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Uncanny Magazine Issue 15: March/April 2017

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The March/April 2017 issue of Uncanny Magazine.

Featuring new fiction by Beth Cato, Stephen Graham Jones, JY Yang, Sarah Pinsker, and S. Qiouyi Lu, reprinted fiction by Kameron Hurley, essays by Sam J. Miller, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, Shveta Thakrar, Dawn Xiana Moon, and Paul Booth, poetry by Cassandra Khaw, Brandon O’Brien, Bogi Takács, and Lisa M. Bradley, interviews with St

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Currently this review is just for "Auspicium Melioris Aevi" by JY Yang, a very cool if rather disturbing science fiction short story free online here at Uncanny Magazine. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Harry Lee is a clone, one of over fifty new genetic copies of Harry Lee Kuan Yew, a famous leader who almost single-handedly lifted his small island nation out of poverty. His skill set makes him a valuable resource in the modern world, so the Academy raises clones of the original Harry
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This Review is for the novella And Then There Were (N-one) by Sarah Pinsker, included on my list of The Best Short SFF January-March 2017:

At a trans-dimensional conference of Sarah Pinskers, insurance investigator Sarah Pinsker must find out who was responsible for the murder of DJ Sarah Pinsker as an Agatha Christie style-storm confines all the Sarah Pinskers to an island hotel. You don’t have to be a longtime Sarah Pinsker admirer to enjoy this supremel
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Four and half stars

This short story is pure science fiction, read it!

Hurrah for Sarah Pinsker!
Place holder for And Then There Were [N-One] by Sarah Pinsker

Since Goodreads keeps merging those book pages for short stories, and messing with the shelves of its users in the process, see comment #9 for my personal solution how to keep track of the stories I've read and especially the ones I still want to read.

If you've got a better idea, I'm open for suggestions.
A riffing on Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, except with more quantum alternate universes and meta -- in which, after the discovery of interdimensional travel, Sarah Pinsker's uncountable other selves gather in a single hotel for SarahCon to meet each other and discuss their lives.

It's an interesting murder mystery where suspect and victim and investigator are all the same person; I just really enjoy premises that are unconventional sci fi-influenced murder mysteries (a little à la S
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
In which one Sarah Pinsker, insurance claims investigator, gets invited to a cross-dimensional conference exclusively for, organized by, and attended by, different versions of Sarah Pinsker. And ends up (mild spoiler, but it's pretty much in the title) investigating the murder of one Sarah Pinsker. The suspect? Sarah Pinsker!

Lots of thoughts about identity, and a much more interesting exploration of the whole many worlds/multiple versions of the same person thing than usual.
Peter Tillman

Merged review:
Solely for
"And Then There Were (N-One)" by Sarah Pinsker
Nebula nominee for Best Novella, 2018. Review is only for this story.

SarahCon! The ultimate Mary Sue! *Hundreds * of yourself, or close iterations, from around the multiverse….

The story starts out well. The protagonist Sarah, an insurance investigator, is asked to look into a mysterious death. And I think I’ll stop there, except to say that the story runs on a bit too long, and I wasn’t
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
I loved this a lot!

I think I'm gonna read a lot of more of short sci-fi fiction because this was excellent. I found out about it through one of Book Riot's podcasts and I'm so glad I didn't dismiss it.

There's alternative realities and what would you do when you're surrounded by a lot of versions of you from other realities? I just enjoyed it a lot.
Review only for the novella "And Then There Were None. "

Interesting concept but not much going on. Too much internal contemplation for me.
Paul  Perry
Sarah Pinsker, an insurance investigator, receives an invitation to a gathering of other Sarah Pinsker's from many realities. The author takes a fresh angle on the multiverse idea to question who our lives diverge, how apparently minor decisions and events can shape our lives - and how, perhaps, doors are rarely fully closed to us. Clever, thoughtful, funny and a great mystery story on top of everything else.

A truly superb tale, an outlandishly excellent premise perfectly executed
Alex Sarll
I've always been intrigued by the idea of a story where all the leads are alternate versions of the same person, and this Agatha Christie riff carries it off better than Gaiman and Reaves' InterWorld, despite/because of being considerably shorter. Set at a convention for alternate versions of Sarah Pinsker, it plays on the weirdness of investigating the murder of almost-you by also-almost-you, as well as the difficulties inherent in detection when everyone really does know how each other think, ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The rating is only for the fiction, essays (except 'Fandom in the classroom') are bunch of biased, unreadable leftist nonsense about resisting everything you don't agree with in the name of peace, love, equality and tolerance. As long as you agree with the authors, obviously (otherwise you are neonazi, racist, homophobic etc.). Rating including essays is two stars or even one and a half. #resistance #resist #resistanceisbeautiful #brainwashing101
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Harry Lee is on the cusp of graduating when he starts to make the wrong choices in simulations. He's supposed to recreate what the original Harry Lee did (for Harry, or number 50, is a clone created to be sold as an adviser), but he keeps seeing other options to take. I like the premise of this a lot, and as it chugged along I enjoyed it (view spoiler)

Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Beth Cato
May 28, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Not a review. Includes my story "With Cardamom I'll Bind Their Lips."
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a weird novella. It was enjoyable to read. I am torn with taking it seriously or not. If I took it more seriously, I might be annoyed by it!
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
I've hardly ever read science fiction but I'm so glad I stumbled upon this one.

