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Essays

Black and White and Red All Over: On the Semiotic Effect of Color Printing in Genre Fiction

Nowhere is color psychology, the theory that colors affect mood and attract or repel us, more recklessly applied than in marketing and branding. Brands signal to your subconscious, using long-established codes and associations. When they’re working to build trust, they show you that in white and blue. Green means health. Red means blood as in […]

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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 Danielle, a pair of enchanted gloves, noellapin, Titus Fortner, Andrew Gregg, Nadine Noll, Anitra Heiberg Lykke, Andrew S. Fuller, Aleksi Stenberg, Karen, Damien Neil, Not_the_brain, james qualters, […]

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Excellence

[O-1 Immigrant artist petition for an individual of extraordinary ability. Please list 6-9 significant artistic productions in which you played a leading role. Include all press, awards, and prizes received by each production.] In November of 2018, I braved subway construction, delayed trains and biting winds to make my way into Manhattan for a very […]

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Sticks and String

I had just been to a first-run showing of the original Star Wars when I started keeping a notebook of my plans for outer space. The stories there came with star maps and spaceship diagrams. It was a galactic conquest, but of a benevolent sort. That was a long while ago, but still on the scale […]

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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 Titus Fortner, Andrew Gregg, Nadine Noll, Anitra Heiberg Lykke, Andrew S. Fuller, Aleksi Stenberg, Karen,  Damien Neil, Not_the_brain,  james qualters, Gillian Daniels, Maria Schrater, Roy Ha, Leetmeister,  […]

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Finding Myself in Speculative Fiction Again After Leaving Other Worlds Behind

While the Black Lives Matter movement is finally receiving long-overdue mainstream focus, there are many separate social issues beneath that wide umbrella. One of the topics gaining attention right now in the quest for true equality is representation in literature. Hence, Black creators’ promotion of Black Voices Matter. A quick perusal of that hashtag on […]

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Transforming Anxiety

I first encountered one of my favorite werewolf stories in Metamorphoses of the Werewolf: A Literary Study from Antiquity Through the Renaissance by Leslie A. Sconduto. It’s the poem Bisclavert, written in the late 1100s by a woman known as Marie de France. It was the first story about the ‘noble werewolf’ archetype, rather than […]

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