Essays

Quest for an SF/F Grandmother

I remember looking at my bookshelves and thinking “Bloody hell, where are all the women?” I was a teenager, and these particular bookshelves held only science fiction. I took all the books off the shelves and made two piles. One was rather large, with enough novels to construct a small, but stable, book fort; the […]

Read

Gatekeepers: The Nerd/Jock False Division

“Nerd.” “Jock.” “Dweeb.” “Meathead.” For too long, people have used these words to hurt each other, to divide themselves into meaningless tribes. One tribe the gatekeepers of tech, comics, and calculators, bending the intangible to their will. The other tribe the gatekeepers of body, physicality, and fitness, chiseling raw flesh into statuesque forms. Both perpetuating […]

Read

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, Dain Unicorn, Daniel Sales, David Mackie, Didi Chanoch, Hisham El–Far, Jayme Lundeen, Jessica Wolf, Stanley Cupcake Space Unicorn Ranger Corps LIEUTENANTS Adam Barton, Ai […]

Read

Growing Up in Hyperspace

(Author’s Note: I wrote this essay in late November; I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens on opening night, December 17. Now I’m excited to write a second essay, but everything I wrote here still stands.) I was in high school when Star Wars: Episode I hit theaters. And I was psyched. At this point only […]

Read

The Alien Says Don’t Take Your Meds: Neurodiversity and Mental Health Treatment in TV SF/F

Mental health and neurodiversity are both complicated issues. A whole world of complicated. Treatments and results vary wildly, and society can still be deeply unsympathetic to those whose chronic illness is not immediately visible. As someone who has many friends and family members affected by conditions such as (but not limited to) depression, bi–polar disorder, […]

Read

Everyone Has a Ghost Story

My elementary school was a place that thought nothing of throwing children out into the schoolyard for a wild 45 minutes of unsupervised daily activity. The playground was filled with proper danger—a real merry–go–round, an honest–to–god see–saw, and the infamous monkey bars from which, at least once a year, some lucky child fell and came […]

Read

Thank You, Year Two Kickstarter Supporters!

Uncanny Magazine would like to thank the following people for backing our Year Two Kickstarter. This magazine would not be possible without their support. Anne M Gibson, William T. McGeachin, David A. Wohlreich, Dionne Obeso, Benjamin C. Kinney, Edmund Schweppe, Elizabeth McCarty, Thomas Bull, Parris P McBride–Martin, Dave Heyman, Jim Brucker, Kay Taylor Rea, Chanie Beckman, […]

Read

The Call of the Sad Whelkfins: The Continued Relevance of How To Suppress Women’s Writing

Glotolog, n., stand. Intergalactic, current: Dominant sapients Tau Ceti 8 noted for the practice of frument, an art form combining aspects of Terrestrial hog–calling, Martian slipping involuntarily upon the ice, and Uranian drof (lovingly nurturing the growth of slowly maturing crystals by enfolding them in all eight of one’s limbs). (HTSWW, 3). My county library […]

Read

Please, Judge This Book By Its Cover

Everybody knows the old adage: don’t judge a book by its cover. To the relief of writers everywhere, however, readers ignore it all the time. Cover art is a book’s first opportunity to impress a reader—if it’s not begging to be read, there are a million others waiting. As hard as the author has worked […]

Read