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Issue Details: First known date: 2000... 2000 The Left Behind
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Following an ecological disaster on Earth, humans take to space in rockets. Plutonium has left many people disabled; these 'misfits' are all left behind on Earth, where they attempt to rebuild society.

The protagonist, a pregnant woman with a blind cobbler husband, works with the judge. A series of infanticides sweeps their community: mothers are killing their 'perfect' children because of the growing arrogance of older, able-bodied children. After the protagonist's husband is assaulted at the school, the protagonist shifts the crime of the infanticides to the judge, who loved the children and wanted them to be perfect, thus protecting the actual murderers.

Affiliation Notes

  • Writing Disability in Australia:

    Type of disability Blindness, deafness, mutism, dwarfism, physical disorders requiring movement aids.
    Type of character Primary.
    Point of view Third person.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Orb : Speculative Fiction no. 1 2000 Z1230599 2000 periodical issue 2000 pg. 45-61
    Note: Illustrated by Darryl Lindquist.
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Grinding House Kaaron Warren , Latham : CSFG Publishing , 2005 Z1199444 2005 selected work short story novella horror fantasy Latham : CSFG Publishing , 2005 pg. 85-99
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Glass Woman Kaaron Warren , Rockville : Prime Books , 2007 Z1909395 2007 selected work short story fantasy horror science fiction A collection of stories depicting future worlds, stark contemporary settings and alternate realities crossing over the boundaries of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Rockville : Prime Books , 2007 pg. 118-133
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