Shades Within Us: Tales of Migrations and Fractured Borders

Shades Within Us: Tales of Migrations and Fractured Borders

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“[A]ddresses issues surrounding migration and borders at a very poignant moment in history . . . despite being speculative, many of these stories read like they were ripped from present-day headlines . . . this collection do a great job of asking readers not only to reflect on their own lives but also to consider the lives of others.” —Booklist (American Library Association)

“An engaging collection of poignant travel through time and space. Highly recommended for its breadth of stories that look at having to leave home-or discover it.” —Library Journal

“An intriguing addition to short story collections.” —School Library Journal

“Political and daring, this collection adds to the future imagined by Philip K. Dick, George Orwell, Margaret Atwood, and Aldous Huxley.” —Foreword Reviews

“Shades Within Us is a timely collection that invites us to ask whether we still do (or still should) live in a space of national borders and national definitions of identity. It invites us to use our speculative imagination to think through new ways of understanding selfhood in relation to the borders, boxes, and categories that are placed around us.” —Speculating Canada (Derek Newman-Stille)

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Hardcover: 978-1-988140-08-7
Paperback: 978-1-988140-05-6
ePub: 978-1-988140-06-3
PDF: 978-1-988140-09-4
Kindle: 978-1-988140-07-0

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Journey with twenty-one speculative fiction authors through the fractured borders of human migration to examine assumptions and catch a glimpse of the dreams, struggles, and triumphs of those who choose—or are forced—to leave home and familiar places. Who straddle borders within our worlds—and within us.

Migration. A transformation of time, place, and being . . .

WHO ARE THE SHADES WITHIN US?

We are called drifters, nomads. We are expatriates, evacuees, and pilgrims. We are colonists, aliens, explorers; strangers, visitors--intruders, conquerors--exiles, asylum seekers, and . . . outsiders.

An American father shields his son from Irish discrimination. A Chinese foreign student wrestles to safeguard her family at the expense of her soul. A college graduate is displaced by technology. A Nigerian high school student chooses between revenge and redemption. A bureaucrat parses the mystery of Taiwanese time travellers. A defeated alien struggles to assimilate into human culture. A Czechoslovakian actress confronts the German WWII invasion. A child crosses an invisible border wall. And many more.

Stories that transcend borders, generations, and cultures. Each is a glimpse into our human need in face of change: to hold fast to home, to tradition, to family; and yet to reach out, to strive for a better life.

Foreword------------------------------------------------------------------  Lucas K. Law
Introduction--------------------------------------------------------------  Eric Choi & Gillian Clinton 
Porque el girasol se llama el girasol-------------------------------------  Rich Larson 
Inkskinned----------------------------------------------------------------  Jeremy Szal 
Defender of Mogadun-------------------------------------------------------  Alex Shvartsman 
Gilbert Tong’s Life List--------------------------------------------------  Kate Heartfield 
The Marsh of Camarina-----------------------------------------------------  Matthew Kressel 
Invasio-------------------------------------------------------------------  Karin Lowachee 
Habitat-------------------------------------------------------------------  Christie Yant 
The Travellers------------------------------------------------------------  Amanda Sun 
Critical Mass-------------------------------------------------------------  Liz Westbrook-Trenholm 
Screen in Silver, Love in Colour, Mirror in Black-and-White---------------  Julie Nováková 
How My Life Will End------------------------------------------------------  Vanessa Cardui
From the Shoals of Broken Cities------------------------------------------  Heather Osborne 
In a Bar by the Ocean, the World Waits------------------------------------  Hayden Trenholm 
Imago---------------------------------------------------------------------  Elsie Chapman 
Shades of Void------------------------------------------------------------  Alvaro Zinos-Amaro 
Superfreak----------------------------------------------------------------  Tonya Liburd 
The Vagabond of Trudeau High----------------------------------------------  Sarah Raughley 
The Swordmaster of Ravenpeak----------------------------------------------  Brent Nichols 
Remember the Green--------------------------------------------------------  Seanan McGuire 
Devouring Tongues---------------------------------------------------------  S.L. Huang 
Voices--------------------------------------------------------------------  Tyler Keevil 
Afterword-----------------------------------------------------------------  Susan Forest 
Acknowledgements 
About The Contributors 
About The Editors 
Copyright Acknowledgements 
Appendix: Mental Health Resources & Anti-Discrimination Resources
Book Cover and Interior Design by Samantha M. Beiko

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Booklist (American Library Association)

"Shades within Us is the fourth of the Laksa Anthology Series (after Where the Stars Rise, 2017), collections of speculative fiction dedicated to different social issues. The first three approached mental health, caregiving, and Asian identity; the newest installment addresses issues surrounding migration and borders at a very poignant moment in history. The very first story delves into the horror, pain, and inherent racism of a border wall; despite being speculative, many of these stories read like they were ripped from present-day headlines. The book goes beyond immigration, though, exploring what it means not only to physically migrate to a new place but also to face complex personal challenges and move away from comfortable mindsets. Readers are encouraged to understand that our journeys in life do not start and stop when we find new homes but rather are a series of constant, ongoing experiences that have an impact on who we are entirely. The many authors highlighted by this collection do a great job of asking readers not only to reflect on their own lives but also to consider the lives of others."--Rachel Colias Copyright 2018 Booklist

Library Journal

"Library Journal Review A young girl finds that getting beyond the Wall means a trip among the layers of her world in Rich Larson's "Porque el Girasol se llama el Girasol." Battle games and movie invasions have nothing on real life in Karin Lowachee's "Invasio." In Amanda Sun's "The Travellers," one man assesses Taiwanese time-traveling migrants, while a family must "Remember the Green" as they are forced into city living in Seanan McGuire's short work. Twenty-one stories take readers through the minds and actions of migration: both in real and imagined places, by force or their own volition. The movement is more than physical, as the need to reassess personal convictions comes through all of these writings. Topics such as family and home are at the core, with issues of discrimination and mental health also present. VERDICT An engaging collection of poignant travel through time and space. Highly recommended for its breadth of stories that look at having to leave home-or discover it."--Kristi Chadwick, -Massachusetts Lib. Syst., Northampton © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc.

