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Keeping a Promise: Lynne M. Thomas Cosplays Black Canary

For years, Lynne has been promising to cosplay Black Canary as a treat to herself for achieving tenure. Black Canary is her all-time favorite comic book character, mostly due to Gail Simone’s Birds of Prey comic book run and the Justice League Unlimited cartoon.

Lynne promised television writer/producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach on an episode of  the SF Squeecast. She has continuously promised writer/editor Charles Tan on Twitter. Finally, she promised the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps during the Uncanny Magazine Year One Kickstarter.

This year at CONvergence, Lynne finally became Black Canary for an evening.




Best of all:

Will Michael join Lynne as Green Arrow next year? We’ll see!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 5 Cover and Table of Contents!

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 4.

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


Uncanny Magazine Issue 5 Table of Contents


Antonio Caparo- “Companion Devices”


The Uncanny Valley

New Fiction

Mary Robinette Kowal – “Midnight Hour” (7/7)
E. Lily Yu- “Woman at Exhibition” (7/7)
Shveta Thakrar- “The Rainbow Flame” (7/7)

Charlie Jane Anders- “Ghost Champagne” (8/4)
Sarah Monette – “The Half-Life of Angels” (8/4)
Delilah S. Dawson- “Catcall” (8/4)


Scott Lynch- “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane” (8/4)


Natalie Luhrs- “Ethics of Reviewing” (7/7)
Sofia Samatar- “Writing Queerly: Three Snapshots” (7/7)

Michael R. Underwood- “21st Century Heroes – Representation in Marvel & DC’s Cinematic Universes” (8/4)
Caitlin Rosberg- “Representation Matters: Embracing Change in Comics” (8/4)


C.S.E. Cooney- “The Saga of Captain Jens” (7/7)
Bryan Thao Worra- “Slices of Failure in Super Science” (7/7)

Sonya Taaffe- “Σειρήνοιϊν” (8/4)


Deborah Stanish Interviews E. Lily Yu (7/7)
Deborah Stanish Interviews Delilah S. Dawson (8/4)

Podcast 5A (7/7)

Mary Robinette Kowal – “Midnight Hour” as read by Amal El-Mohtar
C.S.E. Cooney- “The Saga of Captain Jens” as read by the Author
Deborah Stanish Interviews Mary Robinette Kowal

Podcast 5B (8/4)

Charlie Jane Anders- “Ghost Champagne” as read by C.S.E. Cooney
Sonya Taaffe- “Σειρήνοιϊν” as read by Amal El-Mohtar
A Deborah Stanish Interview

Uncanny Magazine Weightless Books Subscription Drive

Uncanny Magazine is recruiting new members for its Space Unicorn Ranger Corps! We named the Uncanny Kickstarter backers the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps after our amazing Space Unicorn mascot. Now, you can become a member of the Corps by subscribing at Weightless Books!

This is the perfect time to join because Uncanny is going on sale! From May 5-19, 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’ve ever offered.

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’re thrilled with Year One. We’ve included contributions from phenomenal authors such as Neil GaimanJim C. HinesMaria Dahvana HeadleyMax GladstoneKen LiuChristopher BarzakSam J. MillerSofia SamatarSarah Pinsker, Catherynne M. Valente, Elizabeth Bear, John Chu, Kameron Hurley, and Amal El-Mohtar, plus many newer voices. We can’t wait for you to read what’s coming next.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 1New or renewing subscribers to Uncanny Magazine from May 5-19, 2015 will be eligible for giveaways and  a whole bunch of Uncanny swag!

  • When we reach a total of 50 new/renewing subscribers we’ll unlock an ebook of Issue One for *every* new/renewing subscriber. Plus, we’ll randomly draw 2 winners for Uncanny swag packs: postcards, a sticker, and a Space Unicorn Ranger Corps patch!
  • At 100 new/renewing subscribers, every new subscriber will receive an ebook of Issue One and Two. Plus, we’ll draw for a set of signed cover-art posters and a Space Unicorn Ranger Corps patch!
  • At 150 new/renewing subscribers, all new/renewing subscribers will receive ebooks of Issue One, Two, and Three (all caught up!), and we’ll draw 2 winners for signed books: The Republic of Thieves MMPB by Scott Lynch and Karen Memoryhardcover by Elizabeth Bear, plus a Space Unicorn Ranger Corps patch for each winner!
  • Uncanny Magazine Issue 2At 200 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll draw for a mega-swag pack that includes postcards, a sticker, a patch, signed cover art, and both signed books!
  • At 300 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll draw for a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0″ Android tablet, a Space Unicorn Ranger Corps patch, and a sticker!

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

Don’t miss out: subscribe now!

Uncanny Appearances at C2E2

Space Unicorns! If you’re attending the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) (April 24-26) in Chicago this weekend, you have several chances to check out panels featuring some of Uncanny‘s staff and contributors:
Additionally, Uncanny contributor Ytasha L. Womack will be in Artist’s Alley at booth E3 all weekend, and Mary will be signing books on Friday, 5:15-6:16pm at Autograph table 16.
Hope to see you there!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 4 Cover and Table of Contents!

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 2.

Don’t forget eBook Subscriptions to Uncanny Magazine are available from Weightless Books.


