Every other month, I read the latest issue of Uncanny Magazine. Why do I do this? Lots of reason, really. There are great stories in each issue by well-known and new writers. The non-fiction essays touch on topics modern with respect to our culture and how it is evolving. But mostly I love how new cultural and technical ideas are explored in its pages.
Speculative fiction is my favorite genre. I love it when a writer takes some idea, tool, or practice in today’s world and twists it with a “what if” that explores some aspect of that thing that most of us have yet to consider or think about. That’s why I read this magazine. Six times a year, I get to read the thoughts of people who have pondered these ideas deeply and share them through stories and essays. I encourage you to dive in and see for yourself.
Here are the pieces I most appreciated in the latest issue of Uncanny Magazine, Issue 49 November/December 2022.
- “Rabbit Test” by Samantha Mills – a timely tale of pregnancies and abortion.
- “The Other Side of Mictlān” by Matthew Olivas – an exploration of family and magic.
- “can i offer you a nice egg in this trying time” by Iori Kusano – a story of fast food, identity, and longing. (available online December 6).