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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Desolation of Armies

I have never had any difficulty answering the question, “What is your favourite book?” For as long as I can remember, it’s been The Hobbit, first encountered when I was seven, the year I also discovered Doctor Who, poetry, and the concept of mythology. The Hobbit led me to writing, to holding worlds inside me, […]

Dr. Polingyouma’s Machine

Dr. Polingyouma’s machine is still running, that’s what they tell me.  Just what that machine does depends on whom you ask. And they’ve made it pretty clear that I’m not being paid to ask questions. Since I’m being paid so well, I don’t push it. Besides, they’re the ones who should be asking me. I’ve […]

Those

“…how is this nonsense possible, that the enemies of Kush are copies of the Kushite enemies of Pharaonic Egypt?” ~ L. Török, “Kush and the External World” Sarah sets the kettle on the hob. She bends and fans the fire, her face aglow for a moment, molten bronze. When she stands up, her color fades […]

Thank You, Once Again, Kickstarter Backers!

Uncanny Magazine would like to thank the following people for backing our Kickstarter. This magazine would not be possible without their support. @jwyl, @kcunning, @ofeenah, @solardepths, A. Fitzpatrick, A. M. Colwell, A. Alpert, A. T. Greenblatt, A.A. Lowe, Aaran Moon, Aaron J. Amendola, Aaron Vander Giessen, Abby Kraft, acwise, Adam Israel & Andrea Redman, Adam […]

Interview: C.S.E. Cooney

C.S.E. Cooney is an artist whose talent is too large to be contained to one stage. A musician, poet, and storyteller, her writing has been described by readers as “wild” but she is a master craftsman, painstakingly choosing words to be wielded with surgical precision. Writing in a well–appointed garret in Rhode Island, her fairytales […]

The Nalendar

Down at the riverfront at Kalub, the little gods congregated in clouds, flies and dragonflies and even small birds approaching would–be travelers. They scattered out of the way of wagons and carts, circled over the flagstoned road and then re–formed.  Umri walked through them, careful not to jostle or hit. The citizens of Kalub paid […]

Pockets

The first strange thing Nadia pulled from her pocket was a piece of fudge. It was a perfectly ordinary piece of fudge. But Nadia hated fudge, and couldn’t imagine how she’d come to be carrying it around. She remembered this in particular because it was a bright, cool autumn day and she’d dug into her […]

Age of the Geek, Baby

I’ve always identified as a geek and a nerd. I found refuge in the SF/F novels, comics, cartoons, movies, and TV shows I loved, and nothing felt better than bonding with other geeks over shared fandoms. I even met my husband because, as he put it in our first conversation, “You like Buffy.” So I was […]

Folding Beijing

1. At ten of five in the morning, Lao Dao crossed the busy pedestrian lane on his way to find Peng Li. After the end of his shift at the waste processing station, Lao Dao had gone home, first to shower and then to change. He was wearing a white shirt and a pair of […]

Thank You, Again, Kickstarter Backers!

Uncanny Magazine would like to thank the following people for backing our Kickstarter. This magazine would not be possible without their support. @jwyl, @kcunning, @ofeenah, @solardepths, A. Fitzpatrick, A. M. Colwell, A. Alpert, A. T. Greenblatt, A.A. Lowe, Aaran Moon, Aaron J. Amendola, Aaron Vander Giessen, Abby Kraft, acwise, Adam Israel & Andrea Redman, Adam […]