The Best of Uncanny

October 31, 2020
The Best of Uncanny

Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas have co-edited andco-published Uncanny Magazine since its launch in 2014. Theybrought readers stunning cover art, passionate science fiction andfantasy fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, and provocativenonfiction by writers from every conceivable background, includingsome of science fiction and fantasy’s most fabulous award-winningand bestselling authors. In its first four years, Uncanny Magazinewon the Best Semiprozine Hugo Award three times (2016, 2017, 2018),Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas won the 2018 BestEditor—Short Form Hugo Award for their work on the magazine, andnumerous stories from Uncanny Magazine have been finalists orwinners 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 HugoAward and the novelette “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay” byAlyssa Wong which won the 2017 Best Novelette Locus Award.This Best of Uncanny anthology collects those two novelettes andmany of the other best stories and poems from the first 22 issuesof Uncanny Magazine. Naomi Novik plunges you into a deliciousfractured fairy tale retelling in “Blessings.” Delilah S. Dawsonexplores superpowers, harassment, and revenge in"Catcall." NeilGaimantakes you along to keep pace with his gorgeous and powerfulpoem “The Long Run.” Charlie Jane Anders shakes up a hauntingcocktail of comedy clubs and love with "Ghost Champagne." MaryRobinette Kowal weaves a heartbreaking tale of marriage, duty, andmagical curses in "Midnight Hour." N.K. Jemisin ruminates ondangerous fans, awards, and legacy in “Henosis.” Maria DahvanaHeadleyslinks into a Classic Hollywood of animal actors and sleazysecrets with “If You Were a Tiger, I’d Have to Wear White.”Catherynne M. Valente travels to a colony world infested withstrange psychic cats in “Planet Lion.” Carmen Maria Machadowrestles with predators, identity, and death in“My Body, Herself.”And Seanan McGuire sings a tragic song of misunderstandings andunfortunate consequences with “Ye Highlands and Ye Lowlands.”Those pieces are only the beginning. The Best of Uncannyfeatures some of the uncanniest stories and poetry in SF/F today,by its current leading voices. Sit down and immerse yourself in 44original science fiction and fantasy stories and poems that canmake you feel.The Uncanny Valley—An Introduction — LYNNE M. THOMAS AND MICHAELDAMIAN THOMASOur Talons Can Crush Galaxies — BROOKE BOLANDERBlessings — NAOMI NOVIKFolding Beijing — HAO JINGFANG, TRANSLATED BY KEN LIUThe New Ways — AMAL EL-MOHTAR (POEM )Fandom for Robots — VINA JIE-MIN PRASADCatcall — DELILAH S. DAWSONWooden Feathers — URSULA VERNONThe Long Run — NEIL GAIMAN (POEM )Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History — SAM J. MILLERGhost Champagne — CHARLIE JANE ANDERSTranslatio Corporis — K AT HOWARDRose Child — BY THEODORA GOSS (POEM )The Witch of the Orion Waste and the Boy Knight — E. LILY YUMonster Girls Don’t Cry — A. MERC RUSTADMidnight Hour — MARY ROBINETTE KOWALHenosis — N.K . JEMISINThe Persecution of Witches — ALI TROT TA (POEM )Restore the Heart into Love — JOHN CHUI Frequently Hear Music in the Very Heart of Noise — SARAHPINSKERYou’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay — ALYSSA WONG肉骨茶 (Meat Bone Tea) — S. QIOUYI LU (POEM )She Still Loves the Dragon — ELIZABETH BEARIf You Were a Tiger, I’d Have to Wear White — MARIA DAHVANA HEADLEYarchival testimony fragments / minersong — ROSE LEMBERG (POEM )Sun, Moon, Dust — URSULA VERNONPlanet Lion — CATHERYNNE M. VALENTEThe Hydraulic Emperor — ARKADY MARTINEStarskin, Sealskin — SHVETA THAKRAR & SARA CLETO (POEM )Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time — K .M. SZPARAgod-date — BRANDON O’BRIEN (POEM )7 Auspicium Melioris Aevi — JY YANGClearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand — FRAN WILDEAn Ocean the Color of Bruises — ISABEL YAPDancing Princesses — ROSHANI CHOKSHI (POEM )Those — SOFIA SAMATARThough She Be But Little — C. S. E. COONE YChildren of Thorns, Children of Water — ALIET TE DE BODARDProtestations Against the Idea of Anglicization — CASSANDRA KHAW(POEM )My Body, Herself — CARMEN MARIA MACHADOYe Highlands and Ye Lowlands — SEANAN MCGUIREThe Words on My Skin — CAROLINE M. YOACHIMAnd Then There Were (N-One) — SARAH PINSKERThe Sea Never Says It Loves You — FRAN WILDE (POEM )Pockets — AMAL EL-MOHTAR