The best of Uncanny

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Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas have co-edited and co-published Uncanny Magazine since its launch in 2014. They brought readers stunning cover art, passionate science fiction and fantasy fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, and provocative nonfiction by writers from every conceivable background, including some of science fiction and fantasy's most fabulous award-winning and bestselling authors. In its first four years, Uncanny Magazine won the Best Semiprozine Hugo Award three times (2016, 2017, 2018), Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas won the 2018 Best Editor "e"Short Form Hugo Award for their work on the magazine, and numerous stories from Uncanny Magazine have been finalists or winners of Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards-- including the novelette "Folding Beijing" by Hao Jingfang (translated by Ken Liu) which won the 2016 Best Novelette Hugo Award and the novelette "You'll Surely Drown Here If You Stay" by Alyssa Wong which won the 2017 Best Novelette Locus Award.

This Best of Uncanny anthology collects those two novelettes and many of the other best stories and poems from the first 22 issues of Uncanny Magazine. Naomi Novik plunges you into a delicious fractured fairy tale retelling in "Blessings." Delilah S. Dawson explores superpowers, harassment, and revenge in "Catcall." Neil Gaiman takes you along to keep pace with his gorgeous and powerful poem "The Long Run." Charlie Jane Anders shakes up a haunting cocktail of comedy clubs and love with "Ghost Champagne." Mary Robinette Kowal weaves a heartbreaking tale of marriage, duty, and magical curses in "Midnight Hour." N.K. Jemisin ruminates on dangerous fans, awards, and legacy in "Henosis."

Those pieces are only the beginning. The Best of Uncanny features some of the uncanniest stories and poetry in SF/F today, by its current leading voices. Sit down and immerse yourself in 44 original science fiction and fantasy stories and poems that can make you feel.

Our talons can crush galaxies / Brooke Bolander
Blessings / Naomi Novik
Folding Beijing / Hao Jingfang ; translated by Ken Liu
The new ways / Amal El-Mohtar (poem)
Fandom for robots / Vina Jie-Min Prasad
Catcall / Delilah S. Dawson
Wooden Feathers / Ursula Vernon
The long run / Neil Gaiman (poem)
The heat of us : notes toward an oral history / Sam J. Miller
Ghost champagne / Charlie Jane Anders
Translatio corporis / Kat Howard
Rose child / Theodora Goss (poem)
The witch of the Orion Waste and the boy knight / E. Lily Yu
Monster girls don't cry / A. Merc Rustad
Midnight hour / Mary Robinette Kowal
Henosis / N.K. Jemisin
The persecution of witches / Ali Trotta (poem)
Restore the heart into love / John Chu
I frequently hear music in the very heart of noise / Sarah Pinsker
You'll surely drown here if you stay / Alyssa Wong
Meat bone tea / S. Qiouyi Lu (poem)
She still loves the dragon / Elizabeth Bear
If you were a tiger, I'd have to wear white / Maria Dahvana Headley
Archival testimony fragments, minersong / Rose Lemberg (poem)
Sun, moon, dust / Ursula Vernon
Planet lion / Catherynne M. Valente
The hydraulic emperor / Arkady Martine
Starskin, sealskin / Shveta Thakrar & Sara Cleto (poem)
Small changes over long periods of time / K.M. Szpara
God-date / Brandon O'Brien (poem)
Auspicium melioris aevi / Jy Yang
Clearly lettered in a mostly steady hand / Fran Wilde
An ocean the color of bruises / Isabel Yap
Dancing princesses / Roshani Chokshi (poem)
Those / Sofia Samatar
Though she be but little / C.S.E. Cooney
Children of thorns, children of water / Aliette de Bodard
Protestations against the idea of Anglicization / Cassandra Khaw (poem)
My body, herself / Carmen Maria Machado
Ye highlands and ye lowlands / Seanan McGuire
The words on my skin / Caroline M. Yoachim
And then there were (n-one) / Sarah Pinsker
The sea never says it loves you / Fran Wilde (poem)
Pockets / Amal El-Mohtar.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Multi-award-winning Uncanny Magazine has been the preeminent publisher of speculative short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction since 2014, and is renowned for offering its contributors tremendous creative freedom. Authors published by Uncanny are a roster of the greatest sf writers of the present era: Neil Gaiman, N. K. Jemisin, Charlie Jane Anders, Seanan McGuire, Naomi Novik, and many, many more. The works in this anthology are the best of the best in the genre, from science fiction to fantasy to weird tales to poetry, representing a stunning diversity of styles and perspectives, from the Hugo award-winning Folding Beijing, by Hao Jingfang to a female empowerment parable, Monster Girls Don't Cry, by A. Merc Rustad. Language and family tie into technology and posterity in Restore the Heart to Love, by John Chu; Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand, by Fran Wilde visits a nightmarish circus freak show; And Then There Were (N-One), by Sarah Pinsker is what happens when Being John Malkovich meets Agatha Christie. This anthology contains a gluttonous surfeit of narrative riches. The works in this collection are inventive, gorgeous, occasionally difficult, and immensely rewarding. Truly, the best of Uncanny.--John Keogh Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Hugo-winning editors Thomas and Thomas have assembled some of the most well known, internationally respected, and utterly evocative pieces from Uncanny's five-year history into this substantial and impressive collection. With a wealth of diverse voices, topics, and themes, these pieces attest to the limitless creativity of Uncanny's writers, encompassing N.K. Jemisin's "Henosis," a disorienting and disquieting contemplation of the dangers posed by fans and fame; Fran Wilde's haunting poem "The Sea Never Says It Loves You"; and Charlie Jane Anders's "Ghost Champagne," a bubbly tale of comedy clubs, ghosts, and true love. Many stories exemplify the power of speculative fiction to challenge traditional notions of history (as Sam J. Miller does in "The Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History," reimagining the first moments of the Stonewall riot) and confront the horrors of reality (as both Brooke Bolander's "Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies" and Delilah S. Dawson's "Catcall" do with heartrending honesty). This is an enlivening, enlightening treasure for the magazine's readers and any fans of the genre. Agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Short stories.
Science fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Publisher Burton, MI :Subterranean Press,2019
Edition First edition, Deluxe hardcover edition.
Contributors Thomas, Lynne M., editor.
Thomas, Michael Damian, editor.
Language English
Description 683 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781596069183
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