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Two Uncanny Magazine Stories and the Thomases Are World Fantasy Award Finalists!

Excellent award news, Space Unicorns!

The World Fantasy Award finalists have been announced!  “The Nine Scents of Sorrow” by Jordan Taylor and “My Country Is a Ghost” by Eugenia Triantafyllou are finalists for the Best Short Fiction 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 Jordan, Eugenia, and all of the finalists!

The Sycamore and the Sybil by Alix E. Harrow Is a 2021 Eugie Award Finalist!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns! “The Sycamore and the Sybil” by Alix E. Harrow is a 2021 Eugie Award Finalist! Congratulations to Alix and to all of the 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. Starting with the 2020, we will add a video presentation of the award online, along with a reading of a section of each finalist.

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.

Ken Liu’s “50 Things Every AI Working with Humans Should Know” Is a Sturgeon Award Finalist!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns! Ken Liu’s “50 Things Every AI Working with Humans Should Know” is a Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist! Congratulations to Ken and all of the finalists!

Press release below:

LAWRENCE, KS – 5 July, 2021
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 winner of the award will be announced online later this summer.

2021 Finalists for the Theodore A. Sturgeon Memorial Award

“If You Take My Meaning,” Charlie Jane Anders. Tor.com, Feb 2020.
“An Important Failure,” Rebecca Campbell. Clarkesworld, Aug 2020
“The Translator, at Low Tide,” Vajra Chandrasekera. Clarkesworld, May 2020.
“The Pill,” Meg Elison. Big Girl, June 2020.
“The Mermaid Astronaut,” Yoon Ha Lee. Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Feb 2020.
“50 Things Every AI Working With Humans Should Know,” Ken Liu. Uncanny Magazine, Nov 2020.
“Yellow and the Perception of Reality,” Maureen McHugh. Tor.com, July 2020.
“A Mastery of German,” Marian Denise Moore. Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora, Aug 2020.
“Ife-Iyoku, the Tale of Imadeyunuagbon,” Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki. Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora, Aug 2020.
“A Guide for Working Breeds,” Vina Jie-Min Prasad. Tor.com, March 2020.
“AirBody,” Sameem Siddiqui. Clarkesworld, April 2020.

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.

 

Uncanny Magazine Issue 41 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming July 6, THE 41st ISSUE OF THE 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 3.

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

The Uncanny Magazine Issue 41 Cover by Alexa Sharpe. It depicts a brown-skinned elf with flowing blue-black hair and a voluptuous white dress, against a background of flowing grasses. The names of the contributors and the words "Uncanny, July/August 2021, Issue 41", are on the image.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 41 Table of Contents:

Cover:
Seelie Springs by Alexa Sharpe

Editorials:
“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
“Imagining Futures: Reading to a Better World” by Elsa Sjunneson

Fiction:
“The Wishing Pool” by Tananarive Due (7/6)
“The Graveyard” by Eleanor Arnason (7/6)
“Diamond Cuts” by Shaoni C. White (7/6)

“Presque vue” by Tochi Onyebuchi (8/3)
“Immortal Coil” by Ellen Kushner (8/3)
“From the Archives of the Museum of Eerie Skins: An Account” by C. S. E. Cooney (8/3)

Reprint:
“The Chameleon’s Gloves” by Yoon Ha Lee (8/3)

Nonfiction:
“Through a Thousand Eyes” by Nisi Shawl (7/6)
“The Necessity of Slavery Stories” by Troy L. Wiggins (7/6)

“The Bad Dad Redemption Arc Needs to Die” by Nino Cipri (8/3)
“WWXD: A Warrior’s Path of Reflection and Redemption” by C.L. Clark (8/3)

Poetry:
“Sonnet for the Aglæcwif” by Minal Hajratwala (7/6)
“Hitobashira” by Betsy Aoki (7/6)

“After The Tower Falls, Death Gives Advice” by Ali Trotta (8/3)
“Radioactivity” by Octavia Cade (8/3)

Interviews:
Eleanor Arnason interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (7/6)

C. S. E. Cooney interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (8/3)

Podcasts: 

Episode 41A (7/6): Editors’ Introduction, “The Wishing Pool” by Tananarive Due, as read by Matt Peters, “Sonnet for the Aglæcwif” by Minal Hajratwala, as read by Joy Piedmont, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Tananarive Due.

