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Uncanny Magazine Issue 37 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming November 3, THE THIRTY-SEVENTH ISSUE OF THE 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 HUGO AWARD-WINNING UNCANNY MAGAZINE!!

All of the content will be available in the eBook version on the day of release.

The free online content will be released in 2 stages- half on day of release and half on December 1.

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

Uncanny Magazine Issue 37 Table of Contents

Cover:
Treetops by Julie Dillon

Editorials:
“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
“Imagining Futures: They’re Trying to Sell You A Haunted House” by Elsa Sjunneson

Fiction:
“50 Things Every AI Working with Humans Should Know” by Ken Liu (11/3)
“Proof of Existence” by Hal Y. Zhang (11/3)
“Words We Say Instead” by Brit E.B. Hvide (11/3)

“The Salt Witch” by Martha Wells (12/1)
“The Span of His Wrist” by Lee Mandelo (12/1)
“The Bottomless Martyr” by John Wiswell (12/1)

Reprint:
“Cerulean Memories” by Maurice Broaddus (12/1)

Nonfiction:
“Evoking the Gothic: The House That Anxiety Built” by Meghan Ball (11/3)
“Black and White and Red All Over: On the Semiotic Effect of Color (11/3)
Printing in Genre Fiction” by Meg Elison (11/3)

“Traveling Without Moving” by Michi Trota (12/1)
“This Isn’t the End: On Becoming a Writing Parent” by K.A. Doore (12/1)

Poetry:
“Mourning Becomes Jocasta” by Jane Yolen (11/3)
“An Elder Resigns from the Chorus of Oedipus at Colonnus” by Peter Tacy (11/3)
“Cento for Lagahoos” by Brandon O’Brien (11/3)

“Making Accommodations” by Valerie Valdes (12/1)
“The Automaton Falls in Love” by Jennifer Crow (12/1)

Interviews:
Ken Liu Interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (11/3)

Lee Mandelo Interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (12/1)

Podcasts:

Episode 37A (November 3): Editors’ Introduction, “Proof of Existence” by Hal Y. Zhang, as read by Joy Piedmont, “Mourning Becomes Jocasta” by Jane Yolen and “An Elder Resigns from the Chorus of Oedipus at Colonnus,” by Peter Tacy, as read by Erika Ensign, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Hal Y. Zhang.

Episode 37B (December 1): Editors’ Introduction, “The Salt Witch” by Martha Wells, as read by Erika Ensign, “Making Accommodations” by Valerie Valdes, as read by Joy Piedmont, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Martha Wells.

 

Tananarive Due’s “Black Horror Rising” Won the Best in Creative Nonfiction Ignyte Award!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns! Tananarive Due’s “Black Horror Risingwon the Best in Creative Nonfiction Ignyte Award! A huge congratulations to Tananarive!

Once again,  congratulations to Christopher Caldwell, whose “Canst Thou Draw Out the Leviathan” was a finalist for a Best Short Story Ignyte Award, Brandon O’Brien, whose “Elegy for the Self as Villeneuve’s Beast” was a finalist for a Best in Speculative Poetry Ignyte Award, Tamara Jerée, whose “goddess in forced repose” was a Best in Speculative Poetry Ignyte Award finalist, and Uncanny Magazine Interviewer Caroline M. Yoachim, whose “The Archronology of Love” was a Best Novelette Ignyte Award finalist!

It was a fabulous ballot. Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists!

Why We Love the Uncanny in Fiction– A Guest Post by Paula Guran

The idea of the uncanny has been explored for 150 years or more by a host of brilliant minds—Sigmund Freud, Jacques Derrida, and Nicholas Royle to name only a few. Even if confined only to its context in fiction, current scholars still debate its definition.

Freud’s 1919 essay “Das Unheimliche” is, however, a universally cited reference when dealing with a description of the uncanny. We might as well start there.

Freud begins with the etymology of the German word unheimlich, which he says shows the uncanny is “that class of the frightening which leads back to what is known of old and long familiar.” Heimlich means “homely”—familiar, mundane, intimate, friendly. But here’s also an implication of secrecy, concealment, something being withheld from others. Add the prefix un (which shares its negative effect with English) to heimlich, and the result is a term for the eerie and uneasy. Freud then quotes German philosopher F. W. J. Schelling’s Philosophy of Mythology: “Unheimlich is the name for everything that ought to have remained… hidden and secret and has become visible.” Unheimlich: uncanny.

Now that we’re somewhat grounded, let’s keep it (overly) simple: when we encounter the uncanny in fiction we usually have started out in a familiar world or, at least, a world that is intimately recognizable to a story’s characters. Then a divergence occurs, the easily comprehensible is no longer so understandable, and a certain disorientation occurs. We feel uneasy. But within this discombobulation, there is also a change in perception, a revelation of sorts. Within the dream, there is awakening. We are awake, but we are changed. Fiction has realigned our reality.

