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The Uncanny Magazine 2016 Weightless Books Subscription Drive!

Uncanny Magazine is once again recruiting for its Space Unicorn Ranger Corps! Now, you can become a member of the Corps by subscribing at Weightless Books!

This is the perfect time to join because 2016 Hugo Award finalist Uncanny is going on sale! From May 3-17, a year’s subscription to Uncanny Magazine is $2 less than the typical current cover price (only $21.88)! It’s the least expensive way to subscribe we offer.

Each bimonthly issue of Uncanny contains new and classic speculative fiction, poetry, essays, art, and interviews.  We seek out and share pieces we can’t stop thinking and talking about, because of how they make us feel. We’re also deeply committed to finding and showcasing fantastic works by writers from every possible point of view and background.

We debuted Issue One of Uncanny in November 2014 and we’ve been thrilled with Years One and Two. We’ve included original contributions from phenomenal authors such as Neil GaimanMaria Dahvana HeadleyMax GladstoneKen LiuChristopher BarzakSam J. MillerSofia Samatar, Catherynne M. Valente, Alyssa Wong, Elizabeth Bear, John Chu, Kameron Hurley, Charlie Jane Anders, Ursula Vernon, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Chris Kluwe, Hao Jingfang, Mary Robinette Kowal, Seanan McGuire, Mark Oshiro, Rachel Swirsky, E. Lily Yu, and Amal El-Mohtar, plus many newer voices. We can’t wait for you to read what’s coming next.

New or renewing subscribers to Uncanny Magazine from May 3-17, 2016 will be eligible for giveaways and a whole bunch of Uncanny swag!

  • First 50 subscribers: Your choice of a back issue, and an EXCLUSIVE Weightless Books Uncanny Space Unicorn Full-Color Vinyl Sticker and a cover art postcard! Plus, we’ll randomly draw 2 winners for Uncanny mini-swag packs: a Space Unicorn Ranger Corps patch and a set of cover art postcards!
  • At 100 new/renewing subscribers, every new subscriber will receive an EXCLUSIVE Weightless Books Uncanny Space Unicorn Full Color Vinyl Sticker, and an ebook of your choice of 2 back issues. Plus, we’ll draw for a spiffy prize pack of a Space Unicorn Ranger Corps patch, a set of 3 signed cover-art posters, and an official Uncanny Magazine tshirt!
  • At 150 new/renewing subscribers, all new/renewing subscribers will receive: an EXCLUSIVE Weightless Books Uncanny Space Unicorn Full Color Vinyl Sticker, ebooks of your choice of 3 back issues, and we’ll draw 4 winners for their choice of signed books by: Alex Gordon, Ann Leckie, or Kameron Hurley, or custom-blended Uncanny Magazine tea based on specific Uncanny Magazine stories, plus a Space Unicorn Ranger Corps patch for each winner!
  • At 200 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll draw for a mega-swag pack that includes an EXCLUSIVE Weightless Books Uncanny Space Unicorn Full Color Vinyl Sticker, postcards, a patch, signed cover art, custom-blended Uncanny Magazine tea based on specific Uncanny Magazine stories, an Uncanny Magazine tshirt and a tote bag!
  • At 300 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll draw for a SECOND mega-swag pack that includes an EXCLUSIVE Weightless Books Uncanny Space Unicorn Full Color Vinyl Sticker, postcards, a patch, signed cover art, custom-blended Uncanny Magazine tea based on specific Uncanny Magazine stories, an Uncanny Magazine tshirt and a tote bag! And we will add a Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6” 16GB (Wi-Fi) tablet to that swag bag!

There may also be random prize drawings throughout the subscription drive. You never know with the Space Unicorns…

Uncanny Is a Best Semiprozine Hugo Award Finalist and Folding Beijing Is a Best Novelette Finalist!

SPACE UNICORNS! UNCANNY MAGAZINE IS A FINALIST FOR THE BEST SEMIPROZINE HUGO AWARD! We are beyond thrilled about this. There are so many great magazines in that category. We are truly, truly honored to be a finalist in our very first year of eligibility. Thank you, you wonderful Space Unicorns, who nominated Uncanny Magazine in good faith. Also, thank you to the hard-working MidAmeriCon 2 Hugo Award staff for all of your phenomenal volunteer work this year.

