The Sum of Us – ToC and Cover Reveal

Last year Laksa Media published Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts, an anthology of stories focusing on mental health. It included writers like Kelley Armstrong, A.M. Dellamonica, Gemma Files, A.C. Wise, Hayden Trenholm, and more. The book included a number of good stories, but perhaps my favourite thing about the project was that upon publication Laksa Media donated $1000 to the Canadian Mental Health Association, and then part of the proceeds later went to that same charity.

Last Fall I met the editors, Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law, at CanCon and we got around to talking about the book. After some discussion on disability and caretaking, they asked if I would be interested in writing the introduction to their next book The Sum of Us, an anthology of stories about caregiving and caretaking. I’ve been in a caretaker position, and I’ve also had people support me throughout my life with my disability, so these are subjects that matter to me. I was flattered as well as touched, and I accepted.

Now Laksa Media has released the cover and the table of contents. (Look, that’s my name on the cover.) As with Strangers Among Us, the publisher will be donating $1000 upon publication to support one of the programs provided by the Canadian Mental Health Association, and then part of the proceeds will also be going to one of those programs. It is quite a lovely project, and I hope you’ll consider supporting it. (I mean, come one, you get good fiction AND you get to support a good cause!)


Sum of us

Table of Contents

Foreword, Lucas K. Law
Introduction, Dominik Parisien
The Dunschemin Retirement Home for Repentant Supervillains, Ian Creasey
Bottleneck, A.M. Dellamonica
Mother Azalea’s Sad Home for Forgotten Adults, James Van Pelt
Things that Creep and Bind, Christie Yant
The Gift, Bev Geddes
The Gatekeeper, Juliet Marillier
The Healer’s Touch, Colleen Anderson
The Crystal Harvester, Brenda Cooper
The Burdens We Bear, Hayden Trenholm
A Mother’s Milk, Heather Osborne
The Mother’s Keepers, Edward Willett
The Oracle and the Warlord, Karina Sumner-Smith
The Beautiful Gears of Dying, Sandra Kasturi
The Gardener, Amanda Sun
Number One Draft Pick, Claire Humphrey
Orang Tua Adventure Home Academy, Charlotte Ashley
Sunshine of Your Love,- Nisi Shawl
Good-bye is that Time between Now and Forever, Matt Moore
Ambassador to the Meek, Alex Shvartsman
Gone Flying, Liz Westbrook-Trenholm
Am I Not a Proud Outlier?, Kate Story
Blinders, Tyler Keevil
Dreams as Fragile as Glass, Caroline M. Yoachim
Afterword, Susan Forest

The Sum of Us is due out on September 8th, 2017. You can pre-order the book from Laksa Media.

Laksa Media also released the ToC for another anthology, Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasythis one edited by Lukas K. Law and Derwin Mak, with a nice blurb by Aliette de Bodard. The anthology is in support of Kids Help Phone.

Aurora Nominations

The voting season for most awards has come to an end, but in Canada we’re just getting started. Nominations for the Aurora Award opened up on April 1st and close on May 7th.

Nominating is open members of the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association. Membership is $10 per year. It’s a nice, easy way of getting the Aurora nominees packet, which always includes a lot of great work.

I am eligible for my short story “Where Roots and Rivers Run as Veins”, which was published in Kelsi Morris and Kaitlin Tremblay’s anthology Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creature, Myth, and Monster Stories. The story received a nice mention in Publishers Weekly, and it was longlisted for the Carter V. Cooper $15,000 Short Story contest.

In the Best Related Work category, both my anthologies are eligible: The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales (Saga Press) and Clockwork Canada: Steampunk Fiction (Exile Editions). I am very passionate about both projects.

Amal El-Mohtar’s “Seasons of Glass and Iron”  from The Starlit Wood is eligible for the Aurora. The story is on the Locus Recommended Reading List, has been nominated for the Nebula and the Hugo Award, and has been reprinted in two Year’s Best anthologies. Other stories from The Starlit Wood have also garnered award nominations, as well as reprints in Year’s Best anthos. The anthology as a whole is on the Locus Recommended Reading List and the Barnes & Noble Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Collections and Anthologies of 2016.

