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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  33 reviews
“They don’t make plus size spacesuits” is a sci-fi short story collection, featuring an introductory essay. It is written by long-time fat activist, Ali Thompson of Ok2BeFat.

This book is a incandescent cry from the heart, a radical turn away from utopian daydreaming of future body perfection to center a fat perspective instead.

Ali invites people to experience a fictional
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Published June 28th 2019 by Self published
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Genesee Rickel
The first two stories feel like they have a different form than the last two, but I loved them all. This is NOT an easy read and it isn’t supposed to be. If anyone reads this and is curious about the real-life policies, practices, and norms that are behind the sci-if, please let me know. I have articles, and blogs, and podcasts, and personal experiences to share that back up every single thing in this book. The real horror of the story is that this isn’t science fiction, it’s fucking real and it ...more
Buddy Read with friends at WBtM. This was a thought-provoking collection, and it's obvious the author writes with true passion. The last story was the best, ending with a note of hope. ...more
I wanted to like this. Really I did. The downside of reading this collection of short stories after reading a number of Hugo-nominated pieces is that I can see just how much better those stories are constructed than this is. Especially contrasting this to N. K. Jemisin's Emergency Skin, which makes many of the same points but is more nuanced in her characterization.
First off: there are not enough fat protagonists in science fiction and there need to be because the alternative is eugenics. I appr
Oct 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
I want to save the next book club from making a sad mistake.

My SciFi book club selected this book because of all the great reviews. We are all plus size so I think think this also contributed to the choice.

Here are the issues with the book:
1. It is super short
2. The characters are not engaging
3. There are no new insights
4. There were no plots
5. It was not entertaining

If want to read a plus size book that has none of the flaws of this book, read Lindy West's Shrill. It is not SciFi but it is ent
Jessica Belmont
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
They Don’t Make Plus Size Spacesuits is a powerful collection of short stories from characters in the same dystopian society, where they try to “fix” fat people with medical procedures and technology.

It is a very interesting, and scary look on the world, and what the world could be. There is a lot of difficulties in being a bigger person in this word. From difficulties finding clothing to feeling shameful for eating. Ali Thompson touches on all of this in a unique way.

I recommend checking this o
Dawn Lawson
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Exceptional book. I rarely do 5 stars -- this one had the ingredients of a good book. Engaging story, superb writing, and (view spoiler) The latter isn't absolutely necessary, but strongly encouraged for my piece of mind. I just read a five star book without the (view spoiler), and it is still messing with me. I have no idea how to review it.

The writer of Plus Sized Space Suits takes on body image, which most writers don't dare go anyw
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(I received an ARC, for which there were no conditions.)

This is the best thing I've read this year. A beautiful, heart-rending piece of work. I scarcely drew breath while I was reading. There's something incredibly cathartic about They Don't Make Plus Size Spacesuits; it's as though all my experiences of fatphobia are being *seen*, and understood. That's so rare in fiction, and so precious.

A wonderful book.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The first story in this (very short) book was truly amazing. It seriously wowed me. I said "wow" out loud a couple of times, and then I wrote it a couple of times in my book group discussion. It should win an award. What a unique idea! I am not sure that I agree with the author's implication (view spoiler) ...more
i liked the intro more than the stories themselves. these were very angry stories. and yes, fat people in this world in this time deserve to be angry, but i just didn't love these stories as much as i expected to. ...more
Melanie Page
Sep 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fat-characters, dnf
I purchased They Don't Make Plus-size Space Suits by Ali Thompson, a fat activist known as Ok2BeFat, just recently. Her stories, however, reiterate all the vitriolic garbage society says about fat people. Why not use her stories to create fully-realized, empowered fat characters? The ideas are simplistic, too. Instead of a family working to make their daughter less fat, she eats diet food and exercises to be less...tall. Just why? DNF for feeling horrible while reading. Her content warnings don' ...more
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is important, but also hard, but makes no bones about being hard, with the most detailed content warning I have ever seen.

Essentially a few very short stories, the first substitutes height reduction for weight reduction, and the overly familiar becomes shocking.

The next two are dystopian nightmares, that again sound far too familiar, but the next and final story gives hope, and all of them could each be happening to the same person, going through stages of fighting, and an acceptance
Tin Minute
They Don't Make Plus Size Spacesuits is a collection of stories that center on what kinds of dystopian futures 'big girls' might one day face. Most of the stories include some sort of operation, whether chosen or forced and overlords bent on policing the bodies of others. I was expecting more of a science fiction element to it, but most of it was speculative and only one story took place in space. It's not a spoiler to say that there are no happy endings in this book, but it's still worth the re ...more
Taylor Bradbury
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I honestly don’t know what to say about this book besides wow. It was hard-hitting and made me feel all of the fat girl feelings.

