Uncanny Authors

Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen’s 389th book was published in 2020. Her eye is on #400 as she has already sold those books. She has won two Nebula Awards for short fiction, 3 Mythopoeic Awards for novels, the 2020 Asimov’s Reader’s Choice Award, for a poem in the magazine, the Boston Science Fiction Starlight Award (it set her good Scottish coat on fire!), two Christopher Medals, a Caldecott Award for her picture book Owl Moon, was president of SFWA for two years, as well as two World Fantasy book awards, named a Grand Master for SFWA, SFPA, and the World Fantasy Association. She has six honorary doctorates for her body of work, was the first woman to give the Andrew Lang lecture at St. Andrews University in Scotland since the inception of the series in 1927. (One of the speakers–in 1939–was J.R.R, Tolkein.) and was on the board of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for 45 years.

E. Lily Yu

E. Lily Yu received the Artist Trust LaSalle Storyteller Award in 2017 and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer in 2012. Her stories appear in venues from McSweeney’s to and in twelve best-of-the-year anthologies, and have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards. She has lived on both coasts and holds degrees from Princeton and Cornell. On Fragile Waves is her first novel.

James Yu

James Yu is a writer, hacker, and entrepreneur. His work explores how technology alters everyday society and our closest relationships. You can find his stories featured in Uncanny Magazine, Fireside Magazine, Terraform, and various anthologies. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, two kids, and a growing number of AIs (none sentient yet.) Find more on his website at: or follow him on Twitter @jamesjyu.

Mallory Yu

Mallory Yu is a producer, editor, and director for NPR’s All Things Considered. In addition to working on daily news stories, she’s doing her best to bring her love of nerdy pop culture and science fiction/fantasy to the show, through creator interviews on the show or her own reporting. As a queer Chinese-American, she’s especially interested in exploring the intersection of identity, race, and pop culture and can often be found ranting about the lack of nuanced representation of POC in all forms of media. In her spare time, she’s reading comics, working on her next cosplay, and dreaming about upcoming travels. Her Twitter handle is @mallory_yu.

Radha Kai Zan

Radha Kai Zan is an artist and author. Their visual art indulges in the aberrant and strange, centering often on the body and its mutable, mortal nature. Their fiction skews towards the speculative with a particular leaning towards the horrific, romantic, and adventurous. You can find more of their work at

Hal Y. Zhang

Hal Y. Zhang writes science, fiction, and science fiction, in no particular order. Her language-and-loss poetry chapbook AMNESIA (Newfound) won the Eric Hoffer Micro Press Award, and her women-with-sharp-things collection Goddess Bandit of the Thousand Arms was published by Aqueduct Press.

Stephanie Zvan

Stephanie Zvan is a Minneapolis–based writer and activist. She is part of a mysterious feminist cabal that openly tells anyone who listens that they’re here to make their communities more open and welcoming to everyone who’s willing to share. She’s been published from CarnalNation to the Ada Initiative’s blog to Nature Futures. When she’s at home, you can find her at Almost Diamonds on The Orbit.