Essays

#beautifulresistance

Everything we believe is a story. That red in a traffic light means “stop” while green means “go.” The idea of Western scientific thinking as free of bias. That peanut butter and jelly is the perfect kid’s meal. The American dream. Everything. Whether they’re good stories or bad stories isn’t the point. What matters is […]

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Fandom in the Classroom

When I tell people that I’m a professor who teaches classes on fandom, I’m usually met by one of two reactions. One reaction is disbelief, as if I had just told them I teach classes on juggling, origami, or beer pong. This stems from the perception that the academic classroom is a hallowed space where […]

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Thank You, Patreon Supporters!

Uncanny Magazine would like to thank the following people for supporting us on Patreon. This magazine would not be possible without their support. Space Unicorn Ranger Corps COMMANDERS Adam Leff, Bliss Ehrlich, Christian Valencia-Neihart, Dain Unicorn, Daniel Sales, David Mackie, Didi Chanoch, Edmund Schweppe, Hisham El-Far, Jayme Lundeen, Mark Alexander, Avery Flinders, Claire Rousseau  Space Unicorn Ranger […]

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Act Up, Rise Up

My feet are cold. My fingernails are blue. I’m cold like everyone else is on this block, and there are 240 of us standing in wait to enter the building. I’m part of a group seeking audience with our House Representative, a man who hasn’t held a town hall in three years. The difference between […]

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I Have Never Not Been an Object

(Content Note for descriptions of rape and sexual violence.) Only one person has read my most recent book. Two other people began it and stopped. The second chapter is a rape scene. It’s off–putting and uncomfortable, and it’s what drives the entire world, the entire plot. It’s supposed to make you angry. And I’m not […]

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Why You Should Read Romance

When I was 12, I read my mother’s copy of Kathleen E. Woodiwiss’s Shanna. A typical romance of the late 70s, it features a defiant heroine who tricks a cad bound for the gallows into marrying her and their eventual “reunion” in the Caribbean some time later. My mother was less than thrilled to discover […]

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