I received good news recently that I am one of the two winners of the D Franklin Defying Doomsday award for my Strange Horizons essay “Sergeant Bothari and Disability Representation in Early Vorkosiverse.” The other winner is Ace Ratcliff.

Here is the writeup in Locus:

Twelfth Planet Press announced two winners of the 2018 D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award, given in recognition of “work in disability advocacy in SFF literature”: R.B. Lemberg for blog post “Sergeant Bothari and Disability Representation in the Early Vorkosiverse” (Strange Horizons 7/16/18) and Ace Ratcliff for blog post “Staircases In Space: Why Are Places In Science Fiction Not Wheelchair-Accessible?” (io9 7/31/18).

The prize is judged by Tsana Dolichva, Holly Kench, and Alisa Krasnostein, and sponsored by D Franklin.

I am really proud and thrilled to have won with this particular essay, which was painful and difficult to write.

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  1. likuoo says:

    Twelfth Planet Press announced two winners of the 2018 D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award, given in recognition of work in disability advocacy in SFF literature : R.B. Lemberg for blog post Sergeant Bothari and Disability Representation in the Early Vorkosiverse (

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