The Sum Of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound

The Sum Of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound

Release Date: September 8, 2017

Hardcover: 978-1-988140-03-2
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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?

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 . . .


These are their stories.

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.

Twenty-three science fiction and fantasy authors explore 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:

Sell Sheet/Tip Sheet for The Sum of Us

Book Cover image for The Sum of Us:

August 13, 2017 – 1 PM
Calgary, AB (Fireside Room, Delta Hotel Calgary South, 135 Southland Drive SE)
When Words Collide (Pre-Book Launch)
Susan Forest, Bev Geddes, Calvin D. Jim, Lucas K. Law, Fonda Lee, Hayden Trenholm, Liz Westbrook-Trenholm