Archive for 2019

Theology in AI Fiction- A Guest Post by Ada Hoffmann

(Author Ada Hoffmann’s debut novel, The Outside, was released by Angry Robot Books on June 11, 2019, and can be found at all major booksellers.)

As an AI researcher, I find myself continually correcting people who joke that my programs will one day take over the world.

It is literally impossible for my programs to take over the world.

My programs write poetry. It’s not even very good poetry. They write by shuffling words around, comparing them to human sources, and then trying to measure their properties. After five years of PhD-level research, they still can’t write anything coherent. This is because they don’t “understand” – as a typical human defines that word – what they’re saying.

AI these days does some very impressive things, granted. It drives cars. It builds cars. It also suggests polite replies to your Gmail messages and guesses what you might want to buy on Amazon. And it does these things by being very, very good at recognizing patterns. Sometimes creepily good.

It’s no surprise that humans, confronted with this creepy accuracy, start to worry. We have lots of books and movies about AI rising up against humans, destroying us accidentally or developing their own consciousness and becoming a new, hyper-logical class of person that are functionally, Gods. (Heck, I’ve even written that story – The Outside, available 11th June from Angry Robot Books.)

But any AI researcher will tell you that these stories are still a very long way off, and in many cases they are functionally impossible.

Pattern recognition is very successful right now, but the other traits of “strong AI” that we see in science fiction – consciousness, understanding, thoughts, feelings, opinions – are problems that computers haven’t even begun to crack.

When an ad service can guess what product you’ll want, it’s not because the service is particularly intelligent. Rather, the “creepy” feeling comes from the fact that the service is recognizing straightforward patterns in private information about you. This comes from all the stuff that the apps and websites you use have access to, as detailed in their long, complex privacy policies that nobody really reads, which is all information that you wouldn’t likely divulge to a human.

That doesn’t mean that the service understands what it’s seeing from you, let alone develop a plan to break free and destroy the world. Really, it doesn’t even know what a “world” is.

This is not to say that AI is always safe. But the real dangers posed by AI are way less sexy than a robot uprising. They include things like racism being inadvertently encoded in systems that are supposed to make “unbiased” decisions about humans. Military robots being used to absolve humans of decisions about killing. And a shrinking job market in Western countries thanks to increasing automation.

There is certainly a science fiction aspect about these more realistic problems, but we are culturally and emotionally attached to the other more apocalytpic ideas. You can blame SF books and cinema for that (myself included, I guess!). But these stories exist for a reason. They are necessary. And, at their heart, they have nothing to do with computers. They are actually much, much older than technology.

They’re the same stories we’ve been telling for thousands of years, as a way of exploring our feelings about what it means to be human. They ask the tough questions to help us examine our own way of living.

For example: The story of an innocent AI who becomes conscious and interacts with her creator is the story of Pygmalion and it asks: What does it mean to create? In what sense are our creations “real”? In what sense do they have a life outside us? The story of a runaway AI that turns the whole world into paper clips is the story of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. It asks: What happens when we are given power, without the wisdom to understand the consequences?

The questions go on and on. Stories about sentient sex robots discuss the idea of sex work, sex slavery, and the messy ways that human sexuality intersects with power. The story of mistreated robots who turn on their masters is the story of the Slave Revolt, which is both literature and literal history. It asks: Who do you have power over? How are they affected by that power? Do they deserve the power? Do you? (The very word “robot,” was first used in SF by Karel and Josef Čapek, and it originally meant “slave.”)

And Technological Singularity stories – the ones in which AI systems exponentially improve until their thinking ability has vastly surpassed anything a human can do – are stories about gods. They pose the questions we’ve long since asked: What does it mean for a being to be greater than we are? What would such a being look like? What would it think of us? Would it serve us, reward us, or punish us? Would it help us ascend to its level? Would it think of us at all? What do we deserve from such a being? Who are we ultimately beholden to?

The technical plausibility matters less than the questions it raises, and humans have been asking these questions since religion existed. If we cannot trust our traditional gods, then we simply turn to science tropes instead. We take our concerns about gods and consciousness and justice, and we dress them up in a robot (or alien) costume to make them palatable.

Whether they are benevolently guiding and improving humanity, meddling and manipulating, distant and uncaring, or in the process of judging whether we deserve to exist at all, super-intelligent AI are put into the roles that ancient humans would have assigned to powerful spirits, angels, demons, and gods. And the responses that we have as humans to these roles – from adoring obedience to violent rebellion – are as diverse as the authors who write them.

It doesn’t matter that these stories aren’t scientifically likely. They’re stories we have a need to tell. And they’re stories we will keep telling, with whatever symbols and characters make sense at the time, long after AI in the real world has its day.


Ada Hoffmann’s debut novel, The Outside, was released by Angry Robot Books in June 2019. She is also the author of the collection Monsters in My Mind and of dozens of speculative short stories and poems, as well as the Autistic Book Party #ownvoices review series. Her work has been long-listed for the BSFA Award for Shorter Fiction, the Rhysling Award, and the D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award.

