Essays

Disabled Enough

The other day, someone asked me if I felt like I “count” as disabled. A lot of people don’t. A lot of people feel like they aren’t disabled “enough” to claim crip, to claim disability, to claim party to this community, to this issue, to this world. I said yes. Not everyone would agree with […]

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And the Dragon Was in the Skin

(Content Note: This essay depicts the visceral experience of a panic attack, dissociative experiences, and discusses incidents of suicide and self-harm in the movie Inception, which may be disturbing for some readers.) It is 2 a.m. and the dragon says my marriage is ending. It’s right. I know it with a certainty. Like the shuddering […]

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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 Alan Zimmermann, Bliss Ehrlich, Crystal Huff, Dain Unicorn, Daniel Sales, Edmund Schweppe, Hisham El-Far, Jayme Lundeen, John Benedetti, Kate O’Connor, Kevin Lyda, Marielle Kaifer, Maureen Empfield, Shana […]

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Joy and Applause

It’s 1984, I am eight years old, and I am up past my bedtime. I’m doing the thing that would define a good chunk of the rest of my life: sitting in front of pop culture, reacting to it, and working out why that was happening. This particular instance is important, because this is the […]

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In Defense of Escapism

One of the great criticisms aimed at science fiction and fantasy is that it is “escapist,” framed as if that’s some terrible indictment—and the impulse to escape is a character flaw. This is, to use the Latin: stercore de bovem, or, in the vulgate: bullshit. The idea that escape is inherently tainted is fundamentally an […]

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