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We Funded, Reached a Stretch Goal, and Now Hugos!

As almost all of you already know,  WE DID IT! Uncanny Magazine is fully funded, surpassing the $26,000 mark!


We couldn’t have done it without you.

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We are so excited to begin work, getting ready to bring you Issue One in November.

We still have lots of rewards available, and stretch goals!

The first stretch goal of an original cover from artist Tran Nguyen has already been reached!

We are only $705 away from our second stretch goal, an original cover from Hugo Award-winning artist Galen Dara!

The next stretch goals are:

  • At $30,000, we will commission 2 additional essays per issue
  • At $33,000, we will be able to add one additional original story per issue
  • At $36,000, we will be able to add two additional original stories per issue

We still have lots of neat things coming up in the near future to thank you for your support. Lynne needs to complete her Black Canary cosplay (as promised), and we will also be making a video of Michi teaching Lynne & Michael to spin fire, which should be VERY entertaining given Lynne’s deep fear of fire.

In the meantime, rest assured that we are going to be working behind the scenes to deliver as much awesome as humanly possible.

Thank you so much for making Uncanny a reality. We’re humbled by your support.


In other related news, tonight is The 2014 Hugo Award Ceremony. Editors-in-Chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas have multiple nominations:

Queers Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the LGBTQ Fans Who Love It Edited by Sigrid Ellis & Michael Damian Thomas (Mad Norwegian Press)

Apex Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas, Jason Sizemore, and Michael Damian Thomas

Verity! Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, and Tansy Rayner Roberts

Many other Uncanny Year One contributors are nominees, including Mary Robinette Kowal, Rachel Swirsky, Catherynne M. Valente, Sofia Samatar, Kameron Hurley, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Paul Cornell, Galen Dara, Julie Dillon, Julia Rios, and Sonya Taaffe plus staff members Erika Ensign and Deborah Stanish.

We wish everybody the best of luck! 🙂


Lynne & Michael

71% Funded, So Let’s Add New Backer Rewards and an Add-On

It’s been an exciting first week with the Uncanny Magazine Kickstarter. With 24 days to go, we’ve reached 71% funded and 506 backers. Thank you so much. We couldn’t make this dream come true without your support.

To celebrate, we’re adding some groovy new backer levels and an add-on.

Space Unicorn Rangers Corps Patches Add-On:

Would you like a Space Unicorn Rangers Corp patch (think scouting merit badge)? If you add $10 to your pledge and let us know in your survey after the Kickstarter finishes, you will get a snazzy patch with our awesome Space Unicorn logo (as designed by the phenomenal Katy Shuttleworth).

New Backer Levels:

$100 (10 available) AUTOGRAPH HUNTERS’ DREAM: Normandyes postcard autographed by 8 different writers currently there on a French retreat: Elizabeth Bear, Greer Gilman, Ellen Klages, David D. Levine, Scott Lynch, Pat Murphy, Madeline Robins, and Rachel Swirsky. Includes everything from the SUSTAINER level.

$100 (10 available) SWIRSKY STORY FOR YOU: Personalized, autographed unpublished short story manuscript from Rachel Swirsky. Includes everything from the SUSTAINER level.

$250 (1 available) SCARY HAM FUNERAL KIT: As heard at this year’s Nebula Awards: the story of the scary ham: Ellen Klages will put together a unique package including an autographed print of the Scary Ham Story and a canned ham. (Please follow local laws when dealing with your ham). Includes everything from the SUSTAINER level, and larger prints of art from Julie Dillon and Galen Dara. US backers only; we won’t ship ham internationally, alas.

$500 (1 available) SHOP WITH Maria Dahvana Headley: Take a vintage shopping trip in NYC with Maria styling you (you are responsible for purchasing stuff if you like it), or Maria will create a virtual redecoration of your home into her signature cabinet of curiousities style – as in, you tell her your favorite things, and she make a virtual fantastical room for you. Travel to NYC and lodging NOT INCLUDED. If you follow Maria, you know this is going to be an epic shopping experience. Includes everything from the SUSTAINER level, and larger prints of art from Julie Dillon and Galen Dara.

We’ve also adjusted the retreat:

$1500 (2 available): POCONOS RETREAT Support at this level gets you a writer/editor retreat in the Poconos, with Lynne M. Thomas, Deborah Stanish, and possibly additional area writers (Fran Wilde, Sarah Pinsker, A.C. Wise, Michael R. Underwood) based on availability. You are responsible for getting to Philadelphia, but we will cover transportation to the house, housing and food and wine for the weekend. Includes everything from the SUSTAINER level, but yours is a lifetime subscription to Uncanny, and larger prints of art from Julie Dillon and Galen Dara.


If you would like to know more about Uncanny Magazine, Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas have been interviewed on The Outer Alliance Podcast, The Little Red Reviewer, and A.C. Wise’s blog.


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