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Uncanny Is Looking for Submissions Editors Again!

Uncanny Magazine  is currently seeking to add more Submissions Editors (often called slush readers). Uncanny is an online magazine that publishes Science Fiction and Fantasy and pays $.08 per word for new fiction. Our submission guidelines are here.

We will ask Submissions Editors to select unique and provocative, diverse, well-written stories from our unsolicited submissions for the Editors-in-Chief to consider for publication. Each Submission Editor will be responsible for reading about 30-60 stories per month on the Moksha system. (We try to respond within 10 days to submissions.) This is an unpaid volunteer position, and you will be unable to submit stories or poems to Uncanny if you are chosen. If you’re curious about how this process works, here is an excellent post by Sigrid Ellis on the subject.

If you’re interested in joining Team Space Unicorn, please fill out our Submission Editor application form. We will be accepting applications until July 29 at 11:59 PM CDT.

Thanks!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 29 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming July 2, THE TWENTY-NINTH 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 August 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 29 Table of Contents

Cover:
Skyward Bound by Julie Dillon

Editorial:
“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas

Fiction:
“The Blur in the Corner of Your Eye” by Sarah Pinsker (7/2)
“Big Box” by Greg van Eekhout (7/2)
“Compassionate Simulation” by Rachel Swirsky and P. H. Lee (7/2)

“On the Impurity of Dragon-kind” by Marie Brennan (8/6)
“How the Trick is Done” by A.C. Wise (8/6)
“The Migration Suite: A Study in C Sharp Minor” by Maurice Broaddus (8/6)

Reprint:
“A Champion of Nigh-Space” by Tim Pratt (8/6)

Essays:
“Was Trials of Mana Worth Growing Up For?” by Aidan Moher (7/2)
“The Gang’s All Here: Writing Lessons from The Good Place” By Tansy Rayner Roberts (7/2)
“The Better Place” by Karlyn Ruth Meyer (7/2)

“Beware the Lifeboat” by Marissa Lingen (8/6)
“Sir Elsa of Tortall, Knight of the Realm” by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry (8/6)

Poetry:
“capturing the mood” by D.A. Xiaolin Spires (7/2)
“Sing” by Alexandra Seidel (7/2)

“If Love Is Real, So Are Fairies” by Cynthia So (8/6)
“Buruburu” by Betsy Aoki (8/6)

Interviews:
Caroline M. Yoachim Interviews Greg van Eekhout (7/2)

Caroline M. Yoachim Interviews Maurice Broaddus (8/6)

Podcasts:
Uncanny Magazine Podcast 29A (7/2)
“The Blur in the Corner of Your Eye” by Sarah Pinsker, as read by Erika Ensign
“capturing the mood” by D.A. Xiaolin Spires, as read by Joy Piedmont
Sarah Pinsker Interviewed by Lynne M. Thomas

Uncanny Magazine Podcast 29B (8/6)
“How the Trick is Done” by A.C. Wise, as read by Erika Ensign
“If Love Is Real, So Are Fairies” by Cynthia So, as read by Joy Piedmont
A.C. Wise Interviewed by Lynne M. Thomas

The Thomases Unbox the Best of Uncanny ARCs!

EXCITING DAY, SPACE UNICORNS!

As you may remember, the phenomenal Subterranean Press will be releasing massive hardcover and prestige editions of  The Best of Uncanny in December 2019The Best of Uncanny is a collection edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas bringing 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!

Last Friday, we received a box of Advance Reading Copies (ARCs)!!! THEY ARE SO GORGEOUS!!! Look at how beautiful that Tran Nguyen cover is!!!

The prestige edition SOLD OUT in 24 hours, but you can still pre-order the regular hardcover edition at the Subterranean Press website!

Once again, check out the spectacular Table of Contents!

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 Podcast Reader Changes

Another bittersweet news, wonderful news post, Space Unicorns.

Uncanny Magazine Podcast reader Stephanie Malia Morris is moving on after podcast episode #28B. Stephanie has been with us since episode #18A and has done a spectacular job. We know she will continue to do brilliant things, and will be greatly missed.

And now for the wonderful news! Our new podcast reader joining reader Erika Ensign will be Joy Piedmont! We are thrilled to have Joy joining the Uncanny team, and know she is going to be fantastic!

Joy’s a librarian and high school technology integrator in Manhattan. She’s lead workshops at conferences on topics such as digital ethics, media literacy, and identity development for transracial adoptees. As a freelance writer, she’s covered pop culture for Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch and reviewed Young Adult literature for School Library Journal. She co-hosts/co-produces Reality Bomb, a Doctor Who podcast, and in 2018 she was the creator and co-executive producer of #WhoAgainstGuns, a series of podcast commentaries that raised over $20K to help end gun violence. Joy is the co-creator and co-chair of Gallifrey One‘s TARDIS Talks, a special track of programming giving space to big ideas and theories about Doctor Who and fandom. Follow her on Twitter @InquiringJoy.

