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Fifteen Uncanny Magazine Stories Are on the 2021 Locus Recommended Reading List and Locus Award Poll!

FABULOUS NEWS, SPACE UNICORNS! HAPPIEST OF DAYS!!! FIFTEEN Uncanny Magazine stories are on the prestigious 2021 Locus Recommended Reading List! WE ARE SO THRILLED! Congratulations to all of the authors!

Best Novella:
The Giants of the Violet Sea” by Eugenia Triantafyllou

Best Novelette:
Mulberry and Owl” by Aliette de Bodard
Unseelie Brothers, Ltd.” by Fran Wilde
That Story Isn’t the Story” by John Wiswell
Colors of the Immortal Palette” by Caroline M. Yoachim

Best Short Story:
If the Martians Have Magic” by P. Djèlí Clark
The Wishing Pool” by Tananarive Due
Proof by Induction” by José Pablo Iriarte
Immortal Coil” by Ellen Kushner
Presque vue” by Tochi Onyebuchi
A House Full of Voices Is Never Empty” by Miyuki Jane Pinckard
Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather” by Sarah Pinsker
Thirteen of the Secrets in My Purse” by Rachel Swirsky
How the Girls Came Home” by Eugenia Triantafyllou
The Sin of America” by Catherynne M. Valente

ALSO! Congratulations to Uncanny Magazine Managing Editor/Poetry Editor Chimedum Ohaegbu! Her novelette “And for My Next Trick, I Have Disappeared” is on the list! PLUS! Congratulations to Uncanny Magazine Nonfiction Editor Meg Elison! Her short stories “The Pizza Boy” and “The Revolution Will Not Be Served With Fries“ are on the list!

This means you can vote for these stories in the 2022 Locus Poll and Survey which determines the Locus Awards! Voting is FREE TO ALL! Along with these stories, Uncanny Magazine is also eligible for a Locus Award in the Best Magazine or Fanzine category, and Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas are eligible in the Best Editor – Pro or Fan category! Vote for the things you liked, and you can even write in things that didn’t make the 2021 Locus Recommended Reading List! YOUR VOTE ALWAYS COUNTS!

And as long as you are in a voting mood, don’t forget to vote in the Uncanny Magazine Readers’ Favorite Stories Poll! It’s open until February 7, and the winning author gets a SNAZZY CERTIFICATE!

Shine on, Space Unicorns!

Uncanny Celebrates Reader Favorites of 2021!

Hello, Space Unicorns! 2021 was another tough year. Though many things were hard and horrible, we are very, very proud of all of the amazing works we published in Uncanny Magazine. Everyone in the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps has been wonderfully supportive, and your enthusiasm has meant so much to us. It’s been fantastic to see how much our readers have been enjoying Uncanny’s fiction. And while we have our personal favorites, we’d like to know which stories YOU loved from Uncanny in 2021.

We’ve set up a poll for Uncanny readers to vote for their top three favorite original short stories from 2021. (You can find links to all of the stories here.)

The poll will be open from January 10 to February 7, after which we’ll announce the results. We’re excited for you to share which Uncanny stories made you feel!

snazzy certificate will be given to the creator whose work comes out on top of  the poll!

So please spread the word! And don’t forget, EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 44 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming January 4, the 44th issue of the Hugo Award-winning Uncanny Magazine!!

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 1.

Don’t forget eBook Subscriptions to Uncanny Magazine are available from Weightless Books and Amazon Kindle, and you can support us on our Patreon!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 44 Table of Contents:

Shuffling The Cards by Galen Dara

“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
“The One Body Problem” by Meg Elison

“The Night Dance” by Leah Cypess (1/4)
“The Calcified Heart of Saint Ignace Battiste” by Christopher Caldwell (1/4)
“Ribbons” by Natalia Theodoridou (1/4)

“The Haunting of Dr. Claudius Winterson” by Sarah Monette (2/1)
“Lily, the Immortal” by Kylie Lee Baker (2/1)
“Hundred-Handed One” by Wen-yi Lee (2/1)
“How to Safely Store Your Magical Artifacts After Saving the World” by Tina Connolly (2/1)

