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Uncanny Magazine Issue 4 Cover and Table of Contents!

All of the content will be available in the eBook version on the day of release. The free online content will be released in 2 stages- half on day of release and half on June 2.

Don’t forget eBook Subscriptions to Uncanny Magazine are available from Weightless Books.


Uncanny Magazine Issue 4 Table of Contents


Tran Nguyen- “Traveling to a Distant Day”


The Uncanny Valley

New Fiction

Catherynne M. Valente- “Planet Lion”
A.C. Wise- “The Practical Witch’s Guide to Acquiring Real Estate”
John Chu- “Restore the Heart into Love”
Elizabeth Bear- “In Libres”
Lisa Bolekaja- “Three Voices”


Delia Sherman- “Young Woman in a Garden”


Mike Glyer- “It’s the Big One”
Julia Rios- “Top Five Myths about YA”
Kameron Hurley- “I Don’t Care About Your MFA: On Writing vs. Storytelling”
Christopher J Garcia- ““The Force That Was Peggy Rae Sapienza”
Steven H Silver- ““Peggy Rae: Friend, Mentor, Superhero””


Alyssa Wong- “For the Gardener’s Daughter”
Ali Trotta- “From the High Priestess to the Hanged Man”
Isabel Yap- “Apologies for breaking the glass slipper”


John Chu Interviewed by Deborah Stanish
Delia Sherman Interviewed by Deborah Stanish


Podcast 4A
Story- Catherynne M. Valente’s “Planet Lion” as read by Heath Miller
Poem- Alyssa Wong’s “For the Gardener’s Daughter” as read by Amal El-Mohtar
Interview- Deborah Stanish interviews Catherynne M. Valente

Podcast 4B
Story- Elizabeth Bear’s “In Libres” as read by C.S.E. Cooney
Poem- Isabel Yap’s “Apologies for breaking the glass slipper” as read by Amal El-Mohtar

Kat Howard’s “Translatio Corporis” Inspires Liz Argall’s Webcomic

First, please read Kat Howard’s phenomenal “Translatio Corporis” from Uncanny Magazine Issue 3 (or listen to Amal El-Mohtar read it on the Uncanny Magazine Podcast 3A).

Future Uncanny Magazine author Liz Argall is the creator of the charming webcomic Things Without Arms and Without Legs: A Comic about Creatures Who Are Kind. Liz enjoyed “Translatio Corporis” so much, she created some fan art for the story, starring her webcomic creations.

This pretty much made everybody’s day when we saw it.

Thanks, Liz!


SPOILERS FOR “Translatio Corporis” BELOW!





Ellen Klages’s Scary Ham Rides Again

If you were at last year’s Nebula Awards, you were treated to award-winning author and raconteur Ellen Klages‘s tale of “The Scary Ham.” Go read it now, or watch it here starting at 12:57. We’ll wait.

(The speech at the Nebula Awards is eligible for a Hugo Award in the Best Dramatic Presentation- Short Form category. Just sayin’.)

Being that Ellen is as generous as she is funny, she offered to recreate The Scary Ham Experience with a Do-It-Yourself Scary Ham Funeral Kit for one of our Kickstarter backers.

We thought it would be fun as a backer level, but we didn’t expect anybody to actually go for it.

We were so wonderfully wrong.

Ellen scoured her area for a one-pound canned ham, visiting multiple grocery stores and nearly giving up and substituting either Spam or canned mutton. Thankfully, she found the perfect ham.

Here is the kit before mailing:


Here, we’ll let Space Unicorn Scary Ham Backer Lisa Centorrino take over the tale:

So I assembled the monkeys and decided to stage a dramatic reenactment of the climactic funeral scene from Ellen’s story. The monkeys are wearing capes (they came with the kit), because I felt it added much needed gravitas to the scene. The blue monkey is playing the horn Ellen included while the other two have the birthday candles ready to send the ham off over the rainbow bridge.

(No fuzzy monkeys or hams were harmed in the creating of this picture.)

The coffin is a “monkey swing” from the kit, the funerary raft Ellen made. The rainbow bridge is symbolized by the rainbow webbing strap draped over the fireplace screen, which itself symbolizes the world tree to make it even more Viking-ish. Once I clear off the mantle, book, monkeys, and rafted (faux) ham will have a place of honor there with the possible addition of a canned unicorn in the future.

I also really wanted to explain why I chose the Scary Ham reward. When I read Ellen’s story I had tears in my eyes even as I laughed, because I could relate so well. My dad and I weren’t very close, and he died suddenly in 2011. Dad was a carpenter and had pretty much rebuilt the house I and my much older siblings had grown up in, and I had often half-jokingly said we would have to burn it down Viking-style when Dad went. Reading Ellen’s story was like revisiting the aftermath again, in a good way.