 

Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, Leah Bobet, and Derek Newman-Stille Are Aurora Awards Finalists!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns! The 2019 Aurora Awards finalists have been announced, and three Uncanny Magazine pieces are on the final ballot! “Osiris” by Leah Bobet (Uncanny Magazine #25) is a Finalist for Best Poem/Song, “Constructing the Future” by Derek Newman-Stille (Uncanny Magazine #24) is a finalist for Best Fan Writing and Publications, and finally Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, edited by Dominik Parisien and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry (Uncanny Magazine #24), is a finalist for Best Related Work! Congratulations to Leah, Derek, Dominik, and Elsa, and to all of the phenomenal finalists!

From File 770:

The 2019 Aurora Awards finalists have been announced. The awards are nominated by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, for Science Fiction / Fantasy works done in 2018 by Canadians. The top five nominated works were selected.  Additional works were included where there was a tie for fifth place. The awards ceremony will be held at Can-Con 2019, October 18-20, in Ottawa.

Uncanny, the Thomases, and Isabel Yap’s “How to Swallow the Moon” 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, Isabel Yap’s “How to Swallow the Moon” is a Best Novelette Locus Award finalist! Congratulations to Isabel! And 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 2019 Locus AwardsTickets are available now.

Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 28-30, 2019; Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony. Additional weekend events include author readings; a kickoff Clarion West party honoring first week instructor Elizabeth Hand, 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 Hawaiian shirt contest, all followed by a Locus party on Saturday night.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 28 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming May 7, THE TWENTY-EIGHTH 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 June 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!

This issue will coincide with our Weightless Books Subscription Drive for a year’s worth of Uncanny Magazine eBooks. The drive will run from May 1-May 15. For that limited time, people can receive a year’s worth of Uncanny for $2 off the regular price. We will have some nifty giveaways for a few lucky new or renewing subscribers at particular milestones, too. (T-shirts! Back issues! Tote bags! Space Unicorn Squishy Stress Relievers!). And all new or renewing subscribers will get a vinyl Space Unicorn sticker and a Space Unicorn Enamel Pin!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 28 Table of Contents

Cover
She’s Going Places by Galen Dara

Editorial
“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas (5/7)

Fiction
“Nice Things” by Ellen Klages (5/7)
“Probabilitea” by John Chu (5/7)
“A Salt and Sterling Tongue” by Emma Osborne (5/7)

“Lest We Forget” by Elizabeth Bear (6/4)
“A Catalog of Love at First Sight” by Brit E. B. Hvide (6/4)
“Canst Thou Draw Out the Leviathan” by Christopher Caldwell (6/4)

Reprint Fiction
“Corpse Soldier” by Kameron Hurley (6/4)

Nonfiction
“Black Horror Rising” by Tananarive Due (5/7)
“Everyone’s World is Ending All the Time: notes on becoming a climate resilience planner at the edge of the anthropocene” by Arkady Martine (5/7)
“Jennifer Adams Kelley—A Remembrance” (5/7)

“Toy Stories” by Gwenda Bond (6/4)
“‘You Have Only Your Trust in Me’: Star Trek and the Power of Mutual Belief” by Nicasio Andres Reed (6/4)

Poetry
“The Cinder Girl Burns Brightly” by Theodora Goss (5/7)
“The following parameters” by Nicasio Andres Reed (5/7)
“Flashover” by S. Qiouyi Lu (5/7)

“The Magician Speaks to the Fool” by Ali Trotta (6/4)
“Elegy for the Self as Villeneuve’s Beast” by Brandon O’Brien (6/4)

Interview
John Chu interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (5/7)

Elizabeth Bear interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim(6/4)

Podcasts
Uncanny Magazine Podcast 28A (5/7)
“Nice Things” by Ellen Klages, as read by Erika Ensign
“The Cinder Girl Burns Brightly” by Theodora Goss, as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Ellen Klages interviewed by Lynne M. Thomas

Uncanny Magazine Podcast 28B (6/4)
“A Catalog of Love at First Sight” by Brit E. B. Hvide, as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
“The Magician Speaks to the Fool” by Ali Trotta, as read by Erika Ensign
Brit E. B. Hvide interviewed by Lynne M. Thomas

Come to the Uncanny TV Pilot Taping!!!

Space Unicorns unite! During Uncanny Magazine‘s successful Kickstarter campaign for Year 5, you made your voices heard: I want my Uncanny TV!

