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How Disability is Portrayed in Fiction

 by Michael Rowe

Tags: Great Writing, Redstone Science Fiction, io9, disability, science fiction, contest,


In literature and film, those with disabilities often appear as antagonists, or as weirdos, or as wounded souls in need of rebirth. Think of Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump. Or look even to Clifford Chatterley in D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover. The same is true in speculative fiction, but Redstone Science Fiction wants to change all that. Check out the magazine’s new contest!:

This could be tricky, since they’re seeking material in which disability is an essential ingredient, yet also an element of the background, not exactly the main action. Are you up to it?

(Thanks, io9.)

Source: Redstone Science Fiction

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