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LJ user Lb_lee has written the story "The Genie" based on my prompt. It has been partially sponsored out of the general fund, so if you want to see more, you can toss in a donation.
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LJ user Lb_lee has written the story "Return to Sender; Addressee Deceased" for my prompt about nightmares within a multiple system.  They're superheroes, and sometimes that can be nerve-wracking.  It's creepy and sweet at the same time.  Special thanks to AnonSwede for sponsoring this!
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Here's a cool article about the Amish adoption of technology. They all follow one basic rule: if a new thing is more trouble than it's worth, they won't use it.  Different Amish communities draw that line in different places.  

I actually use that rule myself, again with a different threshold.  I've had people call me Amish, meaning it as an insult, for not using things they think I should be using that I don't use because they're worthless or troublesome for me.  I say, "No, but that is where I got the idea."  It's a great rule.  It saves so many headaches.  I'm neophilic in many ways.  But I've seen society make a lot of stupid mistakes, and its safety precautions are abysmal.  This contributes to my caution about adopting new things myself.  I look for the drawbacks.

Most people don't.  Their default is to accept new technology.  They often don't consider the costs.
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 [personal profile] clare_dragonfly has posted the story "Fealty" in the Ursulan Cycle, introducing Morgan Tud to the court of Queen Ursula.  It's beautifully told in four perspectives.
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 [personal profile] haikujaguar has a new coloring book featuring men of fantasy who aren't in warrior poses.  Fathers, pet owners, scholars, and more!
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Here's a post listing speculative novels that address disability

Over on [community profile] access_fandom there's howling that The Ship Who Sang  is a bad example, not a good one.  Here's a poem and a post.

Now, I'll admit that it isn't as good as some things we have now, like the Vorkosigan saga.  But it came out when nobody else was writing anything about heroic characters with disabilities, and the rare examples of disability were stock characters like Igor.  0_o  And then came Helva, and after her came other shellpeople who were ships and cities and all sorts of things.  To me, a shellperson's ship was basically adaptive equipment, like a wheelchair.  That could fly between stars.  I think that's awesome.  Hell, I'd consider that a trade up from the body I have, which is mobile but not what I'd call reliable.  The part of that image that spoke to me was about not being limited by the meat you're born with.  You could imagine something bigger and better.  You didn't have to be physically perfect to be an astronaut.  You could have a wreck of a body, and be the ship,  and go have adventures anyway.  So the society was kind of a mess in places, well, that's humanity for you.  You don't have to be perfect to have a future either.

And that wasn't the only time Anne McCaffrey wrote about a protagonist with physical or mental challenges.  She did that a lot.  Sometimes better, sometimes worse, but I count her as an icebreaker for a lot of what came after.  The Ship Who Sang  wasn't one of my favorites.  But if not for that, we wouldn't have The Ship Who Searched  and The City Who Fought,  and probably a lot of others tangentially inspired, that I have greatly enjoyed.

If you don't like what's being written, do something else.  You don't have to get it perfect the first time.  Try again, fail again, fail better.  Do something new.  
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It matters what stories we tell and pictures we paint.  Here's an essay about narratives of diversity in F&SF.  

That's why I write diversity and, especially, pay attention to the mix of heroes and heras in Polychrome Heroics.  Danso is there to provide a positive, nurturing example of a young black man.  He's very powerful; mess with his family and he'll fuck you up.  But he'd rather not have to.
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written "Necessary Conversations" featuring Aidan and Danso's family, as Aidan looks for ways to help keep the kids safe.  Begin with Part 1
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Here's a wonderful set of comic book covers against bullying, link courtesy of my partner Doug.  

Remember, you don't need to be a superhero to save the day.  Here are some things you can do to stop bullies.
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Jahai language includes a spectrum of smells.  Why?  Smells are important when you forage to survive.  You don't want to bring home something with "a bloody smell that attracts tigers."  They have a word for that.

Of course, I'm still wolf enough to think with what nose I have in this body, which is far enough above human-average that I can actually taste with it, so I've absorbed a lot of the perfumer vocabulary and can pretty well classify smells into categories like earthy, woody, resinous, smoky, floral, medicinal, musky, etc.

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