Accessing the Future reached its funding goal last week, meaning this forthcoming anthology about disability in SF/F is on its way. As money comes in from funding and pre-orders, the publishers will be able to pay pro rates, so please consider pre-ordering this terrific project. With the success of anthologies like We See a Different Frontier, it is great to see another example of crowd-funding being used to launch projects that explore the future (and present) in long-overlooked and much-needed ways.
Kathryn Allan, co-editor with Djibril al-Ayad, dropped by a few weeks ago to recommend existing works of SF/F that explored the subject well. We invited her back to talk about what's next for Accessing the Future.
Congratulations on Accessing the Future's successful funding! One of the next steps will be the call for submissions. What kind of stories would you like to see?
That’s an excellent question and one I’m not sure I can fully answer because I’m sure what I expect now is not what I’m necessarily going to receive and end up loving. I guess I want to see stories that place a person with disabilities at the centre of the story as a three-dimensional character. I want that character to have strengths and flaws; I want the writer to have an understanding that disability is socially constructed.
Stories that explore the benefits and challenges of using technology to navigate the world (either physical or virtual) are most welcome. I also am interested in stories that explore the ethics of genetic engineering from a disability viewpoint: who gets to decide whose lives are worth living? Basically, any story that challenges ableist assumptions about technology, culture, space exploration, and future human development are the ones that I want to read.