Thanks to Ellen Klages, for the story and the kit, and to all the Uncanny people.


Thanks, Lisa!

If you want to read some of Ellen Klages’s amazing fiction, Uncanny Magazine will be reprinting her classic “”In the House of the Seven Librarians” in Issue 3!

Hao Jingfang’s Folding Beijing and the Chinese Xingyun (Nebula) Awards

As most of you know, this month Uncanny Magazine is featuring Hao Jingfang’s novelette “Folding Beijing” as translated by Ken Liu. What you may not know is that it was a nominee for Best Short Story last year at the prestigious Chinese Xingyun (Nebula) Awards. Along with the Galaxy Award, this is one of the most prestigious honors in Chinese SF genre work.

“Folding Beijing” lost to “Smart Life” by Ping Zongqi, but this was, of course, still a tremendous honor for “Folding Beijing” to be nominated. We are extremely proud to be publishing it.

Here are Hao Jingfang and Ken Liu at the awards.


Uncanny Issue 2 Cover & Table of Contents!


All of the content will be available in the eBook version on the day of release. The free online content will be released in 2 stages- half on day of release and half on February 3.

Don’t forget that eBook Subscriptions to Uncanny Magazine are available on Weightless Books.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 2 Table of Contents:

Cover by Julie Dillon


The Uncanny Valley- Editorial by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas

New Fiction

Hao Jingfang (translated by Ken Liu)- “Folding Beijing”
Sam J. Miller- “The Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History”
Amal El-Mohtar- “Pockets”
Richard Bowes- “Anyone with a Care for Their Image”
Sunny Moraine- “Love Letters to Things Lost and Gained”

Classic Fiction

Ann Leckie- “The Nalendar”


Jim C. Hines- “The Politics of Comfort”
Erica McGillivray- “The Future’s Been Here Since 1939: Female Fans, Cosplay, and Conventions”
Michi Trota- “Age of the Geek, Baby”
Keidra Chaney- “The Evolution of Nerd Rock”


Isabel Yap- “After the Moon Princess Leaves”
Mari Ness- “After the Dance”
Rose Lemberg- “archival testimony fragments / minersong”


Ann Leckie, Interviewed by Deborah Stanish


Episode 3: Editors’ Introduction, Sam J. Miller’s “The Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History” (read by C.S.E. Cooney), Isabel Yap’s “After the Moon Princess Leaves” (read by Amal El-Mohtar), Interview with Sam J. Miller conducted by Deborah Stanish

Episode 4: Editors’ Introduction, Amal El-Mohtar reading her story “Pockets,” Rose Lemberg’s “archival testimony fragments / minersong”(read by C.S.E. Cooney), Interview with Amal El-Mohtar conducted by Deborah Stanish

Uncanny Is Temporarily Closing to All Submissions

Uncanny Magazine will be closing to all unsolicited submissions on December 1, 2014. We’ve been giddy about the volume and diversity of the submissions, and are working hard to process everything.

We will reopen in early 2015, and are working on having a new, sleeker submissions system.


Uncanny Magazine Issue 1 is LIVE!!!

Space Unicorn Ranger Corps!

Today is the day. Uncanny Magazine Issue 1 is now available to everybody at or at online eBook retailers! Please spread the word!

Here are the pieces of Issue 1 that are available on our shiny new website (designed by the phenomenal Jeremiah Tolbert) today:


(Cover by Galen Dara)


The Uncanny Valley- Editorial by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas

New Fiction

Maria Dahvana Headley- “If You Were a Tiger, I’d Have to Wear White”

Ken Liu- “Presence”

Max Gladstone- “Late Nights at the Cape and Cane”

Classic Fiction

Jay Lake- “Her Fingers Like Whips, Her Eyes Like Razors”


Sarah Kuhn- “Mars (and Moon and Mercury and Jupiter and Venus) Attacks!”

Worldcon Roundtable featuring Emma England, Michael Lee, Helen Montgomery, Steven H Silver, and Pablo Vazquez


Neil Gaiman- “Kissing song”

Amal El-Mohtar- “The New Ways”


Maria Dahvana Headley, Interviewed by Deborah Stanish

Beth Meacham on Jay Lake, Interviewed by Lynne M. Thomas

Thanks to our Kickstarter Backers


Episode 1: Editors’ Introduction, Maria Dahvana Headley’s “If You Were a Tiger, I’d Have to Wear White” and Amal El-Mohtar’s poem “The New Ways” (both read by Amal), and an interview with Maria conducted by Deborah Stanish.


The entire issue can be purchased as an eBook at Amazon, Kobo, and Weightless Books (our preferred retailer). Weightless Books is also offering yearly subscriptions.

The rest of the free online content will be available on December 2nd.

Thank you again for all of your support and generosity. You made this possible.



Lynne, Michael, & Michi