Seasons Between Us: Tales of Identities and Memories

Seasons Between Us: Tales of Identities and Memories

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“Featuring a diverse range of protagonists and a wide variety of genre and voice, this anthology nevertheless forms a cohesive whole, united by deep thought, emotional truth, and a hopeful tone. Speculative fiction fans will find it well worth searching out.”—Publishers Weekly

“VERDICT: This collection is at turns haunting, yearning, and hopeful. An excellent volume of varied voices, both familiar and new.”—Library Journal

“Through soft and hard science fiction, magical realism, folklore, horror, high fantasy, and alternate history, the 20 stories and two poems tackle aging, loss, change, and adaptation. Like the authors and characters, the settings are diverse… Fans of speculative fiction are well served.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The dazzling speculative fiction anthology Seasons Between Us features a range of distinct and powerful voices. By stretching the boundaries of what is and what might be, the stories in Seasons Between Us are compelling in addressing choice, identity, and meaning.”—Foreword Reviews (starred reviews)

ISBNs:
Hardcover: 978-1-988140-16-2
Paperback: 978-1-988140-17-9
Large Print: 978-1-988140-36-0
ebook: 978-1-988140-18-6

What is a life well-lived? What decisions will you make to have a meaningful life? What kind of stories will you leave behind?

Travel with twenty-three speculative fiction authors through the seasons of life to capture the memories, identities, and moments of stepping through the portal of change, as they cope with their own journeys of growing older.

From the moment of birth, through each threshold of our lives, to the moment we take our last breath, we age.

Some of us leap into a hopeful future, some cling to the knowns of our former selves, some wander obliviously through the minefields and poppies of change. Something is lost, something is gained in each season. Things forgotten, things remembered.

A child redefines identity and belonging in post-Soviet Hungary. A girl blossoming to adult awareness exchanges life for death in rural Canada. A college student chooses between the magic of ancient spirits and the magic of daily happiness in modern Japan. In futuristic India, a mother finds joy in the balance between family and career. Under the Andalusian sun, a mathematician consults his older self in affairs of love. In alternate Tanzania, a husband and wife discover wisdom in memory loss. A robot eases an old man's grief, and a grandmother opens her heart when she listens to her child. And many more hopeful stories.

Foreword---------------------------------------- Lucas K. Law
Introduction------------------------------------ Candas Jane Dorsey
Clear Waters------------------------------------ C.J. Cheung
Groven------------------------------------------ Heather Osborne
Robocare---------------------------------------- Rich Larson
Dress of Ash------------------------------------ Y.M. Pang
Hope to See the Ghost Tonight------------------- Patrick Swenson
Lay Down Your Heart----------------------------- Liz Westbrook-Trenholm & Hayden Trenholm
The Veil Between-------------------------------- Karin Lowachee
Sympathétique----------------------------------- Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
The Selkie’s Skin------------------------------- Bev Geddes
Messages Left in Transit, Devices Out of Sync--- S.B. Divya
Joe--------------------------------------------- Vanessa Cardui
Summer of Our Discontent------------------------ Tyler Keevil
A Grave Between Them---------------------------- Karina Sumner-Smith
Blue Kueh--------------------------------------- Joyce Chng
Second Thoughts--------------------------------- Eric Choi
The Sabhu My Destination------------------------ Maurice Broaddus
The Hidden Knowledge Society-------------------- Bogi Takács
The Light of Stars------------------------------ Amanda Sun
The Hollow Oath--------------------------------- Brent Nichols
When Resin Burns to Tar------------------------- Maria Haskins
Exchange of Perspective------------------------- Alan Dean Foster
The Astronaut’s Four Seasons-------------------- Jane Yolen
Afterword--------------------------------------- Susan Forest 
Acknowledgements 
About The Contributors 
About The Editors 
Copyright Acknowledgements 
Appendix: Mental Health Resources & Anti-Discrimination Resources
Cover Art by Samantha M. Beiko
Cover Design by Veronica Annis
Interior Book Layout (Print) by Jared D. Shapiro
E-book Format by Tod McCoy

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Publishers Weekly

“Featuring a diverse range of protagonists and a wide variety of genre and voice, this anthology nevertheless forms a cohesive whole, united by deep thought, emotional truth, and a hopeful tone. Speculative fiction fans will find it well worth searching out.”

Library Journal

"VERDICT This collection is at turns haunting, yearning, and hopeful. An excellent volume of varied voices, both familiar and new."

Kirkus Reviews

“Through soft and hard science fiction, magical realism, folklore, horror, high fantasy, and alternate history, the 20 stories and two poems tackle aging, loss, change, and adaptation. Like the authors and characters, the settings are diverse… Fans of speculative fiction are well served.”

Foreword Reviews (starred review)

“The dazzling speculative fiction anthology Seasons Between Us features a range of distinct and powerful voices. By stretching the boundaries of what is and what might be, the stories in Seasons Between Us are compelling in addressing choice, identity, and meaning.”

NetGalley


“There was one main feature in each story: human relationships and its importance in every situation. What it represents to us and how far would we go for the ones we love.” Luciana R. (Media)

“I don't normally enjoy anthologies, but this is a fabulous book and a great introduction to new writers. Such an excellent premise of whaf it means to be human with a whole range of diverse takes on it. I adored the 'advice to younger self" notes at the end of each one. Such a wise and beautiful concept. A few made me cry.” Caron m. (Reviewer)

“A fabulously diverse anthology of heartfelt stories, touching dialogues, strong characters and poetry by a well thought out selection of accomplished authors. How inspiring, to add the author’s ‘younger self’ advice at the ends of each story. This gives the book another dimension; an insight into what drives the author. A look into their younger self.” Sal B. (Reviewer)
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We recognize that not everyone has the resources to buy this anthology, Seasons Between Us: Tales of Identities and Memories. Since understanding different generation struggles and perspectives is such an important subject, please help us to reach as many readers as possible. Our dream is to have every library in the world having this anthology available for its library users.

We realize that library worldwide has limited budget, so we offer perpetual licensing of our e-book to libraries (i.e. we do not restrict the number of times an ebook can be lent in order not to force libraries to repurchase the same ebook over and over) through Overdrive/Libby, Bibliotheca/cloudLibrary and Baker & Taylor. Also available through Hoopla

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What you need for the library:
Title: Seasons Between Us: Tales of Identities and Memories
Author: Edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law
ISBN: 978-1-988140-16-2(HC), 978-1-988140-17-9(PB), 978-1-988140-36-0 (Large Print), 978-1-988140-18-6(eBook)
Publisher: Laksa Media Groups Inc.
Notes/Comments (to the library): The anthology is recommended by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, and Foreword Reviews. Available through Ingram, Overdrive/Libby, Baker & Taylor, cloudLibrary/Bibliotheca, and Hoopla

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

August 15, 2021 Sunday – 4 PM When Words Collide (free registration)
When Words Collide (virtual convention)(Social at Atrium Room: Moments of Joy)
Susan Forest, Lucas K. Law, Brent Nichols, Heather Osborne, Vanessa Cardui, Hayden Trenholm, Liz Westbrook-Trenholm, Calvin Jim
Seasons Between Us celebrates the boundaries we cross as our identities shift and re-define at new stages throughout our lives. Come to hear eight of Laksa Media's authors and editors share incidents that marked them, through the lens of joyful moments in their lives.


August 13-15, 2021 Readercon 31 (free registration)
Readercon 31 (virtual convention)( reading session)
Date and Time: TBD
(readings by Eric Choi, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Heather Osborne, Maria Haskins, Rich Larson)