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DEFYING DOOMSDAY Edited by Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench Offers Spec Fic Featuring Disabled and Chronically-Ill Characters


Twelfth Planet Press has posted the table of contents for their upcoming anthology Defying Doomsday, an anthology of apocalypse-survival fiction with a focus on disabled and chronically-ill characters being published in mid-2016.

Here’s some more info about the book:

Apocalypse fiction rarely includes characters with disability, chronic illness and other impairments. When these characters do appear, they usually die early on, or are secondary characters undeveloped into anything more than a burden to the protagonist. Defying Doomsday will be an anthology showing that disabled characters have far more interesting stories to tell in post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction.

The anthology will be varied, with characters experiencing all kinds of disability from physical impairments, chronic illnesses, mental illnesses and/or neurodiverse characters. There will also be a variety of stories, including those that are fun, sad, adventurous and horrific.
The stories in Defying Doomsday will look at periods of upheaval from new and interesting perspectives. The anthology will share narratives about characters with disability, characters with chronic illnesses and other impairments, surviving the apocalypse and contending with the collapse of life as they know it.

Here’s the table of contents…

  1. “And the Rest of Us Wait” by Corinne Duyvis
  2. “To Take Into the Air My Quiet Breath” by Stephanie Gunn
  3. “Something in the Rain” by Seanan McGuire
  4. “Did We Break the End of the World?” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  5. “In the Sky with Diamonds” by Elinor Caiman Sands
  6. “Two Somebodies Go Hunting” by Rivqa Rafael
  7. “Given Sufficient Desperation” by Bogi Takács
  8. “Selected Afterimages of the Fading” by John Chu
  9. “Five Thousand Squares” by Maree Kimberley
  10. “Portobello Blind” by Octavia Cade
  11. “Tea Party” by Lauren E Mitchell
  12. “Giant” by Thoraiya Dyer
  13. “Spider-Silk, Strong as Steel” by Samantha Rich
  14. “No Shit” by K Evangelista
  15. “I Will Remember You” by Janet Edwards
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