Can I talk for a hot minute about how excited I am to hear about Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction? Not only is it an anthology that is much-needed in the world, edited by a crew of disabled folx, it will also include stories that address the subject of what it means to be a disabled human now or in visions of the future.
As someone who’s struggled with chronic – often debilitating – pain for the past 9 years, this forthcoming anthology feels like it’s being made just for me. Considering that pain and disability can be one of the most isolating experiences around, having this collection around makes me feel like I am welcome here in the world and that it’s okay that I take up space – which we disabled people often feel isn’t true.
Open submissions will come around early next year according to the Kickstarter page and if you think I’m not submitting Widowmaker (a time travel/Wild West story with a disabled protagonist), you don’t know me at all. Considering that Widowmaker won an Honorable Mention from Writers of the Future 2016, maybe it has a shot.