TALES OF THE BONDED AND BOUND

Edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law

Recommended by Publishers Weekly, Lightspeed Magazine, and Tangent Online.


The greatest gift to us is the depth and breadth of caring and of giving. 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 mind of twenty-three science fiction and fantasy authors comes a world that can be funny, heartwarming, strange, or sad. Or not what we expect.

Our lives and relationships are complex. But in the end, there is hope, and there is love.

These are their stories: a henchman looks after a supervillain, the soldier in charge of the governor’s children, a cat helps his patients pass on, an android tends to a terminally ill patient, a service dog looks after an ice hockey player, a young apprentice guides a blind welder, an old couple with diminished capabilities depend on each other to survive an earthquake, an aging tutor overcomes the reservation of her pupil to build a submersible vessel, a hospice director trying to do the right thing, a pious monk makes the final decision, and many more.

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Praise for The Sum of Us

“A strong collection . . . make it worth reading.”Publishers Weekly

“So 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

Awards and Honorable Mentions

2018 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award Winner
2018 Alberta Book Publishing Award Fnalist

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
Three stories: 2018 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic Short Fiction Longlist
One story : 2018 WSFA Small Press Award Finalist
One story selected: Best of British Science Fiction 2017 (ed. by Donna Scott)
One story selected: Best Indie Speculative Fiction, Vol. 1 (Bards & Sages Publishing)
One honorable mention: The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 (edited by John Joseph Adams and N.K. Jemisin)
Five stories: Tangent Online Recommended Reading List 2017

AUTHORS: 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, Kate Story, Karina Sumner-Smith, Amanda Sun, Hayden Trenholm, James Van Pelt, Liz Westbrook-Trenholm, Edward Willett, Christie Yant, Caroline M. Yoachim, and Dominik Parisien (Introduction)