Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 Uncanny



Love Is Never Still by Rachel Swirsky  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueUncanny 9
(Greek Myth) A sculptor falls in love with his statue and asks Aphrodite to turn her into a real woman. Then things start to go wrong--for all parties concerned.
Snow Day by Catherynne M. Valente  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueUncanny 11
(Modern Fantasy) Gudrun, age 40, lives in a house in the jungle on an island in Hawaii, waiting for the world to come to an end.
The Plague Givers by Kameron Hurley  Time: 36m (Novelette)  IssueUncanny 10
(Fantasy) Thirty years ago, Bet beat the best sorcerer in the world, but at such cost she's been in hiding ever since. Now the plague hunters need her help again, but something seems very wrong.
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The Virgin Played Bass by Maria Dahvana Headley  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueUncanny 8
(Fantasy) In a war-torn Europe, a refugee meets a man-sized cat, and they create a travelling show, picking up others as they keep ahead of the fighting.
You'll Surely Drown Here If You Stay by Alyssa Wong  Time: 33m (Novelette)  IssueUncanny 10
(Historical Fantasy) In a magical Old West, young Ellis has a love for the desert and an affinity for dead things. Both of these attract unwelcome attention from strangers visiting from back East.

Short Story

A Hundred And Seventy Storms by Aliette de Bodard  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 11
(Space Opera; Xuya) The mindship Snow Like a Dancer and her cousin Lua struggle to survive an enormous perihelion storm on their backwater planet.
An Ocean The Color Of Bruises by Isabel Yap  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 11
(Horror) Five twenty-something kids from Manila take a beach vacation to reminisce about their college days. It's the off season, but it's odd that no one else is there.
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Big Thrull and the Askin' Man by Max Gladstone  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 9
(Folk Tale) A small, pink, human asks Big Thrull's protection. She's the toughest mammoth herder there is, but she's got a soft spot. His endless questions are a problem though.
Can't Beat 'Em by Nalo Hopkinson  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 13
(Slipstream) Marisella's so obsessed with the hot lady plumber that she almost doesn't hear that her drain is clogged by a baby monster.
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Don't You Worry, You Aliens by Paul Cornell  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 13
(Post Apocalypse) The librarian in a British village keeps to his old routine, even after everyone else is gone and there's no news anymore.
El Cantar Of Rising Sun by Sabrina Vourvoulias  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 11
(Mainstream) Alonso and Amor Quijano, children of a Philadelphia drug dealer, struggle to escape from their origins.
Kamanti's Child by Jennifer Marie Brissett  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 13
(SF) Close to giving birth, Kamanti is unhappy that her husband has to go off to confront the invaders to the south of their village.
Lotus Face and the Fox by Nghi Vo  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 8
(Fantasy) A nameless child, a petty thief who mourns her dead sister, seeks help from a deeply feared magician.
My Body, Herself by Carmen Maria Machado  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 12
(Horror) A dead woman sees her doppelgΓ€nger watching over her remains and wonders what she's up to.
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Not a Miracle But a Marvel by Tim Pratt  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 12
(Modern Fantasy) Two couples come to a cabin by the lake to relax and enjoy four days together. Then one of them disappears.
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Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies by Brooke Bolander  Time: 03m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 13
(Horror) The girl he killed was much more than merely human, and there will be consequences.
Rooms Formed of Neurons and Sex by Ferrett Steinmetz  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 12
(Near-Future SF) Lydia's boyfriend, Ross, was just a brain in a jar. So how, exactly, did she injure him during sex?
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The Artificial Bees by Simon Guerrier  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 9
(SF) Randall, a robot, investigates an unfamiliar place: a home garden.
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The Blood That Pulses In The Veins Of One by JY Yang  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 10
(SF Horror) The narrator lies conscious on an operating table while scientists dissect its body to study its ability to regenerate.
The Creeping Women by Christopher Barzak  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 8
(Literature) In Victorian England, Jennie keeps house at a rented summer estate where her brother's wife is trying to recuperate from madness.
(Fantasy; Birdverse) Vadrai and Maru begin a professional correspondence as fellow artisans, and over time it becomes more than that.
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The Drowning Line by Haralambi Markov2  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 10
(Horror) Reinhart wanders in his sleep, drawn by the ghost of a long-dead ancestor determined to drown him.
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The Green Knight's Wife by Kat Howard  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 13
(Horror) What if the Green Knight were real? What if he were still alive? What if he had his own reality show? And how does his wife really feel about the whole thing?
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The Shadow Collector by Shveta Thakrar  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 9
(Fantasy) Rajesh does an excellent job tending the queen's garden of girl-flowers, but he secretly steals people's shadows for his collection.
The Sincerity Game by Brit Mandelo  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 8
(Mainstream) The commitment-averse narrator meets a man at a party and they begin a relationship.
The Sound Of Salt And Sea by Kat Howard  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 10
(Fantasy) Every year, Far Island rises from the sea, and the spirits of the dead return to Near Island, until the bone horses usher them back on the third day. The horses need a living rider, and Rowan is sure she can do it and survive.
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The Witch of Orion Waste and the Boy Knight by E. Lily Yu  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 12
(Fairy Tale) A young, newly minted witch meets an equally green knight, and they go off together in search of dragons.
The Wolf and the Tower Unwoven by Kelly Sandoval  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 9
(Fantasy) The Tower Unwoven gives animals human form, and old Cresa takes them in and teaches them. But this naked wolf-boy is going to be more trouble than usual.
The Words On My Skin by Caroline M. Yoachim  Time: 02m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 11
(Slipstream) The narrator's mother can write words on people's skins, and those words change who they are.
Under One Roof by Sarah Pinsker  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 12
(Horror) When newlyweds Courtney and Josh rent an old Victorian in Baltimore, they're told to stay out of the attic. But they hear noises up there at night. Footsteps.
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White Hart, Black Knight by Alex Bledsoe  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 13
(Chivalry) When the queen sends her young nephew on a quest, she sends Eddia LaCrosse along to keep him safe.
Ye Highlands And Ye Lowlands by Seanan McGuire  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 10
(SF) A scientist mourns the failure of scientists to anticipate the consequences of making contact with an alien race.
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