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Teens form an all-girl band in the face of an impending comet.
A woman faces giant spiders to collect silk and protect her family.
New friends take their radio show on the road in search of plague survivors.
A man seeks love in a fading world.

How would you survive the apocalypse?

Defying Doomsday is an anthology of apocalypse fiction featuring disabled and chronically ill protagonists, proving it’s not always the “fittest” who survive – it’s the most tenacious, stubborn, enduring and innovative characters who have the best chance of adapting when everything is lost.

In stories of fear, hope and survival, this anthology gives new perspectives on the end of the world, from authors Corinne Duyvis, Janet Edwards, Seanan McGuire, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Stephanie Gunn, Elinor Caiman Sands, Rivqa Rafael, Bogi Takács, John Chu, Maree Kimberley, Octavia Cade, Lauren E Mitchell, Thoraiya Dyer, Samantha Rich, and K L Evangelista.

Table of Contents

And the Rest of Us Wait - Corinne Duyvis

To Take Into the Air My Quiet Breath - Stephanie Gunn

Something in the Rain - Seanan McGuire

Did We Break the End of the World? - Tansy Rayner Roberts

In the Sky with Diamonds - Elinor Caiman Sands

Two Somebodies Go Hunting - Rivqa Rafael

Given Sufficient Desperation - Bogi Takács

Selected Afterimages of the Fading - John Chu

Five Thousand Squares - Maree Kimberley

Portobello Blind - Octavia Cade

Tea Party - Lauren E Mitchell

Giant - Thoraiya Dyer

Spider-Silk, Strong as Steel - Samantha Rich

No Shit - K L Evangelista

I Will Remember You - Janet Edwards

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 999 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Twelfth Planet Press (30 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If Amazon allowed half stars, this would be 4.5. Another excellent Anthology from Twelfth Planet Press - there is a reason I love backing their Pozible campaigns.

My favourite story was probably Seanan McGuire's "Something in the Rain". A terrifyingly possible apocalypse and a protagonist I connected to despite my experience being nothing like hers.

I also really liked Tansy Rayner Roberts' "Did We Break The End of The World?" (I'm a total sucker for her work) & was terrified out of my mind by "Spider-Silk, Strong As Steel" by Samantha Rich (if the apocalypse is spiders, I'm checking out thanks).
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5.0 out of 5 stars it took most of the fun out of those stories 25 May 2017
By Dax Ward - Published on
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I bought this anthology about 30 seconds after hearing the premise, it was so exciting. I used to be really interested in apocalypse scenarios, but when I developed type-1 diabetes and started needing insulin to survive, it took most of the fun out of those stories. I could still write stories where the characters fight zombies, but I couldn't imagine myself as one of the heroes. Then time went by and I only picked up more health issues, so I couldn't imagine myself in most of my favorite fictional settings.
I'm only a couple of stories into this book so far, but I already love it. The introduction alone changed my outlook. It makes the point that disability would make it harder for someone to survive in a setting like that, yes...but we're already used to obstacles like that. I've thought of myself before as being practiced at disaster, and these stories are all about that, and I love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying and Encouraging 25 August 2016
By Merrie Destefano - Published on
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Took a well-needed break today and read two short stories from a wonderful anthology I stumbled upon: DEFYING DOOMSDAY. I can't even begin to describe how amazing and well-written each story has been so far, each touching on the unique combination of an apocalypse and people with disabilities. I never would have thought to combine these two elements, but the book hits you right at that cross-section of survival and humanity. Who deserves to live? How difficult is it to live when everyone faces death? The first story dealt with a talented musician who has spina bifida, and I was immediately reminded of a disabled young man with spina bifida and his mother who struggled to escape the recent Louisiana flood. These are stories that touch the heart and shake the conscience, stories that both terrify and encourage. I've only read two entries so far and the next story is by Seanan McGuire. This is a book that I plan to read slowly, so I can fully enjoy it. I highly recommend it. 5 stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an amazing book. With tons of different authors 26 April 2017
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Such an amazing book. With tons of different authors, apocalypses, and diverse disabled characters. So great to see my experience reflected in one of my fave genres.

Read it all in one night and have already bought a second copy for a friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking and Beautiful 7 July 2016
By I. Khanani - Published on
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This book, folks. This book. Just the premise is fantastic: every story features a character with a disability / chronic illness facing the apocalypse. The execution, though? Almost flawless. There were maybe two stories I didn't really love, and that was probably a matter of taste. The issues, the characters, the details of the apocalypse--so varied, so well done, and so thought-provoking. There was diversity in ability, in race, gender, culture... Each story just sucks you in with all its intricacy and beauty. I don't really have anything else to say. Read this. You won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully varied stories about the end of the world 13 June 2016
By Alex Pierce - Published on
I supported this book through its Kickstarter campaign and I am so excited that it is finally here.

“People with disability already live in a post-apocalyptic world,” says Robert Hoge in his Introduction to this volume. The central character of every story in this anthology has some sort of disability or chronic illness – but the point of the story is not that. The point is people getting on with surviving the apocalypse. Some do it with more grace than others; some do it with a lot more swearing and crankiness (I’m not saying that’s bad; looking at you, Jane, by KL Evangelista). Some do it almost alone, others with a few people, still others with lots of people around (which can be good and bad). The apocalypses (apocalypi?) they face are also incredibly varied, from comets hitting the planet to various climate-related problems to aliens to disease to we-have-no-idea; the settings include Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, the moon, space, and indeterminate.

The first four stories give an excellent indication of what the anthology as a whole is like. Corinne Duyvis opens the anthology brilliantly with a story that includes a comet, refugees, spina bifida, food intolerances, teen stardom and adult condescension. “And The Rest of Us Wait” sets a really high bar. Next, Stephanie Gunn throws in “To Take into the Air My Quiet Breath” which combines cystic fibrosis, sisterhood, influenza, and taking desperate chances. Seanan McGuire serves up a story that somehow manages to combine being really quite cold and practical with moments of warmth; the protagonist has mild schizophrenia and autism, and not only does she have to deal with surviving a seriously bizarre problem with the rain but also one of the girls who used to tease her. No. Fair. And then Tansy Rayner Roberts does banter and romance with “Did We Break the End of the World”? Roberts somehow makes looting not seem quite so bad and THEN she does something REALLY unexpected at the end to actually explain her apocalypse which I should have seen it coming and totally did not.

So that’s the opening. A focus on teenagers, and I guess this could count as YA? But some of the protagonists in other stories are adults, so I don’t know what that does to the classification. At any rate I’d be happy to give it to mid-teens with an understanding that yes, there is some swearing, but as if that’s a problem. They should maybe skip “Spider-Silk, Strong as Steel” if arachnophobia is a problem, though.

Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench have created an excellent anthology here. The fact that each protagonist has a disability or chronic illness isn’t quite beside the point, but it kind of is: that is, most of the time while reading the stories I wasn’t thinking “oh, poor blind/deaf/handless/whatever person!” I was thinking “I want to be with that person when doomsday comes down because they’ve got this survival thing down like nothing else.” Of course I’m not suggesting that these stories could or should have been written with able-bodied protags, or that the disabilities have been added in to be PC (which, remember, isn’t actually a bad thing). Instead what this anthology shows is that being diverse and inclusive isn’t bad for fiction. In fact it’s great for fiction. It’s an important reminder to (currently, mostly) able-bodied types like me that HELLO you are not the only people; and for people living with disability and illness this is of enormous importance, because it reminds them that (unlike what we see in many other books and films) they’re not automatically destined to die in the opening scenes of an apocalypse. They have stories and they’re important, like everybody else who’s not a straight white (able-bodied) man.