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Uncanny Magazine and Sarah Pinsker’s “Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather” Won Hugo Awards!

PHENOMENAL news, Space Unicorns! “Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather” by Sarah Pinsker won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story! Congratulations to Sarah!

Even more wonderful news! Uncanny Magazine (Publishers/Editors-in-Chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, Poetry/Managing Editor Chimedum Ohaegbu, Nonfiction Editor Elsa Sjunneson, and Podcast Producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky) won the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine! THANK YOU, SPACE UNICORNS!!!

Once again, congratulations to the other five Uncanny Magazine stories that were finalists: “Colors of the Immortal Palette” by Caroline M. Yoachim for Best Novelette, “That Story Isn’t the Story ” by John Wiswell for Best Novelette, “Unseelie Brothers, Ltd.” by Fran Wilde for Best Novelette, “The Sin of America” by Catherynne M. Valente for Best Short Story, and “Proof by Induction” by José Pablo Iriarte for Best Short Story! Congratulations to everybody!

It was an amazing list of Hugo Award winners and finalists, many of whom are Uncanny authors and friends. CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYBODY!!! Thank you to everyone who nominated these works, and to the hard-working Chicon 8 staff. We are honored, ecstatic, and overwhelmed.

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Here is the text of the Editors-in-Chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas’s acceptance speech that was graciously read by Caroline M. Yoachim at the ceremony:

We (Michael, Lynne, and Caitlin) are currently a 19 minute walk north from this ballroom at Lurie Children’s Hospital. We don’t know what will be going on with Caitlin when you are hearing this, but she is getting the absolute best care possible. We planned to be there tonight with all of you, celebrating the fabulous works and people in Science Fiction and Fantasy literature and its Fandom. We really miss all of you, especially Caitlin’s SF/F aunts and uncles. You know who you are.

A couple of months ago, Uncanny Magazine published an essay by Gay Haldeman about the good things in Fandom. She ended it with a particularly moving passage about all of the fans who were there for her and her husband, Joe, when he became seriously ill and hospitalized while he was a guest at a con. She talked about the kindness and generosity of the fan community. That is our experience, too.

Every community has its issues, and we acknowledge there is always work to do to improve the SF/F community and make it as welcoming as possible. But we also don’t want to forget that when this community is at its best,  it’s filled with compassion, joy, imagination, friendship, and love. We’ve received a tremendous outpouring of support for Caitlin, and us, while she’s been battling her medical problems. Twitter and Facebook are filled with well wishes. Folks sent balloons and meal gift certificates. There is even a get well card for Caitlin in the exhibit hall.

Our hearts are filled with the deepest gratitude.

We are so very honored to win the Best Semiprozine Hugo Award. This was a fabulous group of finalists, filled with friends, colleagues, and people who inspired us as editors.

Uncanny Magazine is the work of numerous people, so we want to thank our 2021 staff of Managing/Poetry editor Chimedum Ohaegbu, Nonfiction Editor Elsa Sjunneson, Podcast Producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky, Assistant Editor Naomi Day, Podcast Reader Matt Peters, Interviewer Caroline M. Yoachim, and all of our submissions editors. We also wish to thank the Chicon members; the Hugo Award staff, and of course our Ombudsman and world’s greatest daughter, Caitlin, who is the strongest, fiercest, most loving, and most amazing human we have ever known. And finally, a thank you to every single member of the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps.

We make Uncanny Magazine for all of you, you magnificent Space Unicorns. Thank you.

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Here is the text of Managing/Poetry Editor Chimedum Ohaegbu’s acceptance speech that was graciously read by Caroline M. Yoachim at the ceremony:

We’re so thrilled to be honoured with this Hugo Award. This is my last year working with Uncanny, and though the work itself has been reward enough, I’m pleased and appreciative now more than ever to witness, not just today but over the past five years, the community’s  enthusiasm for our magazine, and for all the beautiful semiprozines nominated alongside us. Thank you!

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Here is the text (with some additions) of Nonfiction Editor Elsa Sjunneson’s acceptance speech:

Thank you all so very much for this honor. I didn’t have my thoughts entirely collected when onstage, so I wanted to share my full thanks here.
I am so grateful to every author who worked with me at Uncanny Magazine as non-fiction editor. It was an honor. Thank you for telling the truth with me, it is always brave and challenging to do so.
I also owe an enormous debt of gratitude to my husband, Nate, who has supported me in every facet of my career. I’m so grateful to be married to a fellow writer, because it makes me better at what I do. I also want to thank every peer I have in the writing community for engaging with me in critical thought. It matters to an editorial vision.
I can’t go without acknowledging the ASL interpreters from the live event, who agreed to step up next to me. I wanted to show hearing people that seeing an interpreter did not change their experience of a live-streamed event – only that it equalized access for everyone who needed it, without hiding our needs away.
This was my last year at uncanny, and it was truly a joy to craft essays and editorials that supported the change of minds, and the development of dialogues.
Thank you, all.

