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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!

 

 

Announcing the Disabled People Destroy Fantasy Fiction and Nonfiction Editors!

Space Unicorns! We are currently running the Uncanny Magazine Year 5: I Want My Uncanny TV Kickstarter. Because we have already received so many backers, we announced the upcoming Disabled People Destroy Fantasy special issue Guest Editors for Fiction and Nonfiction! 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!

So now the announcement you have been waiting for, THE DISABLED PEOPLE DESTROY FANTASY Fiction and Nonfiction GUEST EDITORS!

The Guest Fiction Editor is… Katharine Duckett!!!

 

Katharine Duckett is a writer of weird fiction by night and works in science fiction and fantasy publishing by day. She is a graduate of Viable Paradise, and her fiction has appeared in InterzoneBest of Apex Magazine: Volume IWilde Stories 2015: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction, and is forthcoming in PseudoPod, Sharp & Sugar Tooth: Women Up to No Good, and Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction. Her debut book, Miranda in Milan, publishes next March.

The Guest Nonfiction Editor is… Nicolette Barischoff!!!

Nicolette Barischoff was born with spastic cerebral palsy, which has only made her more awesome. Her fiction has appeared in Long HiddenAccessing the Future, The Journal of Unlikely Academia, Podcastle, and Angels of the Meanwhile. As an editor, Nicolette was the Guest Personal Essays Editor for Uncanny Magazine‘s Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction special issue. She regularly writes about disability, feminism, sex- and body-positivity, and how all these fit together. Her personal essays on these topics get read way more than her fiction does, which is only a little annoying. She regularly collaborates with visual and performance artists to promote normalization of visibly disabled bodies. She’s been on the front page of CBS New York, where they called her activism public pornography and suggested her face was a Public Order Crime.

We are so thrilled to be working with Katharine and Nicolette! Disabled People Destroy Fantasy will be AMAZING! THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE!!!

Watch the Uncanny Magazine Year 5: I Want My Uncanny TV Kickstarter  for the upcoming announcements of the Disabled People Destroy Fantasy Poetry and Reprint Guest Editors!

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

More excellent award news, Space Unicorns!

The World Fantasy Award Finalists have been announced! Once again, Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are finalists for the Special Award, Non-Professional World Fantasy Award for Uncanny Magazine! Also, “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” by Fran Wilde is a finalist for the Best Short Story World Fantasy Award! We are thrilled and honored! Congratulations to Fran and all of the finalists!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 23 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming July 3, THE 23rd ISSUE OF THE 2016 & 2017 HUGO AWARD-WINNING UNCANNY MAGAZINE, our Special SharedUniverse Dinosaur issue!!!

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 7.

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 23 Table of Contents

Cover
Galen Dara- The Uncanny T-Rex

Editorial
The Uncanny Valley (7/3)

Dinosaurs!
Brooke Bolander, Sam J. Miller, Mari Ness, Nicasio Andres Reed, A. Merc Rustad & Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, K.M. Szpara, JY Yang, and Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas- “The Uncanny Dinosaurs – Introduction” (7/3)
Sam J. Miller- “Red Lizard Brigade” (7/3)
K.M. Szpara- “You Can Make a Dinosaur, but You Can’t Help Me” (7/3)
R.K. Kalaw- “Bones in the Rock” (7/3)
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry & A. Merc Rustad- “By Claw, By Hand, By Silent Speech” (7/3)

Brooke Bolander- “The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat” (8/7)
Brit E. B. Hvide- “The Emigrants’ Guide to Oregon, California, and the Unknown” (8/7)
Mari Ness- “Expecting a Dinosaur” (8/7)
Alex Bledsoe- “Give the People What They Want” (8/7)
Mary Robinette Kowal- “Nails in My Feet” (8/7)
Anya Ow- “Everything Under Heaven” (8/7)

Nonfiction
Tobias S. Buckell- “Island Futures” (7/3)
Alasdair Stuart- “Joy and Applause” (7/3)

Marissa Lingen- “The Seduction of Numbers, the Measures of Progress” (8/7)
Tansy Rayner Roberts- “Thirteen Reasons Who: A Timeline of a Question” (8/7)

Poetry
Cassandra Khaw- “Octavia’s Letter to Marcus Anthony on the Discovery of his Faithlessness” (7/3)
Brandon O’Brien- “The One” (7/3)

Ali Trotta- “The Year We Got Rid of Our Ghosts” (8/7)
Cynthia So- “FIND A HOT ASIAN GIRLFRIEND NEAR YOU” (8/7)

Interviews
K.M. Szpara Interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (7/3)

Anya Ow Interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (8/7)

Podcasts
23A (7/3)
Sam J. Miller- “Red Lizard Brigade,” as read by Heath Miller
Cassandra Khaw- “Octavia’s Letter to Marcus Anthony on the Discovery of his Faithlessness,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Mary Robinette Kowal Interviewed by Lynne M. Thomas

