Edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law

Recommended by Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Locus, Foreword Reviews, and Quill & Quire.

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 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.

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 . . .

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Praise for Strangers Among Us

“Mental illness is an exciting theme for an anthology, leaving plenty of room for variety.”—Library Journal

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

“A masterful job of knitting legitimate and painful mental illnesses to characters who still retain agency and power.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Readers who have mental illnesses may find themselves somewhere in these pages and as a result may no longer feel so alone or isolated.”—School Library Journal

“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

“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.”—Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Quantum Night

Awards and Honorable Mentions

2017 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Awards Winner
2017 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Winner
2016 Foreword INDIES Finalist
Kirkus Reviews: August 2016 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You’ll Want to Read
One Winner and three Finalists: 2017 Aurora (Canadian SF&F) Awards Short Fiction
One Finalist: 2017 for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic—Short Story
One story selected: Wilde Stories 2017: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction (edited by Steve Berman)
One honorable mention: The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 (edited by John Joseph Adams & Charles Yu)
Six honorable mention: The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection (edited by Gardner Dozois)

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, and Julie E. Czerneda (Introduction)