Uncanny Magazine is Kickstarting Year Nine

Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are launching a Kickstarter for Year Nine of their five-time Hugo Award-winning professional online Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine: Uncanny Magazine.

Each issue contains new and classic speculative fiction, fiction podcasts, poetry, essays, art, and interviews. Uncanny Magazine is raising funds via Kickstarter to cover some of its operational and production costs for the ninth year, with an initial goal of $20,000, plus added stretch goals of three original covers and a special double-sized issue 50. The Kickstarter launched today, July 21, and runs through August 22: “Uncanny Magazine, Year 9: To Fifty … and Beyond!”

Uncanny features passionate SF/F fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, and provocative nonfiction, with a deep investment in our diverse SF/F culture. We publish intricate, experimental stories and poems with verve and vision, from writers from every conceivable background. With the hard work of the best staff and contributors in the world, Uncanny Magazine has delivered everything as promised (or is in the middle of delivery) with our Years One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, and Eight Kickstarters. This year, the magazine has been recognized as a Hugo Award finalist, six stories have been recognized as Hugo Award finalists, five stories have been recognized as Nebula Award finalists (with one winning), and two stories plus the editors-in-chief have been recognized as World Fantasy Award finalists. We are deeply honored and grateful,” nine-time Hugo Award-winner Lynne M. Thomas says. 

“We couldn’t have done all of this without the amazing support of our Kickstarter community, who we call the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps after our logo mascot. This is also their magazine; their support makes it possible for us to make all of this amazing content available for free on our website. We still feel Uncanny‘s mission is important, especially in these times. And hopefully, we will meet the stretch goals and be able to create a double-sized milestone 50th issue,” six-time Hugo Award-winner Michael Damian Thomas adds.

For the special double-sized milestone 50th issue, Uncanny has solicited original short fiction from Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Award-winning and nominated authors and bestselling authors including: Aliette de Bodard, Christopher Caldwell, P. Djèlí Clark, A.T. Greenblatt, Mary Robinette Kowal, Ken Liu, Sarah Pinsker, Catherynne M. Valente, Fran Wilde, John Wiswell, Caroline M. Yoachim, and E. Lily Yu. (There will also be numerous slots for unsolicited submissions in the other 5 issues.) For the special double-sized milestone 50th issue, Uncanny has also solicited original essays by Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Sam J. Miller, Annalee Newitz, Diana M. Pho, Elsa Sjunneson, Arley Sorg, and Michi Trota, and solicited poetry by Betsy Aoki, Elizabeth Bear, Neil Gaiman, Theodora Goss, Brandon O’Brien, Terese Mason Pierre, Abu Bakr Sadiq, Sonya Taaffe, and Ali Trotta.

Uncanny Magazine issues are published as eBooks (MOBI, PDF, EPUB) bimonthly on the first Tuesday of that month through all of the major online eBook stores. Each issue contains 5-6 new short stories, a reprinted story, 4 poems, 4 nonfiction essays, and 2 interviews, at minimum.

Material from half an issue is posted for free on Uncanny’s website (built by Clockpunk Studios) once per month, appearing on the second Tuesday of every month (uncannymagazine.com). Uncanny also produces a monthly podcast with a story, poem, and original interview. Subscribers and backers will receive the entire double issue a month before online readers.

[Based on a press release.]

Uncanny Magazine Issue 47 Launches July 5

The 47th issue of Uncanny Magazine, winner of five Hugos and a British Fantasy Award, will be available on July 5 at uncannymagazine.com

Hugo Award-winning Publishers Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are proud to present the 47th issue of their five-time Hugo Award-winning online science fiction and fantasy magazine, Uncanny Magazine. Stories from Uncanny Magazine have been finalists or winners of Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards. As always, Uncanny features passionate SF/F fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, provocative nonfiction, and a deep investment in the diverse SF/F culture, along with a Parsec Award-winning monthly podcast featuring a story, poem, and interview from that issue. 

All of Uncanny Magazine’s content will be available in eBook versions on the day of release from Weightless Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and Kobo. Subscriptions are always available through Amazon Kindle and Weightless Books. The free online content will be released in 2 stages- half on day of release and half on August 2. 

Follow Uncanny on their website, or on Twitter  and Facebook.

