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The Thomases Unbox the Trade Hardcover Edition of The Best of Uncanny!

Space Unicorns! As you know, The Best of Uncanny was released into the multiverse on New Year’s Eve!

The Best of Uncanny is a collection from Subterranean Press edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas that brings together some of their favorite Uncanny Magazine stories and poems from the first few years of the magazine, including many works which were nominated for or won awards. Over 40 authors!

This week, Co-editors Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas received some of their copies from the publisher. Here they are with their daughter, Caitlin, and Hugo the Cat unboxing this gorgeous book!

The trade hardcover edition is out of print and signed limited editions are nearly out of print! If you pre-ordered, your copy should be on the way soon! You can still buy copies directly from Subterranean Press

Plus, the eBook edition is available! You can purchase an eBook of The Best of Uncanny from Subterranean PressAmazonBarnes & Noble, or Kobo!

Don’t forget, there will be a book tour for The Best of Uncanny with stops in Seattle (Jan 17), Philadelphia (Jan 25), Champaign (Feb 5), and Minneapolis (Feb 15). If you still want a print copy and missed the pre-orders, this is the only way to get one! Please, come meet some of the editors and authors!

We are very proud of this book, and we think you will love these stories and poems as much as we do. Thank you, Space Unicorns!

Uncanny Celebrates Reader Favorites of 2019!

Hello, Space Unicorns! 2019 was a complicated year. Though it was often a rollercoaster, we are very proud of all of the amazing works we published in Uncanny Magazine. Everyone in the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps has been wonderfully supportive, and your enthusiasm has meant so much to us. It’s been fantastic to see how much our readers have been enjoying Uncanny’s fiction. And while we have our personal favorites, we’d like to know which stories YOU loved from Uncanny in 2019.

We’ve set up a poll for Uncanny readers to vote for their top three favorite original short stories from 2019. (You can find links to all of the stories here.)

The poll will be open from January 9 to February 6, after which we’ll announce the results. We’re excited for you to share which Uncanny stories made you feel!

snazzy certificate will be given to the creator whose work comes out on top of  the poll!

So please spread the word! And don’t forget, EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

The Best of Uncanny is OUT NOW!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns! In case you missed it during your New Year’s celebrations, The Best of Uncanny was released into the multiverse!

As you know, The Best of Uncanny is a collection from Subterranean Press edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas that brings together some of their favorite Uncanny Magazine stories and poems from the first few years of the magazine, including many works which were nominated for or won awards. Over 40 authors!

The Best of Uncanny has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly Booklist, Library Journal, and Kirkus!

The trade hardcover edition is nearly out of print! If you pre-ordered, your copy should be on the way soon! You can still buy copies directly from Subterranean Press

Plus, the eBook edition is available! You can purchase an eBook of The Best of Uncanny from Subterranean Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Kobo!

Don’t forget, there will be a book tour for The Best of Uncanny with stops in Seattle (Jan 17), Philadelphia (Jan 25), Champaign (Feb 5), and Minneapolis (Feb 15). If you still want a print copy and missed the pre-orders, this is the only way to get one! Please, come meet some of the editors and authors!

We are very proud of this book, and we think you will love these stories and poems as much as we do. Thank you, Space Unicorns!

 

Cover:

Traveling to a Distant Day by Tran Nguyen

Table of Contents:

  • “The Uncanny Valley- An Introduction” by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
  • “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies” by Brooke Bolander
  • “Blessings” by Naomi Novik
  • “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu (translator signing, not the author)
  • “The New Ways” by Amal El-Mohtar (Poem)
  • “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • “Catcall” by Delilah S. Dawson
  • “Wooden Feathers” by Ursula Vernon
  • “The Long Run” by Neil Gaiman (Poem)
  • “Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History” by Sam J. Miller
  • “Ghost Champagne” by Charlie Jane Anders
  • “Translatio Corporis” by Kat Howard
  • “Rose Child” by Theodora Goss (Poem)
  • “The Witch of the Orion Waste and the Boy Knight” by E. Lily Yu
  • “Monster Girls Don’t Cry” by A. Merc Rustad
  • “Midnight Hour” by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • “Henosis” by N.K. Jemisin
  • “The Persecution of Witches” by Ali Trotta (Poem)
  • “Restore the Heart into Love” by John Chu
  • “I Frequently Hear Music in the Very Heart of Noise” by Sarah Pinsker
  • “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay” by Alyssa Wong
  • “肉骨茶 (Meat Bone Tea)” by S. Qiouyi Lu (Poem)
  • “She Still Loves the Dragon” by Elizabeth Bear
  • “If You Were a Tiger, I’d Have to Wear White” by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • “archival testimony fragments / minersong” by Rose Lemberg (Poem)
  • “Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon
  • “Planet Lion” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • The Hydraulic Emperor” by Arkady Martine
  • “Starskin, Sealskin” by Shveta Thakrar & Sara Cleto (Poem)
  • “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time” by K.M. Szpara
  • “god-date” by Brandon O’Brien (Poem)
  • “Auspicium Melioris Aevi” by JY Yang
  • “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” by Fran Wilde
  • “An Ocean the Color of Bruises” by Isabel Yap
  • “Dancing Princesses” by Roshani Chokshi (Poem)
  • “Those” by Sofia Samatar
  • “Though She Be But Little” by C. S. E. Cooney
  • “Children of Thorns, Children of Water” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “Protestations Against the Idea of Anglicization” by Cassandra Khaw (Poem)
  • “My Body, Herself” by Carmen Maria Machado
  • “Ye Highlands and Ye Lowlands” by Seanan McGuire
  • “The Words on My Skin” by Caroline M. Yoachim
  • “And Then There Were (N-One)” by Sarah Pinsker
  • “The Sea Never Says It Loves You” by Fran Wilde (Poem)
  • “Pockets” by Amal El-Mohtar

