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 ... has some obvious flaws.  Some of these are things that Asimov himself explored in stories.  The matter has become more urgent these days with people deploying drones that can kill human beings.
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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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Based on an audience poll, the poem "A Cat May Look at a Queen" has been posted in full.  Find out what has Farasat all worked up at the holiday party.
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This poem is from the September 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] stardreamer, and LJ user Book_worm5. It also fills the "friend(s)" square in the Birthday Bingo Fest public card. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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This poem came out of the September 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] lynnoconnacht, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] siliconshaman, and LJ user Moriwen1. It also fills the "regret" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the Don't Try This at Home series in the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

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This is the first freebie for today's fishbowl, prompted by [personal profile] pinkrangerv. It also fills "the cost of magic" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It contains spoilers for Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue.

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My poem "Closing the Score" has been published in Torn World, visible to everyone.
Musical restrictions are not popular in the Empire.

My poem "Waste Nothing" has been published in Torn World, for supporters only.
Tekura discovers Tefein heading into the forest.

My poem "Pearls Before Time" has been published in Torn World, visible to everyone.
Duurludirj pearl divers have remarkable skills.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written the story "Buttons, Beads, and Books" for Frankenstein's Family.  It fleshes out the character of Bogdana, the old woman who sells used clothes.  It's a quiet, bittersweet story.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer wrote the demifiction "Medicinal Uses for Extract of Digitalis" for Frankenstein's Family.  I was intrigued by this, as digitalis seems like a very plausible ingredient for mad science reanimation of dead body parts into a living creature.
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Today is the last day of the half-price sale in Frankenstein's Family. Three poems have been sponsored and linked. There are three poems left if you're still shopping: "Sânziene" ($38) "The Nature of His Game" ($23), and "Dance on the Table" ($61.50).
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 The first Heliodrax story is up, "Sanja's Discovery" by Dialecticdreamer.  See the cute baby dragon!
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted a new shared world, Heliodrax.  Read the basic parameters and the beginning of the worldbuilding material.  Particularly of interest to me is the compensation model.  The worldbuilding information is visible to everyone.  If you're making content to release for free, then using the core materials is free.  If you want to sell your work, you can subscribe for $5.20/year.  Eventually the idea is to build a website funded by the proceeds, to organize the content.
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This poem is spillover from the June 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman and [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "bites" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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This is the freebie for the August 2014 Crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] clare_dragonfly. It also fills the "trade winds" square in my 6-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest.

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Here is the last of the recently sponsored Schrodinger's Heroes stories written by [personal profile] chanter_greenie.  "Keeping a Logbook" puts a human face on refugees and the people who help them flee in hope of a better life.  That's something we need more of in today's world.

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