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Defying Doomsday is an anthology of apocalypse-survival fiction with a focus on disabled characters, which will be edited by Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench, and published by Twelfth Planet Press in mid 2016.

We love apocalypse fiction, but we rarely find characters with disability, chronic illness and other impairments in these stories. When they do appear, they usually die early on, or are secondary characters undeveloped into anything more than a burden to the protagonist. We believe that disabled characters have a far more interesting story to tell in post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction, and we want to create an anthology sharing those stories.

Defying Doomsday

We want to create an anthology that is varied, especially among protagonists, with characters experiencing all kinds of disability from physical impairments, chronic illnesses, mental illnesses and/or neurodiverse characters. There will also be a variety of stories, including those that are fun or sad, adventurous or horrific, etc, but we are avoiding stories in which the character’s condition is the primary focus of the narrative.

The stories in Defying Doomsday will look at periods of upheaval from new and interesting perspectives. We want to share narratives about characters with disability, characters with chronic illnesses and other impairments, surviving the apocalypse and contending with the collapse of life as they know it.

Defying Doomsday will be available in paperback and DRM-free ebook (in multiple formats). An exclusive hardcover edition will be available only to Pozible backers.

You can find out more about Defying Doomsday on our website at: http://defyingdoomsday.twelfthplanetpress.com/

Stretch Goals

$18,000 - Audiobook edition!

We want to be as inclusive as we can with this anthology and that means making the finished product as accessible as possible. We would love to produce an audiobook, but to do so to a professional standard costs more than our original budget allows. If we reach this stretch goal we will be able to produce a professional quality, studio-recorded audiobook.  If we reach this goal, everyone who has pledged $10 or higher will receive an audiobook version of the anthology.


Open Reading Period

We already have some great authors lined up to write stories for us, but we also want to hear from YOU. Upon the completion of this Pozible campaign, assuming we reach our goal, we will open a reading period from the start of May till the end of June. We are aiming to acquire 80,000 – 100,000 words of fiction and if you have a story that fits our theme, we'd love to see it. We will post more information to our backers and on our website towards the end of the campaign.


About the Authors

We have some exciting stories already lined up for Defying Doomsday, including works by:


A lifelong Amsterdammer, Corinne Duyvis spends her days writing speculative young adult and middle grade novels. She enjoys brutal martial arts and gets her geek on whenever possible. Otherbound, her YA fantasy debut, released from Amulet Books/ABRAMS in the summer of 2014. She is a co-founder of Disability in Kidlit and team member of We Need Diverse Books.


John Chu is a microprocessor architect by day, a writer, translator, and podcast narrator by night. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming at Boston Review, Uncanny, Asimov's Science Fiction, Apex Magazine and Tor.com. His story "The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere" won the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Short Story.


Janet Edwards lives in England. As a child, she read everything she could get her hands on, including a huge amount of science fiction and fantasy. She studied Maths at Oxford, and went on to suffer years of writing unbearably complicated technical documents before deciding to write something that was fun for a change. She has a husband, a son, a lot of books, and an aversion to housework. Janet is the author of the Earth Girl trilogy.

Seanan McGuire
Seanan McGuire was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2010. In 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo Ballot. Her Newsflesh series, written as Mira Grant and beginning with the novel Feed, is set post-zombie apocalypse on a US presidential campaign trail, and features a character suffering from light sensitivity.


*The Defying Doomsday Award

As well as publishing SFF fiction that supports positive storytelling for disabled characters, we want to encourage and support advocacy for greater diversity in SFF fiction. The Defying Doomsday Award will recognise work in disability advocacy in literature.

Pledge(s) at the Patron of Diversity level will contribute to the creation of a special award for disability advocacy. This award will recognise work in disability advocacy in SFF literature. Eligible works will include, but are not limited to: fiction, non fiction, writing, editing, publishing, reviewing, and podcasting.

Nominations will be encouraged to be submitted to the jury via the Defying Doomsday website in October of each year (starting in 2016), with the winner being announced on the website in December of that year.

The Defying Doomsday Award will be an annual shortlist and prize. The award jury will comprise Twelfth Planet Press publisher, Alisa Krasnostein, and Defying Doomsday editors, Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench.

The award will grant one winner per year for three years a cash prize of $200 in recognition of their work in disability advocacy in SFF literature. For each additional patron who pledges at this level, a further $200 will be added to the prize fund for each year. We reserve the right to discuss with the patrons how the additional money will expand the award (for example, it may be used for a bigger cash prize for the winner, or for additional cash prizes for additional runners-up).