Ada is a computer scientist at a university in southern Ontario, Canada, where she teaches computers to be creative and undergraduates to think computationally about the human mind. She has also worked professionally as a church soprano, free food distributor, and token autistic person. Ada is bisexual, genderfluid, polyamorous, and mentally ill. She lives with her primary partner Dave, her black cat Ninja, and various other animals and people.

You can find Ada online at, on Twitter at @xasymptote, or support her work on Patreon at

Uncanny Magazine Podcast Reader Changes

Another bittersweet news, wonderful news post, Space Unicorns.

Uncanny Magazine Podcast reader Stephanie Malia Morris is moving on after podcast episode #28B. Stephanie has been with us since episode #18A and has done a spectacular job. We know she will continue to do brilliant things, and will be greatly missed.

And now for the wonderful news! Our new podcast reader joining reader Erika Ensign will be Joy Piedmont! We are thrilled to have Joy joining the Uncanny team, and know she is going to be fantastic!

Joy’s a librarian and high school technology integrator in Manhattan. She’s lead workshops at conferences on topics such as digital ethics, media literacy, and identity development for transracial adoptees. As a freelance writer, she’s covered pop culture for Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch and reviewed Young Adult literature for School Library Journal. She co-hosts/co-produces Reality Bomb, a Doctor Who podcast, and in 2018 she was the creator and co-executive producer of #WhoAgainstGuns, a series of podcast commentaries that raised over $20K to help end gun violence. Joy is the co-creator and co-chair of Gallifrey One‘s TARDIS Talks, a special track of programming giving space to big ideas and theories about Doctor Who and fandom. Follow her on Twitter @InquiringJoy.


Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, Leah Bobet, and Derek Newman-Stille Are Aurora Awards Finalists!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns! The 2019 Aurora Awards finalists have been announced, and three Uncanny Magazine pieces are on the final ballot! “Osiris” by Leah Bobet (Uncanny Magazine #25) is a Finalist for Best Poem/Song, “Constructing the Future” by Derek Newman-Stille (Uncanny Magazine #24) is a finalist for Best Fan Writing and Publications, and finally Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, edited by Dominik Parisien and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry (Uncanny Magazine #24), is a finalist for Best Related Work! Congratulations to Leah, Derek, Dominik, and Elsa, and to all of the phenomenal finalists!

From File 770:

The 2019 Aurora Awards finalists have been announced. The awards are nominated by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, for Science Fiction / Fantasy works done in 2018 by Canadians. The top five nominated works were selected.  Additional works were included where there was a tie for fifth place. The awards ceremony will be held at Can-Con 2019, October 18-20, in Ottawa.

Uncanny, the Thomases, and Isabel Yap’s “How to Swallow the Moon” Are Locus Award Finalists!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns! Uncanny Magazine is a Best Magazine Locus Award finalist, and Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas are a Best Editor Locus Award finalist! We are so honored! PLUS, Isabel Yap’s “How to Swallow the Moon” is a Best Novelette Locus Award finalist! Congratulations to Isabel! And congratulations to all of the phenomenal finalists!

From the Locus website:

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the 2019 Locus AwardsTickets are available now.

Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 28-30, 2019; Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony. Additional weekend events include author readings; a kickoff Clarion West party honoring first week instructor Elizabeth Hand, Clarion West supporters, awards weekend ticket holders, and special guests; panels with leading authors; an autograph session with books available for sale thanks to University Book Store; and a lunch banquet with the annual Hawaiian shirt contest, all followed by a Locus party on Saturday night.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 28 Cover and Table of Contents!


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Uncanny Magazine Issue 28 Table of Contents

She’s Going Places by Galen Dara

“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas (5/7)

“Nice Things” by Ellen Klages (5/7)
“Probabilitea” by John Chu (5/7)
“A Salt and Sterling Tongue” by Emma Osborne (5/7)

“Lest We Forget” by Elizabeth Bear (6/4)
“A Catalog of Love at First Sight” by Brit E. B. Hvide (6/4)
“Canst Thou Draw Out the Leviathan” by Christopher Caldwell (6/4)

Reprint Fiction
“Corpse Soldier” by Kameron Hurley (6/4)

“Black Horror Rising” by Tananarive Due (5/7)
“Everyone’s World is Ending All the Time: notes on becoming a climate resilience planner at the edge of the anthropocene” by Arkady Martine (5/7)
“Jennifer Adams Kelley—A Remembrance” (5/7)

“Toy Stories” by Gwenda Bond (6/4)
“‘You Have Only Your Trust in Me’: Star Trek and the Power of Mutual Belief” by Nicasio Andres Reed (6/4)

“The Cinder Girl Burns Brightly” by Theodora Goss (5/7)
“The following parameters” by Nicasio Andres Reed (5/7)
“Flashover” by S. Qiouyi Lu (5/7)

