Or Else The Light

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Or Else The Light
Title: Or Else The Light
Editor: John Joseph Adams, Christie Yant, Hugh Howey
Publisher: Broad Reach Publishing + Adamant Press
Published: June 30, 2020
Pages: 298
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Or Else The Light is a 2020 anthology that contains the story The Sadness & Joy, written by Scott Sigler. It is Book Three in the Dystopia Triptych.

Book Synopsis

"Into the darkness within; or else the light..." When Margaret Atwood wrote these words, she left open the possibility that even our darkest tales may harbor a glimmer of hope. In Or Else The Light, the third and final entry of The Dystopia Triptych, over a dozen of the best minds in science fiction conclude their stories with a descent into darkness, or perhaps a ray of light.


  1. Introduction by The Editors
  2. You Have Been Crowdfunded, by Carrie Vaughn
  3. Spheres and Harmonies, by Tim Pratt
  4. Failsafe, by Rich Larson
  5. Dresses, by Cadwell Turnbull
  6. Sakura, by Karin Lowachee
  7. Blood Relations, by Adam-Troy Castro
  8. The Shadow Prisoner's Dilemma, by Caroline M. Yoachim
  9. Inheritors of the Earth, by Hugh Howey
  10. A Foreign-Born Heir by An Owomoyela
  11. Recovery, by Seanan McGuire
  12. Human Country, by Dominica Phetteplace
  13. Blackberries, by Alex Irvine
  14. The Machine Votes, by Tobias S. Buckell
  15. The Sadness & Joy, by Scott Sigler
  16. Making Faces (earth), by Darcie Little Badger
  17. Why Can't I Sleep a Little Longer? by Violet Allen
  18. The Law is the Plan, The Plan is Death, by Merc Fenn Wolfmoor

Release Schedule

Print editions

Cover Art Edition Country Release Date ISBN
1st ed. Paperback United States June 30, 2020 ISBN 978-1796549652

Digital editions

Cover Art Edition Country Release Date
1st ed. eBook Global June 30, 2020
Audiobook United States July 7, 2020

Anthologies featuring stories written by Scott Sigler

Aliens: Bug Hunt • Burn The Ashes • Chasing Shadows • Dark Cities • The Demons of King Solomon • Games Creatures Play • Hardboiled Horror • HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! • Ignorance Is Strength • Joe Ledger: Unstoppable • MECH: Age of Steel • Or Else The Light • PAULANDSTORMONOMICON • Podthology • Robot Uprisings • Surviving Tomorrow • The End has Come  • The End is Nigh • The End is Now • Unfettered II • Unfettered III • V-Wars: Blood & Fire • V-Wars: Night Terrors • Wastelands III • WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT?