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Accessing the Future by Djibril al-Ayad
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Accessing the Future

by Djibril al-Ayad (Editor), Kathryn Allan (Editor)

Other authors: Fabian Alvarado (Illustrator), LE Badillo (Illustrator), Jane Baker (Illustrator), Nicolette Barischoff (Contributor), AC Buchanan (Contributor)21 more, Joyce Chng (Contributor), Comebab (Illustrator), Pandalion Death (Illustrator), David Jon Fuller (Contributor), Louise Hughes (Contributor), Rachael K. Jones (Contributor), Robin E. Kaplan (Cover artist), Rachel Keslensky (Illustrator), Margaret Killjoy (Contributor), Vincent Konrad (Illustrator), Petra Kuppers (Contributor), Toby MacNutt (Contributor), Jack Hollis Marr (Contributor), Derek Newman-Stille (Afterword), Kate O'Connor (Contributor), Sara Patterson (Contributor), Sarah Pinsker (Contributor), Samantha Rich (Contributor), AF Sanchez (Contributor), Tostoini (Illustrator), JoSelle Vanderhooft (Preface)

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An absolutely stellar anthology of disability-themed speculative fiction. Seriously, I cried during so many of these stories just to see people like me represented. The illustrations are also amazing.

Speaking of crying, Samantha Rich's "Screens" gutted me. In this future, all people wear screens that display their moods and feelings. Everyone knows what everyone else feels, there's no hiding anything. It's an incredibly thoughtful story that had me thinking about disclosure.

"Pirate Songs" by Nicolette Barischoff was a fantastic story about a badass girl who gets kidnapped by space pirates, and the pirates don't take her wheelchair. It's less inspiration-porn and more a celebration of the innnate baddassitude of this girl who just happens to be disabled.

"A Sense All Its Own" by Sara Patterson is about fulfilling your dreams, no matter who says you can't, and doing it in your own way. And fighting animal robots.

"into the waters i rode down" by Jack Hollis Marr is about not wanting a cure forced on you, and about personal definitions of disability. Also about space otters and motherly bonding.

If I didn't specifically mention a story here, that doesn't mean it wasn't great. I'd rate each of these stories 4 stars on their own; these mentioned here are the five star stories. ( )
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al-Ayad, DjibrilEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Allan, KathrynEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Alvarado, FabianIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Badillo, LEIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baker, JaneIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barischoff, NicoletteContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buchanan, ACContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chng, JoyceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
ComebabIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Death, PandalionIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fuller, David JonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hughes, LouiseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, Rachael K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kaplan, Robin E.Cover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Keslensky, RachelIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Killjoy, MargaretContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Konrad, VincentIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kuppers, PetraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
MacNutt, TobyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marr, Jack HollisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Newman-Stille, DerekAfterwordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Connor, KateContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Patterson, SaraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pinsker, SarahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rich, SamanthaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sanchez, AFContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
TostoiniIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vanderhooft, JoSellePrefacesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0957397542, Paperback)

The fifteen authors and nine artists in this volume bring us beautiful, speculative stories of disability and mental illness in the future. Teeming with space pirates, battle robots, interstellar travel and genetically engineered creatures, every story and image is a quality, crafted work of science fiction in its own right, as thrilling and fascinating as it is worthy and important. These are stories about people with disabilities in all of their complexity and diversity, that scream with passion and intensity. These are stories that refuse to go gently.

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