Strangers Among Us

Strangers Among Us : Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts

3.76 (47 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , Edited by  , Edited by 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 4 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

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 RuntE, 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 Journalshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 21mm | 541g
  • Laksa Media Groups Inc.
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0993969607
  • 9780993969607
  • 1,711,353

Review quote

*** 2016 Foreword INDIES Finalist (Anthologies) *** "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)show more

Rating details

47 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 28% (13)
4 40% (19)
3 19% (9)
2 6% (3)
1 6% (3)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X