Uncanny Magazine Issue 32 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming January 7, THE THIRTY-SECOND 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 February 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!

As you may know, starting with this Uncanny Magazine issue, our new Nonfiction Editor is Elsa Sjunneson! Uncanny readers should be very familiar with Elsa. She was the guest Editor-in-Chief (with Dominik Parisien) and Nonfiction Editor of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, and has had her essays and fiction published in Uncanny on numerous occasions. We are so thrilled to have Elsa taking over the nonfiction editing. She did a tremendous job as a DPDSF guest editor, and has proven time and time again that along with being a brilliant writer, she is one of the best editors in the business.

A woman holding a glowing sword looks up toward a brown and pale yellow sky, her hair in a bun, wearing a skirt and jacket.

 

 

Uncanny Magazine Issue 32 Table of Contents

Cover:
Fallen Embers by Nilah Magruder

Editorials:
“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
“Imagining Place: The BBC Miniseries” by Elsa Sjunneson

Fiction:
“Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse” by Rae Carson (1/7)
“My Country Is a Ghost” by Eugenia Triantafyllou (1/7)
“You Perfect, Broken Thing” by C.L. Clark (1/7)

“Where You Linger” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (2/4)
“And All the Trees of the Forest Shall Clap Their Hands” by Sharon Hsu (2/4)
“The Spirit of the Leech” by Alex Bledsoe (2/4)

Reprint:
“Braid of Days and Wake of Nights” by E. Lily Yu (2/4)

Nonfiction:
“Writing with My Keys Between My Fingers” by Meg Elison (1/7)
“Save Me a Seat on the Couch: Spoiler Culture, Inclusion, and Disability” by Marissa Lingen (1/7)

“Speculative Fictions, Everywhere We Look” by Malka Older (2/4)
“Street Harassment Is an Access Issue” by Katharine Duckett (2/4)

Poetry:
“Who Do You Think You Are” by Ada Hoffmann (1/7)
“Elegy for the Self as Villeneuve’s Belle” by Brandon O’Brien (1/7)

“The Death of the Gods” by Leah Bobet (2/4)
“A tenjō kudari (“ceiling hanger” yōkai) defends her theft” by Betsy Aoki (2/4)

Interviews:
Caroline M. Yoachim Interviews Eugenia Triantafyllou (1/7)

Caroline M. Yoachim Interviews Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (2/4)

Podcasts:

Uncanny Magazine Podcast 32A (1/7)
“Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse” by Rae Carson, as read by Erika Ensign
“Who Do You Think You Are” by Ada Hoffmann, as read by Joy Piedmont
Lynne M. Thomas Interviews Rae Carson

Uncanny Magazine Podcast 32B (2/4)
“And All the Trees of the Forest Shall Clap Their Hands” by Sharon Hsu, as read by Joy Piedmont
“The Death of the Gods” by Leah Bobet, as read by Erika Ensign
Lynne M. Thomas Interviews Sharon Hsu

The Best of Uncanny BOOK TOUR!

Space Unicorns! Are you excited about the forthcoming The Best of Uncanny (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas) from Subterranean Press? We have more great news! There will be four launch events next year featuring the editors and writers!

