Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2017 Uncanny Magazine

A Nest of Ghosts, a House of Birds by Kat Howard  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 17
(Modern Fantasy) Luna inherits her late grandmother’s house if she lives there for a year. She finds it full of birds that only she can see—and they’re trying to talk to her.
An Abundance of Fish by S. Qiouyi Lu2  Time: 02m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 15
(Magical Realism) The narrator, second-generation Chinese, doesn’t take the surplus fish ritual seriously.
And Then There Were (N-One) by Sarah Pinsker  Time: 1h:03m (Novella)  IssueUncanny 15
(SF Mystery) The inventor of trans-multiverse travel invites hundreds of instances of herself to a conference. It’s great fun until one gets murdered.
At Cooney's by Delia Sherman  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueUncanny 18
(Time Travel) It’s 1968 and Ali likes to hang out with her college friends at New York’s Cooney’s bar. The bar was rather different in the 1920s, and Ali is about to see it first hand.
Auspicium Melioris Aevi by JY Yang  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 15
(SF) Harry, a clone of Lee Kwan Yew, was on track to graduate until decided to start improvising.
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Bodies Stacked Like Firewood by Sam J. Miller  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 14
(Mainstream) Cyd’s suicide brings his friend Kelvin to Albany for his memorial.
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(Alternate History Fantasy; Dominion of the Fallen) Two people from a secret, underwater House try to infiltrate a troublesome surface House that rules much of a Paris still recovering from long-ago magical wars.
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Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand by Fran Wilde  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 18
(Surreal Horror) Your guide takes you through an exhibit of curiosities—what once would have been called a freak show.
Down and Out in R'lyeh by Catherynne M. Valente  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueUncanny 18
(Lovecraftian Humor) R’lyeh sucks. If you’re number 997 of Shub-Niggurath’s young, it’s easy to feel neglected <i>and</i> bored.
Elemental Love by Rachel Swirsky  Time: 01m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 19
(SF Poetic Prose) An android expresses its love for a human being in terms that are at once romantic and chemical.
Fandom for Robots by Vina Jie-Min Prasad1  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 18
(Alternate History Robot SF) Computron was the only intelligent robot built in the 1950s. Now all he does is answer questions from children and write fan-fiction about the robot in the Hyperdimension Warp Record TV show.
Goddess, Worm by Cassandra Khaw  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 14
(Myth) Tired of being a goddess, she wants to return to her earthly form. But she also wants justice.
Henosis by N.K. Jemisin  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 18
(Horror) A famous author gets kidnapped on the eve of a major awards ceremony.
(Legend) It all started with a shipment of pure-white angora cats on a boat that sank.
How to Survive an Epic Journey by Tansy Rayner Roberts  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 19
(Mythic Fantasy) Atalanta was the only woman Argonaut, and her version of the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece is rather different from the one we usually hear, albeit a bit more plausible.
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I Built This City For You by Cassandra Khaw  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 17
(Magical Realism) Anisa wants to win Sara back, so she turns herself into a city for her.
Learning to See Dragons by Sarah Monette  Time: 02m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 19
(Horror) Annie’s grandmother is dying, and her parents are fighting, but she keeps imagining that she sees giant dragons under the mountains and wishes she could join them.
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Making the Magic Lightning Strike Me by John Chu  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 16
(SF) Charlie’s company does clandestine jobs for the ultra rich. He likes it because they’ve given him the body he always wanted to have. Now if he can just learn to be satisfied with it.
Making Us Monsters by Sam J. Miller and Lara Elena Donnelly  Time: 36m (Novelette)  IssueUncanny 19
(Historical Uncanny Horror) Fifteen years after his lover died in World War I, Siegfried starts receiving letters from him, dated just before his death.
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Monster Girls Don't Cry by A. Merc Rustad  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 14
(Horror) Zaria is a monster girl, but she can pass for a regular girl. Her sister, Phoebe, can’t pass. Problems ensue when Zaria’s boy/girlfriends want to meet her family.
Notes from Liminal Spaces by Hiromi Goto  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 16
(Modern Fantasy) Eiko sees a meteor, finds three dead birds, and is sure that it’s an omen telling her to do something.
Packing by T. Kingfisher  Time: 03m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 17
(Allegory) The narrator is packing to move before the season changes, and gives advice to his/her child, who is reluctant to go.
Paradox by Naomi Kritzer  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 16
(Time Travel) In which a chorus of time travelers give us advice, in the paradoxical way of time travelers.
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(Generation Ship) As the ship approaches its destination, Ninah’s work teaching preschool is about to come to an end.
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Read Before Use by Chinelo Onwualu  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 16
(Post-Apocalypse) Satellite City will die if it can’t find a new source of power. Alia thinks the secret lies in a library of ancient books, but she needs results soon because her support is drying up.
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Rising Star by Stephen Graham Jones  Time: 07m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 15
(Time Travel) A modest proposal for a grant to experiment with a most imperfect time machine.
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Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time by K.M. Szpara  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueUncanny 16
(Slipstream) When Finley gets bitten by a vampire, he’s pissed because he didn’t consent. When he learns he’s going to become a vampire, he’s really upset, because it’s not legal for a trans person to be a vampire at all.
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Some Cupids Kill With Arrows by Tansy Rayner Roberts  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 14
(Fantasy Humor) On speed-dating night at the Dog and Biscuit, Meg notices that all the guys seem to be figures from Greek mythology.
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Sorrow and Joy, Sunshine and Rain by Troy L. Wiggins  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 19
(Modern Mythic Fantasy) A new god arises in response to the pleas of an oppressed people. Unfortunately it’s not exactly the god they were asking for.
Sun, Moon, Dust by Ursula Vernon  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 16
(High Fantasy) Allpa receives a magic sword on his grandmother’s deathbed. Three spirits in the sword are supposed to train him to be a mighty warrior, but he really just wants to be a better farmer.
The Ache of Home by Maurice Broaddus  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 17
(Slipstream) Celeste endures the life of a poor black woman in Indianapolis, but she has a little bit of magic, and she means to stand up to the people trying to destroy her neighborhood.
The Bone Plain by Karin Tidbeck  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 19
(Mainstream Horror) Running away from a relationship that ended very badly, Erika joins some hikers en route to a place called “World’s End.”
The Thule Stowaway by Maria Dahvana Headley  Time: 38m (Novelette)  IssueUncanny 14
(Fantasy Horror) Edgar Allan Poe’s writing has brought a creature into this world and it inhabits a young woman who wants to be rid of it. It has its own agenda.
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(Historical Fantasy) A young apprentice at making magic gloves considers breaking the rules to make a special pair to control his sister’s epilepsy.
Though She Be But Little by C.S.E. Cooney  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 18
(Fantasy Horror) When the world changed and the sky turned silver, magic became real, Emma Anne became a little girl and her neighbor became a pirate. But can a little girl fight off an attack by the Loping Man?
To Budapest, with Love by Theodora Goss  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 14
(Memoir) Born in Budapest but raised in America, the narrator tells of her feelings about assimilation and alienation.
With Cardamom I'll Bind Their Lips by Beth Cato  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueUncanny 15
(Fantasy) Vera gets a job helping a local woman seal the spirits of the dead so they can fade away in peace.

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