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 Magazine Issue 46 Launches May 3

The 46th issue of Uncanny Magazine, winner of five Hugos and a British Fantasy Award, will be available on May 3 at uncannymagazine.com

Hugo Award-winning Publishers Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are proud to present the 46th issue of their five-time Hugo Award-winning online science fiction and fantasy magazine, Uncanny Magazine. Stories from Uncanny Magazine have been finalists or winners of Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards. As always, Uncanny features passionate SF/F fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, provocative nonfiction, and a deep investment in the diverse SF/F culture, along with a Parsec Award-winning monthly podcast featuring a story, poem, and interview from that issue. 

All of Uncanny Magazine’s content will be available in eBook versions on the day of release from Weightless Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and Kobo. Subscriptions are always available through Amazon Kindle and Weightless Books. The free online content will be released in 2 stages- half on day of release and half on June 7. 

Follow Uncanny on their website, or on Twitter  and Facebook.

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.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 45 Launches March 1

The 45th issue of Uncanny Magazine, winner of five Hugos and a British Fantasy Award, will be available on March 1 at uncannymagazine.com

Hugo Award-winning Publishers Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are proud to present the 43rd issue of their five-time Hugo Award-winning online science fiction and fantasy magazine, Uncanny Magazine. Stories from Uncanny Magazine have been finalists or winners of Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards. As always, Uncanny features passionate SF/F fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, provocative nonfiction, and a deep investment in the diverse SF/F culture, along with a Parsec Award-winning monthly podcast featuring a story, poem, and interview from that issue. 

All of Uncanny Magazine’s content will be available in eBook versions on the day of release from Weightless Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and Kobo. Subscriptions are always available through Amazon Kindle and Weightless Books. The free online content will be released in 2 stages- half on day of release and half on April 5. 

Follow Uncanny on their website, or on Twitter  and Facebook.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 45 Table of Contents:

Cover

  • Habitation by Paul Lewin

Editorials

  • “The Uncanny Valley” by Liz Argall, Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
  • “The Yearning Body Problem” by Meg Elison

Fiction

  • “The Goldfish Man” by Maureen McHugh (3/1)
  • “Boundless” by Miyuki Jane Pinckard (3/1)
  • “The Kaleidoscopic Visitor” by Shaoni C. White (3/1)
  • “I Will Have This Diamond for a Heart” by Carlos Hernandez (4/5)
  • “The Path of Water” by Emma Törzs (4/5)
  • “Flowerkicker” by Stephen Graham Jones (4/5)
  • “Requiem for a Dollface” by Margaret Dunlap (4/5)

Reprint

  • “Under Green” by Richard Butner (3/1)

Nonfiction

  • “Ask a Unicorn” (3/1)
  • “Acknowledging Taiwanese-American Vampire Foodies” by Jo Wu (3/1)
  • “Resisting the Monolith: Collecting As Counter Narrative” by Rebecca Romney (3/1)
  • “Wax Sealed With a Kiss” by Elsa Sjunneson (4/5)
  • “An Invitation to the Weary” by Sarah Gailey (4/5)

Poetry

  • “Irreconcilable Differences” by Lalini Shanela Ranaraja (3/1)
  • “Omonhinmin” by Praise Osawaru (3/1)
  • “Jingwei Tries to Fill Up the Sea” by Mary Soon Lee (4/5)
  • “A Wreckful Planting of Small Pockets of Thirst” by Nnadi Samuel (4/5)

Interviews

  • Miyuki Jane Pinckard interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (3/1)
  • Emma Törzs interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (4/5)

Podcasts

  • Episode 45A (3/1): Editors’ Introduction, “The Goldfish Man” by Maureen McHugh, as read by Erika Ensign, “Irreconcilable Differences” by Lalini Shanela Ranaraja, as read by Matt Peters, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Maureen McHugh.
  • Episode 45B (4/1): Editors’ Introduction, “I Will Have This Diamond for a Heart” by Carlos Hernandez, as read by Matt Peters, “Requiem for a Dollface” by Margaret Dunlap, as read by Erika Ensign, “A Wreckful Planting of Small Pockets of Thirst” by Nnadi Samuel, as read by Matt Peters, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Carlos Hernandez.

Uncanny Magazine 2021 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll Results

The Uncanny Magazine 2021 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll results were announced February 14.

Tied for the top story are:

The rest of the Top Five are:

2. (Tie)

3. “Proof by Induction” by José Pablo Iriarte

4. “Colors of the Immortal Palette” by Caroline M. Yoachim

5. “Mulberry and Owl” by Aliette de Bodard

Pixel Scroll 1/19/22 File The Pixels, Lest They Squeak Or Scroll

(1) LOTR SERIES TITLE ANNOUNCEMENT. Amazon Studios will be calling it — The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. The series begins airing on Amazon Prime on September 2, 2022.