University Book Store
Seattle, WA
Friday, January 17th at 6:30 PM
Attending: Michael Damian Thomas, Caroline M. Yoachim, and E. Lily Yu

Shakespeare & Co.
Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, January 25 around 6 PM
Attending: Lynne M. Thomas, Fran Wilde, Sarah Pinsker, C. S. E. Cooney, Shveta Thakrar, Sara Cleto, Ali Trotta, and K.M. Szpara

Illini Union Bookstore
Champaign, IL
Wednesday, February 5 at 6:30 PM
Attending: Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas

Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore
Minneapolis, MN
Saturday, February 15 at 1 PM
Attending: Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, and Merc Fenn Wolfmoor, plus Kelly McCullough

We hope to see you, Space Unicorns!

The Best of Uncanny received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, and Kirkus! It’s a limited print run, and Subterranean Press believes it might sell out immediately! Make sure to pre-order or make plans to be at one of these events!

Uncanny Magazine 2019 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 those stories are eligible in (especially for the Hugo Awards and Nebula Awards). 2019 was the fifth full year of Uncanny Magazine (Issues 26 through 31, including the Disabled People Destroy Fantasy 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 26-29, and 31 and The Best of Uncanny. (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, novelette, or novella 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.

Novella (17,500 and 40,000 Words):

A Time to Reap by Elizabeth Bear

Novelettes (7500-17,500 Words):

The Willows by Delilah S. Dawson

Nice Things by Ellen Klages

The Blur in the Corner of Your Eye by Sarah Pinsker

Away With the Wolves by Sarah Gailey

Black Flowers Blossom by Vina Jie-Min Prasad

Short Stories (Under 7500 Words):

A Catalog of Storms by Fran Wilde

Nothing to Fear, Nothing to Fear by Senaa Ahmad

Poems Written While by Natalia Theodoridou

Dustdaughter by Inda Lauryn

The Thing, With Feathers by Marissa Lingen

The Dead, In Their Uncontrollable Power by Karen Osborne

Every Song Must End by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

A Sharp Breath of Birds by Tina Connolly

Vīs Dēlendī by Marie Brennan

On the Lonely Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Before the World Crumbles Away by A. T. Greenblatt

A Salt and Sterling Tongue by Emma Osborne

Probabilitea by John Chu

A Catalog of Love at First Sight by Brit E. B. Hvide

Canst Thou Draw Out the Leviathan by Christopher Caldwell

Lest We Forget by Elizabeth Bear

Big Box by Greg van Eekhout

Compassionate Simulation by Rachel Swirsky and P. H. Lee

A Champion of Nigh-Space by Tim Pratt (Reprint)

The Migration Suite: A Study in C Sharp Minor by Maurice Broaddus

How the Trick Is Done by A.C. Wise

On the Impurity of Dragon-kind by Marie Brennan

Tower by Lane Waldman

Seed and Cinder by Jei D. Marcade

The Tailor and the Beast by Aysha U. Farah

This Is Not My Adventure by Karlo Yeager Rodríguez

The Fifth Day by Tochi Onyebuchi

Nutrition Facts by D.A. Xiaolin Spires

Peridot and Rain by Laura Anne Gilman

A Mindreader’s Guide to Surviving Your First Year at the All-Girls Superhero Academy by Jenn Reese

Best of Uncanny Has a Starred Review from Library Journal!

Even more fabulous news, Space Unicorns! The forthcoming The Best of Uncanny (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas) from Subterranean Press received a coveted STARRED REVIEW from Library Journal!

“… the diverse range of voices, works, and prose show the wealth of creativity, humanity, and talent in today’s science fiction and fantasy writers. The introduction from editors Thomas and Thomas show their passion for the genre. VERDICT: This delightful volume of imaginative writing will be devoured by genre fans and newcomers alike.”

This is in addition to the starred reviews from Publishers Weekly Booklist, and Kirkus!

You can pre-order this GIGANTIC BOOK from Subterranean Press or from most places that sell books!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 31 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming November 5, THE THIRTY-FIRST 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 December 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!

As many of you know, this is a somewhat bittersweet issue. After five years of phenomenal work, original Space Unicorn Michi Trota is moving on from her roles as Managing Editor and Nonfiction Editor. (Issue 30 was her last as Managing Editor, and Issue 31 is her final issue as Nonfiction Editor.) We can’t overstate how important Michi has been to Uncanny. Michi started with us on day one as Managing Editor. She developed a ton of our processes, made everything look slick and professional, always had a strong voice in the nonfiction, and has been the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps’ biggest cheerleader. We really can’t say enough great things about Michi and what she did for making Uncanny what it is today. She’s a dear friend who stepped up for every challenge. We know that Michi is going to do more fabulous things in the future. Please make sure to read Michi’s goodbye editorial.