On the other hand, Clockwork Canada has a full roster of Canadian contributors. The book received great reviews from Lightspeed, Tor.comQuill & QuireBroken Pencil, and many other venues. Any one of these stories can be nominated for the Aurora:

  • “La Clochemar” by Charlotte Ashley
  • “East Wind in Carrall Street” by Holly Schofield
  • “The Harpoonist” by Brent Nichols
  • “Crew 255” by Claire Humphrey
  • “The Curlicue Seahorse” by Chantal Boudreau
  • “Strange Things Done” by Michal Wojcik
  • “Buffalo Gals” by Colleen Anderson
  • “Our Chymical Séance” by Tony Pi
  • “The Seven O’Clock Man” by Kate Heartfield
  • “The Tunnels of Madness” by Harold R. Thompson
  • “Let Slip the Sluicegates of War, Hydro-Girl” by Terri Favro
  • “Equus” by Kate Story
  • “Gold Mountain” by Karin Lowachee
  • “Komagata Maru” by Rati Mehrotra
  • “Bones of Bronze, Limbs like Iron” by Rhea Rose

I’ve already mentioned that I had a story in the Those Who Make Us anthology, and I highly recommend considering it for the Best Related Work category. I particularly enjoyed Andrew F. Sullivan’s “The Shuck” and Rati Mehrotra’s “Vetala”. Other projects I think are worth your attention are Strangers Among Us ed. by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law, The Kissing Booth Girl by A.C. Wise, and Lackington’s ed. by Ranylt Richildis. There are a few other books that will probably make my ballot, but I’m still making my way through them.

I’m still catching up on my readings for the Novel category, but so far some books I think are worth serious consideration include The Devourers by Indra Das, Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel, Company Town by Madeline Ashby, and The Nature of a Pirate by A.M. Dellamonica.

For Fan Writing/Publication and Fan Related Work, Derek Newman-Stille’s Speculating Canada (website and radio show) are very much my choices.

Award Season – Hugo Edition

The nominees for the Hugo Awards were announced last week, and although I was too ill to post about it then, I wanted to take a moment now to write that Amal El-Mohtar’s beautiful story from The Starlit Wood, “Seasons of Glass and Iron” garnered a nomination in the Short Fiction category! It is heartening to see this story receive so much love and praise. Congratulations, Amal!! Amal wrote about her nomination here.

Also, also, also, monumental news, NAVAH WOLFE, dearest Navah, my co-editor for The Starlit Wood, is nominated for Best Editor, Long Form, alongside the wonderful Liz Gorinsky, Devi Pillai, and Miriam Weinberg. I am so incredibly happy to see Navah recognized for her hard work and her excellent taste in fiction!

This year’s list is, I feel, quite a fabulous one. The novel category in particular may be the most diverse I’ve ever seen, with outstanding work by Charlie Jane Anders, Becky Chambers, Cixin Liu, Yoon Ha Lee, N.K. Jemisin, and Ada Palmer. Personally, I hope to see either Anders or Lee win, but they would all be excellent choices. Voters have their work cut out for them.

In the short fiction category Amal has some stiff competition, with great stories by N.K. Jemisin, Alyssa Wong, and Brooke Bolander.

I love the selection for the Best Graphic Story category, and I am glad to see the excellent The Coode Street Podcast receive a nomination for Best Fancast.

Lynne & Michael Thomas at Uncanny Magazine are also on fire this year, receiving nominations for Best Editor, Short Fiction alongside John Joseph Adams, Neil Clarke, Ellen Datlow, Jonathan Strahan, and Sheila Williams, as well as a nomination for Uncanny Magazine itself in the Best Semiprozine.

I am also excited for this year’s nominees for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, in particular Sarah Gailey, Malka Older, Ada Palmer, and especially my friend Kelly Robson.

Congratulations to all the nominees!