You asked for it! (Or at least enough of you did to beat out the other choices.) This Extra! sees the first of our two listener-voted commentaries! Join Deb, Erika, Lynne, and Tansy as we chatter over the Sylvester McCoy classic, “Paradise Towers“. Or rather, we’ll be talking over it if you play your DVD while listening to us. (Queuing instructions included in the ‘cast.)
Each issue will contain new and classic speculative fiction, fiction podcasts, poetry, essays, art, and interviews.
We’re geeks who have spent the past several years creating and sharing work that gets us excited.
Whether it’s sharing true, personal stories of how the community that loves Doctor Who changes lives in Chicks Dig Time Lords and Queers Dig Time Lords, publishing haunting, lyrical, and devastating stories in Apex Magazine, or throwing a massive, Kickstarter-funded science fictional party through Glitter & Mayhem‘s stories of the dark side of night life and roller derby (what’s more awesome than partying aliens and roller derby?), we’ve done our best to bring you stories and images that stay with you, because they feel like they were made for you.
We think that the best Science Fiction and Fantasy literature combines astonishing ideas, strong characterization, gorgeous writing, and distinctive points of view from around the world.
We love the stories that we can’t stop thinking and talking about, because of how they made us feel. We’re taking our experiences and using them to create a new online magazine.
We’re calling it Uncanny, because we want to produce a sensational magazine that feels like you’ve been here before, in the best way possible.
These kinds of stories feel as rare as unicorns. Getting to share them with our readers as editors is awesome like a space unicorn (hence our mascot).
Space unicorns for everyone!
Here’s a preview of some of our cover art, in this case, by Tran Nguyen:
(This is available as postcards and prints for some backers).
Year One Contributors: (So far)…
For year one, we’ve solicited original short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award winning and nominated authors including:
L-R: (row 1) Amal El-Mohtar (photo credit: Stephanie J. Boland), Sofia Samatar (photo credit: Adauto Araujo), Charlie Jane Anders, Liz Argall, Rachel Swirsky (photo credit: Folly Blaine); (row 2) Maria Dahvana Headley, Mary Robinette Kowal (photo credit: Rod Searcey), Neil Gaiman (photo credit: Kimberly Butler), Scott Lynch; (row 3) Catherynne M. Valente, Paul Cornell, Ken Liu, Kat Howard (photo credit: Tia Mansouri), Hao Jingfang, E. Lily Yu.
(This is available as postcards and prints for some backers).
There will also be slots for unsolicited submissions. We’re deeply committed to finding and showcasing new voices in our genre from around the world.
How You Can Get Uncanny:
Uncanny issues will be published as eBooks (MOBI, PDF, EPUB) bimonthly on the first Tuesday of that month through all of the major online eBook stores. Each issue will contain 4-6 new short stories, 2 reprinted stories, 2 poems, 2 nonfiction essays, and 2 interviews,at minimum. We are currently working on providing additional exclusive content just for subscribers.
Subscribers and those purchasing single issues get each issue (ex: Nov/Dec 2014 is our first planned issue) in its entirety up front, no waiting.
Those reading online for free will have to wait a week for the first half of the issue, and a month for the second half, to appear on the second Tuesday of each month (of November and December, respectively in our example) at http://uncannymag.com/.
We will also be producing a monthly fiction podcast.
How We Will Use the Funding:
We are fundraising to cover the start up costs for launching a professional online magazine. We intend to pay our writers $ .08 per word for original fiction, our poets $30 per poem, and our essayists $50 per essay, and our artists $60 per reprinted artwork. In addition to paying our contributors, our budget includes hiring Clockpunk Studios to set up, design and host a robust website; podcast production and hosting costs; and covering backer rewards and Kickstarter fees.
3. We visited Mary and Rob Kowal over last weekend. I have been inducted into the cult of Fluevog. This was our consolation prize for Being Grownups About Not Going To London. They are ridiculously cute and comfortable shoes.
4. This weekend is the Aicardi Syndrome Family Conference. This is our first conference back in quite a while, and we are a bit nervous about it. While it’s a great opportunity to connect with families having many of the same experiences, it is also a bit of an emotional roller coaster for a long list of reasons. We are counting the days until Caitlin’s GI specialist appointment. She is still barfing every 5-7 days.
5. In good news, Michael will be guesting at Chicago TARDIS this year! As will Billie Piper. O_O I may be a WEE BIT EXCITED.
In this episode, we generally squeed about teams, writing series, and how to kill people. We mentioned so many things that we are skipping the links this month. If you’re having trouble looking up something on your search engine of choice, please let us know.
2. Work is quiet, in the sense that I’m mostly working on things like annual reports and tenure portfolio reviews, that I can poke at slowly over time well before the deadlines. We are planning Digital POWRR workshops in the fall (I will be on the road quite a bit), and waiting to hear back from our IMLS grant officer about when the white paper can be released into the wild.
3. This is good, because much of my brainspace has been taken up with worry over Caitlin (she is still continuing with the pattern of being barfy every 10-14 days for no visible reason). This kind of thing is very wearing, because when she’s in a barfy period, she needs constant vigilance. As a silent aspirator, we have to be quick to get Cait onto her side so that the barf doesn’t get into her lungs and lead to pneumonia. Also, it’s obvious that she’s not having any fun. We see a GI specialist for her on the 29th, but waiting for that is frustrating, especially with the knowledge that we might not get concrete answers anytime soon. While she was sick at the McCulloughs before CONvergence last week, she got through most of Avatar: The Last Airbender, which she seemed to enjoy.
4. CONvergence was ABSOLUTELY lovely. We had a good time, Cait was well for the whole convention and on her very best behavior, too, and we had the opportunity to hang with friends old and new. I’m particularly proud of coming in 2nd on Paul Cornell’s Hypothetical Who game. Given that points were awarded for audience laughs as well as logical Who knowledge-based conclusions, and I lost to a professional comedian, I’m considering it a win.
