Join the Space Unicorn Rangers Corps!

by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas

We want you to join the Space Unicorn Rangers Corps!

Okay, we should probably explain that a bit.

We, Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, are Kickstarting a new online magazine called Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy. You might know us from our two years editing the Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine, or from various anthologies including the Kickstarted Glitter & Mayhem (co-edited with John Klima), the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (co-edited by Lynne and Tara O’Shea), or the Hugo Award-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords (co-edited by Michael and Sigrid Ellis).

We took some time off from editing when our daughter Caitlin had major surgery earlier this year. Now we’re back, with a project that we feel is the culmination of what we’ve learned and done in SF/F.

Uncanny will be an online magazine filled with gorgeous prose, exciting ideas, provocative essays, and contributors from every possible background. We chose the name Uncanny because we want a magazine that has the feel of a contemporary magazine with a history– one that evolved from a fantastic pulp. Uncanny will bring the excitement and possibilities of the past, and the sensibilities and experimentation that the best of the present offers.

To make this possible, we’ve gathered an astounding group of contributors for Year One, including new fiction by:

Original poetry by:

And essays by:

Uncanny will also feature cover art by:

In addition to all of those fantastic contributors, we will be also open to unsolicited submissions for fiction, poetry, and cover art. As always, it’s deeply important to us to feature new voices alongside established ones.

We’ve gathered an amazing, experienced staff, including Managing Editor Michi Trota, Podcast Producers Erika Ensign (the Hugo-nominated Verity!) and Steven Schapansky (Radio Free Skaro), and Interviewer Deborah Stanish (the co-editor of the Hugo-nominated Chicks Unravel Time).

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.

Okay, so what does Uncanny have to do with the Space Unicorn Rangers Corps?

Uncanny‘s mascot is a Space Unicorn. Awesome artist Katy Shuttleworth (Chicks Dig Time Lords) designed our logo mascot and wordmark. When she asked what we wanted, we said …space unicorn? And, Katy totally delivered.

What’s more awesome than a Space Unicorn? The Space Unicorn Rangers Corps, which is how we began referring to our backers, reflecting their collective group-level awesomeness. We’re even offering Space Unicorn Ranger Corps patches as a backer add-on so you can show the world how you fight evil and cynicism throughout the galaxy.

Space unicorns are all about sharing their awesomeness, so we’ve got unique backer goals ranging from art prints to naming our Space Unicorn. We hope you’ll consider joining us by supporting Uncanny. We think it will be a heck of a ride. On a space unicorn.

Three-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas is the co-editor of the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (2010) with Tara O’Shea, Whedonistas (2011) with Deborah Stanish, and the Hugo Award-nominated Chicks Dig Comics (2012) with Sigrid Ellis. Lynne is also the former Editor-in-Chief (2011-2013) of the Hugo Award-nominated (2011, 2012, 2013) Apex Magazine. She moderates the Hugo Award-winning SF Squeecast, a monthly podcast (with Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Michael Damian Thomas and Catherynne M. Valente) in which a group of SF/F professionals get excited about stuff they like, and contributes to the Verity! Podcast (with Erika Ensign, L.M. Myles, Katrina Griffiths, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Deborah Stanish), where a bunch of smart women talk about Doctor Who.

Two-time Hugo Award nominee (as former Managing Editor of Apex Magazine, 2012-2013) Michael Damian Thomas co-edited the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords with Sigrid Ellis and Glitter & Mayhem with John Klima and Lynne M. Thomas. He has worked as an Associate Editor including the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords and Hugo Award-nominated Chicks Dig Comics (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Sigrid Ellis, 2012). Michael is also a contributor to the SF Squeecast podcast.

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