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Essays

Breaking Out of Capitalist Realism

Science fiction and fantasy are uniquely positioned to give readers (whether deliberately or accidentally) a vision of possible alternative futures; an imagination of what could be, good, bad, or more complex. But inevitably those stories are also a reflection of the now: writers in conversation with what’s around them, growing ideas in the substrate around […]

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Book Club

Your mother is dying What do you read to her?   During the pandemic, she started an online book club For her school-aged grandchildren Now they’re lounging in the cool, dark house But she’s too tired to run the meeting That’s become your job Pick a book   Thousands to choose from No one you […]

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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 RECRUITS David, Glenn Carruthers, Emily Crossen, Catharine Roseberry, Katie Sinkoski, Jennifer Hisrich, Jenny Barber, Danielle, Mr. Robin White, Andrew Gregg, Anitra Heiberg Lykke, Andrew S. Fuller, Damien […]

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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 RECRUITS Glenn Carruthers, Emily Crossen, Catharine Roseberry, Katie Sinkoski, Jennifer Hisrich, Jenny Barber, Danielle, Mr. Robin White, Andrew Gregg, Anitra Heiberg Lykke, Andrew S. Fuller, Aleksi Stenberg, […]

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No Astra without Aspera

I grew up reading a lot of hard science fiction, particularly the vintages from the 1970s and 80s, which probably isn’t too surprising given my current occupation (astrobiologist). I liked how the books would challenge my imagination but kept me grounded within physical reality (give or take a few conceits as necessary). What I found […]

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