When I wrote “Nothing But Flowers,” a story about the aftermath of world-changing disaster in New York City, for the Rebuilding Tomorrow anthology, I didn’t think that I would soon live to see such a catastrophe myself. It wasn’t that the possibility was totally removed from my mind: as a queer disabled woman living through a time of global climate change and dangerous political turmoil in the United States, I’m keenly aware of the fault lines in the systems in which I exist, the ways in which the city and country I was living in can shift and swallow up the people already precariously perched on the edges of its fatally flawed structures. But the New York City of the summer of 2019, the summer when I drafted my story, was a noisy, bustling place, with free concerts in the parks where strangers shoved up shoulder to shoulder to see the stage, and sports games with tens of thousands of attendees, and bars and restaurants and theaters filled with people, talking and laughing with nothing but the occasional hand or napkin covering their mouths. I wrote notes for my story sitting in the cramped corner of jam-packed cafés, trying to imagine a city that had fallen to cataclysm while its present version clamored around me, irrepressible and vibrant and always threatening to knock over my cup of coffee.Read More
I feel incredibly honoured to have stories in both the Defying Doomsday anthology and its follow-up, Rebuilding Tomorrow. Both the contents and the titles of these anthologies have deep personal significance to me.
I grew up living with something that I considered a minor inconvenience rather than a disability. In retrospect though, it limited my life more than I realized, mostly because of the unhelpful reactions of a few other people. Back in early 2000, there was a new development though. I had a seemingly standard illness that led to a secondary infection, and finally ended up with an acquired chronic illness.Read More
In August of 2018, I was having one of the best worst months of my life (no, that’s not a typo). I’d been nominated for a Hugo Award as part of the Escape Pod team, and I had sent my first novel, “Machinehood,” out to beta readers. I planned to celebrate both accomplishments at the San Jose WorldCon.Read More
Today we have an interview with Fran Wilde on the blog. Fran has written a lot of stories and novels featuring disabled characters. One of these stories, “Rhizome, By Starlight” will appear in Rebuilding Tomorrow, which you can help make happen by backing us on Kickstarter now.Read More
While we haven’t finalised all the stories that will be included in Rebuilding Tomorrow (that will depend a little bit on how well our Kickstarter goes), we have locked in some early authors. One of those is Tansy Rayner Roberts, who also had a story in Defying Doomsday. Her story, “Kids These Days” is a sequel to her Defying Doomsday story, “Did We Break the End of the World?”. If you haven’t read Defying Doomsday (or even if you have) you can listen to “Did We Break the End of the World?” for free on Tansy’s podcast: Sheep Might Fly.Read More
Today on the blog we have a guest post from Kristy Evangelista. Kristy wrote “No Shit” for Defying Doomsday, about a Brisbane woman with Crohn’s disease who survives an extremely deadly pandemic. There will be a follow-up story in Rebuilding Tomorrow, thematically titled “Merry Shitmas”. I’ll let Kristy tell you more about them, and the experience of writing them.Read More