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Uncanny Magazine

Entry updated 23 October 2023. Tagged: Publication.

US Online Magazine of sf and fantasy, published by editors-in-chief Lynne M Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, with Michi Trota as managing editor. Bimonthly, November 2014-current.

Uncanny is among the best-regarded current online magazines, publishing high-quality sf, fantasy and genre Poetry; there are also associated podcasts. Featured authors with entries in this encyclopedia include Charlie Jane Anders, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Neil Gaiman, Kameron Hurley, Ken Liu, Seanan McGuire, Sarah Pinsker and Catherynne M Valente.

Uncanny has been multiply recognized in the Hugo awards, with Hao Jingfang's "Folding Beijing" (trans Ken Liu January/February 2015) winning as best novelette in 2016, while the magazine itself received the Hugo for best Semiprozine in the years 2016-2020 inclusive and again in 2022 and 2023. Alyssa Wong's "You'll Surely Drown Here If You Stay" (May/June 2016) won a Locus Award as best novelette in 2017. T Kingfisher's "Metal Like Blood in the Dark", (September/October 2020) won a Hugo as best short story. Sarah Pinsker's "Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather" (March/April 2021) won a Hugo, Nebula and Locus Award as best short story in 2022, when John Wiswell's "That Story Isn't the Story" (November/December 2021) also won a Locus Award as best novelette. Further Nebulas went to John Chu's "If You Find Yourself Speaking to God, Address God with the Informal You" (July/August 2022) as best novelette and Samantha Mills's "Rabbit Test" (November/December 2022) as best short story; both of these won Locus Awards in the same respective categories, and "Rabbit Test" additionally received the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and the short-story Hugo.

Additionally, Uncanny's editors-in-chief Lynne M Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas jointly won the 2018 Hugo for best editor (short form). A representative anthology is The Best of Uncanny (anth 2019) compiled by the editors. [DRL]

see also: Chesley Awards; Rhysling Award.

further reading

  • Lynne M Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas. The Best of Uncanny (Burton, Michigan: Subterranean Press, 2019) [anth: hb/Tran Nguyen]

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