I just got the second issue of Uncanny in my inbox last night, when I woke up this morning I read the first story in it. I think I will probably end up reading most of them, so I might as well gather all my reviews in one place.
“The Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History” by Sam J. Miller
I listened to this story on the train was rather moved by it, not the most comfortable thing to be on the train I might add. The format is not one that I would normally have gone for but it worked perfectly with the story and as the interviewer on the podcast noted, it was hard to imagine in another format. I am normally not a fan of stories where the fantastical element is this ambivalent, but again for this story it just worked. The interview with the police chief was an especial powerful comment for me and rather thought provoking.
“Pockets” by Amal El-Mohtar
Lets not mess around. I loved this story! It was poetic and emotional and funny. In short around everything I wanted from a short story. And it had the very important statement that labcoats equals scincene! The dialog is funny, deep and seems quite real, which is hard to pull off all at once. It had me giggling on the train because it was genuinly funny, not because it was a silly story. The story also had me thinking. The interview with El-Mohtar on the podcast deepened the story and added to the experience.
“Anyone With a Care for Their Image” by Richard Bowes
This is one of those weird stories that leaves you with no idea what the story was about, but it was interesting. It is a sci-fi story where everyone are using androids for public functions and where the protagonist’s world is all about notoriety. I really do not know what to think of this one.
“Love Letters to Things Lost and Gained” by Sunny Moraine
This was one weird story, but I have come to expect nothing less from Uncanny. And this story was truely uncanny as well. I like stories that is thinking about augmentation possibly because of an interview with Ramez Naam who opened my eyes to the idea that writing and glasses is augmentation as they have pushed the limits of human performance. This story tagles a somewhat more personal subjects in a very textile way. The descriptions of the protagonist’s feelings and sensory input is perfect. The story was thought provoking and got a quite emotional reaction from me as well.
“The Nalendar” by Ann Leckie
I love how different from Leckie’s science fiction this is. The fantasy world of this story is magical felt extremely real to me. It had me thinking about and imagining India with the thousands of gods and heat and rivers. I love stories about mischievous gods and this was no exception. The quality of stories that I have read this year has been amazing and Leckie has once again raised the bar. The push and pull between the god and Umri is wonderful. I love how small and tangible the dream is, how she does not let herself get seduced not by man and not by gods.
“The Politics of Comfort” by Jim C. Hines
“The Future’s Been Here Since 1939: Female Fans, Cosplay, and Conventions” by Erica McGillivray
“Age of the Geek, Baby” by Michi Trota
“The Evolution of Nerd Rock” by Keidra Chaney
“After the Moon Princess Leaves” by Isabel Yap
“After the Dance” by Mari Ness
“archival testimony fragments / minersong” by Rose Lemberg
I am not normally all that interested in poetry, but listing to it on the podcast, that was beautiful. Thank you for the story told in fragments.
Ann Leckie, Interviewed by Deborah Stanish
Interview: Hao Jingfang by Deborah Stanish, translated by Ken Liu
Published: January 2015 by Uncanny
Read: January 3rd 2015 –
Format: ebook & podcast