Sarah Pinsker’s “Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather” Won the Eugie Foster Award!

Excellent news, Space Unicorns! Sarah Pinsker‘s  “Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather” won the Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction! Congratulations to Sarah!!!

Congratulations also to Caroline M. Yoachim,  whose “Colors of the Immortal Palette” was also a finalist!

And congratulations to all of the other wonderful finalists!

From their website:

The Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction (or Eugie Award) celebrates the best in innovative fiction. This annual award is presented at Dragon Con, the nation’s largest fan-run convention. Starting with the 2020, we will add a video presentation of the award online, along with a reading of a section of each finalist.

The Eugie Award honors stories that are irreplaceable, that inspire, enlighten, and entertain. We will be looking for stories that are beautiful, thoughtful, and passionate, and change us and the field. The recipient is a story that is unique and will become essential to speculative fiction readers.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 47 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming July 5, the 47th 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 August 2.

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 47 Table of Contents:

Cover:
The Wizard of Light by Kirbi Fagan

Editorials:
“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
“The Pregnant Body Problem” by Meg Elison

Fiction:
“Fate, Hope, Friendship, Foe” by Marie Brennan (7/5)
“Family Cooking” by AnaMaria Curtis (7/5)
“At the Lighthouse Out by the Othersea” by Juliet Kemp (7/5)
“Blessed Are the Healers” by K.S. Walker (7/5)

“If You Find Yourself Speaking to God, Address God with the Informal You” by John Chu (8/2)
“To Hunger, As with Perfect Faith” by Radha Kai Zan (8/2)
“Bramblewilde” by Jordan Taylor (8/2)

Reprint:
“The Hurt Pattern” by Tochi Onyebuchi (8/2)

Nonfiction:
“Finding My Way Back to Solitary Fandom” by Keidra Chaney (7/5)
“Wonderful Things I’ve Seen in Science Fiction Fandom” by Gay Haldeman (7/5)

“In Defense of the To Be Read Pile” by Jim C. Hines (8/2)
“She Is Sword, and She Is Sorcery: Womanhood in The Witcher and The Wheel of Time” by Jeannette Ng (8/2)

Poetry:
“Quiet and Fragile Try on the Same Romper” by Brandon O’Brien (7/5)
“Tuesday, Late Commute” by Sarah Grey (7/5)

“Sibylline” by Sonya Taaffe (8/2)
“Mirrors” by Millie Ho (8/2)

Interviews:
AnaMaria Curtis interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (7/5)

Jordan Taylor interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (8/2)

Podcasts:

Episode 47A (July 5): Editors’ Introduction, “Fate, Hope, Friendship, Foe” by Marie Brennan, as read by Erika Ensign, “Tuesday, Late Commute” by Sarah Grey. as read by Matt Peters, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Marie Brennan.

Episode 47B (August 2): Editors’ Introduction, “If You Find Yourself Speaking to God, Address God with the Informal You” by John Chu, as read by Matt Peters, “Mirrors” by Millie Ho, as read by Erika Ensign, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing John Chu.

Uncanny Is Once Again Seeking an Assistant Editor! Black, Indigenous, and People of Color HIGHLY Encouraged to Apply!

Space Unicorns! We’re seeking to fill the Assistant Editor position with Uncanny Magazine, and we STRONGLY encourage BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) folks to apply! The position will begin in August 2022, and will run for six issues/a year with possibility for renewal. There is a modest stipend for this position.

We’re looking for someone with a deep love of science fiction and fantasy, and an interest in editorial work and publishing. The Assistant Editor position will allow opportunities to participate in the daily operations of running a multi-time Hugo Award-winning online bimonthly publication in the SF/F field. The Assistant Editor works closely with the Managing Editor, and the primary tasks of the Assistant Editor include:

  1. Newsletter: creating written content for the monthly Uncanny Magazine newsletter
  2. Copyediting: the Assistant Editor will help with copyediting for grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, clarification of meaning, fact-checking, and checking for anachronistic language in all published pieces
  3. Social Media Promotion: posting promotional content to Instagram and Tumblr, and assisting the Editors with Twitter and Facebook content as needed
  4. Graphic creation/design: assisting the Managing Editor with creation of graphics images and ads as needed
  5. Other duties as assigned, not to exceed 10% of total time allotted

The Assistant Editor position will require roughly 15-20 hrs per month. It is not location-dependent; communication and tasks will be done primarily online via email, Slack, and Google Hangouts, or Zoom.

