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.
Migration. A transformation of time, place, and being . . .
WHO ARE THE SHADES WITHIN US?
We are called drifters, nomads. We are expatriates, evacuees, and pilgrims. We are colonists, aliens, explorers; strangers, visitors--intruders, conquerors--exiles, asylum seekers, and . . . outsiders.
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
Selected by Locus 2018 Recommended Reading List (Original Anthologies category). Recommended by Booklist, Library Journal, School Library, Foreword Reviews, and Speculating Canada.
The anthologies in this series (Strangers Among Us, The Sum of Us, Where the Stars Rise, Shade Within Us) have been recommended by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Locus, Foreword Reviews, and Quill & Quire.
Susan Forest is a three-time (Canadian SF&F) Prix Aurora Award finalist for short fiction and a writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her novel (Bursts of Fire), the first in a seven-volume epic fantasy series, the Addicted to Heaven Saga, will be out in 2019 from Laksa Media, followed by Flights of Marigolds. Her collection of short fiction, Immunity to Strange Tales, was published by Five Rivers Publishing. She has published over 25 short stories in Canadian and international publications. Susan has co-edited three anthologies (Strangers Among Us, The Sum of Us, Shades Within Us) on social issue-related themes with Lucas K. Law. Their next anthology, Seasons Between Us, is scheduled for Fall 2020. Strangers Among Us and The Sum of Us won the (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Awards for Best Anthology.
Lucas K. Law is Malaysian-born freelance editor and published author who divides his time and heart between Calgary and Qualicum Beach. With Susan Forest, he co-edits Strangers Among Us, The Sum of Us, and Shades Within Us. Their next anthology, Seasons Between Us, is scheduled for Fall 2020. Strangers Among Us and The Sum of Us won the (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Awards for Best Anthology. Lucas is the co-editor of Where the Stars Rise with Derwin Mak. Where the Stars Rise won the Alberta Book Publishing Award for Speculative Fiction Book of the Year. He has been a jury member for a number of fiction competitions including Nebula, RITA and Golden Heart Awards. When he isn’t editing, writing, or reading, he is a corporate and non-profit organization consultant in business planning and development.
“Addresses 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
“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
“Political and daring, this collection adds to the future imagined by Philip K. Dick, George Orwell, Margaret Atwood, and Aldous Huxley.” —Foreword Reviews