the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards will be announced at a highlighted formal ceremony at the convention, on the evening of Thursday, August 16.

The Hugo Awards, presented first in 1953 and annually since 1955, are science fiction’s most prestigious award, and one of the World Science Fiction Convention’s unique and distinguished institutions.

Since 1993, Worldcon committees have had the option of awarding Retrospective Hugo Awards for past Worldcon years prior to 1953 where they had not been presented 25, 50, or 100 years prior to the contemporary convention, with the exception of the hiatus during World War II when no Worldcon was convened. A recent change in this policy has now allowed for Retro Hugos to be awarded for the years 1942-1945.

1943 Retrospective Hugo Award Finalists

Best Fan Writer
Forrest J Ackerman
Jack Speer
Arthur Wilson “Bob” Tucker
Harry Warner, Jr.
Art Widner
Donald A. Wollheim

Best Fanzine
Futurian War Digest, edited by J. Michael Rosenblum
Inspiration, edited by Lynn Bridges
The Phantagraph, edited by Donald A. Wollheim
Spaceways, edited by Harry Warner, Jr.
Voice of the Imagi-Nation, edited by Forrest J Ackerman and Morojo
Le Zombie, edited by Arthur Wilson “Bob” Tucker

Best Professional Artist
Hannes Bok
Margaret Brundage
Edd Cartier
Virgil Finlay
Harold W. McCauley
Hubert Rogers

Best Editor – Short Form
John W. Campbell
Oscar J. Friend
Dorothy McIlwraith
Raymond A. Palmer
Malcolm Reiss
Donald A. Wollheim

Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form
Bambi, written by Perce Pearce, Larry Morey, et al., directed by David D. Hand et al. (Walt Disney Productions)
Cat People, written by DeWitt Bodeen, directed by Jacques Tourneur (RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.)
The Ghost of Frankenstein, written by W. Scott Darling, directed by Erle C. Kenton (Universal
I Married a Witch, written by Robert Pirosh and Marc Connelly, directed by René Clair (Cinema Guild Productions / Paramount Pictures)
Invisible Agent, written by Curtis Siodmak, directed by Edwin L. Marin (Frank Lloyd Productions / Universal Pictures)
Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book, written by Laurence Stallings, directed by Zoltan Korda (Alexander Korda Films, Inc. / United Artists)

Best Short Story
“Etaoin Shrdlu,” by Fredric Brown (Unknown Worlds, February 1942)
“Mimic,” by Martin Pearson (Donald A. Wollheim) (Astonishing Stories, December 1942)
“Proof,” by Hal Clement (Astounding Science Fiction, June 1942)
“Runaround,” by Isaac Asimov (Astounding Science Fiction, March 1942)
“The Sunken Land,” by Fritz Leiber (Unknown Worlds, February 1942)
“The Twonky,” by C.L. Moore and Henry Kuttner (Astounding Science Fiction, September 1942)

Best Novelette
“Bridle and Saddle,” by Isaac Asimov (Astounding Science Fiction, June 1942)
“Foundation,” by Isaac Asimov (Astounding Science Fiction, May 1942)
“Goldfish Bowl,” by Anson MacDonald (Robert A. Heinlein) (Astounding Science Fiction, March 1942)
“The Star Mouse,” by Fredric Brown (Planet Stories, Spring 1942)
“There Shall Be Darkness,” by C.L. Moore (Astounding Science Fiction, February 1942)
“The Weapon Shop,” by A.E. van Vogt (Astounding Science Fiction, December 1942)

Best Novella
“Asylum,” by A.E. van Vogt (Astounding Science Fiction, May 1942)
“The Compleat Werewolf,” by Anthony Boucher (Unknown Worlds, April 1942)
“Hell is Forever,” by Alfred Bester (Unknown Worlds, August 1942)
“Nerves,” by Lester del Rey (Astounding Science Fiction, September 1942)
“The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag,” by John Riverside (Robert A. Heinlein) (Unknown Worlds, October 1942)
“Waldo,” by Anson MacDonald (Robert A. Heinlein) (Astounding Science Fiction, August 1942)

Best Novel
Beyond This Horizon, by Anson MacDonald (Robert A. Heinlein) (Astounding Science Fiction, April & May 1942)
Darkness and the Light, by Olaf Stapledon (Methuen / S.J.R. Saunders)
Donovan’s Brain, by Curt Siodmak (Black Mask, September-November 1942)
Islandia, by Austin Tappan Wright (Farrar & Rinehart)
Second Stage Lensmen, by E. E. “Doc” Smith (Astounding Science Fiction, November 1941 to February 1942)
The Uninvited, by Dorothy Macardle (Doubleday, Doran / S.J.R. Saunders)


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