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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: www.lisambradley.com.

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!

Uncanny Magazine Managing Editor Michi Trota Is Also Now the Nonfiction Editor!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns! Uncanny Magazine’s Managing Editor Michi Trota is getting an additional title! Along with being Uncanny’s PHENOMENAL Managing Editor, Michi will now have the additional title of Nonfiction Editor starting with issue 26!

Michi has been involved with the nonfiction editing since day one, and we are super excited to have her  increase her involvement in this area. Congratulations, Michi!

Chimedum Ohaegbu Receives Katherine Brearley Arts Scholarship

Fantastic news, Space Unicorns! Uncanny‘s fabulous Assistant Editor Chimedum Ohaegbu is being honored as one of the recipients of the Katherine Brearley Arts Scholarship at the University of British Columbia!

In selecting recipients, consideration is given to both scholarly excellence and the demonstrated ability to work with and lead others in student and community activities at the university, local, national, and/or international level.

Chimedum has done a huge amount of work and contributed her leadership skills to her community to earn this award. She’s an integral part of Uncanny‘s success, and we’re so proud of her for this achievement! Please join us in congratulating her!

Uncanny Magazine 2018 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). 2018 was the fourth full year of Uncanny Magazine (Issues 20 through 25, including the Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction special issue). 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 still eligible for the Best Editor (Short Form) Hugo Award for editing issues 20-23, and 25. (Note: If you are nominating the Thomases in this category, please continue to 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.

Please also note that essays are eligible for the Best Related Work Hugo Award, and poetry is eligible for the Rhysling Award. As Uncanny is a semiprozine, all of the essays and original art also contribute towards the creators’ Best Fan Writer and Best Fan Artist Hugo Award eligibility.

 

Novelettes (7500-17,500 Words):

How to Swallow the Moon by Isabel Yap

Disconnect by Fran Wilde

The Thing About Ghost Stories  by Naomi Kritzer

Short Stories (Under 7500 Words):

Contingency Plans for the Apocalypse by S.B. Divya

The Hydraulic Emperor by Arkady Martine

She Still Loves the Dragon by Elizabeth Bear

The Utmost Bound by Vivian Shaw

Your Slaughterhouse, Your Killing Floorby Sunny Moraine

Lines of Growth, Lines of Passage by Marissa Lingen

The Date by R.K. Kalaw

And Yet by A. T. Greenblatt

I Frequently Hear Music in the Very Heart of Noise by Sarah Pinsker

Like a River Loves the Sky by Emma Törzs

The Testimony of Dragon’s Teeth by Sarah Monette

Pistol Grip by Vina Jie-Min Prasad

The Howling Detective by Brandon O’Brien

Discard the Sun, for It Has Failed Us by Marina J. Lostetter

Blessings by Naomi Novik

Sucks (to Be You) by Katharine Duckett

If We Die Unjustified by A. Merc Rustad

What Gentle Women Dare by Kelly Robson

The Cook by C.L. Clark

By Claw, By Hand, By Silent Speech by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry & A. Merc Rustad

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

Bones in the Rock by R.K. Kalaw

Red Lizard Brigade by Sam J. Miller

The Emigrants’ Guide to Oregon, California, and the Unknown by Brit E. B. Hvide

Give the People What They Want by Alex Bledsoe

Everything Under Heaven by Anya Ow

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

Nails in My Feet by Mary Robinette Kowal

Heavy Lifting by A. T. Greenblatt

The Frequency of Compassion by A. Merc Rustad

The House on the Moon by William Alexander

An Open Letter to the Family by Jennifer Brozek

Birthday Girl by Rachel Swirsky

Abigail Dreams of Weather by Stu West

This Will Not Happen to You by Marissa Lingen

The Things I Miss the Most by Nisi Shawl

The Stars Above by Katharine Duckett

A House by the Sea by P. H. Lee

The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society by T. Kingfisher

My Name Is Cybernetic Model XR389F, and I Am Beautiful by Monica Valentinelli

Monologue by an unnamed mage, recorded at the brink of the end by Cassandra Khaw

Uncanny Magazine Issue 25 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming November 6, THE TWENTY-FIFTH ISSUE OF THE 2016, 2017, & 2018 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 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 25 Table of Contents