“The Clockwork Penguin Dreamed of Stars” by Caroline M. Yoachim (1/4)

Midnight Mass Talks Too Much but Still Manages to Compel” by Alex Jennings (1/4)
“The Future in the Flesh: Why Cyberpunk Can’t Forget the Body” by Lincoln Michel (1/4)

“Even After Death: An Essay in Questions” by Shingai Njeri Kagunda (2/1)
Gone with the Clones: How Confederate Soft Power Twisted the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy” by Louis Evans (2/1)

“Crustacean on Land” by Mehnaz Sahibzada (1/4)
“The House Snakes” by Sonya Taaffe (1/4)

“a sinkhole invites a street to consider its future” by Dominik Parisien (2/1)
“Weaver Girl Dream” by Lisabelle Tay (2/1)

Christopher Caldwell Interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (1/4)

Sarah Monette Interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (2/1)

Episode 44A (1/4): Editors’ Introduction, “The Night Dance” by Leah Cypess, as read by Erika Ensign, “The House Snakes” by Sonya Taaffe, as read by Matt Peters, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Leah Cypess.

Episode 44B (2/1): Editors’ Introduction, “Lily, the Immortal” by Kylie Lee Baker, as read by Matt Peters, “Weaver Girl Dream” by Lisabelle Tay, as read by Erika Ensign, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Kylie Lee Baker.

“Metal Like Blood in the Dark” by T. Kingfisher Won the Best Short Story Hugo Award!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns! “Metal Like Blood in the Dark” by T. Kingfisher won the 2021 Best Short Story Hugo Award! Congratulations to Ursula and to all of the finalists!

Once again, congratulations to the other three Uncanny Magazine stories that were finalists: “Burn or The Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super” by A. T. Greenblatt for Best Novelette, “The Inaccessibility of Heaven” by Aliette de Bodard for Best Novelette, and “Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse” by Rae Carson for Best Short Story!

Uncanny Magazine didn’t win the Best Semiprozine Hugo Award. A huge congratulations to the winner, FIYAH Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction!

Congratulations to all the Hugo Awards winners and finalists– especially former Nonfiction Editor Elsa Sjunneson, who won the Best Fan Writer Hugo Award!

“What If We Can Make Sure Disasters Create a Better Future?” Q&A with the Finalists of Fix’s Climate Fiction Contest- A Guest Post

Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors is the first climate-fiction contest from Fix, Grist’s solutions lab. Imagine 2200 asked writers to envision the next 180 years of equitable climate progress. Fix Network Weaver Tory Stephens caught up with two of the contest finalists, Ada M. Patterson and Tehnuka, to talk about how fiction can help create a better reality.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.


Tory Stephens: What drew you to enter the Imagine 2200 storytelling contest?

Ada Patterson: I heard about it through adrienne maree brown’s social media. There were a lot of turbulent things happening in Barbados and in my life at the time. So even though I had never written climate fiction, I felt it would be a nice challenge. And it gave me a lot of space to speak through the things that were going on. Honestly, I didn’t think my story would be selected, because I didn’t think it was hopeful enough.

Tehnuka: I also hadn’t written much science fiction. And writing about climate change doesn’t usually give me a lot of hope for the future. This gave me a chance to think about it from a different perspective, to ask: What happens if we work together? How might an equitable future look?


Tory: Now that you’ve both published sci-fi stories, do you think you will continue exploring the genre?

Tehnuka: This is my first published science fiction story, and this experience has increased my confidence in writing science fiction. My story is informed somewhat by my background in earth sciences, but I realized that science fiction is not all about science for me—it can be about human experiences and society.

Ada: Well, I do not have any kind of science background! I’ve always been fascinated researching the climate crisis and seeing how it intersects with sex and gender identity. My story wasn’t altogether hopeful, but science fiction makes it feel possible to imagine a future for my island and our community, to have hope for a trans future. That’s something I’m struggling with now personally, that the island will be gone. There is this threat of disappearance. Using science fiction as a tool, that was the first time I felt, strangely, hopeful.


Tory: Can you tell us more about how your identities and life experiences influenced your stories?

