If you’ve been reading this blog you know that I’ve just written a fantasy novella narrated by a crip, and that the novella has been (still is?) problematic. I’m still wrestling with aspects of crip fictional representation. So for me this is perfect timing and squarely in my wheelhouse: a Twitter chat on disability, SFF, and futurism.
This will, I think, be a lively chat. So do join us, even if it’s just to lurk. We’ll be talking about non-fiction and academic articles as well as fiction. We’ll get a Storify of the whole thing up within 24 hours, so if you have to miss the chat you can catch up. (See previous chats on Storify, starting with the three most recent.) Meanwhile, check out some of those links at the end to get an idea of where crip futurism stands today.
#CripLit Twitter Chat
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Crip Futurism
Sunday, February 19, 2017
4 pmPacific/ 7 pm Eastern
If you write speculative fiction (e.g., mythology, horror, historical fiction, graphic novels, science fiction, fantasy) or non-fiction about technology, science, and futurism, this is the chat for you! All disabled writers are welcome to participate—just note we’ll be focusing on these genres.
You are invited to the sixth #CripLit chat co-hosted by novelist Nicola Griffith and Alice Wong of the Disability Visibility Project™. For this Twitter chat we are delighted to have guest hosts writer Sam de Leve and The Deaf Poets Society, an online journal that publishes art and literature by D/deaf and disabled people.
How to Participate
When it’s time, search #CripLit on Twitter for the series of live tweets under the ‘Latest’ tab for the full conversation.
If you might be overwhelmed by the volume of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions so you can respond to them, check @DisVisibility’s account. Each question will tweeted 6-8 minutes apart.
Check out this explanation of how to participate in a twitter chat by Ruti Regan: https://storify.com/RutiRegan/examplechat
Check out this captioned #ASL explanation of how to participate in a chat by @behearddc
Introductory Tweets and Questions for 2/19 Chat
Welcome to the #CripLit chat on speculative fiction & crip futurism. This chat is co-hosted by @nicolaz & @disvisibility.
If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #CripLit”
Speculative fiction includes science fiction, fantasy, and any fiction not of what we think of as ‘the real world’ #CripLit
Here’s a nice explanation of speculative fiction by @AnnieNeugebauer #CripLit: http://annieneugebauer.com/2014/03/24/what-is-speculative-fiction/
We’ll focus on science fiction and fantasy but feel free to tweet about other genres of speculative fiction during this chat. #CripLit
Q1 Roll call! Please introduce yourself, tell us about your writing, and any links you’d like to share about your work or self! #CripLit
Q2 Which genres in speculative fiction do you write in? What draws you to speculative fiction compared to other types of fiction? #CripLit
Q3 Do you find writing within a given genre’s literary conventions (ex: horror, mythology) limiting or liberating? Something else? #CripLit
Q4 What is your approach to world-building in the speculative fiction that you write? How do you start? #CripLit
Q5 What are some great disabled characters or storylines in sci fi? What are some problematic ones? #CripLit
Q6 What are some great disabled characters or storylines in fantasy? What are some problematic ones? #CripLit
Q7 What are some harmful #disability metaphors and tropes used in sci fi/fantasy that should be avoided by all writers? #CripLit
Very often science fiction (and other speculative fiction) critiques our current social conditions & attitudes. #CripLit
Q8 How does sci fi highlight and interrogate the way we think of disabled bodies, #disability culture, difference & neurodivergence? #CripLit
Q9 How does sci fi & fantasy expand the ideas of queerness, gender, race, morality, ethics, in addition to disability? #CripLit
Q10 What does crip futurism mean to you? What is valuable about disabled perspectives on the future of society? #CripLit
Q11 With transformations in tech (ex: genetic editing, artificial intelligence, virtual reality), how will ‘disability’ evolve? #CripLit
A Storify will be up tomorrow, check the #CripLit hashtag. Feel free to contact @DisVisibility @nicolaz with any ideas/feedback 😀
Disability Metaphors in Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Corinne Duyvis (March 15, 2016, DisabilityInKidLit.com).
Accessing the Future: A Disability-Themed Anthology of Speculative Fiction. Edited by Kathryn Allan and Djibril al-Ayad (2015 Futurefire.net).
Why Representation In YA Matters – A Guest Post by Elsa Henry. Elsa S. Henry (February 6, 2017, BooksByIntisar.com)
Bleeding Chrome: Technology and the Vulnerable Body in Feminist Post-Cyberpunk SF [pdf]. Kathryn Allan (2010).
Disability in Science Fiction: Representation of Technology as Cure. Kathryn Allan (Aug 15, 2013, Tor.com).
For the Love of Miles Vorkosigan. Elsa S. Henry (January 3, 2014, Feminist Sonar).
“the menagerie”: introducing the original space crips. (March 21, 2012, Space Crip blog).
Writing Disabilities in Fantasy and Science Fiction. Marieke Nijkamp (September 25, 2015, DiversityinYA.com).
Disability and Imperfect People in Fantasy. Leo Elijah Cristea (April 24, 2012, FantasyFaction.com).
Gregory Bernard Banks on Disability in Fantasy and Science Fiction. K. Tempest Bradford (Fantasy-Magazine.com)
Devices and desires: science fiction, fantasy and disability in literature for young people. Jane Stemp (Winter 2004, Volume 24, No. 1, Disability Studies Quarterly).