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Mary’s emphysema made life on Earth tough – but Infirma2, her new oxygen-rich home, had beautiful sunsets, gentle gravity… and Jessica.

Coupling current practices of oxygen treatment for emphysema with proposed future plans of terraforming nearby planets, this piece imagines “care planets” with atmospheric terraforming & lighter gravity to improve independence for specific types of illness. And what better to do on your new planet than fall in love? 

//Alistair Baldwin is a screenwriter, arts writer and comedian with a pair of cyborg legs that combat lameness on two levels. Find him on twitter at @BaldwinAlistair.//

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The dystrophy meant Tom needed an exoskeleton to stay mobile. He just didn’t expect it to scratch at his door everyday at 6am for walkies.

Relying on more “lo-fi” exoskeletal supports to stay mobile (i.e. leg braces), Alistair Baldwin’s vested interest in upgrading human mobility has caused him to become obsessed with the stylish Superflex “soft robot” bodysuit from SRI International’s Robotics Division – one of many defense force funded exoskeletons that are being rebranded for disabled people. But how long before these suits become enmeshed with hyperactive AI, and demand walkies at inconvenient times?

//Alistair Baldwin is a screenwriter, arts writer and comedian with a pair of cyborg legs that combat lameness on two levels. Find him on twitter at @BaldwinAlistair.//