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The Sound of Salt and Sea

The funeral was at dawn, the cold wind off the ocean rippling coat hems and tugging at scarves. The words were said, the blessing given, the family offered one final chance to make their farewells. When they had finished, the pallbearers picked up the edges of the thin pallet the old woman was laid on, […]

The Uncanny Valley

The weather is ping–ponging between snow, rain, and sun today, so clearly we are writing this during a Chicago April. Despite the wacky weather, the daffodils and tulips are still fighting the elements in front of our Sears catalog house to declare THEY ARE NOT GIVING UP ON THIS SPRING THING. Before we know it, […]

Uncanny Magazine Podcast Episode 9B

Welcome to Episode 9B of the 2015 Parsec Award Finalist Uncanny Magazine Podcast!  In Episode 9B you will hear: Editors’ Introduction: Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas Short Story: “Big Thrull and the Askin’ Man” by Max Gladstone, as read by Heath Miller Poem: “The Book of Forgetting” by Jennifer Crow, as read by Erika Ensign […]

Closing the Gap: The Blurring of Fan and Professional

I met Sarah Gailey at Easy Creole, and despite living in Oakland for five years, it was my first time there. My friend Sunil Patel orchestrated the lunch, but this was not the first time I’d been introduced to someone awesome through him. We ate fantastic Creole food, spoke about The Force Awakens at length, […]

Big Thrull and the Askin’ Man

Everybody knows about Thrull. Thrull like legend among us folk—biggest, greenest, meanest, nastiest, and dirtiest of all—with one big difference: legends false, Thrull true. We tell the story of Thrull and the reindeer feast, and the story of Thrull and the Mountain Witches, and the story of how Thrull wrestled Winter and wed Summer on […]

The Wolf and the Tower Unwoven

Scrawny and boyish in his ill–fitting humanity, the wolf paced naked through my forest. Even my old eyes could see the way grasping brambles had torn his unprotected skin. An unwoven thing he was, a creature of the tower’s making. My responsibility. Or, at least, my fault. I set a platter of cold meat on […]

The Shadow Collector

For Cindy Pon In the garden where girls grew from flowers, their days washed in the distant trills of the queen’s wooden flute, a gardener toiled. His name was Rajesh, and in his spare time, he collected shadows. Shadows of nectar–loving hummingbirds, shadows of laughing fathers, shadows of hawks who preyed on squirrels. Rajesh had […]

Uncanny Magazine Issue Nine

Welcome to Uncanny Magazine Issue Nine! All of the content will be available for purchase as an eBook (PDF, EPUB, MOBI) on March 1, 2016. The free online content will be released in 2 stages—half on March 1, and half on April 5. Featuring all–new short fiction by Rachel Swirsky, Shveta Thakrar, Max Gladstone, Kelly Sandoval, and […]

Interview: Rachel Swirsky

Rachel Swirsky is a writer whose work defies easy labels. She pushes the boundaries of science fiction and fantasy, weaving gorgeous language in new and unexpected, but always thought–provoking and beautiful, ways. She isn’t afraid to open a vein—whether it’s the readers’ or her own—and as a result, her stories capture raw emotion with a […]

Love Is Never Still

The Sculptor Through every moment of carving, I want her as one wants a woman. I want this lithe creature whose limbs I’ve freed from their ivory enclosures, whose rounds and slopes are discovering their shapes beneath my chisel. She is delicately colored like the palest of women, and when I run my fingers across […]