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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 Be 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 Bennett, Toby MacNutt, Shweta Narayan, R.B. Lemberg, Tamara Jerée, and Julian K. Jarboe, interviews with Lane Waldman and Karlo Yeager Rodríguez by Sandra Odell, a cover by Julie Dillon, and editorials by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, and guest editors Katharine Duckett, Nicolette Barischoff, and Lisa M. Bradley.


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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 Be 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 Bennett, Toby MacNutt, Shweta Narayan, R.B. Lemberg, Tamara Jerée, and Julian K. Jarboe, interviews with Lane Waldman and Karlo Yeager Rodríguez by Sandra Odell, a cover by Julie Dillon, and editorials by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, and guest editors Katharine Duckett, Nicolette Barischoff, and Lisa M. Bradley.

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nataliya

    This review is for Hugo-nominated novelette Away With the Wolves by Sarah Gailey: “I try to stay still for as long as I can. I try to swallow down the feeling of numbness. I know better than to hope, but I hope anyway—maybe today will be the day I get to keep that feeling. Maybe today will be the day nothing hurts.“ In a nutshell, it’s about a shapeshifter Suss, a young woman suffering from disabling chronic pain from which she can escape by changing into the wolf form. But when she’s a wolf, This review is for Hugo-nominated novelette Away With the Wolves by Sarah Gailey: “I try to stay still for as long as I can. I try to swallow down the feeling of numbness. I know better than to hope, but I hope anyway—maybe today will be the day I get to keep that feeling. Maybe today will be the day nothing hurts.“ In a nutshell, it’s about a shapeshifter Suss, a young woman suffering from disabling chronic pain from which she can escape by changing into the wolf form. But when she’s a wolf, she’s a bit of a nuisance for her village and must pay back for the havoc wreaked during the wolf adventures. “I know the joy of jumping at something big. I know what it’s like, feeling that I want it feeling that I swallow when I’m a girl. When I’m a wolf, I want it is almost always immediately followed by I do it.” But everyone is quite understanding, and there’s a best friend with a heart of gold, and the only logical conclusion on how to escape the pain forever, and everyone is happy and content and heartwarming and no real issues or stakes or conflicts or any other engaging plot points need to interfere with the sweetness. It’s really like it’s an intro to a subsequent story where there are actually consequences or difficult choices or anything else that constitutes a story? It’s done fine, sure, but I don’t quite see why or how I’m supposed to care. Everything is hunky-dory and the entire situation is win-win, and I kept thinking that I missed a whole section somewhere in the middle that had anything like an actual story? Everything is easy and obvious and consequences-free and has less stakes in it than a Lifetime channel flick. “My mother was wrong, I think, because it turns out I’m not ruining anything by remaining a wolf. I haven’t lost anything of myself. Alger doesn’t seem to think it’s selfish of me to bring home rabbits for the stewpot, and Nan Gideon has gone from shaking her fist at me to giving me baskets of eggs from her chickens to bring home. I only go into the village when I want to, now, and so I never feel trapped and distracted and uncomfortable, and there hasn’t been an incident at the apothecary or the church or the blacksmith or the butcher.” Yeah, cool. A happy ending to a bland beginning, skipping any possibly exciting middle bits. “Everything is mine to have, if I want it. Finally, for the first time in my entire life, I feel like I can admit: I want it all. And I will take it all.” Okay, dear, go take it all; and I’ll take a quick nap over here. 2 stars because of sheer boredom. Why the Hugo nomination? ——————— My Hugo and Nebula Awards Reading Project 2020: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mitticus

    “The Tailor and the Beast” by Aysha U. Farah - 4 stars Really sweet. A retelling of the classical where the father change his place for her daughter. depressive man meet lonely beast. Time means very little when you’re alone. At the beginning it has an ironic tone and it would have worked well to the end with that kind of humor, but the ending is quite fluffy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Silvana

