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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set of examples for disability studies, a field which is riven between the punk adversarial stylings of crip theory and outdated victim hero tales The 12 chapters take a new lens on such favorites of academic scifi like Delany and Stapledone, mode At first glance, there isn t much that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set of examples for disability studies, a field which is riven between the punk adversarial stylings of crip theory and outdated victim hero tales The 12 chapters take a new lens on such favorites of academic scifi like Delany and Stapledone, modern hard scifi like Peter Watts, and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 provocative.These 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 Science Fiction of Human Enhancement @Free Ï Disability in Science Fiction: Representations of Technology as Cure õ In science fiction, technology often modifies, supports, and attempts to make normal the disabled body In this groundbreaking collection, twelve international scholars with backgrounds in disability studies, English and world literature, classics, and history discuss the representation of dis ability, medical cures, technology, and the body in science fiction Bringing together the fields of disability studies and science fiction, this book explores the ways dis abled bodies use prosthetics to challenge common ideas about ability and human being, as well as proposes new understandings of what technology as cure means for people with disabilities in a post human future 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 Ant nio Fernando Cascais.My favourite essays were the ones on how the 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 Ant nio Fernando Cascais.My 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 Algernon.I 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 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 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 3 4ths 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 ground.I have read The Cyborg Manifesto, although I don t recall much liking it at the time, and I have enough background in critical theory toor 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 be.So as a textbook, as an academic critique 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 quite 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 end.Essay specific thoughts 1 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 thejargon 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 works.2 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 story.3 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 skippable.4 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 Generalization.5 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 muchconcrete and coherent way.6 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 that.7 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 philosophy.8 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 Dragon.9 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 usedtheoretical discussion upfront.10 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 collection.11 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 does.12 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 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.