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This Best of Uncanny anthology collects those two novelettes and many of the other best stories and poems from the first 22 issues of Uncanny Magazine. Naomi Novik plunges you into a delicious fractured fairy tale retelling in “Blessings.” Delilah S. Dawson explores superpowers, harassment, and revenge in "Catcall." Neil Gaiman takes you along to keep pace with his gorgeous and powerful poem “The Long Run.” Charlie Jane Anders shakes up a haunting cocktail of comedy clubs and love with "Ghost Champagne." Mary Robinette Kowal weaves a heartbreaking tale of marriage, duty, and magical curses in "Midnight Hour." N. K. Jemisin ruminates on dangerous fans, awards, and legacy in “Henosis.” Maria Dahvana Headleys links into a Classic Hollywood of animal actors and sleazy secrets with “If You Were a Tiger, I’d Have to Wear White.” Catherynne M. Valente travels to a colony world infested with strange psychic cats in “Planet Lion.” Carmen Maria Machado wrestles with predators, identity, and death in “My Body, Herself.” And Seanan McGuire sings a tragic song of misunderstandings and unfortunate consequences with “Ye Highlands and Ye Lowlands.”
Those pieces are only the beginning. The Best of Uncanny features some of the uncanniest stories and poetry in SF/F today, by its current leading voices. Sit down and immerse yourself in 44 original science fiction and fantasy stories and poems that can make you feel.
Step behind the velvet rope of these fabulous Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror tales of roller rinks, nightclubs, glam aliens, party monsters, drugs, sex, glitter, and debauchery.
Dance through nightclubs, roller derby with cryptids and aliens, be seduced by otherworldly creatures, and ingest cocktails that will alter your existence forever.
Your hosts are the Hugo Award-winning editors John Klima (Electric Velocipede) and Lynne M. Thomas (Apex Magazine), and the Hugo-nominated editor Michael Damian Thomas (Apex Magazine).
Join glittery authors Christopher Barzak (One for Sorrow) and Daryl Gregory (Pandemonium) on the dance floor, drink cocktails with Maria Dahvana Headley (Queen of Kings: A Novel of Cleopatra, the Vampire) and Tim Pratt (Marla Mason series), and skate with Seanan McGuire (InCryptid series), Diana Rowland (Kara Gillian series), and Maurice Broaddus (The Knights of Breton Court series). The fantastic Amber Benson gets the party started with her floor-rattling introduction (Calliope Reaper-Jones series).
Table of Contents
Introduction by Amber Benson
Sister Twelve: Confessions of a Party Monster by Christopher Barzak
Apex Jump by David J. Schwartz
With Her Hundred Miles to Hell by Kat Howard
Star Dancer by Jennifer Pelland
Of Selkies, Disco Balls, and Anna Plane by Cat Rambo
Sooner Than Gold by Cory Skerry
Subterraneans by William Shunn & Laura Chavoen
The Minotaur Girls by Tansy Rayner Roberts
Unable to Reach You by Alan DeNiro
Such & Such Said to So & So by Maria Dahvana Headley
Revels in the Land of Ice by Tim Pratt
Bess, the Landlord’s Daughter, Goes for Drinks with the Green Girl by Sofia Samatar
Blood and Sequins by Diana Rowland
Two-Minute Warning by Vylar Kaftan
Inside Hides the Monster by Damien Angelica Walters (formerly known as Damien Walters Grintalis)
Bad Dream Girl by Seanan McGuire
A Hollow Play by Amal El-Mohtar
Just Another Future Song by Daryl Gregory
The Electric Spanking of the War Babies by Maurice Broaddus & Kyle S. Johnson
All That Fairy Tale Crap by Rachel Swirsky
Featuring new fiction by Maria Dahvana Headley, Nghi Vo, Christopher Barzak, Brit Mandelo, and Rose Lemberg, classic fiction by Sarah Rees Brennan, essays by Chris Kluwe, Max Gladstone, Isabel Schechter, and L.M. Myles, poetry by Kayla Whaley, Leslie J. Anderson, and Bryan Thao Worra, interviews with Maria Dahvana Headley and Christopher Barzak by Deborah Stanish, a cover by Priscilla H. Kim, and an editoral by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas.