Ada: It was an especially potent time for me to imagine a future for trans people—at the time I wrote my piece I just started hormone replacement therapy, and then [because of the pandemic there was] a shortage of medication in Barbados. I research a lot and think about things like how plasticization has affected our water by leaching estrogen-like chemicals, or how sea turtles in our local waters are producing more female offspring because of warming sand temperatures. [Imagine 2200] gave me space to think about what it can mean to be queer or trans in a climate-queered world, and how all of these observable realities are already expanding and forming a different kind of world.

Tehnuka: I wanted to explore a sense of belonging. In all aspects of life some of us find it harder to belong than others. I’m Tamil and my parents are from Sri Lanka. I was born and live in a colonized country [Aotearoa New Zealand]. Being from an ethnic group still dealing with the effects of colonization, and feeling sucked into a system that aligns you with the colonizer, how do you then find belonging? My protagonist’s identity, like mine, is tied to the experiences, culture, and immigration of generations before her. Like me, she feels caught between worlds.

Ada: The “between worlds” feeling is really resonant: being conscious of the climate crisis and your position in it [as a colonized person], and feeling the precarity, feeling a complicated love for the place as well. There’s something confronting about it—I drowned my entire island in order to make another future possible! Or, rather, that was the future I saw coming, and I needed to see something after it. But I think there’s that common kind of complicated pull that our characters all felt for these places [in our stories].


Tory: Ada, it was interesting hearing you say that you didn’t expect your story to be selected, because you weren’t sure if it was hopeful enough. Our goal at Fix is to advance solutions to the climate crisis instead of focusing on the problems that have been covered over and over. Can you speak to the challenge of having hope amid the climate crisis?

Ada: For me, imagining these kinds of futures is a response to the resignation that I’ve seen in some people. I don’t have a lot of time for this kind of output that resigns itself to, “It’s the end of the world.” I’m just like: “Is it?” [Climate fiction] is also a response to the lived reality of the climate crisis that people of color experience the harshest every day. Some of us have already been living in what can be termed an apocalypse. In Barbados, we have been facing the reality of rising sea levels for some time.

Tehnuka: It was amazing reading your story, Ada. There was such a strong sense of place, and it captures the balance between accepting the changes that are inevitable and finding a way to make things more equitable within that.

Going back to the idea of hope, a lot of us don’t think stopping climate change is realistic, but we know we need the human world to change. It always comes back to capitalism for me—we do need that to change to cope with climate change. But disaster capitalists are constantly profiting from disasters, and even creating them. What if, instead, we can make sure disasters create a better future for everyone?

Ada: When I think about this idea of the end of the world, I think about Black feminist ideas, Afro-pessimist ideas, which are about different kinds of liberation—and which are only possible when this world that we live in is over. We are bankrupting the ideals of this world that only empowers certain communities of people, that empowers the few by stepping on and displacing others. To bankrupt that kind of world, I hope for that kind of apocalypse.

Tory: I hope for that kind of apocalypse!

Tehnuka: I really agree, and hope looks different for everyone. I think that’s why climate fiction is powerful; we can explore the aftermath of colonialism from different perspectives.


Tory: Was there anything that surprised or stood out to you about the other stories in the Imagine 2200 collection?

Tehnuka: I loved the range of stories. What stood out for me was that many of these futures could exist at the same time; the worlds people created didn’t feel mutually exclusive.

Ada: I completely agree. I wouldn’t say surprised, but I’m curious about the capacity for hope—a certain kind of hope—in different communities, and what kind of hope is more appealing in certain contexts.

Tehnuka: And that we are not writing utopia if we’re asking, “What does an equitable future look like in a colonized country?” We’re still writing human worlds, imperfect worlds. I didn’t want to write a utopia because that didn’t make sense to me. Not letting capitalism, a system where some people succeed on the backs of others, into the story, while keeping the element of things not being quite there yet—because things will never be quite there yet—was important. There are still people who can’t live as they want to in my story. The difference is that it’s understood.


