Ever wonder “what would have happened if…?” This is the book for you. Altered Perceptions is a collection of writings offering up an altered version of published stories.
Thirty-one different authors (including Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, Shannon Hale, Larry Correia, Brandon Mull, and Seanan McGuire among many others) came together to make this anthology happen. It contains original stories, deleted scenes, and essays from the contributors about how mental illness has affected their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
This anthology was written as part of an IndieGoGo campaign to raise money for Robison Wells, an author who has suffered from mental illness and been crippled by debt.
Now that it’s published, you can continue contributing to combat mental illness!
All proceeds from the ebook sales go to charity, with 90% being donated to Bring Change 2 Mind, the charity selected by Robison Wells. Bring Change 2 Mind seeks to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the short stories, the deleted scenes the alternate chapters but I think what makes this book a 5 star book are the essays the authors have written about their own mental illnesses or the mental illnesses of those dear to them. There is something so raw and compelling about these essays, they draw me in and help me understand that in a world where normal is undefined, it’s okay to need help.
Altered Perceptions contains works from the following authors:
- Ally Condie, the foreword
- Dan Wells, the introduction
- Annette Lyon, An unpublished chapter from her retelling of the Finnish fairy tale, the Kalevala
- Aprilynne Pike, Three short stories from the Wings universe.
- Brandon Mull, Deleted scenes from Beyonders 2
- Brandon Sanderson, five chapters from the original 2002 version of The Way of Kings, where Kaladin made a choice opposite the one he makes in the completely rewritten published novel.
- Bree Despain, an alternate ending to The Lost Saint, and an alternate beginning to the Shadow Prince.
- Brodi Ashton, the first chapter from her YA novel about an unwilling alien fighter who has to rescue the boy she loves
- Claudia Gray, a deleted scene from A Thousand Pieces of You.
- Dan Wells, the original John Cleaver free write
- Erin Bowman, a deleted scene from Taken
- Howard Tayler, a creative non-fiction story about life with mental illness
- J Scott Savage, three original chapters that led to writing Farworld
- Jacqueline Novak, a scene from her humor non-fiction How To Weep in Public
- Jennifer Moore, a deleted scene from Becoming Lady Lockwood
- Jessica Day George, a deleted scene from Princess of Glass, where the main character plays poker with a witch
- Josi Kilpack, the original opening scene to Tres Leches Cupcake.
- Kiersten White, an original short story, set in a dystopian, sci-fi world.
- Larry Correia, deleted fight scene from the Swords of Exodus
- Lauren Oliver, two deleted scenes from Pandemonium, plus a hilarious scene about the plotting process
- Luisa Perkins, a short story, “Seeing Red”–a modern-day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.
- Mary Robinette Kowal, a deleted scene from Valour and Vanity
- Nancy Allen, bonus scene from Beauty and the Clockwork Beast
- Robison Wells, an epilogue to Feedback and the Variant duology
- Sandra Tayler, creative non-fiction, “Married To Depression”
- Sara Zarr, Chapter including characters from one of Sara’s previously published works
- Sarah Eden, “Farewells” for Longing For Hope and Hope Springs
- Seanan McGuire, The original opening for Discount Armageddon
- Shannon Hale, Ravenous, a previously unpublished scifi short story
- SJ Kincaid, the original first chapter of Vortex, before it was entirely rewritten
- Shawn Speakman, a chapter from The Dark Thorn, written from a different character’s point of view
- John C. Wright, a short story from Hermetic Millenia