Uncanny Magazine Is 77% Funded with Over 350 Backers, So Here's an Exclusive Beth Cato Interview!
Hello Space Unicorn Ranger Corps!
Fabulous news! The Uncanny Magazine Year 5: I Want My Uncanny TV Kickstarter is already 77% funded! We are SO CLOSE to guaranteeing another year of gorgeous and provocative short stories, essays, poetry, interviews, and podcasts! IT IS THE FIRST STEP TO UNCANNY TV! Thank you so much, Space Unicorns!
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Six Uncanny Magazine stories are finalists for the Hugo Award! “And Then There Were (N-One)” by Sarah Pinsker is a finalist for Best Novella, “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time” by K.M. Szpara is a finalist for Best Novelette, ‘‘Children of Thorns, Children of Water’’ by Aliette de Bodard (reprint from 2017) is a finalist for Best Novelette, “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad is a finalist for Best Short Story, “Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon is a finalist for Best Short Story, and “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” by Fran Wilde is a finalist for Best Short Story! Plus, Uncanny Magazine (edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, and podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky) is a finalist for Best Semiprozine, and Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are finalists for the Best Editor- Short Form Hugo Award! Links to all of these online pieces are here!
Because we have over 350 Backers, here is an EXCLUSIVE interview with solicited poet Beth Cato!
When we reach 400 Backers, we will release an EXCLUSIVE interview with solicited short story writer Ursula Vernon!
Nebula-nominated Beth Cato is the author of the Clockwork Dagger duology and the new Blood of Earth Trilogy from Harper Voyager. Roar of Sky, the finale of the trilogy, is out October 23rd, 2018. Beth is a Hanford, California, native transplanted to the Arizona desert, where she lives with her husband, son, and requisite cats. Follow her at BethCato.com and on Twitter at @BethCato.
1- Who inspires you as a writer?
This question had me stumped for a full day and I finally realized there is no one person I can claim as my inspiration. To be candid, this past year has been a pretty consistent cycle of despair, grief, and profound disappointment, and I've often felt like I'm barely staying afloat. Sometimes encountering a new poem or story buoys my spirit. Or an email or tweet comes from someone saying, "I love your work" and suddenly the seas aren't as choppy. Much-needed perspective from my agent can be like an oxygen mask just when I need it most. These days, I grasp hold of anything I can to just keep going.
2- If you could adapt any story/book into another medium what story would you choose and what medium would it be?
I'd love to see Becky Chambers's The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet as a Studio Ghibli movie. That book and its sequel completely defy the way most books are structured. They aren't about battling nasty antagonists or surviving smash-bang climaxes. They are space opera books about people being people (albeit most are non-human people). Everything feels gentle, cozy. Like a Firefly episode where everyone just hangs out and banters. Studio Ghibli does such a great job of depicting beauty and tranquility in their anime, and I have full faith they could translate that skill to Becky's space setting.
3- How many unicorns (or Space Unicorns) does it take to start a revolution?
My childhood taught me that a single unicorn can be an amazing and powerful force, and I imagine that space unicorns have all the more potential!