Episode 41B (8/3): Editors’ Introduction, “Presque vue” by Tochi Onyebuchi, as read by Matt Peters, “Radioactivity” by Octavia Cade, as read by Erika Ensign, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing  Tochi Onyebuchi.

Uncanny Magazine Is Seeking a Nonfiction Editor!

And now for the good news, Space Unicorns!

We’re seeking to fill the Nonfiction Editor position with Uncanny Magazine, and we STRONGLY encourage BIPOC, Disabled, and LGBTQIA+ folks to apply! The position will begin in August 2021, and will run for six issues/a year with possibility for renewal. There is a modest stipend for this position. 

We’re looking for someone with a deep love and knowledge of science fiction and fantasy, and some experience in editorial work and publishing. The Nonfiction Editor position will allow opportunities to participate in the daily operations of running a multi-time Hugo Award-winning online bimonthly publication in the SF/F field. The Nonfiction Editor works closely with the Editors-in-Chief, and the primary tasks of the Nonfiction Editor include:

  1. Brainstorming: creating lists of possible essay topics and potential essayists with the Editors-in-Chief that might be of interest to Uncanny Magazine’s readers.
  2. Soliciting and commissioning: approaching potential essayists and discussing possible essay topics. The Nonfiction Editor is responsible for soliciting 3-4 essays per issue. 
  3. Editing: working with the essayists on developmental and line edits, and making sure the final essays are with the Editors-in-Chief by each issue’s deadlines.
  4. Promotion: signal boosting essays as they are released.
  5. Other duties as assigned, not to exceed 10% of total time allotted.

The Nonfiction Editor position will require roughly 15-20 hours per month. It is not location-dependent; communication and tasks will be done primarily online via email, Slack, Google Drive, and Zoom or Google Meetings.

Prior experience with nonfiction editing is greatly beneficial but not required. Training on Uncanny’s editorial style and philosophies will occur in formal sessions, and informally on the job.

Applications for the Nonfiction Editor position will be open from Monday,  June 28 through Monday,  July 19. Please submit a brief resume and short personal statement (up to 450 words) to uncanny [@] uncannymagazine.com with “Uncanny Nonfiction Editor” in the subject line.

Good luck, Space Unicorns!

Uncanny Magazine Is Saying Goodbye to Nonfiction Editor Elsa Sjunneson

Bittersweet news, Space Unicorns. Nonfiction Editor Elsa Sjunneson has decided to move on from her Uncanny editorial duties at the end of Uncanny Magazine Year 7 (Issue #42). We can’t overstate how important Elsa has been to Uncanny. Elsa started with us as the guest Co-Editor-in-Chief (with Dominik Parisien) and Nonfiction Editor of our Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction special issue. For her work on that issue, Elsa received numerous awards. She returned later to become our full-time Nonfiction Editor with Uncanny Magazine #32. We really can’t say enough great things about Elsa and what she did to make Uncanny what it is today. We know Elsa is going to do more fabulous things in the future. (Check out Elsa Sjunneson’s upcoming memoir Being Seen! It will be released on October 5, 2021!)

 

See the next post for some good news! 

How Online Magazines Changed the World (By Putting the World In Them)– A Guest Post by Lavie Tidhar

I started writing fiction on the cusp of change. A friend explained to me that you can write short stories and submit them to magazines. I never actually realised that before! So I did that—a fatal decision, because once I started I never stopped. That first rejection was exhilarating! The first sale even more so.

There was only one problem. The major magazines were all in print, in the US. To submit, you had to print out the manuscript, enclose a self-addressed envelope (for the inevitable rejection slip) and go to the post office to ask for something called International Reply Coupons, or IRCs, which inevitably caused confusion for the post office employees until they found one finally under some paperclips in a random drawer.

It was expensive, time-consuming, and ultimately pointless, because I think in all the time I did that, I never once sold a story.

