Over the last few years, Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas ran Kickstarters for the two-time Hugo Award-winning Uncanny Magazine Years One, Two, Three, and Four. We promised to bring you stunning cover art, passionate science fiction and fantasy fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, and provocative nonfiction by writers from every conceivable background. Not to mention a fantastic Parsec Award-winning podcast featuring exclusive content. Through the hard work of our exceptional staff and contributors, Uncanny Magazine delivered on that promise. Stories from Uncanny Magazine have been finalists or winners of Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards!
The Space Unicorn Ranger Corps, our name for the Uncanny Magazine community, made it possible for our remarkable staff and contributors to create this wonderful art for all of our readers via the web or as eBooks. THANK YOU, SPACE UNICORNS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to join or re-up with the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps, now’s your chance! We need your help to continue this mission for another year. This is your magazine, Space Unicorns! Let’s make Year Five happen!
This year, we’re also back with a new mission for the ranger corps: UNCANNY TV
Hosted and produced by Michi Trota and Matt Peters, Uncanny TV will be the launch of our community-based vid channel, featuring exclusive geeky content related to Uncanny and the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps community!
Matt Peters & Michi Trota will host a short (20-30 min) variety talk show, Uncanny Magazine-style: highlighting creators in SFF working in a variety of art forms and projects, focusing on people building and nurturing their communities, particularly highlighting marginalized creators. They'll talk about topics that can be serious, but the overall tone of the show will be to celebrate the things we enjoy and the people who make our communities good places to be in SFF.
Though Uncanny continues to develop several additional funding streams, we still need the help of the Space Unicorn Kickstarter community to keep bringing you this amazing content.
We have put together a fabulous lineup of solicited contributors for Year Five!
- Ursula Vernon
- Mary Robinette Kowal
- Kelly Robson
- Maurice Broaddus
- Fran Wilde
- Ellen Klages
- Naomi Kritzer
- Greg van Eekhout
- John Chu
- Sarah Pinsker
- Rebecca Roanhorse
- Delilah S. Dawson
- Mark Oshiro
- Zoë Quinn
- Alexandra Erin
- Tanya DePass
- Jim C. Hines
- Diana M. Pho
- Beth Cato
- S. Qiouyi Lu
- Brandon O’Brien
- Cassandra Khaw
- Nicasio Reed
- Leah Bobet
(This is in addition to the Uncanny Magazine Disabled People Destroy Fantasy special issue, generously funded by Year Four backers!)
There will also be slots for unsolicited submissions (we reopen soon after we reach our first funding milestone).
We're deeply committed to finding and showcasing new voices in our genre from around the world.
Uncanny Magazine is published as an eBook (MOBI, PDF, EPUB) bimonthly (the every other month kind) on the first Tuesday of that month through all of the major online eBook stores. Kickstarter Backers at the Subscriber Level or higher, and those purchasing single issues, get each issue in its entirety up front, no waiting. Those reading online for free wait a month for the second half, which appears on the first Tuesday of the second month at uncannymagazine.com.
We at Uncanny think we’re doing important work, and we’d like to continue. Please consider supporting Uncanny Magazine Year Five!
How We’ll Use the Funding:
Our funding goal ($18,700) is for the current version of Uncanny.
This goal pays for the five remaining issues of Uncanny Year Five, including (at minimum) per issue:
- 25,000 words of new fiction (5-6 stories, depending on length)
- A reprint story
- Reprint cover art
- 4 new poems
- 4 new nonfiction essays
- 2 new interviews
This is the size the magazine has grown to thanks to ongoing community support. Our Year Five budget for this Kickstarter reflects our current content levels. We pay our writers $.08 per word for original fiction, our poets $30 per poem, our essayists $60 per essay, and our artists $100 per reprinted artwork.
In addition to paying our content contributors (upon acceptance!), our initial Year Five budget includes:
- Paying our staff (Editors-in Chief, Managing Editor, Poetry/Reprint Editor, Podcast Producers and Readers, Interviewer, and our Editorial Intern)
- Podcast production and hosting costs
- Office costs (accounting & layout software, hardware, promotion, etc.)
- Website hosting and maintenance costs
- Backer rewards production & mailing
- Kickstarter fees and taxes
Our Year One, Two, Three, and Four backers were so generous we reached all our stretch goals, which added additional stories and essays to each issue. Our awesome backers also sponsored several pieces of original cover art last year.
Year Five Stretch Goals:
- $19,700 - Original cover art from Galen Dara- WE DID IT!
- $22,000 - Reprint cover art from John Picacio- WE DID IT!
- $25,000 - Original cover art from Christopher Jones
- $32,000 - Uncanny TV Pilot Produced
- $42,000 - Half season (6 episodes) of Uncanny TV Produced
- $50,000 - Full season (12 episodes) of Uncanny TV Produced
If we meet our stretch goals, the budgeted Uncanny TV amounts cover paying for video equipment, channel hosting, camera work, video editing and production by Steven and Erika, and paying Michi and Matt for their on-air and executive producing work, plus the additional taxes required at that higher funding level.
ADD-ON #1: Every Year Five backer at the $50 Sustainer level and above will automatically receive a coveted Space Unicorn Enamel Pin as part of their backer reward!
Backers below that level (or at and above Sustainer level who just want extra pins) can add $10 to their pledges per pin and ALSO receive one or more! Just increase your pledge by $10 per pin in the system, and let us know when you fill out your surveys after the close of the Kickstarter that it is for the pins!
ADD-ON #2 If you wish to add a print copy of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction to your pledge, you can add $35 to your pledge and indicate that in the survey.
EVERY Backer will receiving an eBook of the best of Uncanny 2017!