Prior experience in publishing and familiarity with using programs such as Google docs, Canva, Instagram, Tumblr, Tinyletter, and WordPress is beneficial but not required. Training on how to use these will happen in formal sessions, and informally on the job.

Applications for the Assistant Editor position will be open from Monday,  June 6 through Thursday,  June 16. Please submit a short personal statement (up to 450 words) via Uncanny’s contact form with “Uncanny Assistant Editor” in the subject line.

Good luck, Space Unicorns!

Major Uncanny Magazine Staff Change!

This is one of those hard news/good news posts, Space Unicorns.

The hard news is that after four years, Managing and Poetry Editor Chimedum Ohaegbu has decided to move on from her Uncanny editorial duties at the end of 2022. We can’t overstate how important Chimie has been to Uncanny. She started with us as an intern in 2018, became an Assistant Editor later that year, took over as Managing Editor in late 2019, and became Poetry Editor in 2020. She made everything look slick and professional, always had a strong voice in the poetry, stepped up to every challenge, and has been exemplary in every way. We really can’t say enough great things about Chimie and what she did to make Uncanny what it is today. We know that Chimie is going to do more fabulous things in the future. We wish her so much joy in the next step of her journey.

Chimie will be staying through Uncanny Magazine #49 (November/December 2022) to make sure we have a seamless editorial transition.

And now for the good news, Space Unicorns!

Starting with Uncanny Magazine #50 (January/February 2023), the new Managing Editor will be…

Monte Lin!!!!

Monte is the current Uncanny Magazine Assistant Editor, and started with us in 2021. He has done a phenomenal job, and we expect more tremendous things from him. He is working closely with Chimie, so we know this will be a fabulous transition. Monte is a rising superstar writer and editor, and it is such a joy to work with him. We are very excited about this!

Monte’s bio:

While being rained on adjacent to Portland, Oregon, Monte Lin edits and plays tabletop roleplaying games and writes short stories. Clarion West got him to write about dying universes, edible sins, dreaming mountains, and singularities made of anxieties. An Ignyte award finalist for his nonfiction in Strange Horizons, he also has fiction in Cossmass Infinities, Cast of Wonders, Flame Tree Press, and other publications. He can be found tweeting Doctor Who news, Asian American diaspora discourse, and his board game losses at @Monte_Lin.

Monte’s thoughtfulness and experience makes us believe he will be a great Uncanny Magazine Managing Editor. MONTE WILL BE AMAZING!!!

We will be opening up to Assistant Editor applications soon, so watch this space!

Uncanny Magazine Year 9 will be fantastic, Space Unicorns. Though many changes are happening, we will continue to have the BEST STAFF in the universe.

“Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather” by Sarah Pinsker Won the Best Short Story Nebula Award!!!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns! “Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather” by Sarah Pinsker won the Best Short Story Nebula Award!!! Congratulations to Sarah and to all of the finalists!

Once again, congratulations to the other four Uncanny Magazine stories that were finalists: “The Giants of the Violet Sea” by Eugenia Triantafyllou for Best Novella, “Colors of the Immortal Palette” by Caroline M. Yoachim for Best Novelette, “That Story Isn’t the Story ” by John Wiswell for Best Novelette, and “Proof by Induction” by José Pablo Iriarte for Best Short Story.

Congratulations to all of the Nebula Award winners and finalists!

Two Uncanny Magazine Stories Are Sturgeon Award Finalists!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns! “If the Martians Have Magic” by P. Djèlí Clark and “Proof by Induction” by José Pablo Iriarte are Sturgeon Memorial Award finalists! Congratulations to P. Djèlí Clark, José Pablo Iriarte, and all of the finalists!

Press release below:

LAWRENCE, KS – 13 May, 2022
for immediate release

This year’s finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction story have been selected.