Amazon Studios’ forthcoming series brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.

(2) IN TRANSLATION. The Lord of the Rings on Prime also tweeted a video displaying versions of the series title in different languages – including two of Tolkien’s.

We’re assured by an expert that the Sindarin translation is accurate: “’Rings of Power’ Tengwar and Sindarin (Prime)”.

Amazon has published today not only the trailer for the series “Rings of Power” (see below) but also a teaser with the title in different languages. There is a Polish version (I will show it in a moment). There is also a Sindarin version! This is the correct Sindarin (you can see that the creators of the series have tried to get good Tolkien linguists). 

(3) SPACE UNICORNS SOUND OFF. You have until February 7 to make your voice heard:

We’ve set up a poll for Uncanny readers to vote for their top three favorite original short stories from 2021. (You can find links to all of the stories here.)

The poll will be open from January 10 to February 7, after which we’ll announce the results. We’re excited for you to share which Uncanny stories made you feel!

snazzy certificate will be given to the creator whose work comes out on top of  the poll!

(4) ALGORITHM RUN AMOK. The Fantasy Book Critic blog was buried under a massive amount of wrong DMCA takedown notices generated by the Link-Busters anti-piracy service, and for the time being has been removed by its host, Blogger, for the breach of TOS (Terms of Service). Link-Busters reportedly has acknowledged their mistake and agreed to notify Blogger. This reputable blog is one of the judges of both the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off and the Self-Published Science Fiction Competition.

The fans are trying to accelerate getting their blog restored through social media. Thread starts here.

(5) THEY’RE EAR-IE. It’s Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, and Christopher Conlon touts these radio dramas above any other adaptations. “Edgar in the Air: Poe and America’s Golden Age of Radio”.

…Lots of these broadcasts still exist today, and they often make for compelling listening. I would go so far as to say that some vintage radio adaptations of Poe’s stories surpass, both in fidelity to the source material and overall dramatic effectiveness, any film or TV version ever done of them….

His list begins with this 1957 episode of Suspense — “The Pit and Pendulum”.  

(6) FOUNDING OF THE SCA. Fanac.org has extracted the story of how the Society for Creative Anachronism was started from an audio interview with the late Ed Meskys.

Ed Meskys tells us the story of the beginnings of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) in this short audio recording (enhanced with photographs). Ed played a pivotal role in introducing fencers Dave Thewlis and Ken de Maiffe to Diana Paxson, and has an insider’s perspective on how the “Great Idea” was born. Ed recounts how the First Tournament came to be, and points us to a contemporary report about it in his fanzine, Niekas. You can read the report on page 7 of #16 at Niekas This short recording is excerpted from a longer 2018 interview by Mark Olson.

(7) THE MATRIX HAS A FUTURE AGAIN. [Item by Martin Morse Wooster.] In the Financial Times behind a paywall, Tom Faber reviews games connected to The Matrix.

The most interesting of the Wachowskis’ experiments in gaming was The Matrix Online (MX)O), a massively multiplayer online role-playing game released at the same time World Of Warcraft was becoming a cultural phenomenon.  Following the end of the trilogy, they wanted fans to ‘inherit the storyline’ and collaboratively write a narrative which would be canon in the Matrix universe. Over four years the game’s story developed in instalments, notably featuring the death of Morpheus. This collaborative cross-media space that the Wachowskis created feels imaginative even today, as we buckle under the weight of the extended cinematic universe of Marvel and Star Wars.

Just ahead of the recent film, a new playable Matrix was released. The Matrix Awakens is not a full game but rather a tech demo intended to show off Unreal Engine 5, the latest iteration of Epic’s software engine which powers many contemporary games.  It features (Keanu) Reeves reprising his role in scenes written by Lana Wachowski, including action and narrative sequences, before players are let loose in a stunningly realistic open world.  While you can do little more than play tourist in this space, it is a remarkable demonstration of the game worlds we can expect as developers get to grips with the new generation of consoles.  After a long period of silence, a return to the Matrix in gaming once again points us towards the future.

(8) AND TELL TCHAIKOVSKY THE NEWS. Cora Buhlert tells squeecore to roll over, it’s time to talk about a real trend: “How To Define a New Subgenre/Trend: The Speculative Epic and an Addendum to the ‘Squeecore’ Debate”.

