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Poem: "Zee"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 5th, 2012 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

>>The other day, I realized how few people with disabilities there are in science fiction on TV.<<

Extremely few represented in any genre or media, alas.

>>Come to think of it, disabilities are not common in any science fiction. I've already taken care of that a little in that my second Nokwahl novel has a character with fibromyalgia.<<

*nod* It's why I make a point of including some in my writing.

Torn World is especially interesting because the North and South have opposite ways of dealing with handicaps. In the North, if you can live, you're fully integrated into the culture -- but handicapped people often die because it's a dangerous place and survival is marginal for everyone there. In the South, the Empire will provide for you and keep you alive -- but usually not let you work, and not make any accommodations for your needs, just shuffle you off to an institution.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2012 07:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Miles Vorkosigan and DareDevil are favorites. And Racke from the Renshai series.

>>OK, so maybe more than a few in absolute numbers, but the proportion is still pretty poor.<<

It would be interesting to figure what portion of the population has some kind of disability, then compare that against fictional population counts.
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