Portraits of Disabled Femmes from Speculative Fiction
This fan zine celebrates speculative fiction that stars disabled femmes. As a neurodivergent woman, I live for stories about disabled femmes thriving and leading the way to justice. Not only do disabled femmes belong in the future, we are the future. The more narratives that depict this vision, the more people will know it to be true.
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"Crips Claim Space: Disabled Writers Resist Eugenicist Ideology Through Science Fiction"
[Academic Paper Published in SFRA Review]
Science fiction presents a powerful tool for imagining and shaping the future, but most American science fiction reinforces eugenicist ideology, causing real harm to disabled people. Fortunately, counterstories written by disabled authors have the potential to overturn these damaging narratives. In this paper, I examine the short stories “Hollow” by Mia Mingus and “Deep End” by Nisi Shawl, along with the novel Kea’s Flight by Erika Hammerschmidt and John C. Ricker, all three of which confront eugenicist realities and envision bright crip futures. We need more science fiction stories like these to liberate our minds and illuminate paths forward.
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Things That Fly
More than a century ago, the Fae lost a war with the humans. Humans enslaved the surviving Fae, imprisoning them in compounds where their power could be drained, stored, and distributed for use in human homes and businesses.
Now, St3961 is the first Fae ever to escape a power plant. She runs through an unfamiliar world, hunted by humans, guided by the echo of an ancient Fae queen, her newfound abilities growing stronger with each step. When the queen charges her with a difficult and dangerous task, St3961 isn't sure what to do. Fortunately, she's soon joined by friends who are (mostly) willing to help.
Read the first chapter of Things That Fly.