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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 usMigration A transformation of time place and being We are called drifters nomads We are expatriates evacuees and pilgrims We are colonists aliens explorers; strangers visitors intruders conuerors exiles asylum seekers and outsidersAn 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 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 lifeFeaturing Original Stories by Vanessa Cardui Elsie Chapman Kate Heartfield SL Huang Tyler Keevil Matthew Kressel Rich Larson Tonya Liburd Karin Lowachee Seanan McGuire Brent Nichols Julie NovAkovA Heather Osborne Sarah Raughley Alex Shvartsman Amanda Sun Jeremy Szal Hayden Trenholm Liz Westbrook Trenholm Christie Yant Alvaro Zinos AmaroWith An Introduction by Eric Choi Gillian ClintonEdited by Susan Forest Lucas K Law


10 thoughts on “Shades Within Us

  1. says:

    I was so excited to read this book and toyed with the idea of waiting until it was published to grab a copy Luckily I decided to take the plunge on NetGalley and was overjoyed to be given a copy 'Shades Within Us' is a timely speculative fiction anthology and feaures such big names as Seanan McGuire S L Kuang and Tyler Keevil Each of the twenty one stories cover different themes most of which are significantly deeper than your usual speculative fiction or science fiction These are 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 lifeThe previous books in this series have received widespread critical acclaim and this one i'm positive will be no exception I haven't read the others so I can't compare them but I purchased them the second I realised how awesome these stories are Despite being identified as speculative most of these stories seem as though they are ripped from today's headlines and each does a great job in asking the reader to reflect on how they can change their lives for the better as well as the lives of others We certainly need some of that right now There are a few of the stories that fall back on well worn tropes of the genre but most are refreshingly original This is a daring and wonderful collection that adds to the future as imagined by authors such as George Orwell Margaret Atwood and Philip K DickThe key theme and topical issue that unifies each story is that of immigration But also explored are identity belonging and the marginalised I found most of the tales to be of exceptional uality with important messages to boot I simply couldn't pick a favourite as there was such a wide selection and each was indispensable in its own way A great collection that is well worth investing your time in Highly recommendedMany thanks to Laksa Media Groups for an ARC I was not reuired to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own


  2. says:

    I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This a beautiful and necessary compilation of short stories all telling a different tale of immigration It's a book everyone can learn from and enjoy The range of authors ensures that it never feels repetitive despite the subject matter being the same I would highly recommend this collection it's simply stunning as is the cover My favourites were Defender of Mogadun by Alex Shvartsman Shades of Void by Alvaro Zinos Amaro


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    I got sent this book in exchange for a honest review all my opinions are my own and thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this bookI really liked the different migration stories I loved hearing from different authors and their point of views in migration and how they interpreted in their stories


  4. says:

    There were some truly amazing stories in this anthology It was wonderful to see so many different perspectives so many different kinds of people from stories set in the past present and future in countries all over the world the one thing connecting them all being that they're tales of migration facing the struggles prejudices and barriers that come hand in hand with moving their lives across the boarders I don't think there were any stories that I particularly disliked but there were definitely some that stood out than others I adored the way that language played a big part in stories like Porue El Girasol se Llama el Girasol by Rich Larson Inkskinned by Jeremy Szal and Devouring Tongues by SL Huang I also really loved Critical Mass by Liz Westbrook Trenholm and The Travellers by Amanda Sun The only real problem I had with this anthologies is as the subject matter can be so upsetting and dark I found that reading them back to back was really uite depressing I wouldn't take issue with the book itself but I would advise readers to take a step back and read something else for a bit of a break which as they're short stories is very easy to do I wholeheartedly recommend this book though There were beautiful important and heartbreaking stories throughout the anthology and really show different ways of viewing the world


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    As you can tell from the subtitle Shades Within Us is a speculative fiction short story anthology about migration immigration and refugees The collection mixes authors I’m already familiar with Karin Lowachee Seanan McGuire SL Huang Rich Larson with plenty of authors who are new to meI’m going to start positive by going over some of my favorite stories of the collection Karin Lowachee’s story “Invasio” is absolutely stunning showing off her fantastic prose During an alien invasion the main character is forced to flee as the world slowly crumbles to ashI really enjoyed Amanda Sun’s “The Travelers” in which time travelers escape a cataclysmic past by taking refuge in our present It’s a really cool concept that she executes flawlessly only going to show that I need to track down stories by herI love SL Huang’s longer work and her inclusion was one of the reasons I decided to pick up this collection “Devouring Tongues” is the story of a Chinese immigrant in Japan who is trying to learn Japanese and gain a career that will let her provide for her parents who write and illustrate dangerously political children’s books in mainland China To speed her way she has made a deal her mother tongue for Japanese But as she loses and of the language of her birth she fears she is losing herself as well “Devouring Tongues” is a powerful story of language and identityOne of the most memorable stories is “The Swordmaster of Ravenpeak” by Brent Nichols even if it ultimately takes a turn for the depressing A disabled man is able to have friendships and happiness in life through an online gaming community but his abled family members decide to move him to a different facility which means he will be moving servers without even the chance to say goodbye to the people who matter most to him “The Swordmaster of Ravenpeak” might not at first glance be connected to the theme of the collection but even if the protagonist isn’t changing countries he is still forced to change his lifeSeanan McGuire likely has the greatest name recognition of all the authors in the collection Her offering “Remember the Green” takes place in a future where the densely packed urban “grey” and the agricultural “green” A family from the green is forced to move by the government who is relocating farming families to turn them over to mega farms I would put “Remember the Green” in the upper half of the collection but we’re starting to get out of my favorite stories and into everything elseLikewise Alex Shvartsman’s “Defender of Mogadun” is a well constructed story that I enjoyed reading but doesn’t have a huge amount of staying power Dragons from other dimensions try to break through the veils of reality and destroy cities but some guards against them are infinitely reincarnatedRich Larson imagines an eerily believable future where people are trying to escape America The protagonist of “Porue el girasol se llama el girasol” is a little girl whose mother has contracted a coyote to get them past the border wall and detention camps and into Mexico The coyote operates by moving them outside of our reality for portions of the trip but walking outside the world is dangerous and not everyone will surviveIn “Superfreak” by Tonya Liburd a girl moves from the Carribean to Canada after her parents die and she’s supposed to be left in the care of a predatory and sexually abusive uncle Unfortunately the next relative she’s left with isn’t much better and she soon finds herself in a shelter for homeless teens Oh and did I mention? In this world most everyone has some sort of supernatural power except for our protagonist“The Vagabond of Trudeau High” by Sarah Raughley is another story set in modern day Canada A black girl witnesses her father get beat up by the police and makes a deal with a supernatural power to be able to curse people She decides to use this gift to get revenge on behalf of marginalized people who have been wrongedTwo stories deal with the Holocaust and World War II In “Critical Mass” by Liz Westbrooke Trenholm a Jewish scientist and her niece are trying to get to Canada but find their visas repeatedly denied “Screen in Silver Love in Colour Mirror in Black and White” by Julie Nováková follows a movie crew in Prague who are working on the edge of a warSome of the stories imagine a future devastated by environmental collapse In “From the Shoals of Broken Cities” by Heather Osborne some people have genetically engineered themselves to be able to live beneath the ocean but they are inundated with refugees from above and divided as a community about how to treat them “Gilbert Tong’s Life List” by Kate Heartfield follows a teenager in a walled off refugee community of people from a drowned Pacific island that is kept apart from Canada with none of the descendants of the original refugees granted citizenship or permission to leave legally “In a Bar by the Ocean the World Waits” by Hayden Trenholm has the presumption of a failing planet but the focus is on a young woman given a choice be put into an all immersive virtual reality where she’ll have the experience of a happy full life but her organs will be harvested after six months Is it worth it to live and keep trying to save the world or should she just give up and accept the happiness before death? “Habitat” by Christie Yant depicts a future where everyone is forced to live in one place to preserve the rest of the planet’s ecology Those who resist are forcibly relocated“The Marsh of Camrina” by Matthew Kressel may be a bit about an environmentally devastated future but it’s about a future in which technology has advanced to the point that few jobs or economic opportunities are available A college graduate with no prospects goes to work in a new type of eco cityThe last of the “middle of the road stories” is “Shades of Void” by Alvaro Zinos Amaro I really don’t have much to say on this one It’s about space exploration and a relationship but it blurred pretty uickly with all these other stories I’ve readNow we get into the stories I had negative feelings toward “How My Life Will End” by Vanessa Cardui isn’t a short story at all — it’s song lyrics and I’ll admit to skimming or outright skipping them“Imago” by Elsie Chapman may have been going for a surrealist approach? I’m honestly not sure what was up with it There’s a ship that people get on to go to the other end of the world but the trip’s dangerous and most don’t returnI felt sort of weird about “Voices” by Tyler Keevil An American man moves with his wife to her native home of Ireland and he worries about his son who is bullied for not following conventional gender norms and speaks to presences that may go beyond imaginary friends The protagonist has a brother in law who is Native American and the source of wisdom and life advice It kind of coat hangs the “Native wisdom” trope but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s still doing itHowever the story I was most iffy on was “Inkskinned” by Jeremy Szal which has aliens moving into a mostly human city and facing prejudice You get aliens as a stand in for marginalized people and it also gave off the message of “be kind to bigots and they’ll be less bigoted” In my experience that doesn’t work at all and just leads to a lot of suffering on the part of the people doing the kindnessBut a few stories aside Shades Within Us was a solid speculative fiction collection if not the best I’ve read this year I do find the topic of the collection timely and vital and many of these stories are well worth reading I received an ARC in exchange for a free and honest reviewReview from The Illustrated Page