How The Funds Will Be Used

Funds will be used to:

1) Pay our authors the Professional Market rate of US 7¢/word.
2) Edit, design, format, print, and ship the books.
3) Produce and ship all the reward items.

If we surpass our primary funding goal, the additional funds will go to paying our production team more than the base rate and to fulfilling our stretch goals.

Twelfth Planet Press
Overfunding is a good thing! It means you support publishing more great stuff like Defying Doomsday. Your contribution is key to the ongoing success of a boutique publisher of excellent and diverse genre fiction. It makes you part of the Twelfth Planet family.

We have also been fortunate enough to receive approval for a Crowbar Grant from Arts Tasmania, which will grant us an additional $2000 if our campaign funds.

The Challenges

KaleidoscopeTwelfth Planet Press has an established record for delivering quality books. We also have experience successfully running and delivering a Pozible campaign with the Kaleidoscope anthology.

Delays in editing and/or production are always a possibility, of course. Our ultimate goal is to provide you with a quality product. We will keep backers in the loop during the entire process, and if any problems crop up, we will let you know, and tell you what we're doing to resolve them.
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US$1 +Thank you!Our heartfelt gratitude and acknowledgement of your donation on the Defying Doomsday website
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US$18 +Double eBook Deluxe Receive the ebook edition of Defying Doomsday (all formats) PLUS ONE Twelfth Planet Press ebook novel of your choice (from Trucksong by Andrew Macrae, Perfections by Kirstyn McDermott, A Trifle Dead by Livia Day, and Drowned Vanilla by Livia Day) AND your name in the book with our thanks
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US$100 +Stuffed Olive PanelHolly Kench will design a personalized Stuffed Olive comic (single panel) based on a story from you/in direct consultation with you, either just for you or to be shared on her website PLUS a limited edition hardcover copy of Defying Doomsday (exclusive to Pozible backers) PLUS the ebook edition of Defying Doomsday (all formats) AND your name in the book with our thanks
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US$160 +Print Book DeluxeReceive a limited edition hardcover copy of Defying Doomsday (exclusive to Pozible backers) PLUS the ebook edition of Defying Doomsday (all formats) PLUS TWO surprise Twelfth Planet Press paperbacks AND your name in the book with our thanks
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US$240 +TPP Tea HamperReceive a limited edition hardcover copy of Defying Doomsday (exclusive to Pozible backers) PLUS the ebook edition of Defying Doomsday (all formats) PLUS a Twelfth Planet Press mug PLUS some tea PLUS TWO surprise Twelfth Planet Press paperbacks AND your name in the book with our thanks
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US$245 +All GoneStuffed Olive ComicHolly Kench will design a personalized full Stuffed Olive comic (max 4 panels) based on a story from you/in direct consultation with you, either just for you or to be shared on her website PLUS a limited edition hardcover copy of Defying Doomsday (exclusive to Pozible backers) PLUS the ebook edition of Defying Doomsday (all formats) AND your name in the book with our thanks
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US$250 +Story Science CheckTsana Dolichva, whose day job is astrophysics, will provide a professional science check of your work, assessing and critiquing the scientific validity of a piece of your fiction (up to 10,000 words) PLUS a limited edition hardcover copy of Defying Doomsday (exclusive to Pozible backers) PLUS the ebook edition of Defying Doomsday (all formats) AND your name in the book with our thanks (For longer pieces please contact us and we can sort something out!)
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US$500 +All GoneTPP Tea Hamper DeluxeReceive a limited edition hardcover copy of Defying Doomsday (exclusive to Pozible backers) PLUS the ebook edition of Defying Doomsday (all formats) PLUS a homemade tea cosy knitted with love from Twelfth Planet Press PLUS a Twelfth Planet Press mug PLUS some tea PLUS THREE surprise Twelfth Planet Press paperbacks AND your name in the book with our thanks
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US$1500 +Patron of DiversityReceive a limited edition hardcover copy of Defying Doomsday (exclusive to Pozible backers) PLUS the ebook edition of Defying Doomsday (all formats) PLUS we will dedicate the book to you AND create a special award, The Defying Doomsday award, with you named as an original patron. This award will grant one winner per year a cash prize in recognition of their work in disability advocacy in literature*.
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