School Library Journal

"In this third installment in the series, 21 established authors tackle the subject of human migration. An introduction page explains that migration is more than simply a change in location but also an alteration in mind and spirit. Short, speculative stories explore this idea of migration of the soul, mind, and spirit. They also examine the concept of fractured borders, both visible and invisible; there is a price to be paid for attaining a new life or reality. All tales have some otherworldly component whether fantasy, science fiction, or paranormal. Particularly strong offerings include Rich Larson's chilling "Porque El Girasol Se Llama El Girasol." Young Girasol and her mother join refugees fleeing a futuristic Mexico into the United States, but they must travel through a dangerous, heavily armed border wall. Amanda Sun's "The Travellers" and Sarah Raughley's "The Vagabond of Trudeau High" are other standouts. Many selections are no longer than eight pages in length, although a few are as short as two pages and others as long as 15. This volume includes sections about the contributors and the editors as well as mental health and antidiscrimination resources. VERDICT An intriguing addition to short story collections."--Kristen Rademacher, Marist High School, Chicago © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc.

Speculating Canada

"Shades Within Us is a timely collection that invites us to ask whether we still do (or still should) live in a space of national borders and national definitions of identity. It invites us to use our speculative imagination to think through new ways of understanding selfhood in relation to the borders, boxes, and categories that are placed around us."--Derek Newman-Stille
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Foreword Reviews(July/August 2018)


"Borders both real and imagined, dystopian futures caused by catastrophic climate change, and devastating alterations of the past vivify the twenty-one stories of Shades Within Us. In the tradition of speculative and science fiction, the collection explores some of the most divisive issues of the present through the guise of different times, dimensions, and characters. The stories range from epistolary to lyrical to traditional narratives, with content that is often unexpected, frequently harrowing, and always thought-provoking.
The volume begins powerfully, imagining a U.S.-Mexico border that morphs into a metaphorical, multidimensional space. Other stories call forth equally engaging situations: A disapproving father reunites with a son who has been modified with gills to live underwater. An alien from a defeated planet sneaks his language into his new world by etching it onto his body. Temporal engineers from the future create tunnels that return them to the past as refugees from an unknown future. A farm family endures a resettlement from the green place to the gray, but the power to find the green still grows within them. Nazi Germany is evoked to create a space for speculation or supernatural interference.
With each story, the authors expand their settings and reality into a universe of broader potential to make sense of the tensions that plague the twenty-first century. Even as they represent foreign existences, the problems remain the same—family, love, belonging, identity, survival. Immigrants still work to make new homes, and government still debates their care, entrance, and control.
A few of the stories revisit well-worn tropes, but most take a fresh approach to their subjects and conjure terrifying futures brought on by climate change, greed, and corruption of power. Political and daring, this collection adds to the future imagined by Philip K. Dick, George Orwell, Margaret Atwood, and Aldous Huxley."--Camille-Yvette Welsch (br/)

NetGalley


"Interesting collection that touches on the ideas of identity and belonging that is very prevalent in the current climate." A D (Reviewer)

"ARC Copy...extremely interesting collection of stories depicting tales of migration/movement across borders of many kinds and the genres literally from range various garments of sci-fi, fantasy...genres don't even have category fitting for an anthology about messing with borders." Squid G (Reviewer)
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What you need for the library:
Title: Shades Within Us: Tales of Migrations and Fractured Borders
Author: Edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law
ISBN: 978-1-988140-08-7(HC), 978-1-988140-05-6(PB), 978-1-988140-06-3(eBook)
Publisher: Laksa Media Groups Inc.
Notes/Comments (to the library): The anthology (dealing with migrations, identities, and belonging) is recommended by Booklist and Foreword Reviews. Also available through Overdrive and cloudLibrary (eBook: 9781988140063)

Help Us to Change the World, One Book at a Time

August 11, 2018 – 3 PM
Calgary, AB (Fireside Room, Delta Hotel Calgary South, 135 Southland Drive SE)
When Words Collide (Pre-Book Launch Panel: Writing to a Theme)
Susan Forest, Lucas K. Law, Brent Nichols, Heather Osborne with special guest, Vanessa Cardui
One important market for authors is the themed anthology. What are the upsides and pitfalls when submitting to this type of market? How can a theme be inspiring or frustrating, and what do you do with a themed story that is not accepted? What is the publisher's motivation for choosing to have an anthology themed, and how do readers respond? Authors and editors from Laksa Media's "Shades Within Us: Tales of Migrations and Fractured Borders" discuss their past and current experiences.

October 12 - 14, 2018
October 13, 2018 (11 AM) Shades Within Us Hour: hosted by Eric Choi and Gillian Clinton
October 14, 2018 (11 AM) Writing to a Theme: moderated by Susan Forest
Ottawa, ON
Can-Con Ottawa(2 panels and 1 reading session)
Eric Choi, Gillian Clinton, Kate Heartfield, Susan Forest, Rich Larson, Sarah Raughley, Amanda Sun, Hayden Trenholm, Liz Westbrook-Trenholm