Recommended by –Publishers Weekly (“This is overall a strong collection . . . make it worth reading.”)
Explore the depth and breadth of caring and of giving and delve into the complex world of caregivers--a segment of our population that is often taken for granted--in twenty-three original thought-provoking and moving stories.
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 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.
FEATURING ORIGINAL STORIES BY 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, KARINA SUMNER-SMITH, KATE STORY, AMANDA SUN, HAYDEN TRENHOLM, JAMES VAN PELT, LIZ WESTBROOK-TRENHOLM, EDWARD WILLETT, CHRISTIE YANT & CAROLINE M. YOACHIM
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY DOMINIK PARISIEN
Foreword by Lucas K. Law
Afterword by Susan Forest
Edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law
Praise for The Sum of Us
“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
“This anthology was one of the better ones, with no ‘howlers’ and several thought provoking page-turners.” –Tangent