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The Uncanny Magazine Podcast Teaser

Would you like to hear the teaser trailer for the Uncanny Magazine Podcast?

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Episode 1 launches on November 4th and features an editors’ introduction, Maria Dahvana Headley’s story “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.

Episode 2 launches on December 2nd, and features an editors’ introduction, Amelia Beamer reading her story “Celia and the Conservation of Entropy,” Sonya Taaffe’s poem “The Whalemaid, Singing” (as read by Amal El-Mohtar), and interview with Amelia conducted by Deborah Stanish.

Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky are amazing producers. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it for you.

Uncanny Issue 1 Cover & Table of Contents!


Coming in November, THE FIRST ISSUE OF UNCANNY!!!
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 in December.

Table of Contents:

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”
Kat Howard- “Migration”
Max Gladstone- “Late Nights at the Cape and Cane”
Amelia Beamer- “Celia and the Conservation of Entropy”
Ken Liu- “Presence”
Christopher Barzak- “The Boy Who Grew Up”

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
Tansy Rayner Roberts-“Does Sex Make Science Fiction ‘Soft’?”
Christopher J Garcia- “The Short List – The Ten Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Shorts on the Web”

Neil Gaiman- “Kissing song”
Amal El-Mohtar- “The New Ways”
Sonya Taaffe-“The Whalemaid, Singing”

Maria Dahvana Headley, Interviewed by Deborah Stanish
Beth Meacham on Jay Lake, Interviewed by Lynne M. Thomas
Christopher Barzak, Interviewed by Deborah Stanish

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), Interview with Maria conducted by Deborah Stanish.

Episode 2: Editors’ Introduction, Amelia Beamer reading her story “Celia and the Conservation of Entropy,” Sonya Taaffe’s poem “The Whalemaid, Singing” (as read by Amal El-Mohtar), interview with Amelia conducted by Deborah Stanish.

Uncanny Is Open to Submissions!

This is an old post. Please check the submission guidelines to see if we are currently open.

Scribbling Space Unicorns! Uncanny Magazine is finally open to unsolicited submissions!

We can’t wait to see your short stories and poems. We pay $.08 per word for short stories between 750-7500 words, and $30 per poem at any length.

Please follow our submission guidelines and procedures when submitting your work.

Good luck!


Uncanny Mini Interview with Year One Contributor Amal El-Mohtar!


Amal El–Mohtar is the Nebula–nominated author of The Honey Month, a collection of spontaneous short stories and poems written to the taste of twenty–eight different kinds of honey. She is a two–time winner of the Rhysling Award for Best Short Poem, and edits Goblin Fruit, an online quarterly dedicated to fantastical poetry. Her work has most recently appeared in Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution, edited by Ann VanderMeer, Chicks Unravel Time, a volume of essays on Doctor Who edited by L. M. Myles and Deborah Stanish, Queers Dig Time Lords, a volume of essays on Doctor Who edited by Sigrid Ellis and Michael Damian Thomas, Glitter & Mayhem, edited by John Klima, Lynne M. Thomas, and Michael Damian Thomas, and Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA, Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios. Find her online at

Interview by Michi Trota

1) Your published work crosses several disciplines: nonfiction, poetry, fiction. What is it that you enjoy the most about writing each of these? What is the most challenging thing about writing nonfiction, poetry and fiction?

When writing nonfiction — especially in reviewing books for NPR — there’s a feeling of legitimately getting to do good; the pleasure of having a high-profile platform through which to introduce people to the literature I love best is immense. With poetry, there’s usually some sense of having unlocked a sequence of tumblers with the right word, such that each reading is a spell or a key to something affecting. With fiction, there’s a pleasure, relief, buoyancy to the act of completing a piece of writing that’s unlike anything else.

I remember the day I knew I had to be a writer professionally. I was 17 and working in a bookstore in Ottawa, opening the shop for the first shift, and while in the back room I became aware of this almost uncanny (ha!) feeling of happiness. It was a golden, lifting feeling from absolutely nowhere. I’d had a perfectly normal commute, wasn’t looking forward to anything in particular — and then realised I could trace this glowing inward to the memory of having finished a story the night before. It wasn’t even a particularly good story! But I thought, very clearly, that if THIS feeling was what happened when I wrote, I should probably figure out a way to make it my living.