… That said, Lincoln Michel is right that there seem to be more books featuring multiple intertwining timelines right now, that they share certain characteristics such as addressing social issues (though you could argue that The Star Rover address the issue of prisoner abuse) and that they mainly come from the literary side of the pond rather than from the genre side, whereas the predecessors were mostly genre writers. In addition to Cloud Atlas, the examples Michel gives are Appleseed by Matt Bell, To Paradise by Hanya YanagiharaCloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr, Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel and How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu.

However, I’m not just linking to this article because I’m interested in literary trends, subgenre formation and genre taxonomy (though I am), but also because Lincoln Michel demonstrates how to identify and define a new trend/potential subgenre without being a jerk about it….

(9) LEFT BEHIND. James Davis Nicoll says “Novels with a focus on demographic transition-driven decline are sadly rare in Western SF,” to begin his latest post for Tor.com, “Empty Earths: Five SF Stories Set on a Depopulated Planet”. One of those rarities is —

Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (1985)

A core-world alien, Snaggles, studies the social evolution of various carbon-based intra-skeletal species. Humanity’s past falls within its remit. Humanity’s present, however, is an inconvenience. Billions of humans interfere with field work. Therefore, Snaggles makes a deal with Doran. Doran can provide his fellow humans with immortality and vast power if they take his one-way tickets to habitable exo-planets. Most humans find the offer attractive. By the modern era, Earth has ten million humans left on it….

(Walter Jon Williams hastened to let his Facebook followers know it’s by no means a rare subject in his catalog — he’s written three on that theme.)

(10) YVETTE MIMIEUX (1942-2022). Actress Yvette Mimeux, whose place in genre history was cemented in 1960 with her appearance as Weena opposite Rod Taylor’s H. George Wells in The Time Machine, died January 17 at the age of 80. She also co-starred as an ESP-sensitive scientist in The Black Hole (1979), Disney’s highest budgeted movie up to that time.

Her other genre appearances included: One Step Beyond (1960 TV show, 1 ep.), The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962), The Picasso Summer (1969) – based on a Ray Bradbury short story, Death Takes a Holiday (1971 TV movie), Black Noon (1971 TV movie), The Neptune Factor (1973), Bell, Book and Candle (1976 TV movie), Snowbeast (1977 TV movie), and Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978 TV movie).

(11) GASPARD ULLIEL OBIT. French actor Gaspard Ulliel, cast as Midnight Man in the upcoming Marvel series Moon Knight, has died following a skiing accident. He was injured Tuesday in a collision with another skier. After being airlifted to Grenoble, he died of a traumatic brain injury NBC News reported. Among Ulliel’s many upcoming projects was La bête, a science fiction movie reteaming him with his Saint-Laurent director, Bertrand Bonello.

(12) MEDIA BIRTHDAY.

2006 [Item by Cat Eldridge.] Just sixteen years ago, Pan’s Labyrinth premiered. In Spanish, it was called El laberinto del fauno which meansThe Labyrinth of the Faun. It was written, directed and co-produced by Mexican-born and raised Guillermo Del Toro. Other producers were Bertha Navarro, Alfonso Cuarón, Frida Torresblanco and  Álvaro Augustin. 

It was narrated by Pablo Adán with a primary Spanish language cast (Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil and Álex Angulo) with the exception of Doug Jones as the Faun and the Pale Man who of course has a very long relationship with Del Toro going back to Mimic which was based on theDonald Wollheim’s story of the same name. The “Mimic” story was nominated for a Retro Hugo at Worldcon 76.

Reception for it was excellent. It won the Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, at Nippon 2007 which had dual Toastmasters in the guise of George Takei and Nozomi Ohmori. Children of MenThe Prestige, V for Vendetta and A Scanner Darkly were also nominated for this Award.

Critics really liked it. Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun Times said of it that “Nothing I am likely to see, however, is likely to change my conviction that the year’s best film was Pan’s Labyrinth.” And Mark Kermode writing in The Observer exclaimed that it is “an epic, poetic vision in which the grim realities of war are matched and mirrored by a descent into an underworld populated by fearsomely beautiful monsters.”

Box office was quite superb as it cost just under twenty million to produce and made over eighty million.  Audience reviewers at Rotten Tomatoes currently give a near perfect ninety one percent rating. 

