Uncanny Magazine Issue Twenty-Four

Welcome to Uncanny Magazine Issue Twenty-Four, our Special Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction issue! All of the content will be available for purchase as an eBook (PDF, EPUB, MOBI) on September 4, 2018. The free online content will be released in two stages—half on September 4, and half on October 2.

Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction is guest edited by: Elsa Sjunneson-Henry (Editor-in-Chief, Nonfiction), Dominik Parisien (Editor-in-Chief, Fiction), Nicolette Barischoff (Personal Essays), S. Qiouyi Lu (Poetry), and Judith Tarr (Reprint Fiction).

Featuring all-new short fiction by William Alexander, Rachel Swirsky, Jennifer Brozek, A. T. Greenblatt, A. Merc Rustad, Katharine Duckett, Nisi Shawl, Stu West, P. H. Lee, Fran Wilde, and Marissa Lingen; reprint fiction by SL Huang and Karin Tidbeck; nonfiction by Andi C. Buchanan, Fran Wilde, Zaynab Shahar, John Wiswell, A. J. Hackwith, Ira Alexandre, Gemma Noon, teri.zin, and Marieke Nijkamp; poems by Rita Chen, Rose Lemberg, Genevieve DeGuzman, Robin M. Eames, Sarah Gailey, Alicia Cole, Khairani Barokka, Bogi Takács, and Julia Watts Belser; interviews with Rachel Swirsky and Marissa Lingen by Sandra Odell; personal essays by A. T. Greenblatt, V. Medina, Michael Merriam, Ace Ratcliff, Alice Wong, Keith A. Manuel, Leigh Schmidt, Kathryn Allan, Derek Newman-Stille, PhD (ABD), Jaime O. Mayer, Jacqueline Bryk, Bogi Takács, Joyce Chng, K. C. Alexander, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, Marissa Lingen, John Wiswell, Dilman Dila, Elise Matthesen, Tochi Onyebuchi, Eli Wilkinson, Cara Liebowitz, Haddayr Copley-Woords, Ada Hoffmann, Rachel Swirsky, Day Al-Mohamed, Laurel Amberdine, Andi C. Buchanan, and Nicolette Barischoff; and Likhain’s And With the Lamps We Are Multitudes of Light on the cover.

All that plus two podcasts!

Episode 24A (September 4): Publishers’ Introduction, Guest Editors’ Introduction, “The House on the Moon” by William Alexander as read by Erika Ensign, “All the Stars Above the Sea” by Sarah Gailey as read by Stephanie Malia Morris, and Haddayr Copley-Woods interviewing William Alexander.

Episode 24B (October 2): Publishers’ Introduction, Guest Editors’ Introduction, “The Things I Miss the Most” by Nisi Shawl as read by Stephanie Malia Morris, “Convalescence” by Alicia Cole as read by Erika Ensign, and Haddayr Copley-Woods interviewing Marieke Nijkamp.

About Our Cover Artist: Likhain

Likhain is a queer Filipina artist who migrated to rural Australia for True Love. She works in traditional media, primarily ink and watercolour, and is always keen to experiment with gold, grit, and glorious chaos to create queer postcolonial art that defies the status quo. She writes about art, mental illness, and resistance at patreon.com/likhain, and is intermittently on Twitter as @likhain.

Cover: And With the Lamps We Are Multitudes of Light


In The Issue


And the Dragon Was in the Skin by A. J. Hackwith

Disabled Enough by Elsa Sjunneson

The Stories We Find Ourselves In by A. T. Greenblatt

Instant Demotion in Respectability by Bogi Takács

Nihil De Nobis, Sine Nobis by Ace Ratcliff

Disabled or Just Broken? by Jaime O. Mayer

The Expendable Disabled Heroes of Marvel’s Infinity War by John Wiswell

Once We Were Prophets by Leigh Schmidt

The Horror and the Reality: Mental Illness Through the Lens of Horror by V. Medina

Constructing the Future by Derek Newman-Stille, PhD (ABD)

The Linguistics of Disability, or, Empathy > Sympathy by Fran Wilde

From Rabbit Holes to Wormholes: KidLit Memories by Alice Wong

Science Fiction as Community by Kathryn Allan

Being Invisible by Joyce Chng

The Body to Come: Afrofuturist Posthumanism and Disability by Zaynab Shahar

Now I Survive by Jacqueline Bryk

We Are Not Daredevil. Except When We Are Daredevil by Michael Merriam

We Are Not Your Backstories by K. C. Alexander

Design a Spaceship by Andi C. Buchanan

Stories That Talk by Keith A. Manuel

Everything Is True: A Non-Neurotypical Experience with Fiction by Ada Hoffmann

The Only Thing Faster Than Tonight: Mr. Darkness by Elise Matthesen

A Dream to Shape My World by Eli Wilkinson

Why I Limp by Dilman Dila

Unlocking the Garret by Rachel Swirsky

Move Like You’re From Thra, My People by Haddayr Copley-Woods

Give Me Heroism or Give Me Death by Gemma Noon

Science Fiction Saved My Life by Laurel Amberdine

Homo Duplex by Tochi Onyebuchi

After the Last Chapter by Andi C. Buchanan

Dancing in Iron Shoes by Nicolette Barischoff

Disability and Fiction by Liana Brooks

BFFs in the Apocalypse by John Wiswell

The Future Is (Not) Disabled by Marieke Nijkamp

The Stories We Tell and the Amazon Experiment by Day Al-Mohamed

To Boldly Go by Cara Liebowitz

Malfunctioning Space Stations by Marissa Lingen

My Genre Makes a Monster of Me by teri.zin

Miles Vorkosigan and “Excellent Life Choices”: (Neuro)Divergence and Decision-Making in Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga by Ira Alexandre