The Sum Of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound

The Sum Of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound

“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

Release Date: September 8, 2017

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Project Objectives

A portion of Laksa Media’s net revenue from this anthology will go directly to support one of the programs provided by Canadian Mental Health Association.

Laksa Media will donate CAN$1,000 upon the publication of this anthology.

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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.

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.

These are their stories.

Twenty-three science fiction and fantasy authors capture 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.

Foreword-----------------------------------------------------	Lucas K. Law
Introduction-------------------------------------------------	Dominik Parisien
The Dunschemin Retirement Home for Repentant Supervillains---	Ian Creasey
Bottleneck---------------------------------------------------	A.M. Dellamonica
Mother Azalea's Sad Home for Forgotten Adults----------------	James Van Pelt
Things that Creep and Bind-----------------------------------	Christie Yant
The Gift-----------------------------------------------------	Bev Geddes
The Gatekeeper-----------------------------------------------	Juliet Marillier
The Healer's Touch-------------------------------------------	Colleen Anderson
The Crystal Harvester----------------------------------------	Brenda Cooper
The Burdens We Bear------------------------------------------	Hayden Trenholm
A Mother's Milk----------------------------------------------	Heather Osborne
The Mother's Keepers-----------------------------------------	Edward Willett
The Oracle and the Warlord-----------------------------------	Karina Sumner-Smith
The Beautiful Gears of Dying---------------------------------	Sandra Kasturi
The Gardener-------------------------------------------------	Amanda Sun
Number One Draft Pick----------------------------------------	Claire Humphrey
Orang Tua Adventure Home Academy-----------------------------	Charlotte Ashley
Sunshine of Your Love----------------------------------------	Nisi Shawl
Good-bye is that Time between Now and Forever----------------	Matt Moore
Ambassador to the Meek---------------------------------------	Alex Shvartsman
Gone Flying--------------------------------------------------	Liz Westbrook-Trenholm
Am I Not a Proud Outlier?------------------------------------	Kate Story
Blinders-----------------------------------------------------	Tyler Keevil
Dreams as Fragile as Glass-----------------------------------	Caroline M. Yoachim
Afterword----------------------------------------------------	Susan Forest
About the Contributors
About the Editors
Copyright Acknowledgements
Appendix: Mental Health Resources & Caregiving and Caregivers Resources 
Book Cover and Interior Design by Samantha Beiko

Who is a caregiver?
A caregiver--whether paid or unpaid--provides direct care for children, or elderly people, or those who have disability, cognitive condition, injury, mental illness, chronic life-limiting illness, or terminal illness.

For more information:
National Alliance for Caregiving: Resources for Caregivers
Carer Facts in Canada

What is mental illness?
Mental illness affects how a person thinks, feels and behaves. It includes depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and personality disorders.

For more information:

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Publishers Weekly

"This is overall a strong collection . . . make it worth reading." More...

Lightspeed Magazine

". . . 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." More...
August 13, 2017 – 1 PM
Calgary, AB (Fireside Room, Delta Hotel Calgary South, 135 Southland Drive SE)
When Words Collide (Pre-Book Launch)
Miki Dare, Susan Forest, Bev Geddes, Calvin D. Jim, Lucas K. Law, Fonda Lee, Heather Osborne, Hayden Trenholm, Liz Westbrook-Trenholm, Edward Willett with special Guest, Vanessa Cardui

October 11, 2017 – 7 PM
Toronto, Ontario, Canada ((Lillian H. Smith Library Branch, 3rd Floor, 239 College Street)
The Friends of the Merril Collection at The Lillian H. Smith Branch, Toronto Public Library (Book Launch)
Charlotte Ashley, A.M. Dellamonica, Susan Forest, Lucas K. Law, Karin Lowachee, Derwin Mak, Rati Mehrotra, Tony Pi

October 13-15, 2017 (date and time TBD)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, 150 Albert Street)
Can*Con 2017 Ottawa (Book Launch)
Susan Forest, Sandra Kasturi, Lucas K. Law, Derwin Mak, Matt Moore, Kate Story, Hayden Trenholm, Liz Westbrook-Trenholm, Edward Willett