Sounds all psychedelic or woo-woo, doesn’t it? But I think you know what I mean.

Consider some well-known classic examples: “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe (1839), A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (1843), The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (1898), or “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1892). Life seems “normal” until a literal crack appears in the edifice, or ghostly figures appear, or the wallpaper mutates. Things begin to unravel and the reader feels it.

Those stories affect me, stay with me. That’s why I love finding the uncanny in fiction.

I chose three stories from Uncanny Magazine’s 2019 issues for The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, Volume One (despite the title, it is the eleventh in the series): Fran Wilde’s “A Catalog of Storms” (Uncanny Issue 26), “Nice Things” by Ellen Klages (Uncanny Issue 28), and “The Blur in the Corner of Your Eye” by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny Issue 29). Several more are also listed as recommended reads. Let’s look at the effect of the uncanny in one of them.

In Ellen Klages’s “Nice Things,” Phoebe Morris is sorting through her recently deceased mother’s belongings. A sad but mundane task—until a certain folder isn’t where she put it and, when discovered, includes a note in her mother’s “distinctive script.” Phoebe rationalizes this uncanny event and returns to the everyday and her orderly process.

The uncanny intrudes again with sounds and smells. The impossible is happening. By the end of the story we realize just how much has changed.

Neither this or the other stories are particularly scary; few would call them horror. But in all of them, the uncanny enters and they become unsettling tales—dark fantasy, for lack of another term. And, chances are, they will alter readers perceptions enough that those stories will stay with them for a long time.

That’s what happened to me when I read them. That’s how I wound up considering them among the “best” of the year.

As a reader of Uncanny, you may have already found these stories, but I promise that among the other twenty-one stories in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, Volume One you will come across the uncanny again and again.

(You can find out more about The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, Volume One here!)

Paula Guran has edited almost fifty science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthologies and more than fifty novels and collections featuring the same. She’s reviewed and written articles for dozens of publications. She lives in Akron, Ohio, with her faithful cat Nala, near enough to her grandchildren to frequently be indulgent.

 

 

 

 

 

Uncanny Magazine Issue 36 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming September 1, THE THIRTY-SIXTH ISSUE OF THE 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 HUGO AWARD-WINNING UNCANNY MAGAZINE!!

All of the content will be available in the eBook version on the day of release.

The free online content will be released in 2 stages- half on day of release and half on October 6.

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 36 Table of Contents

Cover:
Connected by Christopher Jones

Editorials:
“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas (9/1)
“Imagining Place: Worldbuilding As” by Elsa Sjunneson (9/1)

Fiction:
“Metal Like Blood in the Dark” by T. Kingfisher (9/1)
“Anchorage” by Samantha Mills (9/1)
“Laws of Impermanence” by Kenneth Schneyer (9/1)

“Juvenilia” by Lavie Tidhar (10/6)
“The City of the Tree” by Marie Brennan (10/6)
“In The Space of Twelve Minutes” by James Yu (10/6)

Reprint:
“The Mouser of Peter the Great” by P. Djèlí Clark (9/1)

Nonfiction:
“Finding Myself in Speculative Fiction Again After Leaving Other Worlds Behind” by Del Sandeen (9/1)
“The Roots of Hope: Toward an Optimistic Near-Future SF in a Pandemic” by Marissa Lingen (9/1)

“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Excellence” by Nibedita Sen (10/6)
“Sticks and String” by Christopher Mark Rose (10/6)

Poetry:
“Fin” by Terese Mason Pierre (9/1)
“My Cat, He” by Beth Cato (9/1)

“The Body in Revolt” by Rita Chen (10/6)
“As if My Flesh was Summer Soil” by Lora Gray (10/6)

Interviews:
Kenneth Schneyer interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (9/1)

Lavie Tidhar interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (10/6)

Podcasts:

Episode 36A (September 1): “Metal Like Blood in the Dark” by T. Kingfisher, as read by Erika Ensign, “Fin” by Terese Mason Pierre, as read by Joy Piedmont, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing T. Kingfisher.

Episode 36B (October 6): Editors’ Introduction, “In The Space of Twelve Minutes” by James Yu, as read by Joy Piedmont, “As if My Flesh was Summer Soil” by Lora Gray, as read by Erika Ensign, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing James Yu.