“The Magician Speaks to the Fool” by Ali Trotta (6/4)
“Elegy for the Self as Villeneuve’s Beast” by Brandon O’Brien (6/4)

John Chu interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (5/7)

Elizabeth Bear interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim(6/4)

Uncanny Magazine Podcast 28A (5/7)
“Nice Things” by Ellen Klages, as read by Erika Ensign
“The Cinder Girl Burns Brightly” by Theodora Goss, as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
Ellen Klages interviewed by Lynne M. Thomas

Uncanny Magazine Podcast 28B (6/4)
“A Catalog of Love at First Sight” by Brit E. B. Hvide, as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
“The Magician Speaks to the Fool” by Ali Trotta, as read by Erika Ensign
Brit E. B. Hvide interviewed by Lynne M. Thomas

Come to the Uncanny TV Pilot Taping!!!

Space Unicorns unite! During Uncanny Magazine‘s successful Kickstarter campaign for Year 5, you made your voices heard: I want my Uncanny TV!

We welcome you to join us for our live recording of the pilot episode of Uncanny TV. Podcaster extraordinaire Matt Peters & Managing/Nonfiction Editor Michi Trota will host this variety talk show in the spirit of Uncanny Magazine: highlighting creators in SF/F working in a variety of art forms and projects, focusing on people building and nurturing their communities, particularly highlighting marginalized creators. They’ll talk about topics that can be serious, but the overall tone of the show will be to celebrate the things we enjoy and the people who make our communities good places to be in SF/F.

Matt Peters speaking at a panel on the left. Michi Trota with fire fans on the right.
Matt Peters (left) and Michi Trota (right)

Our show features Keisha Howard (founder of Sugar Gamers), Daniel Jun Kim (Philanthropist and founder of Pop Mythology), and a performance and interview with singer-songwriter Dawn Xiana Moon (founder and director of Raks Geek).

Keisha Howard in black leather cyberpunk outfit on the left. Daniel Jun Kim in jeans and black T-shirt reading "cleric" in the center. Dawn Xiana Moon posing with guitar on the right.
Keisha Howard (left); Daniel Jun Kim (middle); Dawn Xiana Moon (right)

Location: The Cards Against Humanity Theater, 1917 N. Elston, Chicago, IL
Doors open at 3:30pm
Event runs 4-6pm

This show is FREE to attend! Please register for tickets at:

Note: limited off-street parking is available. There’s also street parking available. Public transit options in short walking distance include the Metra Rail Clybourn Station (UP-NW & UP-N lines) and #8 Ashland bus. The Armitage Brown Line stop, and #72 North Avenue and #74 Fullerton Avenue bus lines are also nearby.


Major Uncanny Magazine Staff Changes!

This is one of those hard news/good news posts, Space Unicorns.

The hard news is that after five years, Managing and Nonfiction Editor Michi Trota has decided to move on from her Uncanny editorial duties at the end of 2019. We can’t overstate how important Michi has been to Uncanny. Michi started with us on day one as Managing Editor. She developed a ton of our processes, made everything look slick and professional, always had a strong voice in the nonfiction, and has been the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps’ biggest cheerleader. We really can’t say enough great things about Michi and what she did for making Uncanny what it is today. She’s a dear friend who has stepped up for every challenge. We know that Michi is going to do more fabulous things in the future.

Michi will be staying through Uncanny Magazine #31 (November/December 2019) to make sure we have a seamless editorial transition. Michi will also continue to co-host and co-produce the Uncanny TV pilot, which will be premiering later this year. We are sure that even though she will no longer be an Uncanny editor, Michi’s association with Uncanny will continue in many different ways.

And now for the good news, Space Unicorns!

Starting with Uncanny Magazine #31 (November/December 2019), the new Managing Editor will be…

Chimedum Ohaegbu!!!!

Chimie is the current Uncanny Magazine Assistant Editor, and started with us as an intern in February 2018. She has done a phenomenal job, and we expect more tremendous things from her. She has been working very closely with Michi for quite some time, so we know this will be a seamless transition. Chimie is a rising superstar writer and editor, and it is such a joy to work with her. We are very excited about this!

Chimie’s bio:

Chimedum “Chimie” Ohaegbu attends the University of British Columbia in pursuit of hummingbirds and a dual degree in English literature and creative writing. She’s a recipient of both the full 2017 Tan Seagull Scholarship for Young Writers and a 2018 Katherine Brearley Arts Scholarship. She loves tisanes, insect facts but not insects, every single bird and magpies especially, and video game music. Her fondness of bad puns has miraculously not prevented her work from being published or forthcoming in Strange Horizons, Train: A Poetry Journal, The /tƐmz/ Review, and The Capilano Review.  Find her on Twitter @chimedumohaegbu or Instagram @chimedum_ohaegbu.  

But that is not all, Space Unicorns! Starting with Uncanny Magazine #32 (January/February 2020), the new Nonfiction Editor will be…

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry!!!!

