Futures of Mobility: Let me show you something

24 Jul 2020

In this series of three sci-fi stories called “Going Further: Imagining the Futures of Mobility”, we explore five to ten years in the future to find out what the world might be like when advanced smart technology devices are available for all.

Let me show you something

The third author of this anthology is John Wiswell. John  is a disabled writer who lives in New York. His work has appeared in Nature Magazine, Uncanny Magazine, and Fireside Magazine, among other places. John Wiswell is adept at weaving in humour into his work, no matter the genre. John is an accomplished science fiction, fantasy and horror writer, mostly known for his descriptive and unique short stories.

John tells the story of Carter who, with the help of his partner Zia, reclaims the wilderness for himself following the accident that left him paralysed. 

All stories have been illustrated by the talented Ciara Chapman, an award winning illustrator living in Cork, Ireland.

About this anthology

When the Toyota Mobility Foundation, in partnership with Nesta Challenges, launched the Mobility Unlimited Challenge, they were hoping to find the answer to one question: what would the future of mobility look like?

A few months down the line and with 5 finalists working hard to bring us one of the possible answers, we thought we could turn to fiction to imagine new worlds and possibilities.

By imagining these new worlds, we can ask one of the most fundamental questions in human nature: what if? Discovery always starts from this basic question: what if things were different?

As the Covid pandemic forces people to temporarily adapt to a new way of living, it is important to remember that, for the disability community, this is a lifelong reality. Understanding the limitations faced by members of the disability community and the importance of better mobility for all is essential. When people are free to move, they can broaden their horizons and fully realize their potential.

To help us answer the question, we worked with a group of writers and illustrators to collaborate on a series of stories imagining the impact improvements in assistive technologies could make to people’s lives, incorporating the brilliant devices that have made the final stages of the Mobility Unlimited Challenge. 

About the challenge

The Mobility Unlimited Challenge is an international $4 million challenge designed to change the daily lives of people with lower-limb paralysis through innovative personal mobility devices incorporating intelligent systems. The winner will be announced later this year.

Check out the series here!