Cover

John Picacio-  La Valiente  

Editorial
The Uncanny Valley (11/6)
Fiction
Isabel Yap- “How to Swallow the Moon” (11/6)
T. Kingfisher- “The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society” (11/6)
Naomi Kritzer- “The Thing About Ghost Stories” (12/4)
Monica Valentinelli- “My Name is Cybernetic Model XR389F, and I Am Beautiful” (12/4)
Cassandra Khaw- “Monologue by an unnamed mage, recorded at the brink of the end” (12/4)
Reprint
Sofia Samatar- “An Account of the Land of Witches” (11/6)
Essays
Diana M. Pho- “ConCrit in Comments Only: What Writing Fanfiction Taught Me as an Editor” (11/6)
Steven H Silver- “Jewish Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Primer” (11/6)
Sarah Goslee- “There and Back Again” (12/4)
Nilah Magruder- “Through a Painted Door: An Ode to Children’s Science Fiction/Fantasy Art” (12/4)
Poetry
Beth Cato- “smile” (11/6)
Hal Y. Zhang- “cardioid” (11/6)
Leah Bobet- “Osiris” (12/4)
Sharon Hsu- “Translatio” (12/4)
Interviews
Caroline M. Yoachim Interviews Isabel Yap (11/6)
Caroline M. Yoachim Interviews Monica Valentinelli (12/4)
Podcast 25A (11/6)
T. Kingfisher- “The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society,” as read by Erika Ensign
Hal Y. Zhang- “cardioid,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Lynne M. Thomas Interviews T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon)

Podcast 25B (12/4)

Naomi Kritzer- “The Thing About Ghost Stories,”  as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Leah Bobet- “Osiris,” as read by Erika Ensign
Lynne M. Thomas Interviews Naomi Kritzer

On Writing the Exhibit Text for Worlds Beyond Here: Expanding the Universe of APA Science Fiction by Michi Trota

Being a science fiction fan has opened a lot of doors for me that I would never have thought to even knock on several years ago, and “writing the text for a museum exhibit exploring the history and representation of Asian Pacific Americans in science fiction” would definitely have fallen in that category; yet here I am, on my way to Seattle to because I got to do just that for the Wing Luke Museum’s new exhibit, Worlds Beyond Here: Expanding the Universe of APA Science Fiction, which opens on Friday, October 12, 2018, and will run through September 15, 2019.

The exhibit covers pop culture touchstones like Star Trek, Star Wars, time travel, “cli-fi,” and sentient robots, as well as how APA creators are imagining silkpunk worlds, reclaiming the genre from Orientalism, envisioning exploration narratives free from colonialism, and grappling with the ethics and morality of technological access and development, as well as science fiction’s ever-present questions of what it means to be human—all through the lens of APA experiences and perspectives.

I’m excited to recognize many of the names of creators, actors, artists, and other notable APA figures in science fiction, but even better were the names I didn’t know and got to learn about while writing the exhibit text. I’m particularly thrilled the exhibit explores the topic of Pacific Indigenous futurisms as well. The importance of understanding what it means to be APA in science fiction, and to have our experiences acknowledged isn’t even a question in this exhibit—it’s taken as fact that our history and visibility matter, and that’s incredible to me because despite how much I loved science fiction growing up, it often felt like the genre and community didn’t actually love me back, or even care about people like me. And I know I’m not alone in feeling that way. I hope that by seeing this exhibit, others who have felt similarly will be able to see how in fact APA perspectives and creations are thriving in science fiction, and making more space and opportunities for more APA creators and fans to participate and be welcomed.

Being a fan of science fiction (and fantasy) has in large part been the reason I’ve been able to connect with and learn from other Asian Pacific Americans about what it means to be part of a larger collective of marginalized cultures. It is because of science fiction and the many, many APA creators and fans I’ve met that only now, heading toward middle age, am I finally comfortable exploring the complex and often deeply painful questions of what being APA means to me, and how our portrayals in science fiction, pop culture, and beyond irrevocably shape our perceptions and concepts of identity. Contrary to what I’d been told and what I saw growing up, APAs are intensively active in science fiction, with contributions to and influences on the genre that are extensive and inspiring. Our stories, our faces, our work, are irrevocably, proudly, part of science fiction, and I’m so proud to be part in this because not only did I write the exhibit text, I am also loaning my first Hugo Award (2016) as Uncanny Magazine’s Managing Editor, for which I became the first Filipina to win a Hugo, to the exhibit for the next year!

