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In WASTELANDS: THE NEW APOCALYPSE, veteran anthology editor John Joseph Adams is once again our guide through the wastelands using his genre and editorial expertise to curate his finest collection of post-apocalyptic short fiction yet. Whether the end comes via nuclear war, pandemic, climate change, or cosmological disaster, these stories explore the extraordinary trials and tribulations of those who survive.
Featuring never-before-published tales by: Veronica Roth, Hugh Howey, Jonathan Maberry, Seanan McGuire, Tananarive Due, Richard Kadrey, Scott Sigler, Elizabeth Bear, Tobias S. Buckell, Meg Elison, Greg van Eekhout, Wendy N. Wagner, Jeremiah Tolbert, and Violet Allen--plus, recent reprints by: Carmen Maria Machado, Carrie Vaughn, Ken Liu, Paolo Bacigalupi, Kami Garcia, Charlie Jane Anders, Catherynne M. Valente, Jack Skillingstead, Sofia Samatar, Maureen F. McHugh, Nisi Shawl, Adam-Troy Castro, Dale Bailey, Susan Jane Bigelow, Corinne Duyvis, Shaenon K. Garrity, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Darcie Little Badger, Timothy Mudie, and Emma Osborne.
Continuing in the tradition of WASTELANDS: STORIES OF THE APOCALYPSE, these 34 stories ask: What would life be like after the end of the world as we know it?
When Hazel Stanczak was born, an interdimensional rift tore open near her family’s home, which prompted immediate government attention. They soon learned that if Hazel strayed too far, the rift would become volatile and fling things from other dimensions onto their front lawn—or it could swallow up their whole town. As a result, Hazel has never left her small Pennsylvania town, and the government agents garrisoned on her lawn make sure it stays that way. On her sixteenth birthday, though, the rift spins completely out of control. Hazel comes face-to-face with a surprise: a second Hazel. Then another. And another. Three other Hazels from three different dimensions! Now, for the first time, Hazel has to step into the world to learn about her connection to the rift—and how to close it. But is Hazel—even more than one of her—really capable of saving the world?
A fascinating premise, clearly and compellingly written and imagined by a startlingly original debut writer.
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
January 29, 2035. That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit—the big one. Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter outside their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise’s drug-addicted mother is going, they’ll never reach the shelter in time. A last-minute meeting leads them to something better than a temporary shelter—a generation ship, scheduled to leave Earth behind to colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But everyone on the ship has been chosen because of their usefulness. Denise is autistic and fears that she’ll never be allowed to stay. Can she obtain a spot before the ship takes flight? What about her mother and sister? When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?
This anthology explores disability in fictional tales told from the viewpoint of disabled characters, written by disabled creators. With stories in various genres about first loves, friendship, war, travel, and more, Unbroken will offer today's teen readers a glimpse into the lives of disabled people in the past, present, and future.
The contributing authors are awardwinners, bestsellers, and newcomers including Kody Keplinger, Kristine Wyllys, Francisco X. Stork, William Alexander, Corinne Duyvis, Marieke Nijkamp, Dhonielle Clayton, Heidi Heilig, Katherine Locke, Karuna Riazi, Kayla Whaley, Keah Brown, and Fox Benwell. Each author identifies as disabled along a physical, mental, or neurodiverse axis—and their characters reflect this diversity.
"What makes this fourth edition so special is that it belongs to an impassioned community of writers and readers who went above and beyond to make it happen. … All eighteen [stories] have the power to pull the reader out of his own reality and transport or transform them entirely." --Cabinet des Fées
The ground-breaking, boundary-pushing, award-nominated series of fantasy anthologies series returns for a fourth installment through the miracle of Kickstarter, bringing you eighteen brand new tales of beauty and strangeness. You'll find the light-hearted and the bleak, the surreal become familiar and the familiar turned inside-out. Each story leads you into unmapped territory, there to find shock and delight. With stories by Yves Meynard, Ian McHugh, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Richard Parks, Gemma Files, Yukimi Ogawa, A.C. Wise, Marie Brennan, Alisa Alering, Tanith Lee, Cat Rambo, Shira Lipkin, Corinne Duyvis, Kenneth Schneyer, Camille Alexa, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Patricia Russo and Barbara Krasnoff.
Table of Contents
“Our Lady of the Thylacines” by Yves Meynard
“The Canal Barge Magician’s Number Nine Daughter” by Ian McHugh
“On the Leitmotif of the Trickster Constellation in Northern Hemispheric Star Charts, Post-Apocalypse” by Nicole Kornher-Stace
“Beach Bum and the Drowned Girl” by Richard Parks
“Trap-Weed” by Gemma Files
“Icicle” by Yukimi Ogawa
“Lesser Creek: A Love Story, A Ghost Story” by A.C. Wise
“What Still Abides” by Marie Brennan
“The Wanderer King” by Alisa Alering
“A Little of the Night” by Tanith Lee
“I Come from the Dark Universe” by Cat Rambo
“Happy Hour at the Tooth and Claw” by Shira Lipkin
“Lilo Is” by Corinne Duyvis
“Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer” by Kenneth Schneyer
“Three Times” by Camille Alexa
“The Bees Her Heart, the Hive Her Belly” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
“The Old Woman with No Teeth” by Patricia Russo
“The History of Soul 2065″ by Barbara Krasnoff
Camille Alexa, “The Skin of Her Skin”
M. Bennardo, “The Fish-Wife’s Tale”
Polenth Blake, “Thwarting the Fiends”
Shay Darrach, “I Know a Secret”
Amanda C. Davis, “O How the Wet Folk Sing”
Paul A. Dixon, “One Let Go”
Corinne Duyvis, “The Applause of Others”
Megan Engelhardt, “Anansi and the New Thing”
Sam Fleming, “What the Water Gave Her”
Andrew S. Fuller, “A Salmon Tale, 2072”
H.L. Fullerton, “The Fish Are There On Land”
Cate Gardner, “Too Delicate for Human Form”
Zachary George, “You, Fish”
Sarah Hendrix, “Never to Return”
Tim Kane, “Vanity Mirror”
Andrea Kneeland, “Becoming Human”
Jessie Kwak, “Needlepoint Fish of Azure City”
April L’Orange, “Quick Karma”
Claude Lalumière, “Xandra’s Brine”
Ken Liu, “How Do You Know If a Fish Is Happy?”
Tracie McBride, “The Touch of Taniwha”
T.J. McIntyre, “How Did the Catfish Get a Flat Head, You Wonder?”
Timothy Nakayama, “Fallen Dragon”
Mel Obedoza, “The Fisherman and Golden Fish”
Suzanne Palmer, “Lanternfish In the Overworld”
Jennifer R. Povey, “Water Demons”
Cat Rambo, “The Fisher Queen”
Maria Romasco-Moore, “Fisheye”
Alex Shvartsman, “Life at the Lake’s Shore”
A. D. Spencer, “Fish Tears”
Bear Weiter, “The Talking Fish of Shangri-La”
Mjke Wood, “The Last Fisherman of Habitat 37”
Andreea Zup, “Maria and the Fish”