From the very first story you feel hooked in a way that only people who have dealt with fatphobia and hatred can understand. This is an incredibly fast read, but it packs so much power in the twenty-odd pages.
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
This book was shorter than I expected but impactful all the same. Ali Thompson imagines a very clear future where there are even more ways in which fat people are harmed and discriminated against, a future that feels very possible.

This book is difficult to read, but worth it. One that those who have thin privilege (myself included) should read, and think deeply about.
Meredith Lister
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Solid sci-fi that asks “what happens to fat people in Utopia?”

I’m a sucker for sci-fi short stories, especially when they take our current world and sharply critique it through reframing.

The story “Nothing left to burn” stood out as a highlight to me; the tone of it leans almost into the horror genre.
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a short, quick read with fewer space suits than the title led me to expect. However, the stories are heartfelt and poignant, and elements of them definitely ring true with things that are happening today. It was worthwhile for the time I spent with it.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The fat representation I need. This book captures the terrible claustrophobia of dieting and self hatred that our fat phobic culture is steeped in.
JR Dabbles
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing short stories about fatness being "cured" in various future settings. While I recommend this whole-heartedly, also take care. These stories are emotionally brutal. ...more
Margo Angélique
it took me a minute to realize this was like short stories but wow.
this was smart and intense and so well written and at times really sad and a bit disturbing
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, ebook, short
This is a slim volume about fatness. The stories in it are very brief, almost snippets, but what is there is very evocative and honest.
Ida Ottesen
Read as part of the Popsugar Reading Challenge, prompt #20 A book set in space.
Chad Musick
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: speculative
This book isn't so much a set of short stories as it is a set of monologues from characters in the same future. The format works to the advantage of the theme here, giving us glimpses into a dystopian/utopian society in which fat people are controlled via medical procedures and technology (the dystopian portion) but may also have a place to escape (the utopian portion).

Each story/monologue is along the lines of the individual chapters of Good Kings Bad Kings, an award-winning 'novel' written as
Jessica Bronder
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a collection of four stories that revolve around being fat, obese, and unwanted. The basic idea is in the future fat has been punished and is trying to be destroyed. The narrator talks about being fat and the different “helpful” ways that have been created to help encourage these people to lose weight and fit into the perfectly thin society.

This is a touching and heartfelt expression of someone that has been deemed fat and them trying to follow the rules and please those that are trying
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Did you ever wonder what it’s like to be fat in a world where phrases like ‘war on obesity’ are used unironically and seen as a good thing? This collection comprises short stories and an introductory essay. The stories are set in futures even more fatphobic than our own present, and show snippets of the horrors that fat people might endure, sometimes even be persuaded to volunteer for under the guise of ‘health’.

I thought this was a really superb volume of stories. It’s very short, it won’t take
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Note: I received a free ARC of this book from the author. There were no conditions put on me receiving the ARC from them.

I can’t think of any fat protagonists in books I’ve read. Horrible, right? I am fat, and this is the first time I’ve seen a mirror to that part of myself. But if this has to be the first time then what a first time it was. I feel whole for having read this. Seen in ways I didn’t realise I could be seen. Ali has a way of speaking to the solidarity and isolation we experience as
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ali is an amazing artist and a worthy follow on youtube and twitter, and I'm so glad she published this book. It's an introductory essay plus four short stories looking at how a future built on an "ideal" (thin) body could look on an individual body surveillance level. It's such an important connection to make between the utopian future we envision and the monitoring, disciplinary, and punishment systems they require. I also appreciate the direct line Ali drew between seemingly innocuous technol ...more
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this in one quick sitting. Part of that is because it's short, but mostly because it's incredible.

Each one of Ali's stories really gutted me while also making me feel at home. I could see myself in these worlds in a way I really haven't in most sci-fi. In much the same way that The Handmaid's Tale extrapolates on the arguments of conservative evangelical Christianity and sees them to their logical end point, They don't make plus size spacesuits sees diet culture to its logical extreme. M
Bree Dick
May 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: sarah swenson smith
This book was heartwrenching. The way each story addressed fatphobia - both in a larger culture and within sci-fi - was so fresh and visceral. I wanted something more to a lot of the stories, more of Ali's writing, and more stories in general. The writing fit it's audience really well, but I felt there were some moments that were a bit forced, so 4/5. If you want to understand how truly horrifying fatphobia is, read this book. ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely devoured this book and felt each story like a punch to my emotional circuits. Each one reads as cautionary tale of what life can be like if the future really is the “fat-free utopia” traditional SF/F writers envision. Anyone who lives in a fat body will recognize these themes in their everyday life. I can’t wait to see the future work of Ali Thompson!
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