The WisCon Chronicles (Vol 7): Shattering Ableist Narratives
edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft
In science fiction and fantasy, just as in the world we all inhabit,
disability is often misunderstood, maligned, and disregarded, even by fans
(as well as people in general) who are committed to social justice,
anti-oppression, and equal representation for all in sf/f fandom. In the
spirit of WisCon’s continuing mission to boldly go where no con has gone
before in breaking down barriers, this volume of the WisCon Chronicles
seeks to smash ableist narratives that keep disabled people from full
participation in the present we inhabit and the speculative futures we hope
to create. Contributors include Andrea Hairston, Debbie Notkin, Nisi Shawl,
Josh Lukin, and Nancy Jane Moore, among others.
Shattering Ableist Narratives asks us to think in broad and intimate
terms about access and disability, both the real and the imagined. By
reframing access and accommodation as universal design, disability
becomes less about a single person's experience and more about a
collective need to address the public, including those who may have a
non-apparent access need of some kind (e.g., a food allergy) or who
may wish for ease and accessibility (e.g. large-print signs). In her
essay on body acceptance, Steph Maruch asks: "Can we make room for
multiple alternate viewpoints by promoting nonunitary and nonbinary
thinking?" (194). The essays in this collection do just that.
*Publication of this book was partially supported by a grant from the Society for the Furtherance & Study of Fantasy & Science Fiction (SF3).
ISBN: 978-1-61976-042-4 (13 digit)