How do you fight a pandemic, and help those in need? If you’re a writer, you probably do some writing. That’s the origin behind the charity short story anthology Surviving Tomorrow. The book, available in print edition and ebook format, contains twenty-nine stories about survivors, over half of them original and published here for the first time, by numerous well-known SFF authors like Neil Gaiman, Seanan McGuire, Cory Doctorow and others. (The full list is at the end of this article.)
Struck by a desire to help people as the pandemic unfolded, editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt decided to help raise funding for COVID-19 support by creating an anthology with two purposes—assisting charitable efforts, and providing readers with stories that would speak to them as they manage the stress of our changing social landscape.
Schmidt took the idea to a friend who was at that time suffering from the novel coronavirus who also happened to be a medical publisher—Peter J. Wacks—and asked if he’d be willing to build the project. Wacks spoke to Isabel Penraeth—who was in the process of launching a new specialty edition publishing house—about the project… and the anthology was in incubation. People from four different publishing enterprises joined forces to bring this book to life, alongside authors who all agreed to have their work to be published in the anthology without remuneration so it could raise as much for charity as possible.
The stories in Surviving Tomorrow focus on the impacts of extraordinary circumstances on the people they depict and how they respond, and though a few are longer, most of the stories are short enough to be read in a few minutes’ time—designed to provide a brief escape from the worries of the moment into another world.
All profits from Surviving Tomorrow go to providing COVID-19 tests directly to the front lines of this crisis, or your portion can be earmarked for one of the charities you can select on the checkout page. Available in a limited, numbered, gold-leaf embossed collector’s edition as well as hardcover, trade paperback, and ebook, Surviving Tomorrow will provide hours of enjoyment even as it saves lives.
Contributors of stories and art include (in alphabetical order):
Claire Ashgrove * Livia Blackburne * Orson Scott Card * Beth Cato * Brenda Cooper * A.C. Crispin & Kathleen O’Malley * Cory Doctorow * Raymund Eich * Tori Eldridge * Alan Dean Foster * Julie C. Frost * Neil Gaiman * C. Stuart Hardwick * J. Kent Holloway * Jonathan Maberry & Bryan Thomas Schmidt * Andrew Mayne & Roshni “Rush” Bhatia * K.D. McEntire * Seanan McGuire * Jody Lynn Nye * Luca Oleastri * Kristine Katherine Rusch * Ken Scholes * Martin L. Shoemaker * Scott Sigler * Robert Silverberg * John Skipp * Peter J. Wacks * Jay Werkheiser * Chelsea Quinn Yarbro * Mercedes M. Yardley