We Can Rebuild You
Sunday 10:00 – 11:00, London Suite 2 (ExCeL)
Cherry Potts (M), Neil Clarke, Tore Høie, Helen McCarthy, Marieke Nijkamp
SF medicine regularly comes up with “cures” for disabled bodies—from Geordi LaForge’s visor to the transfer of Jake Sully’s consciousness in Avatar—but the implications of such interventions are not always thought through as fully as we might hope. How does a rhetoric of medical breakthroughs and scientific progress shape these stories, and shape SF’s representation of lived physical difference? In what ways can SF narratives address dis/ability without either minimising or exaggerating such difference?
Aside from that, I’ll be attending the Hugo Awards with my dad and just generally wandering around talking with people. Now I just need to see if I can find someone who would be willing to stock a few of my books on their table in the dealer’s room. 🙂