At the same time, however, online magazines began to appear.

They were not in any way respectable. They weren’t considered for awards, it wasn’t clear who read them, and they sometimes operated a bit like nerdy outlaws. They were looked down on by the SF readers of the time—if they were aware of them at all.

But the online magazines accepted e-mail submissions, and were available to anyone in the world with Internet access. It seemed to me those places were open to fiction that the establishment of the time wasn’t. As a writer trying to write fiction based on my own, somewhat curious background, writing in English as my second language, it felt to me that the traditional editors just didn’t know what to do with me. The online magazines, however, published me. So eventually I made the decision to never submit a story by post again.

Today, of course, the online magazines dominate. Look at any award shortlist and it is filled with online stories. But back then you were casting stories into the dark. Now, when the last print magazine has finally and reluctantly switched to e-mail submissions, I have been published in the print magazines I only dreamed of back then. But now, ironically, the print stories seldom get recognition!

Back then I didn’t care one way or the other. I was getting published, and those online magazines were gradually changing the face of science fiction. The ease of access democratised the field. It opened science fiction up to voices from outside the US, from outside the Anglophone world entirely. New writers could submit their stories wherever they were in the world. And these new editors recognised their value. Those stories, those authors, began to get published.

The field of short fiction is so vital to science fiction. It is where the new, the exciting, the cutting edge lies. Now it is filled to the brim with international voices. But even ten years ago this was the exception to the rule.

I never set out to promote international SF as an altruistic endeavor. It was purely selfish—it occurred to me that no one else was going to champion me and voices like me, so I set out to do it myself. I edited the first Apex Book of World SF anthology, and then launched a website to promote it, and that website—The World SF Blog—ended up becoming a sort of magazine itself, and published original fiction by writers who now have “award winner” or “best-selling author” in front of their names—Aliette de Bodard, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Zen Cho…

Talent is easy to spot, after all. It just took the publishing industry far too long to realise this.

We all started online, because online was where it was.

Many of the old online magazines disappeared, of course. The oldest and most venerable remaining is probably Strange Horizons. Clarkesworld popped up in 2006, and I know this because I was in the very first issue—the one no one ever read! Apex started in print, went online, and on the way allowed me to do not just five World SF anthologies but also a special issue of the magazine back in 2012—another first.

As I came to edit The Best of World SF, it was to the online magazines that I turned for what is new and exciting, the state-of-the-art of SF where it is. One of those fun stories is right here on Uncanny“Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad.

This is not to take away from the print magazines. Print remains important, and I would argue that its permanence of paper is essential to the long-term record of the genre. If there is one thing I am proud of about The Best of World SF is that it gives many online stories that permanent home in a durable hardcover, a snapshot and a record of SF where it is now. I hope it sits on shelves for many years to come.

With print magazines, both Analog and F&SF have new editors and a new openness to international fiction, while Asimov’s continue to publish good works (and I’ve been published in all three now, which makes younger-me very happy). And other Best Of anthologies continue to bridge the gap between digital and physical—and are now filled with international voices where once there were none.

Somehow, those early online magazines—virtually-underground, disreputable, and mostly ignored—changed science fiction forever. They made it diverse, they made it global—and by doing so, they ultimately made it better.

(U.S. readers can pre-order The Best of World SF: Volume 1, edited by Lavie Tidhar, from Head of Zeus here!)

Lavie Tidhar is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of Osama (2011), The Violent Century (2013), the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize-winning A Man Lies Dreaming (2014), and the Campbell Award-winning Central Station (2016), in addition to many other works and several other awards. His latest novels are the Locus Award nominated Unholy Land (2018) and debut children’s novel Candy (2018). He works across genres, combining detective and thriller modes with poetry, science fiction and historical and autobiographical material. His work has been compared to that of Philip K. Dick by the Guardian and the Financial Times, and to Kurt Vonnegut’s by Locus.

