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    Read the day before and the day after a con so I am reconstructing my thoughts around a gaping pit of distraction and exhaustion They were super brilliant thoughts at the time I swear Anyway the full ToC is available here and worth looking at as is this book Overall I'm glad I read it though the only pieces that jump strongly out from my memory now are the ones I feel negatively about Though Woiak and Karamanos on Samuel R Delany were eye opening and Christy Tidwell on autism in The Speed of Dark and Movement was a pleasure There were some odd editing choices here – Allan prefers disabled to disabled and yet repeatedly used confined to a wheelchair or wheelchair bound which was confusing and distracting as these language cues tell you a lot about a person's politics and Allan's language was telling me really inconsistent things Anyway Some notes The Metamorphic Body in Science Fiction From Prosthetic Correction to Utopian Enhancement António Fernando Cascais One of the worst examples of academese I've seen in years This provoked me to half an hour of seething rage over dinner about the thin line between critical theory and utter bullshit and to the point the way academic writing at its worst is intensely exclusionary full of meaning only to the tiny be doctored in group and I would argue not even to many of them who won't ever admit they don't know what the fuck he's talking about either It's just such a waste – I think he had some interesting things to say about the way science fiction pushes at notions of the singular self as an identity but he went to extraordinary efforts to make sure I didn't follow exactly why the fuck I'm supposed to careGreat Clumsy Dinosaurs The Disabled Body in the Posthuman World Brent Walter Cline Interesting Postulates among other ideas that the category of disability will expand to include all embodiment in post human scifi futures because the physical body will limit access to the uploads or the cloud or whatever other ascendant technology we are theoretically climbing toward I appreciated this as a mental exercise but I also hm I balk a little at these ooh let's speculate about theoretical expansions of the concept of disability in nearly unimaginable futures I mean Clein should have fun with his bad self but I have a hard time really taking these exercises seriously Not when there is so much complexity and unexplored territory in you know our actual category of disability There's something diluting? Misdirecting? Unhelpful? Something about working to expand the lexical category of disability to include people so far from us they definitionally aren't human any when the construction of that category is so persistently human and contextual Something I'm not getting this out rightAnimal and Alien Bodies as Prostheses Reframing Disability in Avatar and How to Train Your Dragon Leigha McReynolds This one bugged me It's an interesting enough idea which you can get from the title but seriously any essay on Avatar which does not seem to notice all the rampant race and colonialism issues is just not doing its job And it doesn't do any good to say that's not what she was writing about; it was inherently because she was using disability theory to talk specifically about the co optation of an alien culture and an alien body as a kind of prosthetic I mean this is how intersectionality works – you really can't separate these things And yet crickets


