Accessibility in Science Fiction: Imagining New Tools for Disabled Folks

Accessibility in Science Fiction: Imagining New Tools for Disabled Folks – March 19, 2022 at 4pm EST

Science, in both life and fiction, is used to break barriers, solve problems, and elevate the human experience. What scientific advancements or inventions might change life for disabled folks? How might the challenges and opportunities of accessibility be faced or explored in Science Fiction?

This panel explores thoughts and questions around accessibility in Science Fiction: how think about or imagine tools, trends and futures in which disabled folks experience greater integration, more opportunities and participate in trailblazing new paths ahead.

This panel is part of Storycrafting Sessions: Science Fiction, a 100% FREE virtual conference happening on March 19th!

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The Moderator

Stephen Graham King (He/They) is a writer of space opera novels, re-imagining the classic genre and its high tech adventurers through an unabashedly queer lens. His stories have appeared in the anthologies North of Infinity II, Desolate Places and Ruins Metropolis.

His books include Chasing Cold, and the novels in his Maverick Heart series: Soul’s BloodGatecrasherA Congress of Ships, and the forthcoming Ghost Light Burn, due later this year. He is also a long-term survivor of metastatic synovial sarcoma and an avid black and white street photographer. 

He can be found online, along with all his social media coordinates, here.

The Guests

Rebecca Gibson

Rebecca Gibson’s published works include Desire in the Age of Robots and AI: An Investigation in Science Fiction and Fact (Palgrave Macmillan 2019) and The Corseted Skeleton: A Bioarchaeology of Binding (Palgrave Macmillan 2020).  She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from American University, and when not writing or teaching can be found reading mystery novels amidst a pile of stuffed animals.

Alex Jay Lore

Alex Jay Lore is a trans and non-binary author of queer science fiction and fantasy. When not writing queerness with a chance of explosions, Alex is a high school English teacher, waging epic battles against comma splices, misused apostrophes, and anyone under the delusion that the singular ‘they’ is grammatically incorrect. You can find them at https://alexjaylore.com/

Moss Whelan

Moss Whelan is the author of Gray Hawk Of Terrapin, a featured guest at VCON, and the host of the Story In Mind podcast, and can usually be found haunting Twitter: @story_magician.

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Dianna Gunn

Dianna Gunn is a freelance SEO writer, digital marketing consultant, indie author, founder of the Weeknight Writers Group, and about 18 other things. Her dark fantasy novel, Moonshadow’s Guardian, is available through her Ko-fi store and all major ebook retailers.

Find the full schedule for all our event panels here! Accessibility in Science Fiction: Imagining New Tools for Disabled Folks is a part of the Storycrafting Sessions: Science Fiction virtual conference.

This event is hosted by the Weeknight Writers group and sponsored by Renaissance Press.

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