Leah Bobet’s Poem and Kelly Robson’s Story Are Aurora Awards Finalists!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns! The 2021 Aurora Awards finalists have been announced, and two Uncanny Magazine pieces are on the final ballot! “The Death of the Gods” by Leah Bobet is a finalist for the Best Poem/Song Aurora Award,  and “So You Want to Be a Honeypot” by Kelly Robson is a finalist for the Best Short Story Aurora Award! Congratulations to Leah, Kelly, and to all of the phenomenal finalists!

From the Aurora Awards website:

This ballot is for works done in 2020 by Canadians.  The Aurora Awards are nominated by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association.  The top five nominated works were selected.  Additional works were included where there was a tie for fifth place.  An online awards ceremony will be held on Oct 16, 2021 hosted by Can-Con (http://can-con.org/).  Voting will being on July 31, 2021 and close at 11:59 pm EDT on September 4, 2021.  NOTE: Due to Covid-19, works normally in Fan Organizational are in the Fan Related Work category.  

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

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns! “The Inaccessibility of Heaven” by Aliette de Bodard is a Best Novelette Locus Award finalist, “Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super” by A.T. Greenblatt is a Best Novelette Locus Award finalist, “Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse” by Rae Carson is a Best Short Story Locus Award finalist, “Dresses Like White Elephants” by Meg Elison is a Best Short Story Locus Award finalist, “The Sycamore and the Sybil” by Alix E. Harrow is a Best Short Story Locus Award finalist,  and “50 Things Every AI Working with Humans Should Know”  by Ken Liu is a Best Short Story Locus Award finalist! Congratulations to Aliette, A.T., Rae, Meg, Alix, and Ken!!! Plus, 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!

A huge congratulations to all of the phenomenal finalists!

From the Locus website:

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the 2021 Locus Awards. These results are from the February 1 to April 15 voting, done by readers on an open public ballot. Congratulations to all!

The Locus Awards winners will be announced June 26, 2021, during the virtual Locus Awards Weekend. Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony. Additional weekend events include author readings, panels with leading authors, and all memberships come with a 2021 Locus Awards t-shirt. Buy your ticket today!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 40 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming May 4, THE FORTIETH ISSUE OF THE 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 June 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 40 Table of Contents:

Cover:
With Her Familiars on Mars by Galen Dara

Editorials:
“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
“Imagining Futures: Imagination, Ltd.” by Elsa Sjunneson

Fiction:
“Unseelie Brothers, Ltd.” by Fran Wilde (5/4)
“Proof by Induction” by José Pablo Iriarte (5/4)
“Thirteen of the Secrets in My Purse” by Rachel Swirsky (5/4)

“How the Girls Came Home” by Eugenia Triantafyllou (6/1)
“The Hungry Ones” by Emma Törzs (6/1)
“Heart Shine” by Shveta Thakrar (6/1)

Reprint:
“River, Clap Your Hands” by Sheree Renée Thomas (6/1)

Essays:
“A Love Letter to Libraries” by E. Lily Yu (5/4)
Babylon 5 and Antifascism” by Andrew Liptak (5/4)

“The Protagonist Problem” by Ada Palmer and Jo Walton (6/1)
“More Than Meets the Eye: Transformers as Trans Fantasy” by C. J. Linton (6/1)

Poetry:
“Self Portrait As a Printing Press” by Nnadi Samuel (5/4)
“Paqtasultieg” by Tiffany Morris (5/4)

“Mona Lisa’s Abecedarian to Leonardo da Vinci” by Abu Bakr Sadiq (6/1)
“Collection” by Vivian Li (6/1)

Interviews:
José Pablo Iriarte interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (5/4)

Shveta Thakrar interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (6/1)

Podcasts:

Episode 40A (5/4): Editors’ Introduction, “Unseelie Brothers, Ltd.” by Fran Wilde, as read by Erika Ensign, “Paqtasultieg” by Tiffany Morris, as read by Matt Peters, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Fran Wilde.

Episode 40B (6/1): Editors’ Introduction, “How the Girls Came Home” by Eugenia Triantafyllou, as read by Joy Piedmont, “Mona Lisa’s Abecedarian to Leonardo da Vinci” by Abu Bakr Sadiq, as read by Matt Peters, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Eugenia Triantafyllou.

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