It's an amazing concept - the protagonist is invited to a convention where she gets to meet her alternative selves, her other selves had she taken different life decisions. Even the smallest decision like going out for dinner results in an alternative version of herself.
At the convention one of her is murdered. The protagonist is an insurance investigator and is called in to investigate the murder. But how on earth w
Kayt O'Bibliophile
This review is for And Then There Were (N-One) by Sarah Pinkster. I wrote my review on a record for that story, and somehow it's been merged into the record for this issue. Ugh.

Wow, this was fun. On one hand, you've got a basic murder mystery set at a convention. On the other hand, you've got the fact that every single attendee and organizer is the same person--Sarah Pinkster--from different realities. With both hands you have fun, smart writing and an engaging story.

The idea of attending a conv
2018 Hugo Finalist for Best Novella

“And Then There Were (N-One),” by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny, March/April 2017)

I read this over my lunch breaks sporadically during the first two weeks of April 2018. I enjoyed reading the story and loved the not-so-subtle reference to Christie's amazing And Then There Were None. While well written and at times mind mindbogglingly convoluted, the ending left me completely unsatisfied. But I suspect that was the author's intent. 3.5-4 stars
Tyler Hayes
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
An enjoyable concept whose execution I am still wrestling with. The idea at the core of the novella is great: a mystery at a convention attended only by alternate-reality versions of the same person. The prose is solid, casual and thoughtful. The character work is great. The actual plot feels a tiny bit off somehow, but I may just have been expecting something slightly different. It is still enjoyable and inventive, and I recommend it.
Oleksandr Zholud
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This novella was short-listed for Nebula Award in 2018 (but not won it)
The story, the title of which alludes to And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie and tells the story of the author, Sarah Pinsker invited to the inter-dimensional conference on a remote island (sic!), where alternate versions of her mingle together, gathered by her alternative, who found the way to connect dimensions. All is fine and good unlit one of her is found dead, possibly killed but another her. The fiction part is
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, novella
This novella was a finalist for the 2017 Nebula Award and for the 2018 Hugo Award for a reason.

Plot may sound crazy, but don’t let it scare you. In Sarah Pinsker’s novella Sarah Pinsker gets an invitation to SarahCon, a gathering of Sarah Pinskers from across multiple realities, on an island where realities converge. Sarah Pinsker has to solve the mystery of a murder of Sarah Pinsker killed by Sarah Pinsker. Still with me? Good. Only Sarah works in an insurance company, not in a police departme
Sue Burke
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Pinsker (not the author) gets an invitation to a Sarah Pinsker convention being organized by Sarah Pinsker, the quantologist, who has found a way to connect alternate realities. More than two hundred Sarahs come from a wide variety of divergence points, some very similar to other Sarahs, a few quite different, and from similar or different Earths. In one, for example, Seattle has been destroyed by an earthquake. Then a Sarah Pinsker is murdered. Which one? By which one? Why? Sarah (the aut ...more
J. Boo
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: interweb
Not amazing, but short, and the idea - a clone of Lee Kuan Yew running through different simulations from the real Lee Kuan Yew's life in order to graduate from Clone Academy - is clever.
Lisa Feld
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
What begins as a convention held for hundreds of alternate-reality versions of the author takes an intriguing turn when one of the Sarah Pinskers turns up dead. Questions arise: Which of them was even murdered? Who could possibly have wanted to kill them here? It falls to the narrator, a Sarah who works as an insurance investigator, to stumble through solving her "own" murder. The story, with even the title acting as a pointed homage to Agatha Christie, delivers on its promise of stranded groups ...more
Derek Nason
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s a fun, funny and at times very personal novella. It’s title is a play on an Agatha Christie story as it’s a murder mystery that takes place on a stormy island where various iterations of the author have come from their own place in the multiverse to mingle with themselves for the weekend.

As a Maritimer (being from Eastern Canada), I’m all too enamored with having a Hugo nominated story take place in Nova Scotia. We love being mentioned. We love it. Even if it takes place on a fictional isl
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hugo-2018
I love the premise of this one. Sarah Pinsker attends a SarahCon full of her selves from other universes. And there's an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery! Probably a Sarah did it, but which one? Fun and deep thoughts ensue.

Whether the many worlds interpretation of quantum physics is right (as this story presupposes), Pinsker gives a lot to think about: How do we shape our worlds and how are our identities shaped by our worlds? How do events and choices, whether momentous or seemingly insign
Megan Baxter
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I may have already mentioned that this is the first year I've bought a supporting membership so I can vote for the Hugos. This is a bit of a commitment for me, because although I do read a lot, I rarely read books close to the time they come out. Generally I get to them about two years later, so now I'm having to bump a bunch of last year's books to the top of my list.

Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came t
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an absolute delight. Our-world Author Sarah Pinsker writes a short story about an iteration of herself (insurance investigator) who decides to attend a weekend conference hosted -- and attended by -- other versions of herself. Physicist Sarah is murdered (one of them, anyway), and Investigator Sarah is the only attendee with any related experience... but honestly, the plot wasn't the main draw of this for me.

Instead, it was the questions it raised: would you attend a similar conference?
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Obviously the title is a play on Agatha Christie, and it delivers: a murder, a storm-isolated island, dozens of suspects, secrets known and unknown.

Also it is science fiction: a scientist has invented a way to access the multi-worlds implied in one interpretation of quantum mechanics, and she uses this to ... organize a convention of herself on all the worlds, with everything you expect in a fan convention (panels like "Horses and Dogs, but not Cats ... Why?"). So the victim, and the killer, are
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