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Strangers Among Us

Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts · Laksa Anthology: Speculative Fiction

by Kelley Armstrong Author · Susan Forest Author


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2017 Aurora Awards (Canadian SF&F) Winner

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

2016 Foreword INDIES Finalist (Anthologies)

2017 Aurora Awards Winner (Best Short Fiction) and 3 other Best Short Fiction finalists

2017 Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic (Short Story category): one short story finalist

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 (edited by John Joseph Adams and Charles Yu): one honorable mention

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection (edited by Gardner Dozois): seven honorable mentions

Wilde Stories 2017: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction (edited by Steve Berman): one story selected

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. 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.

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 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

"Mental illness is an exciting theme for an anthology, leaving plenty of room for variety." —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 number of entertaining stories to be found within its pages." —Locus (Gardner Dozois)

"The writers of these stories address such varied subjects as agoraphobia, depression, schizophrenia, autism, anxiety, and addiction . . . readers who have mental illnesses may find themselves somewhere in these pages and as a result may no longer feel so alone or isolated." —Library School Journal

"This is a unique collection that should attract readers of all genres." —Foreword Reviews

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Laksa Media Groups Inc.
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Laksa Anthology: Speculative Fiction


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Susan Forest
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Julie E. Czerneda
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Tyler Keevil
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A.M. Dellamonica
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Derwin Mak
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Gemma Files
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Edward Willett
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Hayden Trenholm
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James Alan Gardner
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Mahtab Narsimhan
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Kelley Armstrong
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Amanda Sun
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Lorina Stephens
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Sherry Peters
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Erika Holt
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Suzanne Church
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A.C. Wise
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Lucas K. Law
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Ursula Pflug
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Rich Larson
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bev geddes
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Robert Runté
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