Uncanny readers should be very familiar with Elsa. She was the guest Editor-in-Chief (with Dominik Parisien) and Nonfiction Editor of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, and has had her essays and fiction published in Uncanny on numerous occasions. We are so thrilled to have Elsa taking over the nonfiction editing. She did a tremendous job as a DPDSF guest editor, and has proven time and time again that along with being a brilliant writer, she is one of the best editors in the business.

Elsa’s Bio:

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is a multi-Hugo-Award finalist author and editor. She was the Co-Guest Editor-in-Chief of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, where she edited the nonfiction section. Her own nonfiction writing has appeared on CNN Opinion,, Fireside, and The Boston Globe. She teaches about disability in fiction on a regular basis. She has an MA in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College, where she learned how to write a killer polemic. You can find her talking about being deafblind, having a guide dog, and liking bats @snarkbat on Twitter, and on her website

But wait, there is more!

Starting with Uncanny Magazine #31 (November/December 2019), the new Assistant Editor will be…

Angel Cruz!

You might know Angel from her Uncanny Magazine essay. She’s a wonderful writer, reviewer, and editor who has contributed to numerous excellent markets, and we are very excited to have her join the Uncanny team!

Angel’s Bio:

Angel Cruz is a writer and professional enthusiast, with a deep love for magic realism and Philippine folklore. She is a staff writer at Ms en Scene and Women Write About Comics, and a contributor at Book Riot. She was a 2017 Contributing Writer at The Learned Fangirl, with additional bylines at the Chicago Review of Books and Brooklyn Magazine. Find more of her work at, or follow her on Twitter @angelcwrites.  

Uncanny Magazine Year 6 will be fantastic, Space Unicorns. Though many changes are happening, we will continue to have the BEST STAFF in the universe.

The Laura Christensen Then Again Kickstarter: A Guest Post by Izzy Wasserstein

(The anthology project Then Again: Vintage Photography Reimagined by One Artist and Thirty Writers, by Artist and Editor Laura Christensen is currently running on Kickstarter. Author and anthology contributor Izzy Wasserstein is here to explain the project and why you should consider backing it.)

There is great power in words. You know this already. And there is great power in visual art, as well. When the two are in conversation with each other, something magical happens. The powers of each medium are revealed, and together each takes on additional depth and resonance.

The term for writing that responds to visual art is ekphrasis. I first learned of the term when studying W. H. Auden’s famous poem “Musée des Beaux Arts,” which he wrote in response to the paintings of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. What I love about ekphrastic art is that it responds to the (ostensibly) unfiltered experience of visual art with the sense-making of the written word. We examine “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” and take it in first as direct experience. Maybe we notice the plowman first, or the lovely boats, or the strange island fortress. And then we spot it: the pair of legs from Icarus as he falls into the sea.

Or perhaps your experience of that painting is different from mine. After all, to describe art is to change it, comment upon it, or respond to it. Having experienced the painting, we can then turn to Auden to see what sense he made of it—and respond to him ourselves.

Which brings me to Then Again: Vintage Photography Reimagined by One Artist and Thirty Writers. In this groundbreaking project, artist Laura Christensen paints on found vintage photographs to make stunning tableaus that exist on the edge of what is real or imagined. Where does the photograph of the girl with the ukulele end and the (presumably?) artificial tentacles that make up her lower appendages begin? The two girls holding the bunny seem real enough, but if so, what are we to make of the bleached-white bones behind them, the birds soaring overhead which almost seem to glow?

Christensen’s art is breathtaking, and the way it mixes the real and the fantastic should be of particular delight to readers of speculative fiction. But her art is only the first stage in the amazing project that is Then Again. In it, Christensen has collaborated with thirty writers, each of whom is responding to one of her works of art in fiction or poetry. Two of these responses are already available: Kij Johnson’s “Tool-Using Mimics,” written in response to Christensen’s “Ukulele Squid Girl”; and Tina Connolly’s “A Sharp Breath of Birds” published here at Uncanny and written in response to “Swan Dive.”(Full disclosure: a short story of mine, written in response to Christensen’s art, also appears in Then Again.)

When you see the lineup of writers Christensen is working with, I guarantee you will be excited. Included in the project are Safia Elhillo, Elizabeth Hand, Paul Park, Erin Roberts, Sofia Samatar, and many more.

So: Christensen makes new art of vintage photographs, and then writers make new art in response to her. Adding to the joy of this collection is that many of the works of literature here also engage with each other—characters and images re-appear, and one gets the sense that these stories and poems just might occupy a shared world. Perhaps it would be more correct to say “shared worlds.”

Christensen says about her art that “[she] relish[es] this practice of creating something in response to another existing thing. It shows how our experiences can affect what we do and what we create, which in turn may affect what someone else creates.” This chain of creation fascinates me. It has been said that art either comments on other art or on the world itself; Christensen and her collaborators are doing both, merging the real and the fantastic, weaving connections and possibilities, and reminding us all of the power of art to show us new worlds and to show our world anew.

