Displacement comes out in FOUR DAYS and I am BESIDE MYSELF! I can’t wait for you all to read it!

But since you do have to wait—and since some very nice people didn’t have to—I think I’ll tell you what they said. 😀

Displacement is such a great example of what I want to see more of in the world

“I’ve often said that I don’t want to be the spokesperson for autism, but one of many autistic voices contributing to a much greater body of work. Displacement is such a great example of what I want to see more of in the world: characters beyond my own experiences and worlds beyond my own imagination that open me up to new perspectives. Different enough to challenge autistic readers as well as our non-autistic counterparts, but just familiar enough to feel true to anyone hoping to be seen and understood in a fellow writer’s work. It’s a pleasure to have Richard Ford Burley’s one voice be part of this greater conversation as it grows, too.”

—Sarah Kurchak, author of I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder (available for preorder now!)

Deftly intersectional

“Part coming-of-age story, part speculative suspense-thriller, this novel explores gender identity, neurodivergence, and non-human otherness in a deftly intersectional fashion. To classify DISPLACEMENT as strictly Science Fiction would be to do it a disservice. The ensemble of young protagonists, at whose boarding school the action opens, are as engaging as any I’ve encountered elsewhere in current YA fiction. The narrative entirely defies conventional genre classification, and that should be celebrated.”

—A J Odasso, senior poetry editor at Strange Horizons and award-winning author of The Sting of It

“Ingenious, unpredictable, and gripping”

“We begin with three students at a rather odd school, but the focus gradually widens and, many plot twists later, we find we are dealing with the future of humanity itself. Ingenious, unpredictable, and gripping.”

—Edward James, Author of Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century

It’s such a privilege to have other writers read your work, and I’m so very grateful they took the time to do it. You can find Sarah Kurchak on Twitter at @fodderfigure and should definitely preorder I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder, and you can find A J Odasso on Twitter at @ajodasso and you simply have to get a copy of their wonderful, insightful poetry book The Sting of It. Edward James hardly needs a signal boost from me, but fans of science fiction and fantasy could do a whole lot worse than pickup up copies of The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction and A Short History of Fantasy, which he edited and wrote (respectively) with co-author and co-editor Farah Mendlesohn.

If you want to read (and potentially say nice things about) Displacement yourself, it’s now on Goodreads! Reviews matter a lot to small press authors!

Here’s how you can preorder!

Barnes and Noble
Prospective Press


Check back again tomorrow for the last excerpt before publication day, and if you haven’t yet, check out the three previous ones The Test,” “The Jenny Q Rule, and Vector Verification!”