Essays

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, […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Suspended Beliefs: Verisimilitude vs. Accuracy

A successful story lives or dies under the banner of verisimilitude. Good writing, we are told, reveals intellectual, spiritual, and emotional truths, as well as it is enjoyable and compelling. Engaging ideas, complex power dynamics, the strengths and frailties of the human condition—this is the stuff of quality storytelling. Fiction’s success carries another, somewhat contradictory, […]

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A Brief History of MidAmeriCon

I was not at MidAmeriCon, Big MAC, the thirty–fourth World Science Fiction Convention, in 1976. I feel it is important to state this up front because sometimes it seems like everyone I speak to at conventions attended that convention, often as the first science fiction convention they attended. MidAmeriCon is sort of like Woodstock. I […]

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