Read all 12 stories in the collection for free at


Ada M. Patterson (she/they) is an artist and writer based in Barbados and Rotterdam. Their story, Broken From the Colony, imagines a future in which a Caribbean island community is devastated by a hurricane and most of the survivors are trans girls who become part of the ecosystem themselves, transitioning into human-coral hybrids.




Tehnuka (she/they) is a second-generation Tamil tauiwi volcanologist from Aotearoa (New Zealand). Their story, El, the Plastotrophs, and Me, is set in a future co-op where each new birth is approved by the community and an unexpected pregnancy triggers an existential crisis for Malar, the story’s protagonist.


“You Perfect, Broken Thing” by C.L. Clark is the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards Best Short Story Winner!

Wonderful news, Space Unicorns!  “You Perfect, Broken Thing” by C.L. Clark  is the 2021 Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards Best Short Story Winner! Congratulations to C.L. Clark and to all of the finalists!

From the nerds of a feather website:

Over the past almost-year, a top secret group of bloggers and fans has been plotting the most nefarious of plots: to decide, subjectively upon the best genre works of 2020, and then throw rocks at them. By “throw” we mean “lovingly post”, and the rocks all have a nice message painted on them, and it’s… an award? We suppose?

Uncanny Magazine 2021 Award Eligibility

It’s the time of year when people post their year-in-reviews to remind voters for the different SF/F awards what’s out there that they might have missed, and in which categories those stories are eligible (especially for the Hugo Awards and Nebula Awards). 2021 was the seventh full year of Uncanny Magazine (Issues 38 through 43). We are extremely proud of the year we had.

This year, Uncanny Magazine is still eligible for the Best Semiprozine Hugo Award. Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are also still eligible for the Best Editor (Short Form) Hugo Award for editing issues 38-43. (Note: If you are nominating the Thomases in this category, please continue to nominate them together. They are a co-editing team.)

The stories listed below are eligible in either the short story, novelette, or novella categories of the SF/F awards. If you are a SFWA member nominating for the Nebula Awards, you can find eBook copies of these stories in the SFWA Forums.

Please also note that essays are eligible for the Best Related Work Hugo Award, and poetry is eligible for the Rhysling Award. As Uncanny is a semiprozine, all of the essays and original art also contribute towards the creators’ Best Fan Writer and Best Fan Artist Hugo Award eligibility.


Novellas (17,500-39,999 Words):

The Giants of the Violet Sea by Eugenia Triantafyllou


Novelettes (7500-17,499 Words):

Pathfinding! by Nicole Kornher-Stace

Colors of the Immortal Palette by Caroline M. Yoachim (Counts as a Novella for World Fantasy Award consideration.)

Unseelie Brothers, Ltd. by Fran Wilde

Mulberry and Owl by Aliette de Bodard

Onward by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

That Story Isn’t the Story by John Wiswell

Ina’s Spark by Mary Robinette Kowal (Counts as a Novella for World Fantasy Award consideration.)


Short Stories (Under 7500 Words):

Tyrannosaurus Hex by Sam J. Miller

A House Full of Voices Is Never Empty by Miyuki Jane Pinckard

Beyond the Doll Forest by Marissa Lingen

Femme and Sundance by Christopher Caldwell

Distribution by Paul Cornell

The Sin of America by Catherynne M. Valente

The Perils of a Hologram Heart by Dominica Phetteplace

Eighteen Days of Barbareek by Rati Mehrotra

The Book of the Kraken by Carrie Vaughn

Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather by Sarah Pinsker

Thirteen of the Secrets in My Purse by Rachel Swirsky

Proof by Induction by José Pablo Iriarte

How the Girls Came Home by Eugenia Triantafyllou

The Hungry Ones by Emma Törzs

Heart Shine by Shveta Thakrar

Diamond Cuts by Shaoni C. White

The Graveyard by Eleanor Arnason

The Wishing Pool by Tananarive Due

Immortal Coil by Ellen Kushner

From the Archives of the Museum of Eerie Skins: An Account by C. S. E. Cooney

Presque vue by Tochi Onyebuchi

On a Branch Floating Down the River, a Wren Is Singing by Betsy Aoki

Down in the Aspen Hollow by Kristiana Willsey

Six Fictions About Unicorns by Rachael K. Jones

If the Martians Have Magic by P. Djèlí Clark

For Want of Milk by Grace P. Fong

The Stop After the Last Station by A. T. Greenblatt

The North Pole Workshops by Mari Ness

White Rose, Red Rose by Rachel Swirsky

For All Those Who Sheltered Here by Del Sandeen

Uncanny Magazine Issue 43 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 December 7.

