Short Stories 366:148 — “Oliver Gutierrez and the Walking Stick of Destiny,” by Elliott Dunstan

There's this thing that happens way, way too often in fiction where marginalized characters get to have one crack at the list. There can be the white lesbian, and the black woman, and the Deaf kid, and so on, but a Deaf black lesbian? Suddenly reviews fill up with mentions of "too much" or "unbelievable" … Continue reading Short Stories 366:148 — “Oliver Gutierrez and the Walking Stick of Destiny,” by Elliott Dunstan

Short Stories 366:141 — “Charity™,” by Derek Newman-Stille

Nothing Without Us as an anthology whole declares bluntly in the opening that there is one kind of content that isn't included: inspiration porn. In the hands of the authors, the stories range through styles, and deliver all manner of genres. Then, with  "Charity™," Derek Newman-Stille takes the whole notion of inspiration porn and nudges … Continue reading Short Stories 366:141 — “Charity™,” by Derek Newman-Stille

Short Stories 366:134 — “Alone,” by Nathan Fréchette

I'm trying to remember how many stories I've read with a dissociative identity character where (a) the character isn't some sort of revelation/plot-wrinkle, (b) and/or they're not the villain, and/or (c) where the resolution isn't about aligning them under one self and I've honestly got nothing—that is, until I read "Alone" in Nothing Without Us. … Continue reading Short Stories 366:134 — “Alone,” by Nathan Fréchette

Short Stories 366:127 — “The Case of the Silenco Scientist,” by Maverick Smith

So often in science fiction worlds, if disability is approached at all, it's approached with the notion of some sort of hand-wavy "cure" rather than accommodation, sometimes with a downside, but most often there's that sense of a disability being "fixed." This is why I enjoy stories like Smith's contribution to Nothing Without Us, "The … Continue reading Short Stories 366:127 — “The Case of the Silenco Scientist,” by Maverick Smith

Short Stories 366:120 — “Sometimes You…” by Tonya Liburd

I've talked before about how rarely I find survivors of violence in fiction dealt with in an emotional sense that leaves me feeling—for lack of a better way of putting it—included, but Tonya Liburd's "Sometimes You..." from Nothing Without Us filled me completely with the opposite. This, I thought, once I finished the story, this. … Continue reading Short Stories 366:120 — “Sometimes You…” by Tonya Liburd

Short Stories 366:113 — “Backbone,” by Madona Skaff

One of the cool things about Nothing Without Us is how the theme of the anthology—ownvoice disabled authors writing stories 'by us and for us'—is how widely the range of the tales reached outside of that commonality. There's speculative fiction, some harder science fiction, some horror, some humour, and, as in this case, some contemporary-set … Continue reading Short Stories 366:113 — “Backbone,” by Madona Skaff