2022 Finalists for the Theodore A. Sturgeon Memorial Award

“If the Martians Have Magic,” P. Djeli Clark, Uncanny Magazine, Sept 2021
“Philia, Eros, Storge, Agápe, Pragma,” R.S.A. Garcia, Clarkesworld, Jan 2021
“The Album of Dr. Moreau,” Daryl Gregory,
Tordotcom Publishing, May 2021
“Broad Dutty Water,” Nalo Hopkinson, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Dec
2021
“Proof by Induction,” José Pablo Iriarte, Uncanny Magazine, May 2021

“The Dark Ride,” John Kessel, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan 2021
“The Metric,” David Moles,
Asimov’s, May 2021
“Sarcophagus,” Ray Nayler, Clarkesworld, April 2021
“Bots of the Lost Ark,” Suzanne Palmer, Clarkesworld, June 2021
“The Necessity of Stars,” E. Catherine Tobler, Neon Hemlock, July 2021

The Sturgeon Award was established in 1987 by James Gunn, Founding Director of the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas, and the heirs of Theodore Sturgeon. The winner will be announced later this summer, and will be presented with their award and a cash prize as a guest of honor at our first annual Sturgeon Symposium this fall (9/29/22 – 9/30/22).

 

Uncanny Magazine, the Thomases, and Seven Uncanny Stories Are Locus Award Finalists!

Fabulous news, Space Unicorns! “Mulberry and Owl” by Aliette de Bodard is a Best Novelette Locus Award finalist, “Unseelie Brothers, Ltd.” by Fran Wilde is a Best Novelette Locus Award finalist, “That Story Isn’t the Story” by John Wiswell is a Best Novelette Locus Award finalist, “If the Martians Have Magic” by P. Djèlí Clark is a Best Short Story Locus Award finalist, “Proof by Induction” by José Pablo Iriarte is a Best Short Story Locus Award finalist, “Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather” by Sarah Pinsker is a Best Short Story Locus Award finalist,  and “The Sin of America” by Catherynne M. Valente is a Best Short Story Locus Award finalist! Congratulations to everyone!!! Plus, Uncanny Magazine is a Best Magazine Locus Award finalist, and Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas are a Best Editor Locus Award finalist!

We are so honored!

A huge congratulations to all of the phenomenal finalists!

From the Locus website:

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the 2022 Locus Awards. These results are from the February 1 to April 15 voting, done by readers on an open public ballot. Congratulations to all!

The Locus Awards winners will be announced June 25, 2022, during the virtual Locus Awards Weekend. Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony. Additional weekend events include author readings, panels with leading authors, and all memberships come with a 2022 Locus Awards t-shirt. Buy your ticket today!

Uncanny Magazine Issue 46 Cover and Table of Contents!

Coming May 3, the 46th 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 June 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 46 Table of Contents:

Cover:
Wall of Roses by Elaine Ho

Editorials:
“The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
“The Suffering Body Problem” by Meg Elison

Fiction:
“Your Eyes, My Beacon: Being an Account of Several Misadventures and How I Found My Way Home” by C.L. Clark (5/3)
“The Eternal Cocktail Party of the Damned” by Fonda Lee (5/3)
“Bones Are Stones for Building” by Haralambi Markov (5/3)
“This Village” by Eugenia Triantafyllou (5/3)

“The Coward Who Stole God’s Name” by John Wiswell (6/7)
“Spirit Folks” by Maurice Broaddus and Rianna Butcher (6/7)
“Two Hands, Wrapped in Gold” by S.B. Divya (6/7)

Reprint:
“The Scholar of the Bamboo Flute” by Aliette de Bodard (6/7)

Nonfiction:
“The Boy Who Cried Historical Accuracy” by Francesca Tacchi (5/3)
“From Panic to Process: What Taking Criticism Actually Means” by Marissa Lingen (5/3)

“Gracias, Orlando: A Genre Film and a Queer Body Awakening” by Héctor González (6/7)
“No Astra without Aspera” by Tessa Fisher (6/7)

Poetry:

“Timeless Pie” by Beth Cato (5/3)
“In Stock Images of the Future, Everything is White” by Terese Mason Pierre (5/3)

“Spirituals” by Anjali Patel (6/7)
“Wormhole” by Abu Bakr Sadiq (6/7)

Interviews:
Haralambi Markov Interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (5/3)

S.B. Divya Interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (6/7)

Podcasts:
Episode 46A (5/3): Editors’ Introduction, “Your Eyes, My Beacon: Being an Account of Several Misadventures and How I Found My Way Home” by C.L. Clark, as read by Erika Ensign, “In Stock Images of the Future, Everything is White” by Terese Mason Pierre, as read by Matt Peters, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing C.L. Clark.

Episode 46B (6/7): Editors’ Introduction, “The Coward Who Stole God’s Name” by John Wiswell, as read by Matt Peters, “Spirituals” by Anjali Patel, as read by Erika Ensign, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing John Wiswell.

 

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