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Nothing Without Us

Nothing Without Us

Nothing Without Us

Nothing Without Us


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We are the heroes, not the sidekicks.

"Can you recommend fiction that has main characters who are like us?" This is a question we who are disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse, Spoonie, and/or who manage mental illness ask way too often. Typically, we're faced with stories about us crafted by people who really don't get us. We're turned into pathetic, tragic souls; we merely exist to inspire the abled main characters to thrive; or even worse, we're to overcome "what's wrong with us" and be cured.

Nothing Without Us combines both realistic and speculative fiction, starring protagonists who are written "by us and for us." From hospital halls to jungle villages, from within the fantastical plane to deep into outer space, our heroes take us on a journey, make us think, and prompt us to cheer them on.

These are bold tales, told in our voices, which are important for everyone to experience.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781987963700
Publisher: Renaissance
Publication date: 09/26/2019
Pages: 282
Sales rank: 881,945
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Cait Gordon is the creator of the Spoonie Authors Network and author of Life in the ’Cosm and The Stealth Lovers (Renaissance). Her short stories have appeared in Alice Unbound Beyond Wonderland (Exile Editions), We Shall Be Monsters (Renaissance), and the upcoming Space Opera Libretti (McNett and Rossman). She teamed up with Talia C. Johnson to co-edit Nothing Without Us as part of their plan to take over the world. Narf. Cait currently lives in the Narnia region of suburban Ottawa, but you can find her at,, or on Twitter (@CaitGAuthor).

Talia C. Johnson is a multi-faceted woman who is transgender, autistic, Jewish, queer, and more than the sum of her parts. Her work centres on bridging faith and queer communities, educating, counselling, and mentoring. She is also a freelance sensitivity editor for queer and trans representation. Her poem, Holy Love, appears in the Resilience anthology (Heartspark Press). She is the first trans woman to be ordained a Kohenet, and is currently studying for an MA in Jewish Studies. She is a co-editor of Nothing Without Us and is “The Brain” of NWU’s dynamic duo. You can find Talia at and on Twitter (@TaliaCJohnson).

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