Usually I don’t note the figures made for a film but the Faun got some great ones including the NECA eight inch version which you see here in all its nightmarish glory. The Pale Man got his own figure as well.

(13) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.

[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]

  • Born January 19, 1916 Bernard Baily. A comics writer, editor and publisher. Best remembered as co-creator of the DC Comics the Spectre and Hourman. For DC Comics precursor National Comics, Baily co-created and drew the adventure feature “Tex Thomson” in Action Comics #1 (June 1938), the landmark comic book that introduced Superman. (Died 1996.)
  • Born January 19, 1924 Dean Fredericks. Actor best known for his portrayal of the comic strip character Steve Canyon in the television series of the same name which aired from 1958–1959 on NBC. His first genre role is in Them! followed by appearances in The Disembodied and the lead in The Phantom Planet which you can watch here. (Died 1999.)
  • Born January 19, 1930 Tippi Hedren, 92. Melanie Daniels in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds which scared the sh!t out of me when I saw it a long time ago. She had a minor role as Helen in The Birds II: Land’s End, a televised sequel done thirty years on. No idea how bad or good it was as I’ve not seen it. Other genre appearances were in such films and shows as Satan’s HarvestTales from the DarksideThe Bionic Woman, the new version of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Batman: The Animated Series.
  • Born January 19, 1932 Richard Lester, 90. Director best remembered for his Eighties Superman films. He’s got a number of other genre films including the exceedingly silly The Mouse on the MoonRobin and Marian which may be my favorite Robin Hood film everand an entire excellent series of Musketeers films. He also directed Royal Flash based on George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman novel of that name. 
  • Born January 19, 1956 Geena Davis, 66. Her first genre role was as Veronica “Ronnie” Quaife in The Fly reboot, followed by her widely remembered roles as Barbara Maitland in Beetlejuice and Valerie Gail in Earth Girls Are Easy. She also played Morgan Adams in the box office bomb Cutthroat Island before getting the choice plum of Mrs. Eleanor Little in the Stuart Little franchise.  She has a lead role in Marjorie Prime, a film tackling memory loss in Alzheimer’s victims some fifty years by creating holographic projections of deceased family members that sounds really creepy. Who’s seen it?  Her major series role to date is as Regan MacNeil on The Exorcist, a ten-episode FOX sequel to the film.
  • Born January 19, 1958 Allen Steele, 64. Best, I think, at the shorter length works as reflected in his three Hugo wins: the first at LA Con III for his “The Death of Captain Future”, the second for his “… Where Angels Fear to Tread” at BucConeer and his third for “The Emperor of Mars” at Renovation. Not to say that you should overlook his novels and future history series beginning with The Jericho Iteration, which is well-worth your time. 
  • Born January 19, 1962 Paul McCrane, 60. Emil Antonowsky in RoboCop whose death there is surely an homage to the Toxic Avenger. A year later, he’d be Deputy Bill Briggs in the remake of The Blob, and he played Leonard Morris Betts in the “Leonard Betts” episode of the X-Files. 

(14) COMICS SECTION.

(15) GENRE MUSIC TOPS THE CHARTS. In the Washington Post, Bethonie Butler says that the songs from Encanto have become very popular, with four songs on the Billboard Hot 100 and “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” reaching  #5. They’ve also gotten many fans on TikTok. “How ‘Encanto’ and its soundtrack became a viral phenomenon”.

… If you didn’t know the “Hamilton” creator was responsible for “Encanto’s” original songs, you would almost certainly know by the time you heard “Surface Pressure.” In the bouncy track, the brawny Luisa (Jessica Darrow) belts out her anxiety and resolve around the (literal) heavy lifting she takes on to help her family. It contains one of the most [Lin Manuel] Mirandaesque lines ever: “Under the surface, I feel berserk as a tightrope walker in a three-ring circus,” Luisa sings before asking, “Was Hercules ever like ‘Yo, I don’t wanna fight Cerberus?”

(16) THE SKY’S NO LIMIT. “Radian announces plans to build one of the holy grails of spaceflight”Ars Technica has the story.

A Washington-state based aerospace company has exited stealth mode by announcing plans to develop one of the holy grails of spaceflight—a single-stage-to-orbit space plane. Radian Aerospace said it is deep into the design of an airplane-like vehicle that could take off from a runway, ignite its rocket engines, spend time in orbit, and then return to Earth and land on a runway.

“We all understand how difficult this is,” said Livingston Holder, Radian’s co-founder, chief technology officer, and former head of the Future Space Transportation and X-33 program at Boeing.

