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Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts

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Recommended by Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Locus, Foreword Reviews and Quill & Quire.

There's a delicate balance between mental health and mental illness . . .

We are your fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, friends and lovers. We staff your stores, cross your streets, and study in your schools, invisible among you. We are your outcasts and underdogs, and often, your unsung heroes.

Nineteen science fiction and fantasy authors tackle the division between mental health and mental illness; how the interplay between our minds' quirks and the diverse societies and cultures we live in can set us apart, or must be concealed, or become unlikely strengths.
We find troubles with Irish fay, a North Korean cosmonaut's fear of flying, an aging maid dealing with politics of revenge, a mute boy and an army of darkness, a sister reaching out at the edge of a black hole, the dog and the sleepwalker, and many more.

After all, what harm can be done…

AUTHORS:  Kelley Armstrong, Suzanne Church, A.M. Dellamonica, Gemma Files, James Alan Gardner, Bev Geddes, Erika Holt, Tyler Keevil, Rich Larson, Derwin Mak, Mahtab Narsimhan, Sherry Peters, Ursula Pflug, Robert Runté, Lorina Stephens, Amanda Sun, Hayden Trenholm, Edward Willett, A.C. Wise

Introduction by Julie E. Czerneda

Foreword by Lucas K. Law

Afterword by Susan Forest

Edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law

Praise for Strangers Among Us

"Strangers Among Us . . . is important, shining a much-needed spotlight on issues that get far too little attention.  A wonderful anthology, one of the major SF&F books of the year.  Bravo!"
     -- Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Quantum Night

". . . stories do a masterful job of knitting legitimate and painful mental illnesses to characters who still retain agency and power."  Recommended as one of "August 2016 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books You'll Want to Read (John DeNardo)" -- Kirkus Reviews

"Mental illness is an exciting theme for an anthology, leaving plenty of room for variety."   -- Library Journal

"The writers of these stories address such varied subjects as agoraphobia, depression, schizophrenia, autism, anxiety, and addiction. Though this book has some shortcomings, readers who have mental illnesses may find themselves somewhere in these pages and as a result may no longer feel so alone or isolated."   -- School Library Journal

". . . a solid effort, a mixed SF/fantasy original anthology, with a number of entertaining stories to be found within its pages."  -- Locus magazine (Gardner Dozois)

"The stories in Strangers Among Us are as varied in tone and approach as their authors. The power of the collection derives from this variety; while each story can be read in isolation, the assemblage of outsiders feels, on a whole, exultant. There is, indeed, strength in numbers, when each individual is accorded space and respect."

                      --Quill & Quire

*** 2016 Foreword INDIES Finalist ***
*** 2017 Aurora (Canadian SF&F) Award Winner ***
*** 2017 Alberta Book Publishing Award Winner ***

Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts
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  • Category: Short Stories
  • Published: Aug 08, 2016
  • Publisher: Laksa Media Groups Inc.
  • Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC
  • Print Length: 476 Pages
  • Language: English
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