Authors and fans of speculative short fiction and speculative non-fiction alike have reason to celebrate today, as Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy’s Kickstarter has been fully funded. Founders Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, veteran editors of Apex magazine, have announced their intention to bring out stories that combine “astonishing ideas, strong characterization, gorgeous writing, and distinctive points of view from around the world.” So far they’ve solicited original fiction, poetry, and non-fiction prose from the likes of Neil Gaiman (wow!), Charlie Jane Anders (wow!), Amal El-Mohtar (wow!), Catherynne M. Valente (wow!), Ken Liu (wow!), Kameron Hurley (wow!), Tor.com’s own Diana Pho (wow!), and many more (whoo!), with cover art by Tran Nguyen, Julie Dillon, and other groundbreaking artists (::head asplode::). They are also expecting to fill slots with unsolicited submissions, so aspiring authors should keep an eye out for opportunities to submit.
When asked for comment, Lynne and Michael Thomas said:
“We are absolutely thrilled — and humbled — at the outpouring of support for Uncanny. We missed editing a magazine terribly during our break. We are so excited to begin again, matching up our wonderful slate of solicited contributors with the new works and voices we’ll get to discover and share with our readers. The stories that stay with you are as rare as space unicorns; we hope to bring you as many as possible.”
We at Tor.com are happy to welcome another exciting young marketplace to the field of speculative short fiction. While Uncanny’s initial goal has already been met, they have a lot of exciting stretch goals. You can find their ongoing Kickstarter here.