As to challenges — with non-fiction, it can be difficult to shift my style to suit a given venue. Years of academia mean that I’m sometimes doing overtime wrangling semi-colons into submission. With reviews specifically, trying to find something engaging to say about a book that hasn’t engaged me — a book about which I’ve felt no passion, either in love or hatred — can be tricky. With poems — I find it very hard to write poems to request. I’m never as happy with them when they’ve been deliberately tooled to some day-brain purpose. With fiction — I feel very keenly the fact that every story needs, in some sense, to constitute a leveling-up. I keep thinking writing short fiction should get easier as I go along, but no, in fact, every story I finish feels like the hardest thing I’ve done yet.

2) Your Nebula-nominated story, “The Green Book,” took elements typical in science fiction and re-imagined them in a fantasy world. How different do you think science fiction and fantasy actually are? Are there defined borders between the genres, or is there more crossover than people think?

So I only very belatedly — like, literally a year after publication — realised that “The Green Book” could be trans-humanism in a fantasy world if you squinted. But obviously stories of metamorphoses and humans retaining human consciousness in non-human bodies are tales as old as time, easily predating our ruminations on achieving that with technology. I personally think of science fiction as a subset of fantasy, and that they’re the head and tail of an Ourobouros, feeding and swallowing each other constantly.

3) How do you use your work to challenge readers?

This is such a great question. I actually turned to Twitter to ask readers how they felt I did this. “Putting politics inside lyrical tales like a delicious left-wing trojan horse,” was one answer; “by working in the interstices of literary forms and genres” was another. Charles Tan was kind enough to aggregate some responses here. Apart from those, there are some things that challenge people that I don’t think should, like women loving each other, or people being brown and opinionated — I’m always a little startled when someone says, “I really loved your story, pity it had to have lesbians in it.”

4) What is the most uncanny thing that’s ever happened to you?

I don’t know about “the most” — I’ve had crows tell me when I had rejections coming up, mistaken hummingbirds for fairies, and seen gnome-creatures on the backs of birds resolve themselves into red-helmeted cyclists — but the first one to come to mind was a brief moment while I was in the UAE. It was dark — probably witching hour dark — and the 2nd floor flat I was in was lightless except for the screen of my computer.

I turned towards the windows, and became aware, out of the corner of my eye, of a face floating there. And for what felt like an age I was convinced there was someone at the window, floating 2 floors above ground level, staring at me. I turned to face it straight on — and saw, of course, that it was my reflection. But that feeling of the world tilting, of impossible things being possible, was very keen.

Uncanny Is Opening for Submissions on September 11, 2014

Uncanny is opening for submissions on September 11, 2014.

You can also find this information on our Submissions page. Please note that this is a temporary procedure until our new website and submissions system are completed.


Editors-in-Chief: Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas

Uncanny is seeking passionate SF/F fiction and poetry from writers from every conceivable background.  We want  intricate, experimental stories and poems with with gorgeous prose, verve, and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs. Uncanny believes there’s still plenty of room in the genre for tales that make you feel.

Fiction Guidelines

Uncanny is looking for original, unpublished speculative fiction stories between 750-7500 words. Payment is $.08 per word.

Submission procedures:

1- Please email your submission to uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com. Make sure to put Fiction Submission: Short Story Title in the subject line.

2- All stories should be in Standard Manuscript Format and attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats.

3- Your cover letter should contain the length of your story, your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

4- Please do not send multiple submissions at once, or submissions simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

5- We try to respond to all submissions in 15 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 30 days.

Poetry Guidelines

Uncanny is looking for original, unpublished speculative poetry of any length. Payment is $30 per poem.

1- Please email your submissions to uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com. Make sure to put Poetry Submission: Poem Title in the subject line.

2- Your cover letter should contain the length of your poem, your significant publishing history and awards, and information that might be relevant to that specific submission.

3- You may send up to five poems at a time, but please send them in separate emails attached in .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX formats. Please do not send poems simultaneously submitted at another market or anthology.

4-  We try to respond to all submissions in 15 days. Please feel free to query uncannymagazine [at] gmail [dot] com if we’ve had your submission for over 30 days.


Uncanny Mini Interview with Year One Contributor Rose Lemberg!

Rose Lemberg was born in Ukraine, and lived in subarctic Russia and Israel before immigrating to the US. Her prose and poetry have appeared in Strange Horizons, Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Unlikely Story, Interfictions, and other venues. She edits Stone Telling with Shweta Narayan. Rose has also edited two anthologies: Here, We Cross, a collection of queer and genderfluid poetry from Stone Telling (Stone Bird Press, 2012) and The Moment of Change, an anthology of feminist speculative poetry (Aqueduct Press (2012). Rose can be found at, her Livejournal blog, and on twitter as @roselemberg

Interview by Michi Trota

1- You speak several languages and have a PhD in linguistics. How does being multi-lingual influence influence your work?

