Uncanny Magazine Issue 21

Uncanny Magazine

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 The March/April 2018 issue of Hugo Award-winning Uncanny Magazine.

Featuring new fiction by Sarah Pinsker, A.T. Greenblatt, Emma Törzs, Sarah Monette, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, and Brandon O'Brien, reprinted fiction by Nalo Hopkinson, essays by R.F. Kuang, Neile Graham, Marissa Lingen, and Karlyn Ruth Meyer, and poetry by Fran Wilde, Cassandra Khaw, Brandon O'Brien, Beth Cato, Sonya Taaffe,Hal Y. Zhang, and Andrea Tang, interviews with A.T. Greenblatt and Vina Jie-Min Prasad by Caroline M. Yoachim, a cover by Nilah Magruder, and an editorial by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas.

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Uncanny Magazine
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Mar 6, 2018
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Pages
152
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English
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Fiction / Fantasy / Collections & Anthologies
Fiction / Fantasy / General
Fiction / Science Fiction / Collections & Anthologies
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
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After the dust settles, the City of living bones begins to die, and more trouble brews beneath the clouds in the companion to Updraft.

"A thrilling and complex tale about the most difficult stage of a revolution: what do you do after you win? Highly recommended both for the story it tells as well as how it tells that story. Wilde takes risks that pay off hugely.” —Ken Liu, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Grace of Kings

The Towers in disarray, without a governing body or any defense against the dangers lurking in the clouds, and daily life is full of terror and strife. Nat Densira, the wing-brother to Kirit (Skyshouter, Spirebreaker, no-longer-of-Densira) sets out to be a hero in his own way—sitting on the new Council to cast votes protecting Tower-born, and exploring lower tiers to find more materials to repair the struggling City.

But what he finds down-tier is more secrets—and now Nat will have to decide who to trust, and how to trust himself without losing those he holds most dear, before a dangerous myth raises a surprisingly realistic threat to the crippled City, in Cloudbound.

"I long to know more about the world and where Wilde's imagination will soar next. In the meantime it's all I can do to slow-clap this powerfully engaging debut: Wilde's world and characters—as is entirely appropriate—blew me away." —NPR on Updraft

Bone Universe
1) Updraft
2) Cloudbound
3) Horizon (September 2017)

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Nebula Award Finalist: This “sexy, disturbing, touching, wildly comic . . . tour de force” blends fantasy, folklore, and the history of women and slavery (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
 
In 1804, shortly before the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue is renamed Haiti, a group of women gather to bury a stillborn baby. Led by a lesbian healer and midwife named Mer, the women’s lamentations inadvertently release the dead infant’s “unused vitality” to draw Ezili—the Afro-Caribbean goddess of sexual desire and love—into the physical world.
 
As Ezili explores her newfound powers, she travels across time and space to inhabit the midwife’s body—as well as those of Jeanne, a mixed-race dancer and the mistress of Charles Baudelaire living in 1880s Paris, and Meritet, an enslaved Greek-Nubian prostitute in ancient Alexandria.
 
Bound together by Ezili and “the salt road” of their sweat, blood, and tears, the three women struggle against a hostile world, unaware of the goddess’s presence in their lives. Despite her magic, Mer suffers as a slave on a sugar plantation until Ezili plants the seeds of uprising in her mind. Jeanne slowly succumbs to the ravages of age and syphilis when her lover is unable to escape his mother’s control. And Meritet, inspired by Ezili, flees her enslavement and makes a pilgrimage to Egypt, where she becomes known as Saint Mary.
 
With unapologetically sensual prose, Nalo Hopkinson, the Nebula Award–winning author of Midnight Robber, explores slavery through the lives of three historical women touched by a goddess in this “electrifying bravura performance by one of our most important writers” (Junot Díaz).
 
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