Uncanny Magazine Year Two: The Return of the Space Unicorn
Last year, three-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas & three-time Hugo Award finalist Michael Damian Thomas ran the Uncanny Magazine Year One Kickstarter. 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 podcast featuring exclusive content.
With the hard work of the best staff and contributors in the world, Uncanny Magazine delivered everything as promised. All this content is available for free over the web, thanks to your support.
Though Uncanny has developed several additional funding streams to make the magazine sustainable, we’re not quite there yet. Which is why we’re running the Uncanny Magazine Year Two: The Return of the Space Unicorn Kickstarter.
If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to join or rejoin the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps, now’s your chance!
Our Year Two goals will bring Uncanny closer to sustainability by paying for more great content and making sure the magazine’s business infrastructure is solidified.
On deck for Year Two is an outstanding group of solicited contributors, fantastic backer rewards, plus some additional surprises.
There will also be more slots for unsolicited submissions (we reopen in September). 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. Each issue contains 3-5 new short stories, 1 reprinted story, 3 poems, 2 nonfiction essays, and 1 interview, at minimum. Our monthly podcast includes a story, a poem, and an exclusive interview in each episode.
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 second Tuesday of the month at http://uncannymagazine.com/.
We at Uncanny think we’re doing important work, and we’d like to continue. Please consider supporting Uncanny Magazine Year Two.
How We’ll Use the Funding:
Our current funding goal ($18,700) is for the original version of Uncanny, as we envisioned it (and budgeted for it) at the launch of Year One.
Our funding goal pays for all six issues of Uncanny Year Two, including:
17,000 words of new fiction per issue (3-5 stories, depending on length)
A reprint story
Reprint cover art
3 new poems
2 new nonfiction essays
2 new interviews
We pay our writers $.08 per word for original fiction, our poets $30 per poem, our essayists $50 per essay, and our artists $100 per reprinted artwork.
In addition to paying our content contributors (upon acceptance!), our initial Year Two budget includes:
Our Year One backers were so generous we reached all our stretch goals, which added additional stories and essays to each Year One issue. Our awesome backers also sponsored several pieces of original cover art.
Each Stretch Goal we reach in this Year Two Kickstarter will allow us to provide more of the additional content that was so successful in Year One.
Original Covers by Katy Shuttleworth & Galen Dara
Bring back 2 additional essays per issue
Bring back 1 additional story per issue
Bring back a second additional story per issue
At the conclusion of this Kickstarter, all of our backers will receive Elizabeth Bear's Uncanny Magazine Issue 7 novelette, "And the Balance in Blood." This is a marvelous, 11,500-word fantasy tale of faith, magic, & consequences.
Uncanny Magazine Year Two Kickstarter backers will be getting this fantastic story 6 weeks before anybody else, in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI formats!
Uncanny Magazine Kickstarter Add-ons 8/19!
We are now offering Kickstarter add-ons!
For an extra $10, you can get the coveted Space Unicorn Ranger Corps patch. For an extra $3 each, you may receive an Uncanny Magazine Year One eBook (PDF,EPUB, MOBI) back issue of your choice (Issues 1-6).
Just increase your pledge by the amount of the desired add-on, and make sure to mention it on your Kickstarter survey.
New Backer Bonus 9/8!
Mary Robinette Kowal has generously offered to provide subscriber exclusive extra content. She will provide access to her Scrivener (manuscript) files for at least two of her novels, including her latest, Of Noble Family, to any Year Two backer at the Subscriber ($25) and above level. You'll have access to deleted scenes, missing characters, and lots of other bonus content that didn't make it into the final novel. This is your chance to look at one author's process for yourself!
Three-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas is the Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, where she is responsible for popular culture special collections that include the literary papers of nearly 70 SF/F authors.
She is perhaps best known as the co-editor of the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (2010) with Tara O’Shea, Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them (2011) with Deborah Stanish, and the Hugo Award-nominated Chicks Dig Comics (2012) with Sigrid Ellis, all published by Mad Norwegian Press. Along with the Geek Girl Chronicles book series, Lynne is the former Editor-in-Chief (2011-2013) of the Hugo Award-nominated (2012 & 2013) Apex Magazine. She moderated the Hugo Award-winning SF Squeecast, and contributes to the Verity! podcast (with Erika Ensign, L.M. Myles, Katrina Griffiths, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Deborah Stanish), where a bunch of smart women talk about Doctor Who.