23B (8/7)
Brooke Bolander- “The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Ali Trotta- “The Year We Got Rid of Our Ghosts,” as read by Erika Ensign
Brooke Bolander Interviewed by Lynne M. Thomas

Cover Reveal for Tracy Townsend’s The Fall

Last fall, Tracy Townsend’s debut fantasy The Nine, the first of the Thieves of Fate series from Pyr, brought readers a world of gaslamp intrigue, clockpunk technology, and deadly politics tangled up in scientific research and religious mythology. When a book that writes itself is revealed to be the key to the Creator’s Grand Experiment, forces beyond humanity take a keen interest in it and the nine subjects its data seems to track. The aigamuxa (a horrifying, ogre-like species with eyes in their feet and a thirst for vengeance against the humans that enslaved them) and the lanyani (sentient, mobile, murderous trees turned nomad by mass industrialization) mean to put their thumb on the Creator’s laboratory scales. The mysterious Alchemist, the notorious mercenary Anselm Meteron, and their light-fingered ward Rowena Downshire may be the only ones standing in their way.

You can start 2019 off right by returning to the world of the Thieves of Fate in The Nine’s sequel The Fall! And great news, Space Unicorns! Today, we give you its stunning cover, with art by Adam S. Doyle, the plot blurb, a teaser from the book, and the pre-ordering information so you can get this novel when it is released on January 15, 2019!

Would you like a chance to win a copy of The Nine so you can get started on the series and ready for The Fall? Just leave a comment here (or Tweet with the hashtag #uncannythefall) with your idea for the strangest non-human species! You have until 11:59 pm Central on Monday, June 11! One of you awesome people will be chosen at random to win the first in this dramatic series — and this includes international entries, so everyone can play along! (THIS IS OVER, BUT THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!)

And now, THE COVER OF THE FALL!

The Fall Synopsis:

An apothecary clerk and her ex-mercenary allies travel across the world to discover a computing engine that leads to secrets she wasn’t meant to know–secrets that could destroy humanity.

Eight months ago, Rowena Downshire was a half-starved black market courier darting through the shadows of Corma’s underside. Today, she’s a (mostly) respectable clerk in the Alchemist’s infamous apothecary shop, the Stone Scales, and certainly the last girl one would think qualified to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders a second time. Looks can be deceiving.

When Anselm Meteron and the Alchemist receive an invitation to an old acquaintance’s ball–the Greatduke who financed their final, disastrous mercenary mission fourteen years earlier–they’re expecting blackmail, graft, or veiled threats related to the plot to steal the secrets of the Creator’s Grand Experiment. They aren’t expecting a job offer they can’t refuse or a trip halfway across the world to rendezvous with the scholar whose research threw their lives into tumult: the Reverend Doctor Phillip Chalmers.

Escorting Chalmers to the Grand Library of Nippon with her mismatched mercenary family is just a grand adventure to Rowena until she discovers a powerful algebraic engine called the Aggregator. The Aggregator leads Rowena to questions about the Grand Experiment she was never meant to ask and answers she cannot be allowed to possess.

With her reunited friends, Rowena must find a way to use the truths hidden in the Grand Library to disarm those who would hunt down the nine subjects of the Creator’s Grand Experiment, threatening to close the book on this world.

Praise for The Nine:

“[An] intriguing debut of nearly flawless writing. . . . A gritty series opener.”

Publishers Weekly

The Nine is a tense, fast-moving and twisty caper, with divided loyalties, creepy monsters, and grand mysteries. More please!”

Max Gladstone, author of the Hugo Award-nominated Craft Sequence series

“An inventive alloy of low-fantasy grit and saucy gaslamp caper, by turns both uplifting and brutal—I dug the world, I loved the characters, and I definitely want to know what happens next.”

Curtis C. Chen, author of the Locus Award finalist Waypoint Kangaroo

“George R. R. Martin and China Miéville have nothing on the audacious, intricate world-building, gritty politics, and compelling characters in this excellent debut.”

Sam J. Miller, Nebula Award–nominated author of The Art of Starving

The Nine drew me in and twisted me up with not just its richness and complexity, but its intensity and heart, too. I honestly can’t remember a debut novel as brilliant as this one.”

Brandon Crilly, Black Gate magazine

An excerpt from The Fall:

Anselm introduced her to the curious and kind, and to the clearly dissembling, and in less than a quarter hour, his confidence made the words, “This is my niece, Rowena,” seem nearly true. Even Rowena could have believed it. In a way, she wanted to, as they took to the dance floor.

“Tell me which of these ladies watching you with such envy is wealthiest. I’ll give you a clue: you can’t tell by the dress.”

