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Defying Doomsday - Tsana Dolichva

Defying Doomsday

By: Tsana Dolichva (Editor), Holly Kench (Editor)

Paperback Published: 30th April 2016
ISBN: 9781922101402
Number Of Pages: 432

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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 Takacs, John Chu, Maree Kimberley, Octavia Cade, Lauren E Mitchell, Thoraiya Dyer, Samantha Rich, and K Evangelista. Table of Contents And the Rest of Us Wait by Corinne Duyvis To Take Into the Air My Quiet Breath by Stephanie Gunn Something in the Rain by Seanan McGuire Did We Break the End of the World? by Tansy Rayner Roberts In the Sky with Diamonds by Elinor Caiman Sands Two Somebodies Go Hunting by Rivqa Rafael Given Sufficient Desperation by Bogi Takacs Selected Afterimages of the Fading by John Chu Five Thousand Squares by Maree Kimberley Portobello Blind by Octavia Cade Tea Party by Lauren E Mitchell Giant by Thoraiya Dyer Spider-Silk, Strong as Steel by Samantha Rich No Shit by K Evangelista I Will Remember You by Janet Edwards"

This collection of stories should be on everyone's TBR!


Defying Doomsday is a riveting collection of short stories of individuals with disabilities or chronic illnesses surviving the apocalypse, the premise for the collection being that it's not always the 'fittest' that survive; it's about being determined, persistent and inventive. The apocalypses vary, as do the abilities of the individuals: a fourteen year old blind girl survives for months in a lab by the ocean after a plague wipes out everyone she knows; a Deaf boy and his deadly companion raid abandoned houses for precious batteries and medication, until a new arrival divides their team; three sisters, two with cystic fibrosis, live in hope on their family farm after a plague has burnt through the country; a woman without footsteps can sneak into a deadly nest and gather precious materials to keep her family alive; a man tries to keep his perceptions and proportions in check as he falls in love in a fading world; and a woman floating in space is the only person who can communicate with the aliens attacking earth – these are only a few of the fifteen stories in the collection. The apocalypses vary from alien invasion to economic collapse to government conspiracy to plague to environmental disaster to giant spiders. One apocalypse, seemingly the most abstract and least explained, is the fading of anything that isn't given enough attention, including humans. Each story is intense and incredibly inventive: the first few pages of each establish the nature of the apocalypse the individual must survive, and the particular abilities and durability of the protagonist. It often takes a re-read or two to understand exactly what's happening and to whom, but it's always worth persevering to the end. Points of view vary from first to second to third, and some stories are told from more than one point of view. Every story ends on a hopeful note, but it's often a harrowing journey to get there. I can't recommend this book highly enough!



Defying Doomsday

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ISBN: 9781922101402
ISBN-10: 1922101400
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 30th April 2016
Publisher: Twelfth Planet Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.3  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.45