Over Christmas dinner, I was telling my family that I wanted to write about disability in science fiction. My future brother-in-law, who is a big sci-fi fan, was doubtful that disability was covered often enough in sf for me to study it. (He had previously asked me if there was enough material to warrant doctoral programs in women’s studies. Apparently, he hadn’t heard that women and girls make up a little over half of the world’s population.) After that, I got to thinking about it and started to compile a mental list of characters with disabilities and disability themes in sci-fi/fantasy. In the interest of appealing to my fairly concrete minded brother-in-law, this list is limited to characters who would be read as having a disability in the US in 2012 rather than characters who demonstrate that disability is on a spectrum and culturally relative. The latter will come later. Without any further ado, I give you my rudimentary rundown of disability in sci-fi/fantasy.* You are forewarned: here be spoilers. Continue reading ‘Disability in my sci-fi?’
People with disabilities? In my sci-fi? It's more likely than you think.
- Interview with Kathryn Allan, co-editor of Accessing the Future
- The Two-Headed Quarterback: Disabled Identity in Night Vale
- Star Trek Into Darkness: Able-Bodied Angst and Abrams’ Anti-Intellectualism
- Fantastic ableism and disability: the Amnesia Girl
- “Conventions of Space and Time”: Toby is a douchebag, but not for the reasons you think…