Graduate project

To touch the stars/to touch the Earth

Touch the Stars/Touch the Earth is a collection of four short stories that explore themes of grief, death, loss and agency through the medium of fiction, specifically using the genres of fabulist and science fiction. Each story has a central theme of loss and a regaining of agency. Each story uses genre to get at issues that are utterly mundane: the loss of a loved one, feeling stagnant, the process of being depressed and possibly suicidal, an unwanted pregnancy. Prefacing these stories is a discussion dwelling on the influences, theories, and popular culture that have helped shape the creative work, in particular the writing of Ursula K. Le Guin, English folk ballad Tam Lin, and numerous discussions that have taken place both online and in the real world regarding representation and how diversity is echoed or not echoed in popular fiction.