Charity™ and Disabled Futurity

This year I had the opportunity to write a story for the all-disabled author anthology Nothing Without Us edited by Cait Gordon and Talia Johnson (Renaissance Press, 2019). My story was set in a future in which the Canadian government stopped providing any form of support for Disabled people and instead decided to corporatize disability and give the responsibility for Disabled people to the Charity industry.

On the Spoonie Authors’ Network, I published a short piece talking about my research on disability, my thoughts about disabled futurity, the relationship between theory and speculative fiction, and my inspiration for the story Charity (TM) that I wrote for the Disabled Futurity anthology.

Spoonie Authors Network

Editor’s note: I invited Derek Newman-Stille to share with us their own experience with writing fiction, as some people might only know them as a champion in elevating speculative fiction authors and/or disabled voices. Their short story, Charity™, is the grand finale of the Nothing Without Us anthology.

Most of my writing about disability has been either academic or experiential, critiquing the representation of disability in the real world and examining my own experiences with my disabled body and identity. I have done analyses of the representation of disability in fiction, have explored the impact of government policies on disability, looked at how DisArt (disability art) articulates disability and the disabled community. I have shared my own stories about disability—how my disability relates to abuse I experienced as a child, how my disabled and queer identities interlink, the way that bullying and violence shaped my experience as a disabled…

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