John Chu recently wrote a great blog post about why the stories that will be told in Defying Doomsday are important. Here is a snippet:
“Normally, this is where I write about why we need this anthology. I’m not a big fan, though, of the idea of some anthology themes need to be justified while others we simply accept. I mean…
I can point out that we are used to reading disabled characters where their disability is their sole defining feature. In apocalyptic fiction, we are used to them being obstacles that are eliminated to show how awful the apocalypse is. Rarely, do we get stories where the disability is a defining feature rather than the defining feature. Rarely, do we get their stories rather than having them support someone else’s story.
I can make this argument that a single repeated narrative is not only boring but harmful.”
He goes into a lot more depth (Star Trek and Doctor Who also feature) and you can read the full blog post here: http://blog.johnchu.net/defying-doomsday