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    The opening paragraph of this book describes the editor's experience at the 2009 WorldCon where she was struck by the communal desire to discuss disability as it is represented in SF Once the panel was finished and we were politely reminded to vacate the room I knew that I wanted to keep the conversation going From that and later references to a SF community both academic and fan I started this book with the assumption that it was intended for popular reading a book of criticism that strove to bridge the gap between academia and those who love science fiction Let me start by disabusing anyone else who might have reached the same erroneous conclusion this is not a collection with any pretense of talking to a non academic audience It is jargon and reference heavy and I do not recommend it to anyone who has not read at the very least The Cyborg Manifesto which I think something like 34ths of the essays reference Better yet don't read it unless you liked The Cyborg Manifesto because in tone and content many of these essays tread the same groundI have read The Cyborg Manifesto although I don't recall much liking it at the time and I have enough background in critical theory to or less follow along with the authors' assertions although some of them made me roll my eyes a lot And I am willing to admit that it was my mistake to believe this collection was meant for broad audiences; it's not fair to judge it for not being what it never tried to beSo as a textbook as an academic critiue of science fiction this is not a bad book I have read much worse While I didn't like all of the essays some intrigued me uite a lot and several brought to my attention science fiction works that seem worth pursuing in their own right I do wish the essays had been ordered differently though because I think some of the most accessible ones were tucked away at the endEssay specific thoughts1 Tools to Help You Think Intersections between Disability Studies and the Writings of Samuel R Delany I can't tell if I found this one of the jargon heavy works in the book because it came first before I'd been softened up by the rest of the collection or because it really was In any case not having read The Einstein Intersection was a serious hindrance to appreciating what the authors had to say about it because they weren't overly interested in generalizing toward other works2 Freaks and Extraordinary Bodies Disability as Generic Marker in John Varley's 'Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo' This did a better job summarizing the work under discussion and was therefore easier to follow If nothing else it made me want to read the original story3 The Many Voices of Charlie Gordon On the Representation of Intellectual Disability in Daniel Keyes's Flowers of Algernon I have read Flowers for Algernon and I can't say I think this essay had much of anything novel to say about it Eminently skippable4 The Metamorphic Body in Science Fiction From Prosthetic Correction to Utopian Enhancement Skimming the chapter I realize I barely remember a word of it So Much Jargon So Much Generalization5 Prosthetic Bodies Convergence of Disability Technology and Capital in Peter Watts's Blindsight and Ian McDonald's River of Gods I haven't read either of these books but they're both on my to read list and I'm at least vaguely aware of their premise I think this was maybe trying to address some of the same issues covered in chapter 4 but in a much concrete and coherent way6 The Bionic Woman Machine or Human? As criticism I'm not sure this had much of depth to say but it certainly made me want to watch The Bionic Woman so points for that7 Star Wars Limb Loss and What It Means to Be Human I got as far as Given that this was the same maneuver as Count Dooku's with Anakin and then Anakin's with both Count Dooku and Mace Windu as well as Vader's on Bespin with Luke the view must assume that the removal of an opponent's limb forms a part of the usual jedi modus operandi and started laughing Unfortunately I don't think the author was trying to be funny Let's just say I'm not impressed by his Watsonian approach or by the attempt to tie Star Wars to classic Greek philosophy8 Animals and Alien Bodies as Prostheses Reframing Disability in Avatar and How to Train Your Dragon As many others have noted this essay's complete lack of willingness to address themes of colonialism in Avatar is mind boggling It's hard to engage with the rest of the content without getting stuck on that Although it did remind me I should watch How to Train Your Dragon9 'Great Clumsy Dinosaurs' The Disabled Body in the Posthuman World This convinced me I should never ever read Blood Music at least not unless I'm in a place where I really want to leave dents in the wall I fundamentally agree with the author's conclusion but I think the chapter was structured oddly and could the only time I'll say this in the collection have used theoretical discussion upfront10 Disabled Hero Sick Society Sophocles's Philoctetes and Robert Silverberg's The Man in the Maze An interesting rumination on a novel I'd never heard of that manages to use fairly plain language to explore complicated topics I wish this had opened the collection11 'Everything Is Always Changing' Autism Normalcy and Progress in Elizabeth Moon's The Speed of Dark and Nancy Fulda's 'Movement' This could have been a good collection opener too and I say that despite having a far lower opinion of Movement which I found trite than the chapter's author evidently does12 Life without Hope? Huntington's Disease and Genetic Futurity I thought this was the stand out work in the collection and the one that did the best job tying together literature and actual science Thoughtful easy to follow and recommended


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    Unfortunately most of this wasn't applicable to my thesis but I did really enjoy the chapter on How to Train Your Dragon and also the one on Star Wars The introduction by Kathryn Allan was definitely the most helpful


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    This was a really interesting read but despite the intentions stated in the introduction many essays won't be very accessible for science fiction fans who don't have a critical social science academic background My background is in sociology and gender studies and I still felt some of the essays were a bit of a slog particularly The Metamorphic Body in Science Fiction From Prosthetic Correction to Utopian Enhancement by António Fernando CascaisMy favourite essays were the ones on how the social construction of disability is explored in the work of Samuel R Delany by Joanne Woiak and Hioni Karamanos; Ralph Covino's article on prosthetics humanity and notions of good and evil in Star Wars; and Howard Sklar on intellectual disability and cure in Flowers for AlgernonI was bothered by a lack of intersectional analysis in some of the essays though Particularly glaring was the total failure to mention racism and colonial narratives in Leigha McReynold's analysis of Avatar At the end of the day if you're a disability studies or other social science student or academic who's interested in science fiction you'll find some food for thought here


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    At first glance there isn't much that connects Disability Studies and Science Fiction Studies but this book makes a valuable contribution to scholarship By combining the two Allan advances justice in fiction and futures and provides a fresh set of examples for disability studies a field which is riven between the punk adversarial stylings of crip theory and outdated victim hero tales The 12 chapters take a new lens on such favorites of academic scifi like Delany and Stapledone modern hard scifi like Peter Watts and popular works such as Star Wars and Avatar I'd particularly like to note Antonio Cascais's chapter on metaphmorphic bodies prosthetics and human enhancement as particularly well theorized and provocativeThese essays are not for the novice and a basic familiarity with the prior literature is assumed but they're clear and readable at least for an academic paper We kinda suck as writers generally and I could see using some of them in a class possibly paired with FIXED The ScienceFiction of Human Enhancement


