Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction and the 2017 D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award

Posted By on Mar 30, 2019 |


Uncanny Magazine Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction CoverToday we have exciting news. It’s time to announce the winner of the 2017 D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award!

The D Franklin Defying Doomsday award was judged by Twelfth Planet Press publisher, Alisa Krasnostein, and Defying Doomsday editors, Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench, and was made possible by our wonderful Pozible Patron of Diversity, D Franklin. The award grants one winner per year a cash prize of $200 in recognition of their work in disability advocacy in SFF literature. Eligible works included non-fiction or related media exploring the subject of disability in SFF literature, published in 2017.

The 2017 winner is the Kickstarter campaign for ‘Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction’!

Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction was a special issue of Uncanny Magazine featuring editors, writers (both solicited and unsolicited), and artists with representation from all across the sliding scale of disability.

Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction is a continuation of the Destroy series in which we, disabled members of the science fiction community, will put ourselves where we belong: at the center of the story. Often, disabled people are an afterthought, a punchline, or simply forgotten in the face of new horizons, scientific discovery, or magical invention. We intend to destroy ableism and bring forth voices, narratives, and truths most important to disabled writers, editors, and creators with this special issue.

It is the campaign promoting the Kickstarter for Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction that was nominated and chosen as the winner of The D Franklin Defying Doomsday award for 2017. Throughout the period of the campaign the team at Uncanny Magazine published essays as daily updates. We appreciate the fact that these were public essays, and hence not limited in access to backers. There was much insight to be gained from reading the personal thoughts of writers with disabilities on their own broad and varied experiences in, and encounters with, science fiction.

We are very impressed by the work of the team at Uncanny Magazine and are so pleased to have the opportunity to recognise them with this award, with particular recognition going to guest Nonfiction Editor/DPDSF Co-Editor-in-Chief Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and guest DPDSF Personal Essay Editor Nicolette Barischoff.

You can read the essays from the Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction campaign on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lynnemthomas/disabled-people-destroy-science-fiction-uncanny-ma/updates

Congratulations to Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Nicolette Barischoff as well as all those who wrote, organised and promoted the Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter campaign!