Over the last three years, Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas ran Kickstarters for the Hugo Award-winning Uncanny Magazine Years One, Two, and Three. We promised to bring you stunning cover art, passionate science fiction and fantasy fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, and provocative nonfiction by writers from every conceivable background. Not to mention a fantastic podcast featuring exclusive content. Through the hard work of our exceptional staff and contributors, Uncanny Magazine delivered on that promise. All that fantastic Uncanny Magazinecontent is freely available over the web and available as eBooks, thanks to your support. The Space Unicorn Ranger Corps, the Uncanny Magazine community, made it possible for our remarkable staff and contributors to create this wonderful art for all of our readers. THANK YOU, SPACE UNICORNS.
This year, we’re back with a new mission, passed along from Lightspeed Magazine. It’s Uncanny’s turn to Destroy Science Fiction.
Uncanny Magazine proudly presents a special issue: Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction!Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction will be in the same vein as the previous Destroy special issues (Women Destroy Science Fiction, Queers Destroy Science Fiction, and People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction), featuring editors, writers (both solicited and unsolicited), and artists with representation from all across the sliding scale of disability.
There is already a stellar team of guest editors in place for this special issue including:
From Guest Editors-in-Chief Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Dominik Parisien:
Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction is a continuation of the Destroy series in which we, disabled members of the science fiction community, will put ourselves where we belong: at the center of the story. Often, disabled people are an afterthought, a punchline, or simply forgotten in the face of new horizons, scientific discovery, or magical invention. We intend to destroy ableism and bring forth voices, narratives, and truths most important to disabled writers, editors, and creators with this special issue.
Disabled People Destroy will feature solicited work from the following authors and artist:
Stories: Rachel Swirsky, Nisi Shawl, William Alexander, and more from open submissions!
Essays: Fran Wilde, Mishell Baker, Alice Wong , and more from open submissions!
Poems: Bogi Takács, Rose Lemberg, Khairani Barokka, and more from open submissions!
We have an outstanding group of solicited contributors, fantastic backer rewards, plus some additional surprises on deck for the rest of Year Four, too!
Year Four Editors: Editors-in-Chief: Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
Managing Editor: Michi Trota
Reprint/Poetry Editor: Mimi Mondal
Interviewer: Shana DuBois
Podcast Producer: Erika Ensign Podcast Producer: Steven Schapansky
We have an additional SHARED-WORLD DINOSAUR THEME issue this year, too. The Dinosaur Writers Special Shared-Universe Dinosaur Issue Contributors: Sam J. Miller, Brooke Bolander, Mari Ness, A. Merc Rustad & Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, JY Yang, K.M. Szpara, and Nicasio Andres Reed !
There will also be more slots for unsolicited submissions. We reopen to regular submissions once we reach our first funding milestone. The specific call for submissions for Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction will come in early 2018. As always, we’re deeply committed to finding and showcasing new voices in our genre from around the world.
How We’ll Use the Funding:
Our current funding goal ($22,000) is for the current version of Uncanny, with a theme issue for Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction. This goal pays for all six issues of Uncanny Year Four, including (at minimum) per issue: 25,000 words of new fiction (5-6 stories, depending on length) , a reprint story, reprint cover art, 4 new poems, 4 new nonfiction essays, and 2 new interviews. This is the size the magazine has grown to thanks to ongoing community support.
Our Year Four budget for this Kickstarter reflects our current content levels. We pay our writers $.08 per word for original fiction, our poets $30 per poem, our essayists $50 per essay, and our artists $100 per reprinted artwork.
In addition to paying our content contributors (upon acceptance!), our initial Year Four budget includes: Paying our staff (Editors-in Chief, Managing Editor, Poetry/Reprint Editor, Podcast Producers and Readers, Interviewer, and the Disabled People Destroy Editorial Team) , podcast production and hosting costs , website hosting and maintenance costs , backer rewards, and Kickstarter fees and taxes. Our Years One, Two, and Three backers were so generous we reached all our stretch goals, which added additional stories and essays to each issue. Our awesome backers also sponsored several pieces of original cover art.
$25,000 Disabled People Destroy Science fiction DOUBLE ISSUE
$27,000 Original cover art from an artist to be determined
$29,000 Original cover art from a second artist
$30,000 Exclusive access to a key that unlocks Cassandra Khaw’s “Auntie Jaeger” Game for all backers! The game: Two sisters –a truck driver and a housewife– fend off a Kaiju apocalypse in the Great Smoky Mountains with their mech Mama Possum. A story of family, grief, and survival, it forms a part of what is currently nicknamed the ’“Jaeger Aunties” universe, which is essentiallyPacific Rim with more horror, more diversity, and more middle-aged people being totally bad-ass as a squad.
$35,000 Original cover art from a third artist
$45,000 PRINTED PHYSICAL COPIES of the Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction special issue for backers at $50 and above! If we reach this goal, you will be able to change your pledge to receive a copy of the book. We promise.
Beggin' For Thread (Bucky Barnes x Reader) Request! ❤
A/N: To the lovely anon that requested this brilliant idea!! I loved writing this because boxers in general are super comfy and look hell sexy, too. Especially on Bucky Barnes! :D Hope you guys like it!! ENJOY! - Delilah ❤
Beggin’ For Thread: Reader steals some of Bucky’s boxers during laundry day. But when he goes to her for comfort from a thunderstorm he gets a surprise.