Along with being a two-time Hugo Award nominee as the former Managing Editor of Apex Magazine (2012-2013) Michael Damian Thomas co-edited the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords (Mad Norwegian Press, 2013) with Sigrid Ellis, and Glitter & Mayhem (Apex Publications, 2013) with John Klima and Lynne M. Thomas. He also worked as an Associate Editor on numerous books at Mad Norwegian Press, including the Hugo Award winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea, 2010) and Hugo Award finalist Chicks Dig Comics (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Sigrid Ellis, 2012). Michael is also a contributor to the SF Squeecast podcast and to Down and Safe: A Blake’s 7 Podcast.
Michael and Lynne live in DeKalb with their daughter, Caitlin, and a cat named Marie. Caitlin has a rare congenital disorder called Aicardi syndrome, and Michael works as her primary caregiver.
Together, they solve mysteries.
Michi Trota, Managing Editor
Michi Trota is a writer, editor, speaker, communications manager, and community organizer in Chicago, IL. She writes about geek culture and fandom, focusing primarily on issues of diversity and representation, on her blog, Geek Melange, and is a member of the Chicago Nerd Social Club Board of Organizers. Topics guaranteed to get her talking for hours include comics, Doctor Who, and food geekery. Michi was recently a featured essayist in Invisible: An Anthology of Representation in SF/F (edited by Jim C. Hines). In her professional life, she is a managing editor with fifteen years of experience in the publishing industry. In her spare time, she spins fire with the fire+bellydance showcase, Raks Geek, and at the Chicago Full Moon Jams. (photo credit to Braden Nesin)
Erika Ensign, Podcast Producer
Erika is podcast-happy. In addition to co-producing Uncanny’s monthly podcast (and creating the UncannyPatreon video), she has two Doctor Who podcasts: She’s technical producer and cohost of the Hugo-nominated Verity!, and she’s half of theLazy Doctor Who podcast. She cohosts and shares moderation duties on The Audio Guide to Babylon 5. She’s a frequent panelist on The Incomparable. She launched and produced the first 17 months of Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine’s short fiction podcast. As if that’s not enough, she plays Dungeons and Dragons online on Total Party Kill (available in both video and audio formats).
You can find her online tweeting about all kinds of things as @HollyGoDarkly and blogging about Doctor Who, knitting, and other random geeky (and non-geeky) pursuits. Her degree in communications, which concentrated on editing and production, is finally serving her in the real world. Podcasts are in the real world, right? Right?
Steven Schapansky, Podcast Producer
Steven is one of the co-hosts and producers of the long-running and popular Doctor Who podcast Radio Free Skaro. He hosts and produces another podcast, Doctor Who: The Memory Cheats. He’s also Canadian, and thus he apologizes for talking so much about himself right now.
Deborah Stanish, Interviewer
Deborah Stanish is the co-editor of the Hugo Award finalist Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who and Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them. She’s had essays published in Chicks Dig Time Lords;Time, Unincorporated Volumes II and III; Outside In: 160 New Perspectives on 160 Classic Doctor Who Stories by 160 Writers; Famous Monsters of Filmland; Apex Magazine; and The Liverpool University Journal of Science Fiction, Film and Television. Deborah is also the moderator of the Hugo-nominated Verity! podcast where six women from around the globe debate and discuss Doctor Who.
Amal El-Mohtar, Podcast Reader
Amal El-Mohtar is an author, editor, and critic: her short fiction has received the Locus Award and been nominated for the Nebula Award, while her poetry has won the Rhysling Award three times. She is the author of The Honey Month, a collection of poetry and prose written to the taste of twenty-eight different kinds of honey; a contributor to NPR Books and the LA Times; and her fiction has appeared most recently in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Uncanny Magazine, and Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories. She is a founding member of the Banjo Apocalypse Crinoline Troubadours, a contributor to Down and Safe: A Blake’s 7 Podcast, edits Goblin Fruit, a quarterly journal of fantastical poetry, and divides her time and heart between Ottawa and Glasgow. Find her on Twitter @tithenai.
