The Future Fire [External Link] are crowdfunding another (bound to be excellent) science fiction anthology, this time focussing on the issues that come with disability – and the intersections with other issues such as race, gender, sexuality, class, etc, as our friendly socio-politcal sf magazine are wont to do. There’s a blog about it here: [External Link]
In order to help explain why such an sf discussion is necessary, the editors (Djibril al-Ayad and Kathryn Allan) and I brainstormed a bit of a blog hop. (With a bit of trialing questions on Dylan Fox [External Link]. He’ll get mentioned again shortly.)
We’ve set up the questions so they can be asked of both writers and readers:
- Tell us about your Work In Progress (WIP) / Current Read (CR) and the world it’s set in.
- Who are the most powerful people in this world?
- Where does their power come from?
- What physical and/or mental characteristics underpin their positions of power?
- How does this affect the weakest people in the world?
If you want to take part, there’s a home post on the Future Fire blog [External Link] – so, all we’re asking is that you post a comment on the home post so that others can find your part of the “Accessing The Future Fiction” blog hop and that you mention the Indiegogo fundraiser in your preamble! It would be nice if you could link in some other
victims volunteers to carry on the blog hop, too.
And if reading this or taking part means you want to help fund some more inclusive fiction, follow this link here: [External Link]
So, without further ado:
Accessing The Future Fiction, The Journeymouse Edition
1) Tell us about your Work In Progress (WIP) and the world it’s set in.
I actually have four pieces going at the time of writing in various stages of draft. As two of them are set in the same world, I’ll go with those. It’s a world I set up specifically to have a look at some shady mad scientist / shady government / super hero tropes and I’ve referred to it before as the R&D world. It’s an exaggeration of the current world with a lot more competence, as most of the conspiracies involved would require a lot more co-ordination than this world seems to be able to manage.
2) Who are the most powerful people in this world?
Companies, military and governments in that order – anything that lends itself to being faceless, handling billion pound budgets, and making decisions that don’t help the average person, let alone the weak. There is the illusion of power for certain individuals who get to have input into decision making and controlling budgets but most people in power spend their time trying to maintain it.
3) Where does their power come from?
Money. Money is power. Which is why the faceless organisations are in charge. The individuals who get some measure of that power do so because they have money, because they’re sociopathic enough to seem like “good” business leaders, because they’re lucky, because they have specialist knowledge that becomes useful, because they have the nous to run the right side projects, because they have the right hold on the right people.
4) What physical and/or mental characteristics underpin their positions of power?
I have to admit, it’s not something I actually thought about when I got started – and this has been a fantastic exercise in getting me thinking. From how all of my in-power or powerful characters have been introduced, everyone of them has (appeared to be) neurotypical – unless they’re obviously sociopathic, see above – and whole of body.
5) How does this affect the weakest people in the world?
Class plays quite a part due to it affecting the starting point – family money and so on. Race is not considered a big deal by those who are comfortably off but there’s a limited number of ways to escape the race+class social-economic traps. Gender and sexuality have come up and have similar impacts as they do in this world – to the best of my knowledge and my ability to show it. While many of my characters are in a weak position, I haven’t made as much use of dis/ability as I probably should. I look forward to improving that part of my world interpretation!
And the next links in the Accessing The Future Fiction Blog Hop are…
I have three nominations who will hopefully jump aboard in the near future: