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Shades Within Us

Tales of Migrations and Fractured Borders · Laksa Anthology: Speculative Fiction

by Seanan McGuire Author · Susan Forest Author


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Recommended by Booklist (American Library Association), Library Journal, School Library Journal, Foreword Reviews, and Locus.

Journey with twenty-one speculative fiction authors through the fractured borders of human migration to examine the dreams, struggles, and triumphs of those who choose—or are forced—to leave home and familiar places.

Migration. A transformation of time, place, and being . . .


An American father shields his son from Irish discrimination. A Chinese foreign student wrestles to safeguard her family at the expense of her soul. A college graduate is displaced by technology. A Nigerian high school student chooses between revenge and redemption. A bureaucrat parses the mystery of Taiwanese time travellers. A defeated alien struggles to assimilate into human culture. A Czechoslovakian actress confronts the German WWII invasion. A child crosses an invisible border wall. And many more.

Stories that transcend borders, generations, and cultures. Each is a glimpse into our human need in face of change: to hold fast to home, to tradition, to family; and yet to reach out, to strive for a better life.

Featuring Original Stories by Vanessa Cardui, Elsie Chapman, Kate Heartfield, S.L. Huang, Tyler Keevil, Matthew Kressel, Rich Larson,Tonya Liburd, Karin Lowachee, Seanan McGuire, Brent Nichols, Julie Nováková, Heather Osborne, Sarah Raughley, Alex Shvartsman, Amanda Sun, Jeremy Szal, Hayden Trenholm, Liz Westbrook-Trenholm, Christie Yant & Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

With An Introduction by Eric Choi & Gillian Clinton

Edited by Susan Forest & Lucas K. Law

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

Praise for Shades Within Us

"[A]ddresses issues surrounding migration and borders at a very poignant moment in history . . . despite being speculative, many of these stories read like they were ripped from present-day headlines . . . this collection do a great job of asking readers not only to reflect on their own lives but also to consider the lives of others." —Booklist (American Library Association)

"An engaging collection of poignant travel through time and space. Highly recommended for its breadth of stories that look at having to leave home-or discover it." —Library Journal

"An intriguing addition to short story collections." —School Library Journal

"Even as they represent foreign existences, the problems remain the same—family, love, belonging, identity, survival . . . take a fresh approach to their subjects and conjure terrifying futures brought on by climate change, greed, and corruption of power. Political and daring, this collection adds to the future imagined by Philip K. Dick, George Orwell, Margaret Atwood, and Aldous Huxley." —Foreword Reviews

"Shades Within Us is a timely collection that invites us to ask whether we still do (or still should) live in a space of national borders and national definitions of identity. It invites us to use our speculative imagination to think through new ways of understanding selfhood in relation to the borders, boxes, and categories that are placed around us." —Speculating...

Publication Details

Laksa Media Groups Inc.
Laksa Media Groups Inc
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Laksa Anthology: Speculative Fiction


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Author :
Susan Forest
Author :
Seanan McGuire
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Eric Choi
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Tyler Keevil
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Karin Lowachee
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Hayden Trenholm
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Elsie Chapman
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Amanda Sun
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Sarah Raughley
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Brent Nichols
Author :
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
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Alex Shvartsman
Author :
Christie Yant
Author :
Heather Osborne
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Matthew Kressel
Author :
Kate Heartfield
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Vanessa Cardui
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Lucas K. Law
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Rich Larson
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Julie Nováková
Author :
Jeremy Szal
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Tonya Liburd
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liz westbrook-trenholm
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S. L. Huang
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Gillian Clinton
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