Recommended by Publishers Weekly, Lightspeed, and Tangent.
2018 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award Finalist (anthology/Best Related Work)
One story selected for Best of British Science Fiction 2017 (ed. by Donna Scott, Newcon Press, June 2018)
One story selected for Best Indie Speculative Fiction, Vol. 1 (Bards & Sages Publishing, Nov 2018)
Five stories on Tangent Online Recommended Reading List 2017
One story nominated -- 2018 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award Short Fiction Finalist
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, showing they can be funny, sad, or heartwarming.
A henchman looks after an aged supervillain. A 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 in space. 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 ultimate decision. And many more.
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.
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
Edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law
Anthologies in this series (Strangers Among Us, The Sum of Us, Where the Stars Rise) have been recommended by Publishers Weekly, Booklist (American Library Association), Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Locus, Foreword Reviews, and Quill & Quire.
“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
“These stories take a broad exploration of what care can mean, looking at parental care, long term care homes, social responsibilities for care, foster care, maternal care, elder care, medical care by doctors and nurses, the care relationships of pets, and even the care roles of insectile species’ (since care isn’t just a human trait). These stories examine complexities of care that are critical to this culture moment such as what is the value of care?, what difference does quality care make?, what is quality of life?, is care the role of home or the state? . . . These are all critical questions that are in need of complex and creative answers and The Sum of Us invites readers to think critically about them. It doesn’t introduce easy answers about care-giving, but instead invites readers to explore often contrary ideas about care, asking readers to come up with their own critical questions and creative answers to the meaning of care. ”
—Speculating Canada (Derek Newman-Stille)