Multilingualism is an integral part of my identity, and is reflected in my writing in direct and indirect ways. I think, most importantly, my multilingual and multicultural experiences made me keenly interested in the experiences of other people who live liminally – between languages, cultures, worldviews. I explore these issues in my writing, editing, and activism. I also sometimes write about linguists!
2- Much of your work explores themes of multiculturalism and genderqueerness. Why do you think it’s important to see these issues reflected in science fiction and fantasy? 
When I started writing, I felt – like many diverse writers before me – that I had to prove myself first by writing the standard – narratives, characters, tropes, and defaults; I felt that writing my own lived reality, off-kilter as it is, was something I had to earn first – something reserved to folks who were published and famous. There is a kernel of truth in that, I think still – standard narratives are easier to place –  but I could not sustain it. Tales of immigration and queerness poured out of me, speaking to the alienation and loss and wonder that I felt. I write both poetry and prose, and in 2010, I founded Stone Telling magazine, which I co-edit with Shweta Narayan. I could see first-hand the growth in the field in response to our work. Diverse writing, and diverse publishing, gives people courage to be themselves and to write their own narratives.

3- How do you use your work to challenge readers?

Readers are not a monolith. What’s challenging to one is met with a happy sigh of recognition from another. I write often about ethical dilemmas that arise from culture clashes and marginalizations. I also love writing about the domestic, the small details of people’s lives. If I made some of my readers think about realities not their own, and affirmed other people’s existence, then my work has been done.

4- What is the most uncanny thing that’s ever happened to you?

Ow, hm, wow, my life is magic realist by default, an endless stream of uncanny circumstances, many of them sad or wistful rather than joyful – like that time when I was alone at night in the Kurdish market in Jerusalem and came upon a magic onion stall (each onion held in it a city, a Jerusalem of gold); or that little shop of poultices and ancient harps that only certain people could see – two weeks before I left Jerusalem, I could not find it anymore; or that time I took a walk in Berkeley – the wind blew six plastic shopping bags past me, and then they soared up and bloomed into flowers, gray and translucent –  nobody else was there to see; or simpler things, like a giant bird screeching down to its death just outside my window, planting the seed of my divorce, two years since; or the dream I shared with my lover, on the same night, just before we began to talk. Magic permeates the everyday; it’s ordinary things that are hardest to find.

Uncanny Preparing to Receive Submissions

The moment many of you have been waiting for is almost here: Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy is nearly ready to open for unsolicited submissions! We’re proud to announce that Uncanny has now filled its slots of Submissions Editors! Thank you to everyone who took the time to apply to be a Submissions Editor for Uncanny. We were overwhelmed by the number of responses and the enthusiasm of applicants for the limited number of slots available.

Now that we’ve chosen Submissions Editors, this means we need to start giving them something to read. And that means… we need YOUR submissions! Uncanny will officially begin accepting FICTION and POETRY submissions on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014. 

We will have a blog post up tomorrow with further details and instructions, including more about the submissions guidelines. So get your fiction and poetry ready, Space Unicorns! We can’t wait to see it!

The Thomases SPIN FIRE!

Marvelous Space Unicorns!

We hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Back when we were approaching 100% funding, we promised that if we achieved it, we would film Managing Editor/Fire Spinner Michi Trota teaching Editors-in-Chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas how to spin fire. Over Labor Day weekend, it happened. Extra thanks to Jesse Lex for taking the footage and Just Write Chicago’s Jennifer Cross for being the 2nd instructor and back up safety spotter!

Here are the videos. Enjoy! 🙂


The Uncanny Kickstarter Is Over, and We Reached ALL of Our Stretch Goals!

You Beautiful, Spectacular, Space Unicorns!

We did it! The Uncanny Magazine Kickstarter is over, and we reached the final stretch goal with minutes to spare!

1018 Backers pledged $36,075!

This means we’ll have a magazine with original covers by Tran Nguyen & Galen Dara, 2 additional essays per issue, and 2 additional stories per issue!


We’ll be sending out backer surveys in the next few days. 😀


Since we have over 1001 Backers, the Amazing Amal El-Mohtar made a video of her reciting some original Space Unicorn limericks.

You can watch Amal’s video here. 

It’s possible that the Marvelous Maria Dahvana Headley also did something special to celebrate. 🙂

We couldn’t have accomplished this without you, our wonderful Space Unicorn Rangers Corps. THANK YOU. We can’t begin to tell you how much we appreciate your kindness and generosity. 

Now it’s time to get to work and make you a magnificent magazine filled with phenomenal content.

*throws sparkly confetti*


Lynne & Michael