A whole museum exhibit dedicated to highlighting APA history in science fiction, and getting to be a part of it, means more to me than I can say. The fact that the exhibit opens during Filipino American History Month is also deeply meaningful (*waves at all my Fil-Am Spec Fic Fam who are too numerous to name*). Writing the exhibit text was probably one of the most challenging things I’ve done, because how can you distill decades of history and do justice to just how much APA creators and fans have done in science fiction? I hope what I’ve written for the exhibit makes it clear to visitors why representation matters, because science fiction has been an important part of how APA creators and fans see ourselves, the art and stories we make, and the worlds we’re able to imagine. It matters that we can see ourselves, and that others can see us, in a genre that has enormous influence on the world and cultures around us. Above all, I hope it’s clear that there is space for all of us in science fiction, and that space is continuing to grow. Now all it needs are more of us to fill that space with our stories, our art, our visions. Get to it, friends, we can’t wait for you to join us.

Many thanks to the Wing Luke Museum for extending this opportunity to me, especially Exhibit Developer Mikala Woodward for her infinite patience and encouragement.

Worlds Beyond Here: Expanding the Universe of APA Science Fiction

October 12, 2018 – September 15, 2019

Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, WA

Admission includes all-day access to other museum exhibits, including Day in the Life of Bruce Lee: Adult $17; senior (62+): $15; student (13-18 or with ID): $12.50; youth (5-12): $10; children under 5: free

 

Meet Uncanny Magazine’s New Assistant Editor, Chimedum Ohaegbu!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns! Our awesome Editorial Intern Chimedum Ohaegbu is becoming the new Uncanny Magazine Assistant Editor! Chimedum is a passionate fan of science fiction and fantasy, with impressive editorial experience, and has a done a tremendous job as our Editorial Intern! We’re eager and excited to work with her on more Space Unicorn shenanigans!

Chimedum Ohaegbu attends the University of British Columbia in pursuit of hummingbird sightings and a dual degree in English literature and creative writing. The 2017 recipient of the full Tan Seagull Scholarship for Young Writers, her work is published or forthcoming in Strange Horizons and This Magazine. When she’s not yelling approvingly about cool stuff she’s read, she’s usually editing one thing or another.

Here she was answering some interview questions during our Year 5 Kickstarter!

Fran Wilde’s “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” Won the Eugie Foster Award!

Excellent news, Space Unicorns! Fran Wilde’s “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” won the Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction! Congratulations to Fran!!!

Congratulations also to Sarah Pinsker,  whose “And Then There Were (N-One)” was also a finalist!

And congratulations to all of the other wonderful finalists!

From their website:

The Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction (or Eugie Award) celebrates the best in innovative fiction. This annual award is presented at Dragon Con, the nation’s largest fan-run convention.

The Eugie Award honors stories that are irreplaceable, that inspire, enlighten, and entertain. We will be looking for stories that are beautiful, thoughtful, and passionate, and change us and the field. The recipient is a story that is unique and will become essential to speculative fiction readers.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 24- Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming September 4th, THE 24th ISSUE OF THE 2016, 2017, & 2018 HUGO AWARD-WINNING UNCANNY MAGAZINE, the Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction special issue!!!

Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction is guest edited by: Elsa Sjunneson-Henry (Editor-in-Chief, Nonfiction), Dominik Parisien (Editor-in-Chief, Fiction), Nicolette Barischoff (Personal Essays), S. Qiouyi Lu (Poetry), and Judith Tarr (Reprint Fiction)!

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 2.

