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Defying Doomsday: Stories of Fear, Hope and Survival Kindle Edition
How would YOU survive the apocalypse?
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.
Defying Doomsday stories give new perspectives on the end of the world. Featuring disabled and chronically ill protagonists, these stories of fear, hope and survival show 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.
How well are you prepared to survive the end of the world?
“This is how disabilities should be portrayed in our literature. Read this anthology.” – Sarah Chorn, Our Words
“…if you liked Mad Max: Fury Road and its focus on a disabled woman saving the world in a barren wasteland, this anthology is definitely for you.” – Marina Berlin, Strange Horizons
“These are stories of survivors banding together, of supporting one another by combining strengths to reduce weaknesses.” – Daniel Haeusser, Skiffy and Fanty
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
- ASIN : B01EQU9RNK
- Publisher : Twelfth Planet Press (30 May 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 779 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 328 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 381,597 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The scenarios and the disabilities are as diverse as the world, and the stories have clearly been carefully selected by the editors to represent different aspects of survival. Seanan Maguire’s Something in the Rain is the standout for me, a simple premise of a girl and her cat, but spun with such crystal clear truth and fundamental understanding of being different. I also loved the teaming up of kids with different abilities in Did We Break the End of the World. Stephanie Gunn powerfully centres on a group of sisters with cystic fibrosis, on the day to day rhythms of normal life with a chronic illness, in To Take Into the Air My Quiet Breath.
It’s nice to see a good Australian author representation in a collection from an Australian publisher, but there are also writers from New Zealand, the US, Holland and the UK. Regional differences in settings present no barriers for the reader, and tones of voice blend together well.
If nothing else, this anthology is a powerful example of out-of-the-box thinking. It is a lens with an indictment of limitations of only including one type of experience in your reading habits. This comes highly recommended for young adults and older, who enjoy well-written post-apocalyptic fiction, or who want to try on a different experience for a while.
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).
Top reviews from other countries
I didn't start reading it for ages after I got it - I was busy and wanted to read, when I had time, things which were light and didn't require me to do any more 'work'. I started reading this book less than a week ago and finished it in about three days.
I was absolutely blown away. Every single story is excellent. The range of characters is thrilling and the wide variety of creative apocalypses were fascinating. I found myself hunting for spare moments in my day so I could get back to whichever story I was in the middle of. Every character was real and authentic and none - absolutely NONE - were patronized or made to be childish/dependent because of their disability or situation.
This book is an exploration of humanity at its best - resiliant, strong, compassionate, and always striving to survive.
I will be looking up each of the authors and following their writing careers with hope and pleasure.
My biggest complaints about the book are the unnecessary profanity - many of the stories contained heavy doses of it - and the fact that several stories featured homosexual characters and their lifestyles. It would have been nice to have a content warning for those of us who prefer to avoid such things. (For any other readers with similar views, you may want to skip stories 4, 8, and 13.)
Overall, though, this was a great read and hard to put down. My favorite stories were "And the Rest of Us Wait", "Something in the Rain", and "I Will Remember You". I hope the individual authors someday decide to turn them into full-length novels!
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.