 

An Uncanny Story, 2 Poems, and an Essay Are Ignyte Award Finalists!!!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns! An Uncanny Magazine story, 2 poems, and an essay are Ignyte Award finalists! Congratulations to Christopher Caldwell! “Canst Thou Draw Out the Leviathan” is a finalist for a Best Short Story Ignyte Award! Congratulations to Brandon O’Brien! “Elegy for the Self as Villeneuve’s Beast” is a finalist for a Best in Speculative Poetry Ignyte Award! Congratulations to Tamara Jerée! “goddess in forced repose” is a Best in Speculative Poetry Ignyte Award finalist! And Congratulations to Tananarive Due! “Black Horror Rising” is a Best in Creative Nonfiction Ignyte Award finalist!

Plus, congratulations to Uncanny Magazine Interviewer Caroline M. Yoachim! “The Archronology of Love” is a Best Novelette Ignyte Award finalist!

It is a fabulous ballot. Congratulations to all of the finalists!

From the Ignyte Award website:

The FIYAHCON 2020 Committee is thrilled to announce the finalists for the inaugural Ignyte Awards. The Awards seek to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the current and future landscapes of science fiction, fantasy, and horror by recognizing incredible feats in storytelling and outstanding efforts toward inclusivity of the genre. To that effect, the committee feels that these creators, creations, entities, and perspectives from 2019 represent the brightest lights in speculative fiction’s future. We encourage you to seek out the nominees unfamiliar to you on this list, engage with their works of fiction or acts of community, and to use those experiences to inform your vote.

The short list is derived from 15 BIPOC voters on the FIYAHCON staff, of varying genders, sexualities, cultures, disabilities, and locations throughout the world. They are referred to as the Ignyte Awards Committee. Committee members were not permitted to nominate their own works or works of which they were a part. The Committee was not limited to selections authored or otherwise created by BIPOC. Public voting on the shortlist does not permit write-in nominations. We intend to ask one year’s winners to be part of the subsequent year’s committee to ensure fresh perspectives and to help prevent repeated nominations of the same popular authors as recognized in many other genre awards. Details on that process as well as the longlist and the process of submitting works for consideration will be released after FIYAHCON 2020

Voting is now open to the public through September 11th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Click here to vote.

Inquiries can be forwarded to director(at)theconvention.fiyahlitmag.com.

Meet Uncanny Magazine’s New Assistant Editor, Naomi Day!

We have some bittersweet news, and some wonderful news, Space Unicorns.

Uncanny Magazine Assistant Editor Angel Cruz is moving on after issue 36. Angel has been with us for over a year and has done a spectacular job, especially with our newsletter. We know Angel will continue to do brilliant things, and we will greatly miss her.

And now for the wonderful news!

Starting with Uncanny Magazine #37 (November/December 2020), the new Assistant Editor will be…

Naomi Day!

Naomi is a fantastic writer and brings a lot of enthusiasm to the position. We can’t wait to start working with her!

Naomi’s Bio:

Naomi Day (she/her) is a queer Black woman who enjoys interrogating the strange ways her mixed-race experience has shaped the way she moves through the world. She primarily writes short Afro-centric futurist fiction, and her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review and The Seventh Wave. She is part of the Clarion West class of 2020/21. She considers herself a lifelong student and much prefers the nomadic life, finding home in cities from Chicago to London.

It was a phenomenal pool of applicants. Thank you to everyone who applied!

Uncanny Magazine Year 7 will be fantastic, Space Unicorns. Though many changes are happening, we will continue to have the BEST STAFF in the universe.

Uncanny Magazine Wins the 2020 Best Semiprozine Hugo Award!

Space Unicorns! We have wonderful news! Uncanny Magazine won its fifth Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine (Publishers/Editors-in-Chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, Managing/Nonfiction Editor Michi Trota, Managing Editor Chimedum Ohaegbu, and Podcast Producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky)! We are deeply honored by this Hugo Award. It was a stellar group of finalists.

A magazine is the work of numerous people, so we want to thank our 2019 regular staff of Michi Trota,  Erika Ensign, Steven Schapansky, Joy Piedmont, Angel Cruz, Chimedum Ohaegbu, and Caroline M. Yoachim; our Disabled People Destroy Fantasy guest editors Nicolette Barischoff, Lisa M. Bradley, and Katharine Duckett. (We want to apologize to them. We accidentally omitted them from our Hugo acceptance speech. They did phenomenal jobs, & we’re so very sorry for not thanking them in our video); all of our submissions editors; all of our contributors; and, of course, our ombudsman and world’s greatest daughter, Caitlin. Thank you to every single member of the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps and all of the Hugo voters. We couldn’t do this without the support of this community.

Once again, congratulations to the three Uncanny Magazine stories that were finalists: “The Blur in the Corner of Your Eye” by Sarah Pinsker for Best Novelette, “Away With the Wolves” by Sarah Gailey (from the Disabled People Destroy Fantasy special issue) for Best Novelette, and “A Catalog of Storms” by Fran Wilde for Best Short Story!

Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas didn’t win the Best Editor- Short Form Hugo Award. A huge congratulations to the winner, Ellen Datlow!

Congratulations to all the Hugo Awards winners and finalists!

Here is our speech!

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

Excellent award news, Space Unicorns!

The World Fantasy Award finalists have been announced! “The Blur in the Corner of Your Eye” by Sarah Pinsker is a finalist for the Best Short Story World Fantasy Award! Also, Editors-in-Chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are finalists for the Special Award–Non-Professional World Fantasy Award for their Uncanny Magazine work!  We are thrilled and honored! Congratulations to Sarah and all of the finalists!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 35 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming July 7, THE THIRTY-FIFTH ISSUE OF THE 2016, 2017, 2018, & 2019 HUGO AWARD-WINNING UNCANNY MAGAZINE!!!

All of the content will be available in the eBook version on the day of release.

The free online content will be released in 2 stages- half on day of release and half on August 4.

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 35 Table of Contents

Cover:
Walking in the Cosmos by Kirbi Fagan

Editorials:
“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
“Imagining Place: Without Police” by Elsa Sjunneson

Fiction:
“Once More Unto the Breach (But Don’t Worry, the Inflatable Swords
Are Latex-Free)” by Tina Connolly (7/7)
“The World Ends in Salty Fingers and Sugared Lips” by Jenn Reese (7/7)
“A Pale Horse” by M Evan MacGriogair (7/7)
“A Love Song for Herkinal
as composed by Ashkernas amid the ruins of New Haven” by Chinelo Onwualu (7/7)

“The Inaccessibility of Heaven” by Aliette de Bodard (8/4)
“The Ruby of the Summer King” by Mari Ness (8/4)
“The Nine Scents of Sorrow” by Jordan Taylor (8/4)

Nonfiction:
“Will I Live to See My Utopia?” by P. Djèlí Clark (7/7)
“Hands On” by Caitlin Starling (7/7)

“Transforming Anxiety” by Danny Lore (8/4)
“The People You Only Think You Know” by Hillary Monahan (8/4)

Poetry:
“lagahoo culture (Part I)” by Brandon O’Brien (7/7)
“saltwashed” by Jennifer Mace (7/7)

“The Trouble Over” by Sonya Taaffe (8/4)
“fair exchange” by Ewen Ma (8/4)

Interviews:
M Evan MacGriogair interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (7/7)

Aliette de Bodard interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (8/4)

Podcasts:

Uncanny Magazine Podcast 35A (7/7):
“Once More Unto the Breach (But Don’t Worry, the Inflatable Swords Are Latex-Free)” by Tina Connolly, as read by Joy Piedmont
“The World Ends in Salty Fingers and Sugared Lips” by Jenn Reese, as read by Joy Piedmont
“saltwashed” by Jennifer Mace, as read by Erika Ensign
Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Tina Connolly

Uncanny Magazine Podcast 35B (8/4):
“The Ruby of the Summer King” by Mari Ness, as read by Erika Ensign
“fair exchange” by Ewen Ma, as read by Joy Piedmont
Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Mari Ness

Karen Osborne’s “The Dead, In Their Uncontrollable Power” Is a Sturgeon Award Finalist!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns! Karen Osborne’s “The Dead, In Their Uncontrollable Power” is a Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist! And that’s not all! Uncanny Magazine Interviewer Caroline M. Yoachim’s “The Archronology of Love” from Lightspeed Magazine is also a Sturgeon Award finalist! Congratulations to Karen, Caroline, and all of the finalists!

Press release below:

LAWRENCE, KS – 10 June, 2020
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. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the winner of the award will be announced online later this summer.

2020 Finalists for the Theodore A. Sturgeon Memorial Award
“The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex,” Tobias S. Buckell. New Suns, Solaris Books, March 2019.
“Omphalos,” Ted Chiang. Exhalation, Knopf, May 2019.
“This is How You Lose the Time War,” Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. Saga Press, July 2019.
“Give the Family My Love,” A.T. Greenblatt. Clarkesworld, February 2019.
“The Dead, In Their Uncontrollable Power,” Karen Osborne. Uncanny Magazine, March 2019.
“The Painter of Trees,” Suzanne Palmer. Clarkesworld, June 2019.
“Waterlines,” Suzanne Palmer. Asimov’s, June 2019.
“Sisters of the Vast Black,” Lina Rather. Tor.com Books, October 2019.
“The Last Voyage of Skidbladnir,” Karin Tidbek. Tor.com, January 2019.
“New Atlantis,” Lavie Tidhar. Fantasy & Science Fiction, May 2019.
“The Archronology of Love,” Caroline M. Yoachim. Lightspeed Magazine, April 2019.

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.