And that’s not all! Hao Jingfang’s “Folding Beijing” (translated by Ken Liu) IS A FINALIST FOR THE BEST NOVELETTE HUGO AWARD! We wish huge congratulations to Jingfang and Ken! This is just one of many accolades for this amazing story. Add its Hugo Finalist status to its Chinese Xingyun (Nebula) Awards nomination, being a Sturgeon Award Finalist, being on the Locus Magazine Recommended Reading List, and being included in two Year’s Best science fiction anthologies!

We are so, so proud of our 2015 issues. Many of our remarkable stories, essays, poems, and covers have been nominated for different awards, or have been included in Year’s Best collections. For the first complete year of a new magazine, this is a phenomenal accomplishment. We truly are grateful to work with the best creators and staff in the world.

The accolades are great, but that’s not what is most important to us. When we created Uncanny, we wanted it to be a place for community—readers and creators making and consuming art, beauty, kindness, insight, challenges, and gorgeous emotions. After 10 issues, what means the most to us is the wonderful enthusiasm we see from our readers and creators. People are giddy about each issue, talking about their favorite pieces, recommending things to friends, and there seems to be a general feeling that Uncanny is a gathering place for a marvelous, diverse SF/F community. That is the greatest award of all.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 10 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming May 3, THE TENTH ISSUE OF 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 7.

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

Huge news! There will be a Weightless Books Uncanny Magazine Subscription Drive from May 3-17! $2 off for a year of Uncanny, plus swag and giveaways! More details here and on the Weightless Books website next week!

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Uncanny Magazine Issue 10 Table of Contents

Cover
“Bubbles and Blast Off” by Galen Dara

Editorial
“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas (5/3)

Fiction
“Ye Highlands and Ye Lowlands” by Seanan McGuire (5/3)
“The Sound of Salt and Sea” by Kat Howard (5/3)
“The Blood That Pulses in the Veins of One” by JY Yang (5/3)
“You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay” by Alyssa Wong (6/7)
“The Drowning Line” by Haralambi Markov (6/7)

Reprint Fiction
“The Plague Givers” by Kameron Hurley (6/7)

Nonfiction
“Diversity: More Than White Women” by Foz Meadows (5/3)
“Where Do We Find Community as Gamers?” by Tanya DePass (5/3)
“Ludo and the Goblin King” by Sarah Monette (6/7)
“In the Hands of the Goblin King” by Stephanie Zvan (6/7)

Poetry
“Deeper Than Pie” by Beth Cato (5/3)
“Brown woman at Safety Beach, Victoria, in June” by M Sereno (6/7)
“Alamat” by Isabel Yap (6/7)

Interviews
Kat Howard interviewed by Deborah Stanish (5/3)
Alyssa Wong interviewed by Deborah Stanish (6/7)

Podcast 10A (5/3)
“Ye Highlands and Ye Lowlands” by Seanan McGuire, as read by Amal El-Mohtar
“Deeper Than Pie” by Beth Cato, as read by Erika Ensign
Deborah Stanish interviews Seanan McGuire

Podcast 10B (6/7)
“The Drowning Line” by Haralambi Markov
“Alamat” by Isabel Yap
An interview conducted by Deborah Stanish

Folding Beijing Is a Sturgeon Award Finalist!

Wonderful news, Space Unicorns! “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang (translated by Ken Liu) is a FINALIST for the prestigious Sturgeon Award!

We are all so thrilled. Congratulations to all of the finalists!

[PRESS RELEASE]

Gunn Center Announces Sturgeon Award Finalists

The Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction is pleased to announce the finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon A. Memorial Awardfor the best short science fiction story of 2015. The award is given during the Campbell Conference which, this year, will be part ofMidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, in Kansas City, Mo. The awards ceremony is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, Aug. 18.

 

2015 finalists for the Theodore A. Sturgeon Memorial Award

“And You Shall Know Her By The Trail Of Dead,” Brooke Bolander.Lightspeed, Feb 2015.

“The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred,” Greg Egan. Asimov’s, Dec 2015.

“The New Mother,” Eugene Fischer. Asimov’s, Apr/May 2015.

“Folding Beijing,” Hao Jingfang, tr. Ken Liu. Uncanny Magazine, Jan/Feb 2015.

“Emergence,” Gwyneth Jones. Meeting Infinity, ed. Jonathan Strahan.Solaris.

“Damage,” David D. Levine. Tor.com, 21 Jan 2015.

“The Game of Smash and Recovery,” Kelly Link. Strange Horizons, 17 Oct 2015.

