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I thought this Whirling Nerdish blog post about the portrayal of disability in Kameron Hurley's latest fantasy novel might be interesting to some people here:

Asthma and THE MIRROR EMPIRE

As I write this, my hands are shaking. Not because I'm distressed. Not because I'm tired or hungry or my blood sugar is low. They're shaking because I took my inhaler. I woke up this morning, and for some reason, I couldn't take in a full breath.

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Kameron Hurley's The Mirror Empire features a main character that has asthma. I'm only about 100 pages into the book, but so far, this girl is my favorite character. Because she's got a strong spirit, she's brave as fuck, and she gets shit done. But when things get real, when she has to physically exert herself--climbing stairs, fleeing bad guys, etc., she gets wheezy; she gets short of breath.

Book Excerpt

Fri, Aug. 16th, 2013 08:59 am
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Tor.com: Disability in Science Fiction: Representations of Technology as Cure edited by Kathryn Allan.

Bringing together the fields of disability studies and science fiction, this book explores the ways dis/abled bodies use prosthetics to challenge common ideas about ability and human being, as well as proposes new understandings of what “technology as cure” means for people with disabilities in a (post)human future.
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This blog post is from 2011 but I hadn't seen it before and thought it might be of interest:

N.K. Jeminsin: Why is Oree Shoth Blind?

It is about the main character in The Broken Kingdoms and addresses an issue with "magical disability".

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