The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound

Kobo ebook | September 8, 2017

byJuliet Marillier, Susan Forest, Lucas K. Law...

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Twenty-three science fiction and fantasy authors capture the depth and breadth of giving and of caring and delve into the complex world of caregivers--a segment of our population that is often taken for granted.

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 and our strengths—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

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Twenty-three science fiction and fantasy authors capture the depth and breadth of giving and of caring and delve into the complex world of caregivers--a segment of our population that is often taken for granted. The world of caregivers and unsung heroes, the province of ghosts . . . WHO ARE THE SUM OF US? Children giving care. Dogs and...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:September 8, 2017Publisher:Laksa Media Groups Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1988140005

ISBN - 13:9781988140001

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