Prepare yourself for “Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction.”
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, is a writer and activist who describes herself as partially deaf and blind. Growing tired of never seeing anyone like herself in any type of fiction, she want to be instrumental in changing that. She is going to be an editor in the upcoming magazine “Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction.”
Elsa hopes the magazine will put disabled people at the center of the narrative. Publishing stories where able bodied readers can’t look away from or explain away ableism. Creating an invitation for authors who have felt their narratives were previously unwelcome. Giving people a glimpse into their lives. Giving the disabled community stories they’ve longed for and a chance to see themselves represented within the genre.
The “Destroy” series, over the last three years, has been working hard to diversify the science fiction genre. They have been publishing anthologies, where traditionally marginalized voices, are prominently featured. The series is intentionally dismantling the whitewashed and patriarchal history of the genre. Each of the previous publications would consciously take a decidedly outdated specific vision of the future, and turn it on it’s ear. The same way Martin Luther King understood the impact of Commander Uhura in the TV series Star Trek in the 1960’s, on young men and women seeing themselves represented in the future, there is a keen understanding of what the “Destroy” series is trying to accomplish. Creating new and compelling stories, that show a future from unrepresented perspectives. Using the format to examine contemporary issues through the guise of science fiction.
For the latest edition, called “Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction”, a staff comprised entirely of people with disabilities was specifically sought out and hired. The “Destroy” staff is now built with a team of individuals who can bring their own familiarity and nuance to the stories. This staffing decision has had the added benefits of increasing a work atmosphere rich with creativity, productivity, comfort, and quality. With levels of collaboration few of the staff have previously experienced.
“I want to give disabled authors the ability in the nonfiction section to share truths. Whether it’s ugly truth about the way they’ve been represented in our genre, or the truth of what it’s like to be a disabled author, or how you feel about writing your disability, I’m looking for my authors to share, if not a full window into their lives, a peek through the doorway.” ~ Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
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