Don’t forget eBook Subscriptions to Uncanny Magazine are available from Weightless Books and Amazon Kindle, and you can support us on our Patreon!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 43 Table of Contents:

For Want of Milk by Grace P. Fong

“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas

“That Story Isn’t the Story” by John Wiswell (11/2)
“For Want of Milk” by Grace P. Fong (11/2)
“The Stop After the Last Station” by A. T. Greenblatt (11/2)

“Ina’s Spark” by Mary Robinette Kowal (12/7)
“For All Those Who Sheltered Here” by Del Sandeen (12/7)
“White Rose, Red Rose” by Rachel Swirsky (12/7)
“The North Pole Workshops” by Mari Ness (12/7)

“Loving the Old Wounds” by Javier Grillo-Marxuach (11/2)
“Scenes from the Apocalypse” by Dawn Xiana Moon (11/2)
“Pro Wrestling Is Fake (But You Already Knew That)” by Veda Scott (11/2)

“What You Might Have Missed” by Arley Sorg (12/7)
“The Precarious Now” by Marissa Lingen (12/7)
“The Matter of Cloud: An Interview with Greer Gilman” by Greer
Gilman and Sofia Samatar (12/7)

“The Burning River” by Hal Y. Zhang (11/2)

“Confessions of a Spaceport AI” by Mary Soon Lee (12/7)
“Between Childroid + Mother” by Miriam Alex (12/7)

John Wiswell interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (11/2)


Episode 43A (11/2): Editors’ Introduction, “The Stop After the Last Station” by A. T. Greenblatt, as read by Erika Ensign, “POST MASSACRE PSYCHE EVALUATION” by Abu Bakr Sadiq, as read by Matt Peters, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing A. T. Greenblatt.

Episode 43B (12/7): Editors’ Introduction, “For All Those Who Sheltered Here” by Del Sandeen, as read by Matt Peters, “White Rose, Red Rose” by Rachel Swirsky, as read by Erika Ensign, “The North Pole Workshops” by Mari Ness, as read by Matt Peters, “Confessions of a Spaceport AI” by Mary Soon Lee, as read by Erika Ensign, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Del Sandeen.

“Metal Like Blood in the Dark” by T. Kingfisher Is the 2021 WSFA Small Press Award Winner!

Tremendous news, Space Unicorns! “Metal Like Blood in the Dark” by T. Kingfisher is the 2021 WSFA Small Press Award Winner! Congratulations to Ursula and to all of the finalists!

From their website:

The award honors the efforts of small press publishers in providing a critical venue for short fiction in the area of speculative fiction.  The award showcases the best original short fiction published by small presses in the previous year (2020). An unusual feature of the selection process is that all voting is done with the identity of the author (and publisher) hidden so that the final choice is based solely on the quality of the story.

The winner is chosen by the members of the Washington Science Fiction Association. 

Aliette de Bodard’s and C.L. Clark’s Uncanny Magazine Stories Won Ignyte Awards!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns!  “The Inaccessibility of Heaven” by Aliette de Bodard won the Best Novelette Ignyte Award, and “You Perfect, Broken Thing” by C.L. Clark won the Best Short Story Ignyte Award! A huge congratulations to Aliette and Cherae!

Once again,  congratulations to Eugenia Triantafyllou, whose “My Country Is a Ghost” was a finalist for a Best Short Story Ignyte Award,  Terese Mason Pierre, whose “Fin” was a finalist for a Best in Speculative Poetry Ignyte Award,  Millie Ho, whose “Hungry Ghost” was a finalist for a Best in Speculative Poetry Ignyte Award, and Nibedita Sen, whose “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Excellence” was a finalist for a Best in Creative Nonfiction Ignyte Award!

It was a fabulous ballot. Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists!