Through the Future Lens: Illness & Injury

For us, one of the fun things about science fiction is imagining how life will be better in the far future. In our stories set in the Pandora Project universe, we’ve dreamt of a world where cures have been found for most serious illnesses, where doctors can cure cancer and regrow organs—even whole limbs, given enough time.

Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

But it does complicate things a little. Some of the great dramatic moments of fiction occur when someone’s life is at stake. Illness has played a major role in romances for years.

And what do we do when we want a character to be disabled or disfigured in some way? Working around that is one of the challenges of writing a bright, distant future. We think we came up with one good solution in our contribution to the upcoming Contact: Infinite Futures anthology, but you’ll have to wait to see it. (Sorry!)

On the other hand, death itself still looms, either due to old age or accident or even the occasional illness too crafty for humans to defeat. When there is so much hope and possibility, the failure of technology and the inevitability of death become sharper tools in our toolbox.

Still, it really is wonderful to imagine a world in which we’ve overcome so much. Writing a place so free from the constant threat of illness and injury makes for a light and happy time—and lets us bring the drama in other ways.

And, in the real world, medical advancements have brought us so far that it’s not just a pipe dream to write about that kind of world.

We can’t wait to get there.

About Us

Anah Crow and Dianne Fox write sci-fi, paranormal, and contemporary queer romance for Carina Press, Samhain Publishing, and Amber Allure. They’ve been writing together for more than 10 years. You can find them on the web at and on Twitter at @anahcrow and @diannefox.


  1. Illness and disability are great topics in SF. It makes you not only wonder how we can find cures in the future, but if there could be a cost to it. I can’t wait to read you story!

    1. Hi, Ella! They really are interesting topics in general and SF lets us look at them through a different lens, discuss them on a different level. There are both darker and lighter paths that the future may take with regard to the disabled and the ill. We hope you enjoy the story. 🙂

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