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The Disabled People Destroy SF Kickstarter*, to produce a disability themed special issue of Uncanny magazine, is up and running here and well on its way to meeting the initial funding goal (about 80% funded with 29 days to go).

And the first of their personal essays on disability and SF is up here, a good piece on Mental Health/neurodiversity** getting in the way of growing up to be the SF protagonist you dreamed of, that the genre allows you to be, so sitting down and setting to work to change the genre to allow for protagonists with MH/neurodiversity. I'm so glad the first piece talks about MH/neurodiversity and invisible disability, as they're the most invisible/most often cured of SFnal disabilities.

* If you aren't familiar with the 'x' People Destroy series, it has already done POC Destroy SF and Queers Destroy SF to significant success. I was initially a little disconcerted it's swapped magazines for the disability issue, from Lightspeed to Uncanny, but the editors of Uncanny have a disabled child and they've assembled a solid team of disabled editors for the special issue, so my worries seem unfounded.

** The author talks about a bipolar diagnosis, but then settles on neurodiversity as their preferred community label. It's a view I have some sympathy with, though it can confuse people about non-MH related neurodiversity.

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Date: 2017-07-27 12:11 am (UTC)
gehayi: (cantilevered wheelchair (stacyx))
From: [personal profile] gehayi
Actually, Lightspeed Magazine, in conjunction with Uncanny Magazine and Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, did:
1) Women Destroy Science Fiction (and Women Destroy Horror and Women Destroy Fantasy--two other books that were stretch goals)
2) Queers Destroy Science Fiction (and Queers Destroy Horror, and Queers Destroy Fantasy)
3) People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction) (and People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror, and People of Colo(u)or Destroy Fantasy)

By the way, I asked Lynne M. Thomas when the submissions call would be. She said:

Submissions to Uncanny will open again in September after the campaign is over. The Disabled Destroy issue call for submissions will be a separate call in the Spring.

October 2017

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