We welcome you to join us for our live recording of the pilot episode of Uncanny TV. Podcaster extraordinaire Matt Peters & Managing/Nonfiction Editor Michi Trota will host this variety talk show in the spirit of Uncanny Magazine: highlighting creators in SF/F working in a variety of art forms and projects, focusing on people building and nurturing their communities, particularly highlighting marginalized creators. They’ll talk about topics that can be serious, but the overall tone of the show will be to celebrate the things we enjoy and the people who make our communities good places to be in SF/F.

Matt Peters speaking at a panel on the left. Michi Trota with fire fans on the right.
Matt Peters (left) and Michi Trota (right)

Our show features Keisha Howard (founder of Sugar Gamers), Daniel Jun Kim (Philanthropist and founder of Pop Mythology), and a performance and interview with singer-songwriter Dawn Xiana Moon (founder and director of Raks Geek).

Keisha Howard in black leather cyberpunk outfit on the left. Daniel Jun Kim in jeans and black T-shirt reading "cleric" in the center. Dawn Xiana Moon posing with guitar on the right.
Keisha Howard (left); Daniel Jun Kim (middle); Dawn Xiana Moon (right)

Location: The Cards Against Humanity Theater, 1917 N. Elston, Chicago, IL
Doors open at 3:30pm
Event runs 4-6pm

This show is FREE to attend! Please register for tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uncanny-magazine-presents-i-want-my-uncanny-tv-tickets-60468467815

Note: limited off-street parking is available. There’s also street parking available. Public transit options in short walking distance include the Metra Rail Clybourn Station (UP-NW & UP-N lines) and #8 Ashland bus. The Armitage Brown Line stop, and #72 North Avenue and #74 Fullerton Avenue bus lines are also nearby.

 

Major Uncanny Magazine Staff Changes!

This is one of those hard news/good news posts, Space Unicorns.

The hard news is that after five years, Managing and Nonfiction Editor Michi Trota has decided to move on from her Uncanny editorial duties at the end of 2019. 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 has stepped up for every challenge. We know that Michi is going to do more fabulous things in the future.

Michi will be staying through Uncanny Magazine #31 (November/December 2019) to make sure we have a seamless editorial transition. Michi will also continue to co-host and co-produce the Uncanny TV pilot, which will be premiering later this year. We are sure that even though she will no longer be an Uncanny editor, Michi’s association with Uncanny will continue in many different ways.

And now for the good news, Space Unicorns!

Starting with Uncanny Magazine #31 (November/December 2019), the new Managing Editor will be…

Chimedum Ohaegbu!!!!

Chimie is the current Uncanny Magazine Assistant Editor, and started with us as an intern in February 2018. She has done a phenomenal job, and we expect more tremendous 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 is such a joy to work with her. We are very excited about this!

Chimie’s bio:

Chimedum “Chimie” Ohaegbu attends the University of British Columbia in pursuit of hummingbirds and a dual degree in English literature and creative writing. She’s a recipient of both the full 2017 Tan Seagull Scholarship for Young Writers and a 2018 Katherine Brearley Arts Scholarship. She loves tisanes, insect facts but not insects, every single bird and magpies especially, and video game music. Her fondness of bad puns has miraculously not prevented her work from being published or forthcoming in Strange Horizons, Train: A Poetry Journal, The /tƐmz/ Review, and The Capilano Review.  Find her on Twitter @chimedumohaegbu or Instagram @chimedum_ohaegbu.  

But that is not all, Space Unicorns! Starting with Uncanny Magazine #32 (January/February 2020), the new Nonfiction Editor will be…

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry!!!!

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.

Elsa’s Bio:

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is a multi-Hugo-Award finalist author and editor. She was the Co-Guest Editor-in-Chief of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, where she edited the nonfiction section. Her own nonfiction writing has appeared on CNN Opinion, Tor.com, Fireside, and The Boston Globe. She teaches about disability in fiction on a regular basis. She has an MA in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College, where she learned how to write a killer polemic. You can find her talking about being deafblind, having a guide dog, and liking bats @snarkbat on Twitter, and on her website snarkbat.com

But wait, there is more!

Starting with Uncanny Magazine #31 (November/December 2019), the new Assistant Editor will be…

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!

Angel’s Bio:

Angel Cruz is a writer and professional enthusiast, with a deep love for magic realism and Philippine folklore. She is a staff writer at Ms en Scene and Women Write About Comics, and a contributor at Book Riot. She was a 2017 Contributing Writer at The Learned Fangirl, with additional bylines at the Chicago Review of Books and Brooklyn Magazine. Find more of her work at angelcruzwrites.contently.com, or follow her on Twitter @angelcwrites.  

Uncanny Magazine Year 6 will be fantastic, Space Unicorns. Though many changes are happening, we will continue to have the BEST STAFF in the universe.