Defying Doomsday

May 30 sees the publication of Defying Doomsday, a very interesting anthology edited by Holly Kench and Tsana Dolichva and published by Twelfth Planet Press. Here is the blurb:
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 Evangelista.

Defying Doomsday is available for pre-order now. Here are the links:

The Publisher:

I have always thought that the central idea for this anthology was excellent, ever since I first heard of it a year ago. That promise is lived up to  in the finished product.

The most striking aspect for me was the great variety that Defying Doomsday offers. Variety in the kinds of apocalypses imagined: alien invasion, diseases and ecological disasters of various kinds. Variety in the kinds of disabilities and illnesses: psychological, physical, sensory. Variety in the range of writers: from well known award-winners to someone making their pro debut.

That makes for a very rich reading experience, that I am actually surprised is available at such a low price.

Choosing a personal favourite is always difficult, but I was most intrigued by the spider story referred to in the blurb; “Spider-Silk, Strong as Steel” by Samantha Rich. Part of this is my personal preference for stories that leave a lot unsaid and leave the reader a lot to try and piece together. When I finished that story, I really would have liked to be able to read more about that world and those characters. There are so many other good stories here, though.

As I said above, I thought this was a great idea for an anthology from the moment Holly and Tsana approached me to help out with some publicity back in the funding phase. Here is the interview with them that I published in April last year. I can imagine how satisfying it must for them and for the publisher to see this project come to fruition. I was pleased to be mentioned in the “acknowledgments” section of Defying Doomsday; thanks, guys!

In conclusion, Defying Doomsday is very good, innovative, very reasonably priced and open for pre-order now, so help yourself to this varied slice of post-apocalyptic life!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review.



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