Edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law

Recommended by Booklist, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Locus, and Foreword Reviews.

Journey with twenty-one speculative fiction authors through the fractured borders of human migration to examine assumptions and catch a glimpse of the dreams, struggles, and triumphs of those who choose—or are forced—to leave home and familiar places. Who straddle borders within our worlds and within us.

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.

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.

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Praise for Shades Within Us

“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

“Addresses issues surrounding migration and borders at a very poignant moment in history . . . 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

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

“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

Awards and Honorable Mentions

2019 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award Finalist
2019 Alberta Book Publishing Award Winner
2019 Locus Award Long List
Locus 2018 Recommended Reading List
Bookriot: 20 Awesome Post-Apocalyptic Books from 2018
One story: 2019 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award Short Fiction Finalist
One story: 2019 The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic — Short Story Long List

AUTHORS: 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, and Eric Choi & Gillian Clinton (Introduction).