As some of you may know, for a while now I’ve been searching for sci-fi/fantasy books with physically disabled and chronically ill characters. And during that time, I kept trying to figure out something I could do with my blog to help bring awareness to disabilities and the books that include them in order to spread more understanding. And this was what I came up with!
So I am happy to introduce to everyone my little pet project, the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Books with Disability Masterlist!
See, the thing is, even though there aren’t a lot of sci-fi/fantasy books out there with disability in them, there are some. The problem is that people don’t know they exist and can’t find them. I’ve come across a few lists and recommendations by doing a lot of searching, but there are still so many lesser-known books that aren’t on any list anywhere. Plus lists on Goodreads are kind of just a hot mess most of the time. Not to mention most lists aren’t specific to sci-fi/fantasy, often times include mental illness (which is also important but is still a different thing than physical disability), and they don’t give any information which means it could just be some random side character in two scenes who has the disability.
So my goal with this list is two-fold:
1) Help people actually find lesser-known sci-fi/fantasy books with disability in them, and…
2) Include as much information about the disability in each book as possible (e.g. what disability, who has it, if it’s magically cured) since so many blurbs are unclear on this.
I know it’s limiting to include only sci-fi/fantasy books, but I’m only one person who also has other responsibilities and obligations and whatnot as well as tennis elbow from using the computer (pain in both wrists and forearms), it’s a lot more work than it looks like to add books, and there are actually a lot of books out there if we’re including every genre, so I needed to limit it a bit. Plus sci-fi/fantasy is the genre I read and thus is what I’m constantly browsing and searching and finding books in. I know it’s also limited to include only physical disabilities and not mental illness, but the same logic also applies to that, plus there are more resources out there already for mental illness than physical. I would like to expand the list to include mental illness and maybe more genres at some point though. If nothing else, I’ve at least got a fairly good list to start off with, I think!
And I figured a list would be a more dynamic and permanent thing than the occasional recommendation post since I can add as many books as I want and it won’t ever get lost in the archives of my blog. Pluuuus (sorry, I know this is getting long for an announcement post), the list has its own tags and archives, so if you click one of the tags, it will only bring up books in the list that also have that tag, not any other type of post.
So if you know of or come across any sci-fi/fantasy books with physically disabled characters, make sure to let me know by filling out this form! And don’t forget to check out the books already on the list and maybe find some good ones to read!
P.S. I’ll also have a post later this week to kind of spotlight some of the books, so be sure to check that out, too!