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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 No Shit
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Jane survived the plague that killed humanity. Grief-stricken after her parents' deaths, she starts searching for survivors, and eventually meets Sam, a man determined to build a community and find any other survivors. They start a radio show and make their way to Brisbane, which they've advertised as a meeting spot.

On the way, Jane's Crohn's disease flares up, and she's forced to reveal it to Sam. In turn, Sam shares that he had orchitis as a teenager, leaving him infertile. Once they reach Brisbane, they find a nurse with multiple sclerosis, Judith, who hypothesizes only those with autoimmune diseases were immune to the plague.

Jane, an electrical engineer, helps Judith preserve frozen fertilised embryos, ensuring the human race's survival. They head to the meeting spot, where a dozen other survivors are waiting.

Affiliation Notes

  • Writing Disability in Australia:

    Type of disability Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis.
    Type of character Primary and secondary.
    Point of view First person.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Defying Doomsday Tsana Dolichva (editor), Holly Kench (editor), Yokine : Twelfth Planet Press , 2016 9322595 2016 anthology short story

    'Teens form an all-girl band in the face of an impending comet.

 A woman faces giant spiders to collect silk and protect her family.

 New friends take their radio show on the road in search of plague survivors. 

A man seeks love in a fading world. 

How would you survive the apocalypse?

    Defying Doomsday is an anthology of apocalypse fiction featuring disabled and chronically ill protagonists, proving it’s not always the “fittest” who survive - it’s the most tenacious, stubborn, enduring and innovative characters who have the best chance of adapting when everything is lost' (publication blurb).

    Yokine : Twelfth Planet Press , 2016
    pg. 337-364
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