“Botanica Veneris: Thirteen Papercuts by Ida Countess Rathangan,” Ian McDonald. Old Venus, eds. G.R.R.Martin and Gardner Dozois. Bantam Books.

“Our Lady of the Open Road,” Sarah Pinsker. Asimov’s, Jun 2015.

“The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill,” Kelly Robson.Clarkesworld, Feb 2015.

“Gypsy,” Carter Scholz. Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2015.

“Avery Cates: The Walled City,” Jeff Somers. Kindle edition, Jun 2015.

 

The Sturgeon Award recognizes the best science fiction short story each year. It was established in 1987 by James Gunn and the heirs of Theodore Sturgeon, as an appropriate memorial to one of the great short-story writers in a field distinguished by its short fiction.

The World Science Fiction Convention often offers academic programming, and this year’s WorldCon officials asked Christopher McKitterick, CSSF director, to organize an academic track that will include papers and discussions.

“Rather than host a separate Campbell Conference with WorldCon just a month later in neighboring Kansas City, thus forcing out-of-town guests to choose one or the other,” McKitterick said, “we decided to combine the two.”

MidAmeriCon II will be Aug. 17-21 at the Kansas City Convention Center.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 9 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming March 1, THE NINTH ISSUE OF 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 April 5.

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

Great news! eBook subscriptions are also now available through Amazon! Have the new issue of Uncanny Magazine sent directly to your Kindle device!

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Cover
“Strange Companions” by Katy Shuttleworth

Editorial
“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas (3/1)

Fiction
“Love Is Never Still” by Rachel Swirsky (3/1)
“The Shadow Collector” by Shveta Thakrar (3/1)
“Big Thrull and the Askin’ Man” by Max Gladstone (4/5)
“The Wolf and the Tower Unwoven” by Kelly Sandoval (4/5)
“The Artificial Bees” by Simon Guerrier (4/5)

Reprint
“Just Another Future Song” by Daryl Gregory (3/1)

Nonfiction
“Men of Their Times” by Jim C. Hines (3/1)
“Furry Fandom” by Kyell Gold (3/1)
“The Transmigration of George R. R. Martin” by Javier Grillo–Marxuach (4/5)
“Closing the Gap: The Blurring of Fan and Professional” by Mark Oshiro (4/5)

Poetry
“Fox Girl Cycle 1” by C. S. E. Cooney (3/1)
“The Book of Forgetting” by Jennifer Crow (4/5)
“god–date” by Brandon O’Brien (4/5)

Interviews
Rachel Swirsky interviewed by Deborah Stanish (3/1)
Simon Guerrier interviewed by Deborah Stanish (4/5)

Podcast 9A (3/1)
“The Shadow Collector” by Shveta Thakrar, as read by Amal El-Mohtar
“Fox Girl Cycle 1” by C. S. E. Cooney, as read by Erika Ensign
Deborah Stanish interviews Shveta Thakrar

Podcast 9B (4/5)
“Big Thrull and the Askin’ Man” by Max Gladstone, as read by Heath Miller
“The Book of Forgetting” by Jennifer Crow, as read by Erika Ensign
Deborah Stanish interviews Max Gladstone

Pockets by Amal El-Mohtar Is the Favorite Uncanny Magazine Story of 2015!

Space Unicorns! We have tabulated the results of the Uncanny Magazine 2015 Favorite Short Story Poll, and “Pockets” by Amal El-Mohtar came in FIRST PLACE!

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Congratulations, Amal!

Amal will be receiving a FANCY CERTIFICATE suitable for framing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now, the rest of the results!

Second Place: “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu

Third Place: “Wooden Feathers” by Ursula Vernon

Congratulations!

Thank you, Space Unicorns, for participating!

Julia Rios Is the New Uncanny Magazine Reprint/Poetry Editor!!!

Excellent news, Space Unicorns!

The fabulous Julia Rios will be the new Uncanny Magazine Reprint/Poetry Editor starting with Issue 10! 

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Julia Rios is a Hugo Award-nominated editor and podcaster, plus a writer and narrator. She was a fiction editor for Strange Horizons from 2012 to 2015, and is co-editor with Alisa Krasnostein of Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, and the Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction series. She is also a co-host of the Hugo-nominated podcast, The Skiffy and Fanty Show. And those are just some of her wonderful accomplishments!

We couldn’t be more thrilled to be adding Julia to our phenomenal team.

