Accessing the Future is out!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:25

I'm a bit behind on this announcement but you can now buy ACCESSING THE FUTURE, a disability-themed speculative fiction anthology co-edited by me and Djibril al-Ayad (Futurefire.net Publishing, 2015).

Stories by Nicolette Barischoff, A.C. Buchanan, Joyce Chng, David Jón Fuller, Louise Hughes, Rachael K. Jones, Margaret Killjoy, Petra Kuppers, Toby MacNutt, Jack Hollis Marr, Kate O'Connor, Sara Patterson, Sarah Pinsker, Samantha Rich, A.F. Sanchez.
Internal illustrations by Fabian Alvarado, L.E. Badillo, Jane Baker, Comebab, Pandalion Death, Rachel Keslensky, Vincent Konrad, Tostoini
Cover art by Robin E. Kaplan
Preface by JoSelle Vanderhooft
Afterword by Derek Newman-Stille

Publishers Weekly gave us a STARRED review! Goodreads reviewers love it! So far, so awesome!

Check out our press page over at The Future Fire, give us a like on our Facebook page. ACCESSING THE FUTURE is available for purchase (paperback or ebook) at Amazon, Smashwords, Lulu, and all other online retailers.

3 comments

  • Comment Link Olivia Friday, 25 September 2015 17:39 posted by Olivia

    Thank you so much for responding! I am ready to admit my privilege any day, able bodied, young, white, middle class, university educated female (and the list continues...)


    Also thank you for giving me some names. I was actually just reading up on some (rather ambivalent) responses to Crip Theory. I need to constantly inform myself.

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  • Comment Link Kathryn Wednesday, 09 September 2015 13:24 posted by Kathryn

    Hi Olivia--thanks for commenting and asking such an important question.

    I obviously can only speak for myself as disability scholar here (and someone who has chronic illness and mental illness), but I welcome able-bodied allies to the field. There is so much work to be done in the space between science fiction (and all genres) and disability studies, that we need as many voices as possible involved in the conversation (as long as able-bodied people don't seek to make it all about them).

    Be aware of your privilege; read as many disability studies scholars that you can; and work from an understanding of reciprocal knowledge.

    I think that as a queer-identified person, you may find the work of Robert McRuer (Crip Theory) and Alison Kafer (Feminist, Queer, Crip) particularly helpful in helping you shape your approach and understanding of disability (as both explore the intersections between queerness and disability).

    Best of luck with your studies and welcome!

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  • Comment Link Olivia Sunday, 06 September 2015 00:21 posted by Olivia

    Hi Kathryn, I am just starting my Masters at McGill University and I too have been wanting to write about science fiction and disability as my thesis area. I've picked up a copy of this wonderful book and can't wait to apply it to my research. A lot of my friends have been on my case about picking such a topic as I am a queer white abled (on the surface) female. However, my mother was disabled. She suffered heavily from mental illness, chronic illness, and ended up taking her life a few years ago, something I had to come to terms with and face every day. All my relatives from my maternal side suffer greatly and widely from mental illness in very veeeery debilitating ways. Since genetically I am predisposed to many things that threaten my mental health constantly, I stay away from drugs, alcohol, and frequently people. Anyways, after this long preamble, and since I really really respect the work you are doing and have done, I just wanted to know your opinion in someone such as myself pursuing such an area. I so dearly want to be an ally.

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