    Rating and review only for Sarah Gailey's "Away with the Wolves" novelette, currently being nominated for the Hugos. I listened to this via Uncanny spotify account, which is an alternative way to enjoy their stories. The narrator was really good, she brought the story to life. It's rather fascinating, the way the author related lycanthrophy with disability. The main character turned into a wolf regularly, while although her village tolerated her (as long as she paid the damage she caused) and she Rating and review only for Sarah Gailey's "Away with the Wolves" novelette, currently being nominated for the Hugos. I listened to this via Uncanny spotify account, which is an alternative way to enjoy their stories. The narrator was really good, she brought the story to life. It's rather fascinating, the way the author related lycanthrophy with disability. The main character turned into a wolf regularly, while although her village tolerated her (as long as she paid the damage she caused) and she had a loving, supportive best friend, she still experienced struggle and chronic pain. One day, a goat was slaughtered and she was blamed. The story moved and we delved deeper into the MC's psyche. I savored it till the very end and thus I can understand why this was nominated. It can be read here: https://uncannymagazine.com/article/a... PS: This is the second wolf-themed story I really liked this year.

  4. 4 out of 5

    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 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 the freedom of his daughter. What follows is two lonely people finding companionship. Away With the Wolves and This is Not my Adventure were alright. I enjoyed both of them but I wouldn't specifically recommend them. Seed and Cinder and The Fifth Day just weren't my thing. There wasn't much a narrative to them and it was more style than substance. The NonFiction was good, as always. I don't read the poetry or the interviews. I can't connect to speculative poetry.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Felicia

    Favorites: Away with the Wolves (Sarah Gailey) Tower (Lane Waldman) This Is Not My Adventure (Karlo Yeager Rodríguez) Favorite essays: Sudden and Marvelous Invention: Hearing Impairment & Fabulist (non)Fiction (Gwendolyn Paradice) The Blind Prince Reimagined: Disability in Fairy Tales (Kari Maaren) Part of That World: Finding Disabled Mermaids in the Works of Seanan McGuire (Cara Liebowitz)

  6. 5 out of 5

    David H.

    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 fo 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 form) were standout stories for me this issue, though I was very intrigued but left a little wanting with Marcade's "Seed and Cinder"--I'd love to read a longer story in that setting. I really liked Day Al-Mohamed's essay on being a disabled writer, and it's a topic I've thought about a lot due to the stuff I'm looking to read and the stuff I can't find to read. Liebowitz's essay on McGuire's mermaids was great, and I thought Greenblatt's tips for writing a disabled protagonist was also useful.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    I've only read 'Away with the Wolves' by Sarah Gailey, as I'm voting in the Hugos this year and it's nominated for best novelette. Gailey has crafted an interesting take on the werewolf tale, in the context of someone suffering chronic pain and the release they experience with the change. Contrasting the psychologically exhausting, cumulative and unrelenting impact of chronic pain with the differing ways acute pain is experienced and can be tolerated, potentially even enjoyed (if you go so far), I've only read 'Away with the Wolves' by Sarah Gailey, as I'm voting in the Hugos this year and it's nominated for best novelette. Gailey has crafted an interesting take on the werewolf tale, in the context of someone suffering chronic pain and the release they experience with the change. Contrasting the psychologically exhausting, cumulative and unrelenting impact of chronic pain with the differing ways acute pain is experienced and can be tolerated, potentially even enjoyed (if you go so far), Gailey had added a deeper layer to the story and a subtle portrait of disability and the potential impact on self. Worth reading.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Hugo 2020 Nominations (Best Novelette); "Away with the Wolves" I am pleased to have learned on looking up the issue of this Uncanny, that it was entirely devoted to Sci-Fi/Fantasy Stories about (and by) differently-abled people. This story was an interesting one, but not as compelling as I wished it was. This was the story of a disabled girl, whose body often caused her too much pain to function in the space of each single day after rising, but who has the ability to shift into the from of a wolf Hugo 2020 Nominations (Best Novelette); "Away with the Wolves" I am pleased to have learned on looking up the issue of this Uncanny, that it was entirely devoted to Sci-Fi/Fantasy Stories about (and by) differently-abled people. This story was an interesting one, but not as compelling as I wished it was. This was the story of a disabled girl, whose body often caused her too much pain to function in the space of each single day after rising, but who has the ability to shift into the from of a wolf (a time she simply refers to as 'Away'). In her other form, she feels no pain, no guilt, and is able to live freely, in the moment. The work is about coming to terms with what actually works best for you, and being supported by those who love you best, who want your best life for you.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    Favorites from this collection: "Away with the Wolves" by Sarah Gailey, about a woman who has chronic pain, except when she transforms as a wolf. But as a wolf, she tends to wreak havoc on the village. Can she manage to find a way to continue to live in the village? Should she try to repress her wolfish self? "The Tailor and the Beast" by Aysha U. Farah: A queer retelling of "Beauty and the Beast." I loved that the father stays to save his daughter. "Sudden and Marvelous Invention: Hearing Impairme Favorites from this collection: "Away with the Wolves" by Sarah Gailey, about a woman who has chronic pain, except when she transforms as a wolf. But as a wolf, she tends to wreak havoc on the village. Can she manage to find a way to continue to live in the village? Should she try to repress her wolfish self? "The Tailor and the Beast" by Aysha U. Farah: A queer retelling of "Beauty and the Beast." I loved that the father stays to save his daughter. "Sudden and Marvelous Invention: Hearing Impairment & Fabulist (non)Fiction" by Gwendolyn Paradice: A nonfiction essay where the author discusses how her hearing impairment gives her lots of interesting ideas. I do this too! I have tinnitus, and my brain's first instinct is to make up something impossible when I hear a strange sound: Oh, the spies from another dimension are peaking through the portal again. "Fears and Dragons and the Thoughts of a Disabled Writer" by Day Al-Mohamed: A nonfiction essay about the struggle with internalized ableism as a disabled writer. ""Eating Disorder" does not begin to describe it" by R.B. Lemberg: Give me all the R.B. Lemberg's poetry. Beautiful writing. "The Thing In Us We Fear Just Wants Our Love" by Julian K. Jarboe: It's strange that this poem was written pre-pandemic, bc it so resonates with pandemic life.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Corinne

    So far only read/listened to: Away with the Wolves by Sarah Gailey - 2* 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 of this. Can't continue like this... It ends with a HEA when she accepts that she gets to decide how So far only read/listened to: Away with the Wolves by Sarah Gailey - 2* 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 of this. Can't continue like this... It ends with a HEA when she accepts that she gets to decide how ("human/wolf") she wants to be and is surrounded by supported friends and a supportive community. My low rating is because "coming of age" stories usually aren't my interest and not a lot happens. I hope it finds it's right audience. Read by Erika Ensign on the Uncanny Magazine Podcast Episode 30A.

  11. 4 out of 5

    A.J.

    Read for the 2020 Hugos Story: Away with the Wolves Note: I listened to the audio version of this story that's on the Uncanny Magazine Podcast. The reader was excellent. Highly recommended. So, about the story itself. It's a simple, but really good one. What would you do if you lived in chronic pain, but had a chance to get away from that, with conditions? How far would you go to live with those conditions? Can you find a balance? Those are the questions that this story asks. Obviously, the answers Read for the 2020 Hugos Story: Away with the Wolves Note: I listened to the audio version of this story that's on the Uncanny Magazine Podcast. The reader was excellent. Highly recommended. So, about the story itself. It's a simple, but really good one. What would you do if you lived in chronic pain, but had a chance to get away from that, with conditions? How far would you go to live with those conditions? Can you find a balance? Those are the questions that this story asks. Obviously, the answers that it gives won't work literally in our world, but I hope that people can find some hope and optimism in this story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    saradevil

    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 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 hard time connecting with this.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    3-4 stars overall with several items of 5 star quality. "Away With the Wolves" by Sarah Gailey is deservedly nominated for Hugo for Best Novelette. Also of very high quality are the stories "Seed and Cinder" by Jei M. Markade and "The Tailor and the Beast" by Aysha U. Farah and the essay "Part of that World: Finding Disabled Mermaids in the Works of Seanan McGuire" by Cara Liebowitz. I read this for my 2020 Reading Challenge (Read Harder "literary magazine") and the 2020 Hugo nominations (Best N 3-4 stars overall with several items of 5 star quality. "Away With the Wolves" by Sarah Gailey is deservedly nominated for Hugo for Best Novelette. Also of very high quality are the stories "Seed and Cinder" by Jei M. Markade and "The Tailor and the Beast" by Aysha U. Farah and the essay "Part of that World: Finding Disabled Mermaids in the Works of Seanan McGuire" by Cara Liebowitz. I read this for my 2020 Reading Challenge (Read Harder "literary magazine") and the 2020 Hugo nominations (Best Novelette).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pete Aldin

