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Uncanny Magazine Issue 1: November/December 2014

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Uncanny Magazine is a bimonthly Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, bringing you new fiction, poetry, articles, and interviews.

Our inaugural November/December 2014 issue features new fiction by Maria Dahvana Headley, Kat Howard, Max Gladstone, Amelia Beamer, Ken Liu, and Christopher Barzak, classic fiction by Jay Lake, essays by Sarah Kuhn, Tansy Rayner Roberts,
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Published November 4th 2014 by Uncanny Magazine (first published November 1st 2014)
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Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally published at Books and Pieces
Uncanny Magazine is a shiny jewel of wonderousness. There was no way it wasnt going to be because its edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas who have an amazing history of editorship (Is that even a word? Am I just making shit up now?!) and who, from their twitter feeds, appear to be two of the nicest humans on earth. Incidentally Michael has contributed an essay as part of Queers Destroy Science Fiction, a Lightspeed special
Rebecca Crunden
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
In every life I can remember, which is not all of them, not any more, I have longed to fly.

Migration by Kat Howard was absolutely beautiful. A tale of birds and eternity. Read here.
Libby Stephenson
Short Stories
Presence - Ken Liu: 2.5
If You Were a Tiger, I'd Have to Wear White - Maria Dahvana Headley: 3.5
Her Fingers Like Whips, Her Eyes Like Razors - Jay Lake: dnf
Late Nights at the Cape and Cane - Max Gladstone: 3.5
Migration - Kat Howard: dnf
Celia and the Conservation of Entropy - Amelia Beamer: 4
The Boy Who Grew Up - Christopher Barzak: 4

The New Ways - Amal El-Mohtar: 3
Kissing song - Neil Gaiman: 3.5
The Whalemaid, Singing - Sonya Taaffe: 3

Does Sex Make Science Fiction
Jan 24, 2020 marked it as comics-and-magazines

If You Were a Tiger, Id Have to Wear White (Maria Dahvana Headley)
John Adkins
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, kindle
An excellent first issue

This first issue of the kickstarted magazine Uncanny Magazine is a worthy addition to the genre. As with any collection, certain pieces resonated with me more than others.

I especially liked Ken Liu's "Presense" which explored how we deal with guilt, loss, and family and Gladstone's take on the superhero trope in "Late Nights at the Cape and Cane."

The other fictional pieces were all extremely well written but not really my cup of tea. Tastes differ.

The non-fiction pieces
Jim Brucker
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Right out of the gate, this is an amazing collection. I was expecting some of the lush stories, such as the Ken Liu piece, work that I've seen in Apex, Clarkesworld, and other current science fiction magazines. What I wasn't expecting was the humor and optimism, stories that were joyous and refreshing. There are few "difficult reads" in this issue, and I'm thankful for that. Some current science fiction can be so dense and emotional that I find it overwhelming (even as it is exquisitely ...more
Eric Mesa
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Yet another demonstration of authors who are doing great things with the short story format. I'll definitely be buying other issues. As usual for magazines and anthologies, a collection of my status updates.

"The Uncanny Valley" - An intro and the the mission statement of the magazine.

"If You Were .... White" - About Jungleland and a premise not unlike Roger Rabbit (the movie, not the book) where all the animal actors in movies were sentient.

"Presence" - Sad tale about caring for a parent in
Alexandria (DaysPass)
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
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I haven't read all aspects of this issue and have instead given small reviews to the pieces that interested me and I managed to finish.

Presence by Ken Liu

This was a beautiful short about the importance of human contact and my first toe-dip into the genre of Sci-Fi. I found that Liu had a good voice and invoked great compassion for his characters. I would totally recommend giving this a try, there's no real action or great excitement but a quick injection of feeling.

Migration by Kat Howard

Now I
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
***Presence by Ken Liu

**If You Were a Tiger, I'd Have to Wear White by Maria Dahvana Headley

***Her Fingers Like Whips, Her Eyes Like Razors by Jay Lake

****Late Nights at the Cap and Cane by Max Gladstone

*****Migration by Kat Howard

***Celia and the Conservation of Entropy by Amelia Beamer

***The Boy Who Grew Up by Christopher Barzak
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
read: intro, skimmed "If You Were a Tiger, I'd Have to Wear White" by Maria Dahvana Headley, "Late Nights at the Cape & Cane" by Max Gladstone - really liked, "Celia & the Conservation of Entropy" by Amelia Beamer - really enjoyed, "Migration" by Kat Howard, "Her Fingers Like Whips, Her Eyes Like Razors" by Jay Lake (really liked), "Mars (& Moon & Mercury & Jupiter & Venus) Attacks!" by Sarah Kuhn (essay), "Does Sex Make Science Fiction 'Soft?'" by Tansy Rayner Roberts ...more
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted at :

Note I only reviewed the short story of max gladstone. Late night at the cap4 and cane. Do note though that if this is a hallmark for the rest of the magazine it is sure on q good track!!

