The greatest gift to us is caring and sharing, no matter who we are.
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.
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.
Recommended by Publishers Weekly, Lightspeed, and Tangent
2018 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award Winner (anthology/Best Related Work)
2018 Alberta Book Publishing Award Finalist (Speculative Fiction Book of the Year)
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
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 nominated -- 2018 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic Short Fiction Finalist
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, 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.
“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