Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction

Science Fiction addresses the limits and possibilities of both embodiment and genre itself; as such it invites discourse around access and accessibility. But “accessible” names a mode of relating that is—at best—amorphous and ill-defined. In this essay, I argue for a working definition of access as a mode of relating that calls forth the channels or vectors something has built into itself that provide opportunities for intimacy. SF’s multivalent use of the term offers ample space to do this work, particularly when looking at embodiment and genre not as discrete subjects, but as part of a connected exchange. Using the intratexual dialogue within the covers of the September/October 2018 SF fan magazine, Uncanny—an edition titled Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction— and its intertextual dialogue with race, disability, and genre theories, this essay deploys SF to work toward a portable definition of accessibility.

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