Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts by Kelley ArmstrongStrangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts by Kelley Armstrong

Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts

byKelley ArmstrongEditorSusan Forest, Lucas K Law

Paperback | August 8, 2016

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

Who are the STRANGERS AMONG US?

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

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

"The writing is excellent throughout, and even the few not-as-strong stories make for a good read. This is a unique collection that should attract readers of all genres.

 -- Foreword Reviews

"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

"VERDICT: Mental illness is an exciting theme for an anthology, leaving plenty of room for variety"

 -- Library Journal

The anthology is recommended in Kirkus Reviews as one of "The August 2016 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You'll Want to Read."

"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

Awards

2017 Aurora Awards Winner (Best Related Work)

2017 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Winner (Speculative Fiction Book of the Year)

2016 Foreword INDIES Awards finalist (Anthologies)

 

Title:Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and OutcastsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.82 inPublished:August 8, 2016Publisher:Laksa Media Groups Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0993969607

ISBN - 13:9780993969607

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from If You've Ever Felt Like an Orange in An Apple Tree I thought this was excellent. I will go into more detail (especially my favourite authors that blew me away) but suffice it to say, this was a great and noble undertaking that hit all the right notes. Recommended to anyone who has ever/ always felt like the orange in our apple tree society...
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This is a well written and thought provoking group of stories. Although I liked some more than others they were all well worth reading.
Date published: 2017-01-26

Table of Contents

Foreword by Lucas K. Law, Introduction by Julie E. Czerneda, The Culling by Kelley Armstrong; Dallas's Booth by Suzanne Church; What Harm by Amanda Sun; How Objects Behave on the Edge of a Black Hole by A.C. Wise; Washing Lady's Hair by Ursula Pflug; The Weeds and The Wildness by Tyler Keevil; Living in Oz by Bev Geddes; I Count The Lights by Edward Willett; The Dog and The Sleepwalker by James Alan Gardner; Carnivores by Rich Larson; Tribes by A.M. Dellamonica; Troubles by Sherry Peters; Frog Song by Erika Holt; Wrath of Gaia by Mahtab Narsimhan; Songbun by Derwin Mak; What You See (When the Lights Are Out) by Gemma Files; The Age of Miracles by Robert Runté; Marion's War by Hayden Trenholm; The Intersection by Lorina Stephens; Afterword by Susan Forest, Acknowledgements, About the Contributors, About the Editors, Copyright Acknowledgements, Appendix: Mental Health Resources

Editorial Reviews

*** 2017 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Winner (Speculative Fiction Book of the Year) ****** 2017 Aurora Awards Winner (Best Related Work) ****** 2016 Foreword INDIES Finalist (Anthologies) ****** One Winner and three finalists in 2017 Aurora Awards Short Fiction category ****** One finalist in 2017 for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic - Short Story category ***"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)". . . stories do a masterful job of knitting legitimate and painful mental illnesses to characters who still retain agency and power." (Kirkus Reviews)". . . a solid effort, a mixed SF/fantasy original anthology, with a number of entertaining stories to be found within its pages." (Locus - Gardner Dozois)"The writing is excellent throughout, and even the few not-as-strong stories make for a good read. This is a unique collection that should attract readers of all genres." (Foreword Reviews)"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)“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)