So yes another Max Gladstone short story, that is two in a row already. Last week I reviewed A Kiss With Teeth from Max Gladstone which was pretty cool. Last Tuesday night I found out that a new magazine was release, Uncanny, that feature a story of
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I first discovered this magazine, I listened to its podcast and enjoyed it (and I don't normally listen to podcasts). What I appreciate about the podcast is how each one is an "edition" rather than simply isolated stories. Each one has a story, a poem and an interview as well as editorial comments along the way.

But I don't like reading online and I didn't choose to buy the magazine at the time. Now, I have and I'm glad I did. I liked the stories and the non-fiction. I don't generally read
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Space unicorns, they did it! Uncanny was Kickstarted earlier this year.

The opening story is by Maria Dahvana Headley - "If You were a Tiger, I'd have to Wear White" - and I thought it was weird and clever and, indeed, uncanny while reading it and then I discovered just how much of it is true. It's a reporter going to Jungleland (real) to interview the MGM lion (who really lived there, but probably not in a smoking jacket) and who ends up talking to Mabel Stark, the tiger tamer (real). Love and
Ben Rowe
Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it
A solid first issue although not one which leaves me with a clear impression of exactly what Uncanny Magazine is or why it exists. For the non-fiction it was all entertaining enough other than a dull roundtable only of interest to people interested in running conventions however it all felt either just as unneccisary as that except for the Tansy article which felt far to undercooked to be worth reading (hadn't read or thought enough about the issue to say anything very interesting). Still I was ...more
Richard Leis
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I backed Uncanny on Kickstarter with glee and am just now trying to get caught up on the first four issues. Issue 1 is full of short stories, poetry, interviews, and commentary; I particularly liked being able to read particular short stories followed by interviews of their authors.

Some of the highlights for me: "If You Were a Tiger, I'd Have to Wear White" by Maria Dahvana Headley (the interview with her provided incredible real-life context to the fictional story), "Presence" by Ken Liu, and
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
★★★★☆ - 'If You Were a Tiger, Id Have to Wear White' by Maria Dahvana Headley
★★★★☆ - 'Presence' by Ken Liu
★★★★☆ - 'Late Nights at the Cape and Cane' by Max Gladstone
★★★★☆ - 'The Boy Who Grew Up' by Christopher Barzak

★★★☆☆ - 'Celia and the Conservation of Entropy' by Amelia Beamer
★★★☆☆ - 'Migration' by Kat Howard

★★☆☆☆ - 'Her Fingers Like Whips, Her Eyes Like Razors' by Jay Lake
Sidsel Pedersen
my review of the fiction:

Merged review:

Once again I find it interesting that the first issue of this magazine have so many themes of death and endings. This story is about a woman who do not want to be reborn, she is tried of the endless cycle of life now that I write that it sound very Budish, but that is not the vibe I got from the story. She is dying in the story and searching for a phoenix to carry her soul. It is a beautifully written story but it
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Space unicorns united via Kickstarter to help give birth to this new eZine of SF/Fantasy/Horror genres and this first issue really packs in a decent range of quality stories as well as some poems, nonfiction, and interviews. There isn't a bad piece in this one as far as I'm concerned, and there's a reprint of a Jay Lake emotional juggernaut, reminding all that he will be missed. If you read short fiction but haven't checked this magazine out yet, go and start at this issue. I hope they'll be ...more
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Its here, and its bloody marvellous!

I dont normally go Kickstarter crazy thanks to that irksome little thing called available funds, but when I got wind of this one back when, I had a good feeling it would be something special if I could get my hands on it. Lo and behold, I was right.

The goods, man. They be quality.

Full review here:
Michael Adams
Podcast #001 of Uncanny Magazine. "If You Were a Tiger, I'd Have to Wear White" is an excellent story. Old Hollywood secrets meets fantastical talking animals in a bittersweet memoir, as told to an expose journalist.
Zach Chapman
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
A stong start

This is an impressive first issue for a genre magazine. I especially liked Max Gladstone's story about where super villains go to drink after a day of fighting super heroes.
Jul 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Favorite thing from this anthology : Ken Liu's short story
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