Rowena flicked her gaze over to them, scanning up and down. “’Course you can’t,” she sniffed proudly. “You can get really nice dresses on credit, if you’re keen to. Jewelry, too.”

“And therefore?”

“Gloves and hairpins prove it best,” she whispered back. “Nobody lends gloves because they get all soiled holding hands in dances or picking up refreshments. And nobody just drops their fancy borrowed choker and doesn’t notice. But hairpins fall out all the time.” She nodded her chin toward a curvaceous woman in an ecru gown chased with rose and ivy patterns. Her ginger hair was a confection of jewel-studded clips and curl-pins. “She’s probably got a couple thousand sovereigns just poking out of her head, and they drop out all the time. You have to be a special kind of rich not to care about shedding wealth like hairs in a brush.”

“Very good. That’s the Greatduchess Avergnon—the new Lady Avergnon, I should say. Her great-aunt did her the favor of dying in her sleep back in Threemonth and leaving a surprisingly vague will behind. She’s very eager to consolidate her position with a suitable match.”

“You?” Rowena suggested impishly.

He snorted. “She might like my money but not what it would do to her reputation.” Another step, turn, pass. “Now try the same game again, cricket, but with the gentlemen. Tell me what to look for.”

“Pocket chronometers—ones without yellowed faceplates. And what the buttons on their waistcoats are made of.”

Anselm’s laugh showed his teeth for one, unguarded moment. “If I didn’t know better, I’d think you had spent your life casting for wealth at the local gentry’s balls.”

“More like on the streets.”

“Well. Over there are two ministers from the Governor’s cabinet and a visiting dignitary from Iberon. Shall we introduce you?”

Rowena blinked. “Um.”

He took her arm and winked. “Be as confident talking to them as you are talking about their clothes and you’ll do better than most, cricket.”

Pre-order links for The Fall!

Cover Reveal for Jim C. Hines’s Terminal Uprising!

Want to see something wonderful, Space Unicorns?

Last year, Hugo Award-winning author Jim C. Hines introduced us to the Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse in his novel Terminal Alliance from DAW Books. A band of unlikely heroes saved the galaxy with Jim’s usual humor, humanity, and overflowing imagination.

Next year, Jim will be returning to the adventures of Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos and her team of hygiene and sanitation specialists in the sequel, Terminal Uprising! And great news, Space Unicorns! We are debuting today the fabulous cover by artist Dan Dos Santos, the novel’s synopsis, and the pre-ordering information so you can get this novel when it is released on February 12, 2019!

ALSO, THERE IS MORE, SPACE UNICORNS! Would you like a chance to receive a signed hardcover copy of Jim C. Hines’s Terminal Alliance, courtesy of Jim and DAW Books? Just leave a comment here (or Tweet with the hashtag #uncannyterminalalliance) with your idea for the worst job in SF/F! (Please no “Cleaning the holodeck” jokes. ) You have until 11:59 pm Central on Wednesday, May 30! One of you awesome people will be chosen at random for this delightful book! (Now closed! THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT JOBS!)

And now, THE COVER OF TERMINAL UPRISING!

 

The Official Terminal Uprising Synopsis:

Human civilization didn’t just fall. It was pushed.
 
The Krakau came to Earth in the year 2104. By 2105, humanity had been reduced to shambling, feral monsters. In the Krakau’s defense, it was an accident, and a century later, they did come back and try to fix us. Sort of.
 
It’s been four months since Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos learned the truth of that accident. Four months since she and her team of hygiene and sanitation specialists stole the EMCS Pufferfish and stopped a bioterrorism attack against the Krakau homeworld. Four months since she set out to find proof of what really happened on Earth all those years ago.
 
Between trying to protect their secrets and fighting the xenocidal Prodryans, who’ve been escalating their war against everyone who isn’t Prodryan, the Krakau have their tentacles full.
 
Mops’ mission changes when she learns of a secret Krakau laboratory on Earth. A small group under command of Fleet Admiral Belle-Bonne Sage is working to create a new weapon, one that could bring victory over the Prodryans … or drown the galaxy in chaos.
 
To discover the truth, Mops and her rogue cleaning crew will have to do the one thing she fears most: return to Earth, a world overrun by feral apes, wild dogs, savage humans, and worse. (After all, the planet hasn’t been cleaned in a century and a half!) What Mops finds in the filthy ruins of humanity could change everything, assuming she survives long enough to share it.
 
Perhaps humanity isn’t as dead as the galaxy thought.

