edited by Mary Anne Mohanraj and JJ Pionke
releasing in summer of 2018
Speculative fiction is often about sense of wonder and escapism, but the realities of life and its traumas can make wonder elusive, and escape difficult to even imagine. Editors Mary Anne Mohanraj and JJ Pionke bring you stories of people who have endured serious emotional and physical challenges, and who have found new paths forward, learning to both survive and thrive. The authors featured in this anthology offer more than simple catharsis. These are stories that will evoke wonder, yes, but will also inspire us to look up, full of determination, seeing our spirits lifting higher than the stratosphere.
Table of Contents:
"Scream Angel" by Douglas Smith
"An Affectionate Silence" by Brooke Juliet Wonders
"Green Leaves" by Anna-Elise Price
"Mold" by Erik Gern
"Debridement" by C.D. Covington
"A Little Rain Must Fall" by Bruce Golden
"The Art of Quilting" by Jes Rauch
"Eat Me When I'm Fatter" by Angela Rega
"On Abydos, Dreaming" by John Linwood Grant
"Difficult at Parties" by Carmen Maria Machado
"Fishin' Fer Tuesdays" by Steven Francis Murphy
"Fell Child" by Evey Brett
"The Good Liar" by Steven Grassie
"All the Colors of Darkness" by G. Scott Huggins
"A Stitch in Time" by Tonya Librard
"The Day Anne-Marie Went to the House" by Angeli Primlani
JJ Pionke is a librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who focuses his research on disability, including mental health, in the library. He is a long time reader of science fiction and fantasy as it has been a safety net in which to emotionally shelter. He has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder stemming from severe bullying in many forms throughout his life.
Mary Anne Mohanraj is the author of Bodies in Motion and The Stars Change, founder of Strange Horizons and director of The Speculative Literature Foundation. Previous anthologies she's edited include Aqua Erotica, and WisCon Chronicles, vol. 9: Intersections and Alliances, which was recently long-listed for the BSFA Awards. Mohanraj is Clinical Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her research and writing interests include Sri Lanka and its civil war, transnationalism and diaspora, domesticity and parenting, chronic illness, science fiction, and sexuality.