The Sum of Us

The Sum of Us

by Brenda CooperA.M. Dellamonica Dominik Parisien and others

Epub (Adobe), Epub (Kobo) Publication Date: 08/09/2017

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Recommended by Publishers Weekly ("This is overall a strong collection . . . make it worth reading.")


Twenty-three science fiction and fantasy authors capture the depth and breadth of caring and of giving and delve into the complex world of caregivers--a segment of our population that is often taken for granted.


The world of caregivers and unsung heroes, the province of ghosts . . .


WHO ARE THE SUM OF US?


Children giving care. Dogs and cats giving care. Sidekicks, military, monks, ghosts, robots. Even aliens. Care given by lovers, family, professionals. Caregivers who can no longer give. Caregivers who make the decision not to give, and the costs and the consequences that follow. Bound to us by invisible bonds, but with lives, dreams, and passions of their own.


These are their stories: a henchman looks after a supervillain, the soldier in charge of the governor's children, a cat helps his patients pass on, an android tends to a terminally ill patient, a service dog looks after an ice hockey player, a young apprentice guides a blind welder, an old couple with diminished capabilities depend on each other to survive an earthquake, an aging tutor overcomes the reservation of her pupil to build a submersible vessel, a hospice director trying to do the right thing, a pious monk makes the final decision, and many more.


Twenty-three science fiction and fantasy authors explore the depth and breadth of caring and of giving. They find insight, joy, devastation, and heroism in grand sweeps and in tiny niches. And, like wasps made of stinging words, there is pain in giving, and in working one's way through to the light. Our lives and relationships are complex.


But in the end, there is hope, and there is love.


FEATURING ORIGINAL STORIES BY COLLEEN ANDERSON, CHARLOTTE ASHLEY, BRENDA COOPER, IAN CREASEY, A.M. DELLAMONICA, BEV GEDDES, CLAIRE HUMPHREY, SANDRA KASTURI, TYLER KEEVIL, JULIET MARILLIER, MATT MOORE, HEATHER OSBORNE, NISI SHAWL, ALEX SHVARTSMAN, KARINA SUMNER-SMITH, KATE STORY, AMANDA SUN, HAYDEN TRENHOLM, JAMES VAN PELT, LIZ WESTBROOK-TRENHOLM, EDWARD WILLETT, CHRISTIE YANT & CAROLINE M. YOACHIM


WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY DOMINIK PARISIEN


Foreword by Lucas K. Law


Afterword by Susan Forest


Edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law


REVIEWS


“This is overall a strong collection . . . make it worth reading.” –Publishers Weekly


“. . . definitely consider buying a copy, if not for yourself, then for someone who is serving as a caretaker. Hopefully the stories can serve as comfort to them. At the very least, it should make us all appreciate caretakers for all they do.” –Lightspeed Magazine


“This anthology was one of the better ones, with no ‘howlers’ and several thought provoking page-turners.” –Tangent

ISBN:
9781988140001
Category:
Fantasy
Format:
Epub (Adobe), Epub (Kobo)
Publication Date:
08-09-2017
Language:
English
Publisher:
Laksa Media Groups Inc.
Amanda Sun

Amanda Sun was born in Deep River, Ontario, and now lives in Toronto.

The Paper Gods series, which includes Ink, Rain, and Storm, was inspired by her time living in Osaka and traveling throughout Japan.

She is an avid video gamer and cosplayer.

Juliet Marillier

Juliet Marillier was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, a town with strong Scottish roots. She graduated from Otago University with degrees in arts and music, and has had a varied career which included teaching and performing music as well as working in government agencies.

Juliet now lives in a hundred-and-ten-year-old cottage near the river in Perth, Western Australia, where she writes fulltime. She is a member of the druid order OBOD.

Juliet shares her home with a small pack of waifs and strays. Juliet's historical fantasy novels are published internationally and have won a number of awards.

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