Uncanny readers, I know you care about art, about storytelling, and about the power of connections and communication. That’s why I’m hoping you’ll join in this chain of creation and help make this one-of-a-kind project a reality. The Kickstarter launches on April 2, and among its backer rewards is a special edition of Then Again. Please help us spread the word far and wide, and consider contributing if you’re in a position to do so. As you know, in these difficult times we desperately need art in our lives, and we particularly need art that helps us re-see what we think we know.

While you’re at it, I encourage you to try some ekphrasis of your own. Go to a museum or write in response to your favorite movie. (I just might try this with Janelle Monae’s music videos.) Engage with art. Make your own. Join the conversation. Make magic.

Izzy Wasserstein writes fiction and poetry, teaches writing and literature at a public university on the Great Plains, and shares a house with a variety of animal companions and the writer Nora E. Derrington. Her most recent poetry collection is When Creation Falls (Meadowlark Books, 2018), and her fiction has recently appeared or is forthcoming from ClarkesworldApexFireside Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a member of the 2017 class of Clarion West, and likes to run long distances slowly. Her website is

Three Uncanny Stories, the Thomases, and Uncanny Magazine Are All Hugo Award Finalists!

PHENOMENAL news, Space Unicorns! Three Uncanny Magazine stories are finalists for the prestigious Hugo Award! “The Thing About Ghost Stories” by Naomi Kritzer is a finalist for Best Novelette, “The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society” by T. Kingfisher is a finalist for Best Short Story, and “The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat” by Brooke Bolander is a finalist for Best Short Story! Congratulations to everybody!

Even more wonderful news! Uncanny Magazine (Publishers/Editors-in-Chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, Managing Editor Michi Trota, Podcast Producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky, Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Special Issue Editors-in-Chief Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Dominik Parisien) is also once again a finalist for Best Semiprozine!

Another fantastic thing! Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are finalists for the Best Editor- Short Form Hugo Award!

Finally, many of our current staff and former staff are finalists for different Hugo Awards! Former Poetry and Reprint Editor Julia Rios and Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Co-Editor-in-Chief Elsa Sjunneson-Henry’s Fireside Magazine is a finalist for Best Semiprozine! Julia Rios is also a finalist for Best Editor- Short Form and for Best Related work as part of The Mexicanx Initiative Experience at Worldcon 76, and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is a finalist for Best Fan Writer!

It is an amazing list of Hugo Award finalists, many of whom are Uncanny authors and friends. CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYBODY!!! Thank you to everyone who nominated these works. We are honored, ecstatic, and overwhelmed.

Below are the Hugo Award Press Releases from Dublin 2019:

Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon
Dublin, Ireland
August 15-19, 2019

Hugo and Retro Hugo Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2019 Hugo Awards, John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the 1944 Retrospective Hugo Awards were announced 2 April in a live webcast.

There were 1800 valid nominating ballots (1797 electronic and 3 paper) received and counted from the members of the 2018 and 2019 World Science Fiction Conventions for the 2019 Hugo Awards. For the 1944 Retro Hugo Awards, 217 valid nominating ballots (214 electronic and 3 paper) were received. Voting on the final ballot will open later in April.

The Hugo Awards are the premier award in the science fiction genre, honouring science fiction literature and media as well as the genre’s fans. The Awards were first presented at the 1953 World Science Fiction Convention in Philadelphia (Philcon II), and they have continued to honour science fiction and fantasy notables for more than 60 years.

The webcast announcing the finalists is available for viewing on the Dublin 2019 YouTube channel.

Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon will take place in and around the Convention Centre Dublin from 15 to 19 August. More than 5600 people have already signed up as members, including more than 4580 attending members.

Only Dublin 2019 members will be able to vote on the final ballot and choose the winners. The 1944 Retro Hugo Awards will be presented on Thursday, 15 August, the opening night of Dublin 2019, and the 2019 Hugo Awards, and the Lodestar and Campbell Awards, will be presented on Sunday, 18 August as part of the main Hugo Awards ceremony.

The 2019 Hugo base will be designed by Dublin artist Jim Fitzpatrick. The 1944 Retro Hugo base will be designed by Eleanor Wheeler, a ceramicist in County Down. The 2019 Lodestar Award will be designed by Sara Felix, the Austin, Texas-based president of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.