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    This was a very timely and important book but I believe the stories within it will stand the test of time The anthology is about the borders that constrain us and that are thrust upon up by outside forces and how people navigate these borders Some of the stories are fantastic in nature others are genre stories that are one stepped removed from the world we currently live in but regardless they illuminate the lived experiences of people struggling with acceptance survival and belonging The collection as a whole is extremely well curated but the standouts for me were Inkskinned by Jeremy SzalDefender of Mogadun by Alex Shvartsman Superfreak by Tonya LiburdGilbert Tong’s Life List by Kate HeartfieldSuperfreak especially haunted me after I read it I also really enjoyed Voices by Tyler Keevil mostly because it was the work I could most related to because of my lived experiences both as a nonbinary person and as a person who has considered than once moving to Ireland


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    Borders are complex spaces of change and uncertainty where identities are made and also complicated Lucas Law and Susan Forest’s Shades Within Us Tales of Migrations and Fractured Borders examines this complex space of border crossing that ultimate liminality that invites uestions about categories The stories in this collection invite us to interrogate the ways that we divide up our world including but not limited to geography These tales ask how borders try to limit us and what it means to transcend those limitations to uestion them and to defy themThese are tales of displacement loss and cultural assimilation but they are also tales of coming together of community formation beyond limits and of speculating the new borders of the future These tales explore the way that border crossing can be a painful process a process of losing person freedoms having to navigate new ways of defining identity and interrogating what ideas like “home” and “belonging” mean when we moveIn an era of globalization and yet also an era of increased border control and hegemonic control over who can and cannot come into a country Shades Within Us is a timely collection that invites us to ask whether we still do or still should live in a space of national borders and national definitions of identity It invites us to use our speculative imagination to think through new ways of understanding selfhood in relation to the borders boxes and categories that are placed around usAs much as Shades Within Us is about the physical crossing of borders it is about the psychological borders that we cross the way that we reconceptualize ourselves and imagine ourselves differentlyTo discover about Shades Within Us visit read reviews of a few of the individual stories in this collection see these postsTonya Liburd’s Superfreakhttpsspeculatingcanadaca201802Kate Heartfield’s Gilber Tong’s Life Listhttpsspeculatingcanadaca201802Rich Larson’s Porue El Girasol se Llama El Girasolhttpsspeculatingcanadaca201802Karin Lowachee’s Invasiohttpsspeculatingcanadaca201802


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    As a warning The story “Superfreak” by Tonya Liburd contains a scene of attempted rapeShades Within Us is an anthology of short stories that celebrates all kinds diversity — from ethnic to mental to gender etc There are 21 excellently written stories None of them stand out above the others but they all shine bright nonetheless The stories range from sci fi to fantasy to magical realism and everything in between We read about a girl and her mother trying to get to the other side of a wall led through Wonderland by a Cheshire Man We see a woman trying to escape the horrors of WW2 There is a young man who has chosen a auatic life complete with gills that have been surgically installed We meet people and families from all over the world — the US Canada England Ireland Nigeria China Japan Mexico South America etc There is a young boy who wears skirts and hears voices There is a young man who prefers to live inside a game to escape the torturous pains of his physical disability More still there is a girl who makes a deal with a Reaper in order to become adept at Japanese This collection also features a variety of POVs — from 3rd person limited to 1st person and even a handful of 2nd person POVs This only adds to the stories and makes this collection stand out If there’s one thing that bothered me however it’s that nearly all of the stories took a bit to get me hooked In the end I can comfortably say that I really enjoyed them all though Something I truly liked is the ordering of the stories It feels effortless how the stories just flow right into one another Shades Within Us is a speculative anthology that is both enjoyable to read while also making you think Susan Forest compares diversity and humanity to a rainbow in the Afterword The colors stand out but the borders are fuzzy These stories taken together are tough to fit into a nice singular box — much the same as people This is a collection that needs to be read by allI received a digital copy from the publisher via NetGalley


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    To start with i wasnt sure what to expect from this novel but the premise of it intrigued me endlessly It turns out that i actually uite enjoyed it adn found the various writing styles to be a refreshing as there were no two stories the same So the uniting them of all the amazing short stories in this collection is that of borders and migration While I found the premise interesting I expected a collection of 'alien approached border and was refused' along with tales of boat people and illegal immigrants I dont know why since its a collection of spec fiction There are stories ranging from aliens finding refuge after a great war the uest of a mother and daughter through various portals to enter the United States this one made my heart hurt to the tale of time travelling refugees to save the world before they destroy it in the future With hard hitting authors such as Seanan McGuire and Tyler Keevil within this novels alumna Shades Within Us contains stories which will make you run the gamut of human emotions Overall I really enjoyed this bookI received a copy of this from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review All opinions contained within are that of the author and have not been influenced in any way by the publisher or its affiliates