Uncanny Magazine Issue 4 Table of Contents


Tran Nguyen- “Traveling to a Distant Day”


The Uncanny Valley

New Fiction

Catherynne M. Valente- “Planet Lion”
A.C. Wise- “The Practical Witch’s Guide to Acquiring Real Estate”
John Chu- “Restore the Heart into Love”
Elizabeth Bear- “In Libres”
Lisa Bolekaja- “Three Voices”


Delia Sherman- “Young Woman in a Garden”


Mike Glyer- “It’s the Big One”
Julia Rios- “Top Five Myths about YA”
Kameron Hurley- “I Don’t Care About Your MFA: On Writing vs. Storytelling”
Christopher J Garcia- ““The Force That Was Peggy Rae Sapienza”
Steven H Silver- ““Peggy Rae: Friend, Mentor, Superhero””


Alyssa Wong- “For the Gardener’s Daughter”
Ali Trotta- “From the High Priestess to the Hanged Man”
Isabel Yap- “Apologies for breaking the glass slipper”


John Chu Interviewed by Deborah Stanish
Delia Sherman Interviewed by Deborah Stanish


Podcast 4A
Story- Catherynne M. Valente’s “Planet Lion” as read by Heath Miller
Poem- Alyssa Wong’s “For the Gardener’s Daughter” as read by Amal El-Mohtar
Interview- Deborah Stanish interviews Catherynne M. Valente

Podcast 4B
Story- Elizabeth Bear’s “In Libres” as read by C.S.E. Cooney
Poem- Isabel Yap’s “Apologies for breaking the glass slipper” as read by Amal El-Mohtar

Free Issue of Uncanny Magazine to People Taking Bradford’s Challenge

K. T. Bradford’s recent article, “I Challenge You to Stop Reading White, Straight, Cis Male Authors for One Year” asks readers to reexamine their reading habits, step outside their comfort zones, and discover books and stories they might have otherwise overlooked:

“The ‘Reading Only X Writers For A Year’ a challenge is one every person who loves to read (and who loves to write) should take. You could, like Lilit Marcus, read only books by women or, like Sunili Govinnage, read only books by people of color. Or you could choose a different axis to focus on: books by trans men and women, books by people from outside the U.S. or in translation, books by people with disabilities.

After a year of that, the next challenge would be to seek out books about or with characters that represent a marginalized identity or experience by any author. In addition to the identities listed above, I suggest: non–Christian religions or faiths, working class or poor, and asexual (as a start).”

Fellow Space Unicorns, we love lots about this idea! One of Uncanny’s founding principles is a deep investment in exploring all that SF/F has to offer, by finding stories that both evoke a sense of the familiar and seek out the unknown from authors with many different backgrounds.

So in support of people taking this challenge, we’re offering a FREE COPY of our upcoming Issue Three to anyone who is taking up this challenge or simply broadening their reading. Uncanny Magazine Issue Three features new short stories by Sofia Samatar, Kat Howard, Maria Dahvana Headley, Sarah Pinsker, Emily Devenport, and Fran Wilde, classic fiction by Ellen Klages, essays by Ytasha L. Womack, Stephanie Zvan, Amal El–Mohtar, and L.M. Myles, poetry by C.S.E. Cooney, Jennifer Crow, and M Sereno, and interviews conducted by Deborah Stanish with Sofia Samatar, C.S.E. Cooney, and Ellen Klages. Issue Three is being released on March 3.

Simply send us an email using our contact form telling us you’re taking the Bradford Challenge or some variation of it, and we’ll send you an eBook copy of Uncanny Magazine Issue Three (EPUB, MOBI, PDF).

If you enjoy Issue 3, back issues and subscriptions are available from Weightless Books.

Happy reading!

Uncanny 2014 Awards Eligibility Roundup

It’s the time of year when people post their year in review to remind awards’ voters what’s out there that they might have missed. Here’s what Team Space Unicorn did in 2014. We appreciate your consideration.

The short stories listed below are eligible in the short story categories of the SF/F awards. If you are a SFWA member nominating for the Nebula Awards, you can find an eBook copy of these stories in the SFWA Forums.


Our 2014 Short Stories!

We also published poetry that is eligible for the Rhysling Awards!

Our nonfiction from issue 1 counts towards those writers’ eligibility for Best Fan Writer awards (Sarah Kuhn, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Christopher J Garcia).

Our Managing Editor, Michi Trota, is also eligible in the Best Fan Writer Hugo Award category for her blog and contribution to Jim C. Hines’s Invisible anthology.

Thanks to her previous work and Uncanny Issue One, Lynne also once again meets eligibility requirements for the Best Editor, Short Form category of the Hugo Awards.

Uncanny‘s Lynne, Erika Ensign, and Deborah Stanish’s  Verity! Podcast (which was also nominated for Best Fancast in 2013) had an awesome year, and we encourage you to check it out if you are so inclined.

Podcast co-producer Steven Schapansky’s Radio Free Skaro podcast is also eligible for podcasting awards.


Uncanny Is Temporarily Closing to All Submissions

Uncanny Magazine will be closing to all unsolicited submissions on December 1, 2014. We’ve been giddy about the volume and diversity of the submissions, and are working hard to process everything.

We will reopen in early 2015, and are working on having a new, sleeker submissions system.