Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel by Julian K. Jarboe
Trade paperback format. Recommended! Sharp, smart, sometimes (understandably) angry, and witty through it all.
In this debut collection of body-horror fairy tales and mid-apocalyptic Catholic cyberpunk, memory and myth, loss and age, these are the tools of storyteller Jarboe, a talent in the field of queer fabulism. Bodily autonomy and transformation, the importance of negative emotions, unhealthy relationships, and bad situations amidst the staggering and urgent question of how build and nurture meaning, love, and safety in a larger world/society that might not be “fixable.”This includes such tales as "The Nothing Spots Where Nobody Wants to Stay" and "The Seed and The Stone" as well as original fiction. A finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Crawford Award!
Julian K. Jarboe is a writer and sound designer from Massachusetts. More of their work can be found at juliankjarboe.com.
Cover art by Kim Hu; cover design by Peter Barnfather.
"Throughout, Jarboe melds tenderness, humor, and righteous anger into insightful tales of characters navigating the margins of society. Readers are sure to be blown away." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This slim collection of only 222 pages draws on myth, fairy tale, apocalyptic visions of the future — capitalism and climate change gone further awry, and a necessary dose of dark humor." - The Seattle Review of Books