The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound by Susan Forest

The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound

bySusan Forest, Lucas K. Law, Dominik Parisien...

Kobo ebook | September 8, 2017

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Twenty-three science fiction and fantasy authors delve into the crazy and complex world of caregivers, showing their world can be heartwarming or funny or sad or strange.

Nominated – 2018 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award Shortlist (anthology/Best Related Work)

2018 Alberta Book Publishing Award Shortlist (Best Speculative Fiction) Finalist

One story selected for Best of British Science Fiction 2017 (ed. by Donna Scott)

One story selected for Best Indie Speculative Fiction, Vol. 1 (Bards & Sages Publishing)

Five stories on Tangent Online Recommended Reading List 2017

One story nominated – 2018 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award Short Fiction Finalist

One story nominated – 2018 WSFA Small Press Award Finalist

One story nominated – 2018 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic Short Fiction Shortlist

Three stories nominated – 2018 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic Short Fiction Longlist


A henchman looks after a mischievous aging supervillain. A soldier with a "heart of gold" in charge of the governor's children. A stray cat helps his patients find peace. An android tends to a terminally ill patient. A service dog assists an ice hockey player in his sport. A young apprentice guides a blind welder in space. An old couple with diminished capabilities depend on each other with humor to survive. An aging tutor overcomes the reservation of her pupil to build a submersible vessel. A hospice director tries to do the right thing. A pious monk makes the ultimate decision on a spacecraft. And many more.

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 Introduction by Dominik Parisien

Edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law

Anthologies in this series (Strangers Among Us, The Sum of Us, Where the Stars Rise) have been recommended by Publishers Weekly, Booklist (American Library Association), Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Locus, Foreword Reviews, and Quill & Quire.


“. . . 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. At the very least, it should make us all appreciate caretakers for all they do.” –Lightspeed Magazine

“ . . . thought provoking page-turners.” –Tangent

“These stories take a broad exploration of what care can mean . . .” —Speculating Canada (Derek Newman-Stille)

Title:The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and BoundFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 8, 2017Publisher:Laksa Media Groups Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1988140005

ISBN - 13:9781988140001