Fantastic & Speculative Ability

The start of a public centralization of an on-going project looking at disability representation in media, with a particular focus on SF/F literature.  This page (and the project itself) is a work in progress, content in the near future may range from minimal to disorganized as I figure out the best way to organize this information (compounded by the fact that I have yet to make custom menus in blogger work).  Among other things, I have not decided if I want to sort out the reviews based on positive vs. negative representation, or how much I want to annotate the list on this page vs leave it all on the review posts.

This started as an active project in preparation for Arisia 2016, and has grown in a short time into something I'm talking about at conventions and professional conferences.  It's a huge, sprawling, complex topic that is very close to my heart, so please bear with me as I try to build this into something.


Blogs, resources, articles, and scholarly publications on the subject of Disability Representation in media.

Titles (In Progress) 

Please note, titles listed here are for discussion purposes, inclusion on this list does not guarantee positive representation.  While my focus and goal is positive representation, problematic representation is hard to escape and is a legitimate part of this discussion.

Charleton, Blake.  Spellwright.  Tor, 2010.
A magic system where you literally spell plus dyslexic casters.  First of a trilogy.

Friedman, C. S.  This Alien Shore.  DAW, 1998.
Nearly all of the main characters are non-neurotypical, including a well-handled multiplicity and a society with neurodiversity at their very core of their culture.

Scalzi, John.  Lock-in.  Tor, 2014.
SF police procedural with accessibility, disability rights, and accessible technology at it's core.  Narrator interacts with the world through an android or via a virtual reality.

Sinisalo, Johanna.  The Core of the Sun.  Translated by Lola Rogers, Grove/Black Cat, 2016.
A must-read for fans of The Handmaid's Tale, set in an alternate historical present Finland 'eusistocracy' that revolves around public health and social stability, and where women are bred for beauty and subservience.  The synesthetic narrator is a lovely but intelligent woman with an addiction to capsaicin, an illegal substance.

Accessing the future: a disability themed anthology of speculative fiction /

Hammered / Elizabeth Bear
Libriomancer / Jim C. Hines
Multiples / Robert Silverberg
Nexus / Ramez Naam
On the edge of gone / Corinne Duyvis
The rest of us just live here / Patrick Ness
Updraft / Fran Wilde
Waldo / Robert Heinlein


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