"The Leavings of the Wolf" -- Elizabeth Bear
"The Bread We Eat in Dreams" -- Catherynne M. Valente
"This Creeping Thing" -- Robert Shearman
"Lion Heart" -- Tim Pratt
"Wight" -- Bryan Thao Worra
"Swallowing the Moon" -- Bryan Thao Worra
"Blood on Vellum: Notes from the (New) Apex Magazine Editor" -- Lynne M. Thomas
"The Australian Dark Weird" -- Tansy Rayner Roberts
"Editorial: Good-bye" -- Catherynne M. Valente
Lynne M. Thomas
Featuring new fiction by Hao Jingfang (translated by Ken Liu), Sam J. Miller, Amal El-Mohtar, Richard Bowes, and Sunny Moraine, classic fiction by Ann Leckie, essays by Jim C. Hines, Erika McGillivray, Michi Trota, and Keidra Chaney, poetry by Isabel Yap, Mari Ness, and Rose Lemberg, interviews with Hao Jingfang (translated by Ken Liu) and Ann Leckie, by Deborah Stanish, a cover by Julie Dillon, and an editoral by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas.
We are a 2013 Hugo Award nominee for Best Semiprozine!
"Victimless Crimes" by Charlie Jane Anders
"A Matter of Shapespace" by Brian Trent
"Sister Twelve: Confessions of a Party Monster" by Christopher Barzak
"Editorial: Blood on Vellum" by Lynne M. Thomas
"Fantasy Art, Fishnets, and Red Sonja's Chainmail Bikini" by Tansy Rayner Roberts
"Interview with Christopher Barzak" by Maggie Slater
Cover art by Carrie Ann Baade.
Edited by multi-Hugo Award-winning editor Lynne M. Thomas.
Featuring new fiction by Sofia Samatar, Rosamund Hodge, Kat Howard, Maria Dahvana Headley, Sarah Pinsker, Emily Devenport, and Fran Wilde, classic fiction by Ellen Klages, essays by Ytasha L. Womack, Amal El-Mohtar, L.M. Myles, and Stephanie Zvan, poetry by C.S.E. Cooney, Jennifer Crow, and M Sereno, interviews with Sofia Samatar, C.S.E. Cooney, and Ellen Klages, by Deborah Stanish, a cover by Carrie Ann Baade, and an editoral by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas.
Featuring new fiction by Ellen Klages, John Chu, Emma Osborne, Elizabeth Bear, Brit E. B. Hvide, and Christopher Caldwell. Reprinted fiction by Kameron Hurley, essays by Tananarive Due, Arkady Martine, Gwenda Bond, and Nicasio Andres Reed, poetry by Theodora Goss, Nicasio Andres Reed, S. Qiouyi Lu, Ali Trotta, and Brandon O'Brien, interviews with John Chu and Elizabeth Bear by Caroline M. Yoachim, a cover by Galen Dara, and an editorial by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas.
The May 2012 issue of Apex Magazine contains the following great content:
"Decomposition" by Rachel Swirsky
"Tomorrow's Dictator" by Rahul Kanakia
"The Chaos Magician's Mega Chemistry Set" by Nnedi Okorafor
"Faith in the Fantastic" by Tim Akers
"Interview with Rachel Swirsky" by Maggie Slater
Cover art by Naoto Hattori
Apex Magazine is edited by Hugo Award-winner Lynne M. Thomas.
Featuring new fiction by Paul Cornell, Isabel Yap, Liz Argall & Kenneth Schneyer, and Keffy R.M. Kehrli, classic fiction by N.K. Jemisin, essays by Michi Trota, Steven H Silver, Diana M. Pho, and David J. Schwartz, poetry by Rose Lemberg, Dominik Parisien, Amal El-Mohtar and Jennifer Crow, interviews with Isabel Yap and Liz Argall & Kenneth Schneyer by Deborah Stanish, a cover by Matthew Dow Smith, and an editoral by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas.
Addressing the most exciting and challenging areas in the profession, this text will be invaluable to any professional looking ahead to the future of special collections and related cultural heritage work.
• Covers a broad range of special collections work that shares perspectives from many different practitioners and experts in the field
• Updates the notion of special collections to the wide range of institutions and contexts where they exist today, illustrating non-traditional opportunities for special collections work
• Expands job opportunities for readers by providing an overview of the most compelling and exciting trends and challenges in the changing field of special collections