Best of Uncanny eBook

Best of Uncanny eBook

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Illustration By Tran Nguyen
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Cover illustration by Tran Nguyen.

Edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas.

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—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 Gaimantakes 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.” Maria Dahvana Headleyslinks into a Classic Hollywood of animal actors and sleazy secrets with “If You Were a Tiger, I’d Have to Wear White.” Catherynne M. Valente travels to a colony world infested with strange psychic cats in “Planet Lion.” Carmen Maria Machado wrestles with predators, identity, and death in“My Body, Herself.” And Seanan McGuire sings a tragic song of misunderstandings and unfortunate consequences with “Ye Highlands and Ye Lowlands.” 

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.

From Publishers Weekly (Starred 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… This is an enlivening, enlightening treasure for the magazine’s readers and any fans of the genre.”

From Booklist (Starred Review):

“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 Kirkus (Starred Review):

“This shelf-bending collection of 44 stories and poems from Uncanny Magazine's first five years showcases not only the publication's consistent quality, but also the impressive diversity of voices and thematic profundity it showcases… Featuring standout stories by N.K. Jemisin, Seanan McGuire, and Catherynne M. Valente, among others, there are no weak links in this transcendent anthology. A deliciously diverse sampler of speculative-fiction bonbons, created by some of the most talented literary confectioners on the planet.”

From Library Journal (Starred Review):

“[T]he diverse range of voices, works, and prose show the wealth of creativity, humanity, and talent in today’s science fiction and fantasy writers… This delightful volume of imaginative writing will be devoured by genre fans and newcomers alike.”


“The best stories of its first 22 issues are gathered in The Best of Uncanny, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas (Subterranean Press). As stated in its introduction, one of the goals of the magazine is to feature stories that are experimental and/or connect with readers.”


“Emerging from this splendid collection, can we discern any commonality among these tales, a signature ‘Uncanny magazine’ trademark? The subgenres range widely, from magical realism to near-space-opera, from folktales to horror, from high fantasy to slipstream. One shared aspect is a plethora of unique voices: each author is a stylist, eschewing any kind of bland ‘transparent’ prose.”


Table of Contents

  • The Uncanny Valley—An Introduction — LYNNE M. THOMAS AND MICHAEL DAMIAN THOMAS
  • Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies — BROOKE BOLANDER
  • Blessings — NAOMI NOVIK
  • Folding Beijing — HAO JINGFANG, TRANSLATED BY KEN LIU (translator signing, not the author)
  • 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 )
  • Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History — SAM J. MILLER
  • Ghost Champagne — CHARLIE JANE ANDERS
  • Translatio Corporis — K AT HOWARD
  • Rose Child — BY 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 TROT TA (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
  • è骨趠(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 HEADLE Y
  • archival testimony fragments / minersong — ROSE LEMBERG (POEM )
  • Sun, Moon, Dust — URSULA VERNON
  • 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 )
  • 7 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 )
  • Though She Be But Little — C. S. E. COONE Y
  • Children of Thorns, Children of Water — ALIET TE 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
Tran Nguyen
738 pages
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