More information about the Hugo Awards, including details about how to submit a nominating ballot: . Any questions about the Hugo Awards process should be directed to [email protected]

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Best Novel
The Calculating Stars, by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
Record of a Spaceborn Few, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager)
Revenant Gun, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
Space Opera, by Catherynne M. Valente (Saga)
Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey / Macmillan)
Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)

Best Novella
Artificial Condition, by Martha Wells ( publishing)
Beneath the Sugar Sky, by Seanan McGuire ( publishing)
Binti: The Night Masquerade, by Nnedi Okorafor ( publishing)
The Black God’s Drums, by P. Djèlí Clark ( publishing)
Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, by Kelly Robson ( publishing)
The Tea Master and the Detective, by Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean Press / JABberwocky Literary Agency)

Best Novelette
“If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again,” by Zen Cho (B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, 29 November 2018)
“The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections,” by Tina Connolly (, 11 July 2018)
“Nine Last Days on Planet Earth,” by Daryl Gregory (, 19 September 2018)
The Only Harmless Great Thing, by Brooke Bolander ( publishing)
“The Thing About Ghost Stories,” by Naomi Kritzer (Uncanny Magazine 25, November-December 2018)
“When We Were Starless,” by Simone Heller (Clarkesworld 145, October 2018)

Best Short Story
“The Court Magician,” by Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed, January 2018)
“The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society,” by T. Kingfisher (Uncanny Magazine 25, November-December 2018)
“The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington,” by P. Djèlí Clark (Fireside Magazine, February 2018)
“STET,” by Sarah Gailey (Fireside Magazine, October 2018)
“The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat,” by Brooke Bolander (Uncanny Magazine 23, July-August 2018)
“A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies,” by Alix E. Harrow (Apex Magazine, February 2018)

Best Series
The Centenal Cycle, by Malka Older ( publishing)
The Laundry Files, by Charles Stross (most recently publishing/Orbit)
Machineries of Empire, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
The October Daye Series, by Seanan McGuire (most recently DAW)
The Universe of Xuya, by Aliette de Bodard (most recently Subterranean Press)
Wayfarers, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager)

Best Related Work
Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, by Alec Nevala-Lee (Dey Street Books)
The Hobbit Duology (documentary in three parts), written and edited by Lindsay Ellis and Angelina Meehan (YouTube)
An Informal History of the Hugos: A Personal Look Back at the Hugo Awards, 1953-2000, by Jo Walton (Tor) The Mexicanx Initiative Experience at Worldcon 76 (Julia Rios, Libia Brenda, Pablo Defendini, John Picacio)
Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing, by Ursula K. Le Guin with David Naimon (Tin House Books)

Best Graphic Story
Abbott, written by Saladin Ahmed, art by Sami Kivelä, colours by Jason Wordie, letters by Jim Campbell (BOOM! Studios)
Black Panther: Long Live the King, written by Nnedi Okorafor and Aaron Covington, art by André Lima Araújo, Mario Del Pennino and Tana Ford (Marvel)
Monstress, Volume 3: Haven, written by Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
On a Sunbeam, by Tillie Walden (First Second)
Paper Girls, Volume 4, written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Cliff Chiang, colours by Matt Wilson, letters by Jared K. Fletcher (Image Comics)
Saga, Volume 9, written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Annihilation, directed and written for the screen by Alex Garland, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer (Paramount Pictures / Skydance)
Avengers: Infinity War, screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (Marvel Studios)
Black Panther, written by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, directed by Ryan Coogler (Marvel Studios)
A Quiet Place, screenplay by Scott Beck, John Krasinski and Bryan Woods, directed by John Krasinski (Platinum Dunes / Sunday Night)
Sorry to Bother You, written and directed by Boots Riley (Annapurna Pictures)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, screenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman, directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman (Sony)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
The Expanse: “Abaddon’s Gate,” written by Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck and Naren Shankar, directed by Simon Cellan Jones (Penguin in a Parka / Alcon Entertainment)
Doctor Who: “Demons of the Punjab,” written by Vinay Patel, directed by Jamie Childs (BBC)
Dirty Computer, written by Janelle Monáe, directed by Andrew Donoho and Chuck Lightning (Wondaland Arts Society / Bad Boy Records / Atlantic Records)
The Good Place: “Janet(s),” written by Josh Siegal & Dylan Morgan, directed by Morgan Sackett (NBC) The Good Place: “Jeremy Bearimy,” written by Megan Amram, directed by Trent O’Donnell (NBC)
Doctor Who: “Rosa,” written by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall, directed by Mark Tonderai (BBC)

Best Professional Editor, Short Form
Neil Clarke
Gardner Dozois
Lee Harris
Julia Rios
Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
E. Catherine Tobler

Best Professional Editor, Long Form
Sheila E. Gilbert
Anne Lesley Groell
Beth Meacham
Diana Pho
Gillian Redfearn
Navah Wolfe

Best Professional Artist
Galen Dara
Jaime Jones
Victo Ngai
John Picacio
Yuko Shimizu
Charles Vess