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 24- Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Table of Contents

Cover:
And With the Lamps We Are Multitudes of Light by Likhain

Editorial”
“The Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Manifesto” by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Dominik Parisien (9/4)

Fiction:
“Fiction Introduction” by Dominik Parisien (9/4)
“The House on the Moon” by William Alexander (9/4)
“Birthday Girl” by Rachel Swirsky (9/4)
“An Open Letter to the Family” by Jennifer Brozek (9/4)
“Heavy Lifting” by A. T. Greenblatt (9/4)
“The Frequency of Compassion” by A. Merc Rustad (9/4)

“The Stars Above” by Katharine Duckett (10/2)
“The Things I Miss the Most” by Nisi Shawl (10/2)
“Abigail Dreams of Weather” by Stu West (10/2)
“A House by the Sea” by P. H. Lee (10/2)
“Disconnect” by Fran Wilde (10/2)
“This Will Not Happen to You” by Marissa Lingen (10/2)

Reprint Fiction:
“Reprints Introduction” by Judith Tarr (9/4)
“By Degrees and Dilatory Time” by SL Huang (9/4)

“Listen” by Karin Tidbeck (10/2)

Nonfiction:
“Nonfiction Introduction” by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry (9/4)
“Design a Spaceship” by Andi C. Buchanan (9/4)
“The Linguistics of Disability, or, Empathy > Sympathy” by Fran Wilde (9/4)
“The Body to Come: Afrofuturist Posthumanism and Disability” by Zaynab Shahar (9/4)
“The Expendable Disabled Heroes of Marvel’s Infinity War” by John Wiswell (9/4)
“And the Dragon Was in the Skin” by A. J. Hackwith (9/4)

“Miles Vorkosigan and ‘Excellent Life Choices’: (Neuro)Divergence and Decision-Making in Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga” by Ira Gladkova (10/2)
“Give Me Heroism or Give Me Death” by Gemma Noon (10/2)
“My Genre Makes a Monster of Me” by teri.zin (10/2)
“The Future Is (Not) Disabled” by Marieke Nijkamp (10/2)

Poetry:
“Poetry Introduction” by S. Qiouyi Lu (9/4)
“Ctenophore Soul” by Rita Chen (9/4)
“core/debris/core” by Rose Lemberg (9/4)
“How to Fix a Dancer When it Breaks” by Genevieve DeGuzman (9/4)
“the body argonautica” by Robin M. Eames (9/4)
“All the Stars Above the Sea” by Sarah Gailey (9/4)

“Convalescence” by Alicia Cole (10/2)
“hypothesis for apocalypse” by Khairani Barokka (10/2)
“Spatiotemporal Discontinuity” by Bogi Takács (10/2)
“You Wanted Me to Fly” by Julia Watts Belser (10/2)

Interviews:
Rachel Swirsky interviewed by Sandra Odell (9/4)

Marissa Lingen interviewed by Sandra Odell (10/2)

Personal Essays:
“Personal Essays Introduction” by Nicolette Barischoff (9/4)
“The Stories We Find Ourselves In” by A. T. Greenblatt (9/4)
“The Horror and the Reality: Mental Illness Through the Lens of Horror” by V. Medina (9/4)
“We Are Not Daredevil. Except When We Are Daredevil” by Michael Merriam (9/4)
“Nihil De Nobis, Sine Nobis” by Ace Ratcliff (9/4)
“From Rabbit Holes to Wormholes: KidLit Memories” by Alice Wong (9/4)
“Stories That Talk” by Keith A. Manuel (9/4)
“Once We Were Prophets” by Leigh Schmidt (9/4)
“Science Fiction as Community” by Kathryn Allan (9/4)
“Constructing the Future” by Derek Newman-Stille, PhD (ABD) (9/4)
“Disabled or Just Broken?” by Jaime O. Mayer (9/4)
“Now I Survive” by Jacqueline Bryk (9/4)
“Instant Demotion in Respectability” by Bogi Takács (9/4)
“Being Invisible” by Joyce Chng (9/4)
“We Are Not Your Backstories” by K. C. Alexander (9/4)
“Disabled Enough” by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry (9/4)

