The Uncanny Valley

Though normally we babble about something or other here, there are too many exciting things going on with Uncanny, so we are just going to board that midnight train to Uncanny Excitement Town. WOOO WOO!

Most of you already know this, but we are still very excited! PHENOMENAL news, Space Unicorns! Six Uncanny Magazine stories are finalists for the prestigious Hugo Award! “And Then There Were (N-One)” by Sarah Pinsker is a finalist for Best Novella; “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time” by K.M. Szpara is a finalist for Best Novelette; “Children of Thorns, Children of Water” by Aliette de Bodard (reprint from 2017) is a finalist for Best Novelette; “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad is a finalist for Best Short Story; “Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon is a finalist for Best Short Story; and “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” by Fran Wilde is a finalist for Best Short Story! (As you may recall, Sarah’s, K.M.’s, Vina’s, and Fran’s stories are also Nebula Award Finalists!) Congratulations to everybody!

Even more wonderful news! Uncanny Magazine (edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, and podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky) 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, a ton of our current staff and former staff are finalists for different Hugo Awards! Former Interviewer Deborah Stanish, Podcast Producer Erika Ensign, and Lynne M. Thomas’s Doctor Who podcast Verity! (also co-hosted with Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, and Tansy Rayner Roberts) is a finalist for Best Fancast! 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 (with Brian White, Mikki Kendall, and Pablo Defendini)! Former Poetry and Reprint Editor Mimi Mondal’s book Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler (co-edited with Alexandra Pierce) is a finalist for Best Related Work! And finally, current interviewer Caroline M. Yoachim’s Beneath Ceaseless Skies story “Carnival Nine” is a finalist for Best Short Story (also a Nebula Award finalist)!

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.

From the Worldcon 76 Press Release: The final ballot to select this year’s winners will open in April 2018, and will be open to all full Attending and Supporting members of Worldcon 76. The winners of the 2018 Hugo Awards will be announced at a highlighted formal ceremony at the convention, on the evening of Sunday, August 19.

The Thomases and a good deal of the staff are planning on being at Worldcon 76! We hope we will see you there!

More wonderful news, Space Unicorns! “And Then There Were (N-One)” by Sarah Pinsker and “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad are both finalists for the prestigious 2018 Sturgeon Award for the best short science fiction story! According to the press release: “The awards will be presented this year during the Campbell Conference Awards reception on Friday, June 22, 2018.” Congratulations to Sarah, Vina, and an amazing list of finalists!

Also, “Read Before Use” by Chinelo Onwualu is a finalist for the 2018 Nommo Award for Best Short Story! From the website: The Nommo Awards recognise works of speculative fiction by Africans. We mean science fiction, fantasy, stories of magic and traditional belief, alternative histories, horror and strange stuff that might not fit in anywhere else. Congratulations, Chinelo!

Nothing that happens at Uncanny is possible without our phenomenal community of creators and readers. So, do you want to help support the continuation of this awesomeness? We’re recruiting new members to the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps! A small investment from you goes a long way towards paying our creators and staff. Your help means we can battle the darkness with more art, beauty, and truth!

There are many ways to join:

  1. There is a Subscription Drive going on at Weightless Books for a year’s worth of Uncanny Magazine eBooks! The drive will run from May 1–May 15. For that limited time, you can receive a year’s worth of Uncanny for $2 off the regular price! We will have some nifty giveaways for a few lucky new or renewing subscribers at particular milestones, too. (T-shirts! Back issues! Tote bags!) And all new or renewing subscribers will get a vinyl Space Unicorn sticker and a fancy postcard!
  2. The Uncanny Magazine Patreon! Do you love our magazine and podcast and want to see them continue, but aren’t interested in an eBook subscription? This is an excellent way to support our magazine! You can support us for as little as $1 per month! And you can get UNCANNY SWAG and eBooks at other levels!
  3. You can subscribe through Amazon Kindle! It’s simple and easy and every wonderful Uncanny eBook issue magically arrives on the day of release on your Kindle without any fuss!
  4. We are working on launching an Uncanny Drip! Keep an eye on our blog for more details!

In exciting Thomas convention news, we will be Guests of Honor at Mo*Con from May 46th, 2018, in Indianapolis, Indiana, with Mikki Kendall, John Urbancik, and Jennifer Udden! Mo*Con is a “mini-convention built around food, community, and conversations (typically around the topics of spirituality, art, and social justice)” hosted by author, editor, and wonderful troublemaker Maurice Broaddus. We hope to see you there!

Soon after, the Thomases will be at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s 52nd Annual Nebula Conference at the Pittsburgh Marriott Center from May 17–20, 2018! We will mostly be hanging out, spending time with the ICFA alligator, and rooting for the Uncanny authors and friends who are finalists for the Nebula Award!

Finally, Managing Editor Michi Trota will be at WisCon in Madison, Wisconsin, from May 25–28. She will be hosting the super sparkly Uncanny Magazine Party! Word on the Madison streets is there will be ube cake again!

And now the contents of Uncanny Magazine Issue 22! The wonderful cover is Julie Dillon’s Ocean Magic. Our new fiction this month includes Naomi Novik’s fantastic fairy tale origin story “Blessings;” Katharine Duckett’s story of a succubus in the online world “Sucks (to Be You);” Marina J. Lostetter’s bittersweet and sweeping space story “Discard the Sun, for It Has Failed Us;” Kelly Robson’s wicked and wondrous “What Gentle Women Dare;” A. Merc Rustad’s powerful journey of death and sacrifice “If We Die Unjustified;” and finally C.L. Clark’s touching story of war, love, and bread “The Cook.” Our reprint is Aliette de Bodard’s “In Blue Lily’s Wake,” originally published in the 2015 anthology Meeting Infinity.

Our essays this month include Greg Pak exploring his childhood and writing via his old Dungeons and Dragons notes, Briana Lawrence discussing her feelings about representations of Black women and the new Wrinkle in Time film, Kelly McCullough defending the need for escapist literature, and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry looking at her time as a burlesque performer and how the art form let her rewrite and improve certain stories through a new lens. Our gorgeous and impactful poetry features Theodora Goss’s “Persephone in Hades,” Ali Trotta’s “Lorelei,” Sarah Gailey’s “What Grew,” and Betsy Aoki’s “Okuri Inu, or the sending-off dog demon.” Finally, Caroline M. Yoachim interviews Katharine Duckett and A. Merc Rustad about their stories.

Uncanny Magazine Podcast Episode 22A features Naomi Novik’s “Blessings,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris, Theodora Goss’s “Persephone in Hades,” as read by Erika Ensign, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Ilana C. Myer. Uncanny Magazine Podcast Episode 22B features Kelly Robson’s “What Gentle Women Dare,” as read by Erika Ensign, Sarah Gailey’s “What Grew,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Kelly Robson.

As always, we are deeply grateful of your support of Uncanny Magazine. Shine on, Space Unicorns!


Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas

Lynne and Michael are the Publishers/Editors-in-Chief of Uncanny Magazine.

Ten-time Hugo, British Fantasy, and 2-time Parsec Award-winner Lynne M. Thomas was the Editor-in-Chief of Apex Magazine (2011-2013). She co-edited the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (with Tara O’Shea) and Hugo Award-finalist Chicks Dig Comics (with Sigrid Ellis).

Seven-time Hugo, British Fantasy, and Parsec Award-winner Michael Damian Thomas was the former Managing Editor of Apex Magazine (2012-2013), co-edited the Hugo-finalist Queers Dig Time Lords (with Sigrid Ellis), and co-edited Glitter & Mayhem (with John Klima and Lynne M. Thomas).

Together, they solve mysteries.

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