Best Semiprozine
Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews
Fireside Magazine, edited by Julia Rios, managing editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, social coordinator Meg Frank, special features editor Tanya DePass, founding editor Brian White, publisher and art director Pablo Defendini
FIYAH Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, executive editors Troy L. Wiggins and DaVaun Sanders, editors L.D. Lewis, Brandon O’Brien, Kaleb Russell, Danny Lore, and Brent Lambert
Shimmer, publisher Beth Wodzinski, senior editor E. Catherine Tobler
Strange Horizons, edited by Jane Crowley, Kate Dollarhyde, Vanessa Rose Phin, Vajra Chandrasekera, Romie Stott, Maureen Kincaid Speller, and the Strange Horizons Staff
Uncanny Magazine, publishers/editors-in-chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, managing editor Michi Trota, podcast producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky, Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Special Issue editors-in-chief Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Dominik Parisien

Best Fanzine
Galactic Journey, founder Gideon Marcus, editor Janice Marcus
Journey Planet, edited by Team Journey Planet
Lady Business, editors Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay & Susan
nerds of a feather, flock together, editors Joe Sherry, Vance Kotrla and The G
Quick Sip Reviews, editor Charles Payseur
Rocket Stack Rank, editors Greg Hullender and Eric Wong

Best Fancast
Be the Serpent, presented by Alexandra Rowland, Freya Marske and Jennifer Mace
The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
Fangirl Happy Hour, hosted by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams
Galactic Suburbia, hosted by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts, produced by Andrew Finch
Our Opinions Are Correct, hosted by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders
The Skiffy and Fanty Show, produced by Jen Zink and Shaun Duke, hosted by the Skiffy and Fanty Crew

Best Fan Writer
Foz Meadows
James Davis Nicoll
Charles Payseur
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
Alasdair Stuart
Bogi Takács

Best Fan Artist
Sara Felix
Grace P. Fong
Meg Frank
Ariela Housman
Likhain (Mia Sereno)
Spring Schoenhuth

Best Art Book
The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition, illustrated by Charles Vess, written by Ursula K. Le Guin (Saga Press /Gollancz)
Daydreamer’s Journey: The Art of Julie Dillon, by Julie Dillon (self-published)
Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History, by Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, Sam Witwer (Ten Speed Press)
Spectrum 25: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, ed. John Fleskes (Flesk Publications)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – The Art of the Movie, by Ramin Zahed (Titan Books)
Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth, ed. Catherine McIlwaine (Bodleian Library)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Katherine Arden (2nd year of eligibility)
S.A. Chakraborty (2nd year of eligibility)
R.F. Kuang (1st year of eligibility)
Jeannette Ng (2nd year of eligibility)
Vina Jie-Min Prasad (2nd year of eligibility)
Rivers Solomon (2nd year of eligibility)

Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book
The Belles, by Dhonielle Clayton (Freeform / Gollancz)
Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt / Macmillan Children’s Books)
The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black (Little, Brown / Hot Key Books)
Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)
The Invasion, by Peadar O’Guilin (David Fickling Books / Scholastic)
Tess of the Road, by Rachel Hartman (Random House / Penguin Teen)



Best Novel
Conjure Wife, by Fritz Leiber, Jr. (Unknown Worlds, April 1943)
Earth’s Last Citadel, by C.L. Moore and Henry Kuttner (Argosy, April 1943)
Gather, Darkness! by Fritz Leiber, Jr. (Astounding Science-Fiction, May-July 1943)
Das Glasperlenspiel [The Glass Bead Game], by Hermann Hesse (Fretz & Wasmuth)
Perelandra, by C.S. Lewis (John Lane, The Bodley Head)
The Weapon Makers, by A.E. van Vogt (Astounding Science-Fiction, February-April 1943)

Best Novella
“Attitude,” by Hal Clement (Astounding Science-Fiction, September 1943)
“Clash by Night,” by Lawrence O’Donnell (Henry Kuttner & C.L. Moore) (Astounding Science-Fiction, March 1943)
“The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath,” by H.P. Lovecraft, (Beyond the Wall of Sleep, Arkham House)
The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Reynal & Hitchcock)
The Magic Bed-Knob; or, How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons, by Mary Norton (Hyperion Press)
“We Print the Truth,” by Anthony Boucher (Astounding Science-Fiction, December 1943)

Best Novelette
“Citadel of Lost Ships,” by Leigh Brackett (Planet Stories, March 1943)
“The Halfling,” by Leigh Brackett (Astonishing Stories, February 1943)
“Mimsy Were the Borogoves,” by Lewis Padgett (C.L. Moore & Henry Kuttner) (Astounding Science-Fiction, February 1943)
“The Proud Robot,” by Lewis Padgett (Henry Kuttner) (Astounding Science-Fiction, February 1943)
“Symbiotica,” by Eric Frank Russell (Astounding Science-Fiction, October 1943)
“Thieves’ House,” by Fritz Leiber, Jr (Unknown Worlds, February 1943)