Our Excellent Submissions Editors: Alex Kane, Andrea Berns, Arkady Martine, Ashley Gallagher, Cislyn Smith, Elizabeth Neering, Heather Clitheroe, Jen R. Albert, Jesse Lex, Jessica Wolf, K.E. Bergdoll, Kay Taylor Rea, Liam Meilleur, Mishell Baker, Piper Hale, Shannon Page, Vida Cruz
Risks and challenges
The risk for any magazine is that it won't meet its promised deadlines. Uncanny Magazine Year One came out on time every issue, and all of the contributors were paid on acceptance. We fulfilled all our Year One backer rewards (or have made arrangements to do so due to scheduling conflicts).
All the contributors listed have agreed to submit work to Year Two 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 Two of Uncanny Magazine.
SUBSCRIBER: Electronic subscription to Uncanny Year Two in the eBook format of your choice (MOBI, PDF, EPUB); your name listed in issue 7; PLUS copies of Year One’s issues 2, 4, and 5, and our deep thanks.
SUSTAINER: Exclusive access to A Very Special Verity! Multifandom Podcast Mashup episode recorded just for our backers featuring Special Guest Appearances from members of the Radio Free Skaro and Down & Safe podcasts! Postcard of cover art from Galen Dara, Julie Dillon, or Katy Shuttleworth (you'll get to select later). Uncanny logo sticker. Electronic subscription to Uncanny Year Two in the format of your choice (MOBI, PDF, EPUB); PLUS copies of all of Uncanny Magazine’s Year One issues, your name listed in issue 7, and our deep thanks.
PICK A BRAIN! LIVE! Google Hangout or Skype with Lynne or Michael, PLUS one of the following authors: Carmen Maria Machado, Mark Oshiro, Mary Robinette Kowal, Amal El-Mohtar, or Michi Trota (We'll contact you to select your author. First come, first choice.) Discuss whatever you like with editors and writers! Includes everything from the SUSTAINER level.
PICK A BRAIN: Alyssa Wong or Tansy Rayner Roberts or Michi Trota will blog about a topic chosen by you. Alyssa, Michi, and Tansy are also willing to review a movie/television show/book of your choice. (We'll contact you to select your blogger and topic. First come, first choice.) Includes everything from the SUSTAINER level.
GROUP WRITING Q&A LIVE: Rachel Swirsky and Lynne or Michael Thomas will do a live Q&A with up to 5 backers over Skype or Google Hangout. Ask us your burning questions about writing & publishing! Includes everything from the SUSTAINER level.
SWIRSKY STORY FOR YOU: Personalized, autographed rare short story manuscript, embellished with sarcastic doodles, from Nebula Award-winning author Rachel Swirsky. Includes everything from the SUSTAINER level.
UNCANNY LIKES BIG BOOKS: Fancy AUTOGRAPHED books! Choose from Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers by Nick Offerman (hardcover); Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities by Chris Kluwe (hardcover); The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (hardcover signed by Cixin Liu & translator Ken Liu); The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu (hardcover); Harrison Squared by Daryl Gregory (hardcover); Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear (hardcover- 2 copies available); Obsidian & Blood by Aliette de Bodard (trade paperback); Sly Mongoose by Tobias S. Buckell (trade paperback); The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (paperback); and The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch (paperback- 2 copies available). Includes everything from the SUSTAINER level. (We'll contact you to select your book. First come, first choice.)
DANCE PODCASTER DANCE. Podcasters from Verity!, Radio Free Skaro, and Down & Safe are doing an exclusive podcast. Support at this level has YOU setting the topics (need not be Doctor Who). This podcast will not be released publicly on the Uncanny site for at least 6 months, if at all. Includes everything from the SUSTAINER level, and prints of Year Two art from Julie Dillon, Galen Dara, and Katy Shuttleworth.
PICK A BRAIN, LIVE! PODCAST EDITION. Google Hangout or Skype with Lynne & Michael, and Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky. Ask us your burning questions about podcasting! Includes everything from the SUSTAINER level.
TORTURE A SKEPTIC Do you love to hate ghost/monster hunter or UFO shows? Choose your best-worst episode of paranormal TV and have skeptics Dr. Rubidium, Jason Thibeault, or Stephanie Zvan rally the Mock the Movie crew to watch and live-tweet the pain. (We'll contact you to select the episode and skeptic. First come, first choice.) Includes everything from the SUSTAINER level.
MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES by one of the following: Max Gladstone (up to 5000 words); Isabel Yap (up to 7500 words, 2 critiques available); Mark Oshiro (short story up to 7500 words); Lynne M. Thomas (up to 7500 words, 2 critiques available); Michael Damian Thomas (up to 7500 words, 2 critiques available). Includes everything from the SUSTAINER level. (We'll contact you to select your critiquer. First come, first choice.)
SUPER ART CRAWL. One of last year’s cover art prints (first come, first choice), signed by several Year One contributors in addition to the artists. PLUS Signed prints of Year Two cover art from Galen Dara, Julie Dillon, and Katy Shuttleworth. Includes everything from the SUSTAINER level.
DINNER WITH AN AUTHOR. (You need to get to the convention; we will buy you dinner.) Choose from Rachel Swirsky, Max Gladstone, or Mark Oshiro with Lynne and Michael Thomas if they’re at the same event as that author and backer. Includes everything from the SUSTAINER level. (We'll contact you to select your dinner partner later, based on scheduling and which pro will be at a given convention. First come, first choice.)
YOU BECOME THE STORY. Mary Robinette Kowal or Aliette de Bodard will tuckerize (name a character after you) in a future story or novel. Includes everything from the SUSTAINER level. First come, first choice. (Note, Aliette will possibly change your name a little to fit the likely Vietnamese culture of her story.)
MARK READS STUFF. Mark Oshiro will read a work of classic, terrible, public domain sci-fi and post a video. You get to tell him what to read. Includes everything from the SUSTAINER level, and prints of Year Two art by Julie Dillon, Galen Dara, and Katy Shuttleworth.
WORKSHOP WITH MARY ROBINETTE KOWAL. Guaranteed slot in Mary's intensive short story online workshop. These classes usually sell out in less than a minute. Seriously. Includes everything from the SUSTAINER level. Preview link to a sample workshop: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/short-story-intensive-august-2014-tickets-11283265551
MARY PERFORMS STUFF... WITH PUPPETS! Mary Robinette Kowal will perform a work of classic, terrible, public domain sci-fi with puppets and post a video. You will help her decide what to perform. Includes everything from the SUSTAINER level, and prints of Year Two art by Julie Dillon, Galen Dara, and Katy Shuttleworth.
SHOP FOR SHOES WITH MARY ROBINETTE KOWAL, LYNNE M. THOMAS, and MICHI TROTA. Take a fancy shoe shopping trip in Chicago with Mary and the Uncanny editors advising you (you are responsible for purchasing stuff if you like it). This also includes a meal with Mary and the Uncanny editors. Travel to Chicago and lodgings NOT INCLUDED. If you follow Mary and have seen the results of her taking people to a certain nifty Canadian shoe brand store, you know this is going to be an epic shopping experience. Includes everything from the SUSTAINER level and larger prints of art from Katy Shuttleworth, Julie Dillon, and Galen Dara.
YOU PROMPT THE STORY. You get to work with Seanan McGuire to pick the subject for her Uncanny Magazine story. No pre-existing universes. She will write the story as she likes, but if you've always wondered what a Seanan story about frogs, or recycling, or the end of all time and space would look like, this is the reward for you. Includes everything from the Sustainer Level,and prints of Year Two art from Julie Dillon, Galen Dara, and Katy Shuttleworth.
NAME OUR SPACE UNICORN! Our awesome unicorn was designed by Katy Shuttleworth, but it needs a name! Work with the staff to come up with the perfect name. Also includes dinner with the Uncanny editors (and any willing authors who can join us) at a convention. Includes everything from the SUSTAINER level, and prints of Year Two art from Julie Dillon, Galen Dara, and Katy Shuttleworth.
POCONOS RETREAT- UNCANNY CABIN 2: THE REVENGENING Support at this level gets you a writer/editor retreat in the Poconos (big screen TV, wifi, & cable included), with Lynne M. Thomas, Deborah Stanish, and possibly additional area writers (Fran Wilde, Sarah Pinsker, A.C. Wise, Michael R. Underwood) based on availability. You are responsible for getting to Philadelphia, but we will cover transportation to the cottage, housing, and food for the weekend. Includes everything from the SUSTAINER level, and prints of art by Julie Dillon, Galen Dara, and Katy Shuttleworth.