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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 Catharine Roseberry, Katie Sinkoski, Jennifer Hisrich, Jenny Barber, Danielle, Mr. Robin White, Andrew Gregg, Anitra Heiberg Lykke, Andrew S. Fuller, Aleksi Stenberg, Damien Neil, Not_the_brain, james […]

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Ask a Unicorn

Questions for this advice column were provided by Kickstarter Backers who selected the Ask A Unicorn reward during our 2021 Kickstarter campaign.   How did you know you were a Unicorn? First I was myself, and myself only, wild and alone. The wind was in my nostrils and mud on my hide. Then the human […]

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Acknowledging Taiwanese-American Vampire Foodies

No matter the culture, the one defining trait that is agreed upon for the nefarious vampire is drinking blood. Vampires in modern literature are romanticized outcasts, beautiful and untouchable…as long as they fit Eurocentric ideals of beauty. More often than not, this means fair skin, noble Eurocentric features, colored eyes that aren’t brown, and a […]

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Gone with the Clones: How Confederate Soft Power Twisted the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy

The Star Wars prequel trilogy was not very good. [citation not needed] You’ve probably heard a lot of explanations for this famous artistic failure: pompous writing; wooden acting; over-reliance on then-cutting-edge CGI which delivered on spectacle but fell apart on realism; George Lucas literally divorcing the only editor who could bring his scattered Sunday-serial narrative […]

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The Matter of Cloud: An Interview with Greer Gilman

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of Greer Gilman’s spellbinding debut, Moonwise. The Crawford Award-winning novel follows Ariane on the trail of her girlhood friend, Sylvie, who has disappeared into a world curiously like the one the two friends invented together. The sequel, Cloud & Ashes: Three Winter’s Tales, digs deeper into Gilman’s complex mythos, […]

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