Monday, February 18, 2013

Pimp My Fic Episodes 7, 8, and 9

We've been hesitant to post something that would push our last post down the page (yes, you can and should still pre-order issue 0002 of the magazine and get a copy of Uncanny Valley 0001 for free) but we have indeed been podcasting regularly over the last several weeks. Our most recent episode, and I think the best of the three, is about the 2004 Reese Witherspoon version of Vanity Fair. We also talk a little about the weird and in many ways upsetting impact of Netflix on how we watch and talk about film and television.

The previous episode was about Treasure Planet, Disney's x-treme makeover of Treasure Island, and the one before that was about The Adventures of Tintin and imperialism. Of course, if you're keeping up at the podcast's page, or subscribed to its RSS or iTunes feeds, you already know all of this.

I keep myself intentionally ignorant about the podcast's listenership right now, because I suspect it's quite small. You can help us grow the podcast by listening, by telling your friends, by sharing it on Twitter and Facebook, and by reviewing us on iTunes. At this point I feel pretty good about the show -- I think it's both funny and a good way to exercise your writerly muscles in narrative, structure, drama, and characterization. It's definitely got a few dedicated fans, now, but it could use more. Maybe you should be one of them.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Uncanny Valley 0002 is (almost) here

Uncanny Valley issue 0002 is now available for preorder. If you order it now ($14 with free shipping), we will mail it to you as soon as the issues arrive late this month or early next. Last year we wrote you sticker-notes and defaced your copies; we're trying to think of something fun for you this year. In fact, here's something I forgot: Preorder now and we'll throw in a copy of Issue 0001.

Here's the awesome stuff you'll find inside:

John Colburn : The Story of the Second Husband, The Two Witches
Rachel B. Glaser : The Moody Pencil
Tyler Gobble : Three Poems
J. A. Tyler : My Brother Came
Shome Dasgupta : MudGone Went the Rabbit
Rachel Yoder : Partial History of a Parallel World
Kathleen Rooney & Elisa Gabbert: Three Jokes
A. D. Jameson : The Woords
René Georg Vasicek: The Improbability of Being Here Now
Michele Harris : Two Poems
Justin Anderson : Box Trap
Lindsay Hunter : The child the mom the dad the girl

The work in Issue 0002 is as ambitious as Issue 0001, but with, I think, a wider range of surreal worlds to explore. It's also an issue that covers a lot of emotional ground. We're confident you'll find something that stirs you.

Check out the preorder page now, and spread the word. We'll be bringing you more news and more ways to check out the magazine soon.