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The Sum of Us

Tales of the Bonded and Bound · Laksa Anthology: Speculative Fiction

by Juliet Marillier Author · Susan Forest Author


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The greatest gift to us is caring. What would the world be like without someone to care for or to care with? Would love survive if we don't care? From the world of twenty-three science fiction and fantasy authors comes a world that can be funny, heartwarming, strange, or sad. Or not what we expect. Recommended by Publishers Weekly.

2018 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award Winner (Best Anthology/Related Work)

2018 Alberta Book Publishing Award Finalist (Best Speculative Fiction)

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 – 2018 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award Short Fiction Winner

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

One story – 2018 WSFA Small Press Award Finalist

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

How can a henchman keep up with a mischievous retired supervillain? Can a dog help a hockey player score again? Will an odd couple with a zany sense of adventure and diminished capabilities survive an earthquake? Where does a stray cat go to find love every night? What secret does a pious monk have with a cargo of sleeping human? Will terrorism in space take out a young apprentice and a blind welder? What does an oracle tell a lover about her final days? Can a "heart of gold" prevent a soldier from crossing the enemy line with the governor's children? These, 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)

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Laksa Media Groups Inc.
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Laksa Anthology: Speculative Fiction


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Susan Forest
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Brenda Cooper
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Nisi Shawl
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Tyler Keevil
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A.M. Dellamonica
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Matt Moore
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James Van Pelt
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Edward Willett
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Juliet Marillier
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Sandra Kasturi
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Hayden Trenholm
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Amanda Sun
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Colleen Anderson
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Charlotte Ashley
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Ian Creasey
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Karina Sumner-Smith
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Alex Shvartsman
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Claire Humphrey
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Christie Yant
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Heather Osborne
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Kate Story
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Dominik Parisien
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Lucas K. Law
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caroline M. Yoachim
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bev geddes
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liz westbrook-trenholm
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