5. I learned that the older brother of my best friend from high school passed away suddenly on Monday. Her whole family is heartbroken, and I am for them as well, while doing that feeling helpless from 1000 miles away thing, as I can’t make it out to the funeral. He was in his early 40s. I’m not very keen on this whole “suddenly members of my peer group are passing away” thing. At. All.
So, ups and downs. We’ve been watching a lot of cozy mystery series lately, particular Midsomer Murders and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Enjoying them both immensely for completely different reasons, while appreciating the tidiness of the format. There is great comfort in everything making complete logical sense, like pieces of a puzzle, especially when real life is generally much messier.
Trying to be patient for August 23, the beginning of the Capaldi Age of Doctor Who.
This week’s Extra! features crossover madness! Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Tansy, as we muse over what it would be like to plop the Doctor into other fictional worlds. What makes a good crossover? Which Verity isn’t really comfortable with crossovers? Who coins the term “Capaldi-flicted”? And who observes that Capaldi “gives good cape”? Listen and see!
Then let us know in the comments what fictional worlds you’d like to see the Doctor (and/or his companions) visit. Inquiring Verities want to know!
The book will have beautiful cover art by Galen Dara, and there are so many wonderful rewards – a song by Emily Jiang, a bonus chapbook of science poetry (I will post more on that separately), additional books, posters, boxes of treasure, and even an epic performance of an Eddic poem Atlakviða in the original Old Norse.
And here’s a first of our surprises: the letter you see below is an A of Embers, from an Alphabet of Embers graciously drawn and donated to the project by Bogi Takács. The alphabet includes many other letters, which will appear in our Kickstarter updates! Some of these letters look more like Latin characters, while others are unique to the alphabet, like the letter A below.
Thanks to our wonderful first-day donors, we are 18% to goal. Thank you so much to all who donated and signal boosted! Can we make it to 20% today?
ETA: Hurray, 20% reached! Can we reach 25% on Day 1?
Are you interested in the profession? Do you want to know how to organize your library? How should you take care of your old photos? What does it take and mean to be a professional in the digital era? Panelists: Kathryn Sullivan, Sarah Barsness, Jenni Klumpp, Lynne M. Thomas, Hilary Moon Murphy
There are easy ways to write and there are mind-bogglingly difficult ways to write. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone told you which is which? Panelists: Adam Stemple, Will Shetterly, Lynne M. Thomas, Kelly McCullough, Scott Lynch
We only got two episodes of Doctor Who this year, but they were some big ones. Come discuss the anniversary celebration, the first multi-Doctor special of the new era, and the departure of Matt Smith! Panelists: Tim Lieder, Shawn van Briesen, Lynne M. Thomas, Kathryn Sullivan, Rob Callahan
Different people have different ideas for what a strong female character should be. As a writer, how do you navigate those expectations? How do you create a strong female character without pointing out that she’s “strong” and “female” – she just is? Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, Dana Baird, Lynne M. Thomas, Scott Lynch, Will Shetterly
Several Dr. Who experts will speculate on how the Who universe would have been different had certain production decisions been different. Panelists: Paul Cornell, Joseph Scrimshaw, Michael Lee, Lynne M. Thomas, Felicity Kusinitz
Panelists talk about everything EXCEPT what it’s like to be a woman working in genre! Which is better, Star Wars or Star Trek? What YA series will be made into a TV show next? Audience questions will be drawn randomly and answered by the panelists. Panelists: Martha Wells, Damarra Atkins, Lynne M. Thomas, Danielle Indovino, Naomi Kritzer
It has rocketed from obscurity to being everywhere and is used for funding great ideas to the mundane. What is it? Where is it taking us? Panelists: Tish Cassidy, Blake Hausladen, Michael Damian Thomas, Joan Marie Verba, Tania Richter
When does it make sense to work for exposure and when does that become exploitative? At what point do you need to insist on charging? What are the trade-offs when choosing between free and paid art? Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, Sharon Stiteler, Kameron Hurley, Michael Damian Thomas
How many of us grew up watching the Doctor explore the universe with his companions? Have you shown any of the new series (or old series) to your kids? Panelists: Shawn van Briesen, Karine Charlebois, Holley McLellan (mod), Michael Damian Thomas, Jules Mohr
How did we get from Adam West to the Dark Knight? Can we reboot a series and make it more optimistic? Panelists: Scott Lynch, Sarah Prentice, Michael R. Underwood, Tabitha Anderson, Michael Damian Thomas
Michael and I do not have a signing scheduled, so if you happen to want a book signed (our books are typically available at the Dreamhaven Books table in the dealer’s room), please feel free to grab us before or after a panel.
2. I have a brief academic article about the Sylvester McCoy era of Doctor Who out. The Summer 2014 issue of Science Fiction Film & Televisionincludes me! Unfortunately, it’s behind a paywall right now. Will need to check on contracts to see if I can post it elsewhere.
3. Brief hospital stay this week for an overnight EEG for Caitlin. We think she may be developing a new kind of seizure, and they haven’t had a baseline for a while. Whee.
4. On the bright side, I may make more progress on my knitting projects as a result. Also need to find a replacement yarn for what I was using for baby blankets, as a colleague just got some good news. I no longer use knitpicks. What do y’all recommend from yarn.com/WEBS?
5. I’m still a bit ouchy as yesterday I tweaked my back while lifting Caitlin during the Great 6am Formula Spill Discovery, compounded by ~ 6 hours in the car for a meeting in Champaign. The meeting itself went well, though, so it seems as though the next round of SEEKRIT LIBRARY PROJECTS may move forward. We are hopeful.