Best Short Story
“Death Sentence,” by Isaac Asimov (Astounding Science Fiction, November 1943)
“Doorway into Time,” by C.L. Moore (Famous Fantastic Mysteries, September 1943)
“Exile,” by Edmond Hamilton (Super Science Stories, May 1943)
“King of the Gray Spaces” (“R is for Rocket”), by Ray Bradbury (Famous Fantastic Mysteries, December 1943)
“Q.U.R.,” by H.H. Holmes (Anthony Boucher) (Astounding Science-Fiction, March 1943)
“Yours Truly – Jack the Ripper,” by Robert Bloch (Weird Tales, July 1943)

Best Graphic Story
Buck Rogers: Martians Invade Jupiter, by Philip Nowlan and Dick Calkins (National Newspaper Service)
Flash Gordon: Fiery Desert of Mongo, by Alex Raymond (King Features Syndicate)
Garth, by Steve Dowling (Daily Mirror)
Plastic Man #1: The Game of Death, by Jack Cole (Vital Publications)
Le Secret de la Licorne [The Secret of the Unicorn], by Hergé (Le Soir)
Wonder Woman #5: Battle for Womanhood, written by William Moulton Marsden, art by Harry G. Peter (DC Comics)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Batman, written by Victor McLeod, Leslie Swabacker and Harry L. Fraser, directed by Lambert Hillyer (Columbia Pictures)
Cabin in the Sky, written by Joseph Schrank, directed by Vincente Minnelli and Busby Berkeley (uncredited) (MGM)
A Guy Named Joe, written by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan and Dalton Trumbo, directed by Victor Fleming (MGM)
Heaven Can Wait, written by Samson Raphaelson, directed by Ernst Lubitsch (20th Century Fox)
Münchhausen, written by Erich Kästner and Rudolph Erich Raspe, directed by Josef von Báky (UFA)
Phantom of the Opera, written by Eric Taylor, Samuel Hoffenstein and Hans Jacoby, directed by Arthur Lubin (Universal Pictures)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
The Ape Man, written by Barney A. Sarecky, directed by William Beaudine (Banner Productions)
Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman, written by Curt Siodmak, directed by Roy William Neill (Universal Pictures)
Der Fuehrer’s Face, story by Joe Grant and Dick Huemer, directed by Jack Kinney (Disney)
I Walked With a Zombie, written by Curt Siodmak and Ardel Wray, directed by Jacques Tourneur (RKO Radio Pictures)
The Seventh Victim, written by Charles O’Neal and DeWitt Bodeen, directed by Mark Robson (RKO Radio Pictures)
Super-Rabbit, written by Tedd Pierce, directed by Charles M. Jones (Warner Bros)

Best Professional Editor, Short Form
John W. Campbell
Oscar J. Friend
Mary Gnaedinger
Dorothy McIlwraith
Raymond A. Palmer
Donald A. Wollheim

Best Professional Artist
Hannes Bok
Margaret Brundage
Virgil Finlay
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
J. Allen St. John
William Timmins

Best Fanzine
Fantasy News, editor William S. Sykora
Futurian War Digest, editor J. Michael Rosenblum
The Phantagraph, editor Donald A. Wollheim
Voice of the Imagi-Nation, editors Jack Erman (Forrest J Ackerman) & Morojo (Myrtle Douglas)
YHOS, editor Art Widner
Le Zombie, editor Wilson “Bob” Tucker

Best Fan Writer
Forrest J. Ackerman
Morojo (Myrtle Douglas)
Jack Speer
Wilson “Bob” Tucker
Art Widner
Donald A. Wollheim

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The Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter Campaign Wins the 2017 D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award!

Excellent news, Space Unicorns! The Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter Campaign, with particular recognition going to guest Nonfiction Editor/DPDSF Co-Editor-in-Chief Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and guest DPDSF Personal Essay Editor Nicolette Barischoff, won the 2017 D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award! From the press release:

The D Franklin Defying Doomsday award was judged by Twelfth Planet Press publisher, Alisa Krasnostein, and Defying Doomsday editors, Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench, and was made possible by our wonderful Pozible Patron of Diversity, D Franklin. The award grants one winner per year a cash prize of $200 in recognition of their work in disability advocacy in SFF literature. Eligible works included non-fiction or related media exploring the subject of disability in SFF literature, published in 2017.

It is the campaign promoting the Kickstarter for Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction that was nominated and chosen as the winner of The D Franklin Defying Doomsday award for 2017. Throughout the period of the campaign the team at Uncanny Magazine published essays as daily updates. We appreciate the fact that these were public essays, and hence not limited in access to backers. There was much insight to be gained from reading the personal thoughts of writers with disabilities on their own broad and varied experiences in, and encounters with, science fiction.

We are very impressed by the work of the team at Uncanny Magazine and are so pleased to have the opportunity to recognise them with this award, with particular recognition going to guest Nonfiction Editor/DPDSF Co-Editor-in-Chief Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and guest DPDSF Personal Essay Editor Nicolette Barischoff.

Congratulations to Elsa and Nicolette and the rest of the Kickstarter team, and thank you to all of the writers, editors, readers, and Kickstarter backers who made the Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter campaign so successful!