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Strangers Among Us

Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts
An anthology of stories edited by

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 Runte, 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
"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


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Paperback Editions

August 2016 : Canada Paperback

Title: Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts
Author(s): Kelley Armstrong, Susan Forest, Lucas K Law, A M Dellamonica, Amanda Sun, Edward Willett, Gemma Files, Hayden Trenholm, Suzanne Church, Sherry Peters, Ursula Pflug, A C Wise, James Alan Gardner, Tyler Keevil, Rich
ISBN: 0-9939696-0-7 / 978-0-9939696-0-7 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Laksa Media Groups Inc.
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Kindle Editions

August 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts (Laksa Anthology Series: Speculative Fiction Book 1)
Author(s): Kelley Armstrong, Susan Forest, Lucas K Law, Julie E Czerneda, A M Dellamonica, Gemma Files, Edward Willett, A C Wise, Hayden Trenholm, Amanda Sun
Publisher: Laksa Media Groups Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA