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Everything Under Heaven

“So you’re a chef,” the huntress said, after she’d saved the day, “and you’re out here to hunt and cook a dragon?” “Yes?” Kee picked leaves off her muddied pants, a futile gesture. The huntress stared at her with a slight frown. She was compact, shaved hairless, brown-skinned, and wore Easterner boiled leather armour, dotted […]

The Emigrants’ Guide to Oregon, California, and the Unknown

The Miller Diaries Author(s): Donna K. Gibson Source: Journal of Anthropological Research, Vol. 123, No. 4 (Winter, 2069), pp. 223-242 Published by: University of New Mexico The following are excerpts from the diary of Elias J. Miller, a previously unknown member of the ill-fated Donner Party. Donated to the National Historical Society earlier this year, […]

Khairani Barokka

Khairani Barokka is a writer, poet, and interdisciplinary artist, who has presented work extensively in thirteen countries, and is the recipient of six residencies and multiple grants. Among her honours, she was an NYU Tisch Departmental Fellow, and is a UNFPA Indonesian Young Leader Driving Social Change for arts practice and research. Okka is creator […]

Uncanny Magazine Podcast Episode 23A

Welcome to Episode 23A of the Hugo  & Parsec Award-winning Uncanny Magazine Podcast! In Episode 23A you will hear: Editors’ Introduction: Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas Short Story: Red Lizard Brigade by Sam J. Miller, as read by Heath Miller Poem: Octavia’s Letter to Marcus Anthony on the Discovery of His Faithlessness by Cassandra Khaw, as read by Stephanie Malia […]

The Uncanny Valley

WHY IS IT LIKE BREATHING SOUP OUTSIDE?!?! HAVE WE FALLEN THROUGH A PORTAL TO THE JURASSIC ERA?!?!? WILL WE BE EATEN BY A DINOSAUR?!?! Oh wait, it is just summer in Central Illinois. We’d forgotten about the soup months while we lived away from Champaign-Urbana, but at least it’s otherwise gorgeous here—trees shading the sidewalks, […]

Red Lizard Brigade

October. Our animals, they know. Way before we do. Ever since we entered the Zone of Exclusion, she’s been uneasy. For me, it’s paradise. No people. Stores full of stuff. Apartment doors standing open, radios still on. One morning months ago a caravan of trucks showed up, ordering everybody out of a two-hundred-kilometer circle of […]

Uncanny Magazine Issue Twenty-Three

Welcome to Uncanny Magazine Issue Twenty-Three, our Special Shared-Universe Dinosaur issue! All of the content will be available for purchase as an eBook (PDF, EPUB, MOBI) on July 3, 2018. The free online content will be released in two stages—half on July 3, and half on August 7. Featuring all-new short fiction by Sam J. Miller, K.M. Szpara, R.K. […]

Thank You, Patreon Supporters!

Uncanny Magazine would like to thank the following people for supporting us on Patreon. This magazine would not be possible without their support. Space Unicorn Ranger Corps COMMANDERS Alan Zimmermann, Bliss Ehrlich, Crystal Huff, Dain Unicorn, Daniel Sales, Edmund Schweppe, Hisham El-Far, Jayme Lundeen, John Benedetti, Kate O’Connor, Kevin Lyda, Marielle Kaifer, Maureen Empfield, Shana […]

Bones in the Rock

I am hunting for my lover’s bones in the desert. Proper women do not splay out their legs, but there’s no sitting side-saddle on a Mongolian camel. My skirts are hitched high up my knees, but I am at an age where men won’t look twice at a bare stretch of calf or pale flash […]

By Claw, By Hand, By Silent Speech

Authors Note: Where Garamond and Agency fonts are used, in italics, they are meant to represent American Sign Language. Where dialogue tags are used, it is meant to indicate orally spoken English. When I decided to study paleontology in college and graduate school, it was because the world of bones is silent. It was because […]