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The Rainbow Flame

For C. S. E. Cooney, whetstone Wiping sweat from her forehead before it could spill into her eyes, Rupali stirred a large iron cauldron over a searing fire. Swirls of silver, shards of sky, and the thorny notes of a forgotten folk melody all danced through the boiling beeswax. It was different every time, like […]

Writing Queerly: Three Snapshots

As part of Uncanny Magazine’s Kickstarter campaign, I offered to blog about the subject of a contributor’s choice. D Franklin took me up on it and asked for an essay on the topic of “writing queerly.” In response, I’ve taken three snapshots of works that approach the idea of writing queerly in different ways. I […]

Three Voices

Andre Irving was pissed off about going to the Adams Ave Street Fair. Bethanny tricked him by saying they were only having espresso at Lestat’s Coffee shop to talk. He wanted to discuss their off–again–on–again–now off again relationship. He was trying to turn it back on. Bethanny wasn’t trying to hear him on it. Once […]

I Don’t Care About Your MFA: On Writing vs. Storytelling

In the eighth grade, I was awarded the Excellence in Language Arts Award from my English teacher at our tiny school assembly. This was not entirely unexpected—I not only wrote novels and short stories that I regularly shared with friends, but also got into a bit of trouble publishing The Gossip Grappler, a newsletter that […]

Young Woman in a Garden

Beauvoisin (1839–1898) Edouard Beauvoisin was expected to follow in the footsteps of his father, a provincial doctor. When he demonstrated a talent for drawing, however, his mother saw to it that he was provided with formal training. In 1856, Beauvoisin went to Paris, where he worked at the Académie Suisse and associated with the young […]

In Libres

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ―Jorge Luis Borges Euclavia glared down at the sweaty slip of paper crumpled in her left fist. She had managed to shut the door of her tutor’s office quietly behind her, managed to walk with soft steps all the way down the hall […]

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! […]

Uncanny Magazine Podcast Episode 4A

Welcome to Episode 4A of the Uncanny Magazine Podcast! In Episode 4A you will hear: Editors’ Introduction: Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas Short Story: “Planet Lion” by Catherynne M. Valente, as read by Heath Miller Poetry: “For the Gardener’s Daughter” by Alyssa Wong, as read by Amal El-Mohtar Interview: “Dangerous” Deborah Stanish interviews […]

The Uncanny Valley

Dumbo has been dancing the Cha–Cha with Horton in the middle of this Internet room this past month. We need to acknowledge that it’s been a bit rough for all of us in this community. An award we at Uncanny care deeply about has been tossed into chaos for sketchy, ridiculous reasons, complete with implausible […]

Planet Lion

Initial Survey Report: Planet 6MQ441 (Bakeneko), Alaraph System Logged by: Dr. Savine Abolafiya, Chief Xenoecology Officer, Y.S.S. Duchess Anne Attention: Captain Agathe Ganizani, Commanding Officer Y.S.S. Duchess Anne Satellites: Four Mineral Interest: Iron, copper, diamond, cobalt, scandium, praesodymium, yttrium. Only diamond in desirable quantities. Nothing sufficient to offset cost of extraction. Sentient Life: None Strategic […]