The Uncanny Valley

The Thomases are… happy and exhausted.

As we write this, we’re finally finished with our World Tour (which included a visit to the David Bowie Is exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago). Basically, every weekend was booked, from Caitlin’s birthday in October until mid–December. This included Lynne speaking about Doctor Who at the Chicago Humanities Festival with Managing Editor Michi Trota and Mary Robinette Kowal; a trip to Washington DC for the World Fantasy Convention and the World Fantasy Awards, where Rachel Swirsky’s Nebula–winning “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” from Apex Magazine, a story we edited, was nominated for Best Short Story; appearing as Guests of Honor with the rest of the SF Squeecast minus Paul Cornell (Elizabeth Bear, Seanan McGuire, and Catherynne M. Valente) at Windycon in Chicago (this also included the launch of the anthology Harvest Season featuring new stories from Bear, Cat, Seanan, and Michael with an Introduction by Lynne); and finally Michael appearing as a Guest at Chicago TARDIS. There were also parties, day trips, and the second 40th Birthday of the year for the Thomases.

Oh, and Uncanny Magazine Issue One launched during all of this.

The travel was completely, gloriously worth it. We spent time with so many amazing friends, writers, artists, editors, actors, and fans. We had a great time, and our daughter Caitlin handled it all like a trooper. Everywhere we went, people said wonderful things about the first issue. We are thrilled you enjoyed it so much!

Now that we’re back home, it’s time to see if we can top it.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 2’s original fiction features a long novelette of love and survival called “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang (translated by Ken Liu), Sam J. Miller’s powerful retelling of the Stonewall Riots “The Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History,” Amal El–Mohtar’s delightful tale of unusual discoveries “Pockets,” Richard Bowes’s “Anyone with a Care for Their Image,” which imagines our social media futures, and finally Sunny Moraine’s “Love Letters to Things Lost and Gained,” which examines the boundaries of self in sometimes unsettling ways.

Also in this issue, we reprint Ann Leckie’s charming and thoughtful “The Nalendar” (originally published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine). Our poetry this issue includes Rose Lemberg’s “archival testimony fragments / minersong,” Mari Ness’s “After the Dance,” and Isabel Yap’s “After the Moon Princess Leaves.”

Our nonfiction includes essays about geek rock by Keidra Chaney, cosplay by Erica McGillivray, politics in fiction by Jim C. Hines, and a thoughtful discussion of geekdom and social marginalization from Michi Trota. We also have interviews with Hao Jingfang (with Ken Liu translating) and Ann Leckie, as conducted by Deborah Stanish. Our magnificent cover is Fortune’s Favored by Julie Dillon.

The Uncanny Magazine Podcast Episode 3 contains Sam J. Miller’s “The Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History” as read by our new reader C.S.E. Cooney, Isabel Yap’s “After the Moon Princess Leaves” as read by Amal El–Mohtar, and Deborah Stanish interviewing Sam J. Miller. The Uncanny Magazine Podcast Episode 4 contains Amal El–Mohtar’s “Pockets” as read by Amal, Rose Lemberg’s “archival testimony fragments / minersong” as read by C.S.E. Cooney, Deborah Stanish interviewing Amal, and Michi Trota interviewing Jim C. Hines.

If you love reading Uncanny as much as we love producing it, please continue to spread the word with your comments, tweets, posts, and messages. We want the magazine to keep running past Year One. If we can get enough subscribers on Weightless Books, we can make Year Two happen without running a Kickstarter.

Thank you all so much for your continued support.



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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