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Uncanny Magazine Issue 30: Disabled People Destroy Fantasy! Special Issue

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The September/October 2019 Disabled People Destroy Fantasy special issue of Hugo Award-winning Uncanny Magazine.

Featuring new fiction by Sarah Gailey, Lane Waldman, Jei D. Marcade, Tochi Onyebuchi, Karlo Yeager Rodríguez, and Aysha U. Farah. Essays by Kari Maaren, Gwendolyn Paradice, Day Al-Mohamed, A.T. Greenblatt, Cara Liebowitz and Dominik Parisien, poetry by Roxanna
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Kindle Edition, 149 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Uncanny Magazine
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Corinne
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
So far only read/listened to:

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Away with the Wolves by Sarah Gailey - 2*
Uncanny Issue #30
Free here: https://uncannymagazine.com/article/a... and on Spotify/ Uncanny podcast

hmmm I read it as a "coming out" story. Yeah she has pain in her human form but I thought that was metaphorically more about what she had to endure when she wasn't being who she wanted to be. When she was one way she had pain/function problems, when she was the other way she caused problems. She has to make a change because
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Paul
2.5 for the whole fiction side of the issue.

Stories in this issue:
Away With the Wolves by Sarah Gailey - 3
Tower by Lane Waldman - 2
Seed and Cinder by Jei D. Marcade - 1
The Fifth Day by Tochi Onyebuchi - 1
This is Not My Adventure by Karlo Yeager Rodriguez - 2.5
The Tailor and the Beast by Aysha U. Farah - 4

I really liked The Tailor and the Beast by Aysha U. Farah. It is a story about the father of a woman who is taken by the Beast in a castle. The father ends up trading his life at the castle for
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David H.
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magazine, fantasy
This special issue's got 6 original stories, 6 poems, 6 essays, and 2 interviews (and a Hugo acceptance speech!).

This issue was a followup to last year's Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction! special issue, though without the "double-issue" bonus, so it's a normal length issue aside from some extra poems and essays.

"This Is Not My Adventure" by Karlo Yeager Rodríguez (a revisited portal fantasy) and "Away With the Wolves" by Sarah Gailey (a person disabled in human form, but not their wolf
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saradevil
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Away With the Wolves by Sarah Gailey - The first, and probably my favorite stores in this issue.

Tower by Lane Waldman - An interesting narrative.

Seed and Cinder by Jei D. Marcade - I both liked and disliked this, however, it did haunt me long enough for me to feel it worthwhile.

The Tailor and the Beast by Aysha U. Farah - Not my favorite.

This Is Not My Adventure by Karlo Yeager Rodríguez - I found it difficult to connect with this story.

The Fifth Day by Tochi Onyebuchi - Again, I just had a
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Pete Aldin
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Superb. Everything in this collection is good and carries emotional depth. Standouts for me among great stories, poems and essays: This Is Not My Adventure, Tower, Away with the Wolves (I love interesting shapeshifter tales; The Visions that Take their Toll (an essay every fantasy writer must read); “The Thing In Us We Fear Just Wants Our Love”

Anything that makes me pause my reading to think, and then stays with me, was well worth the time and money. Five stars!
FrauMiest
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Even more than the stories (the tailor and the beast is marvellous) did I love the articles.

That's what I want to read, more of it, much more.
Else
Sep 29, 2019 marked it as half-read
Content list - my rating

FICTION
Away With the Wolves by Sarah Gailey
Tower by Lane Waldman
Seed and Cinder by Jei D. Marcade
The Tailor and the Beast by Aysha U. Farah
This Is Not My Adventure by Karlo Yeager Rodríguez
The Fifth Day by Tochi Onyebuchi

POETRY
Monsters & Women—Beneath Contempt by Roxanna Bennett
Cavitation by Toby MacNutt
Neithal from abroad by Shweta Narayan
The Thing In Us We Fear Just Wants Our Love by Julian K. Jarboe
“Eating Disorder” does not begin to describe it by R.B. Lemberg
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Fiction
Away With the Wolves by Sarah Gailey: 4.5/5
Tower by Lane Waldman: 3.5/5
Seed and Cinder by Jei D. Marcade: 4/5
The Fifth Day by Tochi Onyebuchi: 2.75/5
This Is Not My Adventure by Karlo Yeager Rodriguez: 5/5 (REALLY good, my favourite of the issue)
The Tailor and the Beast by Aysha U. Farah: 4/5

Non-fiction
The Blind Prince Reimagined: Disability in Fairy Tales by Kari Maaren: 3.75/5
Sudden and Marvelous Invention: Hearing Impairment and Fabulist (non)Fiction by Gwendolyn Paradice: 5/5 (As
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Krista McCracken
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Favourites from this issue:

"Away With the Wolves" by Sarah Gailey (Fiction)
"The Tailor and the Beast" by Aysha U. Farah (Fiction)

"Building the Door, Hold the Door: Protecting the Citadel of Diverse Speculative Fiction" by Nicolette Barischoff (non-fiction)
"Fears and Dragons and the Thoughts of a Disabled Writer" by Day Al-Mohamed (non-fiction)
"Part of That World: Finding Disabled Mermaids in the Works of seanan McGuire" by Cara Liebowitz (non-fiction)

"The Thing In Us We Fear Just Wants
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Mo
My ridiculous attention span won't wrap itself around short stories right now, but the essays were such a treat, especially Kari Maaren's “The Blind Prince Reimagined: Disability in Fairy Tales” and Day Al-Mohamed's “Fears and Dragons and the Thoughts of a Disabled Writer.” R.B. Lemberg's poem “'Eating Disorder' does not begin to describe it” just about broke me in the best possible way.
Jasmin
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Gailey's story broke my heart, and realigned it like a good doctor fixing a bad heal. The rest also made me feel seen in a way that did not bring shame to this disabled person.
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