(17) TODAY’S THING TO WORRY ABOUT. Newsweek is deeply concerned: “Earth’s Core Is Cooling Faster Than Expected, Creating Uncertain Future for Planet”.

A study has unveiled secrets previously locked deep inside the Earth’s interior that could have profound implications for the future of the planet we call home.

The research paper, published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, shows Earth’s core is cooling faster than scientists had thought previously.

Scientists examined the conductivity of bridgmanite, previously named as the most abundant material in the Earth, that is found in great quantities between the core and mantle of the Earth’s interior—a place known as the Core-Mantle-Boundary (CMB.)

By experimenting on bridgmanite using extreme temperatures and pressures found at the CMB, scientists found that bridgmanite is about 1.5 times more conductive of heat than previously thought.

Consequently, the heat transfer of the high temperatures found at the center of the Earth to its outer areas, like the molten rock of the mantle and beyond, is happening faster than was previously thought….

(18) SMELLETH LIKE THE SHOW THOU LOVE. Last month, Old Spice did a commercial that ties into The Witcher. And Netflix ran a related quiz that’s still online: “Old Spice + The Witcher” – I’m counting on you to better my rate of 50% correct.

(19) VIDEO OF THE DAY. [Item by Martin Morse Wooster.] In “Honest Trailers: Hawkeye,” the Screen Junkies say that “in a multiverse of infinite possibilities, even the lamest ideas must exist” and that the series features Hawkeye’s assistant, who is obsessed with branding, and a deaf character who doesn’t have to hear the characters surrounding her overuse the word “bro.”

[Thanks to Andrew Porter, Michael Toman, Cat Eldridge, Chris Barkley, Dann, Cora Buhlert, Mike Kennedy, Martin Morse Wooster, JJ, and John King Tarpinian for some of these stories. Title credit belongs to File 770 contributing editor of the day Stuart Hall.]

Uncanny Magazine Issue 44 Launches January 4

The 44th issue of Uncanny Magazine, winner of five Hugos and a British Fantasy Award, will be available on January 4, 2022. 

Hugo Award-winning Publishers Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are proud to present the 44th issue of their five-time Hugo Award-winning online science fiction and fantasy magazine, Uncanny Magazine. Stories from Uncanny Magazine have been finalists or winners of Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards. As always, Uncanny features passionate SF/F fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, provocative nonfiction, and a deep investment in the diverse SF/F culture, along with a Parsec Award-winning monthly podcast featuring a story, poem, and interview from that issue. 

All of Uncanny Magazine’s content will be available in eBook versions on the day of release from Weightless Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and Kobo. Subscriptions are always available through Amazon Kindle and Weightless Books.

The free online content will be released in 2 stages — half on day of release and half on February 1. 

Follow Uncanny on their website, or on Twitter and Facebook.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 44 Table of Contents:

Cover

  • Shuffling The Cards by Galen Dara

Editorials

  • “The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
  • “The One Body Problem” by Meg Elison

Fiction

  • “The Night Dance” by Leah Cypess (1/4)
  • “The Calcified Heart of Saint Ignace Battiste” by Christopher Caldwell (1/4)
  • “Ribbons” by Natalia Theodoridou (1/4)
  • “The Haunting of Dr. Claudius Winterson” by Sarah Monette (2/1)
  • “Lily, the Immortal” by Kylie Lee Baker (2/1)
  • “Hundred-Handed One” by Wen-yi Lee (2/1)
  • “How to Safely Store Your Magical Artifacts After Saving the World” by Tina Connolly (2/1)

Reprint

  • “The Clockwork Penguin Dreamed of Stars” by Caroline M. Yoachim (1/4)

Nonfiction

  • Midnight Mass Talks Too Much but Still Manages to Compel” by Alex Jennings (1/4)
  • “The Future in the Flesh: Why Cyberpunk Can’t Forget the Body” by Lincoln Michel (1/4)
  • “Even After Death: An Essay in Questions” by Shingai Njeri Kagunda (2/1)
  • Gone with the Clones: How Confederate Soft Power Twisted the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy” by Louis Evans (2/1)

Poetry

  • “Crustacean on Land” by Mehnaz Sahibzada (1/4)
  • “The House Snakes” by Sonya Taaffe (1/4)
  • “a sinkhole invites a street to consider its future” by Dominik Parisien (2/1)
  • “Weaver Girl Dream” by Lisabelle Tay (2/1)