Due to space and fairness to the creators, many of our backer levels are "first come, first choice." The earlier you back at that level, the more likely you will get your choice, though we strongly feel all of the contributors in the backer levels are awesome and worth it.
Here's are some additional info about some of our Rewards to entice you!
List of signed books available (first come, first choice by backer number):
An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet
Red Dust and Dancing Horses by Beth Cato
- Bone Swans by C.S.E. Cooney (1 book, 1 audiobook)
Game Devs: Other Tales from the Margins ed. Tanya DePass (2 copies)
Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman
The Anatomy of Steampunk by Katherine Gleason with a forward by Diana Pho and an introduction by K.W. Jeter
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss
- Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory
Jade City by Fonda Lee
Alembical 2 signed by David D. Levine (he has a novella in this anthology)
Arabella and the Battle of Venus by David D. Levine
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
A Memory of Empire (ARC) by Arkady Martine
Fire Dance by Ilana C. Myer
Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer
Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
- Head On by John Scalzi
- All Systems Red by Martha Wells
- Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
Horizon by Fran Wilde
Catfish Lullaby by A.C. Wise
- Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World by Caroline M. Yoachim
Firefly Fiber Arts custom yarn included in the Lady Astronaut Craft Pack!
Custom Uncanny Keychain by the fabulous Hal Y. Zhang!
Uncanny Magazine Staff:
Publishers & Editors-in-Chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas guide the two-time Hugo and Parsec Award-winning Uncanny Magazine. Five-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas was the Editor-in-Chief of Apex Magazine (2011-2013). She co-edited the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (with Tara O’Shea) as well as Whedonistas (with Deborah Stanish) and Chicks Dig Comics (with Sigrid Ellis). Along with being a two-time Hugo Award-winner, Michael Damian Thomas was the former Managing Editor of Apex Magazine (2012-2013), co-edited the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords (Mad Norwegian Press, 2013) with Sigrid Ellis, and co-edited Glitter & Mayhem (Apex Publications, 2013), with John Klima and Lynne M. Thomas. Together, they solve mysteries.
Managing Editor/Uncanny TV Presenter Michi Trota is a two-time Hugo Award winner, and the first Filipina to win a Hugo Award. Michi is an essayist who has been published in The Book Smugglers, The Establishment, The Learned Fangirl, Invisible: An Anthology of Representation in SF/F, and Uncanny. She’s spoken at C2E2, the Chicago Humanities Festival, on NPR, and at universities and other organizations. Michi is a firespinner with the Raks Geek Fire+Bellydance troupe. She serves as president of the Chicago Nerd Social Club Board of Organizers and lives with her spouse and their two cats. Her secret mutant superpower is to make anyone hungry just by talking about food. (Photo by Patricia Wilson)
Uncanny TV Presenter Matt Peters is an enthusiast of all things nerdy. Matt has been a voice in the industry for several years through his website and podcast Since Last We Spoke. He’s contributed to various media outlets both print and digital and has been invited to speak on panels regarding diversity in geek spaces at C2E2 and Wizard World. Matt is also founder of Core/Demo, a belly dance charity event that supports cancer research. You can find him on Twitter @MightyInkMatt where he frequently geeks out over comics, video games, and pro-wrestling. His favorite color is orange and he’s fond of the number “13.”
Podcast & Uncanny TV Producers Steven Schapansky & Erika Ensign Uncanny’s Parsec Award-winning podcast is edited and produced by Steven Schapansky and Erika Ensign. Erika, who also reads for the podcast, is a government writer by day and by night is co-host and producer of the popular Doctor Who podcast Verity! She also co-hosts The Audio Guide to Babylon 5 and Earp Chirp. Steven is one of the three hosts of the world-renowned Doctor Who podcast Radio Free Skaro and co-hosts The Memory Cheats. Erika and Steven each co-host hockey podcasts (Beginner's Puck and Hockey Feels, respectively) and are frequent panelists on, and editors for, several podcasts on The Incomparable Podcast Network. From their couch, they co-host the Lazy Doctor Who and In The Village podcasts and produce a multitude of podcasts for others as the two halves of Castria.
Podcast Reader Stephanie Malia Morris works in a bookstore by day and a library by night, which gives her access to more books than she will ever be able to read in this lifetime. She is a recipient of the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Award and a graduate of the 2017 Clarion West Writers Workshop, and her fiction is forthcoming in the fourth issue of FIYAH. She has narrated short fiction for StarShipSofa, Far Fetched Fables, and all four of the Escape Artists podcasts. You can find her on Twitter at @smaliamorris.
Interviewer Caroline M. Yoachim is the author of the 2017 Nebula-finalist short story “Carnival Nine.” Her fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Uncanny, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, and Asimov’s, among other places. Her debut short story collection, Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories, came out with Fairwood Press in 2016. For more about Caroline, check out her website at http://carolineyoachim.com
Editorial Intern Chimedum Ohaegbu attends the University of British Columbia in pursuit of hummingbird sightings and a dual degree in English literature and creative writing. The 2017 recipient of the full Tan Seagull Scholarship for Young Writers, her work is published or forthcoming in Arts Commons Magazine and This Magazine. When she’s not yelling approvingly about cool stuff she’s read, she’s usually editing one thing or another.
Risks and challenges
The risk for any magazine is that it won't meet its promised deadlines. Uncanny Magazine has come out on time for every issue, and all of the contributors were paid on acceptance. We fulfilled all our previous backer rewards through year Three, and the vast majority of Year Four rewards (with the rest still being arranged).
All the contributors listed have agreed to submit work to Year Five of Uncanny Magazine, but we cannot guarantee publication of any particular writer or artist. Many things can happen during the creation process, which could prevent creators completing works. That said, we feel strongly that this group of writers and artists will come through and create excellent stories, poetry, art, and essays for Year Five of Uncanny Magazine.
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