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Ld literature classics and history – discuss the representation of disability medical 'cures' technology and the body in science fiction Bringing together the fields of disability studies and science fiction this book expl. The opening paragraph of this book describes the editor's experience at the 2009 WorldCon where she was struck by the communal desire to discuss disability as it is represented in SF Once the panel was finished and we were politely reminded to vacate the room I knew that I wanted to keep the conversation going From that and later references to a SF community both academic and fan I started this book with the assumption that it was intended for popular reading a book of criticism that strove to bridge the gap between academia and those who love science fiction Let me start by disabusing anyone else who might have reached the same erroneous conclusion this is not a collection with any pretense of talking to a non academic audience It is jargon and reference heavy and I do not recommend it to anyone who has not read at the very least The Cyborg Manifesto which I think something like 34ths of the essays reference Better yet don't read it unless you liked The Cyborg Manifesto because in tone and content many of these essays tread the same groundI have read The Cyborg Manifesto although I don't recall much liking it at the time and I have enough background in critical theory to or less follow along with the authors' assertions although some of them made me roll my eyes a lot And I am willing to admit that it was my mistake to believe this collection was meant for broad audiences; it's not fair to judge it for not being what it never tried to beSo as a textbook as an academic critiue of science fiction this is not a bad book I have read much worse While I didn't like all of the essays some intrigued me uite a lot and several brought to my attention science fiction works that seem worth pursuing in their own right I do wish the essays had been ordered differently though because I think some of the most accessible ones were tucked away at the endEssay specific thoughts1 Tools to Help You Think Intersections between Disability Studies and the Writings of Samuel R Delany I can't tell if I found this one of the jargon heavy works in the book because it came first before I'd been softened up by the rest of the collection or because it really was In any case not having read The Einstein Intersection was a serious hindrance to appreciating what the authors had to say about it because they weren't overly interested in generalizing toward other works2 Freaks and Extraordinary Bodies Disability as Generic Marker in John Varley's 'Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo' This did a better job summarizing the work under discussion and was therefore easier to follow If nothing else it made me want to read the original story3 The Many Voices of Charlie Gordon On the Representation of Intellectual Disability in Daniel Keyes's Flowers of Algernon I have read Flowers for Algernon and I can't say I think this essay had much of anything novel to say about it Eminently skippable4 The Metamorphic Body in Science Fiction From Prosthetic Correction to Utopian Enhancement Skimming the chapter I realize I barely remember a word of it So Much Jargon So Much Generalization5 Prosthetic Bodies Convergence of Disability Technology and Capital in Peter Watts's Blindsight and Ian McDonald's River of Gods I haven't read either of these books but they're both on my to read list and I'm at least vaguely aware of their premise I think this was maybe trying to address some of the same issues covered in chapter 4 but in a much concrete and coherent way6 The Bionic Woman Machine or Human As criticism I'm not sure this had much of depth to say but it certainly made me want to watch The Bionic Woman so points for that7 Star Wars Limb Loss and What It Means to Be Human I got as far as Given that this was the same maneuver as Count Dooku's with Anakin and then Anakin's with both Count Dooku and Mace Windu as well as Vader's on Bespin with Luke the view must assume that the removal of an opponent's limb forms a part of the usual jedi modus operandi and started laughing Unfortunately I don't think the author was trying to be funny Let's just say I'm not impressed by his Watsonian approach or by the attempt to tie Star Wars to classic Greek philosophy8 Animals and Alien Bodies as Prostheses Reframing Disability in Avatar and How to Train Your Dragon As many others have noted this essay's complete lack of willingness to address themes of colonialism in Avatar is mind boggling It's hard to engage with the rest of the content without getting stuck on that Although it did remind me I should watch How to Train Your Dragon9 'Great Clumsy Dinosaurs' The Disabled Body in the Posthuman World This convinced me I should never ever read Blood Music at least not unless I'm in a place where I really want to leave dents in the wall I fundamentally agree with the author's conclusion but I think the chapter was structured oddly and could the only time I'll say this in the collection have used theoretical discussion upfront10 Disabled Hero Sick Society Sophocles's Philoctetes and Robert Silverberg's The Man in the Maze An interesting rumination on a novel I'd never heard of that manages to use fairly plain language to explore complicated topics I wish this had opened the collection11 'Everything Is Always Changing' Autism Normalcy and Progress in Elizabeth Moon's The Speed of Dark and Nancy Fulda's 'Movement' This could have been a good collection opener too and I say that despite having a far lower opinion of Movement which I found trite than the chapter's author evidently does12 Life without Hope Huntington's Disease and Genetic Futurity I thought this was the stand out work in the collection and the one that did the best job tying together literature and actual science Thoughtful easy to follow and recommended