Interviews

  • Christopher Caldwell Interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (1/4)
  • Sarah Monette Interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (2/1)

Podcasts

  • Episode 44A (1/4): Editors’ Introduction, “The Night Dance” by Leah Cypess, as read by Erika Ensign, “The House Snakes” by Sonya Taaffe, as read by Matt Peters, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Leah Cypess.
  • Episode 44B (2/1): Editors’ Introduction, “Lily, the Immortal” by Kylie Lee Baker, as read by Matt Peters, “Weaver Girl Dream” by Lisabelle Tay, as read by Erika Ensign, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Kylie Lee Baker.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 43 Launches November 2

The 43rd issue of Uncanny Magazine, winner of five Hugos and a British Fantasy Award, will be available on November 2. 

Hugo Award-winning Publishers Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are proud to present the 43rd issue of their five-time Hugo Award-winning online science fiction and fantasy magazine, Uncanny Magazine. Stories from Uncanny Magazine have been finalists or winners of Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards. As always, Uncanny features passionate SF/F fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, provocative nonfiction, and a deep investment in the diverse SF/F culture, along with a Parsec Award-winning monthly podcast featuring a story, poem, and interview from that issue. 

All of Uncanny Magazine’s content will be available in eBook versions on the day of release from Weightless Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and Kobo. Subscriptions are always available through Amazon Kindle and Weightless Books. The free online content will be released in 2 stages- half on day of release and half on December 7. 

Follow Uncanny on their website, or on Twitter and Facebook.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 43 Table of Contents:

Cover

  • For Want of Milk by Grace P. Fong

Editorial

  • “The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas

Fiction

  • “That Story Isn’t the Story” by John Wiswell (11/2)
  • “For Want of Milk” by Grace P. Fong (11/2)
  • “The Stop After the Last Station” by A. T. Greenblatt (11/2)
  • “Ina’s Spark” by Mary Robinette Kowal (12/7)
  • “For All Those Who Sheltered Here” by Del Sandeen (12/7)
  • “White Rose, Red Rose” by Rachel Swirsky (12/7)
  • “The North Pole Workshops” by Mari Ness (12/7)

Nonfiction

  • “Loving the Old Wounds” by Javier Grillo-Marxuach (11/2)
  • “Scenes from the Apocalypse” by Dawn Xiana Moon (11/2)
  • “Pro Wrestling Is Fake (But You Already Knew That)” by Veda Scott (11/2)
  • “What You Might Have Missed” by Arley Sorg (12/7)
  • “The Precarious Now” by Marissa Lingen (12/7)
  • “The Matter of Cloud: An Interview with Greer Gilman” by Greer Gilman and Sofia Samatar (12/7)

Poetry

  • “POST MASSACRE PSYCH EVALUATION” by Abu Bakr Sadiq (11/2)
  • “The Burning River” by Hal Y. Zhang (11/2)
  • “Confessions of a Spaceport AI” by Mary Soon Lee (12/7)
  • “Between Childroid + Mother” by Miriam Alex (12/7)

Interview

  • John Wiswell interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (11/2)

Podcasts

  • Episode 43A (11/2): Editors’ Introduction, “The Stop After the Last Station” by A. T. Greenblatt, as read by Erika Ensign, “POST MASSACRE PSYCHE EVALUATION” by Abu Bakr Sadiq, as read by Matt Peters, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing A. T. Greenblatt.
  • Episode 43B (12/7): Editors’ Introduction, “For All Those Who Sheltered Here” by Del Sandeen, as read by Matt Peters, “White Rose, Red Rose” by Rachel Swirsky, as read by Erika Ensign, “The North Pole Workshops” by Mari Ness, as read by Matt Peters, “Confessions of a Spaceport AI” by Mary Soon Lee, as read by Erika Ensign, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Del Sandeen.

Uncanny Magazine Welcomes New Nonfiction Editor, Senior Assistant Editor, and Assistant Editor

Uncanny Magazine has named Meg Elison as their new Nonfiction Editor. She takes over from Elsa Sjunneson, who stepped down after Uncanny Magazine Issue 42 to focus on other career opportunities.

Meg Elison is a science fiction author and feminist essayist. Her debut, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, won the 2014 Philip K. Dick award. She is a Hugo, Nebula, and Otherwise awards finalist. In 2020, she published her first collection, Big Girl with PM Press, containing the Locus Award-winning novelette, The Pill. Elison’s first young adult novel, Find Layla was published in 2020 by Skyscape. Her thriller, Number One Fan, will be released by Mira Books in 2022.