Uncanny Magazine 2015 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 they might have missed and which category it’s eligible in (especially for the Hugo Awards and Nebula Awards). This was the first full year of Uncanny Magazine (Issues 2 through 7). We are extremely proud of the year we had.

This year, Uncanny Magazine is eligible for the Best Semiprozine Hugo Award for the first time. Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are also eligible for Best Editor (Short Form) Hugo Awards.

If you are an SFPA member voting for the Rhysling Awards, you can find all of the Uncanny Magazine Issue 2-7 poetry here.

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.

Novelettes (7500-17,500 Words):

Folding Beijing by Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu

The Oiran’s Song by Isabel Yap

Find a Way Home by Paul Cornell

And Never Mind the Watching Ones by Keffy R. M. Kehrli

And the Balance in Blood by Elizabeth Bear (counts as a Novella for the World Fantasy Award)

Short Stories (Under 7500 Words):

The Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History by Sam J. Miller

Love Letters to Things Lost and Gained by Sunny Moraine

Anyone With a Care for Their Image by Richard Bowes

Pockets by Amal El-Mohtar

The Lamps Thereof Are Fire and Flames by Rosamund Hodge

Translatio Corporis by Kat Howard

Ivory Darts, Golden Arrows by Maria Dahvana Headley

Those by Sofia Samatar

When the Circus Lights Down by Sarah Pinsker

Dr. Polingyouma’s Machine by Emily Devenport

You Are Two Point Three Meters from Your Destination by Fran Wilde

The Practical Witch’s Guide to Acquiring Real Estate by A.C. Wise

Restore the Heart into Love by John Chu

Planet Lion by Catherynne M. Valente

In Libres by Elizabeth Bear

Three Voices by Lisa Bolekaja

The Rainbow Flame by Shveta Thakrar

Woman at Exhibition by E. Lily Yu

Midnight Hour by Mary Robinette Kowal

Ghost Champagne by Charlie Jane Anders

The Half-Life of Angels by Sarah Monette

Catcall by Delilah S. Dawson

The Sisters’ Line by Liz Argall and Kenneth Schneyer

Wooden Feathers by Ursula Vernon

I Seen the Devil by Alex Bledsoe

A Call to Arms for Deceased Authors’ Rights by Karin Tidbeck

Interlingua by Yoon Ha Lee

 

Thank you so much for your consideration.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 8 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming January 5, THE EIGHTH ISSUE OF 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 2.

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

Great news! eBook subscriptions are also now available through Amazon! Have the new issue of Uncanny Magazine sent directly to your Kindle device!

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Cover
“Round Three” by Priscilla H. Kim,

Editorial
“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas (1/5)

Fiction
“The Virgin Played Bass” by Maria Dahvana Headley (1/5)
“Lotus Face and the Fox” by Nghi Vo (1/5)
“The Creeping Women” by Christopher Barzak (2/2)
“The Sincerity Game” by Brit Mandelo (2/2)
“The Desert Glassmaker and the Jeweler of Berevyar”
by Rose Lemberg (2/2)

Repint
“The Spy Who Never Grew Up” by Sarah Rees Brennan (1/5)

Nonfiction
“Gatekeepers: The Nerd/Jock False Division” by Chris Kluwe  (1/5)
“Growing Up in Hyperspace” by Max Gladstone (1/5)
“Creating a Welcoming Fannish Community” by Isabel Schechter (2/2)
“Quest for an SF/F Grandmother” by L.M. Myles (2/2)

Poetry
“tended, tangled, and veined” by Kayla Whaley (1/5)
“The Exquisite Banality of Space” by Leslie J. Anderson (2/2)
“Narrative of the Naga’s Heirs” by Bryan Thao Worra (2/2)

Interviews
Maria Dahvana Headley interviewed by Deborah Stanish (1/5)
Christopher Barzak interviewed by Deborah Stanish (2/2)

Podcast 8A (1/5)
“Lotus Face and the Fox” by Nghi Vo, as read by Erika Ensign
“tended, tangled, and veined” by Kayla Whaley, as read by Amal El-Mohtar
Nghi Vo Interviewed by Deborah Stanish

Podcast 8B (2/2)
“The Sincerity Game” by Brit Mandelo, as read by Amal El-Mohtar
“Narrative of the Naga’s Heirs” by Bryan Thao Worra, as read by Erika Ensign
Brit Mandelo Interviewed by Deborah Stanish