Essays

Furry Fandom

A few years ago, a middle–aged man I’ll call Gary approached Sofawolf Press’s booth at a comic convention with the question, “So what’s this all about?” All of us working the table were accustomed to being de facto ambassadors for the furry fandom at these non–furry conventions, so I told him about the books and […]

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Men of Their Times

(Content Note for Racism and Racist Slurs: This essay includes examples of racist language and slurs used by certain literary figures in demonstrating the scope of their racism.) At the World Fantasy Awards ceremony in November 2015, it was announced that the bust of H. P. Lovecraft would no longer be used as the award […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, 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 […]

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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 […]

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