Uncanny Magazine co-Editor-in-Chief/co-Publisher Lynne M. Thomas noted:

After an exhaustive search with a deep pool of applicants, Uncanny Magazine has chosen Meg Elison as the new Uncanny Magazine Nonfiction Editor. We were extremely impressed with Meg’s experience, preparedness, communication style, and vision for the position. We are certain that she will continue Uncanny’s tradition of publishing provocative, thoughtful, passionate essays.

Uncanny Magazine has also announced the promotion of current Assistant Editor Naomi Day to the newly created position of Senior Assistant Editor. Naomi started as Uncanny Magazine’s Assistant Editor with issue 37.

Naomi Day is a queer Black woman who primarily writes short Afro-centric futurist fiction, and her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review and The Seventh Wave. She is part of the Clarion West class of 2020/22.

Finally, Monte Lin will be the new Uncanny Magazine Assistant Editor. Lin edits and plays tabletop roleplaying games and writes short stories. Clarion West got him to write about dying universes, dreaming mountains, and singularities made of anxieties. He can be found tweeting Doctor Who news, Asian American diaspora discourse, and his board game losses at @Monte_Lin.

[Based on a press release.]

Uncanny Magazine Issue 42 Launches September 7

The 41st issue of Uncanny Magazine  winner of five Hugos and a British Fantasy Award, will be available on September 7.

Hugo Award-winning Publishers Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are proud to present the 42nd issue of their five-time Hugo Award-winning online science fiction and fantasy magazine, Uncanny Magazine. Stories from Uncanny Magazine have been finalists or winners of Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards. As always, Uncanny features passionate SF/F fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, provocative nonfiction, and a deep investment in the diverse SF/F culture, along with a Parsec Award-winning monthly podcast featuring a story, poem, and interview from that issue. 


All of Uncanny Magazine’s content will be available in eBook versions on the day of release from Weightless Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and Kobo. Subscriptions are always available through Amazon Kindle and Weightless Books. The free online content will be released in 2 stages- half on day of release and half on October 5. 

Follow Uncanny on their website, or on Twitter and Facebook.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 42 Table of Contents:

Cover

  • The Sun Temple by Julie Dillon

Editorials

  • “The Uncanny Valley” by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
  • “Imagining Futures: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish” by Elsa Sjunneson

Fiction

  • “Mulberry and Owl” by Aliette de Bodard (9/7)
  • “On a Branch Floating Down the River, a Wren Is Singing” by Betsy Aoki (9/7)
  • “Onward” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (9/7)
  • “If the Martians Have Magic” by P. Djèlí Clark (10/5)
  • “Down in the Aspen Hollow” by Kristiana Willsey (10/5)
  • “Six Fictions About Unicorns” by Rachael K. Jones (10/5)
  • “The Giants of the Violet Sea” by Eugenia Triantafyllou (10/5)

Nonfiction

  • “Suddenly Sci-Fi: When Real Life Turns Unreal” by Sarah Kuhn (9/7)
  • “Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor Is a Space Unicorn (And We’re Going to Miss Her When She’s Gone)” by Tansy Rayner Roberts (9/7)
  • “Expanding Our Empathy Sphere Using F&SF, a History” by Ada Palmer (10/5)
  • “Humour, Genre & the One True Quest for a Missing Pillar” by Shiv Ramdas (10/5)

Poetry

  • “amorous advice for the ocean-oriented” by Chiara Situmorang (9/7)
  • “The Captain Flies” by Avi Silver (9/7)
  • “Áhàméfùla” by Uche Ogbuji (10/5)
  • “Map-Making” by Kristian Macaron (10/5)

Interviews

  • Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (9/7)
  • Eugenia Triantafyllou interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (10/5)

Podcasts

  • Episode 42A (9/7): Editors’ Introduction, “Mulberry and Owl” by Aliette de Bodard, as read by Joy Piedmont, “The Captain Flies” by Avi Silver, as read by Erika Ensign, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing Aliette de Bodard.
  • Episode 42B (10/5): Editors’ Introduction, “If the Martians Have Magic” by P. Djèlí Clark, as read by Matt Peters, “Map-Making” by Kristian Macaron, as read by Erika Ensign, and Lynne M. Thomas interviewing P. Djèlí Clark.