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Prospective Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.88 inches | 1.43 pounds

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About the Author

Richard is a writer and academic editor who's living proof that abstract concepts like 'impostor syndrome' can be physically animated-not unlike an alchemist's homunculus-and given jobs like 'writer' and 'editor.' He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and cat in a house built in the year the first science fiction film, 'A Trip to the Moon, ' was released. Displacement is his second novel.


"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

"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

"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, Strange Horizons and award-winning author of The Sting Of It