    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!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (That's So Poe)

    I enjoyed a bunch of the stories and essays in this collection! I particularly liked "Tower" by Lane Waldman and the interview with her, as well as the poems "‘Eating Disorder’ does not begin to describe it" by R. B. Lemberg and "goddess in forced repose" by Tamara Jerée, both of which were filled with a lot of power and anger. I wish this collection had been a bit longer like the Science Fiction (issue #24) one so that it could have explored more voices, though. I enjoyed a bunch of the stories and essays in this collection! I particularly liked "Tower" by Lane Waldman and the interview with her, as well as the poems "‘Eating Disorder’ does not begin to describe it" by R. B. Lemberg and "goddess in forced repose" by Tamara Jerée, both of which were filled with a lot of power and anger. I wish this collection had been a bit longer like the Science Fiction (issue #24) one so that it could have explored more voices, though.

  16. 5 out of 5

    MollyK

    “Away With the Wolves” by Sarah Gailey - 5 stars “Tower” by Lane Waldman - 3 stars “Seed and Cinder” by Jei D. Marcade - 4 stars “The Fifth Day” by Tochi Onyebuchi - 3.5 stars “This Is Not My Adventure” by Karlo Yeager Rodríguez - 3.5 stars “The Tailor and the Beast” by Aysha U. Farah -5 stars

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Crunden

    These covers are always so beautiful. <3 I started with 'Monsters & Women—Beneath Contempt' by Roxanna Bennett. Dismiss reversal of promises & missing curatives, who notices holes in the old narrative Read it here. These covers are always so beautiful. <3 I started with 'Monsters & Women—Beneath Contempt' by Roxanna Bennett. Dismiss reversal of promises & missing curatives, who notices holes in the old narrative Read it here.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Flinx

    If one doesn’t want to live disabled/with chronic pain, one can change their life altogether, eventually paying the price. This story tells me in a sweet, naive manner that the price is worth paying and that one can have the best out of all worlds. Obviously fantastical.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Feld

    This is a review of Sarah Gailey’s “Away with the Wolves.” I’m a big fan of the “traditional werewolves had reasons they thought transforming was a good thing” trope, and having a protagonist with a chronic illness, which is something I usually don’t see in high fantasy, makes it even better.

  20. 4 out of 5

    FrauMiest

    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. 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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Joy

    Highly Recommended

  22. 5 out of 5

    Titus Fortner

    I only read (listened to the podcast of) Sarah Gailey's _ Away with the Wolves_ Interesting take on werewolves and disability. I only read (listened to the podcast of) Sarah Gailey's _ Away with the Wolves_ Interesting take on werewolves and disability.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Paul Morisset

    Rating for ‘Away With the Wolves’ by Sarah Gailey.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kristīne Vītola

    Read: Away With the Wolves by Sarah Gailey

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Jean

    I especially liked Gailey’s story and the essays in this book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    I really enjoyed this and loved the way Gailey used a form of lycanthropy as a lens through which to explore living with chronic pain. Their writing was lovely in this novelette – I love that traditional fantasy town feel, it’s a very comforting setting for us fantasy lovers – and that the main love that appears in this story was platonic was so satisfying.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marco

    This review is for Away With the Wolves by Sarah Gailey. Every year I read all the finalists of the most prestigious science fiction awards (at least in the English speaking world): the Hugo awards. This story is a finalist in the Novelette category. I have previously read and loved some other stories by this author, and I was looking forward reading this. I was not disappointed. This is the story of Suss, a lycanthrope / werewolf. She lives in a town, where everybody knows about her shape-shifting This review is for Away With the Wolves by Sarah Gailey. Every year I read all the finalists of the most prestigious science fiction awards (at least in the English speaking world): the Hugo awards. This story is a finalist in the Novelette category. I have previously read and loved some other stories by this author, and I was looking forward reading this. I was not disappointed. This is the story of Suss, a lycanthrope / werewolf. She lives in a town, where everybody knows about her shape-shifting abilities. The problem is that when Suss is human, she's in awful pain, often too much she can bear, but when she's a wolf, she keeps getting in trouble, killing the hens of the neighbors. She has friends, very good friends, but Suss is afraid that people may be getting tired to deal with her. A beautiful story, and a deserving finalist.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Else

    Content list - my rating FICTION ✓🔊 Away With the Wolves by Sarah Gailey ★★★★ (see review below) ✓ Tower by Lane Waldman ★★★★ (Rapunzel re-imagined) 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 ★★★★ (Great story, too heavy & surreal for me, I highly recommend the interview with the author on the podcast!) POETRY Monsters & Women—Beneath Contempt by Roxanna Bennett Cavitation by Toby MacNut Content list - my rating FICTION ✓🔊 Away With the Wolves by Sarah Gailey ★★★★ (see review below) ✓ Tower by Lane Waldman ★★★★ (Rapunzel re-imagined) 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 ★★★★ (Great story, too heavy & surreal for me, I highly recommend the interview with the author on the podcast!) 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 Goddess in forced repose by Tamara Jerée EDITORIALS Disabled People Destroy Fantasy Fiction Introduction by Katharine Duckett The Uncanny Valley by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas Poetry Introduction by Lisa M. Bradley Build the Door, Hold the Door: Protecting the Citadel of Diverse Speculative Fiction–Nonfiction Introduction by Nicolette Barischoff ESSAYS ✓Fears and Dragons and the Thoughts of a Disabled Writer by Day Al-Mohamed ★★★★★ Thank You, Patreon Supporters! by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas Sudden and Marvelous Invention: Hearing Impairment & Fabulist (non)Fiction by Gwendolyn Paradice The Blind Prince Reimagined: Disability in Fairy Tales by Kari Maaren 2019 Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine Acceptance Speech by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, and Michi Trota How to Send Your Disabled Protagonist on an Adventure in 7 Easy Steps by A. T. Greenblatt The Visions Take Their Toll: Disability and the Cost of Magic by Dominik Parisien Part of That World: Finding Disabled Mermaids in the Works of Seanan McGuire by Cara Liebowitz INTERVIEWS ✓Interview: Lane Waldman by Sandra Odell ★★★ Interview: Karlo Yeager Rodríguez by Sandra Odell ✓🔊Interview (podcast only): Sarah Gailey by Haddayr Copley-Woods ★★★★★ ✓🔊Interview (podcast only): Tochi Onyebuchi by Haddayr Copley-Woods ★★★★ ---------------------------------------------------- Review of Away With the Wolves by Sarah Gailey Story about a werewolf with chronic pain. One of these things applies to me.. kinda wish it was the werewolf part. Very realistic and relatable description of dealing with chronic pain. Don't know if I actually liked reading it though. I usually read to get away from the pain, to forget about it while I'm having adventures with the characters in the story. I don't have the option the werewolf character has to get away from the pain. Luckily, I feel more hopeful and not as overwhelmed by the pain as she does. -- After listening to the interview with the author on the same podcast I view the story differently. A lot more hopeful then my initial feelings. I'll elaborate later. For now: I highly recommend reading the story and the interview in the podcast!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cristina

    “Away with the Wolves” (2020) Optimistic but somehow repetitive, clumsily written and naive.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Norman Cook

    Read online at Uncanny Magazine: Disabled People Destroy Fantasy Special Issue, September/October 2019. This novelette is a werewolf story about finding your true self. Considering that it is published in the Disabled People Destroy Fantasy Special Issue, I read into it as an allegory about how disabled people might feel, although in this case it seems that for the protagonist the disabled state is being in her human form. As such, the ending seems a little bit like wish fulfillment, which is not Read online at Uncanny Magazine: Disabled People Destroy Fantasy Special Issue, September/October 2019. This novelette is a werewolf story about finding your true self. Considering that it is published in the Disabled People Destroy Fantasy Special Issue, I read into it as an allegory about how disabled people might feel, although in this case it seems that for the protagonist the disabled state is being in her human form. As such, the ending seems a little bit like wish fulfillment, which is not how I imagine most disabled people cope. Nevertheless, it's a nice emotional journey.

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