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Praise for Terminal Alliance:

“The book is damn hilarious. It’s less Tanya Huff and more Phule’s Company in the best possible way. It’s witty and sharp, it sneaks in some social commentary, and it skates just on the right side of the line between clever absurdity and complete chaos.” —Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Jim Hines is one of the funniest, and most fun, writers in our genre! Terminal Alliance skewers science fiction tropes and takes on a wild romp through an original universe.” —Tobias S. Buckell, author of the Xenowealth series

Terminal Alliance was a really fun read. Mops is a great POV character, and I enjoyed the way that the maintenance crew got to be the heroes—but also they didn’t just pick up the controls of the ship and fly around as though it were super easy.” —Ann Leckie, Nebula- and Hugo-winning author of Ancillary Justice

“I enjoyed Terminal Alliance very much. It’s a spunky, irreverent interstellar romp with most unlikely heroes and frequent laugh-out-loud moments. I look forward to more adventures featuring this delightful cast of galactic janitors.” —Marko Kloos, author of the Frontlines series

“Like the slightly demented love child of Douglas Adams and Elizabeth Moon, Terminal Alliance is clever, silly, full of surprises, and unfailingly entertaining. Apparently Jim C. Hines is capable of being funny in every genre.” —Deborah Blake, author of the Baba Yaga series

“Hines (Libriomancer) delivers a fantastic space opera that doesn’t skimp on the action and excitement but pairs it with a hefty dose of slightly scatological humor. The author is especially clever in having Mops and her team leverage cleaning tools and a knowledge of spaceship plumbing to fight their enemies.” —Library Journal (starred)

“[Terminal Alliance] is also good science fiction: a solid premise, an expansive universe, a compelling history, a strong and varied cast of characters, pulse-pounding action, and a galactic crisis with high stakes. The fact that it’s funny is icing on a rich and delicious cake. Clever, and should appeal to fans of Douglas Adams and John Scalzi.” —Booklist

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Pre-order links for Terminal Uprising!

Two Uncanny Stories Are Eugie Award Finalists!

Congratulations to Fran Wilde and Sarah Pinsker! Fran’s “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” and Sarah’s “And Then There Were (N-One)” are both finalists for the Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction!

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, the Thomases, and Four Uncanny Stories 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, Sarah Pinsker’s “And Then There Were (N-One)“ is a Best Novella Locus Award finalist, Aliette de Bodard’s “Children of Thorns, Children of Water“ is a Best Novelette Locus Award finalist, Mary Robinette Kowal’s “The Worshipful Society of Glovers“ is a Best Novelette Locus Award finalist, and Vina Jie-Min Prasad’s “Fandom for Robots“ is a Best Short Story Locus Award finalist! Congratulations to Sarah, Aliette, Mary, and Vina! And congratulations to all of the phenomenal finalists!

From the Locus website:

Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 22-24, 2018; Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony. Additional weekend events include author readings with Connie Willis and Carrie Vaughn; a kickoff Clarion West party honoring first week instructor Daniel Abraham, 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 Hawai’ian shirt contest, all followed by a Locus party on Saturday night.

The Locus Awards are chosen by a survey of readers in an open online poll that runs from February 1 to April 15. We welcome and invite everyone to vote in the poll. Our recommended list for 2017 can be found here.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 22 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming May 1, THE 22nd ISSUE OF THE 2016 & 2017 HUGO AWARD-WINNING UNCANNY MAGAZINE!!!

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

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Uncanny Magazine Issue 22 Table of Contents

Cover
Julie Dillon- Ocean Magic

Editorial
The Uncanny Valley (5/1)

Fiction
Naomi Novik- “Blessings” (5/1)
Katharine Duckett- “Sucks (To Be You)” (5/1)
Marina J. Lostetter- “Discard the Sun, for It Has Failed Us” (5/1)

Kelly Robson- “What Gentle Women Dare” (6/5)
A. Merc Rustad- “If We Die Unjustified” (6/5)
C.L. Clark- “The Cook” (6/5)

Reprint
Aliette de Bodard- “In Blue Lily’s Wake” (5/1)

Nonfiction
Greg Pak- “Dislikes the Sea, but Will Venture Upon It If Necessary” (5/1)
Briana Lawrence – “At Face Value” (5/1)

Kelly McCullough- “In Defense of Escapism” (6/5)
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry- “Burlesque and the Lens of Rewriting” (6/5)

Poetry
Theodora Goss- “Persephone in Hades” (5/1)
Ali Trotta- “Lorelei” (5/1)

Sarah Gailey- “What Grew” (6/5)
Betsy Aoki- “Okuri Inu, or the sending-off dog demon” (6/5)

Interviews
Katharine Duckett Interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (5/1)

A. Merc Rustad Interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (6/5)

Podcasts
22A (5/1)
Naomi Novik- “Blessings,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Theodora Goss- “Persephone in Hades,” as read by Erika Ensign
Ilana C. Myer Interviewed by Lynne M. Thomas

22B (6/5)
Kelly Robson- “What Gentle Women Dare,” as read by Erika Ensign
Sarah Gailey- “What Grew,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Kelly Robson Interviewed by Lynne M. Thomas