“Malfunctioning Space Stations” by Marissa Lingen (10/2)
“BFFs in the Apocalypse” by John Wiswell (10/2)
“Why I Limp” by Dilman Dila (10/2)
“The Only Thing Faster Than Tonight: Mr. Darkness” by Elise Matthesen (10/2)
“Homo Duplex” by Tochi Onyebuchi (10/2)
“A Dream to Shape My World” by Eli Wilkinson (10/2)
“To Boldly Go” by Cara Liebowitz (10/2)
“Move Like You’re From Thra, My People” by Haddayr Copley-Woods (10/2)
“Everything Is True: A Non-Neurotypical Experience with Fiction” by Ada Hoffmann (10/2)
“Unlocking the Garret” by Rachel Swirsky (10/2)
“The Stories We Tell and the Amazon Experiment” by Day Al-Mohamed (10/2)
“Science Fiction Saved My Life” by Laurel Amberdine (10/2)
“After the Last Chapter” by Andi C. Buchanan (10/2)
“Dancing in Iron Shoes” by Nicolette Barischoff (10/2)

The Uncanny Magazine Podcast Episode 24A (9/4)
William Alexander- “The House on the Moon,” as read by Erika Ensign
Sarah Gailey- “All the Stars Above the Sea,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
William Alexander Interviewed by Haddayr Copley-Woods

The Uncanny Magazine Podcast Episode 24B (10/2)
Nisi Shawl- “The Things I Miss the Most,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Alicia Cole- “Convalescence,” as read by Erika Ensign
Marieke Nijkamp Interviewed by Haddayr Copley-Woods

Uncanny Magazine Wins Its Third Best Semiprozine Hugo Award, and the Uncanny Thomases Win the Best Editor-Short Form Hugo Award!

We have wonderful news you probably already know! Uncanny Magazine won its third Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine! We are so 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 again our main 2017 staff of Managing Editor Michi Trota, Poetry/Reprint Editor Julia Rios, and Podcast Producers/Readers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky, all of whom shared this award with the Uncanny Thomases and joined us onstage at Worldcon 76. We also want to thank our former Poetry Editor Mimi Mondal, our former Interviewer Shana DuBois, our current podcast reader Stephanie Malia Morris, our current Editorial Intern Chimedum Ohaegbu, our current Interviewer Caroline M. Yoachim, all of our submissions readers, every Uncanny contributor, all of the Hugo voters, the Worldcon 76 staff, and every single member of the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps, who have supported us. Shine on, Space Unicorns!

Team Uncanny 2017! Photo by Olav Rokne

 

 

Also, Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas won their first Hugo Award for Best Editor- Short Form! This was another stellar group of finalists, and we are so honored and humbled to have won this.

This has been an epic journey as editors, from Michael being Associate Editor on Lynne’s essay anthology Chicks Dig Time Lords (co-edited with Tara O’Shea), to being Lynne’s Managing Editor at Apex Magazine, to being her official co-editor (with John Klima) on the anthology Glitter & Mayhem, to finally arriving here together four years ago as the Co-Editor-in-Chief gestalt of  Uncanny Magazine.

We learned so much from our time at Mad Norwegian Press and Apex Magazine. Thank you, Catherynne M. Valente, for thinking Lynne would make a good fiction editor—we would not be here without that initial opportunity. We have been blessed with so much help and cheerleading, especially from John Joseph Adams and Christie Yant in our early days when we needed that shove. Thank you friends, family, staff, the ICFA alligator, and colleagues, all, for your support of Uncanny, and of the notion that short fiction is not a zero sum game.

The Uncanny Thomases! Photo by Olav Rokne

Once again, congratulations to the Uncanny Magazine stories which were finalists for the Hugo Awards: “And Then There Were (N-One)” by Sarah Pinsker for Best Novella, “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time” by K.M. Szpara for Best Novelette, ‘‘Children of Thorns, Children of Water’’ by Aliette de Bodard (reprint from 2017) for Best Novelette, “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad  for Best Short Story, “Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon for Best Short Story, and “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” by Fran Wilde for Best Short Story. These are phenomenal stories by brilliant authors.

Congratulations to all of the Hugo Award winners and finalists. It as truly a stupendous year.

You can still watch the entire Hugo Award ceremony here!

And here is a fun photo of the Thomas family at the Hugo Losers’ Party by Caroline M. Yoachim! We are wearing HATS OF WINNER SHAME!