The Sum of Us

The Sum of Us

by Brenda CooperA.M. Dellamonica Dominik Parisien and others

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

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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.


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


“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)

ISBN:
9781988140001
Category:
Fantasy
Format:
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
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.

Matt Moore

Matt Moore' s work has garnered critical acclaim far and wide, from the BBC to The New York Times.

Moore' s narrative style, hosting skills, and recipes have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Southern Living, and Esquire, as well as on TODAY, VH1, and FOX, among other outlets. His most recent book was A Southern Gentleman's Kitchen.

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.

Tyler Keevil

Tyler Keevil grew up in Vancouver and in his mid-twenties moved to Wales.

He is the author of three previous books and has received a number of awards for his writing, including the Missouri Review Editors' Prize, the Wales Book of the Year People's Prize, and the Writers' Trust of Canada Journey Prize.

He lectures in Creative Writing at Cardiff University.

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