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Dean Winchester and Commander Shepard Walk Into A Bar: Why Fanon Matters

When I was a teenager, I was a magician. Not the Owl-Delivery-slash-Mildly-Disturbing-Boarding-School kind of Magician but the sort that did… well… magic. I was taught how to thread balloons onto string, make glasses of milk disappear, and make dice pass through solid metal plates. I learned two important lessons. First, never EVER use the word […]

The Worshipful Society of Glovers

Outside the cracked window of the garret, the cockle-seller hollered, “Cockles an’ mussels! Cockles an’ mussels!” Her voice blended with the other London morning street sounds to mean that Vaughn was going to be late. “Botheration.” He tied off the thread in the fine blue leather of the gloves he was stitching and snipped it […]

How the Maine Coon Cat Learned to Love the Sea

Listen well, oh best beloved, for I have much to tell you before the tide comes in, and there will come a time when you are called to recite it, word for word, whether I am here or no. Listen well, and remember what I tell you: In the long-ago, when the sea blossomed with […]

After a Revolution

“I couldn’t go to the rallies,” my mother says, “because you were too small.” This is how it starts, with a mother telling her eight-year-old about the revolution that freed a country from a tyrant. I was born in December of 1985; two months​ later, the people rose up in the People Power Revolution of […]

Why Millennials Yearn for Magical School

When will my letter come? It’s something so many of us think in one form or another. We stare out the window and we look for an owl. We look into the ocean, hoping a bottle will bob to the surface. We scan a fistful of envelopes fresh from the mailbox, and even though we […]

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, Avery Flinders, Bliss Ehrlich, Christian Valencia-Neihart, Claire Rousseau, Dain Unicorn, Daniel Sales, David Mackie, Devin & Stephanie Ganger, Didi Chanoch, Edmund Schweppe, Hisham El-Far, Jayme Lundeen, Kate O’Conner, Kevin […]

Uncanny Magazine Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction/Year 4 Kickstarter Coming in July!

DeKalb, IL – Hugo Award-winning editors and publishers Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are launching a Kickstarter in July for their Hugo Award-winning professional online science fiction and fantasy magazine Uncanny Magazine, covering the magazine’s Year Four, including the Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction double-sized, guest-edited issue. Each issue of Uncanny contains new […]

Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time

I’m trying to piss against a wall when the vampire bites me. Trying because drunk-me can barely hold a glass, much less maneuver a limp prosthetic cock. My attacker holds me like he did on the dance floor, one arm wrapped around my chest, this time digging into my ribs. I struggle against his supernatural […]

The Resistance—Becoming a Local Politician

In the fall of 2009 I became a liberal local politician in a rural Wisconsin county and the following spring I was elected as a county commissioner.* It wasn’t something I set out to do, and it’s outside both my main area of expertise as a science fiction and fantasy author and my comfort zone. […]

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Eat the Damn Eyeball

When I was thirteen or maybe fourteen, I went to Korea with my family. I had been before, but was now newly a teenager and finally aware of all the expectations that weighed on me as a gyopo—a Korean raised overseas. I understood the obligation I had to the aunts and uncles who stayed behind […]