Along with the bittersweet news, though, we have some fabulous news. This is the first issue for new Managing Editor Chimedum Ohaegbu! Chimie was the Uncanny Magazine Assistant Editor, and started with us as an intern in February 2018. She’s done a tremendous job, and we expect more stupendous things from her. She has been working very closely with Michi for quite some time, so we know this will be a seamless transition. Chimie is a rising superstar writer and editor, and it’s such a joy to work with her. We’re very excited about this!

And that’s not all! This is the first issue for new Assistant Editor Angel Cruz! You might know Angel from her Uncanny Magazine essay. She’s a wonderful writer, reviewer, and editor who has contributed to numerous excellent markets, and we are very excited to have her join the Uncanny team! (Note: new Nonfiction Editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry starts next issue. More about her then!)

Uncanny Magazine Issue 31 Table of Contents

Cover:
La Palma by John Picacio

Editorial:
“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
“So Long, and Thanks for All the Space Unicorns” by Michi Trota

Fiction:
“A Time to Reap” by Elizabeth Bear (11/5)
“Nutrition Facts” by D.A. Xiaolin Spires (11/5)

“Black Flowers Blossom” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (12/3)
“Peridot and Rain” by Laura Anne Gilman (12/3)
“A Mindreader’s Guide to Surviving Your First Year at the All-Girls Superhero Academy” by Jenn Reese (12/3)

Nonfiction:
“The Page and the Panel: Writing Between Prose and Comics” by G. Willow Wilson (11/5)
“The Science, Fiction, and Fantasy of Genre” by Alexandra Erin (11/5)
“If You’ve Heard This One Before” by Brandon O’Brien (11/5)

“As You Know, Bob…” by Jeannette Ng (12/3)
“Confessions of an Adjacent Geek” by Keidra Chaney (12/3)

Poetry:
“Without Prayer or the Place in the Forest” by Sonya Taaffe (11/5)
“fear cat” by Hal Y. Zhang (11/5)

“The Wooden Box” by Annie Neugebauer (12/3)
“Manananggal” by Sylvia Santiago (12/3)

Interview:
Elizabeth Bear interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (11/5)

Jenn Reese interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (12/3)

Podcasts:
Uncanny Magazine Podcast #31A (11/5)
“Nutrition Facts” by D.A. Xiaolin Spires, as read by Joy Piedmont
“Without Prayer or the Place in the Forest” by Sonya Taaffe, as read by Erika Ensign
Lynne M. Thomas Interviews D.A. Xiaolin Spires

Uncanny Magazine Podcast #32A (12/3)
“Black Flowers Blossom” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad, as read by Joy Piedmont
“The Wooden Box” by Annie Neugebauer, as read by Erika Ensign
Lynne M. Thomas Interviews Vina Jie-Min Prasad

Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Editors-in-Chief Dominik Parisien & Elsa Sjunneson-Henry Win an Aurora Award, and Uncanny Magazine Wins a British Fantasy Award!!!

Tremendous news, Space Unicorns!

The 2019 Aurora Awards winners have been announced, and Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction,  (Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Dominik Parisien, Editors-in-Chief), won the Aurora Award for Best Related Work!!! Congratulations to Dominik and Elsa and to everyone involved with this special issue!

Osiris” by Leah Bobet (Uncanny Magazine #25) was also a finalist for Best Poem/Song, and “Constructing the Future” by Derek Newman-Stille (Uncanny Magazine #24) was a finalist for Best Fan Writing and Publications. Congratulations once again to Leah and Derek, and to all of the phenomenal Aurora Award finalists and winners!

But that’s not all!

Uncanny Magazine won a 2019 British Fantasy Award for  Best Magazine / Periodical! We are so honored! It was a fantastic group of finalists. Congratulations to all of the spectacular British Fantasy Award winners and finalists! Thank you again to the world’s greatest staff, all of the contributors, the British Fantasy Society, the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps, and to Dr. Una McCormack (our award acceptor at the ceremony). WE ARE EXTREMELY CHUFFED, SPACE UNICORNS!!!

Best of Uncanny Has a Starred Review from Booklist!

More fabulous news, Space Unicorns! The forthcoming The Best of Uncanny (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas) from Subterranean Press will receive a coveted STARRED REVIEW in the American Library Association’s November 2019 issue of Booklist magazine!

“This anthology contains a gluttonous surfeit of narrative riches. The works in this collection are inventive, gorgeous, occasionally difficult, and immensely rewarding. Truly, the best of Uncanny.”

This is in addition to the starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus!

You can pre-order this GIGANTIC BOOK from Subterranean Press or from most places that sell books!