The Sum of Us
Tales of the Bonded and Bound
by Susan Forest & Lucas K. Law (editors), Brenda Cooper, A.M. Dellamonica, Sandra Kasturi, Juliet Marillier, Nisi Shawl, Chistie Yant, Caroline M. Yoachim, Karina Sumner-Smith, Amanda Sun, Alex Shvartsman and more, Dominik Parisien (Introduction)
Pub Date 08 Sep 2017
SHORT DESCRIPTION: Explore the depth and breadth of caring and of giving and delve into the world of caregivers--a segment of our population that is often taken for granted--with twenty-three original, thought-provoking and moving stories.
The world of caregivers and unsung heroes, the province of ghosts . . .
If we believe that we are the protagonists of our lives, then caregivers—our pillars—are ghosts, the bit players, the stock characters, the secondary supports, living lives of quiet trust and toil in the shadows. Summoned to us by the profound magic of great emotional, physical, or psychological need, they play their roles, and when our need diminishes . . .
The caregivers fade.
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. Bound to us by invisible bonds, but with lives, dreams, and passions of their own.These are their stories: The Oracle and The Warlord, The Dunschemin Retirement Home for Repentant Supervillians, Good-bye is That Time between Now and Forever, Blinders, Am I Not a Proud Outlier?, Things that Creep and Bind, Dreams as Fragile as Glass, Number One Draft Pick, and many more.
Twenty-three science fiction and fantasy authors capture the depth and breadth of caring and of giving and delve into the world of caregivers--a segment of our population that is often taken for granted . 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.
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, Kate Story, Karina Sumner-Smith, Amanda Sun, Hayden
Trenholm, James Van Pelt, Liz Westbrook-Trenholm, Edward Willett,
Christie Yant, Caroline M. Yoachim, Dominik Parisien (Introduction)
EDITORS: Susan Forest, Lucas K. LawRECOMMENDED AGE: Mature Readers (ages 16 and up)
CATEGORY: Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy
FIC009040 FICTION / Fantasy / Collections & Anthologies
FIC028040 FICTION / Science Fiction / Collections & Anthologies
FIC061000 FICTION / Magical Realism
A Note From the Publisher
“This is overall a strong collection . . . make it worth reading.” –Publishers Weekly
". . . 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
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• Book display at BookExpo/BookCon America 2017 and American Library Association 2017 annual conference
• Book launches, author or editor appearances at select festivals and genre conventions
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